Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Scenes From A Weekday Run

It's A Beautiful Day In This Neighborhood...
A Beautiful Day For A Neighbor...

I run in my neighborhood.  I don't drive anywhere for meet ups.  Why would I?  It's so quiet here and shady, which is wonderful for that summertime heat.  I'm out on the streets on weekdays before my little world wakes up.  Traffic concerns are almost non-existent.  This is standing in front of my mailbox where I keep my supplies.  My runs always start by going up this hill.



This is my favorite section of road.  It's a 1/2 mile of a very gentle downhill grade.  I love doing any type of speed work here, even if it's just a few strides.



We're lucky to have a park with a running/walking trail inside our neighborhood.  The mileage is a little off.  Three laps is more than one mile.  Year ago, I ran countless laps here training for my first half marathon.  I would literally lose count.  I would run extra laps...just in case. 



Although the trail is flat, I don't run in the park much anymore.  Occasionally, I'll finish a long and hot run here because I can always find shade and there is a water fountain.  I have to be careful of the gnats that swarm around the creek in warm weather.  {Do I really need to inhale any protein today?} My favorite time to run in the park is in the fall.  The path is really pretty with yellow leaves scattered about.  Sorry, no picture of that.



This is the hill leading back to my house...the biggest one we have.  If I need to loop by my mailbox for fuel or fluids (aka summertime), I've got to run the dreaded hill.  You'd think I'd be good at it by now.




So, that's where I run.  It's nothing fancy.  But, it's very convenient and very quiet.  Most importantly, it gets the job done.

Is it a beautiful day in your neighborhood?



Thanks to our wonderful hosts:


 Ericka @ MCM Mama Runs,




36 comments:

  1. I live in a busy(ish) area so don't like running straight out the door - though sometimes that's my only option! There is a park about a mile away, so I can get to some prettier scenery if I run along the main road first. The only problem with the park is that it's in a valley...it always seems like a good idea to run down into the park and along the trails, but getting up the hill and home again is a different story! So I feel your pain with the dreaded hill!

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    1. I have been to known to finish up my mileage just before reaching the dreaded hill. I'll walk it as my cool down.

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  2. There's a place in my neighborhood that has one of those fountain ponds, and the gnats swarm there. I have to have both mouth and eyes closed, otherwise I do get extra protein. Bleck!

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    1. They will stick all over you too. Sometimes I look like I'm covered with pepper flakes.

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  3. Nope, we're finally getting snow. :( In fact, it's a treadmill day.

    I get bored way too easy to stay in the neighborhood all the time. I spent waaaaay too much time looping around here while Chester was sick, too.

    So now that I can be gone longer, I've done some exploring. Unfortunately the snow puts an end to that. Unless they're right and next week is warmer and it melts. A girl can dream!

    You're so lucky to have a park so close!

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    1. There something about running in my neighborhood that feels comforting. To run outside of it would take me on a very busy highway. So I stay around here or in the adjoining neighborhood.

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  4. You have such a beautiful neighborhood to run in! Mine is fine, but I don't mind driving a few miles to meet up with friends and run with them, either.

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    1. I run so early on weekdays and I'm pressed for time. I think that is why I never started driving anywhere.

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  5. It is lovely and convenience is key. I so appreciate being able to run right out my front door. Thanks for linking up!

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    1. It saves so much time to be able to go from your own door. I'm lucky I can do that.

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  6. I don't do the trail near where I live because it it just a straight out and back that is very flat.Plus I have to drive there. I hate driving somewhere just to run. There a few hill around town I run sometimes. But if I'm not feeling it that day I just take a different route.

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    1. It saves precious time to be able to run right from your door. I have several options to avoid the dreaded hill as much as possible if I choose.

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  7. Such a pretty neighborhood :) It is nice you have a park /trail option close.
    I use to drive to trails all the time but I stopped trails after my stress fracture, maybe I will take it back it whenever I can get through this.

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    1. I'm not sure rough or uneven trails are in my future. The neuroma in my foot needs a flat and smooth surface to stay happy.

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  8. You have a beautiful place to run an so convenient. Nothing better than beginning and ending right at your front door. I can do this but since I have outside dogs, choose not too. My dogs follow me an I don't want to risk something happening to them. Your very luck you have a park right there too. I have to drive about 10 minutes to a campground. Not bad but I could use the extra 20 minutes in the mornings. 20 minutes means a lot then, ya know!!

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    1. 20 minutes is a big chunk of time. But, we do whatever works best. At one point, I got up at 4:30 am to make it happen before I had to get the kids to school. I definitely understand the dog situation.

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    1. It's a quiet neighborhood. That's what I like best.

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  10. Very pretty neighborhood. Its always a concern of my bringing food & water... leaving things in your mailbox is ingenious !

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    1. I've used my mailbox for years on long runs. The postman is definitely not an issue on Sunday, or even Saturday mornings.

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  11. It is beautiful! I run in my neighborhood on Tuesday and Thursday morning because I am by myself, like you I have most everything I need right there :) I have a friend that will run with me on Saturdays so we meet in front of Legoland and run the main road in Winter Haven, I get a little hill action that way cause otherwise it is just flat here!

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    1. That gives you a nice variety. The one person I've run a little with in the past is having knee problems. She lives close by and would meet me at my neighborhood park.

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  12. I'm with you. If I have to drive there, I don't want to run it. All the places I run are accessible from my house. I will admit to driving to the pond for my speedwork, tho, since it's about 2 1/2 miles away. If it's a long run, I'll run there from my house.

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    1. Convenience is huge! I admit liking the solitude on my runs. Some people will only run if they have somebody else to run with. And that's great. It's about finding what works.

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  13. Lovely! My neighborhood is much more urban, but I do most of my miles on the streets by my house. I've done them so many times I could probably run them with my eyes closed...

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    1. I know where every sewer cap and crack in the pavement is. I know which streetlights are out, etc. LOL.

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    1. On my early weekday runs, I see very few cars. It's like I'm the only one awake. Love it.

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  15. It's great that you have such easy access to peaceful paths to run on!

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    1. I am lucky. I realize some people would be bored to tears with the same route over and over, but it is comforting to me.

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  16. I'm kind of jealous that you have that beautiful trail in your neighborhood. We don't have anything like that near where I live so I'm usually running on roads. -C

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    1. It is nice for the last few miles of a really long, hot run. I can count on the shade and the flatness.

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  17. I wish my neighborhood was as pretty. Looks lovely.

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    1. You have so many wonderful places to run! This is all I have.

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  18. Fun tour! I live at the top of a STEEP hill, so I start by walking down it - and end by walking up it.

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    1. I've been known to walk the hill back to my house for a cool down! Most often, I run it. And, my regular short run is two loops.

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