Monday, October 14, 2019

One Thousand Sixteen

October 13, 2019
7.43 Miles in 1:12:48
Mood: Pleased there are no neighborhood bouncers.
Soundtrack: First Aid Kit "Ruins"

Once again I did the Wash Park to Cheesman Park back to Wash Park relay this Sunday morning. I did this a few weeks ago and saw a very friendly dog. This time I saw an enormous fake cat. Turns out a run through this extremely expensive real estate is pretty pleasant, it is the Denver Country Club neighborhood, and you definitely feel like you're running down streets of multi-million dollar homes. I'm honestly surprised that there aren't bouncers preventing me from moving down the street. It's a pretty area and a nice place to run, and after Thursday's frigid snowy run, the sunny 38 degree weather felt pretty good.

Friday, October 11, 2019

One Thousand Fifteen

October 10, 2019
7.85 Miles in 1:18:55
Mood: Brrrrr
Soundtrack: Lupe Fiasco "Food & Liquor" and "DROGAS WAVE"

When I left for this run, it was fall. By the time I was halfway through, it was winter. Man, this was a rude awakening to cold temps. It was in the low 20s and snowing most of this run, and it was a pretty impressive snow for early October. By the time I got home, I was chilly and ready for the nice fall weather to come back.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

One Thousand Fourteen

October 8, 2019
7.89 Miles in 1:19:36
Mood: Sunrises are pretty, so are changing leaves if they ever actually change.
Soundtrack: The Avett Brothers "Closer Than Together"

Sunrises are pretty great. The days may be getting shorter, which does stink. The mornings are also getting colder, which really stinks. However, I get to see more sunrises, which most definitely does not stink. I'm also amazed at how green all the trees are still. I would think by this time they would be getting pretty yellow and/or red. But they have barely changed at all. I mean, it's October! I'm ready for pretty fall colors, man!

One Thousand Thirteen

October 6, 2019
8.16 Miles in 1:18:54
Mood: Goats?
Soundtrack: The Avett Brothers "Closer Than Together"

I didn't get a chance to run this particular Sunday morning because of a breakfast with friends, so after the Broncos managed to put the finishing touches on finally winning their first game of the season, I decided to make the most of the few hours of daylight remaining and get a run in.

I travel the Highline Canal trail a lot, but rarely late on a Sunday afternoon. I didn't think I was missing much until today. As I ran along the trail, suddenly I saw a guy walking his dog (normal) and his three goats (less normal). I immediately knew what my photo for this run would be, and I pulled out my camera and started taking pictures without even really asking if it was okay. I struck up an awkward conversation about the goats with the goat herder. I was surprised how well the followed him, and he said one of my new favorite sentences. "Yeah, they're pretty good goats."

They are pretty good goats. I give this run five stars for goats!

Saturday, October 5, 2019

One Thousand Twelve

October 4, 2019
8.11 Miles in 1:19:10
Mood: Strong like bull! Let's never stop.
Soundtrack: Barenaked Ladies "The Barenaked Ladies are Me"

I have to be honest, I took this picture the day before. This run, however, was one for the record books. I did all 8.11 miles without stopping. I never do that. My longest previous uninterrupted run was when I ran the Bolder Boulder with my brother in 2013, and that was only 6.1 miles. I just felt good, and decided I would keep on moving, and I never got so tired that I felt I needed to take a break. By the time I made it over halfway, I pretty much decided I was going to push myself all the way home. I am very proud of this run, even if not stopping meant I never took a picture, which means I had to use a picture from the day before. To be fair, I did run past this scene on today's run.

One Thousand Eleven

October 3, 2019
6.80 Miles in 1:10:17
Mood: This lion rules.
Soundtrack: The Lumineers "III"

I like that this lion has a crown. It just kinda works.

This run was a mess. I was all over the place and had to rest a ton, and it took way longer than I meant for it to take, so I got home late and I got a low blood sugar, so I had to cut it short. Not my favorite run, but at least I saw a cool new lawn lion, so not all was lost.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

One Thousand Ten

October 1, 2019
7.54 Miles in 1:15:58
Mood: Happy soggy birthday to me!
Soundtrack: Frightened Rabbit "The Midnight Organ Flight"

I've had birthdays with better weather. October 1st is one of those days where it can still be summerlike, but then it also might snow. Thankfully, I wasn't cursed with snow on my birthday, but as I set out today the world was very damp. Not all that chilly, as I was wearing shorts, but felt comfortable, but there was a weird mix of mist and rain and fog and the world just was generally wet, which I felt acutely on my glasses, as the majority of this run was done while looking through droplets of moisture. Not awful, but like any gray and rainy day, it'd be better if the sun shined.

Still, I felt good, got my new white shoes even less white, and felt good on my first run at age 43. It's not easy getting older, but it also beats the alternative!

Monday, September 30, 2019

One Thousand Nine

September 29, 2019
8.25 Miles in 1:18:38
Mood: Magic and meaningless competition.
Soundtrack: Hootie & The Blowfish "Fairweather Johnson"

There was an ethereal look to Wash Park when I arrived Sunday morning. The sun was just barely coming up, and there was a lot of fog, and it just looked magical, as if an elf might traipse past or some magical creature might grant me a wish if only I could find it. By the time I finished, the sun had burned off all the magic, and it was a normal looking day in a beautiful park...which is good too, but I like arriving when the magic is out.

I felt pretty strong on this run, and my last third of a mile might have been the fastest I ran all day. This is not because I found some inner strength at the end of the day, but because I was passed by a woman in her early thirties near the end who was moving quickly, and I just decided to catch and pass her. Nothing like a little competition to get me moving fast. I went about as hard as I could around the final turn, passed her about as rapidly as she had passed me about three minutes prior, and then I sprinted back to my car. When I made it all the way back, I was huffing and puffing mightily, I had managed to finish up 8.25 miles, and I felt awesome.

Friday, September 27, 2019

One Thousand Eight

September 27, 2019
7.11 Miles in 1:12:02
Mood: Cool skeleton.
Soundtrack: Twenty One Pilots "Blurryface"

I know that Halloween is coming, but it's pretty weird to put a skeleton under a tree and then have ZERO other decorations. Hopefully this is just the first phase of something more Halloween-y, or else it's just kind of creepy. We are in the outer limits of how early it's appropriate to decorate for Halloween, too. It's over a month a way!

Thursday, September 26, 2019

One Thousand Seven

September 26, 2019
7.11 Miles in 1:10:28
Mood: A tale of two runs.
Soundtrack: The Shins "Chutes Too Narrow"

This was a weird run. The first half was slow and laborious. I was circling The Streets at Southglenn, as I do regularly, to load up on Pokemon supplies via the mall's large collection of Pokestops. I was slow and figured that at most I was only going to get in five miles today. Then I finished up and headed towards DeKoevend Park, and as soon as I got there, it was like a fire was lit under me. Suddenly I was cruising and feeling great, and my final four miles felt amazing. Usually I get more tired as I go along, it's very odd to gain strength.

Also, I'm beginning to think that the sidewalk chalk installations are a permanent feature of the mall. It's now been four days and there has been very little degradation. This is some pretty resilient chalk. Today's photo comes from another of my favorites. I saw the artist as he was creating it, and he was working from a photograph, and I think he did an amazing job recreating it.