Dodging Trains

Because I work 10-hour days and I don’t live in the same city where I work, I have to get up really early if I want to run (or do anything) before work.  This is the reason I rarely workout.  However, this morning I woke up at 4:30 am to begin my day.    I was feeling ambitious.  Fortunately, I run a route that doesn’t require me to cross a lot of streets and I only have to make one turn…pretty nice.  However, there are a lot of railroad tracks in this town and I’m always afraid I will get hit by a train.  I have to cross two sets of railroad tracks on my run.  Railroad track #1:

And #2:

Both of these pics were taken on my way back to the house because it was too dark to take pictures on my way out.  As I’ve said before, I’m a very slow runner and I actually don’t like doing it that much.  However, this run is pretty flat and not too painful.  And when it’s not cloudy out (a rare occurrence this year), it can be pretty nice.

The best part of the run (not including when I stop running), is when I approach this little slice of heaven:

Can you see it?  Waaaay in the back….

I’m getting closer…

Isn’t that beautiful?  I get to turn the corner here and I’m almost home.  Every time I get to this point I want to run in and get a DDP, but at 5:15 am, it was too early…and I would have had to walk home with it.  So I kept running.  And it started to get light!

I totally risked my life standing in the middle of the road. Can you see all the cars coming?  Oh right, I live in South Jesus, there aren’t that many cars here.  And when I’m really close to home, I pass this field:

It makes me happy to pass the field and there are usually creatures like Bing hunting and running around.  Oh, and if you were worried (hoping?) about me getting hit by a car in the dark, this is what I wore this morning:

It’s kinda bright. 

I was excited to not be running anymore.  I’m wearing a shirt I got when I ran the “Run Hit Wonder” in Portland in 2005.  If you ever have the opportunity to run one of these races, I highly recommend that you do (btw, I don’t know if they do them anymore…sucks to be you).  They are fun and there are bands along the course (one hit wonder bands)…totally cool.  In 2005, these bands played: Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, The Donnas, Chingy, Nina Sky and DJ Z-Trip.  I was really hoping to see Vanilla Ice, but no such luck.  Oh, and I’m pretty sure my race number matched how I placed in the race.

Yes, that says 10,009.  Obviously, I’m very competitive in these races.

After taking a few more random pictures of myself (and trying to break the camera’s self-timer)…

(I was really concentrating in the one below…)

it was time to get ready for what was bound to be a fun-filled day of work.  Oh, and how could I forget about AQUA JOGGING tonight?!!!

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4 Responses to Dodging Trains

  1. Sheila says:

    Girl! You CRACK my stuff up!!!! I always try to comment on your post, but my blogger has been JACKED UP! I can’t comment…only subscribe to you by email! I swear…I am like your BIGGEST stalker ever!!! I love you and I love George!!!
    I follow Lindsay’s blog…so she kinda introduced us! LOL!
    I even saw George comment to Lindsey on FB – I also “friended” him, because I feel like i know him! HA!
    So….all the way from Oklahoma……i will continue to stalk you…..always! 🙂 hehe!

    • I’m so happy you’re still reading and sad you can’t comment! Glad you friended G, but don’t feel too special, that idiot will be friends with ANYONE! And feel free to block all his ridiculous status updates. Even I’m about to un-friend him 🙂

  2. Lindsey says:

    Running AND aqua jogging? You should probably carb load before workouts that intense.

  3. Michelle says:

    I am laughing so hard! Saw your blog at “Skinny Runner” and hooked (we are neighbors too)! Hilarious! 🙂 Will be back often 🙂 Would love to know more about the aqua jogging too. 🙂

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