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Returned From Mississippi

It’s been awhile, but I still have been running. I was in Mississippi for three weeks, and didn’t have much access or time to post, but I did run while I was away. I got in 8 runs and some walks–all outside–so I got my June milage to almost 40 for June, which for my crazy location and schedule is a good total.

I didn’t get pictures for each run and I had to stay on campus, so my running became a bit tedious. Still, there are some fun shots along the way. Because I had to stay around campus and also had limited time, I also wasn’t able to go a bit more than 3 to 4 miles.







Most of the time I ran by myself, but there was two times where I ran with one of the other NEH participants. We were in Jackson, Mississippi and stayed at Jackson State University, so the pictures were all around the area of JSU.

The first week of running was hot and muggy. Even running early in the morning, every breath would feel like my lungs were getting waded down. Then, there was a number of raining afternoons and the mugginess disappeared. I loved running once the breathing didn’t become an exercise in and of itself.

All in all, it was a pretty decent month since I got to get in some running and didn’t have to run on a treadmill inside.

But, my foot is hurting a bit. I’m a little worried that I might have a bit of planter fasciitis. I ran on Monday, but I’m waiting until tomorrow (Friday) to run again. In the meantime, I’m also going to have to do a bit of biking and maybe possibly get into the pool again.

Here’s my shot from my run when I finally returned home. Nice to have the trains back again.




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Another Day, Another Run

Since I know I’m not going to run tomorrow, I decided to head out again today. It was pretty nice out again this morning. Not as nice as yesterday, but it worked. I spent a bit of time deciding how I wanted to run. For some reason, I just didn’t have it in me to do the out and back down Ward to Grant, so I went down Carroll and then weaved around a bit. I looked for a bit of shade and then found my way to Adams. I ran down Adams and then looped back to finish off my run. I only did 3, but it was just fine.

I did find tracks towards the beginning of my run and wasn’t sure if I’d come back to them, so I snagged some photos while I could.


It was a nice run. I felt a little tired toward the end and wasn’t sure how long I would go. I ended up knowing that I could just make it 3. I continued catching up on This American Life on my run. I started listening to Kindness of Strangers, which was pretty good.

Jack and I also biked a few miles. We biked around town a bit and then to the library so he could get another book. Good times.

I am headed to Chicago at 7 a.m. tomorrow morning. Then, I’ll be in Chicago until 8 p.m. when I head out to Jackson, MS for the next three weeks. It should be fun, but I also hear it’ll be really H-O-T, so I’m not sure if I’ll be running outside or end up at the Rec Center. We’ll see. Until then.

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Summer Vacation Begins

Yesterday was Jack’s last day of 2nd grade. So, today starts Summer Vacation. It was a beautiful day. I decided to start if off with a run. It was in the mid 50s in the morning, so I decided to run campus since it wasn’t going to be brutally humid and drive me nuts. I love running campus in the summer. There is no one around and it’s peaceful and calming. There’s some construction going on, but it still isn’t bad. The run moves from sun to shade and today there was a bit of wind as I ran. I was going to just do 3, but I decided on 4 instead since it was so nice.

As usual, when I first start to run, especially when I run alone, I don’t think I can make it longer than 10 minutes, but, by the time I get to like 2.5 or 3, I’m just settling in and am ready to go all day. Also, since I was on that med and I wasn’t feeling too good for a bit and was dizzy and had a time or two where I was feeling spacing after and during a run, I was a bit hesitant about whether or not I would feel good on my run. It took a little longer, but as usual, I finally settled in.

There are no train tracks around campus, so I took a picture of the crossing walk sign instead. Figured it was the next best thing.



Yesterday I took a shot that I didn’t get to post (by tracks of course), so here it is:


Since I haven’t been out and about for awhile, I have a few This American Life’s to catch up on. I listened to “Is That What I Look Like?” I ended up stopping it halfway though the section with Molly Ringwald where she re-watched “The Breakfast Club” with her 10-year old daughter. I almost kept listening since I do love both her and “The Breakfast Club” so much, but I needed to get home. I might have to go out tomorrow just to hear the end.

After the run, me and the kiddos headed on down to the Farmer’s Market. We biked there. Jack rode on this own and I put Lucy in the trailer. It was fun. We got rhubarb and strawberries so we could make strawberry-rhubarb pie. We also went to the library and signed up for the summer reading program and got some books.

We spent the day making fun things. We made pie; one strawberry-rhubarb and one rhubarb.


We did a crumble top and they are tasty.

We also made some slime, which was really fun.


