For someone who complained terribly all summer long about not getting to go running, I turned into a bored runner too quickly.
I suppose it is time as I have been running the same basic route into town and back for over a year now. This is partly because I have to cross a bridge to get anywhere in town. As a result, the first 1/2 mile of any run going into town will always be the same. The houses never change, the trees haven’t changed yet, and it’s the same ol’ streets.
I give big thanks to the Run Smiley Collective (and my blog) for this morning’s run. Oh, I would have run anyway but I might not have enjoyed it as well as I did. I reached back into my collective memory for ways to run smiley. I thought about really looking at the homes and buildings in town that I so happily bragged about and included pictures in earlier posts. I was also milling about a topic for my blog. Not having anything new to say about running can be a bit of a downer.
A new landmark popped into my head. It is famous (sort of) and I never run past it. I still had to cover the same 1/2 mile going into town but afterward I would move into untested asphalt. My goal location would provide me with a unique and historic landmark to appreciate and capture.
Suddenly, the run became fun again.
Meet the Gemini Giant along Route 66. On of the last remaining “Muffler Man” of the 1960’s. Funny that it took me this long to take a picture and post it since this is the most photographed landmark in the area courtesy of tourists travelling the historic Route 66.
This is not trick photography. He is bigger than that house.
2.5 miles barefoot on very rough asphalt, oops… forgot to do the push ups!