Thursday, March 31, 2011

Jogger's Progress

Time57 days, 20 hrs, 30 min
2 day, 16 hrs, 58 mins

The bad news: I took another unplanned day off today, and March was not as good a month as I had planned. The good news: it was still the best month since September.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Day 1324 -- Yale

I don't suppose that I should run through New Haven without stopping at one of the world's top 5 universities. My own university finished, well, somewhat outside the top 5. But we try harder.

Another easy five this morning. We've had cold nights and warm days, which isn't the best for a morning run. But at least it wakes me up. I was thinking this morning that if I could feel all day long like I feel for the half hour after a run, I'd be doing great.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Day 1323 -- New Haven

If you want a photo of a New Haven lighthouse, where else would you go than the web site at the University of North Carolina, where someone named Russ Rowlett has a whole website devoted to lighthouses, including, of course, a page for Connecticut. Rowlett, I should point out, is a fellow mathematics educator. Lighthouses are just his hobby. As my hobby is pasting myself into the American countryside.

You may have noticed that today's post covers exactly one day of running. I did a fairly easy five this morning. No guarantees that I'll be able to keep that up. You may hear from me again in a week.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Days 1320, 1321, and 1322 -- Connecticut

Just checking in. I don't even have the energy to figure out where I am and find a picture.

It's been a hell of a week. I ran on Tuesday, as scheduled. Then Tuesday night we had an uproar which kept me up, so I didn't run on Wednesday. I slept better on Wednesday and Thursday night, but didn't manage to drag myself out of bed to run. So I ran a quick four yesterday, and fifteen this morning.

I've been grading and writing a precalc test all day, and I'm tired, and I'm going to bed.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Days 1318 and 1319 -- South Lyme

If you'd like to buy this card, of the children's bathing pool at Point O' Woods Beach, in South Lyme, I have bad news for you. The folks at CardCow have already sold it. The original didn't have a Jogger in it, anyway.

I ran outside again yesterday, an easy four. I planned to run outside again this morning, but it was pouring rain. I might have gone out for four or five, but I had a long run planned, and I didn't think I really wanted to do it in a cold rain. So I went to the gym. It was just as well. After an hour or so, it started to thunder and lightning.

I didn't run as far as I wanted. I was OK for seven or eight miles, but the last four or five were pretty rough. Oh, well. I still made a little over 12, and it looks like I'm in decent shape for a Pikermi in six weeks.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Days 1315, 1316, and 1317 - Connecticut

I ran into Connecticut some time early on Tuesday. Connecticut is another state that I don't know how to spell. Give me Ohio. Or Iowa. Or Utah.

For the past three days, we've been down in Grandma Jogger's town, where we went for Spring break. Fortunately, it's been very nice weather, since I had to run outside. Now, it's going to be hard to get me back inside, even though I'm paid up at Snap Fitness through the end of the month.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Day 1314 -- Wyoming

I'm not lost or nothin'. This is the exit for Wyoming, Rhode Island, from Interstate 95. Cooch says that this sign is across the road from his favorite highway sign. No clue what that sign says, or why he decided to post this one. But here it is.

I ran a Pikermi this morning: 13.1 miles. I was fairly tired at the end, but it was a good run.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Day 1313 -- Austin

If you live in the Austin area, and your fiberglass boat needs work, my I recommend this company I'd give you their name, but I'm not quite sure that I know what it is. The link is to a classified ad page, and whoever put together this listing wasn't really very organized. But I'm sure that they'll fix up your boat right nice.

A really easy five this morning. Indoors. It was much windier than yesterday, and anyway, my legs were shot from yesterday's outdoor run.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Day 1312 -- Nooseneck

Lots of photos of Nooseneck to choose from, but naturally, I was attracted to this one. From, this is Claire Gadrow, the women's winner at the 2009 Nooseneck 18K. The caption says that she is just past the 10 mile mark, and she ran about 7 minute miles. So she's some 70 minutes into the race. If I had been there, I would be back somewhere about mile 6 or 7.

The obvious question is, "Nooseneck? Really?" I guess that's two questions. I thought maybe Wikipedia would explain the name, but here is there entire entry:
Nooseneck is a village in Kent County, Rhode Island, United States. Nooseneck is located on Rhode Island Route 3 near Interstate 95.

So we may never know.

I ran outside this morning. It was great. I got lost in thought, and ended up running about a mile more than I had planned. I never do that on the dreadmill. On the dreadmill, I'm always counting the seconds until I'm done.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Day 1311 -- West Warwick

I'm a week early for the St. Patrick's Day Parade in West Warwick. Or, actually, I'm one year and 358 days late, as this is the 2009 parade. At least I'm supporting the public library, and not, say, the local Republicans. Republicans are not real popular among the public employees of Wisconsin, right now.

I was supposed to run yesterday, but I didn't. I slept in an extra hour, and it was worth it. I waned to sleep in again today, but I knew that I couldn't. Right now, I'm debating running outside tomorrow. It should be clear, but it's going to get down below freezing. We'll see.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Day 1310 -- Providence

I'm scooting around Providence, so there's plenty of pictures to choose from. This sculpture comes up a lot at the top of a Google search. I picked this photo from, because it seemed like it would be particularly easy to stick myself into.

I got in a short tempo run this morning.

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Day 1309 -- Lincoln

I heard about the World's Largest Coffee and Cream from (where else) The World's Largest Collection of the World's Smallest Versions of the World's Largest Things. However, they don't seem to have a picture, so I had to go to Eccentric Roadside, which looks like it's got a lot of fun things of its own.

As I expected, my legs were shot this morning. I had run about 12 miles, and I had four more to go. I took a little break. I got back on the dreadmill, but I just couldn't stand the thought of another step. So I got back off the dreadmill, and came on home. So I was four miles short of my goal, but I still got a pretty good workout this weekend.

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Catching up -- and entering Rhode Island

These New England states are so small, it's easy to get through them quickly. It seems even quicker when you don't post for a week. Sorry about that. It's been a busy week, personally and professionally.

I have been running. Day 1305 was Tuesday. I got in a little tempo run. Day 1306 was Wednesday, an easy 5. Day 1306 was to be Thursday, but I slept in. So it got postponed to Friday, which was actually a good thing. It was so warm Friday morning -- nearly 40 -- that I ran outside. It was good, but it reminded me how much harder real running is than the treaded dreadmill. I slept in again this morning, but managed to get day 1307 at noon. Outside again. Now it remains to see if I've killed my legs for tomorrow's long run.