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criminal minds reid runs like a girl

you're a bedtime story. one that keeps the curtains closed.

NB: Fitness talk. Also wildlife.

Ran 8.15 miles this morning, and while it was hard getting starting (I was underslept and my shins hurt for the first two miles.) I did the last 5 miles or so in 11-minute miles, running mostly a little above threshold. I found this slightly longer stride, kind of a lope, and while it was pushing, it was a comfortable kind of pushing. 

Yes, I am pleased. It's a gorgeous cool Autumn day, and I'm frankly sad to be back inside the house. See?



I forgot to mention in my last running post that I saw a melanistic squirrel. I did not see it again today, though I followed roughly the same route. However, as I was coming back through the woods by the marsh, I noticed a small-crow-sized bird in the middle of the greenway trail. It was obviously picking at something, and as I got closer I could tell that it was not a crow but some a gray bird with a ruddy underside kind of accipiter-style raptor. I got within ten feet of it--close enough that I had actually started to skirt the path to go around it, since it was obviously guarding a meal--when it spread its wings and took off right across my path, dangling an unfortunate chipmunk from its talons.

I think it was a Cooper's Hawk, a small female or a large male.

If that's an omen for the coming year, I hope I'm the hawk and not the chipmunk.

Now I'm off to shower and celebrate Hobbit Day with second breakfast. YAY! In celebration of a beautiful morning, I leave you with a little Pat Benatar, one that was my personal theme song for the latter part of high school... not in the least because I can sing in her range.



Here's to kicking that much ass when I'm 48.

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Also, I want her haircut. /shallow
Indeed.
And oooh, on the squirrel. We've got an albino one in the neighborhood; I'm always afraid the mighty hunter tortoiseshell cat next door will bring him home with her some day.
I'm glad the cooper's hawk did not get the black squirrel.
Happy Hobbit Day to you!
Are melanistic squirrels rare in your area? We've got a bunch of them in the Lansing (MI) area, and they were pretty common where I grew up, too. Just yesterday I was watching two squirrels chasing each other. Never did figure out why. But the chasee was the usual brown and the chaser was melanistic.
Depends on where your area is. They're common around Amherst, MA. Not so much many other places in New England.

But I'm currently in Wisconsin.
They've definitely got a weird distribution. They were common in the part of Wisconsin where I grew up, but I know they're not all over Wisconsin.
Happy birthday!
Happy Hobbit Day! xxx
I'm experimenting with different strides a bit myself. I tend to have a longer lope, but the shorter stride, faster pace is supposed to be easier on the joints. I have yet to come to any conclusions, due to a lack of repetition ;)

Also, happy birthday!
Happy Birthday, and happy Hobbit Day!
A few years ago I saw a juvenile Cooper's hawk that had taken a pigeon too big for it. The hawk had ended up with the pigeon in its talons--by the feet. First the hawk got to be right-side up, then the pigeon struggled harder and got the upper position. Reverse repeatedly. I wasn't able to watch long enough to see whether the hawk won or gave up.

Happy birthday!
batwrangler and I once witnessed an obviously young and confused redtail lose a fight with a squirrel.

It had *caught* the squirrel, but didn't know how to kill it, and the squirrel was holding the hawk off by sheer force of personality. And teeth. Eventually, the hawk let go--obviously by accident--and the squirrel darted into the bushes.

The hawk hopped after it, wings half-open, with an expression that anybody could see boiled down to, "But wait! I didn't eat you yet! Come back!"

And so we learn, squirrel and raptor both.
Happy birthday!
Happy Continuation Day, Bear.
chipmunks are evil anyway. Sure, they look all cute and innocent, but wait till they sink their fangs into one of the sparrows you've been feeding all year! (Seriously, we had no idea they did that till Tony saw it.)

The melanistic squirrel sounds way cool. And of course, the hawk. Because hawks are awesome.
I LOVE Pat Benatar. :)