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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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Running and Biking

Yesterday (Saturday) it was a perfect day to be outside. Today, when I woke up it was snowing. This makes me happy that I got outside a lot yesterday.

Yesterday Barb and I went for a run. We did 3.4 miles and then walked the last 0.6. We did our run to Lincoln Elementary and back.



It was pretty fabulous out. I forgot to take a picture of the tracks we ran over on our run, so I snagged a picture of Lake Ruth over by Simpkins Hall.



I think I have other shots of the Lake. I’ll have to take some more from this angle at different times of the year.

Barb and I agreed to do the Galesburg Half-Marathon on June 1, so I’ll have to sign up for that ASAP. It should be fun. I’m excited and that means more training and upping my milage. I also hope that means better running weather than the snow today. We’re headed out tomorrow morning and it’s supposed to warm up this week. (Fingers crossed.)

Later in the day I biked with Jack to the bowling alley and dropped him off. Erin met me there and we went on our first bike ride of the season. Great day for a ride. It was a bit windy, but I didn’t care. I really love to bike. We went Northeast of town, past Veterans Park. We haven’t been that way before, but it was much better than Southwest and all the chip seal. On my way home I did manage to find some tracks to photograph:)


I read two books this week. I finished “Divergent” by Veronica Roth. It was fun. I’m going to read it with my “Reading Instruction in the Content Area” class that starts on Tuesday. We’re also going to watch the movie, which should be a fun field trip. I’m also teaching “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” by Mark Haddon. I really enjoyed the book and found it hauntingly beautiful. I can’t wait to teach it.