Thank You Veterans!
Happy Veteran’s Day -Thank you to all who serve and have served, and a special thank you to my two favorite veterans: my dad (USAF – 2 tours in Vietnam) and grandfather (US Navy, PT Boat – 1941-1946).
I wish I had pictures of them in their uniforms to post here, but I can’t find any right now.
Running in the Dark
I have this thing about running in the dark lately, I love it. I know it is kind of weird, but since it is dark when I go to work and dark when I get home, I guess I either have to embrace it or…what? Not, I guess?
Suck it up, I say.
It is cool fun way better than a treadmill to go back and forth in town under the bright lights of Caratunk – most of which work, some of which flicker off as you run by (that is kind of creepy).
It took me a long time to actually enjoy running back and forth in town, but I have started to yearn for it as November (and early darkness approaches) in some weird sort of way. I just zone out and listen to Pleasant Pond Stream flow by (and the roar of the log trucks on Route 201). Sometimes I daydream about what my neighbors must think as I run by their house for the 4th (or 6th) time, “Oh, there goes Mandy again. That was her 4th time by the house, and I think she is smiling. Strange girl.”
OK OK, I know you all have been dying to know what the “bright lights of Caratunk” look like. When I talk about my early morning runs on the Caratunk Treadmill “under the lights” this is what I am talking about.
|Main Street Treadmill|
Bright lights big city! Since there isn’t much light, I feel like you can really see the stars, and I zone out on them sometimes, trying to remember what constellation is what. A few summers ago our nephew was sitting on John’s lap roasting a marshmallow over the fire we had in the backyard. He turned all big-eyed to John and asked, “Uncle Johnny, why are there more stars in Caratunk? Caratunk is awesome!”
I envision this conversation fast forwarded few years, “Uncle Johnny! WOW there 7 bars within a 10 mile radius? Caratunk is awesome!”
So I have a map here that is not that great but you get to see the awesomeness of the Caratunk Treadmill (the thin red line). I have about 1.2 miles of lighted road so I could run at midnight if I wanted to. Which I don’t.
|“My river” is known by most people as the Kennebec River.|
This route works for me on shorter runs that I am trying to sneak in around work. I have not run any further than 6 miles in this way, I wonder what it would be like to run 22 on this as my friend Beth has done (that would be @10 times back and forth). I might go crazy, but then again, it might work for me, who knows? Some 12 mile morning might get churned out right there.
OH! One more thing…
Only 254 Days until Ironman Lake Placid! 🙂