ford loop + franklin loop
8 miles! It’s been over 2 years since I ran this far. No stopping to walk. It felt pretty good, the only thing that hurt were my legs and left hip. Just a little sore in the last few miles.
I didn’t look at my watch once during the run. I wasn’t sure when I’d hit 8 miles. I didn’t want to check, find out I still had a mile left, and then lose momentum, so I decided to wait until I got past the lake street bridge to look at my watch. 8.1 miles. Nice. I probably could have run some more, but I decided to stop. To avoid injury, I’m only adding a mile each week.
When I started the run, I wanted to think about a poem I’m revising. I’m having trouble with the ending. It almost works, but not quite. I managed to think about it for a few minutes, before I was distracted by something –maybe the construction near 42nd? One thought, which doesn’t directly help the ending, but my help how I get to it: try making the beats in each line mirror my strokes while I swim. So, mostly 5 syllables for each line, with an occasional 3 or 4 or 6.
10 Things I Noticed
- So many beautiful views over on the east/St. Paul side of the river! Breaks in the trees where you can stop and look. Benches with the vines and branches trimmed. A few inviting overlooks
- No slashes of yellow or orange or bright red yet
- The river, as I crossed the Ford Bridge, was blue and calm, with no kayaks or rowing shells
- The shshshshsh of my striking feet on the gritty dirt path between ford and marshall
- At least 2 big packs (trots) of runners on the trail — a cross country team for the U or St. Thomas, probably
- One roller skier, slowing down to avoid a woman walking on the biking path
- A dog bark below, echoing in the mostly quiet
- Passing the man in black — a very tall walker, with super long legs, who I used to encounter a few years ago as I ran and who, in the winter, wears all black, and, for the rest of the year, black shorts
- The flowers/garden/landscaping at The Monument (just below Summit Avenue) are beautiful. A wide range of bright colors
- A huge brick house/estate, perched on a hill on Eustis St