c&o-canal

Ponyboy Imagine

You and your boyfriend, Ponyboy, decided to study together for a history midterm at his house. You weren’t as good at school as Pony was, but you did okay. He always helped you study since he was smart. You guys met 2 years back when the teacher sat you next to him and you clicked almost instantly. Since then, the two of you have hung out together. Only about a month ago, you guys started dating. 
“Gosh, Pony, I’m kinda nervous about the test. I never listen to anything Mr. Quest says in that class.” you say.
Ponyboy laughs. “That’s why you need my help.”
“Shut your trap.” you smile and push his shoulder lightly. You take out your text book and some notes from class and set them on the table.
“Ok what do you need to work on?” Pony asks leaning into you to look at your notes and such. He scooted his chair so it was touching yours, which made your shoulders touch. 
“Everything,” you chuckled. 
“Golly, let’s start out with section one.” You nodded. Pony took the textbook so you couldn’t see it and turned to face you. “What two significant events happened on July 4, 1828?”
You bit your lip and thought hard. But you had no clue. Pony was staring at you, waiting for an answer. So you guessed. “Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and the C&O Canal started construction the same day?”
“Nope.” Pony said. “Read over that part.” He gave you the textbook. You sighed and read the part again.
“Alright, I think I got it now.” you said.
“Alright, next question. How far did the warner brothers fly on their first attempt?” He took the book again.
“120 feet?” You smiled trying to give a confident answer. Pony looked at you and grinned. He leaned in and kissed you softly.
“Yep.”
You blushed a bit and continued to study with Pony. Every time you got the answer right he would kiss you. But every time you got it wrong he’d make you go over it over and over and over again. You stayed at his house until it started to get late. Then he offered to walk you home. It was dark out and a very clear night. It was September, but a good breeze hit, making the night almost perfect. The two of you walked hand in hand. Pony looked up at the stars.
“Sure is pretty, huh? The stars and the moon.”
You looked up with him and nodded. “Yeah.”
“Reminds me of you.” He looked back down. You giggled.
“You’re so cheesy.”
You arrived at your house and Pony kissed you on the steps. 
“Goodnight, beautiful.”
“Goodnight, Pony.” You smiled and waved goodbye and walked inside your house.

BCM W15D6

I’m an idiot!! 

The first four miles I ran with 2 other people.  At the 13th hour last night I found a running group, conveniently starting at Teddy Roosevelt Island but only running 8 miles. So we’ll count those first two miles as ‘warm up’ miles and super conversational pace. 

After they left I fell into my usual long run pace.  But I stayed on the gravelly C&O canal path instead of the paved Capitol Crescent Trail. Harumph.

Looking at the maps last night I could have sworn that the trail eventually meets up with a road, and you have to cross it to go to Rock Creek Park. BUT I COULDN’T REMEMBER WHAT MILE.  See that green patch above Washington? Thats where I was supposed to go.

Then at mile 12, there was a parking lot, bathrooms and the first map in 10 MILES. Lots of Lock Houses, a couple porta potties, no trash cans, and no running water fountains…

Then I realized that I was way far away from where I intended to go.  I was a little annoyed, but since its not hot out, I had a bunch of water left and an extra gel. 

Oh yeah, since there were no trash cans, I put the accel gel packets in my hydration pack pocket. It made a huuuuuge stain on my shirt and the pack is so sticky now!!!! Good thing it needs to be washed anyway.

This was probably a blessing in disguise type thing, because this is the surface both my races will be on and both out & back courses.

When I got to the parking lot my mileage was about 24.6, and like any normal person, I had to run a little longer to get a nice round number. I considered doing 26.2 but when you run that long, longer than you intended, THEN run past your car, you just really want to go home. Now is not a good time to have butt muscles.

I’m all showered and feeling fresh! 

Taking Teddy to the dog park again so he gets his exercise in.