I averaged a 9:16 pace ... oops ... or hooray, because there were definitely some inclines?
However, I did indulge the wanderlust I've started to feel. Not that I don't love all the rec paths around the West Des Moines area, but as half marathon training ramps up, I feel like my routes are growing repetitive.
So I got creative and explored more of the chi-chi neighborhood that borders those rec paths. The terrain was good -- sometimes I worry that the sidewalk on unfamiliar roads will end abruptly, as it does on University and Westown Parkway -- and so was the scenery.
Beyond all the beautiful houses (and, OK, a few ugly ones, like the boxy avocado-green mansion), these were my favorite sights:
|This does not seem like very good urban planning, but I'm no civil engineer.|
|I love lions. And all cats. And the intro to Chicago Bulls games.|