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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.

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Sunny Sunday Run

Barb and I ran this afternoon and it was a beautiful day for a run. It was about 60 degrees and I actually got to run in a t-shirt. It was pretty fabulous. We decided to explore north of campus since we usually don’t run up that way. We ended up weaving around areas that used to be residential but now look like they’re mostly student housing. We ran by one of our students. We also found a dead end that had a way for us to cut through Q Lot. Once we did that we headed up to the cemetery and the Northeast part of town.


We ran through the cemetery a bit and then headed back down toward town. We tried to find ways to make it not so hilly, and it worked well.

We also learned that the water’s on at the cemetery, which is always a good thing. By the time we got to the cemetery we were more than half-way though our run, so it was perfect to take a bit of a water break.


I don’t remember there being so many spigots at the cemetery in the summer or last fall. I think they might be new. But, it’s great to know that they are there and there’s water available. Yippee.

I also found a cool unused track while we were running..


As usual, we did our 3/7 walk/run to prepare for our June 1st half. It was a great day for a run. We pretty much kept it at a 12 minute mile. We did 5 miles in 1 hour and then did a longer walk cool down when we were done. So, I just logged 5 miles.


After I was done running with Barb, I got in the house and Jack wanted to run. I think what he really wanted was an “energy bar.” We haven’t been keeping up with our C25K since it’s been crappy out, so I was glad to get him outside. We’re doing the Color Craze next Saturday, so we need to do some running. We did Week 2, so we ran 90 seconds and walked 2 minutes for 20 minutes. Including our warm-up and cool down, we got in 1.90 miles, which is good for him. It was a great run and of course I learned lots more about Pokemon than I will ever remember (or care to). Hopefully I can get him on the treadmill on Wednesday so that he can do a bit more running before the race.

Now I’m chilling and watching “Salinger“; finally. “The Catcher in the Rye” is my favorite book ever. I’m looking forward to the movie and so far, so good.