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Monthly Archives: August 2007
I ran during the lunar eclipse this morning. Although not one to get up early if I don’t absolutely have to (I admit I like sleep as much as the next person), I figured this might be the only time in my life I had the opportunity to run during a very visible lunar eclipse that happened to occur on the same “day” as the Indians executed one heck of a beautiful triple play.
Cleveland seems to usually get shut out of a lot of the “big” celestial happenings. I suppose it is because it is so cloudy here so often. But this eclipse was in full view.
I woke up around 5:00 and put on my shoes. My dad bought me a new pair of Mizunos at Second Sole which I wore yesterday, but I’m not sure I like them. My legs felt like bricks. The shoes felt heavy. Since I was coming off of chemo, though, I’m going to reserve judgment on the shoes. I’ve liked previous versions of this shoe; maybe it is just the purple color that turned me off. hahaha. Always the tomboy. Today I wore my trusty, very dirty, white-gray-aqua Sauconys.
In the summer, I sleep in my running clothes, so I can just roll out of bed and go running. It’d be a lot easier to get up in the winter in the dark if I could do that.
I took off at an easy trot and immediately started to look for the moon. I figured I’d go out whatever direction the moon was. I have more running routes than the chipmunks in my backyard have holes to avoid the very large red-tail hawk that has taken up residence in my neighborhood. Ah, there is the moon. It was already “eclipsing.” It was really neat to watch. I don’t think I’ve ever watched a lunar eclipse before. I had seen pictures, of course, but never actually seen it with my own eyes. As you can imagine, basically the Earth gradually slid across the mooon. As the Earth slide over the moon, more and more of the moon disappeared and it kind of made a halo. What I did not expect, but was definitely the highlight, was everything took on this unearthly orangish gold glow. I had never seen anything quite like it, so I was glad I got up early. I enjoyed the run very much. It was probably a once in a lifetime type of run.
I finished my run, as usual, by running through the Valley. I’m used to how beautiful the valley is because I run there most days, but today it seemed especially lovely. The sun came up and the strong sun beams filtered through the heavy leaves of the trees. Where there are breaks in the forest, the sunlight makes it look like you’re running down the proverbial yellow brick road. Even the river (which I think generally looks like chocolate milk with rocks sprinkled in it) today took on the appearance that someone had somehow filled it with gold coins that glimmered just below the surface. I spotted many deer, including many young ones still covered with white spots. I saw one of those stately great blue herons stalking. It was a cool morning; you can tell fall is coming. Some of the trees are even already tinged with fall colors because of the drought. I’m looking forward to fall. I like how my favorite running trail turns bright gold in October. Plus I like the cooler temperatures. There’s something to be said for all the seasons. But I think running wise fall is my favorite. Plus it will be the first season of 2007 where I am free from having to do evil chemo. I may even go back out and run some local (and distant) races for fun.
I got out on good behavior and went to Gettysburg ... I spent some time in the tree-less Peach Orchard as you can see from this photo. I had surprisingly good energy at Gettysburg even though it was super hot. =) I was able to scramble all around photographing monuments for my monument project. My main concern was my scalp being sunburned because my hair is thin. But I only have one cycle of chemo left, so guess it isn't going to all fall out after all. (Unless something weird suddenly happens.)
I can't believe I'm down to my last two treatments and last official cycle of ABVD chemotherapy.
It has not rained on me most of the summer. I more than made up for that fact yesterday.
When I left to go running it was only drizzling a little. The sky was a pretty dark shade of gray to the west, though, and the radar was covered in green.1 So it looked inevitable that I was going to get wet.
And, of course, about 4 miles from home it started to pour. The rain came down in sheets. A few times lightning flashed overhead and thunder rumbled like distant artillery. My clothes were so wet when I got home that I had to wring them out. I could literally pour the water out of my shoes.
Since it was warm I didn’t really mind running in the rain. That said, it is rare for me to come back from a run quite that wet.