Thursday, December 16, 2010

Seen On The Run

Today I had a great run.  I decided to run on the Boise Road, a dirt road that is sometimes plowed in the winter.  It is my favorite place to run in the summer because it is remote and quiet and there is very little traffic.  In the winter, if I am lucky enough, the road gets plowed or snowmobiled (packed down) so I can run on it.  Actually, right now we haven't had enough snow to need plowing, so it is good to go at least until the next snow storm.

For me, today's 7 miler was one of those runs to put in the books.  I ran it in 1:09, which isn't bad considering my quick "beauty break" photo stops.  I know, I know, but I really couldn't help it, there were a lot of really cool things going on. 

What made it great?  I can't really describe it.  It was just one of those nice quiet winter runs, with nothing but the crunch of my shoes in the snow. I love the way my eyelashes freeze from my breath and feel cool on my cheek, it gives me this strange sense of pleasure.  Kind of like frozen nostrils.

What? Doesn't everyone like that?
So this doesn't count as a photo stop. It is the starting shot.

Does anyone's butt cheeks NOT get cold in the winter?  Seriously, I sometimes wonder if I have a circulation problem down there, because I always get cold "cheeks" when I run in the winter and the temperature approaches zero.  It makes me wonder if there is a ThermaJock for your butt?

I digress. This was about pictures.  No. I don't have a picture of that. But I have a picture of a turkey butt print. See:
OK, so it is a turkey tail, not a butt. I was going with the butt theme.
So the tracks I was most excited about seeing were these:
Big kitty tracks

More big kitty tracks
Canada Lynx tracks.  These guys are endangered in Maine and are very rare to see around here, as this is really the very southern edge of their range.  I am really psyched to see that they are here.  For the record, they eat bunnies, not bigger things, like say, short, spunky running girls. We short girls tend to be a little tough anyway, bunnies are much more tender and less stringy.

I wish I saw the Lynx, (I have seen a lot of them up in The County in northern Maine) but I am really happy just to know they are around here.

After the excitement of seeing the Lynx tracks, I really focused on running, and I really got into a groove for the last 2/3 of the run.  I wish I had a way to tell my splits, because I am sure I ran the last part much faster than the final time shows. 

It was cool enough today that my clothes, hat, and face hairs (my face isn't that hairy, honest) were covered with frost by the end of the run.  I always feel kind of like a bad ass when I get into my truck covered with a thin layer of white ice crystals after a run. I couldn't wipe the smile off of my face.

I mean really, with an ending like this, how can you not be happy?
Pleasant Pond Village, Caratunk, ME

46 comments:

Laura Wheatley said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!!

Christi said...

You have a great place to run! I love all the pics! FYI, my butt also gets really cold when I run in the cold weather!

Jason said...

Love the pics as always but a few observations:

1- You are really really tall....your shadow says so
2- You discuss clothes, hat and face hairs but no gloves and the pic shows no gloves either
3- Where was the buff?

Julie @ Hotlegs Runner said...

that IS a big kitty!!

Emz said...

okay.
that one may ACTUALLY beat a treamill run. ;)
ThermoBuns.....sounds fun. I'm sure Kovas is on it.

Molly said...

A Lynx?? wow!

I don't get frozen cheeks, I get frozen pink quads. : )

*~* *~* Tracy said...

Wow. Completely gorgeous! I don't even like to be cold, but I would love to run through such a beautiful place. And yes, Thermobuns are a must! I can't believe no one thought of before now.

Alex said...

Very cool-I can't imagine running and seeing a big cat. I'd probably pee on myself just seeing those tracks. =)

Runners Fuel said...

That's awesome. Stay safe out there!

DRog said...

Great photos

I actually sat for several minutes staring at the Turkey "Butt print" womndering how in the F did you know that? finally I said to myself she must just kinow these things then the bottom caption said it was turkey tail - haha

your like a slueth

great run
D

Patrick Mahoney said...

I never doubted you where a bad ass.

Detroit Runner said...

You took some awesome pictures. I see turkeys once in awhile when I'm running at my cottage. Nothing at my home though.

She said I need a goal said...

Dude, my 'runderwear' have 'butt warmers' or supposedly they do. Let me get the name/make/model/link for you.

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

Those Canadian Lynx tracks are really cool. Have you ever seen one before? How rare to Maine are they? Very cool!

Kiersten said...

We definitely don't have Lynx in Maryland. Looks like a beautiful run.

MOOREBOG said...

YOUR MY "EYES" UNTIL SPRING WHEN I RETURN WITH MY CAMERA TO CONTINUE CATALOGING THE CHANGES IN THE AREA...KEEP THE CAMERA GOING. I TOO TAKE PHOTOS OF TRACKS BY WILDLIFE, SOME LEAD YOU TO KEEP LOOKING OVER YOUR SHOULDER.

