Friday, June 8, 2012

Funny Foto Friday: Not funny, but still photos

One of the things that I like best about running is that it is MY time.  I never run with other runners, in fact I rarely ever see other runners on the road.  If I want to run a scenic route, I can. If I want to go fast, I go fast. I am in charge of my own destiny.  It's amazing.

Of course, the tug of life is never too far away.  In addition to a runner, I'm also a dad.  While I am honestly pretty selfish with my running time, every so often I'll bag a workout and take my son out with me and let my wife sleep in.

So, what follows is a run in pictures with my son. Not the intervals that I had planned, but probably one of the more fun runs that I've had in quite some time.  Yes, I did stop a handful of times to take pictures so the run probably wasn't a "quality" run. But if I didn't stop, what would I have posted about today? Ehh, probably poop. Happy Friday!

Starting out on the run. Fortunately I have my Maui Jim sunglasses on. It was BRIGHT!


Probably one of my most favorite pictures....ever.

My plan was to run to the track, let my son run free while I did some 800s at a 5:30 pace.  Well, when I let him go out and play and started around the track he started screaming and running after me :(  I'm too much of a softie to let that go on for too horribly long so I just decided to strap him back into the jogging stoller and run some quick tempo miles and call it a day.  Not ideal, but I think I'll live without ONE speed day.

Thoughtful silence contemplating his next 400.....
Orrrr, maybe looking in the direction of the chickens that were clucking.  Either way

Riding in hot air balloons is pretty popular in Phoenix.  The mix of painfully clear skies, no wind, and nothing but sand to look at is too much to pass up.  As a result, probably 4 out of the 6 days I run I see a hot air balloon floating by in the distance.  Usually, I like to think that it is someone joining the mile high club. If this balloon is a rockin, don't come a knockin.  As I was finishing my last stroller laps, we saw a few of them fly within a few hundred yards of us. My son REALLY liked the wooosh of the fire.

Ok, these were LOTS closer than they look.  Also, I kick ass at taking pictures, obviously.

The part of town that we live in (and really, the Phoenix area in general) has a lot of horses. LOTS of horses.  So, whenever I run with my son I'll generally stop and let him look at them and make horsie sounds. I imagine that to an 18 month old, anything that moves and is THIS big looks like something that you'd want to play with a lot.  Sort of like a fire engine without all of the red screaming lights but twice as many teeth.

My son says, horsies say THHHHPPPPPP (Proceed to spit all over)


As we were running back, I saw a sign that suggested that a different course might be appropriate. Psh, what do THEY know!?  Yeah, there was a massive dump truck on the sidewalk about half a mile up.  I had to jaywalk across the street.  Well played, city of Gilbert. Well Played.




Ok, fine. I can't go a Friday without a funny picture either.  Here you go.  Happy Friday!

Friend to me that this reminded her of my son
Players gotta play.


19 comments:

Pam said...

Your track is gravel? Isn't that hard to keep your footing on?

Adam Ricklefs said...

The one that is closest to my house is, yes. It is a middle school track that is unlocked 100% of the time. I probably lose 2-3 seconds per lap if I am really trying to push off hard but I look at it like running with a lead vest....Sure, my stats might not be 100% accurate at the time, but when I get on the roads, the real speed will show through!

Brian said...

Great post.
My son is 9 and he started getting interested in running with me several months ago. Now we've run a few 5k's together, and while I haven't been doing the speed work and harder runs, I wouldn't trade the time we've had together for anything. Plus, at the rate he's improving, it won't be long before I'm hoping I can keep up with him.

Tricia said...

Please tell me you have some sort of filter on that first one....you look like Snookie (or an oomph loompa). Kids cute though

Beth (i run like a girl) said...

Those are the most adorable photos. Made my day!

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

I know lot's of people do the leave the kids in the middle of the track and run but man my kids are about twice as fast as me (well little one is) and I can't keep up with her if she runs! lol

Cute pics!

Shawn said...

time well spent!

kilax said...

Aww, I love the pics of Hayden on the trail!

A said...

Your son is adorable. Also, I resent your "I stopped a handful of times so this isn't a quality run" comment, because I stop all the time! Granted it's for traffics lights & to refill my water bottle... :) I DIGRESS. Who's to say you didn't do that & just stopped a picture at the same time!? ;) Am I right or am I right.

Family time = quality. Running time = quality. Family time + running time = QUALITY QUALITY!!!!!

Alma said...

I love taking my little guy in the jogger. It's a good workout b/c it's heavy but not the kind of workout my training schedule calls for. It's all good though - I love when he yells, "Faster mom, faster!" and when I leave to go on a run while he stays home, he knows exactly what I'm doing since he's done it with me. He gets it :)

Anna said...

Love the post! The twss reference made it even better though! :)

Mark said...

Don't hate the player, hate the game.

Shannon said...

I love this post! My kids are getting too big to push in the stroller (read: I am too lazy to strain myself pushing them anymore). I have some really good memories from some of my runs with them, though. Thanks for the reminder!

Running Through Phoenix said...

Sweet kid Adam!! You probably want to address that heel strike it looks like he has before it gets out of hand.

Kate said...

Very cute. :)

Shannon @I Survived and Now I Run said...

Those are great pic's of you and your adorable son...although that last one had me cracking up...too cute! It's a good thing once in awhile to take it easy with the kiddos...mine are all teens, with their grrr and ugh...so enjoy it while you can!

Half-Crazed Runner said...

Love my running time - I don't like running with others, but I would love if (and have begged) my kids would run with me. Take advantage while he's still young - can't ever get that time back.

Laura said...

Three days later and I can't believe no one has commented on what is likely the REAL reason you put him in his stroller: you couldn't stand your own son beating you at speedwork. And let's be honest, it was YOU who was screaming and running after him.

Man up, Adam! :)

Al's CL Reviews said...

I thought the same thing about the gravel track. It's gravel?

Your son is cute!