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I cannot say that I’m always the most eloquent of writers.  I cannot say that I’m much of anything a lot of the time, but when it’s just me and the path that lay ahead, I become a runner.

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In Minnesota, we usually receive good running weather for about 3 weeks of the year.  When those weeks come, you take advantage and lace up the running shoes and enjoy the adventure. 

We’re having one of those weeks currently.  It’s no surprise as the leaves are starting to change from the deep green of summer to yellows, oranges, reds and even purples before they turn to their dying colors of brown.

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I took my time at lunch today on my familiar 1.8-mile lunch loop.  It usually is a 1.5-mile jaunt to the little nature preserve that is Wood Lake Nature Reserve.  Since it is in Minnesota, you can be guaranteed that there’s a lake within 15 minutes of you in any direction.  I take this path because it’s mostly unpaved.  It takes you out of the city even though if you look to your right, you are exactly directly in the center.

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Today, as I was running I enjoyed some music.  I don’t always wear headphones on my runs, but I find that it fuels my running and my sense to keep moving.  When times are tough during very long runs, I could switch on the iPod and find a jam, a rhythm or even a lyric that can keep me moving.  I don’t have much to report except that I’m edging closer to that 100-mile registration date.

My heart is beating harder just in anticipation of the sign up.  My brain is telling me that I’m crazy for even attempting such a fool-hearted goal.  My heart is telling me that I’ve trained healthy for three years and now is the time.  My brain is telling me that I’m chasing pipe dreams.  My stomach is telling me to eat all the food.  My heart is strong.  My brain is prepared.  My stomach is just a gluttonous pig.

So, as I ran today for my 293rd day straight, I smiled.  Today was a beautiful day to run much like every day.  With the Autumn colors starting, I, too, am reminded that I can change.  I will change every day’s goals to ensure that I make these huge goals that I set for myself.  I only hope that I can see the beauty of those changes every day that I train.

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Run strong and never give up!

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1 hour ago, TreeGirl said:

Midwestern autumn days are truly magical.  I love them, too. :)

Don't want it to end😃

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"I cannot say that I’m always the most eloquent of writers...but when it’s just me and the path that lay ahead, I become a runner".

Sorry but I think the evidence is in your writing! Always a great read.

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14 minutes ago, RoyalDryness said:

That looks like a great place for a run, especially in the fall.

Year round.  It's a great little loop for a lunch break.

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13 hours ago, NavEng said:

I hate rest days when it's as nice as it has been. Maybe I should streak. 

I know that finishing out the year is going to get ugly fast on my streak, but I find it so worthwhile.  If you're doing 5 days a week already, I see no problems with taking the jump.

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12 hours ago, ChocTop said:

"I cannot say that I’m always the most eloquent of writers...but when it’s just me and the path that lay ahead, I become a runner".

Sorry but I think the evidence is in your writing! Always a great read.

Thanks for the ego boost!

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I'm laughing because you have NO IDEA how many good running weather weeks MN has. Fall in MN is truly magical though.

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38 minutes ago, eliz83 said:

I'm laughing because you have NO IDEA how many good running weather weeks MN has. Fall in MN is truly magical though.

I find an average of three weeks.  We're having one right now.  This is probably our last until March or April :P.

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There was a time when each of started that 5k or 10k or 13.1 seemed crazy. They weren't. You're ready. Plus it makes it easier to listen to the stomach when you can call it "fueling". 

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my son is in college in Northfield MN, loves the college but detests the weather.. when he gets back to CO he goes out and just lies in the sun under blue skies ;-)

 

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On 10/20/2017 at 11:49 AM, doug in co said:

my son is in college in Northfield MN, loves the college but detests the weather.. when he gets back to CO he goes out and just lies in the sun under blue skies ;-)

 

St. Olaf is a gorgeous campus.  It smells of cereal all the time though.  :D

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