Running: Vacation running
The next part of my running update includes mostly runs that took place during my vacation. I took a little road trip to Washington, DC, and the first thing I packed was my running shoes.
Yes, my Beasts and my running program, along with all the benefits attached thereto, really are that important to me.
Wednesday, 3 June: 5.59 miles, 54:08, 9:40.9/mile
Wednesday’s run took place in Springfield, Ohio. I got up in the morning and went out with something vaguely resembling a plan. I mostly figured out where I was supposed to be going, aside from a slight detour down too far down the street in front of the hospital. The course was fairly hilly, and the weather was a bit muggy, but it wasn’t a bad run.
Thursday, 4 June: 5.48 miles, 54:16, 9:54.1/mile
Thursday’s run took place in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. I believe that “Uniontown” is an old Native American term that means, “We built this town on the least-flat place we could find.”
Yeah, so maybe that’s a slight exaggeration. If you’ve ever read this blog before, you’re used to that.
There were four harsh hills in this run. Fortunately, there was a nice downhill portion of the run after the second hill. Unfortunately, I wasn’t expecting the second two hills to be nearly as rough as they were.
Saturday, 6 June: 10.24 miles, 1:42:44, 10:02/mile
Saturday’s run was supposed to start in Arlington, Virginia, and take me across a bridge into Washington, District of Columbia, before returning me to Arlington. Unfortunately, the trail map I found doesn’t really jive with the way things are really laid out; well, either that, or the trail is completely unsigned. Either way, my plans were stymied, so I stayed in Arlington, running north from where I was staying until I reached the W&OD Trail (formerly the line of the Washington and Old Dominion Railroad), then ran out the trail until I ran out of trail, then ran a couple more local streets before turning around and returning whence I came. Once again, it was a bit of a hilly course, and the weather was extremely muggy, but I got through okay. The course was so much fun that …
Sunday, 7 June: 3.19 miles, 31:41, 9:55.9/mile
… I did a portion of the same route on Sunday. Hills are fun … or something.
Monday, 8 June: 5 miles, 43:47, 8:45.5/mile
I got back into Schoolcraft and had enough time to get in my run before the village’s planning commission meeting … if I hurried. So, I hurried. It was wicked hot, but I got through in time for the planning commission meeting.
Tuesday, 9 June: 5 miles, 46:05, 9:12.9/mile
I “celebrated” my last day of vacation by running my Maple Street run with my Monday group of friends. We had a good run, despite the very steep climb.
Thursday, 11 June: 6.05 miles, 58:28, 9:39.8/mile
I wasn’t able to catch up with my regular group for this run, so I went down to Portage and ran the Bicentennial Trail. I did run into the Gazoom trainees. I ran a little over a mile with Alana, which is always fun. I got to visit with Pam, which is also always fun. The six-mile run was a good one, though I felt like I was pushing a little bit on the back half of the run … largely because I was.