Yesterday, sort of on the spur of the moment, I decided to tag along with a girlfriend of mine to Miami — she for work, me for shopping. It’s just a quick trip — we return to Trinidad tomorrow.
This morning, the view in this picture greeted me from the window of our hotel room, so I thought I’d start the day with a run. Running is something I only recently began doing, but I’ve committed to myself that I was going to start running consistently, and besides — one of yesterday’s purchases was a new set of running shoes, so it seemed like a good excuse to break them in.
I’m now officially a convert to exploring a city by running first thing in the morning. It’s a wonderful way to see how locals start their day. Today I saw:
- a homeless person with an MP3 player (I have no idea of there was actually music coming out of the thing);
- a guy doing the “walk of shame” — walking his professionally-dressed girlfriend to work while still wearing his clothes from last night (I don’t know this, of course, but it’s an experienced guess); and
- countless other joggers smiling while they passed, thus unwittingly welcoming me to their city.
Now, after a shower, I’m off to check out the scene at South Beach. More soon. In the meantime, tell me: anyone else explore cities through exercise?