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DoubleN in Moline is doing 41 things including…

run another marathon

18 cheers


DoubleN has written 25 entries about this goal

Beautiful Day

in the midwest – I logged about 16 miles, and there were LOTS of people out today! I love my water belt with the 4 little water bottles; it’s a life saver on these hot summer days when I do a longer distance.

I hope to do the half marathon here at the end of September, then the Crazy Horse full marathon the first weekend in October. I need to do more hill training I think. The knee still bothers me, but I just tell it to shut up!

Tonight's run

was absolutely great, with the exception of the nasty bugs along certain portions of the river. Just before my turning point at Beacon Harbor, where the Channel Cat river taxi docks, there was an ice cream social going on with a high school band playing and lots of people hanging around. The sun was dipping low toward the horizon and beautifully illuminated the grass plumage and thistle plants going to seed. Gorgeous! They looked like they were glowing from within. I’m still grateful every single day for eyes and legs that work.


I completed my amended goal of completing the half marathon, and it was fun! Except I discovered what a speed motivator running past livestock stench is!

On the whole it was a pretty route through farmland, mostly flat, and with very few entrants (maybe a few hundred?) so there was a fair amount of conversation and bonding with the other runners. There was no music along the route, but there were two groups of water station volunteers in costume – one group in Hawaiian garb and the other with an Oregon Trail theme.

At one of the water stations I took a glass from a little guy who was about 2 1/2, standing there with siblings who were about 4 & 6. When I took the water, all the adults started clapping and saying “You did it!” When I looked back, smiling, one of the adults explained I was the first one who had taken a glass from him, and it probably made his day!

My finish time was embarrassing, due to poor training after my knee injury and problems with foot cramps and faintness in the last 4 miles. But it was definitely worth going to (once!) and I will try to train for a full marathon in the fall – hopefully the Crazy Horse in early October.


I mailed the race entry forms for Hubby and I to run the half marathon in the Marathon to Marathon June 16. Though I had a lovely run this morning, it will be the most embarrassing finish time for me yet, I’m sure. But I fully intend to enjoy myself anyway!

The weird thing about this morning’s run is that I saw a pelican. They’re usually only here for a couple of weeks in early spring; I hope this doesn’t mean we have cold weather coming.


morning to be out! 7.56 miles, much of which was along the river, with the most beautiful sunrise I’ve seen in ages – a bright orange sun illuminating all of the eastern sky. Wow! Running in the perfect 61 degree weather amongst the Canadian geese, a few people sculling on the river, the sight and heavenly aroma of the flowers – I am SO grateful for eyes and legs that work.

Time to amend

this goal – the full is not going to happen till fall. Logged a very disappointing 13.52 miles today, between the heat and my stupid knee. I’ll have to settle for just a half right now. Yes, I am a wuss. :(

Long Run

I’m going to have to postpone the long run this weekend till Sunday, which I hate. Gotta move Youngest Daughter’s stuff back home tomorrow, which will take pretty much all day. :( Oh well, it’ll give the knee an extra day to rest, at least.

My STUPID knee

did not like the 16 miles, and woke me up hurting in the middle of the night Saturday, so I’ve had to forego any runs the past couple of days. :( Will go out tomorrow, though – I can’t take this.

Hot day

but I logged 16 slow miles and it was wonderful! The knee started aching at the beginning of mile 3, so I’m going to wait till next weekend to make a definite decision about whether to do a full or half marathon in June.

I’m so excited that my i-pod finally got out of the rut it was in; playing pretty much the same 20 – 25 songs of my 269 song playlist. An oldie but goodie, the Verve’s Bittersweet Symphony was up first, and the pace was perfect! And just in the nick of time, since Eldest Daughter gave me an i-tunes certificate for Mom’s Day!


5.56 miles today. BEAUTIFUL morning! I’m already starting to think about which route I want to take on my long run Saturday – the War Zone road construction route with the grabby barricades or the eastern route with the Vicious Killer Blackbird swooping me as I pass Riverside Park? I may just do the northern route for variety, since I went east last week.

DoubleN has gotten 18 cheers on this goal.


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