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Stiff and Rusty Run

In evening hours and morning’s light
I run these miles of life’s hard fight.
With troubles crowding me on each side
these miles are tears I haven’t cried.

The pace is steady. I hear the beat.
Pounding, pounding rhythmic feet.

I run these miles weak and broken
but through the music, words unspoken,
I finish with a stronger heart
life the same, but different from the start.

The Run
3.60 miles

The Picture


The Recap

Hello Friend, I feel like we haven’t talked in ages.  My week was chaotic and though the weather was perfect from a running perspective, I barely ran all week.  I ran on Tuesday night, about 3.25 miles, and then I didn’t run again till last night, 3.60 miles.  I don’t like low-mileage/skipped-workout weeks.  It has a tendency to put me in a bad mood and make things that are trivial seem like calamities.

When I went to run last night, I had a fleeting thought of not taking my camera, but in the end I changed my mind and I was glad I did.  Putting on my pack was like slipping into a favorite pair of jeans.  It felt nice, like meeting up with an old friend.  Since I’ve been running on the flat part in front of the house for the last few runs, I haven’t gone out with the pack in awhile.  My legs were so stiff from inactivity, but my ankle wasn’t giving me problems.  I ran to the one mile point and stopped to take pictures and stretch.  This run wasn’t about speed or great mileage, it was just about loosening the legs.


The sun was setting behind me and I kept looking over my shoulder to see if I was missing a spectacular scene.  None of my sunset pictures really turned out last night.  I felt just as rusty taking pictures as I did running.  Like I said, this week was hectic and I barely took any pictures.

When I got to my turn around point, I put the camera away for good.  My quads did not feel nearly as sore as when I started.  I would run hard the rest of the way back.  I did.  No ankle pain and my legs felt strong.  It was humid though and I was drenched in sweat when I finished.

Just a short run to clear away the cobwebs and get back into the groove of picture running.  Just a short post to let you all know, I’m here.  It’s just been an off week.  Tomorrow is going to be a scorcher, but hopefully I’ll get up early and beat the heat.  Talk to you soon!


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