I’ve always been directionally challenged. It seems that no matter how hard I try, directions just never come easy for me. My husband used to actually think I was just not trying…and then he really got to know me and realized that I truly can go somewhere 100 times and still manage to get lost or turned around. So naturally, moving to a new city after having over 15 years to learn my way around, was a little intimidating at first.
The first week I was in Portland, I was sooo reliant on GPS it was scary. I would GPS to walk to the grocery store, to go back and forth to yoga classes and everything in between. After a lot of GPS’ing, I realized the only way I would start to learn my way around is on my feet. I knew it was time to get out and start running the city.
It’s weird but if I run somewhere, I’ll remember how to get there and back so much better than if I drive. It’s almost like running makes my senses better and helps me stay more alert and aware of where I am. After only two runs from downtown to my house, I’ve got it down. I feel like I could run anywhere downtown and find my way home, no problem. Time to run more places, I suppose. Look out Portland, because here I come! 😉
I also use this strategy when I travel. I love to get out and run so I can feel more secure with where I’m going and how I’m going to get there – whether if its for vacation, a conference or anything else – any time spent on my feet is productive!
Now that I’ve started running, I have a feeling I’ll start knowing my way around this city in no time.
Happy #TBT Thursday y’all. Here’s one of my very favorite TBTs with one of my very favorite people. Enjoy…and as always…
Stay sweaty friends.
Matt saysMarch 19, 2015 at 9:12 pm
Running is definitely the best way to experience a new location! I also feel like I don’t really know and get a feeling for a new place until I run there, exposed to the elements, the ground, the smells, the sights. Everything is so much more “alive” when you’re out running. Enjoy exploring your new town!
Jamie saysMarch 20, 2015 at 12:02 pm
Thanks Matt, y’all should come visit and run with us up here!
Alyse saysMarch 20, 2015 at 1:23 pm
Ahhh love this TBT! That was right before another big move… how much has changed since then. XOXO
Jamie saysMarch 20, 2015 at 1:40 pm
I know..I thought it was SO APPROPRIATE and found it while moving 😉 Perfect TBT