This morning I got made the opportunity to run on the Bloomingdale Trail, an elevated path that goes through Bucktown, Logan Square and Humboldt Park (and likely more) neighboarhoods.
See the elevated path up there?
The Bloomingdale Trail is currently not completely open for access, so it’s a bit challenging,
risky, thrilling to get up there. Needless to say, it’s not just as easy as climbing steps, but the access point I found wasn’t too hard to get in through. It’s an abandoned railway line that I think was in use up until the 1980’s. It’s still privately owned, and there are neighborhood efforts to have the trail clean up and officially opened up to the public.
Once up, you’re running above the streets and it was glorious not to have to worry about stop lights, cars, or sidewalks. It’s a packed trail that has gravel and
broken glass shiny gravel in some areas, so I did have to watch my footing. If you trip, the potential is not only glass shards in your knees, but potentially also tetanus? Get your boosters, everyone!
Overall it was a beautiful spot to go run. I was scoping it out as a potential photo shoot location, and it quite meets the needs!
Look at this photo taken (by a photographer) (and not of me):
4 miles total – .5 mile to get onto the trail, 1.5 miles on the trail, and then back! A great run (although slower than normal!) for a cool fall morning.
And it’s off to carbo-load for my Fox Valley Marathon this weekend!