Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Eight Hundred Forty-Five

August 14, 2018
6.08 Miles in 58:42
Mood: Feeling good after skipping a day.
Soundtrack: Matt Nathanson "Some Mad Hope" / Manchester Orchestra "A Black Mile To The Surface"

I skipped Sunday's run to give myself a bit of a rest, and because I knew the family had plans to go hiking that day anyway. The rest did me some good, as even though I only completed six miles, it was a solid feeling six.

I saw the one armed man again, and I waved hi at him as I passed. I did it with just one arm...not trying to show off with a two handed greeting, that would be a little too cocky, probably.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Eight Hundred Forty-Four

August 9, 2018
5.02 Miles in 50:56
Mood: Dragging butt a bit.
Soundtrack: Jerryd James "Thirty One" and "High"

I felt so tired and broken this morning. I had gotten plenty of rest, and shouldn't have felt this way, but for some reason this was a tough morning run. I had to resort to walking far more than I wanted to, and I didn't feel good. This happens from time to time, and hopefully my next outing will go better...at least I managed five miles, which is better than nothing.

As for today's photo, this apple tree is really starting to produce some impressive fruit. (By Colorado apple standards.) It's weird seeing apples grow here, as this isn't exactly the ideal climate for them, but here they go growing all the same.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Eight Hundred Forty-Three

August 7, 2018
5.53 Miles in 55:05
Mood: I still have two arms.
Soundtrack: Robert DeLong "Just Movement" / Jack Garratt "Phase"

I hit the wall on this run, and never really recovered. Hence only achieving five and a half miles. Still, it felt good up until that point, and it was a lovely morning. I know that the map posted below shows a rainy icon, but it wasn't even close to raining. It was sunny and wonderful, and that weather report is fake news.

I saw a one armed man while on this run. Thankfully he didn't kill my wife and frame me for it. (The Fugitive reference). He looked happy and friendly, and I started thinking about what life would be like with half the arms I have now. I'm not eager to test it out, but it was cool to see this guy out and about and looking happy. You go, one armed man!

Monday, August 6, 2018

Eight Hundred Forty-Two

August 5, 2018
7.38 Miles in 1:11:21
Mood: Feeling cool
Soundtrack: The sounds of my own feet clomping on the gravel trail.

For the second straight Sunday, the early morning weather was gray, cloudly, and a little rainy. One could get annoyed at the precipitation, or bask in it. I chose the latter, as it felt SO GOOD outside on this run around Wash Park. I was only rained on a tiny amount, not nearly enough to get significantly wet. I could get used to these mostly warm, with just a slight chill type of Sunday runs.

Eight Hundred Forty-One

August 3, 2018
6.66 Miles in 1:06:15
Mood: Basking in a sunrise
Soundtrack: The Avett Brothers "The Gleam" and "The Second Gleam" and "Mignonette"

I knew what my photo would be for this run about 30 seconds in, because the sunrise was glorious, and I was into it. The rest of this run was a quite pleasant but rather unremarkable trip along the hook. I'm trying to really appreciate these summer runs, because the times when I can go running in shorts at 6:30 in the morning last for far too short a time. Soon I'll be bundling up in jogging pants and hoodies and missing these halcyon days of warmth and most importantly no snow.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Eight Hundred Forty

July 31, 2018
6.49 Miles in 1:03:40
Mood: Look at the pretty flowers!
Soundtrack: Panic! At The Disco "A Fever You Can't Sweat Out"

Bright flowers in bright sun and almost always a great picture. Or if not a great picture, at least great COLOR within a picture. On this meandering run, I looped around quite a bit, but felt pretty good the whole time, and I got a picture with some great pink and red flowers, so pretty good for a Tuesday morning, I guess.

Eight Hundred Thirty-Nine

July 29, 2018
7.27 Miles in 1:07:23
Mood: Cool day, hot pace.
Soundtrack: Panic! At The Disco "Vices & Virtues"

It's amazing what having a park full of runners circling Wash Park in both directions can do for your pace. That competitive spirit works wonders when I want to keep up with people. I went hard on this run, with very few stops, and finished with a pace this is significantly faster than any pace I have accomplished in months. It helped that the skies were gray and overcast and the weather was downright chilly (at least at the start.)

I felt super amazing about this entire run when I had finished, and also realized that I had never before listened to the Panic! album Vices and Virtures before, and that I rather liked it. This was a glorious Sunday morning experience all around.

Eight Hundred Thirty-Eight

July 27, 2018
7.27 Miles in 1:11:27
Mood: On a Star Wars related mission.
Soundtrack: Daves of Thunder / Trampled by Turtles "Stars and Satellites"

On the back side of this sign on the Highline Canal, there is what appears to be an image of Boba Fett
appearing in the rust. I have no idea how this has happened, but I noticed it the previous Saturday while on my walkabout, and I HAD to return to get a photo of it into Run and Shoot. I really am massively curious if someone scratched this out, or if somehow it appeared organically like an image of the virgin Mary in a devout Catholic's toast.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Eight Hundred Thirty-Seven

July 25, 2018
5.89 Miles in 57:27
Mood: Patriotic!
Soundtrack: Counting Crows: "Across a Wire (Live in New York)" and "August & Everything After - Live at Town Hall"

I know this run was on the shorter side, and based on the colors of the map, it looks pretty slow, but I swear I felt great for the majority of this run. I fell apart a bit at the end with a mild low blood sugar, which really killed my groove, but there was a definite groove hit on this run, and it felt good.

Also, I chose this photo because July is the most patriotic of all months, and it's harder to get more patriotic than this American Flag/Eagle wind mobile thing. I'm not gonna lie, this is both ridiculous and wonderful.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Eight Hundred Thirty-Six

July 20, 2018
6.11 Miles in 1:00:20
Mood: The cleansing feeling of letting go.
Soundtrack: Jimmy Buffett "Songs You Know By Heart" / Arctic Monkeys "AM"

We piled up a significant mound of garbage for collection this morning. Jen has been going through our storage closet with reckless abandon, and we are doing our best to cast nostalgia to the side and ditch stuff we clearly no longer need. We are far from hoarders, but it's amazing how much junk can collect in your house over the period of sixteen years. It's kind of freeing to consign so many useless items to the dustbin of history (and the literal dustbin of the junkyard), and now we have SO MUCH ROOM in our storage closet. So good job, Jen.

This run was one I have done many times before along the Highline Canal, and I have recently taken to calling it "the hook" for obvious reasons if you look at the map below. I actually ran further than I registered, but one chunk of my run was done with my running app on pause, so I only get 6.11 miles of credit, but that's okay...I still get the health benefits of that extra half mile.