The slime was really gooey and Jack named it “slimy.” I think we’ll make some more tomorrow, which should be fun.

While we were making slime, I also made pizza, which I hadn’t made in awhile. That was tasty too.


The kids don’t like toppings besides cheesy, so I only did half with peppers and onions.

All in all, it was a good day. Started with a nice run, got in some biking and baking and slime making. I’m to the end of :the Wire” though. It makes me sad, as usual, but I’m glad I rewatched it since it’s just as brilliant, if not even more, the second time around.

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Back in the Swing of Things

Well May was pretty much a bust. I ended up doing 30 miles and I was hoping it would be twice that. Being sick really bites. But, what can you do? I just keep plugging along. Then, my computer died, so I’ve been MIA the past couple of days. I now have a new computer, so I’m good to go and set for Mississippi. So, what’s next is my info for June so far.

I’ve been working on building up milage again. Keeping it low to make sure I’m doing better. Now that I’m off all meds I’m feeling good, so on Sunday June 1 I ran a little over 3 miles with Barb. It was hot, but it was nice to be out and about. Then, in the afternoon I took Lucy hiking at Spring Lake. Since she’s a little tyke, we only did a mile and a half, but we had fun and we found a letterbox. It was pretty soggy, so my guess is that the person who set it up is MIA now, but that’s cool. Here’s a rocking picture of Lucy loving our hiking experience.


She did have loads of fun, but on the way back she wanted me to wait on the trail and let her hike ahead and then call to me when she was ready to have me come. I had to keep explaining to her that I really didn’t want to keep her out of my sight as we hiked because it could be dangerous, especially since we were right next to the lake. It was loads of fun though.

I ran again on Tuesday. It wasn’t too bad outside, but you could tell it was going to get muggy. Barb and I ran 3.3 miles and then we walked for a bit to get us over 4. It was a nice run.

Today I walked with Erin. Lucy had to come with, so I pushed her in the stroller. We got in 4 miles walking, which was nice. I got in a few pictures as I’ve been walking, so they’re below.



 I haven’t listened to a lot of books lately since I’ve been walking and running with people, but I did finish reading “Black Boy” by Richard Wright. And, I it was good, The second half got a bit tedious for me. I’m not sure why. I think it was all the Communist Party stuff. I don’t know why it drove me crazy, but it did. I’ve also been rewatching “The Wire.” It is my absolute favorite television series and I was a bit worried that I would return to it and it wouldn’t hold up like it did when I first watched it. But, it is still oh so beautiful. Absolutely stunningly written and I am so connected to the characters. Omar is still my favorite character to ever grace a small screen. Bodie is wonderful too. Really, they all are. I still hate Hurc and really want to punch McNulty. And, I forgot how much I love Bunk and Lester and Kima and Bubbles even Carver. I also love the whole 4th season so, so, so much.

I’m headed to Mississippi on Saturday and I’m hoping I can keep up my running. I probably won’t do tons of miles, but I am wanting to get in at least 15 a week. Maybe I’ll even find myself a running partner.

Oh, I’m also working on the 30 day ab challenge, so far, so good. I’m hoping I can keep it up all of June. I just want to be doing 120 seconds of planks on a regular basis.

I’m also hoping to return to more regular blogging now that I’m feeling better. We’ll see if there’s any train tracks in Jackson.


Running Again

It’s been awhile, but I’m back to running. I couldn’t shake the cough and respiratory infection. I was at the asthma/allergy doctor a week and a half ago. He decided to put me prednisone and an antibiotic as well as a bronchial inhaler to try to fix things up. The prednisone cleared things up right away, but it made me a bit jittery and at times I had insomnia. I also feel like I gained a bunch of weight. Today was my last day on it, so I’m glad. I still have a bit of a cough every now and then, but I’ve been able to get back to running.

On Friday morning I started with a 4 mile walk with Erin, just to make sure that I would be doing okay. We walked through campus since for the most part, students are gone so it’s mellow. It was a nice walk and I felt good after it. I took a rest on Saturday and then Barb and I went out for a run on Sunday. We ran campus too. We did a 3/7 minute walk run. I had a bit of a cough at the beginning, but the run felt really good and I was excited to be back out and about. I got a little more phlegmy that afternoon, but it was okay.

On Monday it was Memorial Day. I was going to go for a walk, but I didn’t want to overdo things. We went to Shawna and Curtis’ for a barbecue. Jack and I bilked there and back. Biking with Jack is very mellow, and that’s okay. It is only about 1.7 miles and it took us about 15 minutes. I wasn’t sure how long it would take. He did a nice job biking. The day was nice and mellow. I was a little frustrated since I couldn’t find any Hefeweizen anywhere in this town and I really want a Hefeweizen. At this point, I’m not sure when I’ll get one.

