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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

2009 Ends with a 3 miler

I went on my last run of 2009 this morning. My whole body has been tight since my run on Sunday (no amount of stretching was helping) so I took a short run on the treadmill this morning. I took it easy because my main goal was to loosen my body.

The end of the year prompted me to look back at the last year. I ran three races for a change (I used to only run a 5K in June), this year I added a virtual 10K and a half marathon. I enjoyed the longer distances and have kept an 8 to 10 miler in my weekend plans since.

From my running journal:

Dec. 30, 2009: 6:20 am, took foot plates out of shoes for run, whole body tight (Sunday's run?), 3 mi @ 6.1 mph, cool, 1% incline. Total: 35 min, 3.26 mi, 145 ave heart rate. [19.6# lighter than one year ago.]

Dec 30, 2008: 5 am, light headed from run, 1 mi @ 5 mph + 2% inc, 1.25 mi @ 4 mph + 3% inc, cool @ 3 mph, 1% inc. Total: 2.38 mi, 33 min.

What a difference a year makes!

I also went back and added up my 2009 mileage. I had no idea what to expect when I started typing the numbers into my newly formed “Mileage” excel sheet. I was happily surprised with the results: 874.71 miles! Perhaps I should try for 1,000 miles in 2010.

2 quick side-notes:
1. Don’t forget to enter my giveaway here. It ends with 2009.
2. The storm is tracking a little further east than thought, so my Friday half marathon isn’t out of the snow, but according to the local meteorologists “this storm will impact the region however some areas may just escape measuring the snow in feet.” I love snow, but I’m hoping for inches instead of feet this time.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Tracking Mileage

Thanks to everyone who responded to my “Looking for a Site” post.  There are a lot of great sites available on the web! I reviewed them all and thought about what I like and want out of a site and realized I don’t want to have another account somewhere. I love sitting down with my running journal for a few minutes after my runs to write down important information (at least information I feel is important). The hard part is tracking my year and shoe mileage so I’m going to make an excel spreadsheet to make it easy on myself.

So, after all my web searching and your recommendations, here are some highlights from the recommended sites:

Run Log
  • Weekly training log in calendar format
  • Track shoe mileage
  • Track different exercise types
  • Ability to share with friends, training partners, etc
  • Facebook integrated
Daily Mile
  • Social training log
  • Track different exercise types
  • Has widget for blogs
  • Sync with Facebook, Twitter, Nike+
  • Map your routes
  • Garmin integration coming soon
Training Peaks
  • Track different exercise types
  • Map your routes
  • Web based training and nutrition log
  • Integrate with many devices including Garmin, iPhone, Polar, etc.
Running Ahead
  • Track different exercise types
  • Garmin Forerunner integration
  • Track shoe mileage and workout equipment usage
  • Sync with Facebook
  • Map your routes
  • Has widget for blogs
  • Creates reports/graphs of your data
Log Your Run
  • Track different exercise types
  • Free training programs
  • Track shoe mileage
  • Map your routes
  • Garmin Forerunner (new series) integration
  • Sync with Facebook and Twitter and Google
Buckley Outdoors
  • Endurance sports
  • Track diet, hydration, exercising
  • Import workout information from GPS devices
  • Social aspect
  • Has widget for blogs
Sport Tracks
  • GPS-enabled exercise logbook software
  • Track distance, time and pace
Running Journal
Sorry, no link for this. Take a piece of paper and write what you want. A journal or notebook work best, but do what you can and write what you will.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Channeling My Mom

I love my mom dearly so I am channeling her today.  Weather update (because we all need a weather update multiple times daily):

Half Marathon is slated for Friday (leg feeling better today and decided it doesn't matter if I walk, as long as I don't hurt I'll do my darnedest to finish all 13.1 miles on Friday).  Friday's projected weather:

Weather.com: 
Snow Shower, High 31°F
Precip 40%
Wind: From N at 6 mph
Max. Humidity: 78%
UV Index: 1 Low

Local News Station:
Late Thursday the focus will shift to a new storm system that will be developing along the east coast. We are continuing to keep a close eye on this situation as a potential major snow storm threatens us by the New Year. We will keep you posted.

AccuWeather:
Apparently I'm not supposed to know what AccuWeather says because I can't open the site today.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Running vs. Packers

Ice, snow and rain all made it easy to make the decision to push my Saturday run to Sunday. Since I didn’t get out Saturday for a longer run, I did a quick three miles first thing Saturday morning. The problem today (Sunday) was that the only time I had today to run (and stay somewhat dry) was at the same time as the Packer game. This equates to a SERIOUS CONFLICT OF INTERESTS! Wow, what a decision. The good and bad thing is that I live no where near the Packers, the chances of the game being on the TV was very slim. Even so, I still “watch” the game on NFL.com.

