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june runs and reads

I hit 86 miles in June and had a high week of 25 miles.  I was going to do a double day on Sunday to try to make it an even 90 for the month but went for a long walk with a friend instead.  Some mornings I’ve felt tired but once I start running I end up feeling really good.  I’ve even dropped my pace a bit – Leo and I have been hitting closer to 10:10 or 10:15 pace on our runs.  I also got to to do the Tuesday trail run 5k three times – 28:47, 29:09, 29:53.  It’s been really humid in the mornings, so much so that I’ve even started bringing a sweat towel along to wipe off with.  Gross!  Leo and I run the same route every morning, which is really pretty boring for me, but we do it because of the following:

  • safe, well-lit roads and well-paved surfaces
  • opportunities to see a train (key for Leo – he says “hi, train tracks!” every morning)
  • cars and buses
  • the turnaround is at a fire station, so we stop for a minute or two so Leo can see the fire truck and ambulance

Also, Leo likes to tell me “fast!”  He’s going to be a tough running coach, I can tell.

As for books, here’s what I read:

  • The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman – beautiful, different book
  • Look Again by Lisa Scottoline – lighter read, but very engrossing!
  • Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio (audio book) – maybe it was the lady reading this, but both protagonists irritated me to no end (whiny), which didn’t really help me love the book.
  • The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
  • A Death in the Small Hours by Charles Finch – this series can do no wrong!
  • Come Home by Lisa Scottoline
  • Naked Hope: Discovering Beauty in our Vulnerability by Abby Jackson – Abby is a good friend of mine – we were roommates in college – and I was so excited to read her book.  It’s beautifully written and honest.  I loved it.
  • The Memoir Club by Laura Kalpakian
  • Tapestry of Fortunes by Elizabeth Berg – I have almost every single one of Elizabeth Berg’s books and this one was so good.  The way she writes… it’s like she’s in your head, but more articulate and detailed.  She makes me want to write.
  • Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Calahan – Fascinating book!
  • Tomorrow there will be Apricots by Jessica Soffer – I randomly picked this up at the library – I think I liked the title? – and it was so so good.  Really really well written.  I definitely recommend!

All in all, a pretty great month.  How did your month shape up?  Any good book recommendations?

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3 thoughts on “june runs and reads

  1. I feel like a reading slacker. I really should read more books.

    Love that Leo is your running coach – that made me smile.

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