A scientific running experiment

Because I wasn’t feeling very well last week and mostly because it’s ridiculously hot here, I’ve been mixing my running in with some power walking.  I am still averaging 5-6 miles a day, it’s just not all running and I’m okay with that.

I run mostly in Kapok park which is close to my house.  I usually walk or run about a mile or two before I get to the park and then run around the park for 3 or 4 more miles.  I see a lot of the same people every day and I always say hello or good morning.

Good Morning

I’ve mentioned it before but since it really irks me, I decided to conduct my own little experiment which I started on Sunday.  In this experiment I continue my normal routine and say hello to everyone that I pass and determine just how many I pass in total and how many of them actually say hello back.  In all fairness, I’m a super happy person in the morning and I realize that some people do not feel the same.

I conducted my experiment over three days, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.  In that time, I covered a total of 16 and a half miles and I passed 41 people.  Of the 41 people that I passed the total amount of the people who actually waved or said hello was exactly, TWO!  Or possibly three if you count the grunt that I got from one girl but I can’t be sure because it sounded sort of like a snarl.

Now the interesting thing is that both of the people who said hello back to me were older.  None of the younger people, and by younger, I mean mid-twenties to forties, none of them said anything.  In fact, most of them didn’t even bother to look at me.  I mean, how hard is it to just nod? I see you every single day.  I reasoned with myself that maybe they’re running so hard they can’t even manage to speak but then I’m out there running with a lung disease for Christ’s sake and I still say hello!

In order to get the most scientific results I’ll need to continue my testing.  I think I need to try some new trails and I’ll have to run in all seasons as well to make sure I get the most accurate data.  I think I’m up for the task.

What are the people like where you run?  Are they nice?  Do they speak to you? 

High Banks and the Short North

On Wednesday the kid had to go into work but since he didn’t have to go in until 1:30 in the afternoon, we decided to go down to the Short North in the morning.  Before going to the Short North market we visited Goodale Park.

Goodale Park

I loved the cherry blossom trees and all of the other trees which were just beginning to bloom.  Even though it was freakin freezing outside, it made it feel like spring.

Goodale Park Columbus

There was a little pond there as well and we were surprised there were geese everywhere.  The kid keeps reminding me not to touch them because it’s mating season and apparently they can get quite vicious when they are nesting.

the Pond at Goodale park

After a walk around the park we visited the Short North market.

the Short North

The Short North is a really cool place but I think it would be much cooler at night because there are a ton of restaurants and bars that look really fun.

Later in the afternoon I drove the kid to work and then I tried to find a park near his work.  Unfortunately they were doing construction and I couldn’t figure out how to get in.  I didn’t give up though, I googled another park and off I went to Highbanks.

I ran 2 of the trails but I loved the first one best.  It was the dripping rock trail I think.  Later the kid told me it’s his favorite too.

And I could see why, it was absolutely beautiful.  I bet in the late spring and summer when everything is in full bloom it’s mesmerizing.

I kept calling it Highlands on instagram and facebook because I’m an idiot but it’s actually called Highbanks Metro Park so Columbians, I’m sorry.  I stand corrected and it’s a beautiful park that I plan to visit many more times.

Have a happy Friday, I’ll be back soon with a bazillion more pictures.

Please accept my aPOLLENgies

Yesterday I ran 5 miles on the Legacy Trail.  I love that trail and it’s one of the reasons I love coming down to Nokomis.  The trail is long too so you can pretty much train for anything without ever having to add another leg.  You just get on the trail and go.  It’s epic.

Not so much yesterday.  For one thing it was a bit humid and humidity and me are mortal enemies.  But the worst part was the pollen.  Oh my God, I have never seen so much pollen in my life!

pollen crazy

After running I came home and took the dogs for a quick walk but then I shut myself in the house until lunch when MacGyver and I went to meet his parents at the Cracker Barrel. Has anyone else noticed that all Cracker Barrel restaurants are freezing inside.  It could be a legit 100 degrees outside and a icy 32 inside the Cracker Barrel.

cracker barrel

After we left we came back to our house to install a few windows since MacGyver mysteriously got the permit to go through.

With the windows being out, even for only a short time and only in one room, the pollen saturated the air.  Within a half hour I had a dry cough and it would not go away.  By 10PM it was still there so I popped two benadryl because I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to sleep.

I was able to sleep.


I didn’t wake up until 7:30 and I needed coffee bad.  Unfortunately, I forgot to put the cup under the Kuerig.  Fortunately we have one of those drip pan things under it and it almost got all of it.  The rest I had to soak up with a t shirt because I couldn’t find the paper towels.

benadryl haze

That’s why I’ve decided to take a day off today.  I walked the dogs and I even went for a bit of an extra walk with Hank, not because we wanted to but because I forgot where I was going and we ended up at the park.

I may be taking a long nap at lunch today.

Do you have allergies? 

Do you take anything for them?