Running Logbook

2021-04-08 - Tilden Woods

~4.6 mi @ ~16.2 min/mi

"Work Area! Go back!" says the leader of the County park construction crew. They're digging with a backhoe in the south side of Tilden Woods Local Park. 🤖 waves and retreats up the rough stone road until, beyond line-of-sight, he spies a small hole to squeeze through in the orange plastic fencing. Yay, a new cut-through! Thursday afternoon's survey of the Old Georgetown Estates neighborhood in North Bethesda startles a small set of deer taking a late lunch by the I-270 sound barrier. Downhill jogs pull the average pace to what may be a new land speed record, back to the car, just in time to make the appointment for COVID shot (Moderna) #2 ...

(trackfile) - ^z - 2021-05-09

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2021-04-07 - Daffodil-Narcissus Mauve-Orchid

~5.1 mi @ ~18.6 min/mi

"Hamantaschen!" = Word o' the Day as 🤖 rambles to the local deli to pick up three-cornered-hat fruit-filled cookies. Shades of creeping phlox form a happy heart shape (or maybe a racing rabbit?) on a front-yard hillside. Daffodil-narcissus point their trumpets at the sunset. A young runner dashes past, blonde ponytail swaying, mauve-orchid-hued top a perfect fit for the Easter season. Half a mile later she flies on her return trip.

(trackfile) - ^z - 2021-05-08

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2021-04-06 - Deep Peace

~5.2 mi @ ~19.1 min/mi

"New cut-through!" 🤖 discovers a hidden staircase, rusty iron handrails overgrown with ivy, concrete cracked, at the end of dead-end Harvey Rd. It leads down a steep slope and a narrow stone path to the next street. Eureka! Today's mission of mercy brings hydration meds to Spuds and checks on the Squirrel Shack, where the expanded menu isn't ready yet. A little free library Dog Annex offers sticks and balls to borrow. Bright garden poles bear inspirational words: "Deep Peace" - "Make It, Live It, Share It" - "No Ordinary Cat" - "You Will Never Leave My ❤️".

(trackfile) - ^z - 2021-05-07

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2021-04-05 - Peacock Orchids

~1.4 mi @ ~18.1. min/mi

"Nice Kitty!" Golem pets the bronze cat at the top of the stairs during a short afternoon circuit of the 'hood. Tulip magnolias fight with forsythia and daffodils for dominance. New graffiti on the Beltway sound wall beckons, but at home a hundred peacock orchid bulbs wait to be planted before sunset. Scramble down to photograph the spray-paint artwork another day!

(trackfile) - ^z - 2021-05-05

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2021-04-04 - Cherry Blossom Viewing

~2.9 mi @ ~21.0 min/mi & ~2.0 mi @ ~22.3 min/mi

"Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam!" G-ji recommends a classic Bollywood musical drama from 1962, as she leads Golem on a brisk Easter morning circumnavigation of the Kenwood cherry blossom display. A price check puts a modest home at more than $2 million. Flowers bloom even from the trunks of the trees. A pair of Portuguese-speaking ladies pop out of a new car to pose for photos.

"Good morning, Summer!" says Half Full to the pretty puppy taking her owner out on a walk. Summer stands atop a small boulder and graciously accepts praise. With Spuds and Golem the trio surveys the White Flint neighborhood. Cherry blossom trees here were planted at a local resident's initiative more than half a century ago, and their flowers flutter and gleam in the Sunday morning sunlight.

(trackfile & trackfile) - ^z - 2021-05-04

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2021-04-03 - Hard Problems

~7.0 mi @ ~19.8 min/mi

"I love it when people have the confidence to pose!" says 🔥, as a young lady takes a sexy stance déhanchement under cherry blossoms for her photographer. Holy Saturday begins in gloom with a Dawn Patrol survey of Kennedy Dr and Goldsboro Rd. Easter bunny ears decorate a garden dinosaur and a front-door rabbit face. "Awaken Spirituality + Nurture Fellowship + Serve Others" says the banner in front of a Methodist church. The Marriage Problem (how to pick optimally from a series of candidates when one can never look back) is analyzed, along with the related film Must Love Dogs. Hyper-caffeinated 🤖 monologues on acceptance, failure, freedom, category theory, mental models, and countless other metacognitive Hard Problems.

"And so that's why you need to do a 100 miler!" is the non-sequitur conclusion. Maybe? Or just Be!

(trackfile) - ^z - 2021-05-02

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2021-04-02 - Squirrel Shack

~4.0 mi @ ~20.3 min/mi

"Squirrel Shack!" a voice answers the phone. At the local golf course, alas, pit BBQ is gone; the clubhouse snack shop's short menu now features sandwiches of spicy sausage, meatballs, etc. Roadkill walks there on a brisk Friday afternoon and brings home an experimental "Golf 'n Grub" sampling for dinner. Tiny owls guard a garden.

(trackfile) - ^z - 2021-05-01

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2021-04-01 - Maundy Thursday

~5.6 mi @ 18.7 min/mi

"Hard freeze tomorrow morning!" warns the elderly couple covering their front-yard plants with plastic sheeting. Maundy Thursday's afternoon ramble leads past St John the Evangelist Catholic church, where in a grotto the Most Holy Virgin Mary, Our Lady Queen of Poland, blesses crucifix beads. Pokey tap-dances at the "echo center" concrete circle in Evans Parkway Neighborhood Park and hears himself amplified. A meandering muddy-hilly path from Sligo Creek Trail leads to new graffiti on the Beltway sound barrier wall. Brief bursts of sleet rattle down.

(trackfile & trackfile) - ^z - 2021-04-29

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2021-03-30 - Elisaberayar Wheaton Mural

~7.0 mi @ ~20.0 min/mi"Pugs and Kisses!" says the sign for the dog statue wearing Easter Bunny ears. Pokey enjoys an urban bushwhack as he stumbles along new cut-through paths at Carroll Knolls Local Park and, far sketchier, through brambles along a drainage stream east of Stephen Knolls School. Eventually he scrambles back to civilization up a muddy slope and arrives at Wheaton Plaza. Nearby a bright mural by "Eli Sabe Rayar" (Elisa Murillo, a Venezuelan-American artist) graces the wall of a Jamaican restaurant. He meets Spuds during the return trip and they ponder the protocols for low-mileage ultramarathon training. How to ramp up and taper down simultaneously? Hmmmmm ...

(trackfile) - ^z - 2021-04-28

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2021-03-29 - Kensington Seven-11

~5.1 mi @ ~18.0 min/mi

"Woodley, Woodstock, Wilton, and Forsythe!" A decorative hub of painted hubcaps marks a mini traffic circle in Forest Glen Park. New gnome villages sprout up with the daffodils around the base of a big oak. Pokey meanders through Kensington, picks up mail at the post office, and returns via Mr Singh's 7-11 on the north side of the tracks. While wiping off the GPS watch face he inadvertently breaks the track file in two – such a First World Problem. Oops!

(trackfile & trackfile]) - ^z - 2021-04-27

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