Week 4 Run Report

Had a good week of running while driving across the country from Atlanta to San Francisco.
As previously noted, I left Atlanta on Jan 23rd.
That night, I stayed in Oxford, MS and the next morning went for a run in town. My route took me into the town square and thru the campus of University of Mississippi. Beautiful and full of rolling hills. 4-4.5 miles.
2 days later, I ran in Oklahoma City. This was a very boring route as I stayed on the outskirts of town and ran from my hotel. Really nothing noteworthy here but a good 4-4.5 miles.
Another 2 more days, and I was running in Flagstaff, AZ. I do regret NOT running in Little Rock as I then could have crossed that off my list of states I have run in, but…I had to move on!
So, FLAGSTAFF! One of my favorite places to visit. Nestled in Northern Arizona at an elevation of 7000 feet and about 1-1.5 hours drive from the Grandy Canyon. It’s a nice, casual community with many young folks. (home to northern Arizona university) Has some neat shops and one of my favorite coffeehouses, Macy’s European Coffeehouse. It did not disappoint! In addition to good coffee, they also serve food and everything is organic, healthy yummy food. I ran Saturday morning from the hotel. It was about 30 degrees with 17 mph winds. Cold! Toss in the elevation factor and it was a tough 4.4 mile run. The wind was with me on my way out, but against me on the return. Body was warm, except for face and hands. Brrrr! The hot shower at the holiday inn express felt pretty darn good.
Sunday morning rolled around and after some Starbucks instant VIA coffee, I drove into the center of town and ran from there. It was the same temperature, 30 degrees, but thankfully no wind. What a huge difference. I loved the quiet, empty Sunday streets. However, after about 10 minutes, I was ready to stop. I think I was just feeling the elevation effect. Not sure, but I kept going. Having internal conversation with self: “if Nadal/Djokovic can last more than 5 hours playing tennis, I think you can last more than 10 min, more than 20 min…keep going…” You get the picture, right?!
Oddly, even though I had been feeling bad, after about 35 minutes, I felt better and better. Stronger. Stride opened up and I was cruising. Go figure. Went a bit over 5 miles. This was the highlight run of week.
I was pleased to get 4 runs in while doing so much driving. It was great to move my body after sitting for many hours. It also gave me pause in terms of thinking about the individuals who have literally run across the country. I realize some have had support crews and such, but wow…what an incredible feat. Pretty humbling to think about….

Week 4: approximate total miles 18

I am currently writing from Merced, California. This is my last night “on the road”. Part of my journey ends tomorrow and an entire new journey, a new chapter begins. lots of thoughts and feelings are swirling. LIFE…..So amazing, really!

Onward…

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2 Responses to “Week 4 Run Report”

  1. This post made me smile. A new chapter for you; a new journey, and yet you are home to start a new beginning. What a truly beautiful thing. Home. My heart is full of joy for you.

  2. wow! you really flew across the country! Welcome back to the greatest state!

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