Everyone’s worst nightmare: the treadmill. You want to do some cardio but didn’t have staring at a wall while running in place on the menu. It’s no secret that running on treadmill isn’t the most exciting workout. It can make getting in shape boring, tedious even disinteresting. Sometimes not even music can help. Running outside can be much more enjoyable especially when the scenery is inspiring and the terrain is adventurous. You’ve already heard some tips for how to start training, now find out some great Syracuse area spots that’ll motivate you to get outside and get active.
Green Lakes State Park
Two beautiful glacial lakes surrounded by tons of endless trails, perfect for taking a long run. If that terrain doesn’t interest you the park also features a golf course, as well as rowboat and kayak rentals. You can also finish off a tough workout with some stretching on the lakeside beach. Just 10 miles from downtown Syracuse, be ready for a small fee to enter the park.
Easily the most unique aspect of this trail is the urban yet scenic environment. Starting from the historic Armory square district in the heart of downtown Syracuse, 2.6 miles later you’ll find yourself transported to the southern shore of Onondaga Lake. The trail will eventually link to the Loop the Lake trail connecting the pathway with other trails surrounding the lake.
For those who are on the adventurous side and up for a bit of a drive, Pratt Falls features easily some of the most scenic trails of the group. The 137 foot waterfall will motivate you to tackle one of the four paths offered. The remoteness of the falls leads to a quiet run so you can really hear yourself struggling on all those hills. Better yet, the park won’t break the bank with a $1 suggested donation.
Clark Reservation State Park
If you are near the university area, then this beautiful state park is right around the corner. Rugged cliffs and a basin lake provide a bold backdrop for a variety of trails ranging in length. The variety of connecting paths allows runner to create their own create their own unique run each with its own challenges. The best time to head to the park is early morning on weekdays as there are parking fees on holidays and weekends.