TOTR: The best city I ever ran in is…

I love Tuesdays on the Run. And I love having the “cheat sheet” of the topics early so I can get these written at the weekend. This week? This best city I ever ran in is…

Linking up with: Erika at MCM Mama, Marcia at Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and Patty at No Guilt Life.

And I’m going to cheat and purely look at destinations, because otherwise there’s no way I answer this as anything but home. There are so many great places to run around Manhattan, especially Central Park. And it has been true for two hundred + years! 😀

“Look around, look around at how
Lucky we are to be alive right now!

History is happening in Manhattan and we just happen to be
In the greatest city in the world!

I’m only counting cities where I’ve run outside (so no Amsterdam or Reykjavik) and actual cities, so no Nyack, Avon, NJ, Palm Springs or my friend’s subdivision in suburban LA. (Yes, Palm Springs is a city but I only ran on the resort grounds, so it doesn’t count). My Birmingham adventures with Liz feel like a hybrid as we took a bus from the city center to her neighborhood but our running route had a decidedly suburban feel so I’m putting that in the same bucket as Nyack, Avon. If the question were places, this would be a lot harder.

So that said…Montreal, London, Washington, D.C.,  Santa Monica, Fort Lauderdale.

Ugh. This is hard.

I think off the bat I’m ruling out Fort Lauderdale since none of the runs felt like city runs. The half marathon is great and I look forward to running it again in 2019, but to me it’s against the spirit of the question. True the hotel fun run did run down a major thoroughfare, but… It has to go.

By the same token, I’m throwing out Santa Monica. It’s heartbreaking to think about the Woolsey Fire in Malibu as I ran just south of that from the Santa Monica pier north to Pacific Palisades and then back down to Venice before finishing on the Pier. But it was a paved path on the beach, so that isn’t a city.

So that leaves London, Montreal, and Washington D.C.

Each has really good things about it. Montreal was a way to explore the area near the hotel and get the lay of the land. Washington D.C. was cherry blossoms! Can’t imagine a more beautiful race course, yes cherry blossoms > oceanfront somehow. London is… London. Running through history.

peekaboo Victoria Tower, I see you!

Yeah, that’s my answer. From the day I arrived where I sightran along the Thames to get the lay of the city to a short run for a view, to my pre-airport farewell, London was nothing but magic. Weather was perfect, it was easy to add distance when seeing new things, and the city’s architecture is just out of this world.

What’s your favorite city?
Is there a city/race you recommend?

32 comments to this article

  1. Chocolaterunsjudy

    on November 13, 2018 at 07:52 - Reply

    I don’t have a favorite, and one of my favorite places to run basically has no cities: Kauai. Maui ain’t bad either.Running along the clifs above the ocean at sunrise . . . magic!

    • cari

      on November 13, 2018 at 11:14 - Reply

      ooh that would be gorgeous.
      I did a cliffside run in Carlsbad, CA and it was just gorgeous. Can’t wait for some sunrise runs in Florida

  2. Marcia

    on November 13, 2018 at 07:56 - Reply

    I did that very same run in Santa Monica over spring break this year and I’m just sick to think about the fires. Whoops! I’d totally forgotten about Montreal. I agree London is epic. SO looking forward to “going home” for the marathon!

    • cari

      on November 13, 2018 at 12:16 - Reply

      You forgot about Montreal and I forgot about Carlsbad, LOL. We get benefit beyond entertainment from reading one another

  3. Wendy

    on November 13, 2018 at 08:01 - Reply

    So many beautiful cities–it makes it tough to choose! But for me, there’s no place like home…

    • cari

      on November 13, 2018 at 12:19 - Reply

      Yep, that’s why I had to throw that out. Otherwise there is no question

  4. kookyrunner

    on November 13, 2018 at 08:40 - Reply

    I would love to run in London one day. I visited the city a few years ago and loved it.

  5. Lesley Stephenson

    on November 13, 2018 at 12:50 - Reply

    I think running in London would be fun. I enjoy watching the London and Paris marathons since the sites are so great.

