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First Run in March

I finally felt well enough to get in a run. Since we got 6 inches of snow last night, I had to hit the treadmill–big shocker. Instead of listening to a book, I decided to try to finish The Muppets. The movie wasn’t too bad. I always like those Muppets and there were some fun cameos. I made sure that when I took a picture of my milage I got a nice shot of Kermit.

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Isn’t he cute?

I felt good with my run today. I got in 3 miles and probably could have done 4, but didn’t want to overdue it. I might attempt another 2 tomorrow.

I’m hoping to be outside later this week. I just need the snow to melt enough so that I don’t have to run in the middle of the roads and it would be nice if folks would shovel (but that might be too much to ask). I do think that Dairy Queen might be opening soon, since it is March, so that’s something to look forward to.

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Wrapping Up February

Well my last week of February was somewhat of a dud. I did a 3 mile treadmill run on Monday the 24th since it was too cold for me to head outside.

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I was hoping to do at least 16 miles the last week and get me over 50 miles for the month, but my body had other plans. As I did my Monday run, I felt really crappy, but I wanted to get the run in. I quit at 3 miles, and when I was done I got really light-headed and didn’t feel well at all. Apparently I was coming own with something since I was pretty much sick the rest of the week. I was then hoping to get in a run with some friends on Thursday, but that didn’t happen. Instead I slept so that I could make it into school to teach that afternoon.

So, February ended with a total of 46.8 miles. Not too bad. And, I’m sure I’ll make up miles this summer when I can finally make it outside (whenever people shovel their sidewalks).


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Birthday Run

Today I was hoping to get outside for a run, but when I woke up it was snowing so I decided to hit the treadmill instead.  Since it’s birthday 42 for me, I did 4.2 miles today.

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4.2 miles also got me to the end of “Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead.” I really liked the end more than the beginning. I also realized that listening to it was nice because there was a great deal of interior dialogue with Claire thinking about her past and having dreams and listening to it helped to meld the dream and reality together in ways that I don’t think reading it myself would have. I like Claire more now than I did at the beginning.

Since it’s Valentine’s Day today I also went to Jack’s school and helped out with his party. He made this fabulous cookie

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and really wanted me to “post it on Facebook.” It was fun to be at the party, but they got way too much candy. Crazy sugar rush. After the party I sent to a movie (since I’ve become a bit obsessed with movies at the theatre lately). I saw The Monuments Men. It wasn’t bad, but I felt like it wanted to be plot-driven but the plot wasn’t strong enough and then it wanted to tell you an important historical story, but that wasn’t strong enough either so in the end it really lacked focus and both got lost. I do think the real story is quite interesting and you can learn about it on the Monuments Men Foundation site (which is totally different than the movie site). You should check it out and love art.

We also went to the shooting range on campus and shot some round in the Valentine’s Day pistol shoot. It was fun and they actually let Jack shoot. I didn’t think they would, but they said it was fine. He did really well.

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One of his targets is on the left. He shot at 25 feet. He went three rounds. I was really proud of him. One of mine is on the right. I shot at 30 feet. We had a good time and he was really excited he did so well. We both outshot Chris, so that made him even happier.

We also went out for dinner tonight. I had a Dogfish Head 90 minute Imperial IPA. It was pretty good, but I wished it was a bit more hoppy.

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Now were hanging out, watching a movie, and we’re gonna have some ice cream soon. Good times. Next week it should be 50, so then I can really run outside.


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Lincoln’s Birthday

It looks like I may soon be able to head outside! I had to run inside today, since the streets were still pretty full of snow and it wouldn’t be safe, but I’m hoping by Friday I can totally do an outdoor run again and feel safe.

I had a really nice treadmill run. The final chapters of “Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead” are really drawing me in. I was only going to do 3, but I ended up doing 4 so I could listen the the end of a chapter.

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Since I live in Illinois and it’s Lincoln’s Birthday, I had the day off. All state workers get Lincoln’s Birthday off. I did a little work this morning and got in my run, then we went to Jack’s school to watch his music class, which was fun. Lucy even sat there and behaved, probably because of Lorelei being there.

I live in a tiny little town with one movie theatre. It’s pretty nice, but since it’s a college town, there’s not a lot of more Independent films. This week they decided to do “Oscar Week” where they ran a number of Oscar films, but they only ran the movies once a day. So, I went to an early afternoon showing of Nebraska with Bruce Dern. It was pretty fabulous. It was haunting and painful in wonderful ways. I really think that June Squibb really stole the show. I loved the black and white and I loved the small, midwestern town feel. It reminded me of traveling across Nebraska this summer.

