For most of the past couple of months I've done 8-10 mi runs on the weekends and then 3-5 mi runs during the week. My longer runs are almost exclusively trail, with the shorter excursions being almost exclusively road. This past week I mixed it up a bit. I did my normal 8.5 river loops on Sat and Sun. Both runs were pleasant. I ran Sat with a friend who I had not run with previously. As they say, he acquitted himself well. He normally does long barefoot (truly barefoot) runs. I cannot abide with that, but I was glad to see he was at least outfitted with some skimpy Merrells for our jaunt. Sunday I was back to my preferred way to run - solo.
I normally take Mondays off to recover, but this past week was so lovely that I went out for a 3-ish recovery run. I did the same Tuesday as well, having little time to spend outside. On Wednesday I had an a.m. meeting scheduled, but said wtf (to myself), and did a 7.5 road run from my house to the Lecompton Interchange and back. I don't know why, but I love that run. It involves running near highways, but the wide open spaces make me feel alive. I spent the rest of the morning and part of the afternoon in the aforementioned meeting.
Thanksgiving showed up at my house with mild temperatures - though the winds were high. I pulled on some shorts and my Mizuno Wave Aspire 8s and set out for the SLT paths again. Instead of heading for the interchange, I went toward Clinton. At the Parkway, I turned and ran into the state park for a bit to add some more distance. Once I had enough to get me over the (arbitrary) 10 mi distance that I wanted to run, I turned and ran for home. Doing two road runs in two days was something I noticed. My knees and shins weren't overjoyed with the experience. Overall, though, I was pretty happy.
I spent the rest of the day and night having ongoing Thanksgiving fare (all vegan) with friends at Lake Dabinawa. I took today off. Tomorrow it is back to the river.