A rainbow stretches across the Mississippi River on a misty, windy day near Keokuk, Iowa. A strong east wind was stirring whitecaps on the river and keeping the pelicans grounded. The pending storm nearly kept me from my nightly run, but I’m glad I went ahead as planned. I would have regretted missing this scene.
Interested in seeing scenes like this for yourself? Here’s a link to a map of my community, Keokuk, Iowa, located on the Mighty Mississippi.
Here’s a link to a page on my newspaper’s website, dailygate.com, where you can find many valuable local resources.
Here’s a link to the local chamber of commerce and to the local convention and tourism bureau. Come visit us!
Mississippi River at Keokuk, Iowa
We had avoided winter’s extremes up until this week, but Saturday’s short run was a cold one: 23 degrees, 15 mph NNW winds. When these conditions hit, the Mississippi River turns dark and foreboding, and the white caps eat at the shore.
My Hokas were mud covered after 20 miles on the wet roads on Sunday afternoon.
Freezing rain in the morning finally gave way to gray skies in the afternoon.
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Freezing rain all morning tested my patience, but by about 1 o’clock the rain stopped and I was able to hit the road by about 2 o’clock. This weekend, I lengthened the long run by 3 miles.
After last Sunday’s bout with nausea after the run, I made sure to drink plenty of water and ingest plenty of calories on the run. I drank 36 ounces of water over the course of the run, and I ate one package of Honey Stinger Energy Chews and one package of PowerBar Energy Blasts. And I ate a half an orange in the last three miles of the run.
Barb had a smoothie ready when I got home, and, after a long shower, I had some home-made gumbo. That entire combination seemed to do the trick. Other than some really sore and tight muscles, I felt great.
For a map from Endomondo on Sunday’s run, click here.
I haven’t had a cutback week in too long, so next weekend I plan to do back to back 9-mile runs on Saturday and Sunday.