One side effect of my attempt at a running streak is that I take my running shoes and clothes with me when I travel. And often, that means I wind up exploring some interesting places. Not always — I have seen the insides of a lot of hotel gyms — but I’ve also been able to turn business travel into something with a bit more sightseeing.
On Wednesday, I gave two talks in Savannah, Georgia. I went on a riverboat cruise with the group the night before — hence that photo — so I saw some of the riverfront. I woke up a little after 6 and pulled on my running clothes to go see what else I could see.
The first part of the run was not promising. I started off running along the river, because there were a lot of little shops there, plus a few parks and the like. But the riverfront was really not well set up for running. The sidewalk would disappear, so I’d need to run on the cobblestone streets, and the whole area stretched for less than a mile before disappearing into a construction zone. Possibly because of these problems, there weren’t enough runners to make the area feel not deserted.
So, I was not thinking I was going to have a great run. But then I turned up Bull street, and started running through Savannah proper. This was much better. The magnolia trees were shady, and oh, the Spanish moss! It was hanging everywhere, and pretty much every intersection was a park. The old houses were spruced up to be bed and breakfasts, reminding me that I should re-read Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. I wound up running all the way up to a large park at the edge of town, and back down. I did 4.7 miles, and had to hoof it to get showered in time for my 8 a.m. sound check, but it was totally worth it.
It’s kind of a pain to bring running shoes on overnight trips, which is why in the past I wouldn’t have done it. But they do fit in my carry-on bag. And they make business travel so much more fun.