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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.

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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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Friday Morning Run

Yesterday morning Barb and I actually had the time to go for a longer run. We did a little over 4 miles doing a 3/7 walk/run. It was sort of a dreary day, but it was nice to be outside and run with Barb. Even though it could have been a tad warmer, it was super great to run with her. We did our usual out and back to Lincoln and then added a bit to get us to 4 (and then went a bit further).

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We kept a pretty nice pace during the run.

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The end of the run was mostly a walk, so it slowed down a bit.

I also snapped a nice picture of a rail road crossing.

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We also had book club Friday night where we talked about the fabulous “Where’d You Go, Bernadette.” Super fun. It was a great book. This week I also read “Thirteen Reasons Why” by Jay Asher. The premiss of the novel is that Hannah has committed suicide and that she has recorded a number of tapes where she lets 13 people know how the were part of her decision to commit suicide. The story is told through the eyes of Clay who is listening to all the tapes. They must be passed to each individual on them in order for the tapes not to be shared with a public audience. The book would work really well with a high school (or even college) audience. I might use it next year, but I’m not sure.

I’m hoping for a longer run tomorrow (Sunday), which is supposed to be the nicer of the two days this weekend. We’ll see.


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Last Two Days

I had some nice runs yesterday and today. Yesterday I was going to do a morning run. When I woke up it was pretty cold out, so I opted to run in the afternoon. At first I was just going to do 4. I did a bit of out and back since I didn’t know how far I wanted to get away from the house. Then, as I was running I thought, “Maybe I’ll try to get to just 5o minutes” (this was at about 30 minutes in). So I made sure I went a bit farther so I could get to 50 minutes. Then, once I hit 4 miles, which was about 44 minutes in, I thought “I’m totally just doing the whole 5.” I was feeling good and wanted to get in the mileage. It’s the longest I’ve done in awhile, and I want to keep adding a mile a week to my long runs, so I was glad I did it.

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Like I said, my route was sort of wonky, but it worked. My splits were pretty good though.

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I always start out fast and when I’m nearing the end I speed up too. But, I kept a pretty steady pace through most of it. I also found this sign that has been up every time I run out past this building, but I’ve never actually noticed the sign, so I was glad I snagged a photo of it.

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It made me laugh. As usual, Flavia DeLuce kept me company. I love the fact that there’s a pot farm in the middle of the English countryside after World War II. Brilliance. One of the reasons that I waited until the afternoon to run (besides the stinking cold), is that I was reading Maria Semple’s “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” and I was having problems putting it down. I actually finished to book last night. It’s a quick read and what I love the most is that it’s a multigenre novel. She uses emails, letters, FBI Reports and other fun documents to tell the story of Bernadette  Fox (who I want to hang out with), her husband the Microsoft genius, and their awesome daughter Bee. Oh, and let’s not forget Ice Cream the dog. It’s great fun and you all should read it.

Today I ran with Barb. We did 3.5 and wen out to Lincoln and back. As usual, it was a fab run. I always love running with Barb. I did remember to snag a train track photo.

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We also did a walk/run 3/7, so our pace was a little over 12 min/miles.

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Not too bad. And, it hasn’t snowed today, so that’s also a good thing.

I am looking for reading suggestions, if anyone has any.