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Y’all, summer when you’re a professor is supposed to be more laid back. Or, so I’m told. And, really, I cannot complain because I do have the most wonderful job on earth (seriously. When I was in Urbana, I had … Continue reading

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I’ve been, like the country, preoccupied with the events of Boston all week. I’m joining runners from across the country tonight–local running stores are hosting group runs in support of the people of Boston. It will be my second post-Boston … Continue reading

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My friend Erin just posted on fb that RUNNING HAS SAVED ME. Yes. Yes. I have been weeping on and off since I heard the news about Boston this afternoon. I was coming back from a really professionally wonderful meeting, … Continue reading

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Reached!  The goal for Saturday’s (and the half before that last May, and the one before that in Sept. of 2011) half marathon was 2 hours. I was nervous that in the stinging snow pellets, 20 mph winds, and squishy … Continue reading

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Goal Shift

I got back yesterday from Chicago and running the inaugural Chicago Women’s Half Marathon. I did not reach my goal of 2 hours. This was also my goal back in September–then, my time was 2:03:57, and this time it was … Continue reading

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I’m realizing lately how much I just really enjoy running. I know. It’s kind of dorky. But it just is. Today, I ran 8 miles. Instead of caring how fast I ran it, I just enjoyed the sun, the ways … Continue reading

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It is starting to look and feel a little more like winter around here. We had snow this week, and the remnants are still on the ground. It’s too cold to go running without mittens and a hat and tights … Continue reading

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impatient patient

Perhaps having cancer has spoiled me for doctors. I mean, my primary care doctor (who broke the news to Jessica and me), my surgeon (who made fun of himself by saying that he has an ego because he’s a surgeon, … Continue reading

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post half marathon thoughts

Long distances races are quieter than they used to be. At the starting line of my first half marathon (the Atlanta Half on Thanksgiving, 1997) it was chilly and dark, and runners were hopping up and down nervously to stay … Continue reading

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I’m running the Chicago Half Marathon in 11 days. I’m pretty ready. I want to run a few 5 milers between now and when we leave, do one more speed workout, and one more hard circuit workout. I’m nervous and … Continue reading

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