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Summer Vacation Begins

Yesterday was Jack’s last day of 2nd grade. So, today starts Summer Vacation. It was a beautiful day. I decided to start if off with a run. It was in the mid 50s in the morning, so I decided to run campus since it wasn’t going to be brutally humid and drive me nuts. I love running campus in the summer. There is no one around and it’s peaceful and calming. There’s some construction going on, but it still isn’t bad. The run moves from sun to shade and today there was a bit of wind as I ran. I was going to just do 3, but I decided on 4 instead since it was so nice.

As usual, when I first start to run, especially when I run alone, I don’t think I can make it longer than 10 minutes, but, by the time I get to like 2.5 or 3, I’m just settling in and am ready to go all day. Also, since I was on that med and I wasn’t feeling too good for a bit and was dizzy and had a time or two where I was feeling spacing after and during a run, I was a bit hesitant about whether or not I would feel good on my run. It took a little longer, but as usual, I finally settled in.

There are no train tracks around campus, so I took a picture of the crossing walk sign instead. Figured it was the next best thing.



Yesterday I took a shot that I didn’t get to post (by tracks of course), so here it is:


Since I haven’t been out and about for awhile, I have a few This American Life’s to catch up on. I listened to “Is That What I Look Like?” I ended up stopping it halfway though the section with Molly Ringwald where she re-watched “The Breakfast Club” with her 10-year old daughter. I almost kept listening since I do love both her and “The Breakfast Club” so much, but I needed to get home. I might have to go out tomorrow just to hear the end.

After the run, me and the kiddos headed on down to the Farmer’s Market. We biked there. Jack rode on this own and I put Lucy in the trailer. It was fun. We got rhubarb and strawberries so we could make strawberry-rhubarb pie. We also went to the library and signed up for the summer reading program and got some books.

We spent the day making fun things. We made pie; one strawberry-rhubarb and one rhubarb.


We did a crumble top and they are tasty.

We also made some slime, which was really fun.


The slime was really gooey and Jack named it “slimy.” I think we’ll make some more tomorrow, which should be fun.

While we were making slime, I also made pizza, which I hadn’t made in awhile. That was tasty too.


The kids don’t like toppings besides cheesy, so I only did half with peppers and onions.

All in all, it was a good day. Started with a nice run, got in some biking and baking and slime making. I’m to the end of :the Wire” though. It makes me sad, as usual, but I’m glad I rewatched it since it’s just as brilliant, if not even more, the second time around.


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Misty Morning Run

I decided that I wanted to get a run in this morning. I didn’t have to be in until later, so I had some time. When I first headed out it started to rain a bit, so I waited about 15 minutes and then went out again. The radar said there wasn’t going to be rain in the morning, so I just trusted it. (Even though it looked like the sky was gonna open up at any minute.) I did 3.1 mies and kept a nice pace. Finished in under 35 minutes, which is good for my mellow run. I ended up heading down Ward and back. I figured if it did start to rain Compton Park was there and the bathrooms are now open (and drinking fountain on), so I would just run in there.

I ended up taking this shot, which is sort of creepy, but I love it. Plus, it totally represents what the morning looked like.


Also, instead of finishing Veronica Mars, I listened to the latest This American Life, which was about death and taxes. During my run I was listening to the part on death, which talked about nurses working in hospice and people who were dying. Most of the people they talked about were those with cancer. The whole thing was quite disturbing, but I couldn’t stop listening. The day was dreary and cold and the piece just seemed to fit with the run.

There was a point when I was running where I was feeling tired and that the whole run was heavy. It was one of those days where I had to keep saying that I would go another 5 minutes or just get to the next mile and by the time I got to the end of my run I felt ready to keep going. It seems that it’s taking me a bit longer to really get settled into my run when I’m running on my own. We’ll have to work on that.

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Saturday Afternoon Run

Today I decided to run home after Jack’s final basketball game at the Y. They won the game, and even though he’s the smallest one on the team, he’s getting better and really enjoys getting in someone’s face after they’ve stopped dribbling (although apparently when you play 2nd and 3rd grade basketball you can start and stop dribbling as much as you want). Because I started at the Y, I had a different route than I normally do. I ran to Lincoln and around a bit before heading home.


As usual, I had to run in the road since no one seems to shovel, but I tried to pick roads that weren’t so busy so it didn’t matter. It was a nice day for a run, but since I had just run last night I was a bit tired and ended up only doing 3.1 miles. Usually just after mile 2 I’m really ready to keep going, but today I was just ready to get home.

Since I ran on the other side of town than I usually run on, I did find a place to run over the tracks that I usually don’t run over. I took a few shots from the tracks, but I really liked the long, emptiness of this one.


I also listened to Episode 518 of This American Life: Except For That One Thing. I’m almost to the end of the piece, Run On Sentence, which was interesting. It’s about a man who is arrested and needed to serve a prison term after 13 years. They never found him to put him into prison for his sentence. He turned his life around, got a good job, got married, had kids, etc. The only reason they found him and came looking for him is because the Missouri State Corrections was getting ready to “release” him since they thought he was in their system already and then they found out he actually wasn’t there. And hadn’t been there for 13 years. What a mess. As fascinating as that piece is, and it really makes me more sad than anything (our prison system is a mess and he should be left alone to live his life), I really enjoyed Act Two. Act Two, Hungry, Hungry People tells the story of the American Hippopotamus. Jon Mooallem tells the story of two men in the early 1900s who wanted to import hippopotamuses and raise them in Gulf Coast swamps so that Americans could eat them as meat. Absolutely fascinating story of American history and what was being done in the time of a meat shortage.

I love This American Life and hate that there’s only one hour a week. Now I need more reading suggestions. All in all, it was a nice outdoor run. I keep attempting to get them in since it’s supposed to get cold and snowy next week. I’m hoping I’ll still be able to get outside though. Being outside gets me at more milage. I’ve already run more this month than I did last month and I think being able to run outside this week has really helped make that happen.

Here’s my overall run info:


And here are my splits, which weren’t too bad considering I was a bit tired.