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Today I only ran 40% of the miles that Clay, David, Kyra and Sarah are probably still running.

I am in the Phoenix area for my sons wedding, but I had time to get up and go for a run. This is my second trip to the Phoenix area and I am impressed with their network of multi use paths. There are creeks (or flood control channels) going through town and they have built parks and pathways along most of them.

I started at my hotel, the La Quinta Inn, right next door to the Peoria Sports Complex. This is where the Mariners do their spring training. I ran about a mile down the road to get to the nearest river crossing. The entrance to the bike paths, from this bridge was not paved, but I found my way down to the bike path and started off in the North East direction. The first few miles were difficult. I was fighting that occasional dizziness that I get. I am thinking, by the way, that these occasional morning run difficulties depend on how poorly I ate the night before.  (Last night we took a bunch of people out to dinner at Red Robin – so a huge burger was not good morning running fuel.)

A few miles in I came to a fork in the rivers with paths going both ways upstream. I headed up the northern one. This path was along Skunk Creek. About 5 miles in there was a park where I could refill my water and use the restroom. About 6.6 miles into my run, this pathway ended. I debated continuing along the street path, but opted to head back to the fork in the path I had run through earlier. Whilst thinking about it, I took out my phone and took a couple pics:

I intentionally shot this with my shadow in the pic. Then I decided to take one with me in the picture, but I forgot I had the zoom on:

So I had to shoot one more:

I headed back to the fork and took the other path. I headed that way a few miles until it was time to head back to the hotel. As you can see from the chart below. After a few miles I felt better and things picked up. By the end it was starting to get pretty warm, but with some mental focus I was able to maintain and finish fairly strong.

 

1/2 mile mile
4:38
Mile 1 4:14 8:52
4:42
Mile 2 4:18 9:00
4:44
Mile 3 4:47 9:31
4:27
Mile 4 4:23 8:50
4:27
Mile 5 4:17 8:44
4:19
Mile 6 4:21 8:40
4:09
Mile 7 4:04 8:13
4:08
Mile 8 4:05 8:14
4:03
Mile 9 4:07 8:10
4:10
Mile 10 4:04 8:15
4:20
Mile 11 4:06 8:27
4:12
Mile 12 4:07 8:19
4:09
Mile 13 4:09 8:17
4:14
Mile 14 3:59 8:13
4:14
Mile 15 3:59 8:13
4:06
Mile 16 4:09 8:15
4:11
Mile 17 4:12 8:23
4:13
Mile 18 4:08 8:22
4:11
Mile 19 4:18 8:28
4:06
Mile 20 3:50 7:55
2:49:26 8:28

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