It’s almost time for warm weather! I’m thinking another month and half until the climate warms up and swimming pools get uncovered, making people break out their shorts and tank tops! We all like the warmer weather, especially after seeing the crazy winter we’ve had this year. In STL, there are no beaches or movie stars walking out of the ocean for the paparazzi. However, there are plenty of things to do and plenty of time to do them!
For me, going to the pool is an every day activity! In my hometown of Washington, Mo (s/o all you country folk) there is not much to do. I live in a subdivision with a neighborhood pool that is open to all who live there. I think I literally go there every day! Another one of my favorite things to do during the summer is run outside. Conveniently, the pool is about 1.5 miles from my house. Making a great destination, I usually run to the pool and kill two birds with one stone. The Katy trail, one of Missouri’s most famous bike trails, runs right on the riverfront in Washington. Occasionally, I will drive downtown with my bike to take a little stroll. I am more of a jogging type of guy but you know what they say, variety is the spice of life!
I find myself driving to the city (STL) all the time. At this age, I usually make the trip for a party or a visit to a bar, but throughout my college years, it has been a blast doing many other fun activities! The city offers things like the Zoo, St. Louis Cardinals baseball games, the St. Louis Arch monument, or the famous city museum. For all you lovers out there, all of which are great ideas for date, just to mix things up from the typical dinner and a movie! If you enjoy listening to music, the St. Louis Pageant and Verizon Wireless Amphitheater are great for local or big time bands/artists. Another attraction is Forest Park. Only a short walk from Fontbonne, this park holds activities like hot air balloon races, carnivals, charity runs, wine festivals, concerts, you name it and it has probably happened there at some point.
While you won’t see Zac Efron in his bathing suit, or playmates taking a stroll down the beach, STL has a powerful atmosphere that will not disappoint you!
My fall memories are full of men and woman lacing up their shoes and heading to starting line. The brisk air hitting you as you walk around to see t-shirts being sold, runners stretching, and food being talked about. This is the sport of Cross Country and it has been a part of my fall since I could remember. Whether I was a tyke at my sister’s races or a bundle of nerves for my own, I think of fall as a time of running. The races have a community atmosphere and this helps the tension before the race. Team activities are the best to do, especially when they involve food. The team becomes a family and it’s amazing. Running in general takes up my fall, but it isn’t fall until I watch a race with a blanket wrapped around me and I’m cheering on my teammates.
My fall is also consumed by coffee shops because I’m addicted (I’m not bothered by this at all). I always want to try the new drinks and choices given during the fall. Starbucks is usually my go to, but recently I’ve discovered more and more coffee places. It has been amazing and fun to go to a new coffee place. I have always loved trying new things and I also love coffee, so this is the best season for that. Fall is filled with running and coffee, I can’t complain.
Coming from a suburb of Chicago, where the hottest hang out was a park (with a twisty slide!), I found St. Louis exciting. Everything felt new and fresh, I could even walk to places! That being said, I want to tell you the best things to do here — and there’s a lot. So, my top two will have to do for now.
A short walk away from Fontbonne University, there is a wonderful place called Forest Park. I like to call it the running mecca of St. Louis because, as a runner, I’m there every day. The amount of runners, walkers, bikers, etc is amazing! The gathering of people in one spot inspires you to want to go out and breathe in fresh air! The trails are vast and nice to run, or walk, on. Forest Park is also home to beautiful sights and really awesome events. It was the place where the balloon glow occurred and many other events. Something is always going on in Forest Park and with Fontbonne being so close, I can’t help but to go out and join in.
The food and shopping options in St. Louis was a huge change! So much to do and all easily accessible, which was kind of new to me. The loop is a great place to go for some retail therapy and lunch. My favorites include Mission Tacos, Blueprint, and Sole. Mission tacos has the best chicken tacos and I swear by them. When Blue Print has the best coffee that I’ve ever tasted. I’ve talked with the owner a lot, and he is passionate about what he does. Every cup is brewed individually and the coffee never tastes burned. They serve it from a beaker, a science beaker!
St. Louis is a pretty busy place with enough places and options to make you feel overwhelmed, but you’ll always find your favorite! Happy exploring!
I’ll start off today by saying that my lost post did not resurface. Note to self: do not leave papers at work ever again. I tried to recreate what I had written; hopefully it’s close to what I had before. At the very least, I added some lovely pictures that make this new post more interesting! You’ll find them below, between some of the paragraphs.
In the summer, I try to get up and run in the mornings, before the heat becomes sweltering. I like being in the fresh air and sunshine; it gives me energy and increases my positivity for the rest of the day. I should make a note here that my “running” is close to the speed of an elderly couple taking a walk. I am not at all a fast runner, but I prefer to use that term over “jogging,” which reminds me of fuzzy sweatsuits and workout videos from the 80’s. So running it is.
As morning temperatures begin to drop, however, I often start crawling back into bed instead of putting on my tennis shoes. I tell myself, “I’ll run this afternoon.” Later, when afternoon arrives, I realize that I’ll be at work until the sun goes down, and all motivation to exercise dissipates with the sinking sun. Sad day, right?
Some days, however, I say to myself, “It’s not that cold, you’ll be okay,” and I put on my shoes and go out anyway. And never have I regretted a morning run. Really, does anyone ever say “I wish I hadn’t exercised today?” Barring personal injuries, I would say no, that phrase does not exist. When I get myself out the door and start off down the sidewalk, I am able to enjoy all the fall colors swirling around my feet. St. Louis is so pretty this time of year, when all the leaves are changing and falling from the trees. I never get out as much as I plan to, but I’m grateful that I do get to several times each week.
Yes, I do stop to take pictures while I run. I know it defeats the purpose of exercising to be standing in the middle of the road with a camera, but I can’t miss the opportunity.
What do you like to do for exercise? Besides running, I’ve tried Zumba classes and yoga classes. Let me know if you have any interesting workout experiences to share!