Thursday, April 3, 2014

Disco Lights, Spiders Webs and How To Get To Sesame Street.

Yesterday was our last time running trails for the next few months. We're in the middle of autumn (even though the temperatures still feel like it's summer) and it's quite dark when we meet at the beginning of the session.

It was dark enough yesterday for Coach Chris to encourage us to wear lights so we'll be more visible to cars, bikes and each other. Being the coach, he has special lights - not just the one you can get from Kmart for the back of your bike. No, his light has a bank of separate lights and different flashing modes. And being that it was the last trail run for the season, he'd put it on disco mode.

It was a little disconcerting for those running directly behind him. We're used to the steady on-off-on-off style of flashing. We're all hard-core trail runners (stop laughing Chris). We don't need fancy. We disdain fancy. We openly mock fancy - which I pretty much did when I said it looked like there was a party going on in his pants. I'm sure no one would have taken that the wrong way.

Our intrepid and fearless leader was out in front forging a path through the thick forest. Okay, that might be an exaggeration but there was a couple of trees. And where there's a couple of trees there's usually a couple of spiders. A couple of industrious spiders who've been hard at work all night creating a lovely home for themselves - that Coach Chris promptly and carelessly destroyed.

It was at that moment that the disco lights became relevant.

Okay, that might be a little mean. Coach Chris looks nothing like the man in that GIF. A man who runs up to 200k a week will never be as heavy as that. So I found a more relevant one.

And that made this picture that he sent last night funnier than it should have been.

I mentioned before that our Coach is a fearless and intrepid leader but I forgot to also mention that he is also tenacious. He decided that he'd find his way to Sesame Street by hook or by crook. And he did it by the only means that a man of the modern generation has at his disposal. He asked a woman. And the woman he asked had all the answers and told him where to go.

I have Siri set to the male voice and when I asked him he had absolutely no idea where we were in the first place. 

Looks like I'll have to change my Siri setting.


  1. Hahaha! Definitely change your Siri!

  2. Now I'm picturing you running on the trail in your 70's ABBA outfit....

    1. The pantsuit one or the mini shift with the high white boots?

  3. I have many spider web and spider encounters on the trails. Luckily I don't mind them. I can tell you from experience that running behind a runner with lights like that on a trail at night is very annoying and actually gives you zero visibility after some time.

  4. You're so funny, a great story, just what I needed on a Friday afternoon at the end of the work week.

  5. There is almost nothing worse in the world than that realization that you've just went through a spider web and have no idea how many or how big those spiders are. I totally FREAK out!!

  6. I hate running with a light - which probably explains why I fall down so often. And I think the webs are almost creepier than the spiders!

  7. HaHa - love the gifs of "coach". Your running group (and coach, of course) sound so incredible!!!
    I didn't know you could change Siri - she gets on my very last nerve and has never once been able to help me. She knows I don't care for her very much!!!

  8. I have a new phone and haven't used Siri yet. Of course now I have that song going through my head. Good think I like Sesame Street.

  9. Disco? With the spiderweb? That's more like a rave!

  10. OMG I love your'll have to teach me how you do this! Your blog always makes me smile, hehe..

  11. That''s really a nice running group with a great leader, Char! This post made me laugh. Have a nice Sunday.

  12. OMG! I absolutely cannot stand spiders. Just looking at them makes me go disco - nevermind running through a web!


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