Long time, no see! I’ve been enjoying the heck out my summer, and I figured it was time for me to share that with you. My weekly routine has become one of waking up really early and getting out for a run, and I’m really liking it! I’ve been running with Hannah, and we’ve kept each other accountable and on track with our training.
So what’s all this training for, anyways? Well, I’m signed up for a 5K on the 4th of July! This will be my first race since January, and I’m really excited to see what I can do. I ran a 4th of July 5K last year that was extremely uncomfortable, but I’m running a different race this year that I hope will be more shaded. We’ll see!
We’ve been getting our runs in between 6:30 and 7 a.m., and it’s become quite a nice routine. We’ve even been able to explore some of St. Louis’s great parks, including a sweltering 6-mile run at Forest Park and a much more enjoyable 7-mile run at the Busch Conservation Area on Thursday.
On Thursday, we set out for our run at 7 a.m. Since the conservation area doesn’t have any drinking fountains (except at the visitor’s center!) we both brought Camelbaks for hydration.
The sky was overcast and the temperature was in the mid-60s, and we had the whole place to ourselves! The conservation area is made up of over 20 lakes and many old military bunkers from World War II. They blend into the hills now, and sometimes they sneak up on you!
We attempted to find a service road that would connect us back to the visitor’s center, but had no such luck. Any potential paths were much too overgrown to be the road we saw on the map, so we just turned around and used the main road instead.
We ran our 7 miles at a good summer pace: around 11 min. miles on this particular day. We’ve been running by feel and that pace feels good for a long run!
As it turns out this week, we missed several “national” holidays. We ran on Tuesday, but Wednesday was National Running Day and we skipped our run because of a stormy morning. Then on Thursday, we hit up Tony’s Donuts for some post-long run donuts, but National Donut Day was Friday! And today is apparently National Trails Day, and we hit the trails on Friday morning for our shake-out run. I guess we were just early for each of those “holidays.”
The donuts were still tasty a day early.