Running and Chickens in Daffin Park

Daffin park chickens

Yesterday after work I drove straight to Daffin Park and ran 3.76 miles.  I still haven’t been able to break 4 miles on my new grey bikilas.  I don’t know what’s going on.  It’s as if a force field suddenly develops and keeps me from running over four miles on my newest bikilas.  Today, hopefully, I will have the strength and stamina to not only break the four mile barrier but explode past it!

The run around Daffin was a bit difficult, I will say.  I just did not seem to have all of my cylinders firing away.  I could not maintain a quick pace.  I was hurting during the run.  It was not any injury or stressed muscles that prevented me from running a quicker pace.  There was some internal mechanism deep within me that wasn’t firing away like normal.  I enjoyed the run but it was difficult to maintain a strong pace…if that makes any sense.  I finished the run at :28:35.  The temperature was a pleasant 60 degrees with the humidity at 84%.  I’m not sure why it was such a struggle to run yesterday.  Some days you have it, some days you don’t…I guess.

after my 3.76 mile run at daffin park. that's my grey bikila on the lower right hand corner

But, I did enjoy the run.  I love running around Daffin Park and the general area around it.  I ran half of Daffin Park and then shot up Kerry Street and ran the Police Memorial Park trail and then shot back to Daffin Park and finished up there.

As I ran by the Daffin Park lake I saw three chickens and took a few pictures.  I think it is so cool that there are living chickens at Daffin Park.  I don’t know who released these chickens there but they are thriving apparently.  They have been living there for at least a year.  One of the chickens looks like the one from the Kellog’s Corn Flakes cereal box.  I hope they end up having babies so that the park will be filled with chickens and eggs.  I’ll just drop by the park on my way to work and grab a few eggs and boil them and eat them.  On my way home from work I could stop by Daffin Park and grab a chicken and when I get home I can cook it and eat it.  This could become an every day tradition for me.  I will say that these chickens are scared of their own shadows, it seems.  You cannot get close to them.  They are very, very skittish.  I guess I finally know where the term “acting like a chicken” comes from.  These Daffin Park chickens are a bunch of chickens!

my 3.76 mile mapped run

wildlife inventory:

  • 1 cormorant
  • 3 chickens
  • 6 squirrels

Yesterday’s wildlife inventory doesn’t include dogs even, though, I saw about 5 million of them.  I’m not including dogs in the inventory because Daffin Park has a section that’s designated as a dog park.  There were just way too many dogs to count.  I could of probably spent an hour at the park just counting dogs…No exaggeration!  Really.  Okay, maybe I have exaggerated a little but not much.

  • run log
  • mapped run
  • total miles on grey bikilas: 10.9
  • total real miles for 2012: 83.57
  • total treadmill miles for 2012: 15.83

parting shot of the daffin park chicken

Well, later today I’m going to the rails to trails to run.  I have many prayer flags to hang out there but I’m only going to hang 3 or 4 because I do not want to lose too much time during my run hanging prayer flags.  I know that is very selfish of me but some times, that’s how I kind of roll.  If you want me to hang a prayer flag for you at the end of the rails to trails let me know and I’ll do it.

That’s it for now.

I’ll catch you later on the next blog.

Thank you so much for stopping by.

All the very best to you and yours.





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