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March 13th
1:00 PM EST

True Life: I Went Running and Got Lost

hungryrunner:

Sooo, let’s talk a little bit about how I was planning on running a 5.5 mile loop today, but ended up getting completely and totally lost and clocked in almost 7 miles instead. Whoops! I definitely should have thought about the fact that I have absolutely no sense of direction before I set out on a new trail that, about every 500 yards or so, branches out into new paths that lead in every which direction.

Actually, that part was kind of nice at the beginning of the run because I wasn’t at all paying attention to the time or distance since I was preoccupied with trying to figure out which way I needed to go in order to get back to the starting point. Obviously that didn’t work out, though, because about 3.5 miles in I finally realized I was not running in a loop and figured out that I needed to turn around and go back the way I came if I wanted to ever see civilization again. To give you a hint at how much of a sense of direction I have… I also got lost after I turned around and tried to run the same route back. Thank goodness I had my iPhone and I was able to pretend to know how to use a compass!

Despite getting quite sidetracked, it was actually an awesome run. I felt great, maintained my goal of keeping under a 10-minute-mile pace, and the scenery was beautiful, so I can’t really complain. The whole ordeal might have also taken me a bit longer because I stopped to snap some photos to share!

I love this trail because all the locals take their horses out on it. I waved to this guy and said, “Beautiful horse!” and he tipped his cowboy-ish hat to me. Dammit! I want a horse and a cowboy-ish hat!

I got to run along this super swerve-y boardwalk that runs over a marsh, which made me feel like I was in a video game. (Bonus points for not falling into the swamp!)

And, nothing can ever beat running along the water! (I’d prefer the ocean, but lakes are cool too!)

August 27th
11:31 AM EST

The six people you will encounter on the running paths in the Suburbs of DC

1.) Make-Out Teens

These are awkward, pubescent teenagers who use the paths as their secret make-out spot. You, you’ll just be merrily jogging along, minding your own business when all of sudden you’ll come up around a curve in the path and BAM! There they are, making out right in the middle of the tiny, narrow concrete slab. Once they realize your sudden presence, they will quickly and awkwardly pull apart and then pretend like what you just witnessed absolutely never happened. The girl will look at you like, “Who? That guy? Nah, don’t know him.” Once you pass and are out of sight, their make-out will re-commence. Isn’t there somewhere in the basement of your parents abnormally large, extravagant suburban home where you can do that?

2.) The Joneses

This is the young, wealthy, perfect suburban couple that takes their perfect baby out for walks on the nature-y paths as a part of fulfilling their perfect lives. “Ah, what a long day it was making all of this money. Let’s go for a walk through the wooded trails and bask in our great fortune, honey.”  When you see them, you will know, because their baby’s $40,000, state of the art stroller will have a ten pound [insert expensive brand name that no one cares about] diaper bag hanging off the back. The mom will be dressed to the nines and probably wearing some sort of wedged heel shoe and the dad, you won’t notice him because he’s just there to pay for the perfect mom and perfect baby. There will also be a nanny with them. She is there to carry another 10 pound, brand name diaper bag, that contains the family’s jewels, gold, and stinky diapers. Even prefect babies poop.

3.) The Friendly Runner

When you see the friendly runner you will think to yourself, “Finally someone normal!” This is the only other person on the path who will ever smile back at you. But be aware, it is the friendly runner and only the friendly runner who smiles back. There are other runners, like the “I only run with my head pointing straight towards the ground so I never have to make eye contact with other humans, Runner” or the “I have difficulty controlling my breath while running and as a result I give other runners funny looks, Runner.” Know your runners. Only smile at the friendly ones.

4.) Hoodlum Teens

Hoodlum teens, just  like Make-Out Teenagers, also use the wooded shelter surrounding the paths as a place of refuge from the eyes of their parents so that they can do bad things. They will leave their bikes in the middle of the path and when you look around to see where they are hiding, you will find them standing with their legs ankle-deep in the creek. When they notice that you’ve spotted them, they will stop whatever it is they were doing and try really hard to look like they came there to cool off their sweaty feet in the water. Yeah right. The look on their faces will tell you that whatever they are doing in that creek is definitely wrong and probably hazardous to the environment.

5.) The Perfect 20-Something Runner

Every girl knows the Perfect 20-Something Runner, but no girl actually knows her. This is the girl who can exercise for 20 hours straight and still look like she just finished a beauty pageant at the end of it all. Seriously, one mile into my run I look like someone dumped a bucket of dirty water over my head and then summoned a cloud of humidity to attack my hair. But her, she’s been running for probably like three days and her hair looks ready for a red carpet event and she hasn’t dripped one drop of sweat. How do you do that? Is there some kind of anti-sweating spell I don’t know about? Whatever, you’re probably not human.

