Thursday, November 4, 2010

Three Things (Seen on my Run) Thursday

I had a glorious (and gloriously cool – it was 55 degrees!) 6-mile tempo run this morning.  While I was kicking my goal time’s ass, I saw the following three things:

  1. An enormous owl flying right over my head.  Eeek!  I was running near that big empty field I talked about a few weeks ago, which is probably like an All-You-Can-Eat buffet of mice for my feathered friend.
  2. A teenager on a bike who couldn’t keep up with me on my feet.  He was rounding a corner just as I was approaching it, so we set off in the same direction at exactly the same time.  My first thought was that he slowed down to turn, so he’d be passing me any second, but I kept hearing him cranking the pedals behind me.  After a bit I didn’t hear him anymore, so I turned to look and he was still there, just really, really far back.  That either makes me a superhero or him a total sloth.  Based on my 8:24 cool down pace, I’m forced to conclude it’s the latter!
  3. One of the most beautiful sunrises I’ve ever seen.  And trust me, I’ve seen plenty of them since I run so early.  This morning’s was particularly splendid – a deep red that turned into a blazing orange, then pink.  The picture doesn’t do it justice, of course, because they never do, but here is the sunrise over the creek near my house.

Sunrise on the Creek 001

I’m off to get cleaning and packing now – we’re leaving for Vegas tomorrow for The Hubs’ first full Iron-distance!  I’m not sure how this snuck up on me, but I don’t feel prepared for the trip at all.  Thank goodness The Hubs is totally prepared to rock his race!  I’ll be back with pics on Monday or Tuesday – have a great weekend!!

26 comments:

Heather said...

The sky looks beautiful! 55 degrees sounds like perfect running weather. good luck to your hubby this weekend!

Laurie said...

I always take sunrise pictures then get home to show them to the family and they so aren't as cool as they should be. Best of luck to your husband, can't wait to hear about all the ways he rocks his race! Enjoy the weekend.

Kovas Palubinskas said...

Good luck to hubby this weekend!

EricaH said...

That is a very nice sunrise. Good luck to your husband and have fun in Vegas. :)

Big Daddy Diesel said...

Super Hero, for sure!!!

Emz said...

Sunrises own my heart. I love them. Owls . . .not so much.

Happy Thursday!

Diana Tries-A-Tri! said...

That is gorgeous! Good luck to the super hero!

Jogging with Fiction said...

One time I out rollerbladed some bikers...they may have been in their 60's but I still felt awesome.

LaVonne said...

My husband got attacked by an owl a few years ago while trail running. Drew blood on his head! He came back very dirty from crawling out of the woods on his stomach while covering himself with a branch. Beware! :-)

Patrick Mahoney said...

Good luck to your husband and at least the kid was out early on his bike regardless of speed, right? Plus you are a superhero...

Christi said...

Good luck to your husband! I hope he has a great race and you have glorious time spectating!

Aimee said...

Beautiful sunset!
Good luck to your husband! Yay!!

Teamarcia said...

Gorgeous sky!
Woot for the full iron! Have fun!

Candice @ I Have Run said...

Good luck to the hubs!! Have a great time in Vegas.

And an 8:24 COOL DOWN pace means you are a superhero!

RockStarTri said...

Enjoy Vegas.

I definately would go with the super hero on dropping the teenager on the bike.

-Chris said...

Sunsets/sunrises are the BEST things to witness when on the run!

Kristin said...

Awww!! Good luck to the Hubs!!

ajh said...

I would have loved to have seen that owl and gorgeous sunset! Good luck to your husband!!

Char said...

Such a pretty sunrise? Doesn't it just make your day when you're treated to such beauty first thing.

Alma said...

Tell Mr. P good luck!!

Laura said...

Congrats on a good run and have fun in Vegas!

Johann said...

I often see owls on my morning runs. I love them. That sunrise is beautiful. Most teens are total sloths nowadays. Wow, full Iron-distance in Vegas. Good luck to your husband and have fun!

Jon said...

AMAZING photo!

Tortuga_Runner said...

Sending positive energy your husband's way. Get rest spectator, you need to give him all your celebratory energy once he completely rocks his Ironman. Have a great weekend!

Heather said...

That owl would have creeped me out. Hope the race went well for your hubs!

The Green Girl said...

Wow, that is a beautiful sunrise!