Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Nine Hundred Sixty-Five

June 25, 2019
7.00 Miles in 1:12:10
Mood: Be thankful for your repetitive blessings.
Soundtrack: Modest Mouse "Strangers to Ourselves"

I run on the Highline Canal so much, that I am beginning to take it for granted. I was looking at all these beautiful green photos of trees and scenery and thinking I didn't have anything worth posting. Then I remember that I shouldn't take something this awesome for granted. So here is yet another picture of the scenic Highline Canal Trail. It's really pretty, and every morning I run on it is a blessing.

Nine Hundred Sixty-Four

June 23, 2019
7.31 Miles in 1:14:09
Mood: Photographic deception
Soundtrack: Blitzen Trapper "Furr"

For the bazillionth day in a row (Approximately) it was cloudy and rainy in Denver. But, for a brief moment, the sun came out at Wash Park and the sky was at least partially blue, and I was able to get a photo which made it look like a much nicer day than it ended up being. The moral of the story is: Never trust a photo.

Nine Hundred Sixty-Three

June 21, 2019
6.29 Miles in 1:06:45
Mood: Limiting myself and taking pictures of pink flowers.
Soundtrack: Good Old War "Come Back as Rain"

I didn't intend to circle Southglenn on this particular morning, but the threat of rain and some relative soreness in the legs made me decide that it might be a good idea to be close to home in case I want to get back in a hurry. So rather than run the Highline Canal, I just filled up my Pokemon supplies while running in circles around the mall, but hey...at least the mall has good flowers. (PS, it did not rain.)

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Nine Hundred Sixty-Two

June 19, 2019
7.01 Miles in 1:13:24
Mood: Appreciating my beautiful state.
Soundtrack: The Avett Brothers "Mignonette"

Colorado is not ugly. I present this photo in the defense of this proposition. Man, it was a gorgeous morning.

Nine Hundred Sixty-One

June 17, 2019
7.87 Miles in 1:18:51
Mood: Baby shoe?
Soundtrack: Mumford & Sons "Sigh No More"

After driving from Chicago to Denver on Sunday, I still had Monday off, so I made up for a lost Sunday run by heading up to Wash Park for a rare Monday run. It felt deserted, as my usual Wash Park runs happen on Sundays and the park is monumentally more active on a Sunday than on a Monday. Still, I enjoyed a nice run with the most distance I've managed in quite awhile. I also found a baby shoe just hanging out on a mile marker, so it was clearly a complete success from beginning to end.

Nine Hundred Sixty

June 13, 2019
5.52 Miles in 56:51
Mood: Happily vacationing
Soundtrack: "Craig's List" Spotify Playlist

I have run in Illinois on a handful of occasions, and it always left me depressed running through the Chicago suburbs because there were just no good trails on which to run and I ended up galloping through generic and unexciting terrain. This was by far the best Illinois run I have ever taken. I ran through a forest preserve and then on the Naperville Riverwalk, and it was gorgeous with cool trails and lots of cool stuff to see like this bell tower known as the Millenium Carillon.

My mood was terrific as I had just seen Hamilton the night before and was getting ready to go to a White Sox game later that day, so I was in peak vacation mood.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Nine Hundred Fifty-Nine

June 9, 2019
6.30 Miles in 1:02:49
Mood: Better a gray Sunday than a bright and shiny Monday.
Soundtrack: The Avett Brothers "Magpie and the Dandelion"

It is allegedly June, but I was wearing pants and long sleeves for this one, as it was legitimately chilly outside. Now, if it were January and I had a 46 degree day, I'd say it was balmy, but it's all a matter of perspective and what month the calendar is flipped to, and right now it should be warmer than the mid-forties when I run.

Despite the chill and the gray skies, it was actually a pretty nice day. There were brief sprinklings falling on me, but for the most part I stayed dry and comfortable, and the cooler weather was actually pretty nice once you got a few miles in. Knowing I only had one more day of work before vacation began didn't hurt either.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Nine Hundred Fifty-Eight

June 6, 2019
5.86 Miles in 59:28
Mood: Blurry and off balance to a spectacular degree.
Soundtrack: Pearl Jam "Ten" and Manchester Orchestra "A Black Mile To The Surface"

I have two pairs of glasses. The nice pair that is my current prescription and get worn at almost all times, and the old pair with an outdated prescription that only gets worn when I exercise because my new ones will not stay on my nose when I sweat. I accidentally wore the good pair as I left the house this morning, and I noticed it within 500 yards of home, but decided not to go back and switch them out..."I'll be FINE!" I said. I was not fine. I got sweaty, and within a mile, I decided to just rip them off my face and into my pocket because the constant sliding down my nose is uncomfortable and just so annoying.

