Tuesday, September 16, 2008

WKRP Where Are You?

I had a great run this morning in Cincinnati. Despite the unflattering view outside my hotel, the view about three-quarter mile away along the Ohio River was quite magnificent, even better in the pre-dawn darkness.

I've run across this bridge once before, back in Nov '06. At the time, I stayed on the Cincinnati side, ran across the river and turned left to run along a small park. This time, I was already on the Kentucky side and to the right of the bridge. It turned out to be even more picturesque.

Greek Revival and Victorian homes from the 1800's lined the first 3-4 streets running parallel to the river. Life-sized bronzes lined the river - here's James Audubon overlooking the point where the Licking River flows into the Ohio.

I had a 15-min warmup followed by 5x12's with 2-min walks in between on the plate this morning, all at 144 HR (64% of max). With temps in the low 50's, I was cruising at a much better pace than I'm used to, with a negative split to boot!

This weekend, I shall return for another running of the Tour de Fleurs 20K with Susan. As if the Hottest Half last month wasn't enough, we're also both signed up for the DRC Half in November. Like Pavlov's dog, every time Susan calls, I'm staring at a 20K minimum buy-in.

9 comments:

Runner Susan said...

Woof. Woof.

GandaMan said...

Get those miles in, amigo. A 50km is calling your name in July '09 in Fort Worth....

Run For Life said...

That looks like a really pretty run.

Anne said...

You made running in Cinncy look ideal, which I don't think is easy to accomplish. Good luck at the next 20k...it sounds like you're going to do well.

jeanne said...

seriously what anne said. cincy looks beautiful, but i still wouldn't want to live there. no, i'd much rather live here in the overpriced, overwrought nation's crumbling capital. sigh.

GOOD WORK!

Deene said...

those are some nice photos.

DawnB said...

Rich good luck with the 20k hope you and susan have a great race

David said...

Susan has that effect. Yup.

Rae said...

Part of your run looks very much like the Flying Pig course. That's a really fun race if you ever are looking for a May race!