Lakefront Loops 5K (and other 5Ks) Star Posts

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I ran this one pushing my kids (age 3) in their Bob double jogging stroller. It was only second stroller run of the year and I’m definitely out of practice with it. Not to mention each kid now weighs around 40 pounds and I had to keep stopping to meet their demands for snack time. (The 2021 Challenge was so much easier — they only weighed around 20 pounds and didn’t need as much attention while running!) Afterward we had a good time at the Cass playground and both boys showed me they can hang on monkey bars without help.

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Lakefront run today - tall grasses and big sky

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This one was sitting on my watch for a while…oops! I remember it being a nice evening, warm but not too hot, though quite buggy by the water. I had planned on running negative splits each mile and then finishing strong, but a 7:36 third mile took it out of me and I had to fall back real hard for the last 200m. I think this was actually right before the wildfire smoke was really bad, so in hindsight I wonder if that’s why my lungs were burning afterwards…I just assumed it was my out-of-shape-ness, like usual! :sweat_smile:

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For today’s run I raced the last mile against Zeus’s thunderbolts and won by a hair, albeit soaking wet. If my legs weren’t tired from big mileage over the weekend I might have finished without looking like I swam across the inlet. By the time I got out of the shower the storm had already passed.

Bonus pic of part of the course as sent from the office where I work.

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Same route as yesterday, but this time without the lightning and humidity. Today’s the day for animal sightings, I guess. After spotting a large snail, trailside deer, and a wild turkey this morning at Six Mile Creek, I ran past two baby racoons wondering around lost by the Waterfront Trail. I felt bad for them and didn’t think much about how nasty an adult racoon can be when you get between it and a tantalizing trashcan. I also had to swerve into the road on 89 near the electrical box turnaround while getting chased and hissed at by an angry mother goose. Later on the Allan Treman gravel path a deer remained unfazed when I passed within two feet of it. Sorry, no pics. I don’t usually run with my phone.

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Two 5Ks, One By Sea

While we were away in Vancouver and Alaska last week, we completed two 5Ks, one running and one power walking.

The first was a Parkrun at Central Park in Burnaby (Vancouver area), the morning of embarking on our cruise ship to Alaska. We met a veteran Parkrunner on the Metro, who had completed 90 something total Parkruns over the years. We chatted with various people pre-race and were amazed that the park was a lovely wooded area. After the run, someone brought cake for one of the local runners who had completed his 50th Parkrun. However, we couldn’t stay very long, as we had to book it back to our hotel, shower, gather our stuff, and head down to the cruise ship pier to catch our ship (the rest of our group was already boarding).

Me and @Dave_K at the Parkrun finish line

GPS track for the Parkrun

Scenery in Central Park, Burnaby

Alaska cruise group sailing out of Vancouver

The second 5K was on the ship itself. Holland America sponsored a 5K on our last sea day called “On Deck for a Cause: Alaska Parks.” This year, the donations went to Alaska Geographic, which is a nonprofit education partner of Alaska’s parks, forests, refuges, and conservation lands. We joined various other cruise ship guests on the Promenade deck to walk a little over 9 laps (3 laps/mile). The staff member continued to emphasize that this was a non-competitive event. However, we certainly had no plans to walk it slowly. We power walked our way around the ship, mostly sticking with a pair of women who had a lunch reservation to make (and therefore wanted to complete the walk as quickly as possible). They also helped us keep track of laps. We couldn’t rely on GPS, which thought we walked 3:24min/mi and a total of 16.7 miles (instead of 3.1 mi). The GPS track just looks like a straight line, as the ship was moving quite quickly (see my Sweet 1600 post for a neat spiral pattern).

Me, Dave, and his sister Laura (showing the back of our commemorative shirts)

During our walk, courtesy of Dave’s Aunt Cathy, who was cheering us on

Sign on the Promenade Deck

We walked so far and fast!

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The lunchtime Lakefront Loop is becoming a daily routine. It’s 0.35 miles from my building to the electrical box turnaround where I start recording the 5k split. I’ll run the course to finish at the electric box, then another 0.35 and back to work. The 137 AQI seemed okay enough for running today — no smoke smell or orange tinted skies like last time.

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Ran the Right to Run 5k this morning with @DamianClemons. :purple_heart:
Here’s a pic of the most wonderful bridge. :wink:

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the inlet is looking pretty muddy after all the rain we’ve had lately

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hot day for running

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Three circuits on the Lakefront Loop today and I feel 100% recovered from last week’s Ultra Challenge. The first two were in the early morning light rain, and the third a hot and sweaty run with my coworker Anthony during our lunch hour. We took a detour south down the Waterfront Trail (past the 79 underpass) to check out the construction work on the new pedestrian bridge over the inlet. Last I heard it should be open for use in September. No geese today, just a bunch of ducks minding their own business.

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after morning run- iced coffee is the answer

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I went over to IHS bright and early to run in a circle 30-40 times for some Sweet 16 mileage, but the gates were locked and the maintenance guy new nothing about FLRC member access. Okay, on to plan B.

The Waterfront Trail was pretty nice at 6:00 a.m. following the overnight rain. My legs were feeling it at the end of a high mileage week, and had I to save something for the Ludlowville group run. It was a nice and easy 10k to get in the mileage and break in a new pair of Xero shoes.

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Sorry about that, Pete! For reasons IHS wouldn’t explain, the track isn’t open on weekends from July through November.

Weird. I figured the employee would at least know something about it. Do you know if Cornell’s outdoor track is unlocked for public use at 6:00 a.m.?

Cornell’s track is often open, though you sometimes have look for a different door or hop low fence on the north side. But there’s no set schedule that I know of.

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June was a month full of end of year school commitments and weekends of travel soccer and I realized last week I had barely made a dent on my challenge courses! My initial plan was to join the group run at Ludlowville falls but I do need to work up my mileage and a shorter course today meant I could bring along one of my favorite running partners, my son Rahmon (R2). He is good company on a run, very chatty and observant we loved passing the dog park on a Sunday morning watching all the dogs enjoying their friends at the park too!
Headed over to Wegmans afterwards for breakfast pizza!

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today the Osprey were doing a lot of talking to each other, as the parents flew with their young ones

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beautiful day in the park

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