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November 19, 2011

Weekend Ramblings; Random Shots of Beauty

A few odds and ends before getting to our regularly scheduled Random Shot of Beauty …

* If you missed the first announcement, be sure to take advantage of the Vibram FiveFingers closeout sale at TravelCountry.com. Every model in stock is discounted at least 20%, and some are priced at 33% off retail. Obviously the earlier you get there, the better the selection will be, so don’t dilly-dally.

* This one’s neither here nor there … but every ultrarunner knows that the end of the year ‘tis the season for entering race lotteries. I threw my name into this hat today – we’ll see how things play out in a few weeks.

* If you were one of the lucky recipients of my Orbana giveaway contest last month, you’ve got another week to return your feedback to me so I can compile a review post in early December. Please don’t make me chase you down.

* Speaking of giveaways: it’s time to announce the winners of the Monkey Shake contest! Wes, Pamela, and Andrew (One Step Further): e-mail me your contact info – you’ve won!  To everyone else, thanks for entering, and remember the awesome coupon code discounts available on the Monkey Shake website through the end of November: THANKS2011 for a Buy 2, Get 1 Free offer on 3-pack bags, and RANDR25 for an additional 25% off your purchase. Go get your Monkeys here - and obviously, a very big thanks to Corey and the Monkey Shake company for sponsoring this contest.

This week’s Random Shot of Beauty hints at one of the downsides of the changing seasons:

Shadows falling across the Fort Ord open space, heralding early nightfall after the recent time change. My son and I are trying to keep our regular after-work bike rides – if you click to enlarge the picture above, he’s the blue speck on the trail in the distance - but with shortened daylight hours and chaotic holiday schedules, it often seems like we’re racing shadows and darkness just to keep it rolling.

It also makes us appreciate each successful ride a little more than usual, which perhaps isn’t such a bad thing.

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Gretchen 11/20/11, 6:32 PM  

I find that I quite enjoy the "chasing daylight" aspect of afternoon runs this time of year. It's a great motivator for speed. However, when I finish a 10-miler with the last two miles in darkness, as I did last week one day, those dark miles are a whole lot slower.

But perhaps tomorrow I will run faster, reach the trailhead in the last rays of twilight, with only a handfull of stars instead of an entire ensemble. I'm going to give it a try.

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