After the Deerfield wedding, (which was wonderful...did I mention lots of dancing and up till late before the aforementioned long run @ 6:30am?) we decamped to North Adams, Mass. It's way in the upper left corner of Massachusetts.
My sister and her husband live nearby in Vermont and so we visited with them for a couple of days...seeing some local sites..
|downtown North Adams Ma.|
North Adams is a town "in transition", i.e. it was a hopping place when the Sprague Capacitor factory was operating, but that shut down long ago. The huge and beautiful old buildings were re-purposed for the Mass Museum of Contemporary Art, which is very cool, but that hasn't generated too many jobs out there.
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|greenspace created at old port Montreal|
This route went along the old canal that was built to let boats bypass some very fast, nasty rapids on the Saint Lawrence river.
They had a restored tugboat on the canal.
|canal at Montreal old port|
This run went well...I hit pretty good paces with an HR that wasn't too high. There was a stiff headwind/tailwind running which didn't help when it was a headwind. Also, having to stop and reverse course every .8 miles cost a few seconds...
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My PR from two years ago for 10k is an 8:00 pace....this is garmin pace so I'm probably 12s per mile slower than my PR..but during that race my average HR was 152, not 142 and I'm pretty sure 10 bpm would get me to a pretty big PR. I would need the actual race situation to crank the adrenalin to do that but my point is that I'm pretty fit.
I'm also not done yet..on to CIM week 8!
After the 10k we went hiking up in the Mont Royal park (That's where the name Montreal comes from) and eveybody was up there! It was a nice warm sunny day and everybody was enjoying the last bits of summer weather. The walking is really good to keep from stiffening up after a hard run.
|view from Mont Royal|
|can you believe we are in a big city?|