Friday, August 26, 2011
Centennial Trail miles 33-28
Oh look, another bathroom along the trail. These Spokane people love their bikes baths and their bathrooms. I'm into it!
So far, I've only been able to get out once a week to tackle running the trail which needs to change, I want to get through the Idaho portion before it snows! This portion of the trail runs through Riverside State Park and has tantalizing views of the Spokane River with no easy access to get to the river. But I came armed with a plan this time: end the run at the river no matter what. It was too warm to not cool off after running.
This run started right off with some hills and I had too much coffee in the morning so my heart rate was elevated for the entire run. Nice. Run summary: 5.09 miles, 9:05 pace, total run 46:13, avg HR 151 asc: 868 ft desc: 733 ft. Click here for map + elevation on Map my Run.
Bill and I have done some mtn biking and trail running here, but he has been injured so we haven't spent nearly enough time exploring here.
All you have to do is scramble down that bluff to cool off.
This road is shared with cars, but there are very few of them and they seem to expect people so I think this area is pretty safe for shared use.
I plan to do a lot of training here in the future. Safety + rolling hills = happy mommy.
There is a bridge over the water here, this is the "Bowl and Pitcher" area where there is parking and lots of tourists. I don't spend a lot of time there but the views are nice.
Getting close to Spokane Falls Community College now and only 3.5 miles to downtown Spokane from here. Incredible! The next run leg means the trail ends and the sketchy neighborhoods begin.
I start here tomorrow. This is about 1 mile away from Doomsday hill, the famed portion of the Bloomsday course that everyone loves. Can't wait to run up it and into Riverfront Park. My goal for tomorrow is to run as far as I can to get to Witter Pool, the 8 lane, 50m outdoor pool I've been swimming at all summer. I am seriously depressed that it is closing for the season.
Until then! Check out the river rat!