My Longest Run

Yesterday, after work, I put on my new Brooks running shoes and went for a long run. (Note: It was raining pretty hard, though not when I started.) I was shooting to go around 4 miles because that’s my long distance these days. I ran from my corner to the park and then three times around the park. I thought I’d also run home too, but my calves were feeling really sore and I thought it best to stop there. Turns out that I ran 4 1/2 miles! I had run for over an hour, as I still go pretty slow, averaging a just under a 14 minute mile. Not fast, but not bad, in my opinion. Needless to say, after walking home, I was incredibly sore. The muscles in my legs got really stiff. And they were pretty stiff this morning as well. Later in the day, they got better and now (around 10pm) they’re ok.

My plan is to run three times a week. So, I’m figuring Sunday, Tuesday or Wednesday and Thursday or Friday. Since my long run was Tuesday, I’m thinking maybe I should do my next run, which will be shorter and faster, on Friday. Though, depending how I feel (and if my shoes are dry), I might run tomorrow.

Bathroom Work

Finally, I got a good day of work in on the bathroom today. Basically, I built the wall by the sink. Here’s what it looks like.

I also cut off the old water supply pipes and cleaned up that area. Though, as can be seen in the photo, I also knocked off a chunk of drywall on the stairs.

And, as an added bonus, I also knocked a hole in my bedroom when I tried to hammer in a nail that was sticking out in the bathroom. As soon as I hit it, I realized that I should have pulled it out instead of pounding it in. So, I also have this to fix.

My Strange Goal

I’ve had this thing that I’ve wanted to do for a while. I don’t know why I want to do it, but I do. I’d like to say that I’ve ridden every bus or el line in Chicago. And not just taking a ride so that I could say that I’ve ridden it. I want to actually go places which require me to ride every route. I know it’s nuts and I don’t know why I want to do it, but I just do. I’ve ridden a number already and I’m going to create a single page listing all the routes I’ve ridden. Then, as I ride a new bus route or el line, I’ll add them to my list. Today, I rode the #12 Roosevelt and the #9 Ashland (though I’ve ridden that one in the past).