My Life and Running said...

Very cool! My cheeks get cold too (all of them). Curious...what kind of shoes/socks do you run in?

Anne-Marie said...

Pretty pics! So cool you're able to see the cat tracks and turkey prints...

I have the cold butt problem, too!

Jon said...

I totally need to escape up to your neck of the woods sometime. I can't take this "city folk" livin no more! I need a place like your run to get the F away from the world sometimes!

Aimee said...

I loved your pictures! Those "big kitty" tracks are so awesome!! I'm glad you had a good run! And for the record, I kind of feel like a bad ass too when I'm out running in the cold when everyone else is in their homes snuggled up by a fire!:)

Jill said...

Thermabutt??? Perhaps you could write to Thermajock makers and announce your situation - maybe they'd cut you some royalities out of it :).

The Lynx reminds me a few years ago Colorado re-introduced 4 Lynx into the wild - apparently they were native at one time but now extinct to Colorado. So enter the Colorado Lynx program. FAIL. I felt aweful for those little guys!

You are totally BA, frozen butt and all!!

Jamoosh said...

We need some Lynx action down here in my neighborhood. It bunnyrama around here.

ONEHOURIRONMAN said...

Neat stuff. Very rare down here is the Florida panther and I think I actually got a glimpse one morning...

Quinton J said...

Holy FLAPPPP! Cat tracks? I'd pee in my tights.

Copychic said...

What an amazing run! How cool to see Lynx tracks!

TRI-james said...

Awesome! I saw a bob cat this summer - but no BIG cats.

Luke said...

Here I am whining about wanting to move to Orange County, CA to get better weaher and you're out running in the snow with mountain lions.....boy do I feel like a pansy!

JohnP said...

How do you know it was a Canadian Lnyx? Did you check it's passport or something? ;)

Eat lots of pizza before you go out. Chili works too. I go with the built-in space heater in my pants.
Sure glad I dont do our laundry heh.

Joel said...

Amazing pictures, Mandy. I've seen bear and bobcat tracks before - and I always get a little freaked out by them, even though I know that they are likely more scared of us than we are of them. The only wildlife I've ever seen while running is a wild boar (I posted about it a ways back).

Couldn't you just use hand or boot warmers to keep your cheeks warm?

Kovas Palubinskas said...

My longer runs are so much faster, more fun, and more productive since I started adding walk/photo breaks. Smear some vaseline on your butt, that should help.

Big Daddy Diesel said...

That was a nice little informational bit about the the Canada Lynx, thanks of sharing

But

where is the bear poop?

BrianFlash said...

I see plenty of deer and a wild turkey or three, but cats! Not in this populated area. Pretty sweet...

Shannon said...

what a fabulous run! i'm a bit jealous :) although i do see turkeys in boston ;)

Colleen said...

Aw... looks like an amazing run! :)

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

So on one of your runs you could get chased by a large cat and sat on by a turkey? Hardcore!

TreeMapper said...

You have the best posts and pics..... I always look forward to your next post....

Julie said...

Hi Mandy,
Wow, wow and wow! Those are some amazing pictures! It is so pretty in your neck of the woods. Holy cow look at those big kitty tracks:) Very cool!

Take care Mandy, enjoy the weekend!

Laura said...

Love winter runs. And love seeing the trakkers logo on your site! :) Thermabutt.. I like it!

Regina said...

Beautiful! My ass gets seriously chapped in the winter cold!! However, yesterday it was my face, I forgot the vaseline.

I'm glad you didn't see the big cat, you don't want to end up kitty chow.

btw, are you running in regular sneakers or using yak trax?

Kate said...

Beautiful pictures! Sound like a great run. I'm still developing my love for winter running, but a route like that might well help.

Thank you for my blog gift exchange gifts! It was like an early Christmas. Of course, my son is trying hard to claim the reflective bands, since his name is Nathan, but I've kept the cookie out of his reach. :)

glutenfreetri said...

I so get a cold tushy while running!! I was thinking the same thing as Regina above - are you using Yak trax on the snow or just regular shoes?

DRog said...

What up CG
super header you got there
I likey!

just watched the NBC IM coverage

-217

D

Claire said...

Gorgeous pics! I'm fond of the frozen snowballs on my eyelashes myself.

Chris K said...

Hi Mandy, wow, I see some of my peeps up in the comments above. Seems our training environments could not be more different. I kinda think I win :-)

A note on the chocolate...I had thought it was a $5.00 spending limit, but seems I was wrong after seeing some of the other gifts. I hope you enjoy eating them completely guilt free.

The Green Girl said...

I love that you run in the snow. ::wistful sigh::

Glenn Jones said...

I feel like such a p***y! I've been inside all week because it's raining outside....