Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Day 1252 -- Jogger's Progress

Time54 days, 4 hrs, 23 min
11 days, 9 hrs, 23 mins

Unsurprisingly, November was a pretty pitiful month. I had two fairly big unplanned breaks, and other missed days. I ran only 14 days, the lowest in the history of JogAmericaBlog. It wasn't quite the lowest mileage, because I still got in three pretty good long runs. Not much I can do about it at this point but plan to make December better.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Days 1249, 1250, and 1251 -- Western Vermont

I've managed to get in over 30 miles since I last posted. I ran ten miles last Sunday. It felt pretty good. I don't know why I didn't get it blogged. I think I just had a busy Sunday. I took a scheduled day off on Monday. Then I took unscheduled days off on Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday. I finally got out and ran on Friday. After three days off, it was kind of tough. I took Saturday off, and got out again this morning. I decided to test the theory that I can run a Pikermi any time I want to. And I made it. It wasn't terribly fast, but I made it. In fact, I ran a little over 14 miles.

I intend to make a concerted effort to blog more, and I hope more interestingly. Stay tuned.

Before I leave Western Vermont, I wanted to visit the Black Bear Inn in Bolton Valley.

A long, long time ago, when my family lived in New York, I went to a private school, Far Brook School, in Short Hills, NJ. The first year, my mother taught there, but the second year, she didn't. This lead to two problems. First of all, when Mom wasn't teaching there, I didn't get free tuition. Second, it was a good hour drive, and of course Mom wasn't making it any more. So Dad got up every morning and drove me out there. My parents thought it was a great school, and much better for me than the New York City public schools. I appreciate the sacrifice that they made so that I could go that second year.

What does all this have to do with Bolton Valley? Well, Far Brook had an annual ski trip to Bolton Valley, and, if I'm not mistaken, we stayed at the Black Bear Inn. That was another sacrifice. A lot of those private school kids could easily afford a ski trip, but it wasn't so easy for my family. But I got to go both years. Those are the only two times in my life that I've been downhill skiing. It didn't help that we moved to Iowa the next year, where we don't have hills.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Day 1248 -- Burlington

Before I left the greater Burlington area, I thought I'd post a picture of what VTrim Weight Management Systems calls "America's healthiest city". Of course, they are headquartered in Burlington, so they may be a little biased. In any case, it looks like a beautiful day for a run in Burlington.

It wasn't a beautiful day for a run yesterday, which was Day 1248. It was below freezing, and there was a steady wind. But I got out and ran, and I don't seem to have frozen any pieces off. Today was another day off, and I'm planning to go for a long run in the morning.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Day 1247 -- Welcome to Vermont

In case you are interested, Vermont is my first new state since March 25, when I entered Michigan. I was in Michigan for almost four months, and then I ran into Ontario, which was a whole new country, but not a new state. I was in Ontario for almost three months, and then I ran into New York, which is not a new state, because I started in New York. A month in New York, and then, "Hello, Green Mountain State.

I ran an easy three this morning. I didn't really feel like running, but I didn't want to get back into the pattern I was in late last week. I kept going to bed with a plan to run, and waking up thinking, "Hey, this bed is nice and warm. Maybe I'll just stay in." This morning, I didn't stay in. It wasn't a great run, but it was a run.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Day 1246 -- Lake Champlain

I ran six miles this morning, all of it on Lake Champlain, so I figured I'd better find a picture where I can run on water. Hey, if Justin can stand on it, I can run on it. What do you mean it's only four inches deep? It's a lake!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Day 1245 -- Burlington-Ft Kent Ferry

I've been looking forward to this part of the trip. Mapquest has me taking the Burlington-Fort Kent Ferry across Lake Champlain. So what am I supposed to do about the miles? If I were really there, I couldn't run the nine miles across the lake. And if I were driving, I'd get on the ferry, and take it across, not putting any mileage on my car. Yet, somehow, I feel vaguely that it would be cheating to just disappear on the west side of the lake and appear on the other. So I'm counting the miles. Today, I ran 1 mile out into the lake. I must have been going pretty fast.

This photo of the view from the ferry is from Squidoo.

Normally, when you don't hear from me for four days, I come back and say, "I've been running, but not blogging." But for the last four days, I haven't been running. There's no special reason for that. I haven't been hurt. I just haven't felt like getting up and running. It felt pretty good this morning when I went out and ran five. I'm going to try to get back into a routine.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Day 1244 -- Peru

I couldn't resist this one. Apparently, runner #1316, leading this pack, is from Peru, NY, where I just ran through. I'm sure that if I'd actually been at this meet, I'd be keeping up with him. Unfortunately, I can't link to the site, because it isn't responding. The picture itself I got from the Google cache.

I was in a bit of a hurry this morning, so I only ran 3.5 miles. We have one more day of good weather scheduled, and then blah. So I'm going to try to get out to run again tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Day 1243 -- Valcour

The Bluff Point Lighthouse is a fairly popular image when you search for Valcour, NY. This photo is from LighthouseFriends.com.

I had a good five mile run this morning. The weather has warmed up a little bit. I took a hilly route, and still managed a decent pace. I'm pleased.

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Day 1242 -- Plattsburgh

From the Clinton County Photo Gallery, a photo of the Samuel de Champlain Monument in Plattsburgh. Looks like nice weather.

It wasn't too bad this morning. Upper thirties, no wind to speak of. I knew in the first few miles that I wasn't going to be swift or strong, so I settled for stubborn. I plodded out a little over 10 miles without a stop. It felt pretty good.

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Day 1241 -- West Chazy

Stoneview - a cordwood masonry guesthouse at Earthwood Building School in West Chazy, New York features a living roof. Is that cool, or what? It was built by Sustainabylt.

Day 1241 was yesterday. I did five and a half in the morning. Then in the evening, we went to see a group called "Mad Agnes" down at the college. I'd never heard of them, but they were quite good. They are very hard to pin down, musically. Sometimes they were Celtic, sometimes bluegrass, sometimes country, sometimes R&B, but always great sound. It was a lot of fun.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Days 1239 and 1240 -- Altona

From the National Trust for Historic Preservation, we find that the McGregor Powerhouse in Altona is going to be restored.
Located on the Great Chazy River in upstate New York, the powerhouse has been closed since the early 1960s. It is one of three remaining features of a hydroelectric power system built by William H. Miner and the Pittsburgh-Des Moines Steel Company in the early 1920s. Miner, a millionaire businessman and developer, used the hydroelectric system to power the village of Chazy, N.Y., and Heart's Delight Farm, a family homestead which grew to 12,000 acres in 1918. The powerhouse is currently vacant and partly used for storage by Altona, the plant's current owners.
So day 1239 was Tuesday, when I did a fairly nice five miles. Day 1240 was yesterday, when I did a brisk four. This morning, I slept in.