I've been getting into jogging recently. I started jogging inside on the treadmill, as it was still cold outside. But now that Spring has officially arrived and the weather is suddenly warmer, I've moved my running outside. And now that I'm outside, I've left my iPod behind. Who needs an iPod when they have the sounds of nature all around?
Running outside on the hills is much more challenging than running on a treadmill. The first few times I ran outside I swore that my chosen path was all uphill, and I wondered how that could be. My legs were much more sore after the first time running outside than they were when I would run inside.
Most of the time I startle up some sleeping deer on my path. They then run, too, but I haven't talked them into running with me yet. Wouldn't that be nice, to run with the deer? Maybe one day...
Besides the deer, I notice the birds, the bugs, the nature around. It's quite relaxing. The first few times I ran outside I brought a camera, but then I continually stopped to take pictures, which defeated the purpose of running. These photos were taken on my second run. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed the run.
I start on what I used to call the dirt road. Randy's been putting down millings, so now it looks more like a paved road. This is a easy path to start the daily run.
We pass the cemetery on the left. I love the cemetery!
We run beside my favorite field, all dressed up in it's winter grass.
By now the road has turned into a dirt road. We're coming up to the firewood work area on the left.
Here we are going to turn left off the road and move on past the firewood. Look out for Randy or one of his friends, they may be there splitting and stacking firewood.
Stay to the left around all the logs!
Now we're moving along a grass path beside young trees on the right. Deer often sleep in those young trees and may bound up into our path. The path is going downhill at a steep grade and we are moving fast now!
Spring is here, the bushes are all budding. Soon everything will be green. The air is still crisp and cool, enjoy it before it's blistering hot this summer.
Now there's young trees on the left, and more mature trees on the right. The path is starting to climb uphill and your legs may be feeling it.
We've made a left turn around the young trees. We just passed the old barn on the right. There's remnants of a very old paved road underneath the grass. The grade is very steep uphill and your legs notice it, although it's not noticeable in the pictures!
Listen, I just heard a hawk cry. And a bluejay is chasing the hawk! There's always so much to see and hear in the woods.
We're almost done. We're making good progress. My green wine bottle collection is on the right. No one has shown any interest in my online bottle sales, and so the bottles still sit beside the woods.
Behind the bottles is the trash dump from where I pulled the bottles. I still need to finish picking up all that trash. Add that to my mental to-do list this summer. The work truly never ends on this farm.
Keep going, no stopping now!
We're almost back to where we began the run. Turn and look back behind you, and you will see the photo below. We just ran up the green grassy area, beside the field and around the young trees.
One more really steep hill and we completed a mile run!
Don't you feel better now?
You up for another mile?
I'll race you to the woodpiles!
I'll race you to the woodpiles!
Thanks for keeping me company!!!