    • cari

      on November 17, 2018 at 13:05 - Reply

      If you enjoy reading about running, Running the Smoke is a great one about the London marathon and its people/sites. Never watched the Paris one, but I should for the same reason you cited

  6. Laurie

    on November 13, 2018 at 12:53 - Reply

    I have never been to London, but now it has moved closer to the top of my list, since I know there are great places to run! 🙂

    • cari

      on November 17, 2018 at 13:00 - Reply

      Do it. It’s a magical city for so many reasons. And you’re on the east coast, right? It’s not a bad flight at all

      • Laurie

        on November 17, 2018 at 15:54 - Reply

        Right. we had a layover in London this fall when we went to Pisa. It was not a bad flight at all.

  7. Deborah Brooks

    on November 13, 2018 at 12:59 - Reply

    It is so hard to pick just one. Of course I am partial to the Cherry Blossoms in DC

    • cari

      on November 17, 2018 at 12:58 - Reply

      Home-ish is always hard to beat

  8. RunCanvas

    on November 13, 2018 at 13:12 - Reply

    I haven’t traveled much, except for Boston. Im excited to head to Sacramento a few weeks from now and I have 3 travel races for 2019. Cherry Blossoms in DC is definitely on my short list of races to see and do!

    • cari

      on November 17, 2018 at 12:48 - Reply

      What are your 2019 ones?
      Cherry Blossom lottery opens soon, it’s no risk. Do it! 🙂

  9. Darlene

    on November 13, 2018 at 20:48 - Reply

    Well definitely NYC. But number 1 is Paris.

    But there are so many cities I’ve yet to explore.

    I lived running in Santa Monica.

    And those Florida sunrises.

    • cari

      on November 17, 2018 at 12:40 - Reply

      Yeah the Florida sunrises are hard to beat

      • Darlene

        on November 17, 2018 at 14:47 - Reply

        Yes. Can’t wait until Feb.

    • cari

      on November 17, 2018 at 11:52 - Reply

      One day. Especially after seeing all the running bloggers’ photos

  10. Kimberly Hatting

    on November 13, 2018 at 21:47 - Reply

    I am hoping to lace up in DC this next year!!! London would be a grand adventure, too, though 😉

    • cari

      on November 17, 2018 at 11:45 - Reply

      Which one are you thinking of in DC? I’d like to do the Army 10 or the GW Parkway one that CoCo posted about

  11. Liz Dexter

    on November 14, 2018 at 03:35 - Reply

    Nice idea for a post! I never ran through London enough when I lived there. I have run into the city and back out again so I’ll take you there next time!

    • cari

      on November 14, 2018 at 23:33 - Reply

      I always love Marcia/Erika’s themes, even if I never get them posted
      I know the stars didn’t align for it this year, but love the idea of your city bus route marathon

      • Liz Dexter

        on November 16, 2018 at 18:12 - Reply

        I might do most of it in training this campaign, you never know …

  12. Debbie @ Deb Runs

    on November 14, 2018 at 22:24 - Reply

    My husband and I just signed up for the Bike New York Five Boro Tour on May 5th so I’ll be up your way! Perhaps I can go for my first run in NYC while we’re there!

    • cari

      on November 14, 2018 at 23:24 - Reply

      Oh yes! I should be in town this year as a conference I sometimes attend is later in the month. Our office sometimes has a 5 Borough team. Loved supporting them one year – such a fun course
      Would love to connect if you’ll have time — either the email I use commenting on your blog or Insta is fine.

  13. Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    on November 17, 2018 at 07:14 - Reply

    I studied abroad in London and loved running there! It was before i was even a “runner” but and I think it really got me more interested in running to explore new places.

    • cari

      on November 17, 2018 at 23:51 - Reply

      Funny how that switch just flips

  14. Coco

    on November 17, 2018 at 22:18 - Reply

    Now I’m trying to remember why I didn’t run when I was in London. I do remember using the hotel gym ….

    • cari

      on November 17, 2018 at 23:24 - Reply

      Weather? Wishing I ran in Amsterdam

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