A blog by a guy named Chris who writes about running. Usually trail running--often at the ultramarathon distance. See you on the trails.
"Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go." -T.S. Eliot
"Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional." -Dalai Lama
"The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art." -Leonardo da Vinci
Sunday, December 7, 2014
Regular Running Route
I finally have a regular running route. I don't run it every single day, but it's my "go to" route when I have nothing else planned. It's a 7-mile, mostly trail loop, with an out and back road section. The begining (and end) road section allows me to warm-up and cool-down. Seven miles is just the right distance for me--not too long and not too short. I can run it before or after work and still do other things. A one-hour run feels good. Not tired afterward, but I also feel like I accomplished something. Five miles doesn't cut it. More miles takes just a bit too long (especially before work). In addition to being the right distance, it's the right route. I have a short walk before I start running (and also at the end before walking home) and I know exactly where I start to run and where it will end. It's great having a regular route. I know each mile mark. I know each hill. I know where the wind howls and where I'm sheltered. It's comforting. And when I hit the stop button on my GPS watch, I know whether it was a good or bad run (timewise). I know what my average heart rate should be for the full route. There's certainly a place for variety in routes, but it's really nice to have a regular running route. It's not the fanciest route, but it's mine...and I like it.