04
05

2010
7:55
PM

Today is Monday, April 05, 2010, and it is a good day for a run.

As I write this, I am sitting in the Airport waiting to board my flight to Minneapolis, which will then connect to my flight to London. While this trip will present plenty of challenges, this is a running blog, so one of the big challenges I will be facing is how marathon training will hold up to the next ten days, five flights, two countries, and all the work stress and travel stress that is inevitably going to play havoc with my usually schedule-driven and routine-based existence.

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04
01

2010
9:15
PM

Today is Thursday, April 01, 2010, and it is a good day for a run.

April fool’s, and the trick that I got played on me today was Mother Nature springing (you see what I did there) a twenty-degree jump up the thermometer. When I checked the weather widget before lunch today, it told me 80 degrees, and it was still going up then.

Don’t get me wrong, I understand that almost everybody was in love with the weather today. I, however, had seven miles to run on legs (and lungs) that were definitely used to temperatures below sixty. There was a wind again today, but instead of being an obstacle, like on Tuesday, it was actually welcome when I felt it; it was a nice cooling factor, and not nearly as strong as last time.

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03
30

2010
7:56
PM

Today is Tuesday, March 30, 2010 and it is a good day for a run.

One last run before March wraps up to cap off my record mileage month and put me over the century mark—including today’s seven miles, I am at 104 for the month. And I only have progressively longer runs on the schedule to look forward to in April, so it could become the new record holder right away. From an official mileage-logging perspective, my weeks start on Monday, but if you consider it from a 7 consecutive days perspective, I’ve done 33 miles in the past seven days, which is probably my longest 7-day stretch with the exception of marathon week last year, which only beats it out because of that .2 on the end.

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03
23

2010
9:55
PM

Today is Tuesday, March 23, 2010, and it is a good day for a run.

A great day for a run, actually; after this weekend’s cold snap, temps were back up in to the fifties and the sun was out. I did my Tuesday two-mile easy run, and enjoyed it the whole way. No interesting stories to tell, although afterward, when I was stretching in the gym, my friend/co-worker Nick was picking my brain about my run today and my running in general, because he and another co-worker had just made plans to start running outside together since it is nice out. I’ve been having more and more conversations with co-workers about running lately; probably because it is on people’s minds now that it is getting nice enough to make people want to get outside and do stuff after being inside all winter. Also, I am still actively pursuing getting people signed up for my work Crazylegs team, so I’ve been putting the bug in people’s collective ear, so to speak. Anyway, I told him I would share some courses I have laid out around work.

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03
17

2010
3:25
PM

Today is Wednesday, March 17, 2010, and it is a good day for a run.

Yesterday was just an easy run day, two miles—a mile out, and a mile back, nothing much to report. The weather was nice, and except for the fact that I almost stopped an eighth of a mile too soon, because I was on auto-pilot mentally, and stopped for a second at the point where many of my courses finish (but not the one I was running at the time), it was a pretty by-the-book run.

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03
13

2010
9:14
PM

Today is Saturday, March 13, 2010, and it is a good day for a run.

I haven’t written in a while, for various reasons; partly because I was busy with another writing project, partly because I’ve been with the kids and such, but mostly just because I have been lazy about it. I have not been lazy about running, however, so now I have three runs in the past week to catch up on.

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03
04

2010
10:24
PM

Today is Thursday, March 04, 2010, and it is a good day for a run.

Happy birthday to Henry, who is three years old today, and every bit of him full of the promise that being a three-year-old brings. I love him and an am proud of him every day.

Today was about Henry, so I had to make plans to reschedule my usual Thursday lunchtime run so that I could spend that time having lunch with my birthday boy and the family. After work wasn’t going to be an option, because that would have just cut in to my evening time to play with him, so I had to go for early morning before work. I’m usually gone before he wakes up, anyway, so it made the most sense.

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03
02

2010
10:18
PM

Today is Tuesday, March 02, 2010, and it is a good day for a run.

I haven’t written in a while, because life intervenes. Last night I spoke to my sister on the phone and we both lamented our lack of Olympics to watch, and how that means now we actually have to get back to doing the things we were supposed to be doing all along that the Olympics distracted us from. You know, like work. Henry still asks to watch them, even though I was telling him a few days before the closing ceremonies that they would be over soon and not be back again for a very long time. So I guess I’d better get back to writing in a timely fashion. But there are always other things to distract me. Like the rest of the internet.

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02
23

2010
9:51
PM

Today is Tuesday, February 23, 2010, and it is a good day for a run.

Here I am, watching the Olympics again, and they are blissfully taking a break from figure skating to show the cross-country skiing portion of the Nordic combined team competition. Fantastic. They just showed the American team training and in one part, they were cross-country skiing indoor on a treadmill. Amazing. It was like a super-wide treadmill with a flexible belt, and the guy was using skis with wheels on them. I guess I never thought about what it would be like if I was in a sport where you absolutely could not participate in it year-round. Running in the snow is not ideal, but I can do it. But you just can’t cross-country ski without snow. Even playing Ultimate Frisbee, which I choose not to do in winter, I still could play indoors if I had the time and money to do so. Speed skating and hockey and other ice sports can be played indoors on man-made ice. There are snow machines, sure, but it would be a tall order to create enough snow for a full 10k cross-country course.

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02
16

2010
10:27
PM

Today is Tuesday, February 16, 2010, and it is a good day for a run.

I did run today, but I’ll get to that later; I still haven’t written about Sunday’s long run, and here it is already Tuesday. Let me say this: it is hard for me to get any writing done when the Olympics are going on. As it is I don’t have a lot of time to write, anyway, given that I’m working most of the day, and then spending time with the kids after work, I really only get the chance between their bedtime and mine; usually about a couple of hours. And of course there are plenty of other things competing for my attention during that span, as well; as it stands right now, one of those things happens to be watching winter sports.

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