Sunday, December 13, 2009

Day 70: Exercising in Oxford


When I first arrive at Cambridge over the summer, I attempted to go running every morning until, frustrated with the lack of smooth, contiguous paths and trails, I concluded that Cambridge was not designed for running, but for walking. One must, even in the countryside, climb fences at intervals, in the city stop to enter gates and doors in gardens, and avoid twisting an ankle on uneven ground or cobblestone. And so I walked.

The same is true of Oxford. It is not designed for running, but for walking. And the walks - both within college and outside-are beautiful.

Walking--and cycling--are a part of life here. Cars are discouraged, and everything is within walking or cycling distances. This and the weather are perhaps why I don't see more exercising in a dedicated fashion. And there are also no gyms. Perhaps each college has one?

In any event, I have enjoyed exercising Oxbridge-style. I try to ride my bike on all long distances, and I make sure to walk at least 1-2 miles a day-briskly. Pictured here is Port Meadow, which I saw again on my long bike ride yesterday.

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