Saturday, October 31, 2009

Day 986 -- Jogger's Progress

Time40 days, 22 hrs, 8 min
10 days, 22 hours, 58 mins

Well, it's been kind of a lazy month. I didn't get any long runs in at all, so even though I got in 22 days, I only managed 106 miles, my low month since December. I will have to pick it up in November. The one thing that I accomplished that I have never done before is that I ran in three states in the same month. Of course, that was the result of just cutting the corner of North Dakota.

Today was a great day for running, as long as you were headed east. I could have run east all the way to Beloit. Unfortunately, I had to turn around and run back west, into a steady wind. Nonetheless, I got in almost six miles, which was good.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Day 985 -- Tintah (Maybe)

Tintah is south of Nashua, so I'm somewhat past it. I don't think this photo is from Tintah, though. The students are from Campbell-Tintah School, St. Mary's, and/or Breckinridge Elementary. But the event is at Chahinkapa Park, which, as far as I can tell, is way up in Wahpeton, ND. In any case, it looks like a fun event, except for the sweaty Jogger running through. The photo is from the web page for Wilkin County, MN, which is where one would find Tintah.

Another quick three this morning. I don't have time for a long run on Tuesdays or Thursdays. We'll see if I can get in a longer run tomorrow. I don't have any particular reason to get in early tomorrow, so perhaps I'll just sleep in a little. I admit that I'm tired to the bone.

Right now, I'm still at work, waiting for the last two students to finish the stats exam. It seems to have gone OK. Nobody's head exploded. I hate it when that happens. It's an awful mess. I'll have that to grade this weekend, and a really messy Calc worksheet. I failed to work the problems out in advance, so a couple of them are horribly nasty. No one to blame but myself.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Day 984 -- Nashua

Run for your life! From the Climatology Working Group at the University of Minnesota, funnel clouds west of Nashua. Oh, wait, that was June 17, 2009. I imagine that they are gone by now.

Yesterday was Day 984. I got up and ran a quick three. But this morning, I just couldn't get going, so I skipped a day. Oh, well.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Day 983 -- Tenney

No special story, here. This photo was uploaded to Wikimedia Commons. The photographer released the rights "to be used for any purpose by any person." Probably not what he had in mind, but...

It was a rough morning. I'm starting to get the cold that has ripped through the Jogger family over the last week. I don't feel really bad (yet), but it definitely sapped my energy this morning. Even though I ran indoors, I was pretty slow. I'm just trying to take it easy so this cold doesn't get too severe, or last too long.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Day 982 -- Welcome to Minnesota

Well, so much for North Dakota. After spending three months and 70 running days in South Dakota, I spent six days and six running days in North Dakota. Just nipped off the corner. No particular reason. No offense to my hundreds of thousands of readers in North Dakota.

I didn't feel much like running this morning, but I did anyway. Not outside. I went to the gym. It was good. No hills, no wind, no rain. That was the only thing that saved me. And now, I think I'll take a day off.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Day 981 -- More Fairmount

From Stephen-KarenConn at VirtualTourist, beautiful downtown Fairmount. Looks absolutely lovely.

The forecast last night was for cold rain this morning. I don't have time to go to the gym on Thursdays, so I figured I'd just take a day off. I had run the past four days in a row, so I was due. I woke up to the sound of that cold rain pittering on the window. And I got up and ran a quick three. In the cold rain. Don't ask me why. I'm glad that I did. It made the whole day that much easier.

The weather tomorrow calls for more of the same, but tomorrow, I will have time to go to the gym. And I probably will.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Day 980 -- Fairmount

Another day, another church. This is First English Lutheran Church in Fairmount. Interesting name. I used to go to a First English Lutheran Church, in another part of the country. For that matter, I used to go to a Trinity Lutheran Church, which was my last stop. If I find a Sinai Lutheran Church around here, I'll have covered all my Lutheran bases.

I ran 6 miles this morning. It was a nice morning for it. Cool and not real windy. There was a very slight sprinkle of rain towards the end, but by that time, I was warm enough that it was welcome.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Day 979 -- Great Bend

From RootsWeb, Trinity Lutheran Church in Great Bend. Great Bend is a bit north of where I'm running, now. I jogged eastward at Hankinson, and Great Bend seems to be the next exit north. But what the heck! It's a nice looking church.

I did just a quick three miles this morning. It didn't feel too bad. I'm pretty glad that I didn't try to do four. We'll see whether I get out tomorrow, or whether I take a day off.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Day 978 -- Hankinson

St. Philip Catholic Church in Hankinson, ND. I found it on the web site for Falk Groundsource Technologies. Apparently, Falk did some sort of work for St. Philip. The page doesn't actually say.

