So, I went on my usual ditch run this morning and decided I would bring the ole' camera along. I see so many beautiful pictures on people's blogs and just wanted to be sure everyone out there had a chance to see the beauty in which I run.....
This is the trail that comes off my driveway. It runs parallel to the highway so I can entertain myself by giving semi-trucks the 'Horn signal' while I'm running:) Yes, I make my own games and it has become almost a challenge to see how many honks I can get! Off my right shoulder I am blessed with the views of the gorgeous Gravel Pit Mountain Range....Breathtaking!!
And just a little closer view for the full effect!
This is about as ugly as it gets but has it's benefits in a sense. Every half mile I have to run up and down a road approach which is about the ONLY thing that resembles a hill up in this country.
And if I come back through the gravel pit I get these!
Pictures don't really do these justice as they are TOUGH!
I'm only sharing the trail pictures today. I will follow with flat, desolate, barren, secluded highways, fields, and potentially wild animals at a later time!
Now, how many people are just dying to move here and how many people would like my address to send me a sympathy card?
Truly, this post was in jest! As much as I often long for scenery and paths, and lakes etc., I'm actually quite fond of "MY" ditches! They are "comfortable" to me. I know every tenth of a mile for miles, I know how to pace myself in them, and they're safe! As I was running today, I really started reminiscing about all I've actually accomplished in these ditches; how 2 miles used to be a marathon to me in them; how EVERY facet of my personality has surfaced as they have been under foot; and how they've helped mold me into a different, but better person the last couple of years. I've been on my hands and knees gasping in these ditches, I've cried in frustration in these ditches, I've recited all the lyrics out loud to "Shoop" (Salt n' Peppa)in these ditches. I've become a better mother, I've become a better wife, I've become a better runner......
So, you can all have your mountains, but I'll keep my ditches!!
To HE who makes all things possible, a sincere thankyou for giving me the ability to run, wherever it may be. I am eternally grateful!!