Always something to learn: Runfessions December 2021

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I may not be running a lot but that doesn’t mean I can’t come up with things to runfess.

I shoppingfess . . .
My Black Friday purchases were Nuun and running shoes. On Cyber Monday it was hiking poles. You know you’re a runner when . . . 

I runfess . . .
On one particularly brutally cold and windy run there was no dynamic warmup. There was barely a cooldown — because seriously, I was already cold! I definitely did not stick around to do any post run stretches, either. 

I runfess . . .
The day before Thanksgiving I chose to run in the neighborhood, rather than driving somewhere to run, because the leggings I chose to wear had no pockets. I didn’t have enough pockets to stow my keys. I do have plenty of leggings with pockets, but these very old leggings were just the right amount of warmth without being too hot. Cold weather dressing is a constant challenge!

I runfess . . .
A couple of weeks ago, the week I got my booster, I knew I probably had to get my runs in during the week. I had planned out T, W, and F. Then I saw that Thursday was supposed to be unseasonably warm, so I changed the plan to T, Tr, F.

I further runfess that I really wanted to get the booster on Friday so that by the next Monday I would feel good enough to run. I needed to go down to my mom for several days on Tuesday, leaving me little time to run at all the following week — but I just couldn’t get an appointment close to home on Friday. Instead I got to drive in a snowstorm on Saturday. Good thing I didn’t take the appointments that were further away.

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So that’s what they’re for!

I runfess . . .
I casually mentioned to Mr. Judy one day that I wondered what the metal thing in the middle of the bike paths were for. They were usually up, but sometimes down. Of course he knew. They can be put down to let the maintenance vehicles get through — I presume they are usually up so that no one actually tries to drive on the path. D’oh! I had no idea and always wondered about that.

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Will Shop for Chocolate: Runfessions November 2021

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We are fast approaching December, so some shoppingfessions have crept into this runfession post. Mostly revolving around food & drink, but I could certainly share about all the clothes I have bought recently. All the sales in November and December always seem to get me. 

I shoppingfess . . .
I went to the grocery store one morning because I was out of my favorite chocolate. Do I have other chocolate? Of course! The  heart wants what the heart wants, right? It wasn’t the only thing on my list, but I probably would have put off the trip until another day if I’d still had my chocolate.

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I really need to go back & get a few more boxes so I don’t need to ration again this year!

I shoppingfess . . .
I have become a hoarder. Of my favorite decaf green tea from Trader Joes. I was haunting the store for weeks waiting for it to make its appearance. Then I snapped up nine boxes. I’m hoping they still have some left so I can make it an even twelve (you know, twelve months).

I runfess . . .
Between helping my mom and the hiking the last few months, I haven’t been hitting those four runs a week. There will be more time in Winter, when I’m not hiking — assuming we get that new treadmill.

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Working on hamstrings & hip flexors

I runfess . . .
I had some great runs last week. I also did way more Yoga than normal because I was trying to take advantage of Mr. Judy being out of town and filmed a lot of Yoga videos.

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More leg strengthening

I even got to film early in the morning, when there’s almost no chance of the phone ringing (which had happened on a few other videos recently).

I runfess . . .
I have had to pull out my short sleeve Wonder Wool running top from the dirty clothes at least once. It may seem like I have lots of running clothes — and I do! — but there are some things I only have a few of. Good thing that wool really does wick away sweat, dry quickly, and usually not get smelly the way regular running clothes do.

Do you ever wear the same running top more than once? Not me usually, but with wool, I runfess occasionally

What one thing would get you to the grocery store if you ran out of it?

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Getting in my hikes before Winter: Runfessions October 2021

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I know plenty of people hike year round, but I have enough trouble getting myself outside to run during Winter. Sure, those frozen waterfall photos are cool — but so are the temps. Well, they’re downright freezing! 

So I’ve been making a real effort to get in more hikes before the snow flies. Of course this is mostly a running blog, so there are plenty of runfessions to share from October too!

