There are times in life when you don't want to be seen — when sick, hungover, having a bad hair day, or starting an exer-cise routine. You can stay home if you have the flu or are experiencing beer-induced flu-like symptoms, but when starting the Couch-to-5K or another running routine, you'll need to get out of the house. It can be intimidating to go to Back Cove and get lapped by a runner who doesn't even look winded. To avoid embarrassment you can get in shape without being judged at the Evergreen Cemetery on Stevens Avenue. The cemetery is quiet, secluded, and not overrun with dog walkers, baby strollers, bikers, and runners like at Back Cove. Open from 8 am to 6:30 pm, Evergreen is the place to go if you need to practice your form and pace while wearing sweatpants and ratty T-shirts. With 239 acres of land, you can run up hills or stick to the flats, run by the duck pond, and tread across dirt paths or paved roads. No one will judge your outfit or lack of breath — look around you! After a few months running at Evergreen Cemetery take your long-distance runner's body to the Back Cove with all the other living, breathing athletes. Until then, your secret is safe at Evergreen.
672 Stevens Ave, Portland | 207.797.4597