Maybe it was the recent sobering reminder of human mortality, or maybe it was the fact that my quad seems to be on the mend (most likely a combination of both), but yesterday's 12-miler was one of the best runs I've had in a while. I explored a new running route (through campus, down to Moores Pike to Rt. 446). It's not a route to do at night (so few are, sigh), but it's definitely a keeper. Moores Pike has a sidewalk for nearly the entire length between College Mall Road and 446. And then 446 has an extremely wide shoulder, very ideal for running. Reminds me a bit of running in Galesburg. I would like to explore further and see how far down I can go on 446 and keep that amazing shoulder to run on. Maybe I could park at Mark's work and run from there. Bloomington is a good place for running, but at times I miss the endless roads and flat expanses of fields and farmland in northwestern Illinois.
Also of note yesterday, I passed the 500-mile mark in total mileage for the year. I've never kept a running log for more than few months before, so it's interesting to me to see how many miles I actually run while training for a marathon. I really wish I knew how many miles I've run in my lifetime. Maybe when I get really bored I'll try to make a guesstimate.
I'm making a couple of changes to the old blog (again). I added one of those nifty ClustrMaps to see if anyone actually visits this place. I'm astounded to find out that there are people who do! I'm also adding a quote to my header that I think goes along with my blog title. Nitmos reminded me of it--it's one of those you always hear in high school when they bring those motivational speakers in to convince kids not to do drugs and to go to college. But I do really like it. More changes to come, quite possibly!