Running Tour Of My Town

Recently, I saw a blogger give readers a photo tour of her runs in Charleston, SC (jealous much?). I’ve actually meant to do this for a while, and have had these pictures on my computer…I just never posted it. Seeing the snow in the pictures made me grateful it’s summer!

So I live in a tiny little town in New Jersey. The population is a little over 2,500. I’ve lived here me whole life and although sometimes it’s boring living in a town that is 15-30 minutes away from everything (grocery stores, movie theaters, mall), it’s scenic and peaceful.

Okay let’s start! I usually run down Main Street, which runs along the entire length of the town (a little over 2 miles).

These photos are in the “center of town.” There is a coffee shop, a little boutique, and the post office. Also a luxury car dealer…well, “dealer.” They have like 3 Porsche’s out front.



Cocoluxe is the coffee shop and they have the best pastries! A bit pricey but so worth it.

If you keep running past here, you’ll make it to our town pond. Every Miles For Matheny 5K that I’ve done starts here, and many town events are held here as well. I remember going to movie nights in the park when I was a kid. They also have these 2 swans that are actually kind of mean!


Around the corner from here is our town pizza shop. I swear it’s the best pizza ever, but Dan doesn’t agree. But those who live in town would definitely agree it’s the best pizza ever ;)


On my run back towards home, I sometimes do some hill sprints on this pretty steep road. It’s perfect for hill sprints – you can either do 30 seconds, or if you run up the full hill it’s about 1 minute.


Lastly, I’ll leave you with a picture of the sunset at one of the highest points in town. I like to go up there to take in the views and think about life :)


From my house to the edge of town is about 2 miles, so I can do a 4 miler right in town. Sometimes I get pretty sick of it, but I am grateful I live in a safe area where I rarely have to worry about my safety while on a run (knock on wood).

Give us a tour of your runs in town! I’d love to see your pictures.

How long is your running loop in your town?

Do you mainly run in town or drive to other locations to run?


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  1. so cool! when i was running, i just ran around my neighborhood :)
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  2. What a fun post! I’m glad this is from a while ago. I was about to say, there should not be snow in New Jersey right now! haha
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    • omg if there was still snow I would move. Looking at those pics makes me cold – this past winter was brutal!

  3. That park reminds me of home with the snow on the ground like that and the paved trail going around a pond and the geese just sitting there. Good times.


    • haha yeah always so many geese! It’s good for an impromptu track workout because around the pond is about 400 meters.

  4. i loved abby’s SC tour post and i love this too. hmmm…this might be a future friday five idea :)
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  5. Is that Peapack/Gladstone? I actually worked at Matheny and ran Miles for Matheny one year (as in planned it :)
    I grew up close by in Warren!
    Living in Hoboken working in NYC I am able to change up the running routes quite frequently but I have my standard out and backs that I do along the water that can be up to 20 miles depending on when I turn around!
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    • such a small world! Yes it’s Peapack-Gladstone :) I have run Miles for Matheny each year since 2010. I’m sure it’s pretty hectic planning that event! I’m jealous you live in Hoboken…I want to move their with my boyfriend once we are more settled.

  6. This is a great idea! I’ll have to do this! :)
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  7. Awesome tour! I did this right before I moved away from Philly and it’s one of my favorite posts ever. I should do one for Seward now that I live somewhere new!
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  8. Thanks for the tour! What a fun post. I do a combination of both – run right outside my front door, or drive to nearby trail.
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    • Yeah I need to do more driving to trails – there are so many near me that I just don’t take advantage of!

  9. Oh my gosh your sunset is amazing.
    Plus that Main Street coffee shop looks so fun.
    My run route depend on if I am hitting the trail, my islands route, the bridge, or my favorite – running downtown Charleston which I am doing tomorrow.
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  10. Ahh, that sounds so great! My route is dependent on the distance I want to cover, but I almost always start from my house and either run through our small town or cross over into the city near us and loop around there.
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