Tuesday, January 31, 2017

January ends with another memorable run!

Well here we are the last day of January and once again I feel like I am behind on my training schedule for my upcoming half in March.  My longest run has only been 6 miles. This time it's not because of an injury (thank goodness) but I can't really pinpoint why I am behind. Obviously it's just been a lack of long runs on the weekends. 


I've been doing the majority of my runs during the week and by the time I come home from work, take care of Baylee, change my clothes and drive to the park, I really only have enough time to get in 6 miles before it starts getting dark.  I guess this means that I need to make a commitment to get out and run on Saturday and do more than 6 miles.

I want to share a bit about how my last run of the month went yesterday because it ended up being another memorable one!

I saw on my weather app that there may be some flurries late in the afternoon, so I made it my business to try to get a run in before it started.  The entire way home the skies were blue and the sun was shining. When I pulled into the parking lot of the park, I saw that although there was no snow on the road, there was a light covering on the grass. Hmm, it must have snowed here already.

I did my normal loop, and then ran across the bridge where the pedestrian path was covered with a light sheet of snow so I took it pretty easy. I looped around town and during the last block I had to walk a tiny bit because it was starting to get slippery on the road. I crossed the street and headed back over the bridge where I took it easy once again.  Once I ran back into the park, I saw the most beautiful sight. There were 6 deer  on the path! I hadn't seen deer here in so long. I've become less frightened of them since the almost-attack a few years ago and have now become more intrigued!

I couldn't get all 6 of them in the picture at one time but I am surprised how long they stood there and let me take pictures of them.   When I first saw the deer, I shut my music off and just watched them for a moment. They looked so pretty against the back drop of snow.  I only had a half mile left to run  after I spotted them and I did it sans music. It was such a peaceful way to end my run (and my month)!  -M

I say that this run ends my month because I hear we may get snow tomorrow afternoon and if that is the case I will not get out to run.


                                            We are linking up with the gals from TOTR.

34 comments:

  1. I love seeing deer on my run! We have so many in my area, so I usually see at least one. It's always great to see a whole family of them!

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    1. It's been a while since i've seen deer at this park. I mostly see them in summer!

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  2. Awwww--I love seeing deer on the run! They are not afraid of us at all, are they? Nice picture!

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    1. No but I would have liked to get a tiny bit closer!

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  3. We have a family of deer in our backyard that I see on most afternoons. They are so beautiful although my hubs thinks they will eat all of our plants

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    1. Aww lucky you! I've only ever seen deer in my yard one time and it was many years ago! I was so amazed!

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  4. I love seeing wildlife on my runs!! Those deer are so pretty!

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  5. I see deer all the time. They are pretty.

    Congrats on getting your run in.

    We are slated for snow tonight too.

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    1. Yea, I really wanted to get that long-ish run in. Happy shoveling!

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  6. I haven't seen deer on my run since I left Texas! Wonder if I'll spy some here? Saturday morning runs are my favorites! Hope you can get some in soon.

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    1. Let me know if you see some deer on your new running paths!

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  7. ahhh - I love when you can get so close to them. Nature at its finest.
    I remember running one time & came across a turkey & her little babies... that still is the topper of the cutest critters I've run into. They were so FUZZYYYY with feathers

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    1. O wow a Turkey! Never saw one of those on a run.

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  8. What a beautiful & peaceful scene. Deer are pretty common where I live so I see them frequently but I think it's special every time.

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    1. I don't see them often so I am always amazed!

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  9. I love this run! You might not be too far behind in your training depending on what your mileage ramp-up is. Let me know if you need some help with figuring out your long-run ramp up for the march half!

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    1. Even though this isn't my first half I always worry about ramping up the mileage too fast.

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  10. What a great sight and pic! I love seeing deer as well. Here they are pretty fearless and last fall I swear I ran within 10 feet of them and they didn't budge. I do worry about an attack though so I tend to "look away" as I pass, as if that a difference. Ha!

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    1. Any time I've seen them I tend to slow down. I fear if I run they will follow me...lol

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  11. I love seeing deer. A couple days before Christmas, a young buck walked through my parents' back yard. Allie was so focused on what was outside the window, and I finally looked. He was just standing there, looking at the windows, then went on his way.

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  12. I love when you tell stories about your runs. Deer are so beautiful! I love when I see them on runs.

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  13. We have so many deer where we run - I love seeing them. Glad you are getting to enjoy the sight of them instead of fearing them. :)

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    1. This is the only place I ever see deer on a run!

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  14. I love deer! We have them in the woods behind our house. So pretty!

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  15. That is such a great shot! it looks like a Christmas card!

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  16. Since moving in my current neighborhood I'm learning to accept that the deer are out and about! They look so beautiful in the snow!

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  17. You still have time! I wouldn't worry about being behind... but yes, it sounds like Saturdays are your chance to extend the long run for now. I'm looking forward to more light into the evenings as spring gets nearer!

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  18. I always see deer on my run but I dont usually stop for pictures. I end up being kind of close to them and I dont want to scare them! That looks like a beautiful run and a great way to end the month!

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  19. What a beautiful and serene moment! I love it!

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