Thursday, February 25, 2010


Today's run: 2 miles
Week total to date: 8 miles
Month total to date: 16 miles
Lent total to date: 16 miles

That was... interesting. I wanted to wait an hour or so and have some fluids after my plasma donation before I ran. Well, I waited a bit too long, because the sun was well on its way to being down when I set out. I then felt some pressure to get this in as quick as possible before I'd be on the trail in the dark. So, I took off like a bat out of hell. Not smart. But, I got the miles in.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Random thought.

I was basing my choice for my half on others being able to attend. The more I think... no. This is about me and me alone. To hell with who can and can't be there.

Monday, February 22, 2010


Today's run: 4 miles
Week total to date: 6 miles
Month total to date: 14 miles
Lent total to date: 14 miles

It was All-Star toque day. :D Last year, when helping out with the local university's men's hockey team, I got it as a gift. I've started wearing it on days when I need that extra oomph--how can you not want to kick ass when you're wearing an NHL All-Star toque?
Also, for some reason, 4 miles just feels like a significant run for me. I can't explain it, but I always feel a little extra "heck yes!" after I finish a 4 miler.
We have a winter storm watch out for tomorrow night going in to Wednesday. I've been spoiled for the last few days with sun and relatively warm temps. I'm gonna probably do another 4 mile run tomorrow to bank a little mileage in case I can't get out on Wednesday or Thursday.

Sunday, February 21, 2010


Today's run: 2 miles
Week total to date: 2 miles
Month total to date: 10 miles
Lent total to date: 10 miles

Just a run of the mill 2 miler. I took yesterday off because my right calf was really bugging me after work. Today after some stretching and whatnot it felt better, so I just decided to do a quick 2 mile to get out and moving.

Friday, February 19, 2010

2/19/10--an exploration with timing.

Time goes, you say? Ah no!
Alas, Time stays, we go.
~Henry Austin Dobson

Today's run: 2 miles
Week total to date: 8 miles
Month total to date: 8 miles
Lent total to date: 8 miles

Today, I decided to do a time trial to see where I was at. Looking back, I should have gone to NMU and used the track or something, but I used my usual 2 mile out-and-back instead. The issues: 1. a significant hill at the very beginning/end of the route; 2. 4 total street crossings, and a mouth-breathing cretin local population who wouldn't know what a crosswalk was if it was beat in to them. But, rants aside--the clock is the clock, and after the 2 miles, the clock read 20:55. Now, I'm not sure which angle to take when looking at this. On one hand, I can see the Lindsey who ran in the Big North Conference finals her senior year pointing and laughing at this. On the other hand, this re-incarnation of Lindsey-as-a-runner is in her infancy, and hasn't been doing this long. So, shame? Pride? Indifference? Perhaps, I'll look at this as a starting point. I'll log some more miles, and in a week or two I'll do it again and see if I can't shave some time off.

Thursday, February 18, 2010


Today's run: 3 miles
Week total to date: 6 miles
Month total to date: 6 miles
Lent total to date: 6 miles

When people ask me why I like to run, I think about days like today. Days when the sun is out, when there's just a slight breeze, and I feel awesome. That's why. Today was just a great run, no questions asked.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

I've been slacking

Yes, it's true. I've been big time slacking. The only minor excuse I have was this cold/flu-like bug I came down with last week that kept me on the sidelines, but I was slacking before that, even. I'm ashamed, really. I'm better than this.

But, I'm going to look forward, not dwell on the past few weeks and what I haven't done.

Today's run: 3 miles
Week total to date: 3 miles
Month total to date: 3 miles

It felt good, all things considered. Usually the first run back after a longer time off or after sickness (and especially after BOTH) is craptacular in a lot of ways. Not today. My legs felt pretty good, my breathing was a little rough given the remnants of the cold that are hanging around but it was nothing too bad. My only complaint was a side stitch I got at about 1.25 miles, but it went away after the 2 mile mark.

I've also started a new challenge for myself--something to kind of get me primed and going before I start a half-marathon training program. It's Lent, and while I'm not particularly religious, I usually give something up or give myself a challenge to take on during the period. My challenge this year: run a total of 120 miles. I did the math--Lent is technically 46 days (the Sundays are not counted in the Western Christian Lent period)(Source), so it comes out to 2.6 miles per day. Giving myself at least one day off a week (I've gotta be realistic--days off are important and thinking I'll run every day would just be foolish), I'm gonna look at it as 3 miles per day. Obviously, I'm going to be working up toward longer runs, so it's not going to be 3 miler after 3 miler after 3 miler. I think I'd lose my mind if I did that. No.

I promise to keep up on this more.

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