There is almost always either a sidewalk or very wide shoulder. FYI.
First I headed down to the local elementary school, which has quite a lot of room to run as the asphalt loops around the several playground areas. After that I headed to an adjacent unbuilt subdivision.
There are lots of these around here: champagne dreams and beer budgets that went bust. But they make for great running areas!
I was huffing and puffing, and each mile got slower. I had to walk a lot -- go figure with 97% humidity. But I kept telling myself "It's just 5 miles." I knew I was capable.
My next locale was another neighborhood. Just before this, and in it, I encountered another female runner. Apparently the humidity did NOT slow her down.Nice streets... and apparently only brown brick can be used here.
I really like those big elephant ears! I'll have to drive Chasen by this house later on.
I was proud to be out there toughing it out... but I really, really thought about buying a used dreadmill. My garage is hot, so I'd have to bring it in the house -- and I DO NOT want to do that.
I finally made it home, sopping wet, after 1:11:45 (my slowest five miler ever, I'm sure). I truly question how I'll make it up to 13.1 -- but I won't give up. I can't! At least my first long run is in the bag.
I topped off the event by lying on the floor of my home office listening to Car Talk. I looooove that show!