We met up at the Minuteman Bikeway in Lexington, MA. Sidenote: What a beautiful town Lexington is! The cutest little downtown area! Definitely now on my list of - would totally live there - locations. Last week was actually supposed to be a recovery week and we were only supposed to run 6mi for the "long run", but since Erin was going out of town for work this week she decided to swap the weeks, so I did too.
I liked the Minuteman Bikeway as a running path a lot because it was very shady and flat. Actually looking at the elevation profile, I am quite surprised to see that it's not quite as flat as it felt, but the change in gradient was very gradual, so at least you aren't looking giant hills in the face like at Winnekenni.
"Flat-ish" running path
The only negative aspect of the Minuteman Bikeway (besides it being quite a drive) is that it starts to get pretty busy. That, and the fact that it's been a super hot summer so far, makes getting up at 4:30am totally worth it, so that as much of the run is completed as possible before the path gets too congested and before it gets unbearably hot out!!
It's quite nice to be in the recovery week this week and not to be dreading a LONG, long run again (at least not until NEXT week...)