I ran six and a half this morning. It was a little rough. Yesterday's run was at noon, so today's was less than 18 hours later. And I've gotten myself out of shape. A month ago, back-to-back six milers wouldn't have been a problem. That's OK. I'm hanging on and getting back into the groove.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Day 977 -- North Dakota

At long last, I have left South Dakota, and run into North Dakota. I ran South Dakota more or less corner to corner, so it was a long slog. I ran into South Dakota on July 12, and have run 70 days since. I won't be in North Dakota nearly as long, since I'm already almost to the eastern border. [North Dakota sign from Ed's World.]

I took Friday and Saturday off from running, and damn near took today off, too. I slept in this morning, and didn't get a run in until after church. Since the Packers had a noon game, I wasn't planning to run after church, but I got so antsy, that I just did. I missed the first half of the Packers game, but it wasn't that exciting. They pounded the Lions.

I've been grading all weekend. Friday was our Fall Break, so we didn't have classes, but I didn't manage to avoid grading entirely. I'm now done with the Calc exams, and more or less ready for tomorrow. And it's early evening, and time to wind down to bed. Sigh.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Day 976 -- Rosholt

Via, Saint Nicholas Cemetery in rural Rosholt, SD. Rosholt is east of New Effington. I'm not really running that way, but I suppose I can stop.

I ran in the rain this morning. Yesterday, I went to the gym, but with an 8:00 class on Thursdays, I don't like to wait for the gym to open. It wasn't a hard rain, or particularly cold. In any case, I survived another quick three miles.

Tomorrow is our Fall Break. I wish I could say that I will spend the whole day relaxing, but I still have much to do. I hope to get in a little relaxing, anyway.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Days 973, 974, and 975 -- New Effington

New Effington Elementary, where Mrs. Hosmer's 4th grade class has created a web page to tell us a little about the town, and encourage us to come visit. Well, here I am.

I haven't been running really strong, lately. Only three miles on Monday and Tuesday, and five mile today, but it felt like 50. Lack of sleep. I was up late Monday night writing a test, and again Tuesday giving the test. This is a four day week, because we have fall break on Friday, and I seem to be destined to get five days worth of work into the four days. Ugh!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Day 972 -- Sisseton Wahpeton College

Sisseton is behind me, now, but I just found Sisseton Wahpeton College. It's a small technical college--they don't even seem to have a math department--but it's worth a visit. This is some of the faculty and staff in their academic regalia for the 2009 graduation.

I didn't get out of bed this morning, but I went for a four and a half mile run after church. I'm glad that I did, because since then, I've just been sitting on my duff, watching football and grading. Another weekend has slipped way without me having much time to relax. Oh, well, our Fall Break is this Friday, and I promise that I'll take some time off.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Day 971 -- Interstate 29

Via AA Roads, the interchange from highway 10 to I-29. I ran onto the interstate yesterday morning. I ran about six miles yesterday, and it was tough going. It was one of those rare days when even a run didn't get me fired up. I dragged all day, and slept in this morning.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

An Open Letter to the Mom who contacted the Provost to complain because her son had to take an evening exam in my Stats class

Dear Mom,

I understand that you have been communicating with the Provost here at [my university] about my course policies. I hope you don't mind if I inject myself into the conversation.

First, I hope that you understand that I view evening exams as a benefit for the students. For one thing, having the exam in the evening gives me more class time for review. The Stats exam was Thursday evening, and on Thursday morning, we spent most of the class reviewing. I'm sure that this helped consolidate the students' understanding, and led to better scores on the exam. The other thing is that an evening exam is untimed. Stats class is one hour and 18 minutes. I had people who took close to two hours on that exam. Since they weren't rushed, they had time to consider their answers, and to find and correct their mistakes. This also undoubtedly helped their scores.

Evening exams are actually not easy from me. I have to take time away from my family, and spend up to fourteen hours at work. I'll do that seven times this semester in my various classes. I do not get paid extra to do this. I do it because I think it's best for the students.

The second thing I want to tell you is that I do know that students can have conflicts. They have other classes. They have jobs. They have personal commitments, ranging from parenting their own kids to practicing for the intramural dodge ball tournament. I recognize these conflicts, and I always give my students the opportunity to arrange another time for the exam. Students in that stats class took the exam as early as Wednesday afternoon, and as late as the following Monday. If [Stu] had asked, I would gladly have arranged for a better time for him to take the exam.

The thing that I most want to stress is that I am seriously offended by the way you have attempted to handle this issue. I understand that you are a faculty member at [your university], and I can't believe that you welcome conversations about your course policies between parents and your chief academic officer that don't even involve you.

If [Stu] has a question about my course policies, he is more than welcome to come talk to me about them. I am very open about the reasons behind my policies, many of which were developed from years of experience. If [Stu] and I couldn't agree on something, he would have the option of talking to my department chair. If he was still unsatisfied, he could talk to the dean, and then, and only then, should he talk to the Provost.

Note that I said "he". You really don't belong in this conversation at all. [Stu] is an adult, and you aren't doing him any favors by running interference for him. He is old enough to make his own choices and his own mistakes. At this point, your job as a parent is to give him advice if he'll sit still to listen to it. But you should not be trying to fix his problems. That cannot end well.

