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This past week I was in Hartford, CT for a few days to attend a work conference. It was rainy the first couple of days I was there, so I ran in my hotel.* But on day 3, the sky cleared and I had a 2-hour break between sessions and the evening social event. So I hustled back to my hotel, changed and got out to run a few miles.
Truthfully, I had no desire to play/drink/snack with the other conference attendees, but I was interested to check out the Connecticut Science Center where the event was held. And I figured I should make an effort to pseudo-network. The highlight of a conference for me is learning new stuff, gaining inspiration for my work, visiting someplace new, and getting a brief reprieve from daily responsibilities.
I had seen signs around town for the Hartford Marathon because my hotel was right next to the XL Center where the expo would be held. I immediately got to thinking that my conference was held a week too early, I could have potentially run the race!
But back to my run… I asked the front desk clerks for the best route to run toward the capitol building. Following their direction, I ran around the park surrounding the capitol then I headed toward the river and the convention center (where I’d been hanging out so I was already a little familiar with the spot.) It wasn’t a long run as it was getting dark and I needed to get cleaned up. But those 3 miles recharged me and gave me the energy I needed. I’m so happy I didn’t pass up the chance to go for a run in this city.
Just thought I’d share some of the pretty pics that I snapped while running.
*I stayed at the Hartford Hilton which had a nice little gym plus an indoor pool.