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My New Favorite Running Route

June 30, 2008 at 1:49pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

I think I have a new favorite running route. It’s a nice five mile loop that begins on bike trails and ends on quiet residential streets.

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I begin at 48th and Highway 2, though it would be easy to begin anywhere on the loop. If you don’t live on or near the loop, the parking lot at 40th and Highway 2 makes a good starting point.

From 48th and Highway 2, I head west on the newly-christened Boosalis Trail toward Shopko. Then I catch the northbound Rock Island Trail, which features several shaded areas, depending on the time of day. I go under Sheridan Boulevard and continue about a quarter mile until I reach Van Dorn Street. (Note that Van Dorn doesn’t actually cross the trail.) I take a right across the park to 33rd, then turn south. I head back to Sheridan, where I turn east. I follow Sheridan until it meets Calvert Street, hop on Calvert for a half block, and then turn south on 44th Street. 44th Street appears to end at Prescott, but I continue south by taking the sidewalk between the houses. Once I hit Pioneers Boulevard I take either 44th, 45th, 46th, or 47th Street, depending on my mood. Whatever the case, I continue until I hit Gertie, zigzag down to Claire, and pop out on 48th. And boom, I’ve just gone approximately 5.25 miles.

I like this route because it’s one big loop, so there is no repeated scenery; there are very few traffic interruptions; and there is plenty of shade at various points throughout the run. There are also a couple easy alterations for shorter mileage:

  • From the Rock Island Trail, turn east on Calvert Street. Follow Calvert to 44th Street, then continue as above. This route is about 4.5 miles.
  • From the Boosalis Trail, turn north on 33rd Street. Turn east on Calvert and continue to 44th Street, as above. This route is about 3.9 miles.

There’s also this lasso:

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It’s not usually one of my favorite routes, but since it stays primarily on good bike trails it works out well for for intervals and fartleks.

What are some of your favorite running routes of various distances around town?

Edited to add: If you don’t already use it, check out Gmaps Pedometer. It’s great for mapping out routes and measuring mileage.

Photos, Photos, and More Photos

June 17, 2008 at 2:33pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Yesterday I posted a whole bunch of family photos to my Flickr account. Three of the recent sets include: Robbie’s 2nd birthday; our recent trip to Albuquerque; and Father’s Day. Some sneak peaks:

Riding on dad’s shoulders:

Riding on dad's shoulders

Fascinated by Grandpa Rick:

Robbie loves grandpa Rick

Cousin Sam shows off his six-pack:

Cousin Sam's six-pack

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