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Finishing Off April

This morning I did my last run for April. Barb and I got in 3 miles of fun. It was a nice run, but when is this weather going to clear up?

This is just a short post, since I didn’t snag a picture, but I wanted to do my running totals.

In April I got in 50.8 miles, so I hit my 50 mile mark, which is a good thing.

My YTD total is 194.25. So, I’m just 6 miles behind where I wanted to be in order to reach my 600 mile goal. But, I’m not worried since I should run more than 50 miles this month to be ready for the half on June 1st. I feel like I should find another half at the end of the summer to close everything out. If anyone has a good one I should run, just let me know.

Now, on to May.


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Misty Morning Run

I decided that I wanted to get a run in this morning. I didn’t have to be in until later, so I had some time. When I first headed out it started to rain a bit, so I waited about 15 minutes and then went out again. The radar said there wasn’t going to be rain in the morning, so I just trusted it. (Even though it looked like the sky was gonna open up at any minute.) I did 3.1 mies and kept a nice pace. Finished in under 35 minutes, which is good for my mellow run. I ended up heading down Ward and back. I figured if it did start to rain Compton Park was there and the bathrooms are now open (and drinking fountain on), so I would just run in there.

I ended up taking this shot, which is sort of creepy, but I love it. Plus, it totally represents what the morning looked like.


Also, instead of finishing Veronica Mars, I listened to the latest This American Life, which was about death and taxes. During my run I was listening to the part on death, which talked about nurses working in hospice and people who were dying. Most of the people they talked about were those with cancer. The whole thing was quite disturbing, but I couldn’t stop listening. The day was dreary and cold and the piece just seemed to fit with the run.

There was a point when I was running where I was feeling tired and that the whole run was heavy. It was one of those days where I had to keep saying that I would go another 5 minutes or just get to the next mile and by the time I got to the end of my run I felt ready to keep going. It seems that it’s taking me a bit longer to really get settled into my run when I’m running on my own. We’ll have to work on that.

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Weekend Running

I ran with Barb again on Friday. We did only 3 miles since the end of the semester is right around the corner and so we both have loads of fun and exciting things to do. But, a run is a run. Plus, Friday I also finished up Leila Sales “This Song Will Save Your Life.” The book was great fun and I liked the protagonist. I’m going to add it to my books about music that I’m hoping to use in the fall to have students design websites for. I’ve decided that in addition to books about music, the books need to mention The Smiths at least once:) I think I have 4 good ones to use. I could use at least one more to make sure.

I went biking with Erin on Saturday. We did our loop south of town. It’s about 14.5 miles for me from my door. We had been doing the loop in reverse, but we decided to do it our “old” way and I forgot just how hilly it was when we do it that way. Still, it’s good for my legs. And, it was nice to be on the bike and cross-training. I’ve been concentrating so much on running that I haven’t really gotten in much swimming or biking. I’m going to have to work on that this summer.

Barb was out of town today, so I did my long run alone. At firs I thought that I might get up early and attempt to get in 10 miles. But, I didn’t get up super early. Instead, I went out a bit before 10 and decided to see how far I would make it. I ended up doing 8, and that worked for me. I did it in 1 hour 33 minutes. I decided since I was going to do a longer run I would run for 30 minutes and then do a 3/7 walk/run the rest of the time. That worked well. I had thought about doing loops but ended up running down Ward to Grant and then I decided instead of turning around I would run down Grant a bit. I apparently really hate running down Grant:) I made it a little over half a mile and then felt a bit panicked. I’m not sure why. I used to run that stretch all the time. Now, for some reason, my body really hates it. When I was out there I thought that I would only be able to do like 4 miles and have to be done, but then I got back on Ward and felt just fine and ended up doing my 8.


I want to be doing 10 miles in under 2 hours. After I feel good about doing the 10 miles I think I’ll work towards running more of it. So, I’ll just keep adding 10 minutes to the full run portion. Last week when I did 7 I ran for 50 minutes, but then I got really tired at the end, so as I’m adding miles I’m going to first get to 10 miles and then add on the straight run. We’ll see how it works. Overall though, my splits weren’t bad, for me for a longer run, so I can’t complain.


