While I Was Running…

You might have noticed I haven’t been blogging a lot lately. I haven’t been working extra hours.  Or super-extra-busy in my social life.  I haven’t found the key to world peace or cured cancer.

What have I been doing?

I’ve been running.

When I’m not running, I’m sleeping.  Because running a whole bunch seems to make me super-sleepy.  Go figure.  Three and a half weeks from now, I’ll run a 13.1 miles along the Riverway, around Olmstead Park and Jamaica Pond, and through the Franklin Park Zoo.  It’ll be pretty.  And hilly.  And over.

I think I’m most looking forward to it being over.

So, what’s happened since I’ve been running?

I saw parts of the Charles River that I hadn’t seen in a while.

Ahhh...looks so pretty, doesn't it?  Not a bad half way point, I just wish it didn't take me almost an hour to get here!

Ahhh...looks so pretty, doesn't it? Not a bad half way point, I just wish it didn't take me almost an hour to get here!

Before I moved to my current apartment, and while I was still in the practice of running regularly (so, 3+ years ago!) I tried to run to Watertown Square once a week or so. It was a 6 1/2 mile round trip and there are some beautiful sights in that last little stretch. Now, it’s an 8 1/2 mile round trip, so I haven’t made it there nearly as often. And, since I started adding a loop or two of the hood before I even head in that direction (to stretch the total mileage to 10 or 12 miles) I’m mighty tired by the time I make it there now!

I became obsessed with abandoned and formerly abandoned buildings.

Did you know that red X means the building is abandoned and the fire department won't send anyone inside in case of a fire?  I learned that only recently!

Did you know that red X means the building is abandoned and the fire department won't send anyone inside in case of a fire? I learned that only recently!

The Waltham Watch Factory is currently undergoing a major renovation. If it didn’t interrupt my journey along the river, I would think this is an entirely fantastic thing. I love when old, formerly unloved buildings are put to a new purpose. Especially one as cool as the Watch Factory. Maybe someone can find a new purpose for this one, too?

I did not stop, not once, to sample the fine American and Peruvian cuisine at Victoria’s.

Yeah, the photo's blurry.  I can't take sharp photos when I'm hungry!

Yeah, the photo's blurry. I can't take sharp photos when I'm hungry!

Speaking of the Watch Factory, a fantastic little cafe is nearly hidden in a corner on the first floor. Before I knew how delicious this place was, I didn’t have much trouble running past. Now that I know that they serve crispy bacon and fantastically spicy home fries, I have a much harder time running by. Making sure my pockets are completely empty of cash helps…

We survived a “hurricane.”

I love how the park benches peek through from the other side of the tree!

I love how the park benches peek through from the other side of the tree!

Okay, it was only a tropical storm by the time it made it to us. Or, maybe a tropical depression. But, while our neighboring states were pummeled, Massachusetts survived with just some trees down and power failures. Not too shabby.

Summer ended.

Is there anything sadder than a closed and drained public pool?

Is there anything sadder than a closed and drained public pool?

I’ve never swam in this public pool. I never intend to. It kinda creeps me out, hidden away in the middle of the river path. Still, it makes me sad that it’s closed for the season.

 

Someone got married.

I didn't see the wedding, but I did see the decorations on the footbridge outside the museum.

I didn't see the wedding, but I did see the decorations on the footbridge outside the museum.

Before this summer, I had a vague notion that there was a museum on Moody St. In August, an acquaintance mentioned that she’s getting married there. I went to check it out and on our way in, we came across another couple I know who’s considering the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation for their wedding. It’s a funky, fun, unusual and (apparently) cheap-ish wedding spot. Who knew?

Oh…and someone died while I was running this summer, too. But a photo of a child’s grave was too morbid, even for me.

Geese took over the cemetery.

At first I only noticed a few...

At first I only noticed a few...

...and then I realized they were all around me!

...and then I realized they were all around me!

Speaking of the cemetery, I was running through there the other day. (No, I’m not a freak. It’s just a safer and less creepy place to run at dusk than my sometimes sketchy running path!) On my way in, there was a guy on his way out who was banging two sticks together, like you see people in sitcoms do to keep the bears away. The guy looked vaguely foreign, so at first I was sure that someone had tricked him into thinking that there were bears in Waltham! Eventually I realized he was using the noise to try to keep the geese from attacking. I wonder if that works? Those geese were scary!

I only fell once.

This is not where I fell.  I'm pretty sure I would have noticed this particular crack in the pavement!

This is not where I fell. I'm pretty sure I would have noticed this particular crack in the pavement!

When I last ran a half marathon, (What was it? Four years ago?) I tripped on a tree rut and went flying on my 11 1/2 mile long run. This year, I got my big fall out of the way early.

You know who’s not Superman? Me.

Fall arrived.

I'm mostly sure these leaves are turning brown because of the change in the weather, and not because of disease or lack of water!  Mostly sure.

I'm mostly sure these leaves are turning brown because of the change in the weather, and not because of disease or lack of water! Mostly sure.

It’s no secret that fall in New England is an amazing, heart-warming, special, beautiful time of year. Still, I’m never quite ready for it when it shows up.

So, that’s what’s happened while I’ve been running. I have a back-log of interesting recipes, photos, and random thoughts to post. I’ll get around to them…when I’m done running.

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