I've been a bit off of my running game since my 10K on November 13. Last Sunday, I was supposed to run the Big Easy Half Marathon, and I expected to run a personal best based simply on some of my recent runs and the shift in the weather. I certainly hadn't put in extra effort for the half marathon distance since MCM. I have been doing RunBets to keep me accountable, but I am on week 2 of my newest one, so the distances have been in the neighborhood of 3 miles lately. Today, I decided to run out to the Stone family cemetery, which Google Maps told me was 2.8 miles from my residence for the week. That turned out to be accurate.
Once I made it to the cemetery, I didn't want to go back the way I came, but I didn't have much choice. The other end of Stone Heritage Road is a little over 1.2 miles from the cemetery, and I wasn't sure what the most direct route back to the house would be. When I pulled out Google Maps, it told me I was 3.4 miles from home. So, what started out as 5.6 miles became 7.5 miles by the time I made it back. Fortunately, the weather was great, and I had some speed in me. I finished the trek with a 10:57 overall pace. Not bad for stopping to take photos, too! Here are a few of the photos I snapped.
Catching a little elevation! This climb was about 2.7% grade over .35 miles (according to my calculations)...basically a mountain in Baton Rouge
|The corner of US-264 Alternate and Stone Heritage Rd. Fortunately there weren't too many cars on this highway.|
|Shot from the road of the family cemetery|
My maternal grandparents, Philip and Lou Nell Stone. I think they looked like movie stars.
|The intersection of Fed Stone Rd. and Stone Heritage Rd. Fed Stone was my great-great-grandfather! This road is a dead end.|
I was happy to see this sign indicating that Bailey was only a mile away!
Welcome to Bailey, y'all! Get yourself a BBQ chicken plate for $8 at the Bailey Christmas Parade to support Bailey Troop 12 and Pack 12.
Something that made today great: My mom made her famous (and delicious!) fried chicken for dinner
Time I woke up: 10:00 am