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Sticky Run

Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it’s when you’ve had everything to do, and you’ve done it. – Margaret Thatcher

The Run
3.66 miles

The Picture

TimelessThe Recap

Yesterday was one of those days where I was so glad I decided to run.  We got so much rain on Monday night (3.7 inches at the house) and I thought the trails would be too muddy.  We were getting ready for gymnastics and nearly out the door when I thought, oh maybe I’ll just throw on my running clothes and grab my pack. Maybe the trails have dried out in the sun.  And on the way to gymnastics I thought, Maybe I could just move the car to a different spot and run on the sidewalks. 

Once I got there, I REALLY didn’t feel like moving the car so I decided to just go for it.  As it turned out the trail portion was just fine.  Apparently, that section has good drainage and has quite a few pebbles so that helped too.  However, I knew that the part that goes through Frank Anneberg Park was a lot more dirt and chose to go a different way, through town instead.

Running through town

It was humid and nasty.  All the rain plus more storms approaching made for a sticky, sweaty run, which was a good reminder why we didn’t like living in the South.  Also, I vowed that I would buy a new pair of running shoes before my next run.  My legs were stiff and everything hurt.  I did not feel strong on the hills.  It was not the best run, but I don’t mind, I was still happy I went.  I really like these town pictures.  The sky was so pretty in this moment.  Not long afterwards it become overcast and the blue sky was gone.  I really like it in the black and white too.  These are the only two pictures I took on the run.  I had stayed to watch my daughter do floor and so I started late.  I was worried I wouldn’t get back in time too, but it worked out.  Even if I couldn’t run a lot, a short three miles was better than no miles.

And then on the way home, we saw a thunderstorm building to the east.  I decided to take a small detour so I could try to take some pictures of it and we stumbled upon this field of purple flowers.





I thought these flowers were so lovely and my daughter watched from the car as I snapped a few pictures.  Thankfully, the farm-house was just on the other side of the hill, by the windmill, so no one saw us.  Sometimes I feel a little awkward taking pictures of things in public.  We were on a country road with no shoulder with the hazards on.  I was a little concerned about traffic and felt rushed.  I wish I had been able to take my time with the settings a little bit more.   However, I was able to fix some things in editing.


Ok, now this is unrelated, but I took this picture yesterday too at the house.  Since I have you here, I wanted to share it too.


These Goldfinches were taking a bath in our puddle.  I was so surprised how well this turned out since it was taken through our front door window.  Here are the zoomed in shots of the little birds.  I like the composition of the original picture with them sitting on different branches.


Anyway, I hope you enjoy the pictures from yesterday.  I feel like I’m completely behind in all my blog work.  I have little projects that need done, like cleaning up files and my memory card.  I have blog ideas for “In the Photo Lab” and “Off the Trail” posts with nothing getting accomplished.  I often wish I had more time to write, but then I think if I sat around writing all the time then I would have fewer ideas.  So instead, I’m busy with this running-photography life, brimming full of ideas and in a constant state of being behind in my writing.  If only running, taking pictures, and blogging could be a full-time job.  I know other people do it and it sounds nice, but is it really?  Or is it a grass is greener sort of thing?  Well, one thing at a time.

Until next time,


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2 thoughts on “Sticky Run”

  • Dear Alexia — you do find these great quotes. The purple flowers look like snapdragons and I did get a breath-catch on the field shot of them with the windmill and pink-purple sky. But the first picture (in black and white) of the clouds is my favorite for this post. So dramatic.

    • Dramatic. That’s a good word. Yes. I had that one in color and then I saw another BW picture and thought I’d try that. I’m so glad I did. There was good contrast in that picture for it.
      Oh and sometimes I spend more time looking for just the right quote than writing the post.

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