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Sincerely, The Picture Runner

Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph. — Matt Hardy

The Run
3 + 3.40 + 3.40 miles

The Picture


The Recap

Don’t you want to run down this road?
I do!

This picture was snapped from my car on the way to taking my daughter to school.  And it had to be quick because, although we had time, we didn’t have a Ton of Time to spare.  And, as you might imagine, from the back seat, I’m hearing “Com’on mommy!  We’re going to be LATE!”  We have never been late.  However, this picture required a tiny detour in the wrong direction, whereas other driving-to-school-mommy-needs-a-picture pictures have been more on the way.  Like this one which is about a half a mile from our house and on the way:

IMG_3370But this sunrise behind the corn still heard some protests because I actually got out of the car for that one.

One thing I’ve re-learned since starting school again is that time management is more about snatching up those spare minutes and using, what I used to call “Dead Time” more effectively, than it is about having a super organized day.  The only way to get more time is to use the “in between” times to accomplish something.  Pictures edited in between stirring dinner.  Blog posts written in segments rather than long drawn out evening writing sessions.  A little done here, a little done there, Juggle, Juggle gets things done.

I’ve had to take this approach even with my running and taking pictures.  Most of my runs lately have been in the 3-4 mile range because I usually have about 30-45 minutes that I can allot to working out.  But these days I don’t have as much time to write on the blog and so I combined my mileage for the whole last week in this blog:  3 + 3.4 +3.4 miles.

The first two runs this week were Town Miles.  I am so unaccustomed to running through town at this point that it’s hard to judge town distances.  You can run past so many more houses in a quarter mile of town than you would ever see in the country.  There were several times where I thought I had run much further because I gone through so much of the neighborhood, only to discover it was less than a mile.

And for me, amongst the stoplights, crosswalks, pedestrians, bicycles, and general hub-bub, it’s hard to find things to take a picture of.  I feel like a side show for people in their cars waiting for the green light.  I always imagine people who see me with my camera out are thinking, “What’s that girl taking a picture of?” or “Why would she take a picture of that?” or (the worst) “There is a creepy, sweaty girl with a camera taking a picture of that person’s house!”  Is that what they are thinking?  Or are people even noticing?  I don’t know, but that’s how I perceive people’s glances when I have my camera out in town.  I assume everyone is judging.  This obviously doesn’t happen when I’m running down long country roads.

20151008This house is at the top of a very steep hill not far from the University.  I loved this long staircase and I was just hoping no one would come out because I wasn’t doing anything malicious, I just wanted a picture of the stairs.  So,

Dear People in House Number 203,

Here is a picture of your stairs.  I bet they are fun to run up and down.

Sincerely, The Picture Runner.

Or what about the house that I ran to on Tuesday with the pretty flowers.  (Some of you may have seen this one on instagram last week).  I took the picture one week and then ran down to their house this last week.  I was going to take another set of flower pictures, but lost my nerve because the intersection was busy.  Because nothing says creepy person like someone holding a camera with a telephoto lens pointed at your house.

Dear People in the Stone House on the Circle,

Your flowers are gorgeous.  I’ve been admiring them for weeks.

Sincerely, The Picture Runner



And then there were the people on Thursday who decided to water their plants.

Dear People in the House on the Corner,

Thank you for watering your plants.  I love taking pictures of water droplets.

Sincerely, The Picture Runner


My last run of the week was last night.   I didn’t take my camera.  I was running out of daylight and was trying to fit it in before it got too dark.  This is what I wrote on Facebook afterwards:

Whew got 3.4 miles in after a full day of math, picture editing, and housework. I left right after sunset and it was really too late to be running. Not long after my turn around, I heard a pile of coyotes howling which sent me Sprinting home. I think my final stretch was about 7 min mile pace. I haven’t run that fast in a long time. I was seriously striding it out. Oh and I saw four deer, two sightings of two.

These shorter Autumn days mean less time for running so like everything else I’m fitting it in during my snatches of time.  I guess I just wanted to write today to tell you all that I’m still running, I’m still taking pictures, I’m still here.

Sincerely, The Picture Runner


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