#RunChatHunt: June Scavenger Finds


Since I have started running regularly I have encountered a lot of random things on my routes.  Living in a small rural area can be incredibly scenic and also can provide some pretty interesting material to photograph. So when I saw that #RunChat was having a June scavenger hunt sponsored by ENERGYbits (just tried them out, I will be posting a review soon :) ),  I decided to participate.  

#RunChat June Scavenger Hunt

After taking one look at the list I knew I could find a majority of these items on my running routes.  While I have found a good handful of things on the list, I am struggling with a few.  Really, where the heck do they have pay phones this day and age? Here is what I have found thus far: 

1. Trail Path
Trail Path #RunChatHunt IFPProjectOswego
This one was easy for me. Every Thursday night I meet with I’m Fit Possible Project Oswego Walk/Run group at a local running trail. There are these cool little bridges all over and I am never at a loss to find a pretty picture to take.

3. A dog (yours or someone else running with one)
#RunChat Hunt Dog

This is my Mom’s dog, Mia.  We took her on a run with us one Thursday night as well.  She was really happy to be out and enjoying some fresh air! You can see her little smile in this picture :)

4. Someone Fishing
#RunChatHunt Fishing

I took my kiddos on a two mile stroller run one day by the river and found at least a half dozen fisherman. This was the best picture I could get of someone fishing though without looking like a total creeper. I’m pretty sure I passed him three times before I was able to take one where he wasn’t going to notice!

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5. Sunrise or sunset 
#RunChatHunt Sunrise

Also an easy picture for me to take.  I always wake up at the literal crack of dawn and go for run so I get to experience the beauty of a sunrise often. I have a half dozen pictures that are prettier than this but I took this at the beginning of the hunt and it was the one I ended up tweeting. 

6. Farm Equipment
#RunChatHunt Farm Equipment

I live in the country.  I can pet cows on my run.  Checked this one off, no problem! 

7. Road Kill
#RunChatHunt Roadkill

I see poor little critters like this every other mile on my route.  R.I.P Mr. Raccoon.  

10. Gnome 
#RunChatHunt Gnome 

I honestly didn’t think I would come across a lawn gnome at all.  A lot of the houses I see are set back and I would for sure get eaten by a dog if I took the chance of sneaking into the yard.  Then one morning as I am running along, I see this little gem of a gnome just hanging out in between two despondent looking statues.  I did a little pit stop and a “snap, snap” and continued on.  Thanks to whoever lives here and has an appreciation for tacky lawn ornaments.  

**UPDATE**

No Longer Missing:
#2. Funny road/store/church sign– Nothing like waiting until the very last minute to find a sign! Came across this sign for a local Onion Meeting while running today.  If this doesn’t scream “rural life” I don’t know what does.  

#RunChatHunt Road Sign
#8. A great local dive bar– I ended up running here shortly after I originally posted this.  This local dive bar is about 4 miles from my house but the entire third mile is up a hill which is why I have avoided running there to snap a pic.  Ironically, I had one of my best runs yet and had a personal best for my 8 mile time! 

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#RunChatHunt Local Dive Bar
#9. Pay phone–  Have no fear, I finally found a pay phone on an 11 miler through the country side.  I take back what I said about an “Onion Meeting” screaming rural life.  This takes the cake, finding a random pay phone in the middle of no where with no function or purpose could only be found in the sprawling rural fields of Central New York. 

#RunChatHunt Pay Phone

What is the most interesting you have come across while running? What would be the hardest  item for you to find on the list?


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Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!

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