Rave Run: Seattle Space Needle Loop
When I found out that I’d be working in Seattle for a couple of days, my first concern was the time change. I’m in the full-fledged I’M ALWAYS STARVING mode of pregnancy now, and I was most concerned about my meals.
Then, I realized that this time change situation might actually be kind of awesome. After all, 6 a.m. Seattle time is just 9 a.m. body time. The perfect recipe for a run, if you ask this girl.
Since I’ve never been to Seattle, I consulted the the new Nike+ “Places” feature, and lo and behold, there was a popular route entitled “Space Needle Loop” that was right next to my hotel. Bingo.
I figured I might as well do all of my dorky tourist site-seeing before work, so I headed out as the sun rose and experienced the city on the run. The highlights:
- The weather. Admittedly, most of my knowledge of Seattle comes from “Twilight,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “50 Shades of Grey,” so I was prepped for drizzly, rainy weather (and armies of baby vampires). Well, friends, let me tell you a little secret about Seattle summers: They are rather awesome. I daresay that green, lush, crisp and cool summers in the northeast are ideal running conditions.
- The water. Running along the waterfront actually reminded me a lot of Chicago’s lakefront trail. Only instead of Lake Michigan, you’re looking over Puget Sound, watching whale boat tours and listening to the cry of seagulls. It’s quite nice.
- The hills. In order to get to the waterfront from downtown, you’ve got to go down a helluva steep hill. Like, so steep that I had to walk it. Same goes for heading back. Meow.
- The Olympic Statue Park. This gorgeous park is filled with wonky statues and a great view of the Olympic Mountains. It’s about a 3-mile loop, and the trail is chuck-full of runners and bikers. Basically, the scenery around Seattle is real awesome.
- Museum-land. After I looped around the park, I headed back up the hills toward the Space Needle. There are a gazillion cool-looking museums in this area, so I zipped by these before I headed back to the hotel.
All in all, running on Seattle’s waterfront was all I dreamed it would be and more. If you have the chance, I highly recommend it. — Aidz