You know there is never a boring moment with me. So, why did I decide to partake in a 10k (6.2 miles) running tour of Mexico City?
Initially, I wanted to do a 5k (3.1 miles) but I was bamboozled into the 10k by a traveling buddy with similar likes and as crazy as me lol.
Distance: Colonial San Angel Private Tour – 10K
Duration: 2 hours
Level of Difficulty: Beginner to Intermediate
Time to Run
So our morning started at 6:45 am on Sunday being picked up by Citla at our hotel. The morning temperature in Mexico City in May was 54°F 👀😳. Yep, we were cold but it did warm up, finally!
We then drove about 20 minutes to our starting point which was El Parque de la Bombilla. It is a public park located in the neighborhood of San Ángel.
We started our run and after about 5 minutes I was literally trying to catch my breath. I forgot that Mexico City is 2,250 meters (7,351 feet) above sea level. Well, it took about 20 minutes for me to adjust. Then it was running up and down some hills and on cobblestone road. Who does this during a weekend getaway? Me! 🙄😁
San Angel was born from the “Xitle Volcano eruption and declared a Magical neighborhood by the Mexico’s City government during the XIX century. Its original name was Tenanitla and was the home of the richest families in the city.”
The running tour took us into “La Bombilla”, a park that was part of many important events that changed Mexico’s history during the 20th century. You are probably wondering if I am going to write about the history….nah! Visit Mexico and find out for yourself! 😉
We also ran inside the campus of the university which also had a dog park. The dogs had no care in the world and were having a ball. Now, THAT was the fun part; watching the dogs!
Side bar: Did you know the public university is free to the Mexican people?
Also, throughout the campus, there were several murals that represented the history of the Mexican people which will be in my next blog, Murals of Ciudad de Universitaria.
Besides the murals on the campus grounds, you will see them throughout the neighborhood
Also, the different architectural designs
Every now and then I had to take a break from the running. Behind me is the Maguey, a type of Cactus that is used to make paper, soap, and even tequila.
This had to be one of the best ways to see the less touristy side of Mexico City and get our cardio in while learning the history.
Also, if you ever get a chance to visit Mexico City make sure to contact Citla Soto firstname.lastname@example.org. She is trail runner with extensive knowledge of Mexico.
Whew! 6 miles later it was over and all I can think about was a shower.
I hope you enjoyed running with me. Remember, always try to do something different when traveling. A running or bike tour is a great way to start!