No, not this lockout:
I’m talking about the fact that I HAVE BEEN LOCKED OUT!
I spent the Summer learning to perfect running routes for 2, 3 and 4 mile runs. My easy runs. The ones where I can zone out and be on auto-pilot because I know exactly where I am at all times despite not owning a Garmin. Every single one of my routes began at this gate:
Up those stairs and out into the world of long roads and no cars parked along the sidewalk. Well, not anymore. That gate now looks like this:
Some JERKFACE blocked my running path. This is so frustrating because now all of my runs have to be readjusted and include a whole lot of back-tracking (which annoys me). My 2-mile route is now 3-miles, my 4-mile route is now 4.69 miles and my 3-mile route is now 2.9 miles. This may seem really picky and not be a huge deal to most people but I’m sure other runners understand how this just mentally messes me up.
On Tuesday morning, I woke up at 5:30 to 47* weather. I wore long sleeves and gloves, knowing my run would be pretty short and might not give me enough time to ever really warm up. I’m glad I did, because my legs were ice cubes when I got back and if I hadn’t worn gloves I bet my fingers would have frozen right off. I ended up running 3.06 miles in 32:36 (10:39 pace). I was definitely a little “off” and 50% sleeping/50% freezing, but I’m proud I managed to climb out of my double-comforter, cozy warm bed for a little exercise before work.
Have you ever lost a favorite running route or had it altered beyond recognition? (I might be an over-exaggerator at times…)
And for fun – when do you think it’s appropriate to start blasting Christmas music? I think that as soon as the parking lots in all our strip malls put up the Christmas decorations on the light poles then I’m good to go… so yesterday.