Run, run, run.

I’ve used Google Earth to produce images for all of my regular running routes. The images are here, for now. I’ll add links and thumbnails for them on my running page sometime soon, and when I’m really bored, I’ll make even prettier pictures, all tilted and marked up and stuff.

Last night I ran my 3.5 mile loop (opens in new window), and just concentrated on going the whole distance running. I didn’t quite make it due to way too much traffic, but I did do pretty well up to the 2.5 mile mark, right there as I entered Westmoreland park. Then, afterward, I had to walk a couple more miles, to and from an Anti-Wal-Mart meeting, ironically near the half-way point of my 3.5 mile loop, with a stop at the grocery store for some supplies ‘n’ such, so my legs were tight and sore last night. Ow.

Tonight I ran the Waterfront/Esplanade loop, (also opens in new window), 2.8 miles. That particular map doesn’t mark the starting and ending points, but for reference it’s that pointy tip down in the lower left-hand corner of the map. Again, worked on just keeping going, and I was more successful at that tonight.

I’m a teeny-tiny bit worried, because the next three big races I want to enter are all 5+ miles long, and I’m not sure I’ve got the stamina so much. First is the Beat the Burnside 8K on July 17th; then the Nike Run Hit Wonder, a 10K, on July 24; finally the Pints to Pasta 10K… although that’s not until September 11th. Hmmm. Looks like I’ll need to find a race or two for August. Should I go for the gusto and pick another 10K? Or take it easy and find a 5K? I know I blew the Mt. Tabor 5K this year by getting lost (shouldn’t have followed those cute girls, I guess) so I’d like to redeem my 5K pride. But I did promise myself I’d do more 10Ks this year. Well, plenty of time to decide…

[Update 07/07/2005 6:40 AM]: I have replaced the old Esplanade map with a new one, with the cool tilt that all the kids are using these days and a marker for the “Start/Finish” of my loop.