Training Log - Monday, December 20, 2010

12/20/2010 10:19:00 PM

It was 5 AM and 25 degrees outside when I got up to get ready to start the week with a flat road run. James and Richard cme over to my house to run a new street route, also known as "Richard's Adventure Run"...according to Richard anyway. We took off at 5:30 AM and headed down Jack Coleman to turn left on Holmes Ave and Jordan Lane towards Drake Ave, where we turned left again. Richard had worked out a route that would lead us past Parkway Place Mall and through downtown before reconnecting with Holmes Ave to head back to my house.

We kept an easy pace throughout, allowing me to check out the different characters roaming the streets in the early morning. Aside from the occasional person on his or her early morning commute to work on foot or on their bicycle, there was one individual who had either started to party hard really early or he was still partying from the previous night. We actually had to leave the sidewalk and run on the road for a moment as he literally used the entire width of the sidewalk to "walk". I probably wobbled just as much as this gentleman when I crossed the finish line at my very first ultra just a year ago...obviously for different reasons;-)

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  1. So yeah... see you missed the early runs with James and Mike and I. Before there was a madison walking trail. Before there was the neighborhoods in Research park. Back in those days, I would plan a run with various sections that had no connector. It was literally cross country at its best.

    I used to call the spots where there were no connectors 'Question marks'. Mike and James would always ask me before we'd start out on a run "How many question marks are there?" These question marks were the adventure. They included running up to the rock quarry on Oakwood. They included getting across frozen creeks. They included blazing trails through thick brush and getting torn to shreds by thorns.

    Anyway... you missed the reference! I called it an adventure run in the hopes that James would pick up that there were some sketchy neighborhoods which I was calling 'Question marks" :)

    What's the plan for tomorrow? Rainbow? Is that what James wanted?

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