Sunday, July 31, 2011

A Long(ish) Run Adventure, sort of

Today I had a longish run on tap.  Kel, who is building up for Rev3Tri Cedar Point FullRev (Go, KEL!!!) went out for a long bike this morning, so I decided I would head out early afternoon for my run.  Of course, right about when I decided to go the thunder rolled in and it started raining.  It was also super hot!!  AND my head was hurting.

It was almost like I was trying to convince myself not to go.  I even tweeted about it, but after a few minutes I decided I was just being a baby.  I waited for the thunder to move off in the distance, and while I did that I mapped out one my favorite run routes to see if it would be the right length for my time.  It was PERFECT, so I headed out in the light drizzle looking forward to some time to myself.

We live in a pretty big development and my runs almost always take me past the golf course.  Just past the golf course there is a dirt mound, affectionately known as "the hump" at our house, that connects to Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area which is a great place to run because you can run on roads or trails, it's super shady and just beautiful.  I usually go "over the hump" on most of my long runs as does Kel.

Well, today I went over the hump and about 50 yards ahead there is a little dirt parking area.  I saw a man standing there facing the road with no shirt on, which I thought was a little odd, but I guessed he was just enjoying the cool rain.  I went a few more steps and then realized he was enjoying a little more then the rain...he was, ummm, enjoying himself!!!

I know!!!

My first instinct was to yell at him, but I quickly thought better of that and just did a 180 and went right back over the hump.  I hadn't even run a mile at that point, and was so shocked and annoyed I didn't even know what to think.  Then I realized my whole route was messed up because there is no way to get where I wanted to go in the time that I had unless I went over the hump!

(Let me just say at this juncture, that the more I think about this the angrier I get.  We take our kids bike riding over there all the time.  I can only imagine the questions we would get if our boys had seen that!  Another point is that this area is regularly patrolled by police and park rangers!  I can't even believe this guy was just standing right out in the open!)

After I got my wits about me, the sun came out and it got super steamy, so I decided I would run on the shadiest roads in my neighborhood.  It turned out to be an interesting run, because I ran on roads I wouldn't have normally gone on.

It turned out to be a pretty good run, but I feel like my eyes have been tortured by the view today.  Hopefully I will be able to sleep!!!

On another note, we had a wonderful family weekend after a busy week.  I got a last minute call to play with the Buffalo Philharmonic on Wednesday and Thursday, so I was in the car a lot those two days.   Totally worth it, but I was exhausted come Friday.  As I got up at 5 a.m. on Saturday, I definitely took note of the irony of getting up earlier on the weekends for training.  Ah, the life of a triathlete.

We finally got around to celebrating Mr. Noah's 5th birthday officially with an awesome Spiderman/Batman cake (he couldn't decide) down at my in-law's camp on Cayuga Lake.  He was a happy camper for sure.

I can't believe he is 5 already.  He is really becoming such a wonderful little soul.  While I was on the trainer in the garage on Friday, he danced in the rain for my entertainment.

Isn't he just the cutest?

I hope you have a wonderful week and keep your eyes open on your next long never know what you might wish you hadn't seen!!

Happy training!


  1. you know, i have a story somewhat like that. i was in miami for a rowing training camp. it was easter. i woke up early to go to the beach to watch the sunrise, and get a little easter morning solitary worship on the beach.

    walking through the bushes, that separate the road from the beach. there was one fellow... well "kissing" another fellow. i gasped, wanted to run away and scream, and proceeded to the beach. only to see, 200m down the beach from me, a couple (not gay) having sex on the beach.

    ok. so, gotta admit, kinda romantic (If you don't get sand everywhere). but...really?!?!?! easter morning? in public? with no sheets/coverage/anything? argh! my eyes were tortured as well... and, what is ridiculous about it is that it sticks in your head for SO long afterwards.

    so much for serenity.

  2. that guy is clearly an exhibitionist which is absolutely disgusting.

  3. There is a part of town that has a large population of homosexuals. I knew somebody who was running through the park there, during the daytime, and saw one man "servicing" another. Instead of her saying something to them, they actually said something to her, like she was interrupting them!!! And because she lives in the area, she said she saw that couple all the time. How embarrassing for all parties involved!

  4. eeeewwwwwwww. I run behind the golf course, but I haven't ventured over the hump. I get bugged out being by myself back there.

  5. Gross...that would have totally freaked me out!
    But, I'm glad you ended up having a good run anyways!
    Happy b-day to Noah! He is too cute!!

  6. GROSS!!! That would have freaked me out completely! Happy Birthday Noah!

  7. Oooooo! Gross! On the other note, your little guy is such a cutie!


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