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Back in the Swing of Things

Well May was pretty much a bust. I ended up doing 30 miles and I was hoping it would be twice that. Being sick really bites. But, what can you do? I just keep plugging along. Then, my computer died, so I’ve been MIA the past couple of days. I now have a new computer, so I’m good to go and set for Mississippi. So, what’s next is my info for June so far.

I’ve been working on building up milage again. Keeping it low to make sure I’m doing better. Now that I’m off all meds I’m feeling good, so on Sunday June 1 I ran a little over 3 miles with Barb. It was hot, but it was nice to be out and about. Then, in the afternoon I took Lucy hiking at Spring Lake. Since she’s a little tyke, we only did a mile and a half, but we had fun and we found a letterbox. It was pretty soggy, so my guess is that the person who set it up is MIA now, but that’s cool. Here’s a rocking picture of Lucy loving our hiking experience.

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She did have loads of fun, but on the way back she wanted me to wait on the trail and let her hike ahead and then call to me when she was ready to have me come. I had to keep explaining to her that I really didn’t want to keep her out of my sight as we hiked because it could be dangerous, especially since we were right next to the lake. It was loads of fun though.

I ran again on Tuesday. It wasn’t too bad outside, but you could tell it was going to get muggy. Barb and I ran 3.3 miles and then we walked for a bit to get us over 4. It was a nice run.

Today I walked with Erin. Lucy had to come with, so I pushed her in the stroller. We got in 4 miles walking, which was nice. I got in a few pictures as I’ve been walking, so they’re below.

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¬†I haven’t listened to a lot of books lately since I’ve been walking and running with people, but I did finish reading “Black Boy” by Richard Wright. And, I it was good, The second half got a bit tedious for me. I’m not sure why. I think it was all the Communist Party stuff. I don’t know why it drove me crazy, but it did. I’ve also been rewatching “The Wire.” It is my absolute favorite television series and I was a bit worried that I would return to it and it wouldn’t hold up like it did when I first watched it. But, it is still oh so beautiful. Absolutely stunningly written and I am so connected to the characters. Omar is still my favorite character to ever grace a small screen. Bodie is wonderful too. Really, they all are. I still hate Hurc and really want to punch McNulty. And, I forgot how much I love Bunk and Lester and Kima and Bubbles even Carver. I also love the whole 4th season so, so, so much.

I’m headed to Mississippi on Saturday and I’m hoping I can keep up my running. I probably won’t do tons of miles, but I am wanting to get in at least 15 a week. Maybe I’ll even find myself a running partner.

Oh, I’m also working on the 30 day ab challenge, so far, so good. I’m hoping I can keep it up all of June. I just want to be doing 120 seconds of planks on a regular basis.

I’m also hoping to return to more regular blogging now that I’m feeling better. We’ll see if there’s any train tracks in Jackson.

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Running Again

It’s been awhile, but I’m back to running. I couldn’t shake the cough and respiratory infection. I was at the asthma/allergy doctor a week and a half ago. He decided to put me prednisone and an antibiotic as well as a bronchial inhaler to try to fix things up. The prednisone cleared things up right away, but it made me a bit jittery and at times I had insomnia. I also feel like I gained a bunch of weight. Today was my last day on it, so I’m glad. I still have a bit of a cough every now and then, but I’ve been able to get back to running.

On Friday morning I started with a 4 mile walk with Erin, just to make sure that I would be doing okay. We walked through campus since for the most part, students are gone so it’s mellow. It was a nice walk and I felt good after it. I took a rest on Saturday and then Barb and I went out for a run on Sunday. We ran campus too. We did a 3/7 minute walk run. I had a bit of a cough at the beginning, but the run felt really good and I was excited to be back out and about. I got a little more phlegmy that afternoon, but it was okay.

On Monday it was Memorial¬†Day. I was going to go for a walk, but I didn’t want to overdo things. We went to Shawna and Curtis’ for a barbecue. Jack and I bilked there and back. Biking with Jack is very mellow, and that’s okay. It is only about 1.7 miles and it took us about 15 minutes. I wasn’t sure how long it would take. He did a nice job biking. The day was nice and mellow. I was a little frustrated since I couldn’t find any Hefeweizen anywhere in this town and I really want a Hefeweizen. At this point, I’m not sure when I’ll get one.

Tuesday, instead of running, Barb and I did a 3.8 mile hike through Spring Lake. We kept a steady pace–20 minute miles–and Banjo came. It was a nice hike and a good change of pace. Then, that evening, Jack and I went on a bike ride. We went out around the northeast part of campus and found some fun hills to go down. When we got back, Lucy and I took a ride around the block–in the rain. She loves it. I’m wondering if I can get her training wheels off soon.

Today we did a run. We did another 3/7 minute walk/run. It was really humid and the run dragged, so we just did 3.2 (40 minutes) and then walked the rest of the time. There was one point where I got a bit dizzy. I think it was the medicine, so I’m glad that this is my last day. The run was nice, but I can feel the missed weeks. Still, my legs are itching to get out and about.

It’s nice to be out and active again since I didn’t do much for the last two weeks. We’ve decided not to do the Half on Sunday though. I missed the last two long runs and I just don’t want to end up over exerting myself when I haven’t been running lately and then have a relapse. I’m headed to Jackson, Mississippi on June 7th, so I want to make sure that I’m ready for my 3 weeks there. I think I might try to get in a swim or two next week and then hopefully find a good triathlon this summer. We’ll see.