Monthly Archive: September 2011

Sep 23


Can I tell you why I’m freaking out? Let me tell you why I’m freaking out. I’d like to tell you why I’m freaking out. Tomorrow I’m running 22 miles. This is not a problem; I can run 22 miles. Cool beans. Next Saturday, it’s 24 – also not a problem, though that, combined with …

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Sep 18

Heck of a weekend

I feel as though I’ve been through the wringer. With everybody sick, my big run yesterday and about ten more this morning (I was a quarter-mile short; ran out of time before I had to be home and ready for church, and I didn’t even have time for coffee afterward – boo, hiss!), and a …

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Sep 17

The plague

Amazingly, I got the first cold of the school year. Isn’t it supposed to work the other way, where the kids get sick and bring it home? Well, in this case, I was “Patient Zero,” and now that I’m about 85-90%, the rest of the family is down for the count in varying degrees. Gabe …

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Sep 08

He was a famous trumpet man from out Chicago way…

Somebody hopped off the bus with a plan this afternoon. Now, we’ve had a few false starts with regards to music and my older son. Violin came to a tragic end when he couldn’t handle the idea of having (::shudder::) people adjusting his fingers for him, and he fought me every time I mentioned practicing; …

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Sep 06

State of me

Ten more long runs, not counting the actual race, until JFK50, and just putting it like that scares the ever-living bejeezus out of me. Didn’t have this “Ga-aaaaack” factor with Devil’s Lake; fifty miles is just such a huge leap from fifty kilometers. With the 50K, it was, you know, “only” five more miles past …

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Sep 01

First day, 2011

SAM: “I have a very funny teacher who gives us a lot of time to read. I was very nervous at first, because I didn’t know how to act as a fifth grader, but then I got over my nerves and felt better. Two of my friends were in my class – well, three, actually …

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