I love to run, and I love to find and see old forgotten homes and abandoned places, and when the later happens in the course of the lesser it’s like magic.
I think we should celebrate the things that bring us joy. This post is just a celebration of those places, and of this amazing poem I came across while *shockingly* browsing a Facebook group for abandoned houses (I belong to several).
“Your hearts know in silence the secrets of the days and the nights.” ~ Khalil Gibran
A year ago today I started my morning as I’ve started a few. Alone in my car, in the cold and the dark. This morning just happened to be at Woody Gap. Facebook reminded me of that fact today as I braved yet another cold and dark morning, very much not alone this time as I herded three small humans on their various ways. With everyone in their places now though the memory of that day and that run have blossomed in my mind. Great runs are fertile soil for great memories.
I’m working on a proper review and write-up but in the meantime I’m excited enough with the new Stunt Puppy gear I wanted to share a quick video of the leash and harness in action. I’ll say up front one of the things I’m really loving is how responsive Milo is to the feedback he gets via the leash and harness and that’s exactly what you’re going to see here.
In this video we’re coming up on a busy intersection. Just as we come up to the curve I drop down from a run to a walk. It’s worth pointing out I have the leash adjusted down to its shortest length (as mentioned previously the adjustable ability of the leash is a huge benefit in my book). You can see as soon as I stop running and the leash tightens Milo gets enough solid feedback that he drops his own pace and comes back to me without having to be pulled or commanded.
With my previous hands-free leash and harness I felt like I was an anchor point that the dog was attached to. With the Stunt Runner™ leash and the Go Dog Glo™ harness I feel more like we’re both two ends of the same piece, each of us moving in concert with the other. It creates a sense of confidence and ease, not to mention comfort, that has definitely added to the enjoyment I get from running with Milo.
Full Disclosure: The Stunt Puppy gear featured here was provided free of charge for the purpose of being tested and reviewed. I’m also friends with one of the HMFICs. I don’t plan on letting either of those facts sway my comments but y’all deserve to know. Moving on…
You know how it goes when you get into something new and have to start buying gear. Searching online, reading reviews, talking to friends. You worked hard for your money and you don’t want to waste it. So you do your research and you cross your fingers and make your decision and then start posting on social media about how excited you are with your new life choice only to get a message like this from one of your friends:
“Dude, &*#@wear? I’m pained. This link is to my company! Check it out.”
My bad homie. In my defense I didn’t realize I had a friend in the business. Probably would have made things a lot easier from the beginning. Misconceptions cleared up though and a few IMs later and Milo was due a whole new set of kit courtesy of my buddy and Stunt Puppy. I mean how could I say no to such an obvious cry for help? The universe really knows how to bring people in need together.
“There is something to be learned from a rainstorm. When meeting with a sudden shower, you try not to get wet and run quickly along the road. But doing such things as passing under the eaves of houses, you still get wet. When you are resolved from the beginning, you will not be perplexed, though you will still get the same soaking. This understanding extends to everything.” ~ Tsunetomo Yamamoto, The Hagakure
January is a month but it’s also a color. Today’s rainy seven miler with Milo pre-tornado watch was a fresh reminder. But there’s a truth in running that says if you want to run the really great miles you have to run the ugly ones too. Needs must when the devil drives.
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African Proverb
There is a duality to trail running. For all those miles spent alone in the wilderness and often times the dark you manage to find yourself in the company of, and connecting with, some of the most amazing people on Earth. This post is for each of you that I’ve met along the way in my own journey, and for those I’ve yet to meet,and for those I’ve drug along the way. My life is richer because of you.
There are many, many blogs about trail running. So many. In fact I should probably apologize for even starting another. But this one is mine. I hope you’ll enjoy my unscheduled and stochastic ramblings. If you do please take just a moment and click the subscribe link at the bottom of the page.