So far, this week has started off great. I submitted my final project last night for my Alternate Energy class and already heard back from my professor letting me know I received an A in his class. Its officially summer vacation.
Hanson’s Runner’s For Boston Group Run
On Monday, Hanson’s organized a group run in Royal Oak in honor of the victim’s of the Boston bombings. I went straight from work and saw a great turnout with at least 60 people. They were taking donations for The One Fund Boston (currently at $20.9M !) and in turn, giving out shirts that said “Runners for Boston” and yellow and blue ribbons.
I spotted fellow DailyMiler Brian D. and said hello and met his friend Mollie. This was the second time meeting Brian, the first being right after I finished the Detroit Marathon. I also spotted Kevin Green who just finished The Blue Ridge Double Marathon in Roanoke, VA two days earlier. The 4 of us took off about the same time. Kevin split off to walk, and as the runners started to spread out, it was just the 3 of us. We also gained a fourth runner, who’s friend had to slow down. Its hard not to make new friends when participating in group runs.
While running I also learned that Mollie’s dad is one of the RDs for Back 2 the Beach. I was able to meet him and introduce myself once we finished our 4 miles. The weather was perfect. You couldn’t of asked for a better day for this run.
Lunch Break Trail Running
Tuesday was another day of perfect weather. I went to my car at lunch to grab my gym bag, and on a whim, decided to drive over to Dodge Park. Behind Dodge Park are the Clinton River Park Trails, a hidden gem of fairly technical trails.
There isn’t any green foliage yet, so no bugs to eat you and you can see quite a bit of the trails. Last time I ran these, I was eaten alive and got lost, attempting to trail-blaze. This time I felt much more confident. Aside from some muddy patches, the trail was in great shape. That is until out of nowhere a lake showed up and covered about 50′ of trail.
I was in no mood to turn around, so I looked around and spotted my detour. A series of fallen trees created a makeshift bridge to the other side of the lake. I looped my water bottle up my arm and did a balancing-beam act across the trees. Nothing like a little obstacle course to liven up your trail run.
Don’t be fooled by all those branches. I learned my lesson the last time. As soon as you step on them, they submerge into the water, soaking your feet. These were no different, because I started to misstep, but retracted before soaking my foot.
The segment I ran is about 2 miles and joins with the paved trails. I ended up running just under 4 miles. All-in-all, it was a great lunch.
Running Fit Trail 50K
This Sunday is the Running Fit Trail Marathon and 50K. I’m not running it, but Anthony and John Martin are. The two will have a decent support group from the GP Runners. Jess and I were discussing in the GP Runner’s FB Group about pacing. We weren’t sure if you needed a bib to pace. She took our question to Twitter and quickly got a response.
@mywalkonmoon heck yeah! Support rocks!
— Running Fit (@rngfit) April 24, 2013
My training plan already had an 11 mile for the weekend. It looks like I get to do them on the trails while supporting Anthony. Double win!
Speaking of supporting, this Saturday is the Let’s Move Festival of Races in Mt. Clemens. I ran it last year and had a great experience, knocking off 15 minutes of my half marathon time. This year, I won’t be running it, but my sister and her friend are running in the 5k. So I’ll be there to cheer her on, as well as the half marathoners for their take-off. Weather permitting, Jack will be there too to root on his Aunt Julie.
- Was anyone else at the Hanson’s Runner’s For Boston? Are you participating in a memorial run, elsewhere?
- Do you have a “hidden gem” where you like to run?
- Anyone running Let’s Move or RunningFit Trail this weekend?
- Follow-up: Have you ever crewed or paced for another runner?
- 2nd follow-up: What celebratory beer should I have waiting for Anthony at the finish line?