Tuesdays on the Run: Scenes From My Run

by lachicaruns on

“I know the best moments can never be captured on film, even as I spend nearly half my life trying to do just that.”
― Rosie O’Donnell

I have photos from so many of my runs that I could fill this blog with images and never have a repeat. There are photos of my runs in Florida, on a cruise ship in the Caribbean, on snowy trails and on neighborhood roads.

I have photos with friends, with dogs, alone and with family.

There are photos from many firsts: my first 5K, double-digit run, half marathon and full marathon. Short, quick runs in the spring when it felt like I could run forever and long steamy ones when I felt like it had been forever.

This week’s Tuesdays on the Run link-up hosted by runner bloggers MCM Mama Runs, My No Guilt Life andMarcia’s Healthy Slice asks us to share our scenes from our runs. And I will.

But I do want to take a moment to acknowledge that no matter how many photos I shoot, some of my most-memorable moments on the run have stuck with me even when they weren’t captured on camera.

Like my quickening heartbeat when I was startled to see a coyote scamper across the dirt road I was running on in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Or my youngest son’s gleeful giggle as he ran ahead to the end of our block his new “fast running shoes,” leaving me in the dust.

There are no photos that captured the feeling of gratitude every time my friend Janet met up with me at 6:30 on many a Saturday morning last summer so we could get four, five or six miles before our running group started at 8.

And there certainly are no photos that captured the pride I felt each time my daughter laced up with me and headed out to train for her cross country team … and also left me in the dust.

Yet I can conjure and enjoy each of those moments to this day without having to flip through photos on my phone or Facebook page.

So why spend so much of my life shooting photos while on the run (much to my partners’ dismay, I’m sure) in the first place?

Because taking pictures helps me share the beauty that surrounds me, celebrate the friends who support me and maybe even conjure up some of those best moments in your own lives that, perhaps, you couldn’t capture.

To that end, here are some of my favorite nature scenes from my runs:

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Merl Lake as I started my run.

Merl Lake at the end of my run.

Merl Lake at the end of my run.

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Perch Lake, when I realized I could set out for a long run without two hours of planning.

One of my earliest trail runs.

One of my earliest trail runs.

At my favorite close-to-home trail.

At my favorite close-to-home trail.

Do you take photos when you run? What are some of your favorite running memories that photos just didn’t capture?

 

Written by: lachicaruns

My name is Gisgie. It's pronounced geese (like the birds) and gee (like the letter). Now that we've met, I'm glad you're here. I'm an injury-prone runner who manages to find reasons to keep coming back to the road despite ongoing challenges. Most recently, I've struggled with piriformis syndrome. I'm currently winning. Most days.

14 Comments

Michelle

You’re 100% right that the best moments can’t be caught on camera. But the moments you have captured are beautiful! I didn’t used to take pictures while running, but now I do stop to take the occasional picture so I can share them on my blog.

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lachicaruns

Thanks, Michelle. I’ve learned to take a moment to whip my camera out. My running partners humor me a lot. They typically run ahead and I have to run to catch up, so I call it my speedwork. Ha!

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Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy

Oh my, these are just beautiful How lucky you are to have such lovely places to run.

I didn’t get a picture of the deer that decided to run with me for a little bit this past summer . . . a video of that would’ve been cool!!

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lachicaruns

Deer are one of the hardest things to capture. Those critters are so fast and unpredictable! I have many a photo of a blurry white tail…

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Marcia

You have so many beautiful pics and beautiful thoughts as well. Isn’t it amazing how some of our less spectacular runs are maybe even more memorable than the dazzling ones? A very dark, very long training run comes to mind. It was soooo hot that I went out long before sunrise and my husband ran with me until it got light just to make sure I was safe. That one I’ll always remember. Thanks for linking up!

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lachicaruns

Aw, thanks for the compliment. I upgraded my phone when my last one’s battery died with a specific eye on the camera capabilities. I’m still working on it but am much happier with the results.
Thanks for stopping by!

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Sonia

Gorgeous photos and places to run. I’m so jealous. I don’t take many pics on my runs because it’s usually in the dark and not very interesting! I need to be better about taking pics in pretty places, though.

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Rachel

These are beautiful photos. But you’re right, sometimes the best “photos” are the ones ingrained in our memory. xo

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Karen @ Fit in France

The memory that I don’t take pictures of but remember is doing a 4 miles run with 30 of my colleagues every year. We run with 50 000 women through the streets of Paris. While we don’t run the race together, we start it together and got out for a healthy beverage afterwards. One of my favorite running memories.

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MCM Mama

Most of the awesome things I see on the run are only pictured in my brain – I very seldom pull out my camera. Running is my meditation and taking pictures disrupts that.

Beautiful pictures!

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lachicaruns

I completely understand. I didn’t start taking so many pictures until I started blogging. And now it’s become part of my experience when I run. Sometimes it forces me to take a moment to appreciate something particularly beautiful.

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Gill Light

Beautiful pictures and I completely agree – there are lots of moments that I can picture clearly in my head which are very precious, but I also love stopping to capture some glimpses of the world that makes me smile so much when I run 🙂

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