There are many reasons to start running: it relieves stress, increases serotonin, there’s cute running clothes and of course it can help the slightly terrifying realization that you can no longer fit into your pre-quarantine skinny jeans. Whether you are trying to get that revenge body or want to enjoy the oddly pleasurable sensation of destroying your legs—you will need to know where you can work on your foot work in the Spokane area. Here are a few great places to pick up your stride.
GU’s campus and the Logan Neighborhood
Spokane has many beautiful running locales, but let’s learn to walk before we learn to run, because one of them is literally our own backyard. We have a relatively large campus that is beautiful and will give you a good workout in, especially if you’re lazy or don’t have a car to give you different views. This is also for the insanely busy Zag who doesn’t have time to drive to cute running spots—this run is all business in front part in the back. Doing a loop around campus is
If you have friends who live off campus it is also a fun experience to run to their house and give them a shout hello from the pavement. This running spot is definitely for someone who doesn’t mind being seen by people you know while you workout, Gonzaga’s campus is perfect. If you are a vain person who doesn’t want to focus on how cute their gait is, skip to the next locale.
The Centennial Trail
While The Centennial Trial is a bit of a Spokane go-to, the trail itself does merit some of the hype since it’s long and has some terrific views that are accessible to runners of any skill level. It can truly be as long as you want it to be. You can either decide to go for the gold and run multiple miles, or you can always run just to downtown and sneak away for a little brunch.
If you want some sweeter incentive to keep on running, the Centennial Trail offers the more fun, doughnut run. “The doughnut run is where you run from campus all the way to Hello Sugar,. The run is a 2.6 miles long and is sure to burn off all the calories you will consume eating doughnuts,” said GU alumna, Arcelia Martin.
Plus, Hello Sugar, is the perfect place to wait for your Uber back to campus with a nice coffee because running with a stomach full of dough is never really the move.
Audubon Park is a nine minute drive from campus located on Northwest Boulevard and Milton Street. This spot offers a rather spacious area the run, surrounded by trees to really give you that romanticized feeling of running that movies offer. It is a relatively quiet area away from campus that can let you clear your head and get out of the Zoom bubble for a little while. The best part about Audubon Park is that it is across the street from Little Garden Cafe, so when you finish your run you can treat yourself to a coffee and a snack.
South High Drive
Around a 13 minute drive from campus, South High Drive, offers a beautiful view on the edge of a cliff on the South Hill. It offers a long stretch of sidewalk to run on and multiple benches to catch your breath and take in the view. This run is for someone who really wants to romanticize their life. The scenery makes you fantasize about living in one of the big houses living lavishly, or perhaps rolling the body of someone who has crossed you down that hill. If these thoughts don’t motivate you to run and start Real Housewife level drama within your group of friends, not only is this run not for you but you probably aren’t that fun.
Whether you are trying to get in shape or have fantasies of bumping into your one true love the way Hallmark intended, give these locales a go and you won’t be sorry.