Grayville, Illinois. About 670 miles of driving since leaving Chapel Hill, about 985 miles of driving left to get to Denver. Wednesday. With finishing up at work and preparing for the cross country trek home to Colorado, I hadn’t run yet this week. Passing on six miles that particular day wasn’t an option.
The early morning sunlight illuminated the edges of the curtains in the hotel room. I willed myself out of bed, walked over to the window, and pulled one side of a curtain back just enough to peek outside. What I saw left me wondering what I should – or perhaps shouldn’t – expect from my run:
Guess I’ll find out – Pikes Peak is calling!
According to a woman working at the hotel front desk, I would find a lake if I followed the road leading away from the hotel and main road. What she didn’t tell me was that I’d pass a shoddy looking house in which I’m certain someone must have been chained to a wall in the basement, with only cold concrete and a few favored torture devices, of course, along the way.
I wasn’t worried, not one bit, thanks to my extensive knowledge of sick, twisted people from watching countless horror movies:
- Sick, twisted individuals such as these are not awake at 7:00 a.m. They are fast asleep to recover from as well as prepare for a long night of torturing the helpless victim chained up in the basement.
- Sick, twisted individuals such as these are typically out of shape and/or horridly unhealthy and obese. I could easily outrun him/her/them.
This was not the first time I’d seen something creepy like that along a running route. This was the first time, though, that I’ve run past one of these:
This was just the first. I actually ran past two!
Alas, front desk lady was right! I was rewarded for peeling my body from the sheets and comfy pillow with a peaceful still suited for a frame:
About four miles, including passing by all of these things again after the turn around, I was back at the hotel.
To quote Jim Carrey in ‘Dumb and Dumber,’ “Some people just aren’t cut out for life on the road.” Lucky for my marathon training, I am not one of those people!
Melissa Mincic, Ph.D., studies child development at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a long-time road and trail runner. Follow Melissa on Twitter at @nerdinrunshoes.