Travel Series: Norwalk, Connecticut (SoNo)
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you must be aware of the latest monster snowstorm that is bearing down on the tri-state area. So in anticipation of being stuck indoors all day tomorrow I decided to get a run in this evening to get rid of some pent up energy.
I had planned to do a five mile loop that would take me down to South Norwalk, (SoNo for the locals) and back home. I knew full well that my run would have some difficulties since I am currently nursing several injuries to my left leg. I have a broken toenail on my big toe, shin splints that have returned and a tweaked knee that has been bothering me since my last ski trip to Vermont.
I warmed up and stretched at home knowing full well that this would be difficult to do with the outside temps hovering at around 30℉. The first mile went by uneventfully but then my injuries returned to remind me that I should take it easy. My left shin felt like it was on fire and with every landing of my foot, my knee felt like a bowl of jello. I knew I had to stop.
I hate starting something and not seeing it through, specially my runs. But I did not want to continue my run knowing full well that I would just be making things worse. So what did I do? Well I made the best of it and turned my run into a Travel Series for the blog of course!
Eat: There’s so many great places to eat at South Norwalk. Whether you are looking for breakfast, lunch or dinner, there’s always a great option to be found. Focusing on a breakfast spot, I highly recommend The SoNo Baking Company and Cafe. Don’t let the fact that this spot has been profiled on the Food Network deter you, this place is legit. A highlight is the stuffed brioche french toast, topped with vanilla pastry cream, berries and organic maple syrup.
Do: Walk around! South Norwalk, located right on Long Island Sound is known for its rich seafaring history. You will be reminded of this at every turn you make. There’s plenty of small boutiques for shopping fanatics. The Maritime Aquarium is ranked among the top 25 aquariums in the U.S. and offers a perfect opportunity to spend a few hours learning about local aquatic life. I personally like to visit Kaas & Co, a small shop that features products from The Netherlands. They sell a Dutch hazelnut/vanilla spread by Cusco that is an incredible topping on just about anything.
I was upset at not being able to finish off my run this evening, but on the upside I was able to walk around and enjoy some of the highlights of South Norwalk that I tend to forget about. Lovely this time of year, even better during the warm weather months.
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