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I have never gone on a 12-mile run from my house, so I knew my Saturday long run would be an opportunity to explore some new routes.

I live about 2 miles from a portion of the Yellow Breeches and frequent this area on the majority of my runs. Using Google Maps, I found a new loop I could do behind the Yellow Breeches; I memorized street names to make sure I knew where I was going.

The run started off smoothly. I’ve been running for so long that finding a new place to go is always refreshing. However, I came to an intersection where I could go straight or turn right, and I knew I needed to turn right at some point. However, the street was not labeled, so my method of memorizing street names did not serve me well here.

I decided to guess and turn right anyways. I ran down this road for about a half mile and decided I was going the wrong way, so I backtracked and went straight at that intersection. Only when I finally came to an area I recognized did I realize I had in fact been going the right way before turning around.

Now my challenge was to get home in a reasonable distance and time. I was already at 9 miles, and the fastest route back I knew was at least 5 miles. Instead, I figured out the general direction of my house and just ran in that direction.

This was easily the weirdest thing I’ve ever done on any run, but it worked surprisingly well. I ended up running straight across several fields and a bit of woods, arriving nearer to my house in far less time. In the end, my run somehow only totaled 12.6 miles.

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