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Category Archives: Running
On a day that should have been filled with bright smiles, of pure celebration, when all eyes turn to our sport's premier, most historic event ...... our community of runners instead finds itself in tears over a senseless, horrific act that displays that there truly is a "meanness" in this world. But you know there is something about running that tends to attract good, smart, caring, supportive people. And although we are a diverse group, we all can speak the common language of appreciating the wind in our hair, the trail or road beneath our feet, the satisfaction of a good run. And, I have no doubt the running community will continue to prove that although there is much darkness and meanness and hurt in this world, there is far, far more light and goodness and caring. Be that goodness and light in the darkness and run on, Friends...
A tumor (not related to Hodgkin's Disease) that went awry that led to secondary complications ... mostly related to my back ...
But I am back running, even if it is shorter distances than before ...
And back doing photography, even though less than before ...
I had been planning to run the Big Sur Marathon again, but I have been unable to run further than eight miles since ...
But I did run this five-mile race last Sunday and even picked up some hardware. And things are much, much better now. Life is returning to being normal again.
It is just taking a bit of time.
Last Friday, I did a 14-mile run. I managed to squeeze the run in before it began to rain. Since that time all it has done here in Cleveland is ... rain. We've had nearly 8 inches of rain. And it is still raining. It may not stop raining until Sunday. Basically every day is the same: gray skies, at least drizzle, wind, and cold. You can't get much more miserable than 40 degrees and pouring rain, with wind to drive the rain around.
I did get a good chance to try out my Garmin foot pod on the indoor track this week. I will run out in pretty much all weather, assuming it is reasonably safe to run outside. Since Sunday, it has not been reasonably safe to run outside. We had gusts up to 70 mph on Monday night. Today was the first time all week it was safe to run outside, and even then with the combination of total darkness caused by a ridiculously late sunrise and the lack of many streetlights (politicians: you can buy my vote for a fix of daylight savings time), I still had to dodge some downed (or hanging) wires and many fallen tree branches.
I love the foot pod, by the way. I hate that little track, but the foot pod makes it tolerable: no more counting laps.
I guess rain beats snow, but if it doesn't rain again, I really won't be sad. Many people in my area are still without power - apparently at least in part because a lot of our linemen and power company support staff were sent to the East Coast in anticipation of the hurricane. Wonderful planning on their parts considering that they were predicting the entire time that Cleveland would see very, very strong winds. This is why people in the midwest get annoyed at being treated as "fly over" country. Fortunately at my house we just had the power blink on and off many times, but it always came back on within a minute or two. But needless to say commuting to work was a lot of "fun" this week, and a lot of people here are miserable. Nowhere near what NJ is dealing with, but not fun. Sandy, go away.
I had a great run today: a hilly 16-miles in 2:18. I could have easily kept going if necessary - it was just that type of morning. It is funny because on shorter runs, I've been struggling to run much faster than about 9:10 pace, and today I was dropping 8:20 and 8:30 miles easily.
(That's me at 6 AM ready to go running! Sunrise here is now not until 7:40 am so the headlamp is very necessary for running in the dark, especially out in the woods...)
October is a great time to be a runner AND a photographer. The weather is just about perfect this month for running (although I could do without the darkness...). The fall colors make for spectacular pictures. I hope to get down to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park next weekend - here the leaves have definitely started turning, but I want to save my trip to the CVNP for peak, and I think next weekend may be peak.