I've been busy running the streets of Galesburg. It has given me a lot of motivation to get out and get it done. It has also given me more miles than I was expecting. Not complaining there, I like to see the miles rack up. More than once I have set out on a run with a particular neighborhood or streets to get done and I just run them. I don't question how far it will be or how long it will take me. I just run.
Here is a picture of the map I have posted in my dining room. I should have gotten a complete before shot, but got busy marking things off right away. How it looks today is not what is shown here either. I keep adding more red (meaning completed). I will give an updated shot in a couple of weeks since I will be on vacation next week.
In the upper left corner I am keeping track of the dates & miles. According to wikipedia Galesburg is 17 square miles. I don't know what that means in terms of actual miles of streets. Even if I knew that number it doesn't reflect what it would take to run each street. Especially since some streets I have to run down & back. Others I can connect together easily and some I have to loop around to make it connect. It will interesting to see what the grand total of miles is once I am done.
Same map, just a closer shot.
Not every run will help me in my quest to Run this Town. Sometimes I run a route I've already ran. Mostly so I can get a run in for the day. Other times, like today, I had something else to accomplish and it took me away from Galesburg all together.
I set out to run Running, Loving, Living's Summer Virtual Run. She gave the option of a 5k or 10k. Since I am racing the Galesburg Railroad Days 5k this upcoming Saturday, I will use that for my 5k entry. (You don't have to run both a 5 or 10k, I'm just a super over achiever, crazy running person). This morning I set out to run a 10k. Just for fun, you know. For super extra kicks I decided to also bike to my running spot. It's a place way out (about 7 miles) in the country & it includes a lot of hills. It is by far one of my most favorite running spots!! I don't get out there nearly enough. Anyway, I ran my 10k with a time of 58.24. Not too shabby. The hills were a little brutal at times and since I didn't get out there until almost 9 a.m. the sun was already H.O.T!!!! The bike ride back into town was even more brutal. Especially since someone thought it would be great to turn on a fan (wind) at a full blown speed. Ugh! I was hot & tired and I felt like I was biking through wet cement.
Once I finally made it home I collapsed in the front yard & had the kids take my picture with my race bib. The bike had to be included since it was a vital part of getting me to and from said run.
Then I had the fun idea to jump in my neighbor's pool. I didn't even bother changing into a swimsuit. I just jumped in fully clothed in my running outfit. I had my 6 year old handling my ipod & didn't trust him to stand closer to get a good picture. But you get the idea!
A good dip in the pool was the perfect ending to this Summer Virtual Run.