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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.



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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.


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


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.


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.


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


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.

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Crazy Weather February

I can’t believe this crazy February. I’m hoping to finally get outside for a run this week, but who knows. I had a nice birthday dinner with friends on Saturday, and then had to treadmill run on Sunday because it was a bit too snowy outside. I did 4 on Sunday.


It was a nice run. I’m feeling good at 4 on the treadmill. I could possibly do more, but I’d rather do anything longer outside. It also helps when you have a nice book to listen to. I started “Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell Sunday and I just love it.



It’s about Cath, who writes fanfic about Simon Snow (basically the Harry Potter of the book). She has a twin sister Wren who is moving away from their love for fandom, but Cath can’t stop her love for the fan world. She and Wren have started their first year of college and the book focuses on Cath’s adjustments to her new world, needing to find a separate identity from her sister (something Cath doesn’t really want to do) and navigate herself in the world. It’s smart and sassy and totally my kind of text. Listening to it is helping me continue my long runs.

I also ran this morning. Today I only did 3 miles since I’d run the day before.


The weather was again a mess outside. There was crazy sleety, icy, snow. Jack had school off today, but I had to work, so I ran in the morning and then went in to do some conferences with students and teach an evening class. We always seem to have bad weather on Mondays, so it’s been a bit of a mess for my class.

I am excited about the extended forecast. It looks like the snow will be melting. The temperature was pleasant today, but the snow and freezing, not so much. I haven’t been outside the whole month. I’m missing my train tracks.


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Streak Running

On Thanksgiving 2012 I attempted a running streak. At first I wanted to just do the Runner’s World Holiday Run Streak Challenge (#rwrunstreak) where you run at least a mile between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.  I completed the streak and had so much fun I kept going. It really made me feel good to get out there and run every day. Even when I was feeling tired and not really up for it, that little 10 minute mile really pumped me up. I was hoping to go a full year and be an official streaker. But, I tore my left calf muscle and had to stop at 179 days. It really bummed me because I was so close to half a year. But for my first attempt I thought I did really well.

This year I tried the Runner’s World Challenge but I got really sick about a week before Christmas, so I couldn’t complete it. That’s okay though. Now, I’ve done three days in a row and have decided I’m going to do a running streak until my birthday. My birthday is in February, so it’ll only be like 40 days, but I’ll see how I feel then and go from there. I really don’t want another injury, so I want to make sure I don’t push it too much. Last year I was sidelined for 6 weeks in June and July and then had to take it slow. I missed two triathlons I wanted to do and  wanted to make sure that I could do a triathlon in August I really wanted to do. (I got to do it, so I was happy.)

My leg has been doing pretty good, so I’m going to try to streak again and not do too many miles or go too fast.

Today I just did a treadmill mile. It’s still cold outside and the kiddos are still out of school, so I thought a quick mile would be just fine.


I also got through another chapter in my fabulous book. It’s still great fun.

Since I was home today I did some more baking. While I was running I let the buns I made for our barbequed chicken rise.


They were really tasty.

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The Arctic Vortex

Yep, I woke up this morning, no school for the kiddos and the temperature a balmy


So I knew I’d be hitting the treadmill again today. Mostly for the sake of sanity. So, while Chris got to shoveling out the driveway


I got to hitting the treadmill. (I think I got the better end of the deal.)

I did a quick two miler as I listened to one chapter with Flavia. She was attempting to get to visit her dad at the local jail and her fabulous bike, Gladys, was kidnapped in the process. Who would snag poor Gladys is beyond me.


Since the kiddos were still at home and all my Minnesota peeps kept posting all the things they did outside in the subzero weather, we decided to attempt to see if we could also make boiling water vaporize. And look, it worked:

Since Chris got the driveway cleared I was also able to get him to go out and get some yogurt and started that process as well.


Hopefully by tomorrow morning we’ll have a tasty treat.

Not much else going on today. Trying to stay sane and catch up with Doctor Who.