Distracted Runner, Sunday Edition

This morning brought sunshine and my long run for the week. While I enjoy them, long runs are tough for me — but not for the most obvious reasons. Ten and a half miles outdoors provides a lot of territory for observation and the risk for distraction is super high — especially for someone who dabbles in photography. As always, temptation got the better of me and I ended up documenting a few things along the way.

First up…well, whatever this is. It startled me because I thought it looked like Jack Skellington’s face. So of course I had to stop.

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Next up…I suppose this is someone’s school project that never quite made it home. But I liked the colors and took it as a sign of spring. So, naturally I made another stop.

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I can only assume that this next piece is Lost School Project Part II. Isn’t it appropriate to celebrate spring with a party hat? Sure it is. You can see why I had to stop.

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No idea who this is or what this is, but little princess here seemed very happy with the day as well. It would have been rude not to stop.

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Then there was this last distraction. The best one of all.
As I approached a certain yard, at first glance I thought that perhaps someone had scattered confetti in the grass. It was only when I came right up on them that I realized that I was witnessing the very first signs of spring.
These pretty things were popped up all over the front lawn of this house. No way was I running by this without stopping to admire and express my thanks.

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So…suffice it to say, my pace wasn’t something to brag about…and neither was my finish time. But I’m not too worried about it. It was a beautiful day, an entertaining run and I wouldn’t change a thing about it. I was slow, but mindful. And now I’m grateful.

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