I thought it would only be fitting that the first course I shared was one that has grown to be a staple in my training routine over the years. A favorite in the high school cross country world, the “Trinity Loop” is a course beginning at the bathrooms of Seneca Park and proceeding down Shelbyville and Lexington Roads to create a loop that stretches just over three miles. This course is perfect for the fifteen or fifty year old, beginner or expert due to its flat terrain and shorter distance. Though this course does not boast great scenery, it is perfect for someone looking for a quick fix or adding junk miles to the middle of a long distance run.
The one downside of this course is crossing a busy street, but most of the distance is covered in neighborhoods. Starting and ending at the bathrooms of Seneca Park, this is an easy and fun run that I would highly recommend. One summer training tip that I learned the hard way today: there is a huge difference between 9am and 10am. In that short amount of time, the temperature rises rapidly and can turn even an easy run into a struggle. So as much as you might crave that extra hour of sleep, the earlier you can run the better. Trust me.
Ask any runner and they will tell you that if you run a certain route for long enough, you can’t help but look fondly upon it. Six pairs of shoes, five seasons, gallons of sweat and five years later, this route reminds me of the time I first fell in love with running. So many thoughts, conversations, memories and miles pave this course for me and it is one of the things I most look forward to in coming home from college. Oftentimes you hear about the health benefits of running, but I believe the psychological benefits are much greater. For me running is a reliable constant that you can carry with you throughout your life; through each and every change in this crazy world.
** To view a map of this course, click here-