Thanks! Good recommendation.
For anyone else curious about this:
I got on the canals and discovered the Grand Canalscape project. Such a beautiful improvement to the Grand Canal. Crosswalks, wide paved paths and bridges make this so great for running or biking.
Link to the SRP Canalscape info: https://blog.srpnet.com/grand-canalscape-recreational-paths/
I went from 26th St. & Oak to 40th St. & Van Buren for about 5.5 miles roundtrip. Highly recommend this section or others on the Grand Canal.