Spring in Seattle for me is a reminder to get back in running shape.  I love long distance races and my next one is a half-marathon on Whidbey Island.  One of my favorite training routes is the Chesiahud Loop around Lake Union.  This 6 mile route wraps around the lake and takes me through multiple neighborhoods.  I normally start my run at the South Lake Union Park and head towards Eastlake.  It only takes me a few minutes to warm up and a good song to get in the groove.

The delightful aromas from many restaurants I pass are enough to tempt me to stop.  Thai, Mexican, Italian and more.  I push through the temptation and make an internal deal to reward myself with a savory meal when I’m done.  The University Bridge is the first of two bridges I cross on this loop.  I pick up the pace when I see it to make sure I pass over before the drawbridge goes up.  If I’m too late I’ll have to wait about 10 minutes which stalls my running pace.

On the other side I connect with the Burke Gilman trail and follow it by Gas Works Park.  Sometimes I detour through the park to watch seaplanes and dodge people flying kites.  It keeps the run interesting.  I then barely run by Wallingford before getting to Fremont (aka The Center of the Universe.)  This hip yet weird neighborhood always entertains with colorful characters.

The next drawbridge I come across is the Fremont Bridge and I speed up again hoping to beat the sailboat waiting to pass through.  I leave the Burke Gilman trail and continue on the Chesiahud Loop.  The Westlake neighborhood is next as I run by houseboat communities.  I often wonder what it would be like to live in one.  I consistently see a “Houseboat For Rent” sign and file it in my mind to research later, yet never do.  As I near the end of my run around the lake I pass luxurious yachts with astronomical price tags.

Once I finish the loop my legs and lungs are exhausted yet energized.  I ride the “runners high” while I stretch.  Now, I feel more confident and ready for my next race.

About jingerventures

Travelling is one of my many passions. I love to get out and explore everywhere I live and visit.

2 responses »

  1. Whitney says:

    I’m excited to try this loop for the first time tomorrow. Thanks for your description! 🙂

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