Live From New York, It's Saturday's Routes!
From this weekend’s RouteMaster, Kirstin Peterson:
There are two options for Saturday that can then be divided, multiplied, added and maybe even possibly increased by the Nth power to create a variety of distance options, one is a 10 plus a little and the other is a touch over 5. The FABULOUS Mrs. Mary the "honey I schrunk the kids" Schrunk and I are coordinating the water stops and conveniently enough both routes begin and end at Hy-Vee (east) grocery store so you may carb load or re-load post run to suit your very own nutritional needs (personally, I recommend the buffet with a side of Starbucks, but hey that's just me :)). Now, since I'm one of those crazy early morning people I'm recommending a start time of 6 am for the longer distances (10+) and 7 am for anyone planning on less than 10...this should make it so that we all finish at around the same time for the most part (I just love it when a plan comes together perfectly).
Without further a-doo, here are your links and written instructions...
- Start at Hy-Vee East and make your way to "the trail" (I have no idea what it's called but we run it like every week and it will deposit you at Airport Road near some ISU/Vet Med/Vardaman Extension Research Park) and follow "the trail" all the way to the end on Airport Road (if you find yourself climbing a barbed wire fence and shucking corn husks from your shoes, you've gone too far).
- Once on Airport Road head west, stop for hydration at the Elwood/University/Airport/Wessex corner then continue west to State Street.
- Turn right (aka-North-ish) on State and make your way to Mortensen.
- Stop for hydration at the corner of Mortensen and State, then turn left (west) onto Mortensen and run like nobody's watching (but really they are) until you get to S.Dakota. At S.Dakota, turn right (north) and continue PAST Lincoln Way and head down the hill, about 3/4ths of the way down, look right and discover a paved bike path.
- Turn onto the bike path and this will turn into Westbrook Drive, at the very first street intersection (Westbrook Lane) look left toward the second driveway on the left and stop for more hydration (it may be possible to knock on the door at 303 and ask for a potty break and/or ride if you feel so inclined, however even though these folks are my in-laws I have no idea if they will be up and/or dressed and/or even answer the door by the time we come rolling by...if so, say hello and continue on, you still have a few miles to go). NOW, get back onto Westbrook Drive and look East and realize that, yes that is the direction you are going to run, UP the ubber-big-fricken-hill, go ahead, get going, staring at it isn't going to make it any smaller, and continue to the top to Hickory (sing the Rocky theme song in your head if it helps).
- At Hickory, veer left (northeast-ish) and continue on until Franklin.
- At Franklin turn left (north) and continue to Oakland
- Go East (right) and enjoy the downhill.
- Turn north (left) on Hyland to Pammel (yep, you know what's coming...)
- Turn on Pammel, take a deep breath, dig deep and head uphill, AGAIN!
- Turn south (right) onto Bissell then left (east) on Osborne. Find hydration in any campus building, I prefer MacKay myself, but the option is yours.
- Turn south (right) onto Wilson and make your way to the ISU Power Plant trail and think to yourself how nice it is when it's not covered in a 2" sheet of ice, then promptly swear at yourself for thinking of winter on this wonderful day.
- Continue in an easterly direction and run by the Brookside skate park, stop for more water if needed, then continue on 6th.
- At the stoplight, pause for a moment and look at the train bridge hill, chuckle slightly and give it the bird as you TURN south (right) onto N.Hazel
- Head back to Hy-Vee using your favorite creative route adjustment (Garmin approved) method. If you don't like Lincoln Way, take side roads most of the way to avoid it. If your a direct sort of person then by all means hop on the great Lincoln Way and run like well, you know, to get back to the land of carbs and coffee.
- This is the 10 mile "Rinse, Repeat, and follow with Vardo approved Conditioner" run. (*products not tested on animals, and guaranteed only when sold by a professional **I claim to be neither).
- If you have a wild hair up your butt you can run it backwards...I mean in the reverse direction, don't actually attempt to run all 10.2 miles backwards as no good can possibly come of it.
- Start out on the 10 mile route, but turn north (right) at the first water stop, onto Elwood/University and continue to Mortensen
- Turn west (left) on Mortensen then north (right) on Beach. Follow Beach to Lincoln Way.
- Turn east (right) on Lincoln Way and head back to Hy-Vee.
- Add 10 + 5 to get 15
3, 8, 12, 16, 18 Miles
- Any combination of the above plus some Vardaman-Garmin approved creative route adjustment parking lot loops to get you near your goal.
Thanks Everyone! I hope to see on Saturday. For everyone with races this weekend GOOD LUCK and don't be afraid to throw an elbow if you must (ok, I'm just kidding about the last part if you really do throw an elbow then I don't want to be held responsible :)).
Kirstin K. Peterson
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