Um, yeah, I have not been in Indy for the past three weeks. I’m actually just a total blogging slacker and have yet to post my final adventure that I had in Indianapolis. And actually it was one that Sister got to partake of too!
On Thursday morning before we left to head back to ‘Scony, we signed up to take a Running Tour! (see now why it is applicable that I post this here even though it took place forever and a day ago?) The same company that led my bike tour on Monday led this running tour and once again I was not disappointed. We ended up being the only ones on the tour again and it worked out well because we got to leave a little later than the typical 7:15 am start time. I think we selected to head out at 8am and the tour guy met us right at our hotel so it was doubly convenient.
We started out running around the canal area that I had explored on Sunday but it was Sister’s first chance to fully see the area as she had been working on Sunday when I was out exploring. As a side note, we told the tour guide that we wanted to take it easy but apparently we were not descriptive enough about our definition of “easy” because I don’t think we ever ran a slower than 9:30/mile pace for 4+ miles. Luckily we had lots of stopping breaks for photos and stories so it was Ok but man, I realized I am really out of running shape and really slow. Not that I really care but it still opened my eyes a wee bit…
We continued to run past quite a few memorials, my favorite being the September 11th memorial. By far my favorite tribute I have seen in any big city. They actually purchased some of the burnt beams to be placed in the piece to represent the towers – very cool and considering our trip fell the week of Sept 11th, even more special we were able to pay our respects there.
We ran, ran, ran some more and saw some more memorials, memorials, memorials and before we knew it, our four miles was up! I was actually quite surprised how quickly the time passed when we were actively listening to a tour while running. Too bad they don’t offer running tour marathons. Might be a new business venture for me! No fair stealing it
My favorite things about this vacation were the running tour and biking tour. My eyes have been opened to searching out experiences like these in future towns I visit because it really is an awesome way to stay active on vacation but still have fun and see the sights! Plus you have the added bonus of not wandering around feeling lost all the time. Active Indy has a really cool mission in their city and I hope if you ever are vacationing in Indianapolis that you check them out! I know I wish I could start a business like that here in Milwaukee. Too bad I am so horrible at small talk that I would likely scare people away before we even begin – hehe!
Even though it’s been three weeks, I sill really miss the laid back feel of vacation and really wish I could find a way to live in permanent vacation mode. Oh to dream big!
Do you have a favorite active vacation pastime? Do you still exercise on vacation?