Hey Carolina... I think I love ya

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Last week I got to take a little break from Nashville to head to Charleston. My boyfriend's brother had a baby so it was good motivation to get out of town and meet the little guy. Cute as a buttn.

 

I don't travel a ton, and usually never with ample leisure time. So this trip was planned knowing I'd have some time to run and stick to my training program. We left Nashville on Wednesday, and Wednesday night I was preparing to set out my clothes for a three mile run Thursday when I realized I hadn't packed my running shoes. I was extremely sad.

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Thursday evening Ben took me to Fleet Feet Mt. Pleasant to get new running shoes. It was awesome to be in a Fleet Feet outside of Nashville and to feel at home away from home. We talked to a saleswoman named Dee who helped me try on the new Altra Torin 2.5's and she gave me some advice for running in the Charleston area. Overall it was a great experience and made me feel super welcome to the local running community. If you've never tried Altra before I highly recommend them. I have tried the Intuitions, the One 2.5s, and now the Torins. So far I feel like the Torins may be my favorite. The Intuitions feel similar to them, and the One 2.5s were just too thin for me but I'm sure they would be flawless for someone whose stride doesn't require as much support as mine.

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So Friday afternoon I walked over to the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge for a light three mile run. It was incredible and I'm not really sure if it was the new setting, the smell of salt water, or the energy around me as people ran and biked by me but the run seem so effortless I was sad when it seemed to end so quickly. I also learned about a project called the East Cost Greenway. The project has been in motion since the idea solidified in 1991 (my birth year!). The concept is a greenway that spans from Calais, Maine to Key West, Florida covering 3,000 miles and giving locals and tourists like me a place to hone in on exercise and enjoyment. If you'd like to learn more about the greenway and see if you're able to see a part of it yourself head over to their website at www.greenway.org and consider donating to the project to better our world!

Part of the East Coast Greenway is the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, the bike/ped lanes being dedicated to Garrett P. Wonders, a cyclist who was killed during training for Olympic Trails. The stretch is known today as Wonders Way.  

Part of the East Coast Greenway is the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, the bike/ped lanes being dedicated to Garrett P. Wonders, a cyclist who was killed during training for Olympic Trails. The stretch is known today as Wonders Way.  

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So I have come to find that I LOVE Charleston. My long run took place on Folly Beach and while it was one of the more difficult runs I've completed (okay, the most difficult) I still loved the atmosphere. 

Travel running is fun. And that's what brings me to this post's feature tune. 

Best I Ever Had - Gavin DeGraw

This song will pump you up. The beat is quick from the start and the big band sound will help you forget you're running and make you feel like you're flying. This song is a few years old now, but every time it comes on during my run I find a can dig a little deeper and pick the pace up more than I thought. Not to mention that Carolina is one of the destinations he gives a shout out to. Enjoy, and if you're not following the playlist yet, what are you waiting for?! :)