Appropriately this week is full of family time and not so much running time!
Monday I enjoyed my day off running with my Dad’s family in Springfield, OH.
Tuesday I woke for a morning run, checking the weather pleased to see that the temp was 16 with 5 above as the windchill. Yay for a little warmer running. I just did an easy 4 mile out and back from their house in about 30 minutes. They live on the outskirts of Springfield in an area called Forest Hills which has a lot of little hills, starting with a steep downhill from the front door to the road which immediately goes back up!
Wednesday it had rained all night but at least the temperature was in the 40′s and melted the layer of ice that had grown on everything Tuesday evening. I went for a 3.4 mile run around the town I grew up in. It is always interesting to see how some things have changed over the years and some haven’t. There was some flooding of the creek by our house so I had to turn around instead of attempting to cross the swollen banks. It was a pleasant run in Frankfort OH.
Thursday Merry Christmas!!
Friday an interesting run on the Lawrence Creek and Horse Trails at Fort Harrison State Park. It was raining off and on, with sections of ice and snow, oh and don’t forget the thunder! I saw a lot of deer and a fox while driving to the trail head, but no animals during the run. A nice easy 4.1 mile run with some hills a wet creek crossing and a potty break only passing one other runner. I also used the “back to start” function on my Garmin for the first time, it is a little confusing but got me headed back in the right direction. It was about 35 and a little windy.
Saturday what a difference… it was 56 when I left with 90% humidity. I ran 8 miles along the Frankfort Bike trail. I was surprised more people weren’t out enjoying the nice change in weather. The sun actually came out and there was a small bit of wind. I threw in a few 1/4 mile pickups on the out and back finishing in 59:58 for a nice hard run. It was nice to have the chance to run on a flat trail without snow or anything. I didn’t bring any t-shirts though so I ended up taking my shirt off!
Sunday back in Indianapolis I awoke with my lower back calling out in pain. Sadly sleeping on air mattresses has caught up to me. I decided this time to not go for a run to loosen everything up. We are spending way to much time in the car and sleeping on uncomfortable pieces of floating plastic.
Running – 19.5 miles
Run: 3.0 Mi
Bike: 8.6 Mi
Last year I wished all of my friends a Merry Christmas before continuing the Best of 2007 Series. This week it was the Best National Performances, my top 5 most read articles, and a Foto Friday showing my 2007 hardware!