Catch Up

Some days, I don’t feel like writing.  Last week was a low point — migraine headaches, muscle aches and pains — oh my.  But I got my 10.5 mile long run done (and a fiver and a three in there as well) — and today I face my 3 miles.  On a treadmill.  Because I forgot to bring a jacket or even a hat to help with the downpour that’s just about to happen.

Tomorrow, I’ll log another 3 miles (maybe also on a treadmill, depending on what sort of runwear I can put together) — but on Thursday I’ll run a 5 mile Turkey Trot!

Neat!

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Technical Difficulties

So, I went into work obscenely early in order to make up for my long lunch.  I suited up in a cute little running skirt, strapped my phone on, and started out.  DISASTER.  First, I was so hungry my stomach was growling (I have to rethink my breakfast of yogurt and an apple, I think).  Second, the skirt had a seam on the inside of the leg!  Who the hell does that???  Third, the skirt didn’t have a nice little cinch or tie — so my phone flopped more wildly than usual (this is temporary until I find a not horrible version of an arm strap — the one I have is horrible).

So, instead, I left early to try and beat the storm and get my miles in.  First, I ran up to Highland Park.  People were friendly — I stopped and talked to them about the cat who walked directly in my path (dogs aren’t allowed up on the reservoir path itself), and after a while I took off, then a bunch of people started running with me, and I just .. sort of bolted.  I’m really antisocial.

Then, I ran down to Morningside, and finished up there.

All told today?  6 miles.  But I got my goddamn file mile run in.  It just wasn’t pretty.

Hills, Hills, HILLS!

Pittsburgh is hilly.  I ran most of my 4.89 miles uphill.

Take THAT, hills! (Holy crap do my legs ever feel this one!)

I improvised this very weird little path through Allegheny Cemetery / Lawrenceville that had me ‘bounding’ up hills every chance I got.  I can really feel it in my legs – in a good way!  Every time I run in that place, I run some different, doofy way.  I like to challenge myself.  And apparently I like the temporary panic of thinking maybe I’m lost.

As for the weather — well, there’s nothing like autumn in Pennsylvania.  Sorry, California, you really don’t have anything on this:

Note it is zombie-free
It really is lovely in Allegheny Cemetery, and the reason it looks so clear of leaves is they were actively getting rid of them.  
Geese are scarier than zombies
 

Even though I’m allergic to SO MUCH of it, I adore seeing everything change throughout the seasons.  Catch me in winter — betcha I won’t be so enthralled then!