Friday Five: Places I’d Like to Run

Another week, another Friday Five.  You guys have all been so awesome with the linkup!! Cynthia, Courtney and I have enjoyed the weekly posts from our “regulars” and glad to see SO many new “faces”!  And YES, we read every. single. one.  This week our Friday Five is all about places we’d like to run.  run

I’ve run along the trails and terrain of Santa Barbara, along the skyline of Chicago, the backdrop of Pittsburgh, Boston’s streets and the historic roads of D.C.  From North Carolina to Texas there are so many places I have been fortunate enough to visit as much as my budget and feet would allow.  But this world is a BIG place and there are definitely many more!!  Not all on this list are necessarily for a race-cation but… I think I need some time off STAT!

1.  Madrid, Spain.  Believe it or not for someone who travels as often as I do I have never traveled out of the country (Canada excluded and *hangs head in shame*).  First and foremost on my must see list is Spain.  I have been eying Rock n’ Roll Madrid for awhile now and after seeing my buddy Helly’s post on her experience there (and my ensuing jealousy!) it has shot to the top of my race bucket list.   MadridIt is scheduled for next April which gives me plenty of time to plan!!  So… any takers??  The only downside is the Pittsburgh half is the following weekend.  (hmm, I am a Half Fanatic after all 😉 .

2.  New England.  I spent many years running in Boston on the banks of the Charles River.  I also ran a race or two in Hyannis and Plymouth.  This was a time before running/racing/racecationing went hand in hand for me!  I’d love to get back to New England and actually, run, race, and explore more of the Cape and shores of the smaller states like Rhode Island and New Hampshire – places I called “home” for so long.

3.  Bermuda.  I love all things ocean and water in general (that’s the Pisces in me).  Virginia Beach and Outer Banks are the closest I’ve come to beach running but the opportunity to run in such a paradise as Bermuda would be heavenly!!  Mar might be going broke in 2015 😉

Grotto Bay Resort - host hotel
Grotto Bay Resort – host hotel

4.  Santorini, Greece.  Ahh, this is my idea of heaven for sure.  I had a landlord in Boston who was from Greece and would spend considerable time in the summer back “home”.  I’ve wanted to go there for a loooooong time!  I came across this article in Runner’s World about a 6 mile path between Fira and Oia on the Island.  Um, yes please!

Source: Runners World
Source: Runners World

5.  Great Falls, VA.  This is a bit of a cheat move.  I have never been to Great Falls and it’s on my list to go hiking there sometime soon.  I’ve also really gotten into trail running the past year and signed up for the North Face Endurance Challenge in a couple of weeks.  awqqoi63I’m scheduled to do the 10K (because I learned my lesson on June trail half marathons!) and because I wanted a shorter race to be able to enjoy some of the sights after.  The course runs on the Potomac Heritage Trail and I’m hopeful to get in a little waterfall viewing fun!

TGIF folks!  Make sure you spread the Friday Five love and visit some new blogs and interesting posts.  Where is the most exciting place you’ve ever run?  What are your Memorial Day weekend plans??  DC_linkup

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    1. Wow, that path in Greece looks amazing! I had no idea RnR did races outside the US.

      1. Yeah, they have a few. Lisbon is one I was interested in as well, just didn’t make the list 😉 they have one in Dublin too!

      1. Love New England, simply love it. I’ll be there this summer as per usual, just not around a race (I don’t think). I’m really excited for NFEC!!

    1. Bermuda is on my list too!! I am DYING to do the Bermuda Triangle Challenge. And New England is also sorta on my list…Boston to be exact. I love love love this topic – I’m getting so many ideas just reading everyone’s post. 🙂 Have a great weekend, Mar!
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    1. Those look AWESOME. I said DC, but Great Falls looks beautiful to run at.

      1. I’m going to have to spread my vacations out over a couple of years but yes, I want to get to an international destination soon. Looking forward to Great Falls!!

    1. Yes love all your choices. I’m a big weenie and have never really wanted to travel outside of the US but after reading your places to run I may just put on my big girl panties and plan a trip! lol
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      1. my problem is I’ve always hated flying. I’ve slowly gotten over that over the years and realize what I’ve missed out on! So, an internationalling (not a word, don’t care) we will go!

      1. it is gorgeous – that’s the Palace de Communicado an old postal service building. I’m looking forward to TNF and was so excited about the 10k option. Had to snag it!

      1. oh I’m a sucker for water too – I love the beach, ocean, rivers, lakes, creeks, I could go on 😉 the bluer the better though!

    1. Great list! I’d enjoy a trip to all of those places. Adding in some runs/races would be the cherry on top of that sundae 😉 Spain is beautiful… I’ve only been to Barcelona, but I looooved it. Reading all of the posts on this subject is making my extremely long list even longer! 🙂 Have a great weekend!
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      1. I’d love to visit Barcelona too! I’ve discovered so many new places because of this post 🙂 I hope to be running or a loooooong time! haha! You have a great weekend too.

      1. I signed up for that last fall but my plans fell through. I never deferred my registration (total bummer). I’m done w/Disney for awhile – so much more to explore!

      1. well, I’ll be running in Great Falls in 2 weeks. I go to New England every summer and the rest will need to be carefully planned!!! 🙂

    1. That picture of Greece sure is tempting. WOW! And Bermuda reminds me of Jamaica. My top 5 runs all included what foods I would enjoy post race. I could only imagine the goodies in your destinations.
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      1. Greece has definitely moved to the top of my must see list! And I saw your post, never thought about Jamaica – I’ll have to consider that!!

    1. Uhm I’ll join you for Spain, Bermuda and Greece! Amazing!
      Kind of tempted with the Great Falls run too. Great list, has me wishing I had an endless travel budget!

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