|Top of the office park hill|
Today’s run (street): 5.6 miles
The gremlins that were messing with my mind and body on Friday seem to have moved on. I was prepared to cover more distance today and looked forward to running some roads I haven’t traveled (on foot) in a while. After starting with a short loop in the neighborhood, I decided to run over to the local business park and follow that loop with a tour of an adjacent neighborhood along a stretch of Woodbury Road.
I wasn’t feeling energetic enough to push pace today, but at least my gait felt smoother than it did yesterday. I got the uphill part of the business park loop out of the way first by running clockwise where most of the elevation happens over a half mile stretch. The park is a pleasant place to run on a Saturday morning if you like industrial landscaping and brick office buildings. To me it’s a perfect place to zone out and run without having to think about my route.
I wasn’t alone during that part of my run. There were a couple of other runners going in the opposite direction and I stopped briefly to help someone who needed directions. I considered doing two loops, but chose to head south instead, and ran through the neighborhood known as “The Knolls” until I reached Woodbury Road.
The section of Woodbury Road between Sunnyside Boulevard and Piquets Lane always reminds me of the fall. A few years ago I had a spectacular autumn run that included that stretch of road. The smell of maple trees, the cushion and crackle of their fallen leaves and the crisp morning air made for a memorable experience. There were no leaves on the sidewalk today, but the spirit was there.
I enjoyed today’s run much more than yesterday’s, and though I could have focused more on performance, I was fine with how I did today. I keep promising myself that I’ll do an anaerobic workout soon, but I tend to default to my comfort zone. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but if I decide to compete in September, I’m definitely not in racing shape.