Thursday, February 27, 2014

I Finally Did It!

I have a running problem. Actually, I have several. Among them, is my desire to map routes that look like pictures.

For example on August 20, 2013 I created the Poppy 4 Miler. It looks like this:

I thought it looked a bit like a Poppy. Or one of those piranha flower monsters from Super Mario Bros. I also created this route to try to figure out the Kushak Road Area. Every time I run back there, I get lost. The roads twist and turn and for some reason, I never end up where I want to.

Case in point.

8/21/13-First attempt. Missed the first curve and ended up adding 0.12 miles to the run, making a mutant mess out of the poppy pod.

11/1/13-Second attempt. Fixed the missed curve, totally missed the turn back into the Kushak curve. Once I reached Dalhousie Road, I knew I was way off and decided to add more. This one was 0.66 miles too long.

1/31/14-Third Attempt. Totally learned from my mistakes. Except that I didn't turn right at all. I decided (for some unknown reason) to carry straight on down the center. Used the opportunity to define the "top and back in" part.

2/26/14-Fourth Attempt. I showed up to add four more miles to my February training total and was surprised to find three other runners from the running group that were headed out for a run. They decided to join me and we were on our way to conquer the beast that had become the Poppy 4 Miler. Maybe it was my repeated errors, maybe it was playing tour guide, or maybe it was just dumb luck, but I finally nailed it.


  1. That is brilliant! It so looks like a poppy head and I should know as I've seen a lot of poppies (they're grown for medicinal opium on Tasmanian farms). You're making me want to try something similar here.

    1. Thanks! I've also made a route that looks like the Millennium Falcon, but it's a long one, so it will be a few weeks before I try it. Let me know if you make any themed runs, I'd love to see them!