I runfess . . .
I liked the Saucony Endorphin Speeds so much, I went out and bought the Saucony Guide. They felt much heavier than the Endorphin Speed, but then I bought them for my easy runs.

Lured on by the waterfalls

I hikefess . . .
On a recent hike I told Mr. Judy I needed to move on (Bandit, too) while he was occupied taking photos. I did eventually text him which way I had gone. Apparently he was quite annoyed (and stressed) when I was “gone for half an hour while he walked up and down looking for me”.

No, I wasn’t lost, and no, it was nowhere near that long. I will apparently never live down getting lost (shared in my last Runfessions here). I also led the way on our anniversary hiking (which was thankfully quite clearly marked).

I runfess . . .
My Achilles has been behaving itself lately. Then the top of my foot started to hurt literally out of the blue one run. No, seriously, there wasn’t even a niggle there before it started hurting! I hate when that happens. I think it’s Extensor Tendonitis but luckily it mostly hasn’t bothered me since then (except that one time I wore rainboots at my mom’s).

Running for time

I runfess . . .
I have been playing around, just a little bit, with doing my long-er runs for time, rather than mileage. Adding on about 5 minutes to the previous week’s long-er run’s time, although not every single week. Perhaps at some point I’ll actually get up to 90 minutes and it can be a “real” long run. Or not — because Winter’s coming!

I runfess . . .
I have had to do a lot of research helping my mom: did she actually get the new meds? will Medicare cover the bill if she has to go to rehab again? Does Medicare pay for the oxygen equipment? I haven’t had much time to research treadmills yet, although I have started. Definitely hoping when I make my decision one is actually available!

I think I’ve narrowed it down to the Sole F65 or 80 or Nordictrack 1750 (I think that’s the model number). Leaning towards Sole. I want to see if I can find a few reviews from real runners, but I don’t need a lot of bells and whistles — I just need something that will last as long as my first treadmill, or nearly as long, anyway! Sole has a longer warranty which is part of why I lean that way.

Do you ever self diagnose? 

Are you winding down running for the year, or still training for something?

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The one where I’m REALLY lost: Runfessions September 2021

When people tell me I can’t get lost going somewhere, my usual response is don’t challenge me. It’s amazing how lost you can get in a short amount of time! You’ll see in a bit.

I runfess . . .
Lately the universe seems to be fighting me. When I took my mom to the orthopedist, I noticed where some of the parking for the rail trail not too far from her was. I made a mental note and thought maybe next time I was there I would drive over there to run. The very hilly, narrow country road she lives on is not great to run on — people really zoom through there.

Then the car trouble started

I runfess . . .
Speaking of the car trouble, I also had plans on that trip to stop at Olana on the way back to stretch my legs. I’d stopped on the way there, but couldn’t spend much time because I had food with me. I’d finished anything that needed to be kept cold.

Except I couldn’t stop at all because we weren’t even sure the car was going to make the trip. Was the transmission just going to stop? I had that happen to me once in a parking lot — but this would’ve been on a highway. Would the brakes fail? Yeah, it was a fun trip. Not.

Not the worst drive I’ve had — that belongs to the time I had to stop every 2 hours on the way home from my parents to my apartment in MD to let the radiator cool down. Or maybe it was that white knuckle drive through a snowstorm in VT, until Mr. Judy started to drive & then decided we should really stop somewhere to stay overnight. We are grateful none of this happened on our trip to ME, anyway!

I runfess . . .
It seems as though every time I fix something, something else breaks. My Achilles is pretty good, and so is that high hamstring tendinosis (if that’s what it was). Why I thought it was a good idea to run a 6 mile long run when I’d only run about 5 miles the previous week (hello, vacation!) — despite plenty of walking and hiking — I don’t know.

I should have known better

The foot feels relatively normal again, although there’s still a slight twinge occasionally.

Were the views worth getting THAT lost? Maybe?

I hikefess . . .
Speaking of hiking, I have a whopper to confess. I told my sister and a couple of friends about it so far. It’s no secret that I am directionally challenged, and often lose my way, although I always find my way home eventually. Except . . .

