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Updated on June 4, 2017
Very Dark, Cold, and Rainy I am not sure why Strava thinks I ran at 4:43pm, but it was 5:43pm, well after dark when I started. Strava has lots of little problems like that, so it is difficult to trust for anything. Tonight it was very dark, cold and rainy. I planned to wear a lightweight windbreaker, but when I got out of my car, I realized it was quite a bit colder than expected. I grabbed the bright orange heavier windbreaker. Level 4. Level 1 is shorts and tech t-shirt. Level 2 is Pants and tech t-shirt. Level 3 is shorts or pants and tech t-shirt with lightweight windbreaker. Level 4 is pants or shorts and tech t-shirt with slightly heavier windbreaker. It goes up from there, but I won’t continue for you own personal sanity. When I start getting into layers, it gets kinda crazy. As I started running, I was mostly concerned with another cow attack or a scout coyote trying to lure one K or H away from me. I had to use a headlamp tonight to see anything, so I kept looking behind me to make sure they were still there. I wanted to go further, but it simply wasn’t enjoyable. Since it was a Tuesday, and we probably won’t get much more rain, I expect I’ll be able to make up the mileage later this week. A holiday will really help. But eventually I saw some glowing eyes that did not belong to my dogs. I did a double-take with my headlamp only to find a few big cows. After last week’s cow-charging-my-dog incident, I decided I felt great about turning around before I hit 2.5 miles. Bullshit cold, wind, rain, cows, cold, mud, hills, rain, dark, etc. I headed down at a slow pace since the dogs were moving rather slow. I often wonder how well they can see in the dark. They aren’t cats. I’m not sure if I’m impairing them by running ahead of them with the headlamp. It’s also funny how the dogs are lured to the big piles of wet cowpies. I’ll see one, and turn back to see H running toward it without a care. She could turn left or right just a mere three inches, but instead she plows through a pile of cow crap with a smile on her face. That takes talent. I’m sure she does it purposely at her own expense just to make me mad. So our run was truncated. No big deal. I run to have fun, and it wasn’t that fun tonight. It was probably my mood. It has been a stressful two weeks. But I’m fine with a little 5k up a hill in the dark, cold, rain and calling it DONE.