My childhood friend's husband is a state trooper.
Me, I'm a looper.
This past Sunday, I went running with Kerrie, Zoe, Sally, and Patty (WeROKC - Women Runners of King County) on the Cedar River Trail. Kerrie & Zoe went out & back 16 miles; Sally, Patty, and I went out & back 8 miles. While we were running 10 abreast, so Kerrie noted, I realized that it's rare these days for me to run an out & back course.
|Zoe, Sally, Kerrie, Patty|
So what type of runs do I usually do?
Not just loops around the track but real loops. All my runs are some type of loop with crazy dog-legs, rotini curves, all kinds of crazy things. I just really like loops, especially if I can run around something BIG. For example, I've been itching to run around Lake Union:
|This is a great 6.5 mi loop, made even better by tagging on a trip around Portage Bay, to the east.|
and the south end of Lake Washington (during upcoming marathon training). This one would take me through FOUR towns (Seattle, Mercer Island, Bellevue, Renton) and involve public transit to get home:
|This loop is 23 miles, I would get the rest of the way home via light rail.|
Last weekend's long run was a loop around the city, much like the Seattle Half Marathon course:
|I took the light rail home from downtown for a 12.8 mile "loop."|
|This is almost entirely on Elliot Bay with stunning views of the Olympic Mountain range.|
From home, I have the 2-mile "V.A. loop" that is great for tempo runs, my 3.3 mile "golf course loop," and my 5-mile "Mt. Baker lid loop" that takes me to Lake Washington & back for a serious hill workout.
And the list goes on.
Are others out there out & backers, loopers, point-to-pointers? All of the above?
If anyone has some great Seattle loops to share, please let me know!