It got really hot running too. It had cooled down last night, so I thought it would stay that way for my run. I was wrong. It was pretty windy and it was hot, hot, hot. I did get to almost finish Veronica Mars, which I hope to complete tomorrow if I decided to go for a leisure run. I really do love it. But, I’m not sure if I would love it as much if Kristen Bell wasn’t reading it. I’m hoping there will be more books in the series since they’re lots of fun and perfect for running. I’m also working my way through Veronica Roth’s “Allegent” so that I can be done with that series.


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Birthday Run with Barb

Today was Barb’s birthday, so we ran together this morning. It was a great run. At first we both decided it was C-O-L-D. And really, it wasn’t that cold, but since the weather had warmed up we weren’t entirely prepared for the breeze. That’s okay since by the time we got about 15 minutes into the run we were feeling just fine. And, I think it helped us keep a nice pace. We did a 3/7 walk/run and did 3.5 miles in 40 minutes so that’s pretty good for our walk/run pace. Got to be ready for the 1/2.

I even remembered to snag a picture of the train lights.


In the end, it turned out to be a decent morning for a run.

In book news, besides listening to Veronica Mars, I’m also reading Rodman Philbrick’s “The Last Book in the Universe,” which is quite fun. I was looking for a good middle grades book to use in class, and I picked this one. I really enjoy it. Plus, I like that it follows Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey. I like to use Campbell when I teach digital storytelling, so I’m looking forward to seeing how students like the text and what they think about the Hero’s Journey with this text. I also like that there’s a bit of “A Clockwork Orange” feel to the book with the “new” language found throughout. There are some fun reading strategies to use with the book.

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Chicago and Weekend Running

I’ve returned from my trip to Chicago, so I now have a chance to update  my running. I went to Chicago with the PCA/ACA Conference (Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association). The conference was super fun. I of course love it because I get to hang with the Punk Culture folks and talk zines. I participated in a roundtable on punk and zines this year and that was a good time. We also made a zine. I’m looking forward to seeing it. I also went to a bunch of panels on my latest obsession, “The Walking Dead.” that was pretty fun. They were all packed. And, people are really into The Walking Dead. Plus there’s tons of people who didn’t like Season 4. What’s up with that? I thought it was pretty brilliant. I loved all the character development, especially with Daryl. I also liked how they separated everything and that you didn’t necessarily see everyone each week. Here’s my prediction (Spoiler Alter): I totally think that Terminus (who wants to end up i a place called Terminus) is full of cannibals. I also think that Carol should emerge as the new leader. I’m really getting sick of Rick. Now back to running.

Barb came with me to PCA, so we got to run through Chicago together. The conference was at the Marriott downtown, so we stayed at the Hyatt off Wacker. We were able to head right on down to the Lakefront Trail that runs along Lake Michigan. We went South past Navy Pier and Ran down to the Planetarium and the Field Museum. Originally we thought we were only going to go 3 or maybe 4 miles, but we ended up going almost 6. we were able to run alongside the Planetarium and the lake and it was really nice.






It was pretty windy when we headed out, but then the wind was behind us on our way back so it was a great run. I loved every minute of it and was more than happy to miss a panel I wanted to go to in order to get in the run.

In other fun Chicago excitement, we got to eat at XOCO, my favorite restaurant in Chicago. I love Rick Bayless and unlike Forntera, you don’t need to wait months to get in. Plus, they have the greatest hot chocolate I’ve ever had in my whole entire life.


Most fabulous of fabulous.

We ate some other yummy food as well and also had some good beers. I also went to Wrigley on Friday. It was C-O-L-D (like 40) and we were in the shade, but it was still Wrigley. Just look. Can’t you feel the cold? I could see my breath as we sat there.


The poor Cubs lost to the Reds, but at least they scored a run. It was the first run in 24 innings. We did win on Saturday, which would have totally been a better day to go since it was like 80 out. Yet, I got to celebrate 100 years of Wrigley, which made me happy. It’s by far my favorite ballpark. I guess as a Cubs fan I’m a bit bias, but still, it’s an amazing place.


