Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Twelve Hundred Forty-Eight


March 2, 2021
7.56 Miles in 1:18:22
Mood: How'd those get there?
Soundtrack: Ben Folds Five "The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind" and TBTL

I'm pretty sure those balloons were not intended to be in the trees. Which makes me wonder how they got away from the person who purchased them, and then ended up in a little tree on the bank of a little stream. I like to think that someone gave them to a kid to hold on to, and that kid in a moment of rebellious joy let go of the balloons and happily watched as they rose into the sky while the adult who just spend 15 or 20 dollars on them did not share the joy. Probably not what happened, but I have an active imagination. 

Monday, March 1, 2021

Twelve Hundred Forty-Seven


February 28, 2021
7.06 Miles in 1:10:02
Mood: Just me and my brother, feeling good!
Soundtrack: Passenger "All The Little Lights"

This was sort of a run with my brother. He hasn't been running much at all in the past year, so he told me that I'd probably be leaving him in the dust at Wash Park. He then took off about 45 seconds before I was ready, so I started by trying to chase him down. I felt REALLY good while chasing him, and that led me to go three and a half miles without stopping even once. Then I took a break or two, but finished the seven miles feeling really good. It was the total opposite of Friday's run which felt terrible, this one was amazing, and I even did it averaging under 10 minutes a mile. 

Not only did it feel good for me, my brother mentioned that it was really encouraging for him too, so we drove back to my house both feeling quite good about the world on a beautiful Sunday morning. It wasn't super chilly on this run, but the lake is still quite frozen.

Twelve Hundred Forty-Six


February 26, 2021
6.00 Miles in 1:03:58
Mood: Ugly building for an ugly run.
Soundtrack: TBTL

This store is weird. Almost all of Southglenn is earthy toned and feels nice and warm, but then there is the death star that is Z Gallerie. It's the only black facade of the entire complex, and it sticks out like a sore thumb. I'm not sure why they want their store to be black, or why The Streets at Southglenn allowed it, but it does not work well with the rest of the place.

As for this run, I decided to stay close to home. I did so because there was a ton of snow and ice leftover from a massive storm that hit on Wednesday night, and I wasn't sure how clear the roads would be. I also made the unfortunate decision to wear long underwear and an extra sweatshirt because it was 17 degrees when I left. However, almost immediately the sun came out and the temps rose. I ended up feeling super hot and bulky and then got a low blood sugar, and I felt slow the whole time. Plus, I knew my brother was back at my house, as he was visiting for the weekend. I did not enjoy this run much, but I plowed through so that I'd have enough miles to get to 100 for the month. Glad I did it, but it was not the best run of the month. I decided to call it when I got to 6 miles because running with a low blood sugar is miserable, and I had done enough that I didn't need to push myself anymore.

Twelve Hundred Forty-Five


February 24, 2021
7.22 Miles in 1:16:07
Mood: All the pretty colors!
Soundtrack: Barenaked Ladies "Barenaked Ladies are Men"

There is a fence along the Highline Canal trail with murals all over it. This is a close up of what is probably my favorite of them all. I just dig all the colors. It was the best thing I saw on this run, which was a very nice trip on the section of the Highline I like to call "The Hook" 

I also saw for the first time a Poke Gym I which was created due to my submission for the first time on this run, which is very cool!

Monday, February 22, 2021

Twelve Hundred Forty-Four


February 22, 2021
7.66 Miles in 1:21:13
Mood: Thankful for a lovely February day for a change!
Soundtrack: Radical Face "The Family Tree: The Leaves"

When last I ran at Southglenn, all of four days ago, it was an icy dangerous mess. This morning, the skies were perfectly blue and the roads were dry and perfect. It felt good to not have to worry about slipping, and it was warm (by February standards, at least). So basically, it felt amazing, and I felt grateful to be out in it. I decided to take a picture of this sign for a local eatery because I like how simple it is, and how obvious it is that this is a place you can eat. (Either that, or a place to buy table settings, I guess.)


