So I had a 13-mile tempo run on tap for this morning and, because my right calf has been acting a bit cranky the past few days, I decided to treat myself and run on that wonderful crushed granite dirt surface on the American River Parkway.
I parked at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery and did an out-and-back with the turnaround at Cordova Community Park. (Calf felt fine; thanks for asking.)
But here's what I'm wondering: Where are all the runners?
I started at about 6:15 a.m., still dark, but not horrendously early for most people who, say, hold down jobs or go to school. I finished around 7:45 amid sunshine. In that span, I saw maybe five runners. Total.
Lots of cyclists were out and a few people were walking their dogs (or vice versa), but runners were scarce.
The American River Parkway is supposed to be this running Mecca in the Sacramento area, but, frankly, I see more early-morning runners on my customary routes starting in Davis.
I've been on the ARP bike trail on weekend mornings, and runners are well represented. But what's the deal on weekdays? Do you guys sleep in and run after work, or what?
I was kind of looking forward this morning to having more people out trotting to help me reach my mile splits. Oh, well, it was a pleasant run, nonetheless. The dirt sure was a nice change from the unforgiving cracked pavement on those lonely rural Yolo County roads.