There could not have been a grayer or more dreary day than today. Trust me, the color version of today’s picture looks practically the same. Gray, gray, gray – with one bright red beacon. It was a day to enjoy a cup of coffee and a nice book, maybe even a fiction book if you want to really indulge. At least that’s what I would do if I had nothing else on my plate. I think reading in the middle of the day is just about the most luxurious thing a mom can do. And fiction – oh, I wish I had time for fiction! But there is so much to learn and study which keeps me in non-fiction. And then finding good fiction is hard. I usually stick with the classics because I always feel like there are so many I haven’t read and they seem reliable.
However, today was not a reading day. It was a doing day. There was school to teach, brownies to make, a package to mail, and then hurrying the little one to weekly gymnastics. Oh and I wanted to run and we would all like to eat dinner tonight. I was extra on top of things today. You want to know why? I had figured out what was for dinner tonight, last night. This is like once-in-a-blue-moon level of organization here. Don’t think for a minute that this happens all the time in our house because it doesn’t. On the list of things I am not, a meal-planner is one of them. I just can’t seem to figure that one out even though I KNOW it would make my life easier. One of these days….Anyway, dinner got prepped over school lunch break and thrown in the crockpot. Check.
As for the run, I thought well maybe I can fit that in during gymnastics. Maybe, just maybe, there is a neighborhood nearby I can run loops in. I pulled up Google maps and discovered my new favorite thing about living here – there is a running trail that passes 20 paces from the gymnastics center’s front door. I have no idea how I missed it in the previous weeks. I could not have been more thrilled. Was this designed for a running mom or what? And now a run and dinner planned out – write this day down.
The Linear Trail is a 9.0 mile trail around Manhattan, KS. It is half paved, half dirt and the section I ran was relatively flat. I just did a quick 2 miles out and back. The whole run was completely different from where I have been running. The trail traces a path behind two trailer parks, a lumber yard, the Cox cable building and the industrial side of town. I crossed a couple of creeks and under a bridge of main thoroughfare where the road crosses one of the creeks.
I am not accustomed to city pictures and the dreariness of the day did not improve the scenery. But after I crossed the railroad tracks, I came to a part of the trail which is the Linear Trail Solar System. There was a sign marking the distances. I was at Mercury. Venus was in 36 yards and then I don’t remember the others. Neptune was maybe 2 miles from Mercury. I’ll have to look at it again. As I rounded the corner from Mercury, the trail opened up and there was this beautiful red barn and open fields. The trail was wider and it was so nice. I wanted more of a city picture, but it just wasn’t going to happen today.
I got back to gymnastics with plenty of time to spare (always a relief). Another mom saw me and asked if I had run there. And I, enthusiastic from my run, babbled about how it was so fantastic that the trail was right out the front door and how I have a running blog. She was disinterested after the first affirmation that Yes I had run. I blame Runner’s High for continuing to chatter. Probably like a lot of these blog posts, chatter chatter….sorry, I’m on a I-got-a-great-run-in-and-I-was-really-organized-today high. We won’t even talk about the bed that didn’t get made or the growing mound of laundry that didn’t get even a second glance today, right? As Erma Bombeck said, “No one ever died from sleeping in an unmade bed.”