Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Eleven Hundred Seventy-Four


September 23, 2020
7.52 Miles in 1:18:36
Mood: Thinking about big picture stuff and the part running plays in my life.
Soundtrack: Fleet Foxes "Shore"

The world is a mess right now. Angst is flowing hard everywhere you go between the upcoming election, police violence, pestilence across the world, half the western United States burning and political upheaval it seems that pretty much all news is bad news of late. It's easy to succumb to the dull dread of it all, which is one of the best things about running. I can just get on a trail, listen to music, and things are fine for awhile. Plus it's good for me physically too! I sometimes think back to where I was 8 years ago before I started running and wonder how my life would be different if I hadn't, and I honestly wonder if I'd even still be alive. I was overweight and unhealthy, and running may have actually saved my life. I'd probably still be here, but the pandemic and all these uncertain times would have been so much harder on me, so thank you running...without this activity that is so important to me now, my life would certainly be worse than it is now. 

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Eleven Hundred Seventy-Three


September 21, 2020
7.91 Miles in 1:20:27
Mood: Time to reload
Soundtrack: Hey Marseilles "Hey Marseilles"

There was a Pokemon Go Community Day on Sunday, so my Poke supplies were wiped out, so I decided to make my run a supply run at Southglenn. As you can see by the map, I was running in circles for a good long time, and built back up a solid supply of pokeballs and got in almost 8 miles in the process, so it was a truly productive outing.

Eleven Hundred Seventy-Two


September 19, 2020
7.18 Miles in 1:09:43
Mood: Saturday in the park, not much to say.
Soundtrack: The Avett Brothers "Emotionalism"

I don't think I've run on a Sunday for about a month, but I still managed to get my Wash Park fix in with a Saturday run that worked out better for my schedule. It was a pretty uneventful run, but I felt good and it was a beautiful morning, so sometimes no news is good news. 

Eleven Hundred Seventy-One


September 17, 2020
7.07 Miles in 1:14:15
Mood: Hootie? and sadness that the pandemic decimated the chalk art festival.
Soundtrack: Hootie & The Blowfish "Imperfect Circe" and TBTL and The Bill Simmons Podcast

I saw that Hootie and the Blowfish had an new album released in 2020, and I was intrigued because Hootie is something I thought we left in the 90's, and yet, here it music. I listened to the whole album to be polite, but I think Hootie is something that we don't need in 2020. Didn't quite feel right, and the music was just not that good. I usually listen to the album I'm listening to on a run a couple of times, but once the first spin ended, I called it good and audibled to some podcasts that I wanted to get caught up on.

Today's photo comes from a very small chalk art festival that was held the previous weekend at the Streets at Southglenn. This was easily my favorite piece because it's very cool how they made it look 3D. There were only about 10 works that were done, which is sad, as there usually around a hundred or more all around Southglenn, but with the Covid-19 pandemic, they had to cut way back. It was still cool to see, but it also served as a bit of a reminder of how subpar to terrible 2020 is compared with non-pandemic times.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Eleven Hundred Seventy


September 14, 2020
7.00 Miles in 1:13:00
Mood: Arts and crafts are fun.
Soundtrack: Middle Brother "Middle Brother"

There are a bunch of these painted rock formations right next to a home on the Highline Canal trail. Someone has clearly been going ham painting rocks during quarantine, and it actually looks really cool! 

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Eleven Hundred Sixty-Nine


September 12, 2020
7.58 Miles in 1:19:36
Mood: Do you ever feel like you're being watched? By like, trees?
Soundtrack: Leaving those earbuds at home again.

Spent most of this run going in circles at Southglenn to load up on Pokemon supplies at the plethora of Pokestops available there, and then finished up the final mile and a half at DeKoevend Park, which was definitely the best part of this run. I was able to watch several kids soccer games as I ran through the park, but even better, I found a part of the park where the trees literally have eyes. I very much approve of eyes being placed in trees, by the way.

Eleven Hundred Sixty-Eight


September 10, 2020
7.56 Miles in 1:19:34
Mood: When you gotta go!
Soundtrack: Band of Horses "Everything All The Time"

Does a Craig poop in the woods? He will if he has to go badly enough, and this was one of those days. I tried to hold out, because I would MUCH rather use a toilet, but sometimes your body makes these decisions for you. I found a secluded-ish spot in a grove of trees and took care of business because time was literally running out. Hell hath no laxative like being three miles into a run. I walked another mile to a grocery store and then found a bathroom to finish up and clean up, and then four more glorious miles on a cold and cloudy day. It was a cold run, and only a few days after nearly melting in Wash Park, I had to bundle up in long pants and a fleece to stay warm. I had skipped running for a few days because, although it is only early September, it snowed on Tuesday. I'm not a fan of snow to begin with, but when it starts snowing early on in my favorite month, that is a bridge too far. DO NOT LIKE!

Eleven Hundred Sixty-Seven


September 7, 2020
10.11 Miles in 1:43:18
Mood: If you're going to post a joke on your fence, I WILL take a picture.
Soundtrack: Modest Mouse "We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank"

The joke posted on this fence is middling humor at best and has a grammatical error (it should have used "Do" not "Does"), but the fact that someone was willing to nail a giant joke to their fence was worth commemorating. 

It was Labor Day, and that meant no work for me, and it also meant I could pretty much take as long a run as I wanted to take, so I decided to go into double digit miles. It felt good to not worry about having to ever get back, and I went a ways with that freedom...all the way to Writer's Vista Park, which is not something I would normally do if I also had to work. Felt good!

