I’m lucky to live in close proximity to so many great running routes. I’m minutes away from Vancouver’s Seawall, where I can run for hours without having to stop for a single traffic light. Vancouver’s greenways and bike routes are also great, traffic-calmed running routes.
My favourite places to run
– Seawall, around False Creek, Kitsilano Beach, and Stanley Park
– Central Valley Greenway, occasionally as far as New Westminster
– Point Grey Road, a joy with the new traffic calming
– Ontario and Heather bikeways up to Queen Elizabeth Park
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I should have went to the Vancouver Zombie Walk. I would have fit right in. I got some good road rash when Emily and I were biking along the Central Valley Greenway in New Westminster and I went over my handlebars. We were going down a hill behind Hume Park and there was a speed bump at the bottom I didn’t see. When I hit the bump, my handlebars twisted and I went over. I skidded to a halt a few feet later. My right hand took the brunt of it, but I also have a big hole in my shorts and my knee and hip have some raspberries too.
After some first-aid work from a nice girl at the pool in Hume Park, we continued our bike ride. It was a pleasant day for a ride, even with the road rash.
I’m training for the Victoria Half Marathon on 10/10/10. It is challenging finding interesting running routes for my Sunday long run – Vancouver’s Seawall is a great route, but I was looking for something new.
On Sunday, I took the SkyTrain to New Westminster’s Braid Station and ran home, following the new Central Valley Greenway. It is ridiculous having to travel 2 cities away to get a 20km run in, but the Central Valley Greenway is a gorgeous running route. It is sheltered from traffic with only a few intersections to cross, there are water fountains along the route so I didn’t have to bring a water bottle, and there are even some blackberry bushes for energy boosts.