My run in Winchester, Virginia: The APPLE of my eye

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Here’s a view of an entrance to the Old Town Winchester pedestrian plaza. I ran in Winchester the morning of Sept. 13. (Vanessa Junkin photo)

I am not a morning person, but I am also not a person that likes to miss out on the opportunity to run in a new place.

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I used the self-timer on my camera to take this photo on the pedestrian plaza area.

So, before a busy day at the Mid-Atlantic Tourism Public Relations Alliance Media Marketplace in Winchester, Virginia, I got up early, put my running shoes on and left my hotel for the run at about 5:45 a.m.

This conference was held Sept. 12-14, and the run was Sept. 13. As you can probably guess from my delay in writing this post, I have been very busy recently!

I actually run so rarely in the morning on weekdays that I basically forgot until the day before that it would still be dark when I started running. But I wasn’t going to pass up my chance to run in a new-to-me place. The three-day conference was packed with activities, and the morning would be my only chance to get a run in.

I was staying at the Hilton Garden Inn, which is a nice hotel but wasn’t in a super interesting area for running. I decided to run toward the Old Town area, which is where the conference was, then run around in that area some before heading back to my hotel.

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Here is one of the large apples that I saw in the Old Town area of Winchester. (Vanessa Junkin photo)

The Old Town has a nice pedestrian plaza that is closed off to traffic. I found this a nice place to run. There’s also a running store on this plaza, Runners’ Retreat, which I returned to the next day just before leaving to go home to Salisbury. I bought a shirt I’d seen through the window that had the state of Virginia and an apple on it.

There seemed to be apples everywhere in Winchester! I actually came across two large apples on my run (art, not real apples), and there were other large apples that I saw later on my trip. During the Thursday of the conference, I went on a FAM tour called “From Bloom to Brew,” where we visited different apple orchards/markets. I came back to Salisbury with apples and cider (regular and hard — I waited to try the hard cider till I got home; I didn’t partake during work).

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Here’s “LOVE” displayed outside the Handley Library in Winchester, Virginia. (Vanessa Junkin photo)

There was also the word “LOVE” set up by the Handley Library in Winchester.

Winchester is definitely a hilly area. Although some of the running seemed flat, such as on the plaza, I did make my way up some hills. In the run of 5.52 miles, my watch logged 168 feet of elevation gain, more than what I’d climb on a run of that distance in Salisbury. For example, I ran 5.11 miles in Salisbury yesterday and logged 44 feet of elevation gain, according to my watch.

While in Winchester, I saw a sign or two for the Green Circle Trail, and when I was in an Uber, the driver mentioned there were trails down Jubal Early Drive, which I found was the Abrams Creek Wetlands Preserve. I wanted to get up early on Thursday and run over that way the next morning, but unfortunately one super-early morning was all I could handle, particularly with a packed schedule.

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