Was yesterday's six miler a hike or a training walk / run? Well, it had elements of both, so I decided to post it in my Hiking Blog rather than in Racing for a Cure.
With the Crawlin' Crab Half Marathon just 17 days away, each training session seems important. Although it is not easy to put in nine hours at work and then get six miles of training, I have to keep finding ways. So yesterday, I set the alarm early and got into work by 6:30, which enabled me to knock off by 4. I headed to the area where our Team in Training routes always start from, Byrd Park, and got started. I had not mapped out a route but figured that if I went out for an hour and a half, mostly walking, I would cover about six miles. I started out running but shortly into that switched back to walking because of knee pain. Later in the six miles, I did do some run intervals, but probably ran no more than a mile of the six.
My first "stop" was the Pump House, which used to deliver drinking water to the city. I've been by it many times on training runs with Team in Training but never explored around it, and this time, I detoured to see what the area is like. It is on canals, and there are locks nearby. This photo was taken from a footbridge going over the canal. Think of the stone work to build this building back in the day!
Buttermilk Springs Trail, forms a nice seven or so mile loop along the river. For much of it, you would have no idea that you are near a big city.
The North Bank Trail goes by the back side of Maymont, and comes out on a city street for a little while. From that point, I turned back along the street and entered Maymont. It is the former estate of the Dooley family, and they left it to the City of Richmond. Now, it is a combination nature preserve - gardens - walking trails - historic buildings - generally peaceful spot. I snapped a photo of this lovely herb garden, complete with an artist painting in the background and moved on to the ...
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From this point, I left Maymont shortly and crisscrossed around Byrd Park for a while to make sure I got in my full six miles. Either my pedometer is not counting all my steps, or my stride is longer than what I have put in there, because it is under-counting miles by about 5-7 percent. So I used my watch yesterday to approximate six miles.
Tonight, I go out for a few miles of training at the University of Richmond with some of my teammates. As lovely as the weather is this week, I cannot wait!