March 15th, 2006

Recent running

10-mile route. Beautiful and challenging, especially the hill up to Mt. Tabor Park. (On the way up, I met another runner who said hello. I was too out of breath to do anything but smile.) There are some fun elevation variations on Burnside, too. The only sketchy bit was in the northeast corner of the route, around 90th and Burnside, where I suddenly found myself skidding around on ungraded gravel and a euphemistic sign said "Roadway Not Improved". You don't say.

5-mile route. Kind of sucked. Generally speaking, major streets are noisy, ugly, and less safe for runners, and running on 82nd always sucks. The only saving grace of this route is that it goes by the post office (multitasking!) and it's very easy to remember.

7-mile route. Black Cherry Almond Clif Bars are a beautiful thing. So is the moment when the bass comes in on the first beat of the fifth measure of track six on Dog Man Star. What? Oh, the route. I had been trying to figure out a good way to run the Springwater Corridor trail without getting really, really far east and having to slog back home along a depressing-ass stretch of Holgate. (I try not to ever double back the way I've come, because I want to see as much as possible during my runs.) This was the way. There's some slight sketchiness south of Flavel that I'd probably want to avoid after dark. Once I got onto the trail, though, all was well. In fact, I think I'm going to go run an abbreviated version of this right now.