One of my favorite ways to unwind and get away from it all is to escape to the country. Lucky for me, we live on the fringe of the Chicago suburbs so it doesn’t take long for my little red Yaris to reach the rolling farm fields. But what I love most is walking or running down these country roads, many of which are dirt or gravel. Often I’ll drive to a scenic location, park my car, and go for a run from there. It allows me a chance to enjoy new country scenery. We don’t have hills to hike outside of Chicago, but we do have beautiful scenes from the prairie.
You never know what you’ll find around the next corner, like this falling-down rustic barn. So much to see and enjoy as I’m running … and when you’re training for a long race, scenery is important to making the time go by faster.