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Monthly Archives: September 2011
I hate running in the dark. I will be stuck running in the dark for the most part until ... uh ... let's see ... April? Yuck. My list of reasons for hating running in the dark is long and mostly involves cars: drivers intent on running me down; drivers who are paying attention to everything except the road; drivers who take traffic signals as vague suggestions; drivers who blind me with their way too bright headlights; drivers who think right on red means a rolling stop; racoons the size of a golden retriever; deer (their eyes look really creepy when my headlamp catches them); curbs to trip over.
Actually come to think of it, I guess it wouldn't be so bad running in the dark ... except for cars. I could deal with the racoons, deer, and curbs if it weren't for the cars.
But all that said, I absolutely love running to the sunrise. There is something awesome about starting your run in the dark and running to meet the new day. Right now, I'm still getting to at least see the sunrise in exchange for doing the majority of the early part of my runs in the dark. (Soon that will be gone too, but for now at least I get to enjoy the sunrise.)
Still have not tried my Knuckle Lights yet ... but there will be plenty of dark days to come ... so I am sure I will.
Oh, and by the way ... racoons DO live in sewers. I see them trying to squeeze down the sewer grates all the time when I'm running. The ones around here are frequently too fat to fit down into them, but they definitely try and squeeze their chubby little selves down there. They also like to mosey across the road in the dark which I think is how so many of them end up getting killed.
I "crewed" at the North Coast 24-Hour Endurance Run for some absolutely wonderful folks from the Runner's World online group this weekend. Unlike the rest of this month which has been warm, humid, and rainy, the runners were blessed with dry conditions and cool temps -- although the infamous Cleveland wind was an issue.
Here are some photos I took of our runners at the race on my Flickr.
Considering that I knew most of these people only "virtually" through the RWOL forums, I have to say ... There was an instant connection, and a camaraderie, that is difficult to explain.
There were many highlights of the weekend -- but I'll give special shout outs to my friend Eddie who is now CENTURY EDDIE, and my friend Sue for who for many hours was the third place female.
Crewing an event like this was definitely interesting and a learning experience. I can't say I'd want to do a 24-hour race, but perhaps a 6-hour event. haha.