I decided to go back by myself after sitting a while on the rocks with one of the friends that had invited us to ME. As I started back, though, it just didn’t look like the right way. So I thought maybe I’d head the other way, where the other friend and Mr. Judy were.

Somehow I got off the trail and completely lost in the very narrow woods. It was very frustrating (and embarrassing) because I had a fairly good idea of where I was, I just couldn’t backtrack and find my way out of there! 

I knew I was very close to the road, actually, even located it on a map at one point (thank goodness I had signal back there), but it was just a bit too steep and rocky for me to scramble up there (remember, I was completely in the woods!). 

Just as I was finally realizing I was going to need some help, Mr. Judy called. I tried to explain approximately where I was. They got close, and asked me to yell. Even more embarrassing but I did! The host husband finally found me, and helped me out. He led me out the way I knew led to the road, but even then I needed a hand from him at one point. The ground back there was very springy (and all sorts of weird fungus and no, I didn’t take any photos!) and there was some big rocks/ledges to climb over.

I imagine if I hadn’t been able to get signal and talk with them, eventually I would have crawled my way out, but they would have been a lot more worried because it would have taken more time! I got lucky. I also got lost there really fast! It was just bizarre.

For those who wondered why I didn’t just share my location — I couldn’t. At least not as far as I know. My phone no longer can update the OS and that’s one of the apps that no longer works.

Yes, I’m in the market for a new phone

My Garmin does have a feature to get you back to the start — except you have to start it before you’re lost, which I didn’t.

Not a difficult walk but not completely easy either

I hikefess . . .
Our hosts also suggested a short walk/hike on the way home. It was a walk along a breakwater to a small lighthouse. Mr. Judy wasn’t feeling it, but I joked, as I did after my spectacular hikefail above, that I couldn’t get lost on that walk. I could fall in the water, of course (but I didn’t).

It took a long time because you had to pick your way over all the cracks!

So I walked out the mile or so on the uneven rocks, as Mr. Judy stayed behind (and got some really great photos!). I don’t think he was happy with me because due to that little side trip, he had to drive through some pouring rain. Oh well, I enjoyed it — and I didn’t get lost.

Fresh off the boat. Photo by Lloyd Litt.

There were plenty of birds hanging out on the breakwater. Photo courtesy Lloyd Litt.

Any great getting lost stories to share? 

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The Laundry Battle is Real: Runfessions August 2021

 

Every time I write about my V02 Max, someone is sure to say the Garmin’s version of that isn’t very accurate, and I’m sure that’s true. Keeping track of it, though, actually does give me clues to how I might want to adjust my running — that’s why I continue to look at it after a run. But sometimes I just shake my head and wonder why it does the things it does.

You’d think 5 would be enough, wouldn’t you?

I runfess . . .
I love my Skirt Sports Cool It Tops. I wear them on almost every run in the Summer. I have five of them. On a run a few weeks ago, after some back and forth trips to my mom/sister, I realized I better do tops because I had none that were clean for the next day.

As I was hanging them up to dry, there were only four. I thought: great! I must have one that’s clean somewhere (not sure they’d dry in time for the next morning’s run). Nope, the one I’d worn that day to run in was still hanging to dry out a bit in the bathroom. The clean ones did dry in time, though.

I runfess . . .
I can’t believe that my new Mizunos — maybe a month old?  — are already wearing around the ankle collar. Good thing they were a good deal, but I don’t think I’d buy them again.

I runfess . . .
It seems that my V02 doesn’t like the pace I’ve been running my longish runs lately. Even though my HR is pretty normal, it keeps dinging me a point (yes, Mr. Judy scoffed at just one point). It’s not as though they’ve been fast, either. When I do my recovery run the next day, yup, I regain that point. This has been a consistent pattern for weeks now!

Out of curiosity I looked up my pace for my long runs at this time last year. Oddly enough they were often a little slower. Not that any of it matters, but I’m always trying to figure things out!

