During this pandemic, I stay away from routes where there are a lot of people, specifically the hike & bike paths that are too narrow to keep a safe distance from other people. So that means I stick to my neighborhood streets where I can run in the road or easily cross to the other side to stay socially distant. However, there are some parts where I have to run on a narrow pathway or sidewalk, which is why I always carry a disposable mask.
I will just put the mask around my wrist, and it’s so light that it doesn’t interfere at all with the running experience. But when I am running on one of these narrow sections and I see another pedestrian or cyclist, I’ll put the mask on. It literally takes just three or four seconds, so why not? Surprisingly (or unsurprisingly?) I haven’t seen any other runners using masks, but maybe now that they’ve seen my put on my mask, it will normalize it to them (or maybe they will feel a little ashamed), and they will start doing the same. Hey, we have to look out for one another!
In other running news, I saw this really great sidewalk art version of It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Very cool!
Here are a few photos from today’s run around the neighborhood.
The garden at one of the elementary schools looks like it hasn’t been tended to during this year, which is understandable because of the pandemic.
It’s almost election day, and I think I will miss the yard signs after this is all over. I liked the “I’m so gonna vote” sign!
I like how they put Hawai’i very distant from the mainland.
My shoes are nearing 500 km, and I got an alert that I should consider replacing them. I love my On Cloud shoes, and will purchase another pair when the time comes. By the way, this run completed the REI x On 10K Challenge on Strava. I’m supposed to receive a coupon in my inbox… maybe I can use it on some new running gear? We’ll see!
Today I went out for a lunchtime run in a direction I don’t usually go. But I wanted to have a destination to run to so I chose the local library. It’s kind of an interesting neighborhood to run through because of mix of houses, and there’s a bit of off-pavement trail to run on as well.
I was feeling good when I reached my destination, but when I saw the flags at half-staff, I had to pause for a moment as a wave of sadness came over me. 😞
Today’s route took me around Koa’s high school, where I took a few photos, saw a mountain biker head off into some trees, followed him and found some nice trails and a shortcut to the adjacent neighborhoods. Lots of fun exploring! Of course, Koa said these “secret” trails are used by the cross country team. But still, new to me!