June 29, 2013

My Morning Ride

After my morning run, Lesa and I went on a bike ride on the bike trail north of town. Lesa wanted to try out her new Diamondback Serene bike. After looking on Craigslist for weeks, we gave up and the bought last night at Dick's in Champaign. She's thinking of naming it Ivy and I'm naming mine Knop after Mark Knopfler who wrote Sultan's of Swing.

My Morning Run. Country Running

About 2 miles west of town on East County Road 600 North.

Could be Wisconsin...but it's not.

Here comes the sun!

Puffy clouds are better than puffy shirts.

Land shark!

Song of the day. "Stompa" by Serena Ryder

June 27, 2013

My Morning Run. It's Not the Heat...

98% humidity isn't common but combine it with a seemingly pleasant 76 degrees you get a wickedly wet 5 mile run with a  dewpoint of 75 (anything above 65 is uncomfortable). I'll be inside for the test of the day replacing fluids. 

June 24, 2013

My Morning Run. A swell 5 miles.

While running through EIU campus, I saw Tim McCollum. He looked like he was just standing there waiting to cheer me on. Thanks, Tim. One of the nicest guys I've ever known. EIU running camp starts tomorrow.

June 22, 2013

My Morning Run. Return to Humidity

Downhill just south of Kickapoo Church. It's much greener than my last run in Sahuarita, AZ. I got up at 5:30 and it was already in the 70s and I didn't dare look at the humidity level for fear it would un-motivate me. 

Oh, Paige....
I saw this on a bridge guardrail. 

More greenery. At least the humidity is good for something.

A very wet spring caused late planting. The corn is way behind schedule. 

Charleston driving range! Classy for sure. 

Good morning Goodards!

June 21, 2013

Summertime Tunes

It's the first day of summer which is not my favorite season. In fact, it's my least favorite. So my favorite songs of summer are not the typical bunch. Beach Boys? Cliche. Pablo Cruises? Who? For me the quintessential summer song is Sausalito Summer Nights by Diesel. "I'll have a burger and a root beer."

In second place is Summer by War. The bronze medal goes to Chuck Prophet for A Summertime Thing. Finally, I can't leave off my list Windows Are Rolled Down by Amos Lee. Rounding off the list is Boys of Summer by Don Henley. And, that's it. It is summertime after all. 

What are your favorite summertime tunes?

June 15, 2013

My Morning Run. Arizona

Jogging path around Sahuarita, AZ

I'm not in Illinois.


Sahuarita Lake

I met the perfect running partner for me!

Your typical man-made, cement paved, wilderness trail. 

Pecan grove just east of town.

42 percent humidity? 

June 14, 2013

June 12, 2013

My Morning Run. Midway Mozy

Looking west between Midway and Heber

Looking north. 

11 years ago? Really? Doesn't seem that long ago.

Covered bridge in Utah? What's next Amish settlements? 

June 10, 2013

My Morning Run. Altitude Training.

Not the most amazing photos but, thanks to my pal Roland (aka Bill) the 6 mile run on the Logan canyon river trail was amazing. Beautiful vistas on a gorgeous morning. As Joe Walsh stated, "Life's been good to me so far".

June 9, 2013

Utah Valley Running Feast

A 10K for breakfast with my girls. I loved it! 

And, a 1K for lunch with Polly. I loved it! 

For brunch I ran the last 1.2 miles of Tom's full marathon. I bailed out on Tom at the last minute but he graciously understood and ran the whole enchilada for his breakfast. Based on his finishing time, I would have only held him back. 

The real lunch was found at Cubby's In the form of a Chicago Beef sandwich,  a perfect ending to a fantastically filling smorgasbord of running.

As always thanks to Lesa for making it all possible in so many ways.