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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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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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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).



We kept a pretty nice pace during the run.



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.


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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Running This Week

I got in 3 good runs this week. The snow came on Sunday, but it was gone by Monday and Barb and I ran a nice 3 miler together to start the week. We went to Lincoln and back. I almost forgot to snag my train pic, but I got one and I really love it.


On Tuesday one of my students turned in his assignment in a TARDIS and it also had a sonic screwdriver. Super cool.


When I brought it home Lucy declared, “You have The Doctor’s screwdriver” and Jack took it and started scanning everything in the house, including his food before he would eat it.

Barb and I were also supposed to run on Wednesday, but she ended up having a student conference, so I ran on my own. It was a really windy and dreary morning, but I was able to run outside, so it wasn’t super bad. I went up to some train cars just sitting on some tracks I usually run by, and got a fun picture.


I think it really catches the dreariness of the day. I did a bunch of little out and backs on Wednesday. I also thought I lost a glove, but I found it on the way back.


During the run I listened to the latest The American Life. I was excited because the last story was about Trouble Coffee and the toast craze in San Francisco. A few months ago Barb had sent me the story about toast and Trouble and  Giulietta Carrelli that John Gravois has written for Pacific Standard a few months back: A Toast Story. Gravois did the story on This American Life and it was wonderful to actually hear Carrelli tell her story since I had to just picture it in my head when I read the piece. So fun.

I got really sick on Wednesday. I got a splitting headache and needed to come home and take a nap. But, I did get James Franco’s new book of poetry in the mail, so I was totally entertained. So bad it’s good.


On Thursday night I went with my students on a field trip to see Divergent. There was an early premiere. I had them all take an aptitude test in class and gave the their results before the movie. Not a Dauntless in the bunch–a load of wimps. But I made them buttons for their factions and we had fun at the movie. My guess is they’ll all finish the book this weekend since they’ve now seen the movie. I thought the movie was okay, but it made me realize that there was more character development in the film than I actually gave it credit for in the first place. Now I need to read the other two books.


Today Erin and I walked together. I ran to Erin’s and then we walked around town together and then I ran home. So I did 6.1 miles, but I ran 3.2 of them (1.6 there and 1.6 back) and then Erin and I (and Gus the dog) walked almost three together.  We had quite the route around town and lots of stops ’cause of Gus.


I also did snag a pic when we went by the tracks over by Chandler.


I wish I would have gotten more tracks, but that’s okay. Plus, it was great to walk with Erin. I listened to Flavia on my way there and back. There’s been a murder and there’s also been some cannabis usage, which makes me laugh. I can’t get enough of Ms. Flavia. All in all the run wasn’t bad and I did a quick mile 1, but I’m not sure how accurate that was.


Today I also finished Rainbow Rowell’s “Eleanor and Park.” I loved it. I’m not always a fan of teen romance, but I really dug this and thought it was wonderfully done. Plus, I love that it took place in 1986 and it pretty much was the soundtrack of my teen years. And book that talks about The Smiths makes me happy. James Franco does write poetry using titles of Smiths’ songs, but he’s got to stop. Rowell can continue to write about The Smiths all she wants.

It was a nice day today. Jack and I played catch and he batted the ball around too. Little League starts this weekend. There’s a skills camp Saturday and then skills assessment Sunday, so it should be fun. I’m just excited he still wants to play baseball.

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Friday Afternoon Run

I decided not to run this morning since it was W-I-N-D-Y out and I wanted to run outside. The wind was set to stop later in the afternoon and since it was supposed to be around 40 degrees I figured that the snow and ice were both melting, so I would be able to run and not have to keep stopping and starting my route due to roads being icy or blocked or slush or other such madness.

I’m glad I waited. I had a great run. I didn’t have to turn around once due to bad roads. I still had to run in the roads since people didn’t shovel, but instead of avoiding ice I was avoiding puddles, which is much more fun. Since there weren’t good sidewalks to run on, I decided to find a new route on some less frequented streets.



My new route took me over by the Little League fields. I went all the way to Lafayette, which got me to two miles. (Boy is this town small when you run.) Ask I made it to two miles and it was only a little over 20 minutes, I knew I had a nice pace. As usual, at about 2 miles I keep thinking, “I’m not sure if I want to run more than 3. I’ll walk the rest of the way home” and then I get to three and want to keep going. At three I had the choice of just heading back home or retracing my short out and back past the railroad tracks and the end of Piper. I took a picture of the same tracks that were covered a slushy two days ago and here’s what I saw this time.



Quite the difference two days make. No snow and no ice.

I was also able to finish Fangirl. I really enjoyed it. There were parts that were a bit too love story for me, but I really appreciate how Rowell wrote about fanfic and slash and incorporating writing genre work versus literary fiction. The passion of genre fiction versus the “work” it takes for literary fiction was an intriguing dichotomy for me. I started the latest episode of This American Life, so I’ll have a bit more on that when I finish it. Now, I’m looking for suggestions for the next book I should listen to.

All in all I was a bit more speedy than normal. I had a 10:18 pace and felt strong during the run. My guess is when I go for a run tomorrow it won’t be so fast-paced.



I love that my slow mile was 10:24. Ha.



It was a nice late afternoon run and I’m looking forward to more runs outside. Tomorrow might be the last day for awhile. It’s going to get cold and snowy again, so I might have to treadmill it next week, but that’s okay.