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;-)