So I spent most of the morning looking at the world as if it were an impressionist painting. (Because without my glasses everything is blurry.) All was fine, and I managed to get almost all the way back home without incident, but while coming home through the streets of southglenn I took a bad step, got knocked off balance, and couldn't recover in time and I hit the ground like a sack of hammers. Miraculously, I was able to fall gracefully enough to not scrape myself up or smash my glasses which were in my pocket. The tiny woman who was walking directly towards me at the time did the neighborly thing and asked if I was okay. I'm not sure what she would have done if I had said, "No...please help me up!" because as I said...she was tiny. I told her I was fine while lying awkwardly on the sidewalk and then a group of guys across the street also yelled, "YOU OKAY, BRO?!?" I sheepishly said yes, and then headed home. So it was a blurry fally run, but it still felt good.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Nine Hundred Fifty-Seven

June 4, 2019
7.27 Miles in 1:14:30
Mood: Engineering and the possibility is rising for a 100 mile month.
Soundtrack: U2 "Songs of Experience" and "Songs of Innocence"

This thing is like some kind of viaduct to allow a stream to head in a direction it normally wouldn't. I don't care about the man over nature impact, I just like how cool all the wood slats look. Also, this is two straight runs of over 7 miles. I'm getting my groove back. It's still awfully early in the month to think about a 100 mile month...especially with some travelling getting mixed in, but all I'm saying is for the first time in over a year, it's at least a possibility.

Nine Hundred Fifty-Six

June 2, 2019
7.19 Miles in 1:10:06
Mood: Better living through eating (less)
Soundtrack: The Long Winters "Putting The Days To Bed"

I have been trying to eat healthier the past several weeks, and it's starting to become noticeable while I'm running. I have only dropped a few pounds, but the healthier eating is definitely allowing me to run longer and just a tiny bit faster. I feel better while I'm doing it, too. I had gotten into some bad habits of eating way too much food, and just trying to check myself a little makes a huge difference.

Nine Hundred Fifty-Five

May 31, 2019
6.77 Miles in 1:08:14
Mood: Digging the green textures.
Soundtrack: The Head and The Heart "Living Mirage"

I like the photo for the many layers of green found within. Lots of good textures and distances and light.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Nine Hundred Fifty-Four

May 29, 2019
6.86 Miles in 1:10:51
Mood: Pink or Brown?
Soundtrack: The Avett Brothers "Country Was" and "True Sadness" and "Live Vol. Four"

This tree has brown leaves if you look at them closely, but the direct sunlight upon them made it look like a pink tree from a distance. This is one of the trees that is pink in April, too. So is it a pink tree or a brown tree at this point? I can't really tell. All I know for sure is that it looked cool surrounded by green this morning.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Nine Hundred Fifty-Three

May 26, 2019
7.29 Miles in 1:11:26
Mood: Green
Soundtrack: Robert DeLong "Just Movement"

Wash Park is really green right now. Cool and forest-y in places. That is all.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Nine Hundred Fifty-Two

May 23, 2019
5.35 Miles in 55:03
Mood: Wet feet, old kids.
Soundtrack: Lord Huron "Lonesome Dreams"

The sky was so gray this morning that I thought there was no way it wasn't going to rain. Still, this was my last chance to run this week, so I went out into the gray anyway. It didn't rain on me at all, but I still managed to get my shoes soaked because I was foolish enough to walk through a field. There was so much water on the ground from the rain this week that by the time I arrived on the other side, my feet were soaked and I had serious regrets. Poor choice.

This is also a significant run in that it is the final run I will take with children in elementary school. My youngest is joining his big sister and moving on up to Middle School, and I feel old.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Nine Hundred Fifty-One

May 22, 2019
5.80 Miles in 1:00:12
Mood: Liar liar, photo on fire.
Soundtrack: The Head and The Heart "Living Mirage"

This photo is a lie. It was gray and overcast almost the entire morning, and I spent 90% of this run circling the Streets at Southglenn, and yet for the brief period where I was on the Highline Canal, the sun came out for just a few minutes, so it looks like it was a beautiful run on the Canal trail when really it was a gloomy morning at the outdoor mall. It was still a nice time, but it's funny how this picture tells so little of the true story. On the plus side, it wasn't snowing this morning. It was snowing 24 hours previously which is why I didn't run on Tuesday because I didn't feel like being soaking wet and freezing.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Nine Hundred Fifty

May 17, 2019
5.78 Miles in 59:23
Mood: Gorgeous spring morning and some new music!
Soundtrack: The Head and The Heart "Living Mirage"

I have long maintained that September is the best month in Colorado, but May has got to be very closely in second place. The weather is gorgeous, even if it's a bit too chilly a bit too often, and things are coming to life, and everything is so green right now. Plus, it will get warm, but not too hot. I'm enjoying this spring quite a bit.

In addition to a lovely May morning, I also woke up to a new The Head and The Heart album being available on Spotify, so I listened to that about five times throughout the course of the day, starting with this run. It's good, but I wouldn't say it's great. Still, I do love THaTH, so anytime we get new music from them is a win, plus I might begin to like it more the more I listen, as usually happens.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Nine Hundred Forty-Nine

May 16, 2019
6.23 Miles in 1:05:06
Mood: Backyard tee-pee gazing.
Soundtrack: Waterdeep "Sink or Swim" and "To Chase Away the Birds"

Is it cultural appropriation to have a tee-pee in the back yard of your million dollar home? It feels like it might be, but I am not the best arbiter of such things. I was just happy it existed so I could take a picture of it. I mean...it's a tee-pee!!

