Defending November

November’s first magic is the urge to run again. November makes me want to run, emphasis on the want. Longer and more often. October’s lunch hour walks became November’s lunch hour runs. It’s finally cold enough. Although I don’t play with the Flower Girls anymore, I still wear the flowers. Each month I choose a…

Made Of Such Things

Yesterday I went for a run in the rain because there are certain ghosts which are only active on rainy days. Certain witchy folk too. Like most of these things, I found out by accident years ago. At a race in another town, far from the finish line, a gentle sprinkle turned into a raging…

Swamp Monsters

Things I find while out on a run now include a dinosaur, and a boat. At first I thought this boat was abandoned. Although it is tied to a tree it is waterlogged and full of plastic. After a moment’s reflection I decided it made more sense to assume this is a plastic bottle ferry….

Running Down The OT Perks

Wellness wins since we last spoke: Asked for overtime and got it; every week if I want it Found an empty office at the end of the hall for lunch hour yoga Found a nature preserve half a mile from my office; with a river and trails How is overtime a win, other than the…

Celebration Sweat

Sometimes I find intriguing things while I’m out on a run and I can’t carry them home. Like the mold growing on this Saint. Or the ruffles growing on this tree stump. Or the sofa growing on this curb. It was a celebration run so I saw the whimsy in everything. My dog got the…

Three Days Of Stink Turned Pink

I got to sneak out for run early this morning. It was the first run I’ve had all week. There’s a crisis in the Mercy household. El Doggo had a medical emergency over the weekend. I came home from playing tennis and found him in distress. On Sunday. On Mother’s Day. There were no emergency…

Down On The Corner

It’s been a few runs since I posted any of the myriad of things I find while out on an average day’s run. I believe the last one was the skull I found right outside my front gate. This morning’s finds were less intriguing than a skull but still amusing. Well, one of them was…

Harbinger Of An Unknown Conclusion

Look what I found while running today. It was right outside the gate to my property. Spotted it upon my return. Must have missed it on my first pass. I assume it was once a hawk. That’s just a guess though. We also have an eagle sanctuary nearby. There were no other bones around (and…

Thunder Road

A long time ago I stopped a man from raping me by screaming at him so violently that I scared him. He had a loaded gun but I scared him. I watched him chamber a round. He held me down so hard the police took photos of the bruises on my biceps when it was…

Dead Man’s Curve

Midweek run in the blackness. So still and clear you’d never guess a hurricane was coming. Bronco tried to run me down. Forced me off the road and into a field. Taillights mean and mocking. Two figures crossed my path half a block away, tethered to smaller creatures. All four glided past, gauzy under the…

Holiday Road

Labor Day. Second run of the season. Around the neighborhood. This is what I found: 26 cents and a nub of blue sidewalk chalk. This is a clear indicator that the spirit folk in my neighborhood are in need of some structure. Some direction. And they were willing to pay me for my time but…

Copperhead Road

It’s not every running season that starts with a snake encounter. I say starts because I start again in September after taking a break for the month of August. Since September 1st fell on a Saturday I made the first run of the season a trail run. Just a short one but long enough to…