I got back Saturday, which was Record Store Day. Chris played at the local record store, Bad Kitty, and I bought myself a fun record.


I ran on Sunday. It was a bit hot, finally, but I headed out for what I thought would be maybe 4 miles. Instead, I was again rocking my Veronica Mars book and hit 7 miles instead.


I decided to go old school with my photo. I’m not entirely sure why, but it works for me.

Since I wasn’t sure where I would go with my route, and how far, I kept a bit close to home. I did like I did last week when I went out. I ran for 50 minutes, which got me to 4.65 miles, and then did a 3/7 walk/run for the last 2.35 miles. It’s not bad, but since I didn’t know I was going to go out for a 7 miler I totally hadn’t eaten enough and was pretty tired by the end. I really needed to do 8 or 9, but I’ll get that in next week. Hopefully the weather keeps up. I was going to go out today, but my legs needed a little rest. I’m looking forward to the half though.

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I’m happy that when I do the walk/run it doesn’t slow me down too much–which I already knew, but it’s nice to see it in the splits. If I can keep it under a 12 minute mile for the 1/2, I’ll be happy. Oh, the drinking fountain is open at Patton, so that’s also a good thing.

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Monday, Snowy Monday

A quick post since I got in a run today. Barb and I went out this morning. We did a leisure 3 miles and it was nice. It was a bit chilly and sort of dreary out, but not bad. Then, later on it started to snow–madness–and get windy and colder. I’m so glad we went out in the morning. I was busy talking with Barb so I totally forgot to take a picture–I can’t believe it. That’s cool though. Not sure if I’ll get in another run before heading to Chicago Wednesday morning. The train leaves at 7 a.m., so I’m not sure I’ll get up before them. I am excited since Barb and I are planning on running in Chicago. Not sure if I’ll post again before then, so I wanted to get this short one down.

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More April Fun

I’ve been out of town on a whirlwind trip, so I’m just now getting time to get back to posting. I’ve run three times since my last post.

Last Sunday morning Barb and I ran together. Originally we were going to do 6. But, it was so nice out and we were having so much fun that we did 7. It felt great. It was one of those days where I think I could have actually ran 10 miles, no problem. We did a 3/7 walk/run. Here’s the route we did:


And, here are our splits.


Went pretty well.


I also snagged the picture above, which was loads of fun.

On Wednesday Barb only had time for about 2o minutes, so I ran 1.5 miles before she came and then we ran 2 together. We ran the whole thing and kept about a 10.30 mile. It was nice. When I ran on my own I finished off my latest Flavia de Luce, “The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag.” As always, a great time.

During my solo run I ended up stuck behind a train, so I snagged this picture:


Now that I’m back from my journey to the West, I needed to get in another run this week. I was just too exhausted yesterday, we did a hike and them some geocaching, so I waited for today. There’s been a threat of rain all day. Chris had work to do, so I took the kids out Geocaching again while there was a little rain. We struck out on our first two, but then the next three we found and they were all lots of fun (especially the ones in Everly Park).

When we got home I checked the weather and it said that we were safe from rain for about 2 hours, so I decided to head out on a “quick” run. Ha. I ended up doing 6 miles. I started and was feeling tired, but then I got into a rhythm. Plus, I’m loving my new book, Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham. It takes up where the movie left off. Plus, Kristin Bell is reading it. It may not be the best mystery around, but it’s fun and it’s a perfect book for running.

This week I also finished Insurgent by Veronica Roth, the second book in the Divergent trilogy. The book wasn’t bad, but at this point I’m not really suspending belief anymore. People are mad about it, but I’m not sure why. It’s a super fun, quick series. I’ve just got one more to go. Maybe then I’ll see why everyone is pissed.

Here’s my run photo:


And, here’s my trip as well as my splits. I ran the first 50 minutes (so 4.55 miles) and then I did a 3/7 walk/run split the last 1.45 miles. It took just under 18 minutes.



There’s a rumor it’s going to snow and be cold tomorrow, so I’m glad I got in some running today before the madness hits.