Cat poop and bay views

I went for a 12 mile run after work today, and it was bittersweet…

The Bitter

I ran 12 miles after work.  On a Friday.  The first thing I want to do after work on Friday is drink a glass of wine.  Or a martini.  Or a beer.  Or a mojito.  A Diet Pepsi even.  The last thing I want to do is run 12 miles.  But I had to rearrange my schedule around the 31st Annual Couples Relay this Sunday and this was the only way to do it.

So I mostly wanted to get the run over with.  I started to pretty actively count down the miles when I had about 5 to go.  And when I say miles I mean tenths of miles.  I more or less threw myself a party when my countdown reached zero.  It wasn’t until I stopped running that I flipped my Garmin display from lap stats to overall stats.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Garmin this basically means I stopped looking at my average pace over the last mile and started looking at the total time and distance of my run.  Guess what ugly number was staring back at me?  Eleven.  Mile 12 didn’t turn out to be any harder than mile 11, but it was a huge mental blow to realize I had another mile to run.

Miles 5 and 6 smelled a lot like horses.  And let’s face it, horses kind of smell like horse poop.  For almost the entire two miles I kept thinking, “Ugh.  Why does it smell like horses?”  That is until I thought, “Oh right.  Because I’m running behind a horse track.”

Mile 10 smelled a lot like cat food.  And let’s face it, cat food kind of smells like cat poop.  So naturally I found myself thinking, “Ugh!  Why does it smell like cat food?!”  That was until I thought, “Why is that couple leaving cat food all over the bay trail?!  Don’t they realize THAT’S WHY there are so many cats?  Oh my God – there are cats EVERYWHERE!”


I had to use the bay trail restroom.  There were no lights, no stall doors and a condom on the floor.  Gross.

The Sweet






10 thoughts on “Cat poop and bay views

  1. At least it was pretty. I can’t take weird smells when I am running. When running the Chicago Marathon last year some of the areas smelled like BBQ and stuff being grilled and I just couldn’t take it!

    • These pics are from the bay trail in Marina Bay-Richmond. I ran from there down to Gilman, but the trail goes all the way to Emeryville. I do have to throw out the disclaimer that there are sections that are not quite as beautiful. The whole thing is along the water, but sometimes the other side is a horse track or the highway.

  2. First, I agree with Elsha. If I had looked at my Garmin (that I don’t own) and realized I “forgot” a mile, NEVER wouldda happened. 🙂 You’re so motivated.
    Second, gross on all the cats. I don’t like cats.
    Third, GROSS on the bathroom!
    Fourth, beautiful pictures!

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