Along My Run | 1

I often take photos with my iPhone when I'm out running – running serves not only as means to stay fit, but a way for me to commune with my surroundings. I’m always looking, listening, observing. Sometimes I do this to keep my mind off the monotony that might accompany the run, but mostly these observations serve as acts of gratitude - to acknowledge the wonderful things around me. I then attach the photo to my RunKeeper's record of the activity, which serves as a great reminder of that run.

I have almost three years of running records on RunKeeper. I started tracking my runs via their GPS app in October, 2011 when I upgraded to the iPhone 4s, and I find it interesting to see the accumulation of that information over time (I am an engineering geek afterall). I can see the gaps when I was injured, I can see the progression of mileage increases as I ramped up. Data can be a positive motivator.

With the purchase of a Garmin Forerunner GPS watch in February, I no longer use RunKeeper's real time GPS tracking functionality. However, I still upload my Garmin data to Run Keeper. It's an extra step in the overall process, but for now, I think it is worth having all my data in one database.

Onto the real reason for this post – what I’ve captured during my recent runs, taken over the past 4 weeks:
Scenes from the Run - April-May, 2014

1. Along the Edge. It was my 2nd run today. I'm taking tomorrow off., 2. A Run in the Rain, 3. Mother's Day Gift, 4. Wind and Wisp , 5. Love never stops, it never gives up, it never runs out on me, 6. Spring Dream - Sorry for the numerous photos this morning - it's a perfect day for a run and I had to share it., 7. Wander and Wonder, 8. Heavenly Fragrant , 9. Blessed Assurance , 10. Grant Me Solace Today , 11. Good Morning! , 12. Off Roading - Not taken by me but I was there, 13. Shimmer , 14. Blood Moon Setting , 15. From The High Point of the Bridge

I'll close with a group photo from work - all the people who participated in the local marathon race events. Everyone at work knows I'm a rabid photographer, so I get to coordinate these photo shoots, pick the locale and tell everyone where to stand. Hey, it works for me!
2014 Illinois Marathon Participants

Hope you get to enjoy the great outdoors this weekend!

Amy at love made my home  – (May 16, 2014 at 3:27 PM)  

Great to see what you see on your runs! Love the group photo and that they call on you to be chief photographer, that is nice, and it is nice for you to all have a picture to remember this together. xx

tinajo  – (May 18, 2014 at 11:00 AM)  

Looks like great surroundings! I´m SO out of shape right now; haven´t had time to run in weeks... :-/

thekreativelife  – (May 21, 2014 at 8:57 PM)  

LOVE your "shirleyruns" photos. I think it's great that you take time to capture these moments to help document your running journey. Wish I'd have thought to do the same this year . . . Maybe starting in June . . . You inspire me!

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