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things seen on my run this morning

A car, marigold-orange, with a black stripe on the hood, coming up the hill. It was low and sleek. "Must be some kind of fancy-pants car," I thought. "I wonder what it is."

As it came closer, I saw that it had "MUSTANG" written on its windshield in huge letters. So that's what it was. Thank you, car, for answering my question. If all cars would label themselves that way, it would be much easier for car-blind people like me to identify them.

A shadow of a bird, passing over me. I looked up but couldn't see anything. Then a couple of moments later, a crow. Its shadow was so far ahead of it! It landed in a tree and cawed. Good morning to you too, crow.

Another runner, an old man in bright green and blue, who runs like he's about to collapse but who manages great distances. I waved, he said "Good morning! How are you?" "Pretty good," I said. "How about you?" "I'll be good soon," he said, smiling.

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Feb. 28th, 2018 02:14 pm (UTC)
how old do you think the old running man was?
Feb. 28th, 2018 03:22 pm (UTC)
That's a good question, because life ages people drastically differently, right? So he looks to me to have been maybe 75. But maybe he was much older and just very healthy, or contrariwise, a lot younger but had a lot of hard living behind him.
Feb. 28th, 2018 03:37 pm (UTC)
That's kinda good news for me if he's 75, because I'm now 71 and I'd like to start running again - just for the conditioning and health benefits. It would be hard starting up again, but if 75 could do it so could I. I'm overweight, and kind of stiff... ugh, but otherwise in very good health. What ya think?
Feb. 28th, 2018 03:43 pm (UTC)
I absolutely positively think you could and can, and would enjoy it. I'm the world's most unlikely convert to running, or at least among the top 10 percent of unlikely converts. Once you start running, you see that lots of older people run, and lots of heavy-set people run, and people with various health issues run, and it's all good. We tend to hear stories of people who are remarkable in some way, but before one race, I got to talking to a young woman--not that young, but younger than me; maybe in her 30s--who has really bad asthma and so runs very slowly so as not to exacerbate it. But she runs. I was so impressed. And there are tons of people in the upper decades running, and not all of them are mad athletes who would intimidate the pants of you (or maybe not you, but me).

And now that I've given up my bunches of icons, I can't stick my "definitely definitely maybe always" icon up there, but imagine that's the one I'm using ;-)
Feb. 28th, 2018 03:55 pm (UTC)
I used to run every day at about 10AM in Golden Gate Park. It was a long time ago, but I did it for 2 years until I got too busy with my union job. There was a path through the woods that surrounded a polo grounds. This path was 7/8 mile and I would run around 4 times for 3 1/2 miles. I had a cassio watch with a stopwatch on it so I ran each lap at 6 1/2 minutes - not too fast, not too slow. I could keep that up the full 4 laps and longer. After 4 laps I would walk another lap to cool off. They had exercise stations for chin ups and sit ups, etc. so I would do those. I got really fit. I'd ride my 10 speed there and back, so I got a pretty good workout everyday and felt good getting home and popping into the shower.

I still have the 10 speed bike!
Feb. 28th, 2018 04:00 pm (UTC)
6 1/2 minutes sounds super fast to me! I run in the 11's, lol. You'll be great.
Mar. 1st, 2018 03:40 am (UTC)
See now, I want birds to self-identify in much the same fashion. I don't care about cars, but it annoys me that I can't see enough of birds fast enough to be sure of what they are.
Mar. 1st, 2018 08:29 am (UTC)
Birds I can recognize! Isn't it crazy?

Birds being small, it might be best if they shouted out their names, Pokémon style. They'd have to learn to switch languages when they crossed borders.
Mar. 1st, 2018 02:22 pm (UTC)
That would work. 'Course, some of them already do that. Even I know when the Northern mockingbirds are in town.
Mar. 3rd, 2018 02:46 pm (UTC)
This I would love! :D
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