Wednesday, September 20, 2017

WWU - PSA: Foggy Dark Morning Makes For a Spooky Run

The nice thing about having a blog and noting all kinds of seemingly random and mundane things is that you can go back and find out when you talked about something.  Which is how I know that it's been six months since I wrote about the city of Bryan installing the wiring and base footings for streetlights along much of the roads where we run on Saturday mornings.  Six months, with everything finished and ready for the light poles and most importantly, the lights...the easy part, right?  Apparently not, as this project has been at a standstill for months now.*  And thanks to just a sliver of a moon plus dense fog, we were running in the dark on Saturday which made our run just a tad bit on the scary side.

We all split up in to groups of two, and everyone took a different route, so Diane and I were alone in the spooky, dark part of our run.  We wore our blinky lights/reflectors, but I suspect even if we'd carried a tiny flashlight (which I've done in the past), we still would have been a bit freaked out, thanks to the fog.  It was also nice and warm, so the fog, along with all of the sprinklers going on, added nicely to the humidity, bringing it to just about 100%.  I knew our cooler morning weather was only a tease last week, but oh man, I really cannot wait for it to arrive for real.  We ended up doing 4.5 miles and I am totally good with that.

After the run, we spent quite a while talking on the driveway of the clubhouse; baby Logan is too young to go out in public yet, so his parents are taking turns going to Blue Baker.  Oh - I forgot the most important thing!  Logan had his first walk with the Renegades!  He was cleared for stroller walks, so Cary and bodyguard Jimmymeow went for a short walk while the rest of us went running.  Cary said he did really well, and so did the baby, haha!

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Diane, Jeff, and I are chugging along with our weekday runs; soon enough, we'll be building the distance back up to at least three miles, so for now, I'm enjoying the 2.3 mile route that we've been taking.  Here's hoping the increased miles will coincide with a decrease in morning temps - wouldn't that be nice?

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Cary and I are walking twice a week now and I'm really loving this; not only getting some good walks in, but also being able to chat with Cary without the huffing and puffing that comes with running and chatting.  By the way, if you ever run with me, just know that running and talking is going to happen - it seems like when my legs start running, my mouth does, too.  I just can't help it!

*I contacted the city about the halt in progress and was informed that the delay was due to a "material-related issue" but they hoped to get started in a few weeks.  I sure hope so, as having a lighted path to run on will be so nice!

7 comments:

  1. That's why I enjoy walking with friends more than running with them. The conversation is better cus I can actually talk and not huff n puff..lol.
    I also agree in that the blog is great for referencing events and other things in our lives!

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    1. The blog is better than my memory, that's for sure!

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  2. I have found the problem with lights on warm, humid, dark, foggy runs is that you get dive-bombed by bugs! I'm actually at the part of the year where I need a headlamp each time I go out as it seems no matter how well I plan to run on lit streets, I turn a corner and there's a dark place.

    Glad you're getting those walks in with Cary - I think that's a great way to keep your legs active without the pounding of running.

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    1. It's been so wet everywhere that we're getting mosquitoes again, ugh. And we also have lovebugs happening, but not in the early morning hours, thankfully. I hate it when you accidentally inhale a bug.

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  3. I'm still a little scared of the dark. I'd probably be very jumpy on a run like that!

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    1. There have been runs where it feels like we do more jumping than running - it's hard to be brave when the shadows are full of imagined boogeymen!

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  4. Ha ha ha, I run my mouth when I run too (unless I am in a big group).

    I was wondering if it was a budgeting thing with the lights. Or some silly government thing. Sometimes the strangest things come up!

    That is awesome Logan went on his first walk with you all!

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