*Jeremy wanted to drop in for a guest post. So here he is.
Lately Clarice has been running outside a lot to prepare for races like the April Fool’s Four Miler. One of the routes she has been running is one of my favorite outdoor runs. This is the run “out to Packers Falls.”
I have favorite running routes in every place I have lived. In high school, my favorite long-distance track workout was the run from my high school (in downtown Rochester, NY) over the Genesee River to the Rochester Zoo. In college, I regularly commandeered Arkansas bike trails to meet my running needs. Here, it is no different. The run from Newmarket, NH to Packers Falls (towards Durham) down Packers Falls Road is convenient, full of interesting landmarks that help you keep a good pace, and ends at a scenic, rocky, New England river. This area is also surrounded by nature preserves and recreational areas that require exploration.
In total, the run is about 3 miles. There is a slight incline up to the middle, a slight decline towards the
Falls and then back. Start by walking or jogging to the stretching point.
We walk past the train tracks and into the town cemetery.
While walking through a cemetery may not be the best way to start just about anything, the scenic view of the river can be relaxing. It certainly beats the road.
We stretch (always stretch well or you’ll end up gimpy with Knee FPS like me!) in a little grassy clearing between the cemetery and Water treatment facility. I don’t think it is actually used anymore. I won’t ask and won’t become concerned.
Now start running from the river down Packers Falls Road towards Durham.
Soon, and out of nowhere, you make your way up the windy road to another old gated cemetery. Since we have lived in New Hampshire for a while and realize that at any moment, we may see a tombstone from the 1700’s or a historic marker; we aren’t that curious. Keep running!
Pass by Little John Road, give a little Oo-de-lally, and keep on your way.
We are halfway there. Now the long straightaway.
After the straightaway, we hit a few more curves and pass the “Artist’s Yard.”
The steps say “art is architecture” but don’t really lead anywhere. Certainly better than lawn gnomes
(creepy). But we’re pretty much there.
Before turning around to go back home, take a minute to enjoy the scenery.
I am not sure I have had a regular running route that has as much character and scenery as this one. It may be my favorite of all.
Jeremy’s right, this is the best run ever. Thanks for the post Jeremy. Next time you have to edit and insert your own pictures.