Welcome to the first real post for On the Run! In case you missed my first post about why running isn’t actually the devil (I have done extensive testing), check it out here!
When I started thinking about this feature, I realized that I was gonna need to start with something big, something pretty awe-inspiring, and really hit the ground running, so to speak.
But let’s take this journey a little more gradually, shall we?
From UC, Valley View is a straight jog up the parkway. The parkway has sidewalks along either side and a strip of grass in the middle (which I’ve heard referred to as a park?? Utica, you are not helping your case). This grassy strip is also home to a familiar face….
You get a cool, birds-eye view of Utica on your way up the parkway. And I literally mean UP. Utica is latin for “hills of doom” afterall!**
**I made that up.
Once you hit the end of the parkway and take a small detour through Valley View’s parking lot, you’ll find a gravel trail.
Trail running isn’t something that Utica is necessarily known for (at all), but they exist and they are wondrous. But we’ll go more into that next post…. 😉
I took about a thousand more pictures, but you get the idea. Super pretty. And we’re not even technically in the golf course yet! And yes, the sun was absolutely assaulting my corneas.
The trail runs just less than a mile before you hit paved trails. These are also beautiful. This entire paved path is also part of the Boilermaker 15K course, which takes place in July and is a ton of fun. It is also approximately 60 degrees warmer outside. Excuse me while I weep.
As you can see, there are about a million different paths, give or take, to choose from and you can mix and match depending on the length of your run. I promise it’s pretty hard to get lost in the golf course (golf carts don’t have GPS systems ….although, I may go patent one that does because that is GENIUS), so have fun and explore! The path I chose goes straight up and around…
…then through the woods….
And viola! We made it and it’s all down hill from here.
The run back is a breeze and takes you downhill most of the way and then flattens out right back by the college. The whole loop is just over 7 miles and can be made longer or shorter depending on where you start on campus and what trails you take. You can also park at the Rec Center (located on the parkway off of Oneida Street) and start running from there, which cuts the run down to just over 3 miles. It’s a great area and one of the biggest things I’ll miss when I head home to New Jersey in December.
And just for good measure, here’s a picture of me looking like a looney.
Yes, that was published in the college’s paper. No, Under Armour did not promptly contact me to do their cold-weather ads. I know, right?
Talk to me:
Most embarrassing picture ever taken of you? (You can just describe it, although I would love to see it.)
Locals/students: Based on my hints, any ideas where I’m headed next?!