"If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere.”
Frank A. Clark
This weekend, I am in Québec city. I'm having a wonderful time with my sister, who is here for a book fair. Saturday, I had 16K on the menu (of course I planned 16.1K, which is 10 miles :)). Now, Québec city is beautiful, BUT it is VERY hilly. I'm guessing runners who train here must do great in races! Also, today was a VERY windy day...I'm talking gusts at 80K/h. I was quite worried about what that would mean for me, being a rookie runner and all. The nearest park was "Les Plaines d'Abraham", which I was told had lots of nice running trails.
This is at the entrance and it scared me a little.
There were also these paths around the park.
The first 3 to 4K were done on hills and even on a trail in a wooded section. It was beautiful, but by the end of the trail I actually had to walk up the hill, it was so steep (this happened twice in all)! Then after a little more of the hills...there appeared before me, my saving grace...a track! It still had a little climb and a little descent as you went around, but really it was nothing. I'm not sure how long it was (at least 1K), but I went around about 7 times and I was at 12K when I left. Back to the hills I went, heading towards where I had come from.
The last K was almost all downhill and I was grinning like a fool as I was running down this beautiful street, towards my goal distance. This run was relatively slow, what with the hills and the wind, but I'm totally pleased with how I did. I completed 16.1K at 7.28m/K (or 10 miles at 12m/mile), which took me exactly 2 hours. Plus, I was feeling no pain and I felt good.Yay me!
I hope everyone had a nice weekend...looking forward to reading all the race recaps.