Running Notes: Urban Fox

On Sundays I run with a group called the “Officially Unofficial Running Group” which is headed up by a very accomplished runner and natural born leader named Julie.  We explore new running routes in and around Buffalo every week and we often take turns choosing locations and charting each new course.  This week took us to Buffalo’s Outer Harbor on Lake Erie where we encountered this striking woodland creature wandering around curiously close to the city.

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Running Notes – 13.1

It was the hottest day in The Buffalo Marathon’s 16 year history, topping 86 degrees on May 29, 2016.  My first Half Marathon is now in the books.  When I crossed the finish line, my initial thought was, “I’m glad that’s over with!”  Ten minutes later, I was discussing which race to do next with running friends.  Thinking back on my time during the road race, I recall many different subjects that went through my mind.  I could dedicate numerous blog posts to the things one thinks of, the heightened emotions and the mental challenges faced when pushing yourself to your limit in the company of thousands of others doing the same thing or looking on as spectators.  But what really stands out more than anything is that not even a year ago, the idea of running a half marathon had never played out in my mind at all. I never believed I could become a runner.  I’ve never been so happy to be wrong.

Last Good Day

I ran with my trail running group at Sprague Brook Park earlier this month. A young first timer joined us and showed a remarkable affinity for running trails. It was a good day for everyone. A couple of days later, that young life was lost. His step-mother, my running friend, told me she was  glad she had that last good day with him.

Running Notes

This time last year I could not have imagined that I’d be training for a half marathon and running in winter weather. The first pic is from a trail running event at Chestnut Ridge and the second is from half and full marathon training with Fleet Feet. My first time running 9 miles.