After a fabulous dinner of pancakes and turkey bacon, I decided that I had to head back to the theatre to see Dallas Buyers Club. Matthew McConaughey sort of drives me crazy, but I really wanted to see it. I had to take a nap, since 9:55 is usually around my weekday bedtime, but it was worth it. I thought I was going to be the only one in the theatre, but another couple came in and ruined my solo show. I thought that the film was well-done, but that Jerad Leto (or as I like to refer to him, Jordan Catalano) really stole the show. He was wonderful. And, his character, Rayon, was totally into Marc Bolan which also made me extremely happy. T-Rex is one of my favorite bands. I love the songs they chose to play, especially ending with “Life is Strange.”

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Still Cold

I’m now home. I took a nice picture from my little plane so my kiddos could see what it looks like out the window.

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Now I’m home and it’s just cold outside. I wanted to get in a nice run, but I can’t run outside with a -30 windchill and roads that haven’t been cleared. So, I hit the treadmill again today. I got in a 4 miler, and it was a really nice treadmill run.

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I’ve been listening to  Sara Gran‘s “Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead.” Claire DeWitt is an interesting private detective. I’m really torn because I’m drawn to her as a detective and I like the inner dialogue throughout the novel, but there’s a bit too much smoking and snorting of various substances.

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In this book, Claire is investigating a disappearance in post-Katrina New Orleans, but she also has connections to San Francisco and Brooklyn. The intertwining of the past and the present and the narratives Gran weaves that shed light on the backstory and motives in DeWitt’s life are fabulously haunting. I’m not sure if this is always a book for listening to. I am almost done and the chapters I was listening to this morning kept me going on the run, but I will probably read the next book in the series in “hard copy” so I can return to chapters and sections more easily to help me really remember what is happening throughout the text.

I’m dreaming of the days I can run outside for a least a week straight:) Hopefully that’ll happen next week when the highs are supposed to get into the 40s (above).


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Traveling and Running

This week I was traveling, so I got in running when I could. I didn’t travel anywhere warm, but it was still an adventure. Here’s my recap.

I was home on Monday, where I got in 3 miles on the treadmill before I needed to head into work.

 

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The good news is I actually got to teach my class on Monday night. First time in 3 weeks WIU was open on a Monday.

Tuesday there was a snowstorm headed our way. I had to fly out of the Quad Cities on Wednesday at 7:00 a.m., so I decided to go up Tuesday after I finished teaching in hopes that I wouldn’t have to drive through the snow. The snow was supposed to start on Tuesday morning, but it didn’t start until around 2 p.m. I taught until 3:15, ran home and got everything together and got on the road a bit before 4 p.m. The driving wasn’t bad. It was actually quite beautiful at times with no one on the road, and whiteness everywhere. By the time I made it to Monmouth the snow had stopped so I made it to my hotel in Moline around 6 p.m. I had a nice night’s sleep and we got at least 1-2 inches of snow during the evening.

My plan was set to leave at 7:05 a.m. We loaded on time, but left a little late due to deicing. The flight was only 45 minutes though, so it made me happy. When I got to the hotel I had a chance to get on the treadmill for a quick run. I made it 2.5 miles.

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The view from the workout room was great. It’s on the 14th floor, so I was able to look out over the city.

Since I was in a real city I was able to go out and get some good food and drinks. Thursday I tried a number of local brews. My favorite was my first, the Steel Toe Size 7 IPA. Nice and smooth and hoppy. The Steel Toe Brewery is out of St. Louis Park, MN. I’m looking forward to trying more of their beers.

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I also ran this morning (Friday), after sleeping in a bit. I was able to get in 3 miles before my Mom came to pick me up.

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It worked for me. I had dinner with my mom and sisters ate Salut Bar Americain in St. Paul. I got to draw on the table, which was fun.

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And my food looked good

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but the French onion soup, which I was so excited about, needed a bit more seasoning. The fries were pretty good and the glorified macaroni and cheese was a bit too salty. I tried a Lift Bridge Farm Girl Saison, which was a pretty nice beer. Still, I’m going to stick to my IPAs.

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All in all it was a good trip. I’m going to head to bed now, watch some of The Doctor (or as Lucy likes to call him, the new Doctor) and fall asleep. I’m traveling home tomorrow, so I’m hoping I get everywhere on time. I’m hoping that next week there will at least be a day or two where I can run OUTSIDE.