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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.

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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.

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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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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:

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And, here are our splits.

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Went pretty well.

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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:

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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:

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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.

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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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Running, Galesburg, and Veronica Mars

Today was super fun. I started out with a 4 mile run. It was beautiful outside and perfect for a run. I went out and about and got in my 4.

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I kept a steady pace for the 4 miles, keeping it just under 11 minute miles. I’m hoping to do a longer run, maybe at least 6, next weekend. During my run I finished up listening to the latest This American Life: Episode 519: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Totally fascinating. I also continued on with my favorite, Flavia. She always makes me happy.

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After I got home I went back out with Jack and finished off his first week of the C25K. He did a nice job. My favorite part of running with him is how he holds my hand when we’re done doing our run and we start to walk. He never stops talking about either Pokemon or crazy video games, but that’s cool. Hopefully I can get him to keep going until he can do at least 3 miles.

After running we went up to Galesburg. Chris and the kiddos went to the Children’s Discovery Depot. They totally remodeled the place since we’d been there last, and the kids had a blast. I had a drs. appointment. When I was done I picked them up and we headed out to Carl Sandburg‘s Birthplace. It was pretty neat. Sandburg’s lived in Galesburg until he was 19 and his ashes are under the Remembrance Rock. I’ll have to go back without the kids so I can read everything in more depth.

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We also went and had hotdogs at Coney Island. I got a veggie Chicago Style dog. It was delish. I highly recommend it.

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We also went to Target, since you can’t really go to Galesburg without going to Target.

After dinner I watched the new Veronica Mars Movie. I backed it on Kickstarter and got the digital download, so I didn’t even need to drive to Springfield to see the movie. It was super fun. They totally didn’t disappoint. I loved that Ira Glass was in the film and so was James Franco!!! It made me laugh so much. I had no idea. It was the best cameo ever. James Franco as James Franco. He’s everywhere. Really, a great film if you’re a Marshmallow.

All in all a pretty good Pi Day, or P.I. Day for Veronica.