Sunday, November 11, 2012
My Morning Mile route in Amsterdam took me right by this forest path....but I learned my lesson from my misadventures a few weeks ago and stayed on the paved & lighted route. No exploring for me!
And now I have an even better reason not to go exploring through the forest paths...today while running \9on a road through farmland) I heard shots fired; a few days ago in one of the fields behind my house I also saw a kid out with his dog and a gun shooting a rabbit.
So not wishing to accidentally wind up shot, stuffed and roasted on someone's dinner table I've decided to curtail my forest explorations, deliberate or accidental.
For today's run I remembered to take my personal phone to get some pics of the area I now get to run through (which is very unlike the subdivided strip malls and traffic of where I lived in MI).
This is the Jesus on the Hill I mentioned in a previous blog. It is across the from the local cemetery.
The view from the cemetery
The Wall of Straw I mentioned in that same previous blog is now gone to wherever straw walls go. Instead there are these giant piles of some sort of root crop that snake their way along the farm roads. They are mounded like some sort of ancient earthworks.
A horse pasture along the way. There were donkeys too.
A view of the road through the trees, just before leaving the farmland and entering my neighborhood.
A memorial for 2 people who died fighting the Germans in WWII. You see these memorials all over the the country. It is on a road that gets maybe a dozen cars a day, out in the middle of nowhere. You come around the curve and it is just there.
The river I tried to follow home a few weeks ago when I got lost.
Another memorial in Coudun, the village before mine (Coudun is at the bottom of the hill, Giraumont is at the top).
The main drag in Coudun.
Today's long run was 9.09 miles, I finished 3-4 minutes ahead of my target pace. And that included hills sprinkled throughout the run, and the Kill Me Now hill right at the end, which is the street next to mine. I am SO glad I live on my street and not that one! I thought the Never Ending Hill of Death was bad until I "ran" up Kill Me Now today.
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
A few weeks ago I signed up over at Nerd Fitness. He has some great tell it like it is blogs, which make a nice change from SP.
Don't get me wrong, SP is great too and very supportive but sometimes the hard truths have to be said without all the rah-rah-you can do it! and SP is not a great place for that.
So anyway, I signed up and at the beginning of the month received notice of The Morning Mile challenge for November. Basically you walk a mile first thing in the morning when you get out of bed, every day for the month.
Why not, I thought, it will give me a little bit of exercise on those no-running days. And I can take Stupid Dog with me.
I added my name to the list.
And then I doubled back and re-read the "fine print"...in the morning when you get out of bed.
I am the antithesis of a morning person. Once I learned what a snooze button was and how to use it mornings became doomed.
But I have managed to go for my Morning Mile every day so far. With Stupid Dog. He's fat, has always been fat (his original owners would give him hard candy as treats and he had almost no room to run in). I've fed him doggy diet food, we had a large yard for him to run around in...and he stayed fat. Although somehow he did lose 10 pounds before we moved; I made the vet weigh him 3 times because I didn't believe it. So now he is a "svelte" 85 pound black lab mix (mixed with what I don't know but probably with something likely to win a Darwin award). So he still needs to lose weight.
Anyway after 4 days of going with me he realizes there is a pattern.
No, this does not show that he is smart after all. It took him 4 days. If I do something ONCE for my cats it immediately and forevermore becomes an unchangeable lifelong written in titanium never to be altered obligation.
So after Stupid Dog recognizes a pattern...he gets it wrong. On Day 5 he wakes me up at 2:30 am because in his mind the pattern is go outside to pee and then go for a walk.
He tries this at 2:30 am
I change his nickname from Stupid Dog to something unprintable.
He tries again at 4...and at 4:45...and at 5:15...and again at 6.
My alarm finally goes off at 6:20, which is when we go.
Today, Day 6, he tried at 4:45 and again at 5:30. So he is learning slowly.
The cats laugh at him.
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