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Running 2022 Highlights: Running 2022 was a good year, if not great. The good included incredibly beautiful runs through 31cities in 10 countries. But Brussels knocked me off my only running goal for the year.

2022 was our best year for travel yet. Six months and eleven countries on The French Trip, The Swiss Trip, Our Second Favorite Place, and The British Trip. The people, the stays, and the sights were phenomenal. And oh yes, local food and wine! Running helps me keep that in balance.

Bitter about Brussels

I had hoped to run 52 Cities in 52 Weeks again this year; but it was not to be. Less than two weeks into our travels, we arrived in Brussels, Belgium. On May 5th, early in the morning, I set out to runsee the city. Within a half-mile I felt the dreaded “twang” in my left calf, the one I’d torn a tendon in a few years before. I stumbled, tried to keep running, and could not. I limped the next 4 miles, stubbornly determined to see the sights along my planned route. That injury hobbled me for the rest of the summer, and I missed many of my planned city runs.

Brussels, Belgium
Brussels, Belgium – about here, TWANG, and that was the end my 2022 running goal

OK, I’ll quit whining now and get on to the good stuff. Despite Brussels, it was great.

Running 2022 Highs

There were three big high-points of the year. First, Luxembourg, the best city run of the year. With a deep river gorge splitting the city in two, it was hilly but with views out of a fairy tale. Stunning. This city is not on most people’s travel radar, but it should be.

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg.  View from a fairy tale.
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg. View from a fairy tale.

Second, we were featured in a Great Runs story this summer! Great Runs has been great for finding routes in each new city. They constantly add new content and interesting posts that keep me adding “want to go” locations to our bucket list. Check them out!

Great Runs Feature
Our story in the Great Runs newsletter!

Finally, Conwy Mountain, in North Wales, was the best trail run. I had only a rough idea of the path, got lost, and climbed the hillside through scratchy gorse. Atop, I found beautiful sea views over the harbor, and the mountain covered in purple heather. I caught the elusive runner’s high over the top and all the way down the mountain. Incredible!

Conwy Mountain Run
Heather, Gorse, Rock, Sea and Sky on Conwy Mountain

And the Rest

There were so many wonderful photos, here are some of my favorite Running 2022 pics.

Lyon France. Entrance to Parc de la Tête d'Or (Park of the Golden Head)
Lyon, France
Parc de la Tête d’Or (Park of the Golden Head)
Beaune France. The heart of Burgundy wine country
Beaune, France
The heart of Burgundy wine country
Reims, France.
Reims, France
Joan of Arc led King Charles VII to coronation
Luxembourg CIty, Luxembourg
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Parc Kinnekswiss in May bloom
Amboise France. Da Vinci lived his final days here near the Loire River.
Amboise, France
Da Vinci lived his final days here
Sarlat-de-Caneda France. Near the Dordogne River, the best Pate..
Sarlat-de-Caneda, France
Near the Dordogne River, the best Pate.
Bordeaux France. Miroir d'eau reflecting Basilique Saint-Michel
Bordeaux, France
Miroir d’eau reflecting Basilique Saint-Michel
Ciboure France. South of Biarritz, the quieter Basque French shore
Ciboure, France
South of Biarritz, the quieter Basque French shore
Andorra-la-Vella Andorra. Rec del Solà Trail above the city.
Andorra-la-Vella, Andorra
Rec del Solà Trail above the city.
Aix-en-Provence France. The hidden Musée du Pavillon de Vendôme
Aix-en-Provence, France
The hidden Musée du Pavillon de Vendôme
Annecy France. Summer fun on the boardwalk of Lake Annecy
Annecy, France
Summer fun on the Lake Annecy boardwalk
Montreux Switzerland. Century-old steamship on Lake Geneva
Montreux, Switzerland
Century-old steamship on Lake Geneva
Basel River Run
Basel, Switzerland
Fish leaping above the Rhine
Hvar Croatia. View from the Spanish Fortress
Hvar, Croatia
View from the Spanish Fortress
Bol, Croatia is our second favorite
Bol, Croatia
Still our second favorite place
Bol Croatia. Our swim and gym for a month. None better!
Bol Croatia. Our swim and gym for a month. None better!
London England. Magnificent Tower Bridge
London, England
The Magnificent Tower Bridge
Cambridge England. Early morning reflections in the Cam River.
Cambridge, England
Early morning reflections in the Cam River
Dorking, England.
Dorking, England
Home of the five-toed Chickens
Broadway Runs, Broadway Village
Broadway Village, England
Golden sandstone architecture
Milford Haven Wales. Locks to protect the harbor
Milford Haven, Wales
Locks to protect the harbor
Conwy, Wales.
Conwy, Wales
River harbor at the edge of all
Liverpool England. Running with John, Paul, George and Ringo
Liverpool, England
Running with John, Paul, George and Ringo
Buxton England. Solomon's Temple, a Victorian folly.
Buxton, England
Solomon’s Temple, a Victorian folly
Bowness on Windermere England. A green and pleasant land indeed.
Bowness-on-Windermere, England
A green and pleasant land indeed.
Glasgow, Scotland
Glasgow, Scotland
Old tow Paths below the University
Edinburg Scotland. Got in a bit of a row
Edinburg, Scotland
Got in a bit of a row
Durham England, cathedral over River Wear
Durham, England
Cathedral over River Wear
York England. Where Constantine became Roman Emperor
York, England
Where Constantine became Roman Emperor
Ironbridge England. Where the Industrial Revolution was born
Ironbridge, England
Where the Industrial Revolution was born
Dublin Ireland. New Phoenix Park on the River Liffey
Dublin, Ireland
New Phoenix Park on the River Liffey

My goal for 2023, again, is another 52 Cities in 52 weeks. First stop – Christchurch New Zealand. Happy New Year all!

More Running Bytes from Around the World

The Broadway Runs

I managed a few solitary Broadway runs, through steeples, stiles, sheep and rain. It was fantastic, despite the sop and stinging nettle.

Conwy Mountain Run

The morning rain had passed, and blue skies began to peek through the clouds.  Conwy Mountain was calling; time for a run!

Thames Run

Tourists were already swarming Southbank as I started my morning Thames Run; I felt like a half-back, trying to hit a gap in the line just to gain a few yards.

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