So, we moved to our current neighborhood in March, I gave birth in June, and I started running again in July, so Iâ€™m just now beginning to explore the surrounding areas to findâ€¦ (dum dum dum!) THE PERFECT ROUTE. It is a trying process.
Can we talk about running routes? People are so funny about them!
Type A: Wants to run the same route, every time. Enjoys knowing every mile marker, twist, and turn. Likes routes that go in big loops, out-and-backs, or lollipops, as long as it has only a few stops. Wants to end the run on a round number â€“ i.e. a perfect 4-mile route.
Type B: Would rather run a new route, every time. Doesnâ€™t mind hitting a dead end or a major highway, as they would prefer to see new streets and get a little lost. Who cares if they go a little under or over their intended mileage?
I am Type A. Iâ€™m trying to find a great 4 mile route from my front door, but my neighborhood is PACKED with cul-de-sacs. Literally â€“ cul-de-sac hell. Thereâ€™s a huge woody neighborhood that would be perfect for banging out a few milesâ€¦ except every other street is a cul-de-sac and nothing connects. Damn! The former urban planner in me shudders.
I did 3.5 very Type B miles as I ran into dead ends and turn-arounds. Maybe I will discover the ideal route soonâ€¦ and then I will run the exact same path, step for step, four times a week. Hah.
Zucchini and squash
Italian dressing over everything
In other news, things are CRAZY right now in Charlotte because of the Democratic National Convention.
I kind of just want to bunker down in my house for the next three days and not venture out onto any roads at all!