Nov 6, 201309:41 AM
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Dispatches from a New Orleans Newcomer

3 Great Spots for a Run in New Orleans

That's me on a run with New Orleans Jogging Tours back in February.

Courtesy of New Orleans Jogging Tours

I've been loving this warm weather in New Orleans recently. While I miss wearing my favorite coats that I used to wear at this time in the Midwest, I love New Orleans' mild temperatures in October and November for one reason in particular: running.

While I often go for runs and I've run two half-marathons in my life, I don't really call myself a runner. I don't care about PRs and I'm not interested in training for a full marathon, but I like that running is an easy way to stay in shape and burn calories. All you need is a pair of running shoes and you're set.

Forcing myself to run in New Orleans can be tough sometimes since this town is so focused on eating and drinking, but the beautiful fall weather is often too nice to ignore. I don't like running here when it's super humid, but running in the fall is lovely.

New Orleans is also a fun place for running because it's so flat and there are lots of scenic options. There are lots of beautiful outdoor spaces that are great for running in New Orleans, but here are three of my favorite spots:

 

Lakeshore Drive

I think the lakefront is one of the most underrated things about New Orleans. I have read and heard that the area was a bigger deal when Pontchartrain Beach was around, so I wish I could have been here when that was in business. Now, however, the lakefront is a fun place for a run or a picnic. I love running along Lakeshore Drive, especially the part that goes by UNO.

 

Wisner Trail Along Bayou St. John

One of my favorite places for a run is the Wisner Trail along Bayou St. John. It's a paved path that is great for both runners and cyclists. You can park your car along the bayou and either go back and forth along the trail, or add Paris Avenue to make a loop.

 

St. Charles Avenue

The last time I ran along the St. Charles Avenue streetcar tracks was when I went on a tour with New Orleans Jogging Tours for New Orleans Magazine in February, so I don’t go on this route very often. However, it’s clearly a local favorite because I see people running along the streetcar tracks every time I’m on St. Charles Avenue. It's also fun to look at all the mansions that line the street.

 

See you out there!

Reader Comments:
Dec 1, 2013 09:22 pm
 Posted by  Maricasas

Haley, I love this! I moved to NOLA, July 2012. Like you, I'm pretty much obsessed with the culture here. As a runner... I giggle as I write that... I will say that the St Charles route is my favorite, perhaps because I live in the Riverbend so it's an easy route. I haven't tried Lakeview yet, but I will! The only time I've ever done the Bayou has been during races... and yes, it's quite lovely! I've done Audubon Park too, but sometimes it's too crowded with walkers and bikers. I still don't understand how people can run in the Quarter though, it's mind boggling! I remember walking through the crowds on Peters the weekend of Super Bowl and seeing 2 runners just going about their business, dodging drunkards... now that's DETERMINATION!

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Haley AdamsHaley Adams has lived in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Missouri, Indiana and France, but she now calls Louisiana home. After graduating from Indiana University in December 2010, Haley moved back to her home, Columbia, Mo., to work for Inside Columbia magazine and mooch off her parents. After a year and a half at the small city magazine, Haley moved to the South to be the web editor at Renaissance Publishing in August 2012.

In addition to managing MyNewOrleans.com and Renaissance Publishing's social media, Haley is the editor of New Orleans Bride, as well as an associate editor for Renaissance Publishing's other publications.

When Haley is not at the office, she is probably trying a new restaurant, looking for places to shop or exploring the South with her boyfriend, Chris, and their dog, Leila. You can reach Haley at (504) 830-7259 or haley@myneworleans.com.

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