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Today On The Run #4 – Wildlife

I normally run really early in the morning.  I’m out the door by 4:15, when I can talk my body into it.  Most of the time time, it’s pretty much just me and the road.

But sometimes, I stumble on other creatures in the dark.  Most of the time, they’re just cats.  There seems to be a fair number of feral cats on the outer edges of town.  They’re bold and stand their ground, but are pretty harmless.

Then, there’s some big flying creature that does a close fly over.  Guessing it doesn’t see me as food, but competition.  Can’t make out much of it in the dark, but I’m guessing it’s probably an owl, given that it’s still dark at the time.  I don’t think the other big birds that are in the area during the day are cruising around yet.  I also hear a lot of hoots, but it’s surprisingly difficult to triangulate where they are.

Then, there’s the coyotes.  I hear them a lot, during the summer; but always in the distance.  I also think I heard some coyote pups.  They sound kinda like a bunch of hyper toddlers, but they’re probably not out in the middle of dark fields.  A month ago I saw one  run by.  The roving security patrol for the neighborhood stopped me the other morning to let me know that folks report seeing a pack of coyotes in the park I just ran through.

Then, there’s skunks.  I’ve run up on skunks dozens of times in the past.  Most of the time, I make them out before getting into the trouble zone and can safely alter my course.  But, a few weeks ago, I didn’t see the skunk it was too late.  I don’t think got a direct hit, but I had at least collateral damage.  Wasn’t terrible, but it did take a few days to fade.

Recently, on my neighborhood, folks have been reporting seeing a mountain lion.  Wow, that’s pretty wild.  Hey, wait a second…  I know exactly where they’re talking about, and that’s in the first few miles of my daily run.  I run they’re literally everyday at 5am.  Gulp.

Gonna keep my fingers crossed that I don’t meet up with any more wildlife, or maybe start carrying some pepper spray.

Today On The Run #3 – Good bye, Trusty Friend

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SanDisk Clip Jam 8Gb 2/10/17 – 11/17/17

I was listening to podcasts (my normal persuasion) and the player started to make a crackling noise in the headphones.  Then it skipped a bit, then dead air.  Checked it out, said there was no sd-card inserted (where the podcast I was playing was located.)  That can’t be good.  Maybe the sd-card died?

Switched to music stored on the device itself.  Played fine. Phew.  Then, more crackling, skipping, and the whole right channel departed.  Limped it the rest way home.

Tried to turn it off, none of the buttons were responsive and the screen is frozen.  It was also starting to get warm.  It eventually powered, off.  I think the battery ran out.

Manner of death was probably moisture. The display was kinda hazy. While I don’t take it when there’s rain in the forecast, I’m pretty capable of drowning it with my own sweat.

Play on, trusty friend; you’ll be missed. 😢

Today On The Run #2

I’m pretty thankful to have the time, energy, and fitness to run as much as I do.  It also doesn’t hurt that I live in an area where it’s pretty feasible to run all year round.  So, I rack up a lot of mostly trouble free miles.  A lot, in this case means, more than 3,000 miles in the last 12 months.

I’m not superman by any means.  I have cranky hips, knees, and ankles.  Nothing debilitating. I’m pretty sure that’s kinda normal with most runners, especially those of my vintage.  The cold does present a challenge though.

A few years back, I thought I was having a stroke or something weird, because out of the blue my fingers went pale and started to tingle.  It was the middle of winter, but I was just sitting comfortably in my relatively warm house at the time.  It was worrying enough that I went to urgent care.  After a good going over and an MRI, a slight scare over lyme disease, they said it’s Raynaud’s phenomenon, basically extreme numbness in extremities.

The last year we lived in CNY, was one of the coldest February’s on record.  Something like 18 days where the high was in the single digits or less.  That wasn’t terrible, because it also generally doesn’t snow much when its that cold, so you don’t have much reason to be outside.  When it was teens and up and there was lots of snow, is what I dreaded most.  Turns out that vibration is also a Reynaud’s trigger, like when you’re using a rickety old snowblower.  A couple of times, I eclipsed from numbness into pain and had to take a break.

For me, lately, the cut off temperature is about 50 degrees.  Above that, I’m pretty ok without gloves.  Below that, the timer is ticking;  I get about an hour before my hands turn into dysfunctional claws.  While I’m running, I’m fine outside of my hands just feeling a little tingly.  When the run is over, untying my shoes and unlocking the door, are comically frustrating.  Then, there’s some screaming in the shower as the feeling slowly works its way back into the fingers.

It’s been glove weather here in my neck of the woods for a couple of weeks now.  I think the insulative properties of my current running gloves have just about evaporated at this point.  They feel fine for the first half of the run, and then it’s like I’m not even wearing them after that.  I guess it’s time to start the search for another pair of fancy wicking (and likely expensive) gloves again.

Today On The Run #1

Welcome to a new series on the blog, Today On the Run.   Just short quips from the today’s (or yesterday’s) run.  I’m putting them here so they’re a little easier to read in serial fashion and not limited to just 140 characters.  Here we go, Today On the Run #1.

In the middle of my run, I was in a nice neighborhood, with big houses and fancy cars.  Saw some tail lights ahead on a parked car.  Kinda strange at 5:30am, but not something completely out of the ordinary with folks prepping for long commutes.  Oh, there’s a guy standing behind the car.  Brace myself for potential trouble.

Turns out it wasn’t a car, it was a stretch limo and the guy was the driver waiting for his rider.  First time, I’ve seen this.

Took all my restraint not to jump in and say, “ok, let’s roll!” I don’t know if I’ll be able resist if I see them again.

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