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Tough Mudder

Naomi Wilkinson Illustration

Naomi Wilkinson Illustration

In celebration of his upcoming birthday, my father is taking on Wisconsin’s Tough Mudder today, a hardcore 11.8 mile “obstacle course designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie.” Though my dad is an experienced triathlete, this is going to be a toughie, boasting obstacle titles such as the “Electric Eel” and “Firewalker.” Seeing as how the longest race I have ever participated in was a 15k, (and sans climbing walls and barbed wire laden mud pits), I am in total awe of my pops. I couldn’t ask for a more inspiring father! Happy birthday Dad, and good luck to all you Tough Mudders competing today!

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Foggy Day

Robert Singletary
Fog on the Chesapeake Bay, 1979
Ink and pastel with fixative on paper

I enjoyed a befittingly ghostly October run this evening. Four days and counting until the big Lakefront Discovery Run, 15k! I’ve made an attempt at training for the past few weeks, but my race day goal is simply a graceful finish!

Feel free to share, all you runners out there, if you have any race day advice, for before, during or after the run!

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15k

Marathon [sheet music,] 1909
Sam DeVincent Collection of Illustrated American Sheet Music

So I recently did something a little crazy, and signed up for Milwaukee’s 15k (yes, that is 9.3 miles) Lakefront Discovery Run. I haven’t run more than 5 miles in years, and have certainly never raced so far, so this will definitely be a challenge. The race is on Saturday, Oct 27th, and I am attempting to jump into Hal Higdon’s 15k novice training program. I told myself I’d sign up for the race after watching my parents complete it last year—it looked like such a blast, most people donning Halloween costumes, and the promise of ‘malted refreshments’ at the Milwaukee Ale House after the race. A friend finally pushed me into signing up, and though I may be crawling across the finish line, it has been great motivation to get myself running every day. In any case, the race route runs right along the lakefront, so at least I’ll have a beautiful view while I trot along.

 

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Happy Friday

North Point Lighthouse

Good morning, and happy Friday! I found myself awake at 5:30 this morning, and decidedly threw on my running shoes. I have found myself actually enjoying running again, for the first time in years, and am now attempting to become a morning runner. Though I’d rather sleep in & run in the afternoon, I don’t always have the energy after a full day of work. When the alarm goes off, I try to remind myself how much better it will make me feel the rest of the day, how beautiful the light is, and the friendly camaraderie that is exuded by other morning runners that pass by.

Wahl Avenue

Laverne Originals
FUN TO RUN, c. 1947-48
Printed fiberglass

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