Sunday, August 29, 2010

One Way

I did something new this weekend for my long run. Zach was up in Washington golfing so I didn’t have a car. I didn’t feel like running the waterfront/Springwater loop from home again, so I got creative. I took the Max (light rail) from downtown out to the Gateway Transit Center and ran home. I mapped it out and figured it would be just over 15 miles. Here is a little photo essay:

 

Started about 9:30 am. The train ride took about 25 minutes.

Run start

I found the I-205 trail and headed south. Just like it sounds, this trail follows the freeway. Most of it looked about like this- the road is up over the hill on the left and there is neighborhood to the right. Not too scenic! But it was new to me, so that was fun. This was about mile 3:

Run mile 3 ish

After 4 miles or so, that trail intersected with the Springwater Trail, where I took a right and headed toward downtown. This is a very familiar stretch of trail to me, although it was recently repaved which is cool. Still not too scenic. There were a lot of people out enjoying the sunshine. This is around mile 5 or 6:

Run mile 12 ish

A more scenic stretch of the Springwater around mile 8: 

Run mile 8 ish

I started getting pretty tired so I took a break. I was getting super close and could see the city just a few miles away. I texted Zach and Alisa to complain and they told me to buck up and get er done. This was about mile 12:

Run mile 12ish

Thankfully I felt OK for the last few miles on the homestretch. I took this with about a mile and a half to go:

Run mile 14 

Finished! I ended up with 15.5 miles at a 8:56 pace. Yay! I’m loving doing long runs for no reason. :)

Run finish

I made myself an omelet and rested up for a couple of hours, then got ready for a party at Emily’s. We got up there shortly after 4:00 pm and left after midnight, so needless to say it was FUN. A few select pics:

 

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Thanks for reading!

8 comments:

Marilyn @ Lipgloss and Spandex said...

Nice run! The waterfront section is nice :)

Petraruns said...

Great run! I need to get 15 in as well before you and I go off together - in less than 2 weeks! YIKES! I can't wait!

Alisa said...

Yay fun times! Wow, midnight! I was sooooooooo asleep by like 9:30 I was OUT.

And...I don't remember saying to "buck up" I like to think I said something really encouraging like "go get em."

Great job chica!

Fun party pics too.

aron said...

i love doing one way runs :) its just so nice not having to worry about turning around. nice job girl, love this "just running" :)

Tara said...

fun! I have been actually trying to come up with a good one way route this weekend for my 20 miler since I am getting sick of the same ole scenery around here.

Marya said...

Way to be adventurous! I love trying new routes! The food at that party looks yummy, too. Jealous! ;)

Ewen said...

That's pretty neat. Feels like you've used running to get somewhere! I guess you'd need the iPod turned up a bit to block out the traffic noise early on.

Those biscuits look like Anzac biscuits with cream and berries!

Susan said...

I've entertained thoughts of doing a one-way run, but never actually put it into practice...how fun!

How do you run carrying your camera? Do you feel like it weighs you down at all? I'd also be afraid to get it super sweaty...