Tuesday, instead of running, Barb and I did a 3.8 mile hike through Spring Lake. We kept a steady pace–20 minute miles–and Banjo came. It was a nice hike and a good change of pace. Then, that evening, Jack and I went on a bike ride. We went out around the northeast part of campus and found some fun hills to go down. When we got back, Lucy and I took a ride around the block–in the rain. She loves it. I’m wondering if I can get her training wheels off soon.

Today we did a run. We did another 3/7 minute walk/run. It was really humid and the run dragged, so we just did 3.2 (40 minutes) and then walked the rest of the time. There was one point where I got a bit dizzy. I think it was the medicine, so I’m glad that this is my last day. The run was nice, but I can feel the missed weeks. Still, my legs are itching to get out and about.

It’s nice to be out and active again since I didn’t do much for the last two weeks. We’ve decided not to do the Half on Sunday though. I missed the last two long runs and I just don’t want to end up over exerting myself when I haven’t been running lately and then have a relapse. I’m headed to Jackson, Mississippi on June 7th, so I want to make sure that I’m ready for my 3 weeks there. I think I might try to get in a swim or two next week and then hopefully find a good triathlon this summer. We’ll see.

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May Update

Sorry I haven’t been posting for the past week. It was finals week, so I had lots of grading to get done. On Monday I ran to Erin’s house (about 1.6 miles) and then we walked together. We did a 3.5 mile walk. It was nice to walk with her. We got to catch up and also it was nice to walk around a different part of town than where I usually run. After we got done I ran back home. All in all it was a nice Monday run/walk/run.

I did 3 miles Wednesday morning. For some reason I was pretty tired, probably because I had to give finals all day on Tuesday so it made for an extremely long day. But that’s okay. I got my run in and I spend the week listening to both “The 5th Wave” and “This American Life”, which was all about people getting high. Working at a university I just assume there are students who come to class high or hung over. I’m actually pretty sure that one of my students came to my office high on Tuesday. Anyway, in listening to TAL I started to wonder about how many adults I run into on a daily basis. I’m figuring that there’s at least 1 in every 20 people I see a day who are in an altered state of mind. I just wonder who.

I wasn’t feeling too great later in the week, but I just figured it was allergies. On Friday Barb and I were going to do a morning run, but it didn’t work out so we ended up running in the evening. Jack had a baseball game and he rocked it. He had two hits, which was great. After his game, around 7:20 or so, I went over to Barb’s and we did a 6 mile run. We went out to Horn Field Campus and back. We always run into Horn Field to get water. When we got there a group was using the cabins. they were just setting up their campfire. I was glad that they weren’t all sitting around by the fire at that time. It was a nice run. It was getting dark, but not too dark, and there was a perfect breeze. I think that I will run again later in the evening. The only bad thing was it was difficult to get to sleep.

Saturday morning I went biking with Erin. I probably shouldn’t have gone biking. I had a bit of a cough, but I figured it would all be fine. We did our normal 14.5 mile route south of town. It was nice. Then, Jack had a soccer game. After that, he had batting practice, so Lucy and I dropped him off and did a bit of shopping. I was supposed to go to graduation that evening and then a party, but as the afternoon went on I felt progressively worse. I tool a bit of a nap and was hacking away, so I decided I had to skip graduation and then the party. Chris and the kids went and had a nice time. I stayed in bed.

I am still sick. I have a bad cough and it’s no fun, so I’m not sure when I’ll get to run again. It won’t be until the end of the week, at the earliest. It really bites since I wanted to do a nice long run for Mother’s Day and then I’m supposed to do 12 miles this coming weekend, but my guess is that won’t be happening. Hopefully this cough will go away soon. Until then, I’m not sure what I’ll be able to do. I don’t think I should even do any swimming with this hacking. I have been watching “House of Cards” which I love and is a perfect binge show. I just love that both the Underwood’s are bad news. If one was good and the other evil it wouldn’t be as fabulous. I’ve also been reading “Coming of Age in Mississippi” by Anne Moody. It’s one of the books for my NEH Summer Institute in Jackson, Mississippi where I’ll be headed in June. I’m really enjoying the books and am looking forward to a hot June in Mississippi.

