Friday, December 13, 2019

One Thousand Forty-Five

December 13, 2019
7.33 Miles in 1:15:17
Mood: Mildly disappointed.
Soundtrack: Arctic Monkeys "AM" and Panic! at the Disco "A Fever You Can't Sweat Out" and Vampire Weekend "Father of the Bride"

My wife asked me if I was angry at this morning's sunrise because after yesterday's amazing light show, today's sunrise was about as dull as a sunrise can be. I told her I wasn't mad, just disappointed. Not only is that a very good Dad thing to say, it's also true. I'm always disappointed when things don't live up to what they COULD have been.

So the theme this morning was disappointment. First in the sunrise, but then also in my running app which if you look at the top left corner of this map you will see a very long red line which is a direct line from where it stopped working to where it started working again. I lost around three quarters of a mile of distance tracked thanks to that. I remembered thinking that it seemed off at the time, but didn't realize until later just how off it was. So in actuality, I ran eight miles-ish this morning, but only get credit for 7.33. No big deal, obviously, but disappointing.

I'd also like to understand why there is a giant dog protecting Santa's backside on this lawn. Was Santa too vulnerable to rear attacks, so he needed a little canine muscle to reduce his exposure? Weird.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

One Thousand Forty-Four

December 12, 2019
7.58 Miles in 1:17:42
Mood: Thankful for no knee pain.
Soundtrack: The Decemberists "I'll Be Your Girl" and "What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World"

I skipped my Tuesday run because I did something to my knee on my Sunday run and for a few days after it was a little sore. This worried me because my knees have never hurt like that before, and I hear too many people complaining about their knees, and I want to not be one of them. The rest seemed to do the trick, as my knee felt great this morning with no ill effects, so yay for rest.

The real highlight of this run was the insanely good sunrise. I stopped at about 7 different points to take pictures of it, as it just kept getting better. This photo represents the peak, but it was so good for so long. A real hall of fame sunrise.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

One Thousand Forty-Three

December 8, 2019
7.62 Miles in 1:14:33
Mood: Feeling safe on my own two feet for once!
Soundtrack: Streetlight Manifesto "The Hands That Thieve"

Thankfully the ice had largely melted. After a week of slipping through the streets of my neighborhood, it was nice to have solid footing on the streets of Wash Park. Sadly, there was still too much snow and ice on the trails surrounding the park to be able to run on them, but at least I had a nice place to run without worrying about slipping and sliding.

One Thousand Forty-Two

December 6, 2019
5.32 Miles in 57:50
Mood: Nice chicken, bad ice.
Soundtrack: The Rural Alberta Advantage "Hometowns" and "Departing"

It rained all day on Thursday, and it was very cold as I started out on this run, which meant that the entire world was a skating rink. It was originally my intent to head north on this run, but I quickly abandoned that plan as there was so much ice on the streets that I was going to run on that I feared I would fall multiple times and severely hurt myself. I ended up retreating back to Southglenn where they know how to remove ice and snow properly just so I didn't break my back falling on ice. There were MULTIPLE moments where I started slipping during this run and felt legitimate fear.

The one good thing about the ice is that it forced me to walk on the grass next to a fence at one point, during which I heard a chicken. I looked over the fence to see it and was then so impressed that I then took a photo of said chicken. It's a fine chicken.

Also, the Nike Run App has just updated, and it makes it impossible to get a summary of my run along with a map in one picture, so now I am posting two. Hopefully they upgrade it a bit, but it appears they went and made it more robust which in turn made it more annoying to me.

One Thousand Forty-One

December 5, 2019
7.59 Miles in 1:18:53
Mood: How about that sunrise!
Soundtrack: Passenger "All The Little Lights" and Radical Face "The Family Tree: The Leaves"

This Thursday run was much like my Tuesday run as I went to many of the same places, but with much less snow thanks to two days of melting and pretty warm (for December) temperatures. Plus, there was this awesome sunrise. Still not a fast run, but I managed to go significantly faster than on Tuesday thanks to fewer slick spots to avoid. This run was much more pleasant than Tuesday.

One Thousand Forty

December 3, 2019
7.24 Miles in 1:18:54
Mood: So much dang snow!
Soundtrack: The Milk Carton Kids "The Only Ones" and "All The Things That I Did And All The Things That I Didn't Do"

I don't think I realized just how much snow was still on the ground from eight days ago until I went on this run. There was so much everywhere, that it was legitimately hard to find a non-icy place to run. I had to keep cautiously slowing down over slick patches and walking over tremendously slick spots to the point that my speed was almost 11 minutes a dang slow. I did not think I was going to get anywhere close to a decent amount of distance, but somehow persevered enough to get in a ridiculously snail like 7 miles.

I chose this photo because there is so much going on in it, none of which I understand. There is a giant mound of dirt covered in snow with a retro Broncos flag stuck in it for some reason, and that is surrounded by police tape all around the yard. So weird. 

Thursday, December 5, 2019

One Thousand Thirty-Nine

December 1, 2019
7.35 Miles in 1:11:59
Mood: Pleasantly surprised by Wash Park in winter
Soundtrack: Barenaked Ladies "Barenaked Ladies are Men"

It was 19 degrees when I started out, and I had bundled up with long underwear and extra shirts, and it was mostly unnecessary as there wasn't a cloud in the sky and the sunlight made everything feel much warmer that it actually was. The outer track at Wash Park was buried under snow, so I had to run on the paved streets inside the park, but in general, it felt much better than I anticipated, as I was somewhat dreading this run as I began in the morning due to the frigid temps. It was a very pleasant morning.

One Thousand Thirty-Eight

November 27, 2019
7.31 Miles in 1:14:43
Mood: Reminiscing about turtles.
Soundtrack: The Wood Brothers "The Muse"

Sterling, Kansas is a small town. On this run, I think I ran on about 75% of it's streets. If I lived here, it would be much harder to get inspired to go for a run, because there is a severely limited amount of interesting places to go. I am not cut out for the small town life, although the photo from today brought up a good memory. We were in Sterling for the 4th of July a few years ago, and every year the town does a big party at their lake (Seen in the background.) In 2016, they erected these two turtle statues to commemorate the annual turtle races. The way the race works is kids find actual live turtles and...I kid you not...they decorate them. Then the turtles are all placed in the middle of a big circle, and the first one to exit the circle in any direction wins. It is way more exciting than you'd think, and fully worthy of a pair of statues.

One Thousand Thirty-Seven

November 25, 2019
5.91 Miles in 1:00:20
Mood: Enjoying a few pre-Thanksgiving drive miles
Soundtrack: The Head and The Heart "Living Mirage"

It was one day prior to a huge snowstorm coming to town, so instead of taking Monday easy as was our plan and then leaving for Kansas for Thanksgiving on Tuesday, we decided to leave Monday morning. I needed to get in some miles to make sure I hit 100 for the month, so I woke up early to circle Southglenn for a bit prior to driving east. It wasn't the most exciting run, but I did get to see a cool sunrise!

One Thousand Thirty-Six

November 24, 2019
8.28 Miles in 1:24:38
Mood: Spending a morning at City Park
Soundtrack: Twenty One Pilots "Blurryface"

City Park on a weirdly cloudy day. You could see blue sky in the distance all morning, but the sun never poked through the entire time. It is very difficult to run the perimeter of City Park, because the trails are all cobblestones and treacherous, but it's a very lovely park to run through. There are nice trails all around, and circling the lake is truly lovely.