Several Sundays ago I ran the Hamilton Marathon. Thousands of runners and I gathered together and raced on roads that were dedicated and designed for cars yet became the grounds for human movement. Starting at the top of the escarpment and ending at the edge the waterfront, the total distance was 42.2 kilometres.
The reason why I decided to take part in this marathon, (this is not my first and probably not my last marathon) was because I got to race down the Red Hill Valley Parkway. This stretch of expressway, which connects to the Queen Elizabeth Way, is only accessible by car. And when I travelled on it, the blurred landscape that is so fleeting from the window of a vehicle became more vast and expansive. Being surrounded by nature on a concrete plateau lent an elevated experience to my run.