02
08

2010
5:09
PM

Today is Monday, February 8, 2010, and it is a good day for a run.

No run today, as usual, Mondays are cross-training days for me. But I am posting anyway for a few reasons: first, because I finally finished compiling my stats from last year’s running!

2009: My year in running.

I am a runner, but I am also a nerd. So I keep a pretty detailed training log and take way too much pleasure from making spreadsheets and graphs and all manner of other mostly useless statistical analysis. I have finally gotten around to compiling my stats for last year’s running, and here are the highlights:

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01
25

2010
10:52
PM

Today is Monday, January 25, 2010, and it is a good day for a run.

No run today though; strength training day on Monday as usual. I didn’t write yesterday night because I was busy watching the Vikings fumbling their trip to the Super Bowl away. The Vikes have never been to the Super Bowl in my lifetime, but I have had the pleasure of watching them lose four NFC championship games now. At least two of which, including this one, they should have won. On the other hand, the Hawkeye wrestlers shut out Michigan in the Big Ten opener and then won eight of ten matches at Purdue this weekend. But hey, isn’t this supposed to be about running?

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01
21

2010
10:30
PM

Today is Thursday, January 21, 2010, and it is a good day for a run.

Oh that I could have run today, but I am still braving my way through my injury-imposed running moratorium. The heel is feeling better every day, but I know I need to be patient, lest I screw up and undo all the healing that has been done.

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01
19

2010
10:46
PM

Today is Tuesday, January 19, 2010, and it is a good day for a run.

I have finally resigned myself to the conclusion I have been dreading, which is that this heel thing is not just a minor injury that I can run through and have clear up on its own. As much as I hate to face it, I have decided to accept the fact that I am going to have to rest it or keep prolonging it indefinitely.

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01
11

2010
10:02
PM

Today is Monday, January 11, 2010, and it is a good day for a run.

It is also a good day for a strength training workout, which is what I did today, as I do most every Monday. I didn’t run at all today, not even for a warm-up before lifting, like I usually would. The Achilles problem I mentioned last time I have determined is not actually an Achilles problem at all; it is a heel problem not related to the tendon. But it is bothersome enough to send me to the elliptical today instead of the treadmill for a warm-up. And as much as I dislike treadmills, I dislike ellipticals even more—but they do serve one good purpose, and that is when injury dictates something low impact.

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