Add a Little Adventure to March Running

We loved running in January, when the crunch of the snow underfoot made us smile. We had fun with ice cleats in the February cold. But now we just want sun and warmth.

Until spring arrives, you can keep motivated by adding these accessible adventures to your running.

Be One with Nature
Two nice options are the Cook and Lake County Forest Preserve trails.

The North Branch Trail begins at Caldwell and Devon in Chicago and meanders through the woods to Lake Cook Road. This asphalt trail, with some crushed stone sections, can be accessed from Old Orchard Road to the Chicago Botanic Garden.

In Lake County, the Des Plaines River Trail takes you away from congestion. This well maintained, crushed stone trail begins at Lake Cook Road and travels 31 miles north. Park in Lincolnshire and head north through natural wetlands and under roads via pedestrian underpasses.

This path is a gem. Plan this run with a friend (maybe a four-legged one), as some parts are remote.

Buy a One-Way Ticket
Beat the cold, north wind, by taking the Metra train north and running south back home. Map out the distance for a six, eight or 10-miler. Enjoy a chat with a friend on the warm northbound train, and the gentle push of the wind during your run south. From Wilmette, we ride to Highland Park for a 10-miler on the Green Bay Trail.

Explore Chicago
Be a tourist in your own city by running the sights. Appreciate magnificent Millennium Park, Lincoln Park Zoo and Museum Campus in the morning before the crowds arrive.

Discover the newest parks, the Chicago River Trail and admire the famous architecture. The significantly improved Lakefront Trail hugs the water and is constantly energized with runners.

End your run with a relaxing stretch in the lush Lincoln Park Conservatory.

Check Off the “To Dos”
Avoid the hassle of winter errands by completing them on foot.

Run to the post office, return a library book, deliver thank you notes, complete your banking, drop a check at school and pick up a spice for dinner.

You may even be able to exercise your dog. Liberate yourself from the car and run a different route as you get things done.

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