Where was BRUCE? A Trek Through Colts Neck Looking for Bruce Springsteen

I had a great route all planned out this morning, and the weather was perfect--cooler with a breeze.  I put the kids on the bus and then waited for mommy mayhem (aka-the parent brigade) to clear off the streets.  I live close by the primary and elementary school and a lot of parents drive their kids to school---since, I was planning on running on the road where the kids are, I needed to wait for traffic to clear.  This road is boookoo (VERY) busy and there is little room to run (no sidewalk or shoulder).

I headed out the door sans Ipod--I have found on my longer runs I do better without it.  I felt good---the route was about 8 miles and I really wanted to work on a good pace for longer distances--I was thinking 11 min/miles---I started out too fast (as always).  

I have been easing myself back into running since the 1/2 marathon and I have yet to come up with a definitive training plan for the full marathon--I am just winging it right now.  I thought, I would work on a "RUN with a little walk" approach to see how I do.  I did not/could not plan when to throw in the walks--I wanted to play it by ear.  I ended up walking probably about 3/4 mile of the entire route 8---so my overall pace of 10:02 (9:55 moving) was not bad--but I know I could go further if I slow down a bit.

I was about a mile into the run when I realized I needed a bathroom---yes, I went before I left the house (3 times before I left to be exact)---but alas, I needed to go again.  No worries, I thought--I was headed right by the library--PERFECT.  

I live about 3 miles from the library--who knew--it seems so far in a car, and I could run there--no problemo.  The problem was not how far away it was--the problem was on Friday they are only open 1 - 9pm---thankfully, the court house was open and there was a bathroom right by the front door.  Splashed cold water on my face-neck-arms--it felt DELICIOUS!

Hit the streets again and ran by the Colts Neck Golf Club--the clubhouse is so pretty, makes me wish I played.  One day I will need to learn if I ever want to see my husband during our retirement.

Headed across 34 onto Phalanx to Muhlenbrink; thankfully was not hit by any Brookdale students zooming along the country road.  I had driven down this road the other day and I knew it would make a GORGEOUS run--I was not disappointed---except for one thing---WHERE WAS BRUCE?  

I know he lives in town, and I heard he lives on this road, but I'll be darned if I know what house/driveway was his.  Oh well, I did see:
3 Horses enjoying a morning snack
One wanted to say hello; I think he liked me (or he thought I had food)--I only had a Shot Bloks with me and that just did not seem right--I had a feeling horses should not eat them--I am not sure if I should eat them:)

I found a great red barn--love red barns, the older the better--this one was not old, but it was nothing to sneeze at
All in all, it was a great run.  My left groin is a little achy--I am going to load up on anti-inflammatory and post run coffee--that always helps.  I walked more than I wanted to---I have got to work on that.

I will keep looking for Bruce.
Avg Pace
100:09:16 1.00 09:16
200:10:26 1.00 10:26
300:09:53 1.00 09:53
400:09:53 1.00 09:53
500:10:14 1.00 10:14
600:10:16 1.00 10:16
700:10:25 1.00 10:25
800:08:59 0.91 09:50


Sunflower Kisses said...

How scenic! and that's a good pace. :)

The un-Zen Runner said...

I had a similar experience with an alpaca recently. It came up to the fence, I pet it, and then tried to feed it a Dorito. It just smelled it...and never took a bite. Apparently they don't like Doritos...who would have guessed!

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