I decided to give the loop around Lake Union another chance this morning. I mean it had hills and a real bathroom! I’m starting to get nervous about the hills situation. Since that would only get me 6 miles, I still wasn’t sure how to get the last 6 miles. But I could figure that out – maybe I would loop the lake twice.
When I left my house the sun was shining. When I got to Gasworks, it was dreary and overcast, which actually wasn’t a bad thing. Overcast makes Emily a happy camper! Well, when running it does. In the parking lot were remnants of floats (I think from the Solstice Parade, which I have never gone to – one of these days I will).
I started out feeling good and keeping fairly consistent 12:30 minute miles. The Space Needle was looming with its bright orange top. There was a patch of bright blue sky over the Seattle skyline. Rounding the south end of Lake Union, I came up on the Starbucks with the real bathroom!
I continued around the lake and decided to take the path on the left side of the canal (last time I took the path on the right side). The path didn’t last too long along side the canal and soon I was behind some industrial areas. I went as far as the path would let me and turned around.
I finished up as the sun started making its appearance known. Now the big question – could I have gone another mile? Yes I could have. But I don’t know with how much enthusiasm. I’m hoping there is a lot of energy at this race because I have a feeling I am going to need it.
And with that, the training portion of this race is concluded. Bring on the taper.