Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Cross Country Running: Greenville

Last week's run is brought to you from Greenville, SC, home of gorgeous a Main Street, Falls Park and Dukes Mayo. I was in Greenville for three days last week attending some meetings. Originally dubbed Pleasantburg in the early 1800s, Greenville is just that. The weather is super mild, the people are friendly and there are a ton of things to do. From live music to shopping or just riding around town on the free downtown trolly, you can fill your days with entertainment.

The area is also just stinkin gorgeous. Falls Park, set in Greenville's historic West End area, offers the perfect place to relax, picnic or go for a run on the Reedy River Trail. No, I unfortunately did not get to have my run there, but it is absolutely on my list for next time! The park is also home to the Liberty Bridge -- a pedestrian suspension bridge that runs over the Reedy River.

The Liberty Bridge in Falls Park
The old Dukes Mayo building, now part of the Peace Center performing arts complex.
As for my actual run itself, my hotel was not downtown this time around, so the scenery for most of my 5 miles was more like this:


The weather was perfect though and I still had a really great run. Although it can be hard to juggle my mid-week runs with a crazy travel schedule, it definitely pays off to be able to explore new places and new scenery. And I am constantly adding to that ever growing list of places to visit for pleasure. Greenville is now absolutely one of those places. I'm thinking next time, I try to plan my work travel there for the end of the week and then maybe stay the weekend. Can't wait to see what else the city has to offer!