run in Manchester

A rainy run in Manchester

Running in the rain

At the beginning of 2016 I had the chance of spending a couple of weeks in Manchester on a work assignment and even though I couldn’t find any races in that period to sign up for, I still took my running equipment with me and took this opportunity to run around the city.

Running is one of my favorite ways of discovering a new city. I love getting out the door into the unknown and just picking a direction and then enjoying a good run while I get to know the new city, admire its architecture, learn the streets, do some sightseeing and interact with the locals. And Manchester was no different.

I am not a morning runner, especially during weekdays when I must be in the office rather early. But I’ve learned to adapt and to really enjoy running in the evenings and late at night. I haven’t changed my style while I was in England either, but what surprised me was that the people there aren’t evening or night runners. In the entire period that I’ve spent there, I only met a group of three runners during a cold and windy night. The rest, 90% of the runners, at least from what I saw, are morning runners. Every morning on my long commute to work I saw countless runners hitting the wet streets of Manchester, from as early as 6 AM and continuing until 8-9 in the morning.

I have always admired the people who run in the morning, but I admire the runners in Manchester even more, since the mornings there in February & March are so grim, cold and wet that it’s hard to imagine how would one motivate himself/herself to hit the road…simply impressive!
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