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Nine Hundred Forty-Eight

May 14, 2019
3.70 Miles in 38:06
Mood: Stupid diabetes.
Soundtrack: Vaudeville Etiquette "Debutantes & Dealers" / Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness "Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness"

Diabetes is a bummer. I was doing decently at the beginning of this run, but then I was waylaid by a low blood sugar, and I was pretty much done. I ate my Almond Butter that I keep for these types of situations, tried to run just a little more, and then ended up walking home. Those low blood sugars just wreck a run. I hate them.

Pink tree season is just about over, but I found this odd tree that was almost entirely green but for a few flowers of pink. That's a bit unusual, and it looked pretty cool.

Nine Hundred Forty-Seven

May 12, 2019
7.03 Miles in 1:10:04
Mood: An appreciation of young geese.
Soundtrack: Billie Eilish "WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?" and TV on the Radio "Dear Science"

The goslings were out in force on Sunday, and while I am not a huge fan of geese, it's impossible not to look at baby geese and think they are cute. Especially when they are all in a line following their mama through the park. It's unfortunate that they grow up to be geese, because goslings are great.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Nine Hundred Forty-Six

May 10, 2019
6.22 Miles in 1:03:58
Mood: My, what a big camera you have.
Soundtrack: Dave Matthews Band "Away From The World" and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness "Zombies on Broadway" and Ben Folds "Songs for Silverman"

I had a really good pink tree photo I was going to use for this run, but then I saw this guy and his gigantic camera lens. I look this picture on the sly as I walked past him. Considering I was trying to be discrete, I think it turned out pretty good, you get the lake in the background and a really good shot of the world's largest camera lens. I think you could take pictures of the American flag on the moon from where that guy was standing with that camera. I've never seen anyone walking around with a bigger camera, that thing was massive.

Nine Hundred Forty-Five

May 7, 2019
4.46 Miles in 47:06
Mood: Stinky (Smelling)
Soundtrack: Ben Folds "So There" and "Lonely Avenue"

The purple stink flowers are back. Man these things smell bad. So gross.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Nine Hundred Forty-Four

May 5, 2019
5.90 Miles in 58:49
Mood: Doing weird things because I strongly felt like I needed to.
Soundtrack: Jack Garratt "Phase"

Several months ago while I was running at Wash Park, I passed by someone sitting at a bench near the fishing pond on the north end of the park and I was struck by a very odd and very insistent feeling that I was supposed to go over to them and tell them that they are important, they are loved, and they matter. I fought this inclination before finally deciding that I should do it, and on the next lap around the park I arrived to find that person had left. I have felt slightly guilty about it ever since, and I determined that the next time I saw anyone sitting there I would immediately tell them these things.

I have looked every time I have run at the park, but have never seen anyone sitting at that bench until this run. There was a woman, probably in her early thirties sitting there alone. I tried to get over the awkwardness of this action, walked over to the bench and told her, "This is going to sound weird, but I feel compelled to tell you three things...1. You are important. 2. You are loved. 3. You matter." She smiled and told me thank you, and that she really needed to hear that on this particular morning. I wished her a good day and headed back to the running trail around the park and finished my run.

I have no idea why I felt like I had to say that, nor do I know what possible difference it made if any, but I did feel very good about it as I finished up and headed home.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Nine Hundred Forty-Three

May 3, 2019
6.21 Miles in 1:03:36
Mood: Fear not for the pink trees!
Soundtrack: Panic! at the Disco "Death of a Bachelor" and "Pray for the Wicked"

The pink trees are still out, as can been seen in the photo. I like this weird colorful art installation in front of Goodson Rec Center, but I like it even more when there is a pink tree behind it. It's not a stellar pink tree season, but I'm still finding a way to get some into posts, because I'm a professional and also a pink tree enthusiast. This stuff is important to me.

Nine Hundred Forty-Two

May 2, 2019
4.17 Miles in 43:12
Mood: Pondering the squirrel-flower epidemic.
Soundtrack: Passenger "All The Little Lights" and "The Boy Who Cried Wolf"

This squirrel was just staring at me. I think all the white flowers have some sort of intoxicating effect on squirrels. At one point I swear I ran past a tree where a squirrel was just eating flowers. Like it was some sort of petal buffet. He was going to town. This guy must have already eaten enough to get stoned, as he was just kind of chilling out on the branch staring at me like a pothead might chill out in front of a lava lamp. He let me get exceptionally close and didn't scamper away as squirrels are prone to do. I'm worried about the long-lasting effects that these flowers are having on young squirrels.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Nine Hundred Forty-One

April 30, 2019
4.03 Miles in 42:38
Mood: Not having this snow nonsense.
Soundtrack: Arctic Monkeys "AM"

The pink trees are under attack from white precipitation which belongs in winter not spring, and I can't stand it. It was stinking cold for the last day in April this morning. Especially when I have become accustomed to being able to wear shorts over the past several runs. This cold and snow is untenable, and I will not stand for it. May is coming, people, and this weather has no place in May.

I feel like every spring I have a photo of a pink tree covered in snow, it's a right of passage for April.