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Running, Baseball and Comic Books

Today was a beautiful day. I was planning on getting up early and running in a local 5K and then continue on to get in my long run milage. I did get up, but decided that I really didn’t want to drive to the 5K and then have to run around that area, or drive back home, to finish my run. Instead, I ate breakfast and decided to head out on my long run. I got out a little before 8 a.m., which meant perfect weather. I had a short sleeved shirt and capri running pants and it was perfect. I love the Leathernecks in Training running shirts I have, but they’re purple and always clash with my blue running hat. But, who cares?

This morning I did the same thing on my run as I did last week. I did 30 minutes of a straight run and then I did the rest as a 3/7 walk/run. It really helps. I had done 8 on my long run last week, so I wasn’t sure if I was going to do 9 or 10, so I thought it might take me up to 2 hours to get my run in. It really helped me to just think after the 30 minutes I’d have up to 9 cycles of my walk/run.

During the first part of my run I finished up “Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line.” There’s apparently supposed to be another book in the series, so I’m looking forward to it. I also hope Kristen Bell narrates the second one as well. Lots of fun. After I finished up with Veronica I started listening to Rick Yancey‘s “The 5th Wave.”  “The 5th Wave” is about a girl named Cassie who has already survived 4 waves of alien attacks on the Earth and now she is (at least at where I’m at in the book) roaming alone so that she can stay alive. The aliens look just like humans, but they kill them, so Cassie is unsure of anyone. I know eventually she’s going to meet up with someone, but I’m on Chapter 11 and so far she’s still alone. Super fun to listen to. It kept me going through 10 miles. I can’t wait to get back to it. Plus, I’ve been reading a bunch of YA apocalyptic literature at the moment and he’s the first author to mention that Cassie is stashing tampons. It made me smile and made it that much more realistic.

I did some different places on my run today. I decided to run through one of the trailer parks, but there wasn’t much there. I also decided to go down Jackson and north on Wigwam Hollow, but I didn’t remember that there’s no sidewalk on Wigwam from Jackson to Adams. That’s cool though.


I also was in desperate need of a drink once I got over by Western. I was at around 7 miles and had stopped right before 3, so it was almost an hour later. I figured that the library would be open, but no such luck. Apparently they’re not open at 9:15ish on a Saturday. But do you know what is open? Horribin. So awesome. I went in the North door by the playground. There’s a bathroom and a drinking fountain right inside the door. Wonderful. I heard that the door is always open, so that’s great. I’m keeping that in mind. Some of the fountains around town aren’t even on yet, so I’m going to make sure that on longer runs I incorporate heading by Horribin. Since the semester is almost over, I can totally head around campus and it’ll be quiet, so that makes me happy too. I’d like to find a good 5 mile loop that goes by water and a hill or two.

I had a nice pace today. My first mile was pretty speedy for me (not sure how I did that), but I kept a good pace the rest of the time. The only reason mile 9 was so slow was that it ended up being part of two walking segments instead of two running segments. It’s all good. I think that I pushed it a little doing 10, I can feel it now, but that’s okay. It was a perfect day for it.


The best part of the run was during mile 5 when I ran by some lilacs. It smelled so good. I could have stopped there for hours. It is probably what motivated me to go to 10:) I did my 10 in 1 hour 54 minutes, which made me happy to keep it under 2 hours. Not a bad morning. Done before 10 a.m.

After my run I came home, took a shower and headed to Jack’s first Pee Wee game of the season. He did great. He had a hit that I missed, but I did get to see him score and his team won, which is cool. They also had Opening Day ceremonies and Jack one a bat and all, so he was excited about that too.

After baseball we headed to Journeys, the comic book store in town, for Free Comic Book Day. Lucy got a free Hello Kitty comic, which made her very happy. Plus, there are no words in the whole thing, so she got to make up stories, which is always good. Jack snagged a Star Wars comic since he’s decided he’s now into Star Wars (hooray) and also a My Little Pony comic he doesn’t have. I wanted the second Walking Dead Volume Two since I’ve decided I need to read the comics, but they didn’t have it. We did find a free chapter or two from “Zombie Kid Diary” which Jack is now totally excited to read. I have to see if they have it at the library. Probably not. But if anyone has it and wants to send it our way, feel free.

After our morning adventures we came home and among other things I finished “Allegiant” so I’m done with the Divergent series. It was a solid okay and I kind of like the ending, but completely understand why a bunch of teens and tweens might nit. I’m also standing by my original argument that Tris has more agency than Katniss and after reading the last book in the series I support it even more. Cassie from “The 5th Wave” might win out over both of them though, we’ll see. I’m actually starting an adult novel next. I’m reading Alan Furst’s “Mission to Paris” for the espionage book club. So far, so good.