Thursday, December 3, 2020

Twelve Hundred Seven


December 3, 2020
7.38 Miles in 1:16:06
Mood: Hark! The Herald Dragons Sing?
Soundtrack: Too Beautiful To Live

I saw dragons back in October for Halloween, and I thought that was cool, but a little odd for a Halloween decoration theme. Then I saw the Christmas dragon today, and that made Halloween dragons look super normal. This dude has the Santa hat and candy canes and everything. Also, the wings move back and forth. It's a pretty solid piece of work. Crazy, but solid. 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Twelve Hundred Six


December 1, 2020
7.36 Miles in 1:16:48
Mood: Taking in the morning views. 
Soundtrack: The Avett Brothers "The Magpie and the Dandelion"

December greeted me with a gorgeous sunrise, and after taking a couple pictures of it just as I started out, I knew that I wouldn't need my camera for the rest of the morning, as I had my picture for the day. The lovely pink and the skies perforated with fluffy blue clouds put me in a very good mood to start out my morning run. I enjoy the day more when I see the sunrise and it's a good one.

Twelve Hundred Five


November 28, 2020
7.11 Miles in 1:11:20
Mood: Do you play croquet? 
Soundtrack: Jack White "Blunderbuss"

I rarely run at Wash Park on back to back runs, but a four day Thanksgiving holiday afforded me the chance. I arrived at the park at right around the same time I had run two days previously and I parked behind the exact same car that I had parked behind on Thanksgiving Day. I could tell it was the same car, because it was a Mini Cooper with a croquet peg mounted on the back. How many of those could there possibly be?

I was able to run on the outside track this time, as the snow had melted enough since Thursday to make that feasible. Sadly, I saw no one dressed up as a turkey this time, but I guess that moment had passed. 

Twelve Hundred Four


November 26, 2020
7.14 Miles in 1:11:03
Mood: Thankful
Soundtrack: Arcade Fire "Everything Now"

I thought that Thanksgiving might be quiet at the park, but I was 100% incorrect on that assumption. The park was packed and many of the people enjoying their morning at the park were dressed up like turkeys. I know it was for Thanksgiving, and I enjoyed it very much, especially some of the more elaborate hats and costumes, but there is something slightly weird about dressing up as an animal that you are planning to devour in a few hours. 

There had recently been snow, and the outside gravel track at the park was a little too snowpacked for my tastes, so I ran on the paved road inside the park which isn't quite as nice as the outside track, but is still pretty and that was where most of the people dressed like turkeys were hanging out, so that was a nice consolation prize. I kinda wish that I had taken a picture of some of the people that were dressed up, but it the time of COVID, I felt like the best thing to do was to just stay six feet or more away from people and not ask them to pose for me, and taking a picture without their permission sounded to creepy for me, so instead you get a picture of the trampled snow close to the lake on the south side of Wash Park!

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Twelve Hundred Three


November 23, 2020
7.00 Miles in 1:13:54
Mood: Not gonna do what I'm told.
Soundtrack: Twenty One Pilots "Trench"

If I just followed all rules and instructions blindly, would I just stand in this spray painted red square? I might. I'm glad I utilize my own mind and don't follow all instructions blindly. I don't want to stand in that square. I even made sure to avoid it while running around it. 

Twelve Hundred Two


November 21, 2020
7.77 Miles in 1:17:27
Mood: Bright and cloudy
Soundtrack: Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps "Backyard Tent Set"

It was somehow cloudy and super sunny at the same time at Wash Park. The light was weirdly harsh considering how many clouds there were. Odd as everything looked, it was a normal running day at the park, and I took advantage with a lovely Saturday run.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Twelve Hundred One


November 19, 2020
7.23 Miles in 1:14:09
Mood: Thanksgiving is better than Halloween, and I like it's decorations more too.
Soundtrack: Waxahatchee "Saint Cloud"

Who says Thanksgiving decorations aren't a thing? This pilgrim turkey begs to differ, and I'm not arguing with a giant inflatable turkey! 

Five miles into this run, I was worried they might need to bring the stretcher out and carry me the rest of the way. I was beat, and didn't really believe I had the strength to push my self back home. Okay, it wasn't that bad, but I was definitely dragging. Thankfully, I found my second wind and was able to drag myself back those final 2 miles, but those were not miles for the highlight reel. Oh well, I pushed through thanks to the need to get home and good vibes from a Thanksgiving Turkey.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Twelve Hundred


November 17, 2020
7.03 Miles in 1:13:08
Mood: If only all late fall days felt this nice
Soundtrack: Crunching gravel on the trail.

I left the house without my earbuds, and I stood at the bottom of the stairs to my home and thought about going in to grab them, but decided it was fate that I just run and listen to the world today. I might have done a little better with music, but it was fine. It was one of those November days where the temps were warmer than usual and leaving the house didn't feel like walking into a giant walk-in freezer, so that was nice.

As you can see from the photo, the Highline Canal is pretty right now, even though the dominant theme appears to be brown. We have left the part of fall that I love, and are hurdling quickly to the worst time of the year, but at least today I was able to enjoy a warm brown day, which was much more pleasant than it sounds.

Monday, November 16, 2020

Eleven Hundred Ninety-Nine


November 15, 2020
7.58 Miles in 1:13:41
Mood: So many Yorkies!
Soundtrack: Twenty One Pilots "Trench"

This person has four Yorkies. I once had one Yorkie, and the amount of insanity that alone brought was pretty sizable. I cannot imagine a world where I own four Yorkies and stay sane. I loved mine, she was my favorite dog I ever had, but there is so much spice in that little package, multiply that by four and God knows what might happen. Keep this person in your thoughts and prayers.

Also, I was pretty proud of myself this run. My first lap around the park I meandered a bit, but once I began the second lap, I buckled down and finished two straight laps (approximately 5 miles) without stopping once. It felt great! 

Friday, November 13, 2020

Eleven Hundred Ninety-Eight

November 13, 2020
7.02 Miles in 1:12:56
Mood: Slow to warm up to Friday the 13th
Soundtrack: Family and Friends "XOXO"

It was cold and Friday the 13th, and I took my sweet time getting out the door this morning. I saw maybe three people for the first three miles, and it was quite cold. I'm not sure if it actually warmed up, or if I just acclimated, but about halfway in I finally started feeling more like myself and it was actually a very pleasant second half. I just ran on the Highline Canal trail the entire time, because I couldn't think of any other place I wanted to go instead, so I didn't go anywhere else, and that was okay.