When people think wildlife and New Jersey, this is probably what comes to mind.
Yup, even the Geese in New Jersey love the mall. Apparently, it’s an awesome place to have babies.
But those who don’t know any better may be surprised to hear we actually have a lot of beauty that you never have to drive very far in any particular direction to see. Woods, mountains, farmland, beaches – and, of course, it’s nicknamed The Garden State for a reason.
This isn’t an official race report, but I was struggling on my Saturday morning long run (7.5 miles today). For whatever reason, my 9:00/mile pace is eluding me as of late. Perhaps I have a serious case of Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness from AOR( wp.me/p1N36Q-6l
), or maybe it’s my diet has been less than stellar( wp.me/p1N36Q-6L
), but my treadmill run last night and canal trail run this morning were rough. Rather than beat myself up about it, I reminded myself my next race is still a few weeks away, it’s only a 5k, and I might as well enjoy my run as it was going to be followed by one of my least favorite activities of all time – yardwork. (Dirt and bugs don’t agree with me.) I decided to take a few photos along the way so you can see why I like it so much.
Just one small section of the canal I run. It goes on forever. My particular run is a little more than 7 miles.
I generally have fun picking out the wildlife along my route. Yup, there were more of these guys. The babies are so cute, it’s a shame they grow up to be such jerks.
Dad, whose head I cut off in the photo, was NOT happy about me being there. All of the Canadians I know are so nice, why are their geese such A-holes?
Other wildlife seen include turtles, a watersnake, and a schnauzer riding in a little wagon behind a bicycle. Ok, not so wild, but still fun to see. Anyway, between my run and then pushing the mower around for two hours, I figured I had earned myself some movie theater popcorn tonight when my husband and I went to see Iron Man 3. After the movie, I told my husband I want to be in Gwyneth Paltrow shape and he said he thought I already was. Then he reminded me that it’s her full time job to work with a bunch of trainers to eat right and maintain a six pack, and then she goes and shoots a movie for a month or whatever.
Did I mention I love my husband?