Scary movies and running in the dark

I wanted to join my friend Angela for the Lake Henry loop in the afternoon, but the timing just wasn’t right. Too many errands and such to get taken care of. I decided the Monday night Trail Hawks run at the river trails was more manageable.

I am all about the rabbit food

I am all about the rabbit food

Before heading out, I made dinner. I tried out a Rainbow Asian salad that Lisa brought to the Girls Night In party. I ate mine without meat, but Steven made the boys pork chops. Surprisingly, the boys seemed to like the salad. Dane take an extra helping, but he is my veggie-eater.
Steven decided to join me for the evening run. He brought Atlas the Wonder Mutt along for company since he is a run-walker. We made it just in time for the group run.

Somehow, we got on the subject of scary movies on the run. Always great conversation, right? Running on a super-dark wooded trail…. Let’s talk about psycho killers! Honestly, it didn’t bother me since I am a horror movie nut. I was happy that Justin liked It Follows as much as I do. I learned about a couple movies to check out. I was trying to remember the name of a movie I recently watched on Netflix and liked but could not remember. I Googled today and found it! It is called 13 Sins. Basically it is a game show where someone calls you to dare you to do something, and you earn money. Each time the money increases up to a million dollars. You have to complete all 13 or you get nothing. If you do make it, they absolve you of any crimes you may have had to commit. The dares start easily enough, like eat a bug. But the game escalates fast!

When you hear the ch-ch-ch ha-ha-ha, you run faster!

When you hear the ch-ch-ch ha-ha-ha, you run faster!

I cannot recommend a good headlamp enough for these runs. There are so many rocks and roots that it is easy to stumble in the shadows. Sometimes in a group run you can get away with a cheaper light, if everyone around you has a bright one… But really, I like having my own light and not stumbling around.

The Monday group seems to go a little more quickly than the Thursday group. Normally this would not be an issue for me. But with still trying to recover, the pace is just slightly too quick for me. I stay with the group the first 4 miles, but the last bit I have to slow down. I end up finishing a minute or so after they do. I don’t think anyone in the group thinks badly of me for it, but it really is hard for me to accept. It is very frustrating to be set back so much. I am, however, thankful that I can run at all. 5 miles is nothing to sneeze at considering I was barely able to get out of bed in August.

Steven said Atlas had a great time running and was a good dog. I really think that dog was born to run trail. He just loves it. Sometimes it is encouraging when it is dark and lonely out, and that curly tail is wagging.
Hoping everyone had a great start to their week.

Do you like scary movies? If so, what movie do you recommend that I might not have seen?

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