6.) Me

The writer and Friendly Runner (see #3) who secretly judges you when you pass by.

May 12th
11:04 PM EST
The day after I moved here, to this place that has these really great, never ending running trails that exist basically right in my backyard, my foot started to hurt. For about three days, it was really hard to even walk on it. I have no idea what was wrong with it, but man, it fucking hurt and because of that, I couldn’t run. Or no, let me rephrase that, I shouldn’t have been running, but I acted really stubbornly, sucked it up and bared the pain, and did it anyway because LOOK AT THESE RUNNING TRAILS! The world wasn’t about to shove these beautiful, perfectly paved, nature-y paths right in front of my face and then try to stop me from running on them by mysteriously sending me foot pains. No way, Jose! You will not play such tricks on me, world!
Well, today I finally went for a real run- sans foot pain and weird facial expressions due to said foot pain- and it was the best run ever for reasons that have nothing to do with running. I basically had no idea where I was going, but this was the first time that I actually had the ability to make it past anything over a half of a mile, so I just kept running and I ended up finding this awesome tunnel that I am convinced is the exact tunnel they used in the filming of the scene in Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix where Dudley gets attacked by Dementors.
O.K., I know that it’s not the same tunnel. But guys, it’s the same tunnel and I’m obsessed. I will run through it every day. I will pretend that it is Harry Potter’s tunnel. I will. No one can stop me.
Also, don’t you think I could have made this into a much nicer blog entry about nature and spending time outside and how it’s nice to see other people enjoying the outdoors? (There are lots of runners/bikers/dog-walkers/Harry Potter enthusiasts roaming these trails.) Yeah, I totally could have done that. But I didn’t, because the first rule of Fight Club blogging is, whenever possible, talk about Harry Potter.

The day after I moved here, to this place that has these really great, never ending running trails that exist basically right in my backyard, my foot started to hurt. For about three days, it was really hard to even walk on it. I have no idea what was wrong with it, but man, it fucking hurt and because of that, I couldn’t run. Or no, let me rephrase that, I shouldn’t have been running, but I acted really stubbornly, sucked it up and bared the pain, and did it anyway because LOOK AT THESE RUNNING TRAILS! The world wasn’t about to shove these beautiful, perfectly paved, nature-y paths right in front of my face and then try to stop me from running on them by mysteriously sending me foot pains. No way, Jose! You will not play such tricks on me, world!

Well, today I finally went for a real run- sans foot pain and weird facial expressions due to said foot pain- and it was the best run ever for reasons that have nothing to do with running. I basically had no idea where I was going, but this was the first time that I actually had the ability to make it past anything over a half of a mile, so I just kept running and I ended up finding this awesome tunnel that I am convinced is the exact tunnel they used in the filming of the scene in Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix where Dudley gets attacked by Dementors.

O.K., I know that it’s not the same tunnel. But guys, it’s the same tunnel and I’m obsessed. I will run through it every day. I will pretend that it is Harry Potter’s tunnel. I will. No one can stop me.

Also, don’t you think I could have made this into a much nicer blog entry about nature and spending time outside and how it’s nice to see other people enjoying the outdoors? (There are lots of runners/bikers/dog-walkers/Harry Potter enthusiasts roaming these trails.) Yeah, I totally could have done that. But I didn’t, because the first rule of Fight Club blogging is, whenever possible, talk about Harry Potter.

January 30th
12:51 PM EST
The temperature outside today (in New York at least) is perfect for running. Chilly but not absolutely freezing. I didn’t run yesterday because I decided to bring my dog along for a walk and leave my headphones behind so that I could enjoy that calming quiet that seems to always come along with the snow and cold weather. Does anyone else ever notice that? I don’t know if it’s just me, but the world just seems so much more calm and quiet when it’s cold and there’s snow on the ground. Anyway, this is what my iPod played for me while I ran today.
1.) The Ramones- Teenage Lobotomy2.) Misfits- Vampira3.) Wofmother- Woman4.) Kanye West (ft. Kid Cudi & Raekwon)- Gorgeous5.) The Strokes- Razorblade6.) The Allman Brothers Band- Ramblin’ Man7.) The Doors- Roadhouse Blues8.) Lullaby- The Cure

The temperature outside today (in New York at least) is perfect for running. Chilly but not absolutely freezing. I didn’t run yesterday because I decided to bring my dog along for a walk and leave my headphones behind so that I could enjoy that calming quiet that seems to always come along with the snow and cold weather. Does anyone else ever notice that? I don’t know if it’s just me, but the world just seems so much more calm and quiet when it’s cold and there’s snow on the ground. Anyway, this is what my iPod played for me while I ran today.

