Wednesday, September 07, 2005

If Less Is More Then None Is Best

Davis Islands 10mi

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I know, it’s been awhile. Today was supposed to be a rest day, but I blew off my long run yesterday and I had to make it up. I didn’t train over the weekend and all I have to offer for this is excuses. In the words of David Mamet (by way of Al Pacino), “Your excuses are your own.”
After a four-day hiatus, my legs feel great and I’m starting to think that maybe I had been overdoing it a bit. I start out from the downtown YMCA and follow the first ten miles of the Gasparilla Marathon course through Davis Islands and downtown.
As soon as I’m off of Davis Islands’ main drag, the morning traffic dies down and I run comfortably in the oncoming lane, avoiding the sidewalks as much as possible. Most of the western shore of the island is clogged with monstrous faux haciendas and starter castles, so the water views are hard to come by, but I’m enjoying the quiet of these empty streets and the cool air under overcast skies. At the island’s southern tip, I run past the airport towards the turnaround point at the yacht club. Here the view opens up and I watch the cranes and barges at work across the channel, their running lights still on in the cloudy morning twilight. I’m listening to the sound of my breathing, my footsteps on the asphalt, and the persistent clang of rigging against the masts of the sailboats at anchor in the harbor.
“Do you know how far it is from the yacht club to the roundabout,” an elderly woman asks me as I circle back past the airport. “I have no idea,” I tell her “I’m just running around aimlessly,” and I realize I must be feeling pretty good. I don’t know where any of the mile markers are and, for once, I don’t really care.


Blogger Matt_NC said...

Stupid ads have to infiltrate every facet of our lives!

6:43 PM  
Blogger Devon said...

Hey Matt,
I'm glad you found the site. Yeah, I'm not sure what to do about these goddamn spammers. I don't want to make it more difficult for real people to comment, but I may have to put more security measures in place.
Strangely, the amount of spam comments that I receive seems to depend on the time of day that I post. Maybe they only scan during certain hours.
I enjoyed your comments, don't worry about the verbosity. Reading comments is one of my only ways to see that I'm not just hollering in the wilderness.

8:08 PM  
Blogger kickglitter said...

I run pretty much the same route as you - except I don't actually leave the island. I'm not sure why I felt it was important for you to know that, but there you go.

12:53 PM  
Blogger Matt_NC said...

But the whole point of this blog is the variety of routes. In another month or so of training, anyone who runs along roads in Tampa will share a route with Devon.

7:59 PM  

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