I runfess . . .
I think we need stock in the Treadmill Doctor site (here). This is the third? fourth? time Mr. Judy’s used it to diagnose and then buy the part we needed. Yes, the mill is fixed — even the incline/decline. I am grateful to both Mr. Judy & the Treadmill Doctor! Except, as you know, the last time I used it it still wasn’t right — haven’t had the opportunity to test out the newest fix.

I runfess . . .
I am glad that I didn’t sign up for any races anytime soon. I’d been thinking about maybe a half in December, although they’re still not sure it will actually be run. Then they did open it — wondering what will happen considering what’s going on with other races. My guess is it’s just not the right time for me. I don’t do halfs unless I’ve trained for them — it’s way too easy to injure yourself if you’re not prepared. Been there, done that, don’t care to repeat it.

I did recently have a shorter race pique my interest, but I haven’t made my mind up about it.

Would you fix a really old treadmill or buy a new one? 

Do you think running shoes wear out easier these days?

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Long Hair Runfessions July 2021

 

Okay, there’s only one runfession that has to do with long hair, and none that involve my Garmin! My ability to misplace things almost always makes an appearance in runfessions, though, and this month’s is no different.

Every time I put my keys in a different place “just for a minute” it doesn’t end well.

I runfess . . .
On a recent long run, I opened my trunk to get my stuff out . . . and then couldn’t find my keys when I was ready to run. I checked the lock on the trunk, because sometimes I leave them in there so I don’t forget them (ironic, right?). How about the ignition? Yes, my car is that old. Nope. Seriously, where the heck could they get to?

I had moved the Yaktrax from the passenger front seat into a bag in the trunk. Apparently I had the keys in my hand and that’s where they ended up. I really don’t think I’m going to need those Yaktrax any time soon!

I runfess . . .
I backed into a parking space for the very first time in my life on the Fourth. We had stopped at Olana on the way to my mom, and the place was hopping. I had to back up just to get out of the very small parking lot, and Mr. Judy said you’re practically in the space anyway. Let’s just say my peripheral vision is not the greatest, but with his guidance I managed. 

I runfess . . .
I took running clothes with me to my sister’s the first time I went down. The second time I didn’t even bother. Although afterward I began to think about maybe trying to get in a run at the Walkway over the Hudson one morning while I’m there. It’s not a long drive from my sister, although it is concrete, but the views on a nice day might be worth it. Stay tuned!

It’s a lot of hair folks — soon (hopefully) to be less

I runfess . . .
Recently Zenaida wrote about 5 Gross Things Runners Do here. I must runfess that while I will change out of my sweaty running clothes quickly, I don’t always shower immediately after a run. I like to air dry my hair and it takes forever, so on days I need to wash my hair I usually shower in the afternoon. On the days I do shower immediately after a run it feels amazing!

It’s all about the very long hair

I runfess . . .
I am glad that I didn’t sign up for any races anytime soon. I’d been thinking about maybe a half in December, although they’re still not sure it will actually be run. My guess is it’s just not the right time for me. I don’t do halfs unless I’ve trained for them — it’s way too easy to injure yourself if you’re not prepared. Been there, done that, don’t care to repeat it.

Does your hair ever dictate when you run or shower? 

Is your race calendar full?

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Morning Runfessions June 2021

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Three months in and I still have runfessions about my Garmin! I’m also coming clean about those early morning runs and my desperate need for a haircut.

I runfess . . .
On a recent early morning hot run, I saw the mama duck and her ducklings again, which I wrote about in that WRD. What I didn’t share? I stopped to take photos and a short video. 

I kept messing up pausing and unpausing my Garmin. That first mile came out to almost an 18 mm pace. I have actually run that slowly — but on steep trails when it was very hot. It doesn’t really matter, but it was a little frustrating and for once not my Garmin’s fault.

Oh yes, and I also did that on a recent hike with Mr. Judy and Bandit.

