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Running on Diamonds

February 3, 2009 2 comments

Tonight my wife and I were supposed to go to the gym, but by the time we got home from work, her sinuses were giving her all kinds of problems, so I decided to just go out for a quick two mile run around the block.

We were expecting snow today, but once again the weathermen lied.  We should know better than to even listen to them.  The only time they’re right about the weather, it seems, is the day after.  This entire winter they’ve predicted anywhere from a dusting to 6 inches of snow, and not once have they been right.  It’s been rainy, sunny, and 45 degrees, but never has there been snow.  I think they must get paid by the grocery stores or something.  If you make the mistake of trying to pick up a few items the day before a predicted storm, you’d better go armed.

So instead of 3 to 6 inches of beautiful snowfall, we had some light freezing rain this evening, which was done by the time I decided to go out for my run.  Unfortunately, the temperature was in the low 30s, so the sidewalks were slick in a few key places.  There were also some icy puddles I managed to run right into.  It’s not like I haven’t run these streets a few hundred times in the last couple of years, but I somehow still managed to hit three very deep and very cold puddles.  There’s nothing like trudging along with shoes full of numb feet and ice water.

Yet I saw something very cool on this run I’ve never seen before.  There was just enough of a glaze on the sidewalk to catch the streetlights, creating a shimmering effect as if the ground was covered with tiny diamonds.  Everywhere I went, it was like running on the most expensive track in the world.

That was pretty neat and it made the run worth the cold, sloppy effort.

When the Running Mix Goes Bad

September 11, 2008 Leave a comment

I didn’t post last night because I was exhausted by the time I got home from work at 9 PM or so.  It was a scheduled off day for running and I didn’t get any fiction writing done.

Selecting shuffle for my running mix failed me today, that’s for sure.  A lot of the same bands as last time, but also some one hit wonders I didn’t need to hear while running, and just about everything had the wrong beats.  I guess I’d better go back to pre-set mixes like the old days.  😉

It was overcast when I ran this evening, but the rain will come later tonight if the forecasters are correct. Maybe I’ll get lucky and it’ll rain on Sunday, my next scheduled running day.

As I mentioned in yesterday’s comments, I’ve never been too fond of running in thunderstorms, but there was one particular run a couple of years ago that’s pretty memorable.  The storms rolled in when I was three or four miles from home with no quick route of return.   I watched the dark clouds just plow across the sky, coming from the direction of my house — the lightning just kept getting closer and closer. I was running right into the storm and it was VERY cool looking.   About a mile from home, rain started falling in sheets and the thunder was tremendously loud. Fun run, but not sure I’d do it again!

One other note: several people asked about the YouTube video in the last post.  That’s Live performing “They Stood Up For Love”, which originally appeared on The Distance to Here, their 1998 album.  That version on YouTube is very different, but I like both a lot.  If you want a REALLY different version, seek out the “Big Bang” version of the song.  Very different beats and lyrics, but very cool.

On the topic of Live, here’s something appropriate for today:

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