For what it's worth, I think [Stu] will be fine. I talked to him after the exam about what had gone wrong. He is one of the few student in any of my classes who initiated this conversation. We talked about some of his mistakes, and made plans for preparing for the next exam. The issue of the exam time never came up, by which I infer that he really doesn't think it's that big a problem.

I acknowledge your right to be concerned about [Stu], but I really think that you need to back off and let him handle his course load by himself.


Prof. Jogger


So what do you think, JogAmericaBlog fans? This woman has not actually contacted me at all, and my Provost pretty much backed me up. Should I find out her e-mail address and send this, or should I be content to vent anonymously on a blog that almost no one reads?

Day 970 -- More Sisseton

Apparently, even at a mere 2500 residents, Sisseton is big enough to be the county seat of Roberts County. Here I am, going for a quick run in front of the county courthouse.

If it is a quick run, it will match the three miles that I did this morning. The weather was OK at 5:30, but it quickly developed into rain, which lasted, on and off, all day. I hope that it's clear tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Day 969 -- Sisseton

Sisseton is the heart of the Wahpeton-Sisseton Indian Reservation. Other than that, it doesn't seem to be much. It's population at the 2000 census was only 2,572. But it does have this nice tower, which I found at

I woke up yesterday to the sound of a cold rain. Yes, I could tell it was cold from the sound. Since I had an 8:00 class, I didn't have time to wait for the gym to open. So I skipped my run. I actually had time to run in the afternoon, but I didn't. This morning, I got in six miles. It wasn't bad. There was a brisk wind, but it wasn't all that cold.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Day 968 -- Wahpeton-Sisseton Indian Reservation

Some time in the past few days, I ran into the Wahpeton-Sisseton Indian Reservation. This sign, which I picked up from Wikimedia Commons, gives you an idea of how big it is.

Today was my last run at 44. Yes, today is my birthday, but I was born at 7:22 pm, so this morning, I was still 44. Tomorrow will be my first run at 45. I'll let you know how it goes.

Today was fine. I ran a fairly brisk 6.5 miles, and felt pretty good, overall. Then Monday hit, and by now I'm pretty tired. The Packers are playing the Vikings on Monday Night Football, but I don't know if I'm going to make it to the end of the game. We'll see.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Day 967 -- Is this a great country, or what?

Well, my birthday is tomorrow, but Monday nights are usually pretty manic around the Jogger household. So we decided to celebrate tonight. Mrs. Jogger made another great cake. Here, let's get the close up.

I know, it's not as fancy as some of the stuff that she has done, but it's still a really cool idea. We've already eaten the entire east coast. We've got the whole midwest, the Rocky Mountains, and the west coast yet to go.

I just ran 3 miles this morning, and that was hard enough. The tough thing is that I know what the problem is. It's not that I'm exercising too hard. It's that I'm not getting enough sleep. So, to bed.

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Day 966 -- Eden

Eden doesn't look very idyllic in this photo, from BuckeyeMel's Flikr stream. It looks downright cold, actually. Good thing I'm running, to generate some heat.

I got out this morning and ran about nine miles. It might be a little soon after the marathon to run that far, but I made it. I didn't feel very strong at the beginning, or at the end, or in the middle. But I did keep on plodding, and I finished. Can't knock that.

You may have noticed that the counter to the left is now counting down to the Madison Marathon in May, 2010. Registration for Madison opened on Thursday, October 1. And I registered on Thursday, October 1. I couldn't resist. The main thing that I want to do in the next seven months is to lose some weight. The marathon will go a lot better at 200 pounds than at 225. We'll see.

Friday, October 02, 2009

Day 965 -- Roslyn

I ordered photos from Action Sports International, the official photographers of the Fox Cities Marathon. I actually ordered downloads of all my pictures. I'll make some prints in the sizes that I want. What I'm wondering about is the license:
This license allows you to make prints from this file, and to use the image for any other personal use, but does not grant any copyright to the image. Other than the use or uses expressly listed above, no other use of the attached image(s) is authorized and any other use is specifically prohibited without express written permission of Action Sports International. No other express or implied license of the attached image(s) or any copyright is granted as part of this release. Action Sports International retains all copyrights to the attached image.

So, is cutting out a picture and posting it in front of the International Vinegar Museum considered "personal use", or not? I'm betting it is. Considering this blog sometimes gets readership in the double digits, I'll probably get away with it. This is the first time that my cut-out has been an action shot.

Wait, wait, wait! Back up! The International Vinegar Museum? Of course. Here it is, in Roslyn, SD. Where else would you put the International Vinegar Museum? It was founded by the city of Roslyn and Lawrence Diggs, aka "the Vinegar Man", to increase traffic flow in the community. No doubt, it has. [Vinegar Museum photo by Idawriter on Panoramio.]

Oh, by the way, I ran 5.3 miles this morning.