Waiting & hoping for a walk

 

I runfess . . .
I struggle with whether to walk Bandit before my run or run first when the heat is on. There was even one day I wasn’t running but I didn’t want to skip my first thing in the morning Yoga. Usually running wins, but I have been getting out there earlier and earlier — but sometimes he gets walked first.

I runfess . . .
There is a certain satisfaction to having 10k+ steps before 8 am. That’s the reward for those early morning runs. The downside is I find that as the Summer wears on, those early mornings begin to wear me out. I ran with USAFit for several years, and we definitely got out there pretty darn early as the Summer went on to accommodate our longer & longer runs. 

I am not missing those 0’dark thirty long runs

 

On a recent morning there were pine needles all over the driveway. Which is weird, the pines are a fair distance from the driveway.

 

I runfess . . .
There was a morning recently when a lot of swearing was going on downstairs. Turns out a hornet had gotten into our office, but thankfully Mr. Judy took care of it. Not long after that I put on my shoes to walk Bandit, took a few steps outside, when suddenly there was a stabbing pain in my toe. 

My first thought was there was a hornet in my shoe! I kept feeling that pain! I took my shoe off — it was a single pine needle stabbing into my big toe.

I runfess . . .
When we walk Bandit, I put my hair up into a ponytail and stuff it all under a hat. A while ago as I did this I noticed the hair was falling into my eyes, which was annoying. I would have to sort of shove it back under the hat at my forehead.

It’s a clear sign that I am in desperate need of a haircut, and yet I still haven’t made that appointment. It has nothing to do with COVID; I just haven’t gotten around to it.

The hair also annoys me when I have to move it out of the way when I roll over onto a different side in bed. Yet I enjoy throwing it up in a loose bun and having a long braid. I’m a bit undecided how short I want to go, plus I know when I get it cut she’ll go a little shorter than I want — but seriously, this needs to get done!

Drag yourself out of bed early to run or bounce right out of bed? 

Couldn’t wait to get back to normal hair or embracing some change?

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Travel Edition: Runfessions May 2021

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Do you find it difficult to travel again after a long time with travel? This period was one of the longest time with absolutely no travel in my entire life. Some of it due to the Pandemic, and some of it due to helping out with my Dad in the last few months of his life. It was the perfect storm, unfortunately!

I runfess . . .
I had some trouble tracking down my travel stuff when packing for our trip to Long Island. There was a time I was half living at my parents, and I pretty much had things down to a science. It’s been 2+ years since I had to use various packing cubes, etc. Not to mention reorganizing a lot of my space in that time!

I runfess . . .
I brought running shoes and clothes with me to Long Island. I never felt like running. Plus it warmed up much more than they predicted that last day we were there, and I would have been very warm in the clothes I brought. We did plenty of walking. 

#sorrynotsorry

Warm clothing takes up space! Doesn’t look warm, right? Well, it wasn’t!

I runfess . . .
You might get a laugh from this: I took my largest, expendable suitcase with me, although I did not have to expand it. Technically it fits in an overhead, but the long way. Mr. Judy couldn’t understand why. He was like: seriously? Yes!

The weather was cold to warming, which required a couple of sweaters. I dragged a pair of boots with me (although these ultimately didn’t go in the suitcase) because, burial (and maybe rain, although thankfully it ended before the burial). Lastly I packed running shoes and clothes — which, of course, I ended up not wearing — hat, sunglasses — you know that stuff is bulky!

Again, #sorrynotsorry. We were driving. Why not bring what I needed? I also brought a travel Yoga mat and Yoga blocks, by the way, which I used every day.

I runfess . . .
Running has been going well lately. I still have no real goals, I don’t really push myself all that much, but for much of the Spring it was a struggle. I really do blame the COVID vaccines! For a while the cooler weather was great for running, but even as it’s warmed up, it’s still been going pretty well.

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I runfess . . .
My Garmin is at it again. In a run last week, when I went to check my steps after my run, my watch told me to turn on tracking to show that activity. I know I did not turn it off, because it was tracking steps just fine before I left the house. After my 3 mile run and a half mile cool down walk it showed me something like 755 steps. 