Well, running won out and I went out for an eight mile run. Friends and family were great to me this Christmas and I got a lot of running gear this year. This afternoon it was a balmy 45F so I wore my new running pants and new running vest (pants and vest match, the shirt...not so much!).  I felt like a shiny new runner. The picture shows the shiny (reflective) me after finishing my run.



Four miles into my run I stopped to stretch out my hams. Well, the pretense was stretching my legs. The real reason to stop was to call ADP and find out the score of the Seahawk vs. Packer game and the Panther vs. Giants game (GBP win + NYG loss = WILD CARD!!!!). Good news, the Packers were up and the Giants down. With happiness on my heart I set off on my run again.  [In case you are on the edge of your seat, GBP won and NYG lost so the Packers are in the playoffs!!  This Packer fan couldn't be happier.]

Unfortunately, the happiness disappeared at mile 6.48 when my knee just about gave way. I’m no longer sure if it is my ITB that has been bothering me, perhaps it has been my knee. I’m also questioning whether I’ll run the half marathon I have planned on Friday. I am leaving my options open. Yes, I really want to start the year with a half-marathon. No, I don’t want to hurt myself further so I’ll see how the week goes before I decide…and I may not decide until the morning of the race.

Today:  8.17 miles
Miles 0 to 6.4 = ave 9:34 mile
Miles 6.4 to 8.17 = ave 10:50 mile

Don’t forget to enter my Hammer Nutrition giveaway (see the next post)!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

150 Posts and a Giveaway

I've had a website or a blog for quite some time (mainly sites for our families so they could keep up with my kids' happenings) and this is my first giveaway!  I'm excited.  Thanks to my SIL Kelly for setting me up with the goods.*


Hammer Nutrition has some wonderful products and their site is informative.  One of my favorite parts of their website is the "Which fuel is right for me?" section.  I tried some HEED over the weekend when I was in and out running and they went down smooth and didn't cause any tummy troubles.  I think my tummy was happy because HEED is not sugar loaded, is vegan friendly, and gluten free.  The mandarin orange tasted just like a Creamsicle to me - I can't wait to use it during the summer.  On to the good part, the giveaway.



The Whole Lot


There are a lot of products here!  Here's what Hammer Nutrition says about their products:



Hammer Gel 4 Single Servings: Espresso, apple-cinnamon, unflavored, orange

(I have no idea why this picture is sideways)


  • Rock solid energy.
  • Made with real fruit and wholesome ingredients.
  • Versatile and economical.
  • Espresso and Tropical contain caffeine.
  • Gluten-Free and Vegan Friendly.
  • Contains no MSG.
Hammer Gel is versatile as well - you can drink it straight, add it to your water bottle, or combine it with Sustained Energy, HEED, and Perpetuem to create a variety of tasty energy combinations for any length activity, anywhere, anytime.




Heed, High Energy Electrolyte Drink, 4 Single Servings:  melon strawberry, mandarin orange, and lemon-lime







  • Buffer lactic acid.
  • Help prevent cramps.
  • Gluten-Free and Vegan Friendly.
  • Contains no MSG.
Recoverite, Strawberry
(See picture above with HEED)
  • Minimize post-exercise muscle soreness.
  • Rebuild muscle tissue.
  • Restore muscle glycogen.
  • Gluten-Free.
  • Contains no MSG.
What do you do to enter?
You have a few ways to enter.  I'll use a randomizer to choose the winner.  This giveaway will close at the end of 2009.  Please leave a separate comment for each entry.


  1. Visit Hammer Nutrition, look around and leave a comment of what you would like to try (fuel, heed, etc).
  2. Become a follower (or let me know you already do).
  3. Link to this giveaway on your blog.
  4. Fill my calendar.  Leave a comment with your race schedule or other big event and I’ll add you to the Friday Fanfare!
*Kelly (and Hammer Nutrition) sent these products to me to try and give away.

Friday, December 25, 2009

A Holiday Friday Fanfare

Merry Christmas to all.  Happy Friday too!  Welcome to the new followers.  I'll stop by your blogs as time allows.  Good luck to everyone running this week.  We've got some new year runners in the group.

