My one-and-only sibling is due to have a baby — today! This will be the first grandchild for my parents, so everyone is feeling slightly excited to meet our newest family member.
Why am I telling you this? Last night I had to run with my phone in case I got the call to go to Babyville — also known as Kingston, Ontario.
I’ve been running technology free since I started running again in late May. No Garmin, no phone. It’s liberating!
I took advantage of having to carry my phone last night and was able to snap some photos of my beautiful city.
I moved to Fredericton from Nova Scotia when I was 18 years old. I attended university here and ended up never leaving New Brunswick again, even during my summers in university. I met my husband at school, and we both fell in love with the small city and decided we would try to settle down here.
I can proudly say with complete honesty that I have never gone on a run in Fredericton and not thanked my lucky stars for our beautiful trail system. Part of it even gets plowed in the winter.
I lived in Saint John for eight months — and loved it there! — but when I first arrived I asked a few people where I should run. Everyone pointed me to Harbour Passage, which turned out be 1.5K long. Whomp whomp. Fredericton has miles and miles of beautiful trails that makes mapping out routes, even for long marathon-training runs, an enjoyable experience with minimal stoplights and sidewalks.
I’ve lived in five apartments in vastly different areas of the city and the farthest one from the trail system was 1.3K away. Once you see the trail you just hop on and start rolling wherever your legs will take you.
Fredericton comes alive in the summer especially. You can tell people want to make up time for the terrible winters we have.
Last night my run was fairly short but I still managed to see a team of bagpipers practising by the Lieutenant-Governor’s House, running clubs and Crossfit sprinters, bikers, rollerbladers, people of all ages and abilities, live music in the square … and a Shakespearean outdoors play.
I also ran through Wilmot Park and along the river, where the breeze is greatly appreciated on a hot summer night.
If you ever come to Fredericton to visit, I’ll be sure to take you on our trail system. Don’t forget your running shoes — and maybe your bagpipes.