For some mysterious reason my Garmin decided it didn’t need to track my steps from that run and walk. It was the first, and so far last, time this has happened.

Have you had trouble finding things you haven’t used since the Pandemic began? 

Do you travel light even if you’re driving?

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More Garmin: Runfessions April 2021

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While catching up over hot chocolate (yup, still drinking it hot!)

We’ve had lovely Spring weather in April, and several days of snow. Transitions are never easy! Most mornings still find me drinking a healthy hot chocolate, and I’ll add a scoop of collagen if it’s my post run snack, which it often is.

I runfess . . .
I have struggled with getting out earlier for my run longs on those warmer April days, and I paid the price — especially when I chose the wrong running clothes. I dragged myself through, with longer and longer walk breaks, on more than one long run this month. 

More time on your feet, right?

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I runfess . . .
My Garmin Vivoactive has been acting a little strange lately. It seems like it’s often updating the software, and the last time it did that, I had already reached my step goal for the day and it dumped like a thousand steps.

I was annoyed. I don’t know why, it doesn’t really matter!

I runfess . . .
Another day I was charging my Garmin. It’s pretty much habit now that every time I make a cup of tea, I pace around while it’s steeping (3 minutes for Green tea, 5 minutes for herbal tea). If you pace around and you’re not wearing your Garmin, does it really count?

I sat down and relaxed.

I think it’s definitely frozen!

I runfess . . .
This one kind of makes me laugh every time I see the water bottle sitting in the freezer. You know how I’ve shared that I fill a water bottle halfway in the summer, and then let the water freeze overnight, then top it off with more water — the ice slowly melts and the water stays colder longer.

I have had a water bottle, filled halfway, in my freezer since last Summer. There have been a couple of those warm long runs when I wish I’d used it!

I’d tell you over hot chocolate . . . 
My mom does get confused easily. She often says she watched a movie that she’s never seen before, although I know she has — she just doesn’t remember it. She can’t always think of names and has mixed up dates for important appointments occasionally. 

She is 93

The date of my second vaccine? She was laser focused on that! That she remembered, because that was important to her.

If it’s not a running day for you, how do you get your steps in? 

What have you found in your home recently that made you laugh?

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Learning my Garmin: Runfessions March 2021

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I’ve had my Garmin Vivoactive 3 for almost 2 years now? Something like that. I know I was actually able to race with it . . . it’s amazing what I still don’t know about it! But first my car is making its way into my runfessions.

I runfess . . .
My car did not get driven for 6 weeks at the beginning of this year, mainly due to illness. I did go to see my mom in that period, but I take my husband’s younger car for those drives. I did not go to the grocery store at all in that period! I swear I heard it sigh with relief when I finally drove it — not to mention she started right up. I call her Old Faithful for a reason!

I runfess . . .
The first time I did drive my car was to the grocery store. I’d been cooped up so long, that even that seemed like an adventure!

I runfess . . .
Apparently what I really think about on the run (outside) is counting my run intervals (as opposed to what I wrote about here). I often just run when I’m on the treadmill, but am still using run/walk intervals outside. I know that I have approximately 4-5 run intervals per mile — and then I drink a little water.

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I runfess . . .
It took me years, but I finally realized that the vibration my Garmin Vivoactive 3 makes for a run/walk interval is shorter than the vibration it makes for each mile. If I’m paying attention and counting those run/walk intervals, I can usually tell when I’ve hit a mile just by the longer vibration. Which means I don’t have to look at the watch at all.

I runfess . . .
When we went on our hike last week, we crossed a road that crosses a path I used to run at often, although I haven’t run on that portion in a very long time. Winter, Pandemic. I have spent so many miles there.

Since I wasn’t driving, as we crossed the road that bisects the bike path, I looked up for some reason. Obviously I never do when I run, because I was astounded to see the McMansions that are perched on the hill above the path! Who knew?

How long does it take you to figure out your GPS watch? 

Have you been surprised by something on a route you run regularly?

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