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It’s Over

Today, I am not working. I took the day off, thinking I would need it to recover from the half-marathon that I ran yesterday. Turns out that I really don’t need it. My muscles are a little sore, but I feel fine. We did not go fast at all in the half-marathon, my time was around 3:18. In fact, I felt so good yesterday that I cleaned out my entire living and dining room, threw out my old couches and went and bought a new one.

I think I might like to try running a half-marathon again. It was long and tiring, but it was fun. And while I did complain a lot about training, I did enjoy it. I know I’m in much better shape than when I started, which is nice. And I hadn’t trained for anything in years, so that was fun to do again.

Anyway, so today I can do whatever I want. I think I might go to the Art Institute to look at the pictures and maybe sign up for an art class.

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My Runs

The Nike Plus website is letting me share my last 5 runs with the world. So, I’ve copied the code and am posting it here to see how it looks.

I know it’s silly, but I think this is WAY cool!

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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.

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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).

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Running

This Sunday, I ran 3.25 miles and felt ok afterwards. Maybe I can do this half-marathon after all.

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A Crazy Idea

So, my friend Laurie Strahinski emailed me the other day, asking if I wanted to run a half-marathon with her in August. Now, as I’m easily 50 lbs. overweight, this seems to be a ridiculous idea. But, because I am an idiot, I agreed. I have been going to the gym off and on (more off than on), so it’s not like I’m starting from scratch. My first week, I could run two miles pretty easily. Now, I’m up to three miles in just under 40 minutes. So, I’m not breaking any speed records, but I’m doing ok. I’m trying to run three times a week, though I’m not sure how my knees will hold up.

I bought a new ipod because my old one would just stop playing for no reason. I also got a nikeplus thing to keep track of how far I run. After one run where it just didn’t work properly, it now seems to be ok. I like it because it gives me all the information that I like to see when running. I want to know exactly how far I’m going and how fast. It’s just something to keep my mind off the fact that I’m running.