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So today was my 48th birthday…aaaaand I’m on a business trip.

My being gone on my day happens occasionally because of one particular conference, the last time was two years ago. It’s weird and usually a bummer of a day none the less. I’m not big on getting attention, so I usually don’t let anyone know it’s my birthday…

Thankfully, with technology, I did get a bunch of b-day wishes today through Facebook and texts…which was nice to see throughout the day.

Anyway, I started my day early (0500) so I could get a long slow run in before my meetings started this afternoon. I usually do my long runs on Sunday, but there is a Women’s half marathon here in Chicago tomorrow and I knew it would be a madhouse along the Lakefront Trail…

20130622-190412.jpgI headed North out on Chicago’s Lakefront Trail and went to the northern end and back – 18.5 miles total, door-to-door. It felt pretty good. I modified my run-walk ratio to 3:1 today and that seemed to be better on my knee. I managed a 10:45 pace, obeying my doctor’s counsel about keeping it slow and ran on crushed rock paths when I could. There were tons of runners out later in the morning – I think prep training for the B of A Chicago Marathon kicked off today for a lot of clubs in the area.

The weather was excellent! Here are a few pictures from the run:

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My friend Denise sent me a birthday text while I was on my run.

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Since I was running, I asked SIRI to read me the text. Here is the epic SIRI transcript:

Happy [birthday cake][birthday cake][birthday cake][birthday cake][birthday cake]
Birthday [short cake][short cake][short cake][short cake][short cake]!!!!
Treating yourself to something fun? [hamburger][hamburger][french fries][french fries][slice of pizza][slice of pizza]
Assuming you’re working today? [computer][computer][computer][mobile phone][mobile phone][mobile phone]

I totally started cracking up when it was read…!

20130622-185939.jpgThe rest of the day was spent either in my room chilling or in my meeting this afternoon. I hit a local burger place for dinner (by myself) and then headed to a mixer for the conference.

It was a bit of a different birthday…


Training Journal – 6/22/13:

  • Current plan: Not sure right now…since I am cleared to run, I want to find a run/race for July
  • Today’s session: 18 mile long run
  • Comments: I did 18.51 @ 10:45 min/mile pace. Felt good to run and the 3:1 run:walk ratio worked better than the 4:1. I’m still working on the race report for last week’s Half Marathon…hopefully I’ll finish it tomorrow evening.
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for Karen…

I wish I had a magic wand
I know you wish one too
I wish I had all answers
The reasons why for you

I wish I had a magic wand
I’d transport me and you
We’d take actions, make decisions
To change what we’ve gone through

Sadly I don’t have one
No means no method for “redo”
Instead I have two ears, two arms
To listen to and comfort you

Listening and comforting
Those actions are not new
But hopefully they remind
I love and am here for you

© 2013 Dennis Arriaga


Training Journal – 3/13/13:

  • Current plan: Big Sur Marathon Training Plan – W12/D3
  • Today’s session: 6 mile easy run @ 8:27-9:28 pace
  • Comments: I did a 6.48 @ 8:10

13,665,600 Minutes

January 24, 2013 — Leave a comment

Celebrating 26 years of wedded bliss today!

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I am so blessed!


Training Journal – 1/24/13:

  • Current plan: Big Sur Marathon Training Plan – W5/D4
  • Today’s session:7 mile easy run @ 8:37-9:37 pace
  • Comments: I did 8.11 @ 8:25

Thankful…

November 22, 2012 — Leave a comment

…for the kind, wonderful, amazing, gracious, loving, supportive, encouraging, and understanding person on the left! I am truly blessed!


Training Journal – 11/22/12:

  • Current plan: Honolulu Marathon Training Plan
  • Today’s session: Silicon Valley Turkey Trot 10k
  • Comments: PR’d with a 47:55 @ 7:43 avg pace! Race report later…

Sometimes you just have one of those days where the “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all” phrase applies…

It’s funny how it often just takes and email or two to hose things up. You see, …

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Still, things always get better after I talk to and hang with my wife… I’m totally looking forward to a great 3-day weekend!


Training Journal – 8/31/12:

  • Current plan: Honolulu Marathon Training Plan
  • Today’s session: 5 mile easy run @ 9:09
  • Comments: I did 5.4 @ an 8:20 pace

Two Treats

August 18, 2012 — Leave a comment

I got two treats today: a few of my favorite, pineapple-filled Danish cookies from Solvang and my wife, who came home a day early from a quick trip to Solvang with her parents!

Me happy! Annie too!


Training Journal – 8/18/12:

  • Current plan: Honolulu Marathon Training Plan
  • Today’s session: Rest
  • Comments: Rest…with a bit of yard work sprinkled in…but mostly rest!

Pretty much every evening, my wife and I spend some time on our patio – or as we call it “patio time.” There’s a flock of seagulls (witty reference to 80s band intended) that hangs out at the shopping center near us, most of the time on the roof or circling around the area. Most evenings, they’re pretty vocal; and, if you close your eyes, it’s just like being at the ocean!


Training Journal – 8/17/12:

  • Current plan: Honolulu Marathon Training Plan
  • Today’s session: 5 mile run @ race pace (8:37)
  • Comments: I did 5.25 @ an 8:15 pace