1.) The Ramones- Teenage Lobotomy
2.) Misfits- Vampira
3.) Wofmother- Woman
4.) Kanye West (ft. Kid Cudi & Raekwon)- Gorgeous
5.) The Strokes- Razorblade
6.) The Allman Brothers Band- Ramblin’ Man
7.) The Doors- Roadhouse Blues
8.) Lullaby- The Cure

January 28th
3:15 PM EST
Running Playlist #2!
I went for another run today. This playlist got me through about three miles. On a side note: I’ve come to realize that the music on my iPod is sort of divided into different categories. Like, there’s music that I take seriously and that I listen to for the pleasure of listening to music, and then there’s music that I take not-so-seriously and listen to for shits and giggles. (Ahem, Snakes on Plane.) 1.) Snakes On a Plane-Cobra Starship2.) Brink Of Disaster- Mae3.) I Gotcha Right Moves (Lupe Fiasco vs. One Republic)- wait what4.) Start Me Up- The Rolling Stones5.) In Too Deep- Sum 415.) Reckless Abandon- Blink-1826.) Attitude- Misfits7.) Replay (Iyaz cover)- He Is We8.) Have a Drink On Me- AC/DC9.) Oasis- Amanda Palmer10.) Young and the Hopeless- Good Charlotte11.) Kelly Watch the Stars- Air

Running Playlist #2!

I went for another run today. This playlist got me through about three miles. On a side note: I’ve come to realize that the music on my iPod is sort of divided into different categories. Like, there’s music that I take seriously and that I listen to for the pleasure of listening to music, and then there’s music that I take not-so-seriously and listen to for shits and giggles. (Ahem, Snakes on Plane.)

1.) Snakes On a Plane-Cobra Starship
2.) Brink Of Disaster- Mae
3.) I Gotcha Right Moves (Lupe Fiasco vs. One Republic)- wait what
4.) Start Me Up- The Rolling Stones
5.) In Too Deep- Sum 41
5.) Reckless Abandon- Blink-182
6.) Attitude- Misfits
7.) Replay (Iyaz cover)- He Is We
8.) Have a Drink On Me- AC/DC
9.) Oasis- Amanda Palmer
10.) Young and the Hopeless- Good Charlotte
11.) Kelly Watch the Stars- Air

January 27th
10:51 PM EST
I woke up kind of in a funk today, feeling pretty unmotivated and uninspired. After work, I decided to go for a run to try and re-energize and just get outside of my own head for a bit and sure enough, afterward I felt much better . Sometimes I forget what a good run and some upbeat music can do for your mind.
I normally put my iPod on shuffle while I run, usually for the length of about 10 songs. I go for a mix of moderately paced and fast songs and base my pace off of the beat to create varying intervals for my speed.
I don’t run every single day but I figured it would be fun to share the playlists of songs that I run to on the days that I do. I’ll link the songs to their albums on iTunes when I can.  
Here’s what I ran to today:
1.) Cult Logic- Miike Snow2.) Seventy Times 7- Brand New3.) Get Back (remix ft. Sum 41)- Ludacris4.) All She’s Got- Sum 415.) Revolution- The Beatles6.) Let’s Dance to Joy Division- The Wombats7.) Caught In the Rain- October Fall8.) Goodbye to You- The Veronicas9.) Get Off -The Dandy Warhols10.) Paint it Black- Rolling Stones

I woke up kind of in a funk today, feeling pretty unmotivated and uninspired. After work, I decided to go for a run to try and re-energize and just get outside of my own head for a bit and sure enough, afterward I felt much better . Sometimes I forget what a good run and some upbeat music can do for your mind.

I normally put my iPod on shuffle while I run, usually for the length of about 10 songs. I go for a mix of moderately paced and fast songs and base my pace off of the beat to create varying intervals for my speed.

I don’t run every single day but I figured it would be fun to share the playlists of songs that I run to on the days that I do. I’ll link the songs to their albums on iTunes when I can.  

Here’s what I ran to today:

1.) Cult Logic- Miike Snow
2.) Seventy Times 7- Brand New
3.) Get Back (remix ft. Sum 41)- Ludacris
4.) All She’s Got- Sum 41
5.) Revolution- The Beatles
6.) Let’s Dance to Joy Division- The Wombats
7.) Caught In the Rain- October Fall
8.) Goodbye to You- The Veronicas
9.) Get Off -The Dandy Warhols
10.) Paint it Black- Rolling Stones