The contrast between running in the country and running in the city is as different as drinking in a wine bar and an Irish Pub. The past few years, most of my running has been in Bucks County, PA where I see mostly deer, cows and corn stalks, and an occasional human being. That’s one of the reasons I look forward to my Monday morning runs in downtown Philly, to observe and breath-in a diverse cityscape that is one massive art gallery. In the Art of Running – Part III, I shared murals I see on the city streets during my Monday morning runs, but there is so much more to the downtown gallery. There are sculptures, architecture, bridges, a crashed war plane in an alleyway, a giant paint brush, and LOVE.
At the other end of Kelly Drive is the neighborhood of Manayunk. The historic Manayunk Bridge is at the foot of Main Street, also the turnaround point for the Philadelphia Marathon.
Last summer I posted Run, Cycle or Walk–The Best Way to Discover New Places. The message of the post was to slow down, get out of the car and take in your surroundings. It’s hard to absorb the beauty of the environment when you’re going fifty-miles-per-hour. Walk, peddle or run–you will be surprised what you find, and you’ll be better for it.