Long Runs in Granada

My objective in writing this blog post is to provide a tidbit of insight into my life here in Granada! My hope is that any reader of this can walk away feeling like they have at least one concrete thing to look forward to if they ever decide to study/live in Granada, and like they have the information they need to pursue that experience for themselves when they get here.

Tidbit: Fitness Outdoors

I ran my first half marathon this weekend on my own by following El Río Genil, Granada’s largest and best-known river, out east towards the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The route is incredibly scenic and is made up of several different types of terrain (road, cobblestone, hills, dirt, bridges, etc). The route starts at Polideportivo Genil, a sports complex on the south side of the river. All you have to do is follow the river for as long as it suits you, as the trail stretches on almost indefinitely. When you’ve had your fill of running, turn around and follow the river back. The run features views of small country farms, outdoor sport complexes, parks, rivers, streams, outdoor gyms, forests, and mountains.

The bottom line is Granada gives its residents all the excuses in the world to be fit. At your disposal you have outdoor gyms, beautiful running routes, others to move with, and a culture of movement embedded within the microculture of city. When you’re here in Granada, you can get to know the city by moving through it with other people. Don’t fall victim to the belief that you have to have a gym membership to be fit while you’re abroad; you don’t. It’s all here in the outdoors, and I encourage you to take advantage of it. Apologies, I don’t know how to rotate these pictures!

I hope you enjoyed the read!

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