This morning was completely different. I decided after yesterday's sweat-fest long run that I would treat today as a recovery and go easy. Nonetheless, it was one of those oh-so-easy-everything-clicks runs that remind us why we love the sport. I felt really good, never very thirsty and each mile got progressively faster without trying. Halfway through, things felt good, so I tacked on an extra mile around the pond before heading home. When I got home, I did feel like I could have kept running.
Isn't that just how running is, always going in cycles? I'm certainly hoping for another good one tomorrow!
This week I ran 46.5 miles (!) and swam 2km. Beginning of the week here.
Friday: 8.5 miles total; Track workout, 3.5 miles hard
Saturday: 11.45 miles; sucky long run
Sunday: 9 miles; awesome recovery run
I have two more cities to recap from my trip to Europe. Read earlier reports for Biarritz, Bordeaux, Paris & Echternach.
|Timber frame houses in Petite France|
Strasbourg is a really old settlement, having been around long enough that it was at one point under control of the Roman Empire. It thrived during the Middle Ages as a trade city. To protect itself, the oldest part of the city (now known as Petite France) is an island surrounded by the Ill river, which flows into the larger Rhine river. A series of little bridges cross the Ill to connect it to the rest of the city. This old part of the city is extremely charming and the best place to stroll, shop and dine (if you are a tourist). We were lucky to have beautiful sunny weather and blue skies.
|Sunshine in Petit France|
Another major attraction in Strasbourg is the cathedral, which took over 200 years to build and when completed in 1493 was the tallest building in the world (beating the pyramid in Giza!) Interestingly, this cathedral has only one tower because they ran out of money to build the second. The stone is a sandy red color and the style is gothic.
|Intricately carved front of cathedral|
|A side view showing the one tower|
The next morning, I explored the city on foot in running shoes (of course!). I decided to stick to the jogging/biking path that ran alongside the Ill river. I figured it would prevent me from getting lost, which it did. Unfortunately, the city center has a lot of traffic, so I found myself stopping at a lot of intersections early on. After a few miles, it calmed down. I ran past the European Parliament (which is located in Strasbourg) and kept along the bike path heading towards the Rhine. After 3.5 miles, I turned around and retraced my path back to the hotel. I didn't see any other runners out, but lots of people were using bikes to get to work or school. I did notice on the map some big parks not too far from the city center, so I think there are some other nice running options.
|Running along the Ill river in Strasbourg was charming|
Later that day it was back to the train station and on to Germany, which I will tell you about soon!