The ground is finally starting to thaw, and it seems like people are out in force running and walking. After a long winter on the treadmill, walking on the pavement feels very, very good. Personally, any day that it’s over 35 I try to get outside for a walk, even if it’s just for 10 minutes. As all of the possibilities of spring unfolds, you may feel inspired to register for one of the many 5k, half marathons and full marathons offered around Hamilton County and surrounding areas.
The Monon Trail is the obvious place to log miles, but there are plenty of other places right in Fishers to hit the pavement. Exercise is more fun with friends, but that can really crowd a sidewalk. The next time you want to run with a friend or two, try one of the many Fishers Parks with wide paths, or a low-traffic neighborhood. Rated the second safest city in the country (second only to neighboring Carmel), any one of the many neighborhoods around Fishers is good for stretching your legs. You could even go for a run around the Fishers Town Hall complex. While it’s busy during the day, traffic is nearly non-existent before the day begins. It’s a great loop that has some scenery like the Nickel Plate Amphitheater & a gazebo.
Just a little further west on 116th Street, Holland Park has a path that runs through it, or you could go for the outer loop that encompasses the whole park. My kids love to play on the playground there, so I like to up my step count for the day by walking the paths near the play area (although sitting on a bench is very tempting). Many other Fishers parks have paths, including Brook School Road Park and Eller Park. Paths with playgrounds nearby work perfectly for me now that my kids know how to get themselves going on the swings. A little further south, Ritchey Woods is a beautiful setting for a cross country style run or hike. If you want to log more distance around the Ritchey Woods area, follow the path at the park’s entrance that runs north to 106th Street and then west to Allisonville Rd.
The Fishers YMCA has a running club, and offers special training for May’s mini-marathon as part of the 500 Festival in downtown Indianapolis. Even if your goal is to complete a 5k and not a half marathon, running clubs and training groups offer much needed support and encouragement. I know I’m likely to go twice as far when I’ve got a friend by my side.
So make a plan to cover some miles this spring, either by yourself, with a friend or with a group. And when you’re feeling overheated, remember the Polar Vortex we just made it through and smile!