Thursday, June 23, 2016

8 Mile Run

I've been pretty consistently running 5-6 days a week including 8 miles every Saturday morning.  I do let myself wait until about 6:30-7:30 to start, though once the humidity increases I'll be out earlier.  I had been going out to the suburban state park area to do the long runs but this past week, I just didn't feel like driving over there so I decided to do a big loop around my little city.  I took some pictures along the way  and as you will see, it was a beautiful, brilliant blue day. Here is my eight mile run, illustrated.

Downtown Flowers

We are known for being an inclusive little city

Mural of Musicians

Minion cheering me on

The bad side of eminent domain.  Mr. Helen and I had our first dinner date in the restaurant that used to be right here.  It was taken via eminent domain for redevelopment in the late 1990s and here it is today, undeveloped.

Repurposed Fire House

One of the marinas along the waterfront

The childhood home of author Eugene O'Neill and the setting for Long Day's Journey into Night

Two kinds of fuel

This hospital sign makes me laugh.  See the arrow pointing to "downtown?"  Why?

6.5 miles in.  Hate to say it Shelley, but this was the temp at 8:15-ish in the morning. 

I always admire this home's flowers

Home Sweet Home and to the patio to stretch out. So excited to see the flowers I planted from seeds actually bloomed!

I've actually done a couple 10-mile runs as well but right now it takes me as long to run 8 as I used to be able to run 10.  So, I need to get out earlier or be willing to run later.  As Mr. Helen pointed out, it is at least 6 years since I was doing any sort of distance regularly so I guess I should be glad I'm still able to run longer.  The upside of this run was that I actually r-a-n the whole thing - no stopping except two red lights I got caught at, and no intervals and no walking except maybe 10 second segments to take a swig of water. It's the little things.