Monday, September 16, 2019

One Thousand Two

September 15, 2019
7.49 Miles in 1:13:01
Mood: Slightly sad, but not overly so.
Soundtrack: The Beatles "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"

I was a little bummed as a I started out this run, as there was a chance I was going to get to run with my brother. However, he was out late on Saturday night and had a huge Sunday ahead of him that would actually keep him up until 2:30 on Monday morning, so he rightfully decided to get a little extra sleep while he could. So I headed out alone, which is normal and not usually a bummer, but was a slight bummer just because I had gotten my hopes up that I'd get to partake in one of those oh so rare brotherly runs.

What followed was a very pleasant and enjoyable seven and a half miles at Wash Park, so it worked out fine.

Friday, September 13, 2019

One Thousand One

September 13, 2019
4.31 Miles in 47:04
Mood: Unfocused
Soundtrack: The Beatles "Abbey Road"

My heart wasn't fully in this one from the get go. I kept checking my phone and then wandering aimlessly instead of running. I was still tired from a long week and a hard run yesterday, so my energy level was low and I just wasn't into it. The result was a meandering and slow four plus miles. It was still a fine morning, and I'm glad I went and put in those four miles, but safe to say my focus was not there on this one.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

One Thousand

September 12, 2019
7.55 Miles in 1:17:12
Mood: Dragons and Chill.
Soundtrack: The Mountain Goats "All Eternals Deck"

This was an epic moment in the history of this blog, if not necessarily all that significantly interesting of a run. ONE THOUSAND POSTS! I had to find something significant to photograph to match this landmark moment. Didn't think I'd find anything cool...and then I found a dragon! Dragons are pretty cool.

In addition to being the ONE THOUSANDTH POST, this run also signaled the first major sign that the days of running in shorts will soon be coming to an end. It was 46 degrees outside when I left the house, and the first 15 minutes or so felt legitimately cold. Shorts season isn't over yet, but it's days are dwindling to be sure.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Nine Hundred Ninety-Nine

September 10, 2019
7.11 Miles in 1:12:46
Mood: Enjoying the best month.
Soundtrack: The Head and The Heart "Living Mirage" and Lupe Fiasco "Lupe Fiasco's The Cool"

September remains the best month of the year. The heat of summer is dying away, but it isn't cold yet. Every morning is like a perfect running morning, and the weather is almost always perfect. Man, I love September.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Nine Hundred Ninety-Eight

September 8, 2019
7.29 Miles in 1:10:24
Mood: Go Broncos!
Soundtrack: Ben Folds Five "Whatever and Ever Amen"

In my last run prior to the Broncos opening their season against the Raiders, I thought I'd find something that is vaguely orange and blue to post. I don't have huge expectations for the Broncos this year, but that doesn't mean I'm not cheering for them!

Nine Hundred Ninety-Seven

September 6, 2019
7.20 Miles in 1:14:05
Mood: Look! A Yeti!
Soundtrack: The Avett Brothers "Live, Vol. 2" and "A Carolina Jubilee" and "Emotionalism"

Hey! I spotted a Yeti on this run!

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Nine Hundred Ninety-Six

September 4, 2019
7.45 Miles in 1:16:58
Mood: Lovin' the clouds.
Soundtrack: Everclear "So Much For The Afterglow"

Ever since September started, the clouds have been routinely awesome and beautiful. Every day we are treated to glorious puffs in the sky. This photo isn't even all that great of an example, but it did happen during the time of morning where everything turns pink. Not sure what any of this means other than this wasn't a very exciting run to write about.

Nine Hundred Ninety-Five

September 2, 2019
7.32 Miles in 1:09:48
Mood: Did it rain buckets and I just missed it?
Soundtrack: Panic! at the Disco "Death of a Bachelor"

Wash Park looked like it had been flooded. There were puddles everywhere, tons of mud on the gravel running track that surrounds the park, and most interestingly giant mushrooms. I posted this picture with my foot in it to give some scale to just how big these fungi were. It was incredible. The strangest thing was that I had no recollection of any major storms happening in the previous days, and yet just seven miles to my north, it looked like "Noah 2: Electric Boogaloo" had been filming. Not sure where all this water came from, but it sure was good for the mushroom growth.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Nine Hundred Ninety-Four

August 30, 2019
6.11 Miles in 1:02:02
Mood: 100 miles again!
Soundtrack: Bon Iver "i,i" and "Bon Iver"

I went with my son to the Broncos preseason game last night, so this morning hit and I was tired. I had also ridden my bike to work and back yesterday as the van was in the shop, so that made me feel even more wiped. However, I knew this was pretty much my last chance to hit 100 miles for August, and I really wanted to do that, so I pulled myself out of bed and dragged myself to what turned out to be a decent run despite the fatigue.

The last time I hit 100 miles in a month prior to today was March of 2018. At that time, it was my 52nd straight month in a row. That streak ended due to a stress fracture, and I thought I'd get back to the century mark a lot quicker than this, but it took time to get back to where I was. I will say, it felt pretty great to do it again. Not sure I've got 51 more months in a row in me, but to even do it this time feels like a victory.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Nine Hundred Ninety-Three

August 27, 2019
7.85 Miles in 1:18:57
Mood: Feeling strong like bull.
Soundtrack: Everclear "Songs from an American Movie"

The colors of the sky were pretty awesome right as I set out this morning, but the thing that I REALLY love about this picture is that in addition to these colors, I got a decent shot of the moon in sliver form. It's hard to accomplish that with an iPhone camera, and maybe the cool colors helped, I don't know.

After taking this picture, I had an amazing run. I felt strong and barely had to stop at all on this run. It wasn't my fastest run ever, but I got almost eight miles in and felt great the whole way. Plus as we near the end of August, the stranglehold of summer heat upon the world is lessening, and it was cool and comfortable from beginning to end on this run.