Running Logbook

2021-07-03 - Whoopie Pie

~8 mi @ ~18 min/mi & ~2 mi @ ~22 min/mi

"I can't count any higher!" More than 25 rabbits nibble the lawns of North Bethesda, as 🔥 & 🤖 meander at Saturday sunrise from one Starbucks to another via peaceful neighborhood paths. – "Awesome racks!" Three big bucks amble through a park. Two freckled fawns roam far from their mother doe(s). – "What's the word for the thing that attaches a set of wheels to a skateboard?" ... "A truck?" – A huge fox pauses to peer from the far side of the elementary school field. – "Look at that gate!" ..." And the spiral brick chimneys!" – A broken robin's egg rests on the path. – "What's the word for a bird leaving its shell?" ... "Hatch?" – And how can angry, closed, and damaged people be nudged toward calm, openness, and healing? – "You're doing a Power Wash today? Of yourself? Does it hurt much?"

"A Whoopie Pie is NOTHING like a Moon Pie!" says 🧽, explaining the finer points of sweet sandwiches to 🥃, 🐻, 🔥, and 🤖. (BLUF: Whoopie = Northern, cream frosting between chocolate cake discs; Moon Pie = Southern, marshmallow between graham cracker circles, all dipped in chocolate) The Garrett Park Farmers Market is instantly busy at opening time with Independence Day Eve shoppers.

(trackfile & trackfile) - ^z - 2021-07-29

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2021-07-02 - Camino Cerrado

~2.7 mi @ ~12.3 min/mi

"Camino Cerrado!" belatedly warns the sign where 🤖 emerges from a woodsy trail. (Not that it would have mattered!) Malcolm King Park is a lovely 70+ acre woods along upper Muddy Branch in Gaithersburg. Gently rolling paths offer welcome shade on a Friday afternoon. Intervals of 2 minute jogging + 1 minute recovery make a pretty pace chart. A bright cardinal flees into the brush.

(trackfile) - ^z - 2021-07-27

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2021-07-01 - Woodlin Playground

~2.6 mi @ ~13.3 min/mi

"Don't fence me in!" Asphalt art lures prey into a playground behind Woodlin Elementary School, where locked gates and narrow gaps between fence-posts prevent escape. Ah, but they forgot the hole in the hedge at the top of the hill! High humidity on Thursday afternoon makes for a humbling neighborhood tour, with 60 second intervals of alternating jog and walk. A "normal" person advises, "You should drink more water!"

(trackfile) - ^z - 2021-07-26

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2021-06-30 - Small Wonders of the World

~1.0 mi @ ~17.0 min/mi

"They're much smaller than you might think!" Apparently the Great Pyramids, the Gateway Arch, the Eiffel Tower, and the Washington Monument aren't quite as monumental as legend says. Gaithersburg beats Silver Spring at amateur baseball, and there's half an hour until game #2 – just enough time to shamble over to the track and run a hot lap, with temps in the low '90s.

(trackfile) - ^z - 2021-07-25

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2021-06-29 - National Park Seminary Statuary

~4.7 mi @ ~13.8 min/mi

National Park Seminary mermaid fountain and cicada tree damage"The statues are still there!" At 90°F+ a Tuesday evening sunset circuit is sweaty and slow. Joan of Arc is in the shade; the fountain of seahorses and mermaids casts a lovely long shadow in front of trees attacked by cicada Brood X.
Initial attempts to jog 60 sec + walk 60 sec decelerate after a couple of miles. Neighborhood daylilies open wide.

(trackfile) - ^z - 2021-07-23

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2021-06-27 - Go, Be

~3.8 mi @ ~17.8 min/mi

"Go Be!" says the fence around Bethesda Outdoor Pool where the Barracudas swim and fill the parking lot. 🐻-y gets one of the last open spaces; 🥃 leaves her car at the secret lot on Little Falls Parkway. A warm and cheery Sunday morning walk-jog ensues.

(trackfile) - ^z - 2021-07-22

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2021-06-26 - Cicada Damage

~3.0 mi @ ~17.4 min/mi

"Dead branches are from larvae feeding, before they drop to the ground and burrow in for 17 years!" 🥃 explains cicada Facts of Life to 🐻 during a Saturday morning walk-run. Showers are hyperlocal, with downpours a few miles to the west and dry ground in Garrett Park. 🥃 recalls a humid trek a decade ago (2010-08-21_-_Megan's_Loop_Plus) and the lessons it taught on patience and pace control. At the farmers market "Free Range Eggs" don't seem to be ranging very far from their cartons!

(trackfile) - ^z - 2021-07-22

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2021-06-25 - Sligo Survey

~3.4 mi @ ~13.4 min/mi

"Can you run any slower?" 🐻y asks a question with many interpretations! He starts behind 🤖 and catches up after a mile. Sligo Creek Parkway is closed to cars late Friday and the lanes are wide; nevertheless a hasty cyclist almost collides with a walker. Crepuscular creatures are out early as sunset shines final beams on an alabaster statue of the Virgin Mary overlooking the valley.

(trackfile) - ^z - 2021-07-20

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2021-06-24 - Spit Take

~3.7 mi @ ~14.2 min/mi

"Max Scherzer was right!" says 🤖. Spitballs are tough; spitting requires practice. Ditto hill climbs, as two repeats on Belvedere Blvd remind. 🐻y joins to survey Sligo Creek Trail: no turtles or geese on Friday's Eve, but lots of runners. After a mile together the twins part ways. 30-40 seconds of jogging with 90 second walk breaks makes a sinusoidal pace graph.

(trackfile) - ^z - 2021-07-19

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2021-06-22 - Bunny Bunny Ears

~4.4 mi @ ~13.7 min/mi

"Child, come over here. Do you have a cigarette?" asks an elderly lady on the front steps of an apartment building. Tuesday afternoon's Takoma trek leads to DC's Calvin Coolidge Senior High School track, where a football team practices pushing heavy objects across the turf. A lap in lane 7 at ~10.0 min/mi pace amuses the onlookers. Lawn art features a big wooden bird guarding its nest and a bunny doing bunny-ears behind another bunny.

(trackfile) - ^z - 2021-07-18

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