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.


  1. OK, it's nearly 8:15 am our time and the temperature is 79 degrees, feels like 86. I'm only crying a little at your 66 degrees, with low humidity. OK, a lot.

    Neat tour of your town, and big big congrats on such a great run, and running season, you're having!!!

  2. I really enjoyed the tour of your town.

  3. Oh I love this post! I always enjoy it when people take me on their walk or run at their blog. I love seeing where you run

  4. What was that firehouse repurposed into? Living quarters? A shop? I have to know LOL!

    Your town is uber charming. I am going to get there sooner rather than later.

  5. Yep, I am sure Shelley is jealous! Humidity is what kills me - yesterday I walked it was 68 degrees but 100% humidity and I was sweating balls!

    Love how quaint your town looks! :D

  6. LOVE the minion cheering you on! (this is Roz btw, but Dennis is logged in, and I think he may be needing to say logged in....dunno... )

  7. Thanks for taking us along on your run! And congrats for the runs!!!