Christine Scullywest and I ran this great trail yesterday. Lots of flat parts with some amazing hills. Here’s the elevation profile:
Christine has run this trail a number of times but it was my first time. It’s a good thing we like hills. We first ran east on a less hilly section, then turned around and ran back past our starting point, all the way to the Sammamish River Valley. We ran a mile or so on the Sammamish River trail so we would have about 15 miles by the time we finished. Since we got a late start, we finished after dusk; the headlamps were handy. It’s a wide, well-surfaced trail. There were bikers, runners, walkers and a few horses along the trail. Some beautiful homes, too. The steepest hill was about mile 11; we slowly and carefully ran a decent part of it. Here’s a map of our route and a link to the data page at Garmin Connect:
This was a good milestone for this year’s marathon training. Christine will be running the Seattle Marathon for her first marathon on December 1st. I will be running that one with her and also the Steamtown Marathon in Scranton on October 13th.
We enjoyed seeing the new Joss Whedon film “Much Ado About Nothing” on the 4th of July. Here’s the TV Tropes page about the play, contrasting the original play, the 1993 film version and the latest movie.
This is a great poem that highlights the oddities of English pronunciation. I found it years ago and every couple of years or so, I end up finding it again for a friend after telling them about it. So it finally occurred to me it would be easiest to just have a link to it from the blog.
To go along with the above, here’s a website with a lot of information about North American English Dialects.
The 8th Annual Jack Roth 5K Rock & Run/Walk was suggested to me as a good neighborhood run for a good cause, so I signed up. It starts and ends at the Bexley High School – you start with a lap around the track and finish the same way. In between you do a big loop around the school in the tree-lined streets of Bexley.
Great weather, about 70°, but that felt pretty warm not long after getting started. In a short race like this, I still wanted to take walk breaks, but I needed to keep them short . I did 6, the longest being about 30-35 seconds, as you can see from the Garmin Connect report.
The last 1/2 mile felt pretty tough, but I managed to stay on pace and finish on an even keel, in 24:04, which is 7:45 per mile.
It was fun to stay around for the end of the race and I also stayed because I thought I had an outside chance at being good enough in my age division to receive a plaque (first 4 in each division). But being first was a very pleasant surprise!