Twelve Hundred Forty-Three


February 19, 2021
6.78 Miles in 1:08:27
Mood: Back to Back runs, low blood sugars, and yellow signs
Soundtrack: U2 "Songs of Experience"

I haven't run two consecutive days in quite awhile. However, Saturday is Pokemon Go: Kanto Tour, and my son and I have bought tickets to play, so I didn't want to start late because I ran on Saturday morning, so I decided to get up early Friday morning, do my work, and then get in a run in the afternoon after I was finished with work. Work cooperated by not being overly busy, so I was able to get out into a BEAUTIFUL Friday afternoon and get in some miles. The first three and a half miles were just lovely, but then I had a little issue with a low blood sugar, which kept popping up for the rest of the run. I made a couple of different stops to get food to raise the blood sugar, and salvaged nearly seven miles. They weren't pretty, but they count, and now I'm good to go for PoGo on Saturday morning!

The photo today was taken because the bright yellow of this sign looked really cool against the bright blue sky, and i was amazed at how well they made a stick figure look like a kid. I was a big fan of this sign!

Twelve Hundred Forty-Two


February 18, 2021
7.44 Miles in 1:20:12
Mood: Slippery and Foggy. 
Soundtrack: The Shins "Port of Morrow"

After a night of snow, the streets were snowpacked and as you can see above, the world was foggy. Southglenn had a surreal and spooky feel to it, especially for the first 20 minutes or so. The fog began to slowly lift, and things began to warm up, but it was slippery the whole dang time. So much ice everywhere. This is another morning that I might have skipped had it not been February, and I need to get in the miles to make my goal. Since it's that dang second month of the year, I put on long underwear and lots of clothes and once again made progress to a difficult goal to reach in only 28 days. I had better make it! It was kinda cool to see so much fog hovering over Southglenn, though. We don't get that too often. 

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Twelve Hundred Forty-One

February 16, 2021
7.09 Miles in 1:15:13
Mood: Birds!!!
Soundtrack: Good Old War "Come Back As Rain" and Grouplove "Never Trust A Happy Song"

This picture does not accurately capture the situation, but it was the best I could do. I had just departed on my run, and had only been going for about 2 minutes when all of the sudden the entire sky was filled with birds. In every direction there were birds. Hundreds and hundreds of them. The sun was just coming up, and it looked almost like they were just trying to soak in some warmth from it's rays. I don't know that I have every seen anything quite like it. There were birds of all sizes and they were flying in every direction. It was madness. So many birds. It was kind of cool, but also a little worrying, as if the bird uprising were beginning in earnest. Pretty wild way to start a Tuesday morning run.

Monday, February 15, 2021

Twelve Hundred Forty


February 14, 2021
7.53 Miles in 1:16:41
Mood: Brrr. This is too cold.
Soundtrack: Iron & Wine "Our Endless Numbered Days"

The cold snap was in full force on Sunday. This was the coldest Valentines Day I can remember, and so just like on Friday, I did NOT run in the morning when the temps were a balmy negative 8, and waited until the afternoon. The temperatures did not rise nearly as much as they did on Friday, so I bundled up in long underwear and multiple layers and drove up to Wash Park. It was 3 degrees as I set out, and that is too cold. This is one of the coldest runs I can remember going on. On the plus side, it definitely inspired me to keep moving, if for no other reason than to stay warm and to get the run completed so that it would be over and I would be back in my warm car. Look at that photo! You can FEEL how cold it was. If it were any other month than February, I'd probably have skipped my run, but with only 28 days in the month, if I'm going to hit 100 miles, I can't take any breaks, so I was on my grind getting my miles in temperatures that only a penguin could appreciate. I remain on target for 100 miles for the month, it's amazing what having a goal can make you do!  

Twelve Hundred Thirty-Nine


February 12, 2021
7.56 Miles in 1:18:47
Mood: Let's wait until the sun is shining.
Soundtrack: The Shins "Oh, Inverted World"

An Arctic front moved into the area overnight, and the temperatures had a minus sign on them during the morning hours when I'd usually go running. I was not interested in running in negative temperatures, so I got up at my usual time and started working, finished early, and then went running in the heat of the day when it got up to a balmy 13 degrees. It was cold, but it was sunny, so I didn't notice it TOO much. I managed to get in a nice seven and a half miles and even took a picture of this frozen stream which looked very cool. (Pun intended)