NOTE: I drafted this post Saturday night before hitting the hay. I decided to sit on it until Sunday morning to give it one last edit.
As it turned out, I wasn’t able to run the route it describes yesterday. Instead — because of our crazy Sunday calendar — I did five miles at marathon pace in the afternoon and four slow miles after dinner.
Notwithstanding yesterday’s schedule challenges, I’m determined to run the historic route on an upcoming weekend. In the meantime, I thought you’d enjoy learning about it as you consider future running destinations.
I need a running fix.
Last week was a busy one at work with meetings and travel. Joe completed his Eagle Scout service project Friday and Saturday at church, and Saturday night we attended Sporting Kansas City’s unsuccessful home match against FC Dallas.
The only thing I didn’t do was log the four runs and 17 miles I was scheduled to. Experts tell those preparing for long races with training plans not to make up missed days; instead, runners should make the most of the days they do hit the road.
Above all, professionals caution, runners-in-training should do all they can to log their Long Slow Distance (LSD) runs. Which is exactly what I’ll do tomorrow after church.
It’s a fall-back week in Hal Higdon’s Intermediate I Marathon Training Guide, which I’m using to prepare for the 15th Annual Gobbler Grind Marathon on November 20 in Overland Park, KS. I only need to log nine miles tomorrow, down from last weekend’s 12 and next weekend’s 14.
I’ll savor every one of tomorrow’s miles, though I wish I could go longer. The same writers who tell us not to make up missed runs caution against doing more than training plans call for even when fitness permits it.
I’m so excited about tomorrow’s run, I’ve already charted my course. It’s been awhile since I passed my favorite neighborhood haunts, so I’ll hit them tomorrow afternoon.
You can see a map of my running route here. Just click the “Route of the week” link to the right of the post.
I’ll start by heading north on Delaware Street under U.S. 24, then crawl up the west side of the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum and turn east on Mechanic Street. I’ll follow it to Noland Road.
Once there, I’ll head north through the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Eucharist at 2100 N. Noland Road. It’s been there as long as I can remember and continues to offer a beautiful setting in which to observe nature.
After looping through the center, I’ll return south and turn west on Jones Road toward Liberty Street, where I’ll head back north. I’ll run toward Silver Lane, where I’ll head west.
The route will take me by the house my Grandma and Grandpa Beem built long before I was born at 13208 Silver Lane. Even thought they’ve been gone for a number of years, the memories of my time there are as vivid as if they’d happened yesterday.
The .45-mile uphill grind toward River Boulevard is brutal. The extra effort it requires will remind me how much my grandparents gave to make my time with them the very best it could be.
At River Boulevard, I’ll head south toward Mill Creek Park. Just past the park, I’ll turn east on Jones Road. At the bottom of the hill across from the Mill Creek Park Tennis Courts, I’ll head south on the Mill Creek Park Trail toward the Truman Library and Museum and, beyond it, McCoy Park.
I’ll pick up Bess Truman Parkway as I enter the park and follow it south and east to Spring Street, where I’ll climb a long hill toward the historic Independence Square. I’ve come to love the hill, which prepared me well for my last half-marathon and will be my friend as I prepare for my first marathon.
Just beyond the First United Methodist Church on the square, I’ll turn east on Maple Street and into the heart of historic Independence. This is my favorite part of the route.
At Main Street, I’ll head south to Noland Road and turn west on Pacific Avenue. Shortly thereafter, my running route will take me by the National Frontier Trails Center. The center tells the story of Independence, the queen city of the Santa Fe, California and Oregon trails.
I’ll follow Pacific Avenue to River Boulevard, where I’ll turn north and run past the Community of Christ Auditorium, Temple and historic Stone Church. At Maple Street, I’ll head east.
From there, it’s a quick run to Delaware Street, where I’ll turn north past the Harry S. Truman Home. At Waldo Avenue, I’ll head west for a block and then onto Union Street, where I’ll turn back north toward 629.
Home sweet home.
I’m really looking forward to tomorrow’s LSD. I’ve run the route many times in the past, but weeks away have made me anxious to return as I continue adding base miles and preparing for my first marathon.
Have a great Sunday. I hope your long run is all you hope for.
Kansas City Runner