Yesterday it was near 50 degrees here in Athens, Ohio. That makes for an excellent running day, especially when you can run in shorts while snow is still melting on the ground. Although, I’d have to say I got some pretty weird looks and I trugged through the snow on Mill Street sidewalks and tried to keep my balance on a sheet of ice on the bike path… The entire run I was so grateful for the sunshine, I had a smile on my face and did not dread my 8-mile run at all! I finally may be starting to get the motivation back to train for this marathon =)
When training for this race in Athens, a lot of people always ask me “Where do you run?” or “How do you come up with that many miles around campus?” You don’t. Ohio University’s campus, although large, is no match for a long distance run. You need to venture off campus by some distance and explore Athens County. Luckily, the smallest loop while staying relatively close to campus is 8 miles long and thats what I ran yesterday. For those of you interested in it, here it is (and remember you can always tac on some extra streets to increase the milage):
-Start off on the bike path at Peden Stadium.
-Follow it to the left towards South Green and stay on it until you hit Stimpson Ave.
-Get off the path and run up Stimpson to the first stoplight. Turn right on Campbell. Then right again on Morris.
-Run Morris Ave. to S. Shannon St. Turn left.
- Follow it to the end, cross E. State to N. Shannon. Turn right.
-Turn right on Arden.
_Turn left on N. May
-Turn right on Woodside and follow up the hill.
-Go down the hill and cross over to Harris St.
-Follow Harris to E. State and turn right.
-Take E. State St all the way to Carpenter.
-Turn right on Carpenter to Court St.
-Follow Court St to Union St.
-Take Union St. all the way down to the red Habitat for Humanity house.
-Turn left onto the bike path.
- Take the bike path back to Peden.
You’re done! It is a relatively simple route once you get the hang of it. Enjoy!