I don't know what it is about the 9 mile distance. The last time I ran with my dad, we were on the Appalachian Trail and we did 9 miles. This past Saturday, we did another 9 miles, except this time it was on the road and it was very hilly.
On Saturday morning, my dad picked me up and drove us to Lower Allen Community Park. From there, we completed one of my favorite 9 mile routes that is full of HILLS! The route starts off on McCormick Road, which runs along the Yellow Breeches Creek. Then you cross the creek via a bridge and run up the first big hill- Wharf Road. From there, there is a nice downhill in which our legs could recover! The next couple miles are in the sun and are made up of rolling hills and a few short but steep hills. Then the most bad ass hill of all- Moore's Mountain! After Moore's mountain, the bulk of the hills are over and the last 3 miles are a little less challenging- accept for one more annoying hill.
"Was that the annoying hill you were talking about?" my dad asked me as we crested our last big hill.
"YUP!" I replied.
My dad said he was interested in what I considered to be a "hilly" run. He concurred that the route I picked was indeed hilly!
I think it is awesome that I get to run and be active with my dad! He thought he was slowing me down, but he was not. We were both running at a pace that had us working hard but we were able to keep it up for the entire 9 miles. We ended at a 9:16 average pace with 1,096 feet of elevation gain.
We plan on telling my older brother (who is a very fast runner) that we did a 7:16 pace and see if he questions us... Haha!
I didn't take any pictures on this run, but here are some pictures of the route that I took a couple years ago.
Do you ever run with your mom or dad?