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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.

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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.

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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.

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