I have 35 days until my next race; I am feeling great as I near 70 miles of running this week. I will spend this weekend in Austin, Texas doing some long hill training runs; I am thinking 18 miles of hills. On another note, my classes are off to a great start; I am convinced I have the strongest AP European History class ever. That is saying a lot, seeing that I have taught some amazing students. My other classes are doing well, too. The new American Studies course has been fun. I am not sure my students are happy about the book review that is due next week, but they will survive and do well.
Wish me well in Austin. Above is a picture of me at mile 12 of a 14.2 mile race. To this day, this is one of my best races. I took 3rd place in the under 39 division. Interestingly, I have gotten better with age, now that I am in my mid 30s. Before a number of injuries sidelined me and brought about some unwanted weight, I was a crazy man. I would put in 100 mile weeks with no rest days. In the mornings, I would run 10 miles with my best runners on the cross-country team I coached at CAC (my last school); I would turn around and do 10 more on my own in the afternoon. I am far smarter than that today. However, I do still conduct what I call double run days.