Eleven Hundred Sixty-Six


September 5, 2020
7.19 Miles in 1:10:32
Mood: Basically melting, so hot
Soundtrack: Lupe Fiasco "Lasers"

I skipped out on running on Friday because I needed sleep, so I decided to head up to Wash Park for a rare Saturday run. I had slept in because it was Saturday and why not? So by the time I arrived the temps were in the 90's and rising. By the time I started my second lap, I was sweating profusely and seriously questioning my decision to run during lunchtime instead of my usual early in the morning. I entertained thoughts of quitting early, but I was very proud to be able to get it out to a full 7 mile run before heading home with the blessed relief of air conditioning. It was close to unbearably hot, but I made it through.

Eleven Hundred Sixty-Five


September 3, 2020
8.33 Miles in 1:26:02
Mood: Pretty in Pink, and Happy Birthday Jen!
Soundtrack: No Music, left the earbuds at home

It was Jen's birthday, and it was a nice day. The pink color of this car was pretty great, so I decided to post it for my run picture, even though the driver and passenger seats were both covered in Raiders seat covers, which is a pretty shoddy way to treat a pretty car like this. I have to imagine that someday my daughter will have a car similar in color to this one, because I'm pretty sure she'd love it.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Eleven Hundred Sixty-Four


September 1, 2020
8.00 Miles in 1:20:52
Mood: Misty and nostalgic
Soundtrack: Oasis "(What's The Story) Morning Glory?"

It was super misty as I left the house this morning, which gave the world a mysterious feel. It also made the sunrise quite pretty. I heard a podcast talking about Oasis, so I figured I fire up their most famous album and go full 90's retro as I ran. The music combined with the cool weather just kinda worked, and the vibe of the run was set. I enjoyed it immensely, especially after skipping my Sunday run, I just wanted to get in some miles, and it was a spectacular way to begin the month.  

Friday, August 28, 2020

Eleven Hundred Sixty-Three

August 28, 2020
8.39 Miles in 1:26:34
Mood: Slow and steady makes the miles...eventually.
Soundtrack: Trampled by Turtles "Stars and Satellites"

I felt like I was doing well on this run, but then every time I looked at my running app, I felt incredibly slow. Oh well, at least it felt good! Went to Sterne Park on this run, as I hadn't been there for awhile. The small lake at the park seemed quite lovely today, especially as I approached it running down a hill running south from Littleton Blvd. I eventually made it home after exceeding 8 miles and completing enough distance to earn my 13th straight 100 mile month, which feels like an accomplishment, even though I've got a long way to go to equal my 51 month record. One month at a time, right?!?

Eleven Hundred Sixty-Two


August 25, 2020
7.12 Miles in 1:13:41
Mood: Enjoying sunrises and discovering unimpressive bodies of water.
Soundtrack: The Killers "Imploding The Mirage"

The Killers new album is pretty good, and although I'm sick of smoke from forest fires, it makes for good sunrises. I decided to run east on this particular morning, although I'm not entirely sure why. East is generally the worst direction to run from my house, so I rarely do it. Too many hills and too few good trails, but there are a few cool places including this cool sculpture at the South Suburban Golf Course. I also discovered that there is something called the "Englewood Reservoir" which is barely a trickle of water and is massively over represented on maps as if it's a giant body of water, but it does in fact exist in a place I have been many times, but never noticed the tiny bits of water amongst the weeds. 

Eleven Hundred Sixty-One


August 23, 2020
8.46 Miles in 1:24:35
Mood: Social commentary and fake squirrels
Soundtrack: Kendrick Lamar "To Pimp a Butterfly"

That cutout in the shape of a dog has truly frightened that cutout in the shape of a squirrel. Also, that is a weird thing to want in your front yard, although as with all weird things people put in their front yards, I am thankful for it. This run was dominated by me listening to an important album that I had never really experienced before. I had heard some Kendrick Lamar before, and generally I hadn't liked it. However, I'd heard SO MANY people proclaim it's excellence that I had to check out 2015's "To Pimp a Butterfly" for myself. Turns out, they are right. It's very good. Not sure it'll make the regular rotation, but I am glad I spent some time with it.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Eleven Hundred Sixty


August 21, 2020
6.03 Miles in 1:03:28
Mood: Too smoky for me. 
Soundtrack: Bright Eyes "Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was"

The smoke from wildfires nearby is causing weird sunrises and sunsets and smoky days. I'm over it. We could use a downpour, to put out the fires and damp down the smoke. For sunrises. I ended up with only 6 miles because I both ran out of gas and got a low blood sugar. Since I was only running circles at Southglenn, it was at least easy to get back home when I was done. 

Eleven Hundred Fifty-Nine


August 20, 2020
8.02 Miles in 1:28:04
Mood: Hittin' the Park(s)
Soundtrack: Nada Surf "Never Not Together"

Lovely hot morning in August to run to the park. Cherry Knolls, DeKoevend, Milliken, Ketring, and Gallup to be specific. Then just as I was finishing up, I saw a shark. 

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Eleven Hundred Fifty-Eight


August 18, 2020
6.94 Miles in 1:12:09
Mood: Still occasionally annoyed by "The Ranch"
Soundtrack: The Mountain Goats "In League with Dragons"

I once again purposefully went to Highlands Ranch. I've been spending more time there playing Pokemon Go from my car with my friend Lorin, and so I'm less annoyed by it than I used to be. Although I can definitely still get annoyed by it, as I was this morning when I went into a grocery store to try and get a Gatorade, and didn't find a single cold sports drink, but three different fridges filled with energy drinks which felt very Highlands Ranch for some reason. Still, it was a pretty nice run. Slow, but I blame that on how much uphill running I had to do to get into Highlands Ranch. Today's photo comes from Arapaho Park, because there is rarely anything good to take a picture of in Highlands Ranch.