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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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
05

2010
10:13
PM

Today is Friday, February 05, 2010, and it is a good day for a run.

Today I felt good. For better or for worse (and mostly for worse), my mind the past few weeks has been always coming back to my left foot. (By the way, I have been striving to avoid Daniel Day-Lewis jokes, but even my doctor can’t stop himself, so what can I do?) Today when I walked around, and my thoughts turned to my heel, I felt good about it. Because today when I walked around, my heel felt just fine. And I was going to go for a run outside. No matter what.

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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
06

2010
10:29
PM

Today is Wednesday, January  6, 2010, and it is a good day for a run.

Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to run today. I didn’t have any workout at all, in fact, although I maybe could have if I really tried. Back at work this week, which means back to lunchtime workouts; today would have been a strength training day, but Anna and the kids came to have lunch with me today, and that was more important. I’ll strength train on Friday.

Yesterday was Tuesday, January 5, and it was also a good day for a run. And fortunately for me I did run yesterday. I didn’t get to write about it yesterday, however, since I spent my time after work watching the Iowa Hawkeyes shut down the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the Orange Bowl with 50 or so of my closest black-and-gold clad Madisonian friends whom I had never met before.  It was a great game and I am still riding the high from it.

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