12/31
Denise is participating in the Puddlz NYE Marathon, a one mile loop to run as many times as you want

1/1/10 (I know this is next Friday, but only time will tell if I'll get next week's Friday Fanfare up in time.)
Amanda running the HMRRC Winter Series Race #2, 3.5 miles
I'm running the HMRRC Winter Series Race #2 as well, the Hangover Half-Marathon

Good luck to all! I can't wait to read your race reports. If you want to be part of the Friday Fanfare, just leave a comment.  And stay tuned, next up is a giveaway!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Off to the Kitchen

I didn't finish baking the cookies yesterday, so as soon as I'm done typing I'm off to the kitchen to finish rolling out, cutting, and cooking the cookies.  I also have some caramel rolls to make.  I think I'll frost the cookies tomorrow because this mom can only do so much during nap-time/kindergarten.

This morning I managed to get up with my alarm clock.  My alarm has not been my friend since school ended, I guess I'm finally relaxing.  Since I got up on time, I managed to get all 5 of my miles in this morning.  Good thing too...since I'm off to the kitchen.  I don't have any running planned until Saturday so I'll sign off with a big
Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 21, 2009

4 Days and Counting

Every morning at breakfast the kids remind me to change our “Days Until Christmas” countdown.  This morning I wrote “4” on it and the kids were beyond excited.  What they have not put together is that while we celebrate Christmas on the 25th, we start opening gifts on the 24th.  With the holiday in mind, I decided I needed to get up and run this morning.  No putting it off this week because I don’t want to run into Santa in the wee hours of the morning later this week.

It only took me about 20 minutes to coax myself out of bed this morning.  My original plan was to run five miles, but with the extra gravity holding me to my bed this morning I only had time for four miles.  While I was slowly running on the treadmill in the basement, ADP was at the gym running his Winter Misery One Miler (inside, I might add).  When he got to work he sent his times and once again I was reminded how stinkin’ fast the guy is.  He ran three miles this morning:  5:58, 6:22, and 6:14.  Really, the guy needs to get in more 5K races!  He could bring home some hardware.  I love the guy, but enough about ADP.






My week plan is roughly this (running and food included):

  • Monday:  5 miles (made it 4 miles)
  • Tuesday:  make cookies or bread or both
  • Wednesday:  5 miles, make caramel rolls
  • Thursday:  celebrate Christmas gift opening day 1, eat caramel rolls, make more caramel rolls
  • FridayMerry Christmas!!!  Celebrate Christmas gift opening day 2, eat more caramel rolls, make more bread
  • Saturday:  Run off all the caramel rolls, bread, and cookies consumed through the week (I’m realistic - I know it may take more than one run to wear it all off)

Saturday, December 19, 2009

7 + 5 = 12

I am fairly certain the majority of athletes can do basic math.  Number of laps, miles run, and rotations per minute, reps, sets, and more are part of our vocabulary.  I’m sure I did the math correct, 7 + 5 = 12 and yet it doesn’t always equal 12.

My plan was to run 12 miles this weekend.  Since there is a chance the Packers (GO PACK!!) will be on TV (vs. the Steelers) tomorrow, my running needed to get done on Saturday.  The sun comes up late and goes down early and we had things going on in the middle of the day, so I came to the conclusion that I needed to split my 12 miles up. 

This morning I got up and ran seven miles on the treadmill.  My computer has been having issues (it’s still working…I’m not sure if it is a blessing or not) so my run seemed to take longer than it should have because there was little to watch for long periods of time.  With seven miles done we got ready for the day, did all I needed to get done early on and we had some family time (a.k.a. soccer).  When Punky went down for nap I headed out on a run to finish my 12.  I ran 5.04 miles at an average pace of 10:03 /mile.  There was quite a bit of traffic, so I did stop five times before I could cross streets.  BTW, it was 22F with a light breeze and cloudy out when I was running.  (And, I’m still trying to warm up as I type this.)

While physically I ran 12 miles, mentally I ran two different runs.  I don’t know if this is going to help or hurt me in ~14 days when I run my next half marathon.  I don’t have any more long runs between now and then, so I’ll have to hope it is going to help me. 

Week:

  • 1 core class
  • 1 yoga/pilates/tai chi class
  • 18 miles

Friday, December 18, 2009

Friday Fanfare


Let's celebrate because it is Friday!  Welcome to the new followers.  I'll stop by your blogs as time allows.  Good luck to everyone running this weekend.  

Sunday Races:
Felice is running the Albany Winter Fest Last Run 5K
Jon is running the Albany Winter Fest Last Run 5K

I have been a little caught up in getting a new dishwasher installed that I haven't had a chance to stop by all the blogs and see what you've got coming up.  Sorry about that.

Good luck to all! I can't wait to read your race reports.  If you want to be part of the Friday Fanfare, just leave a comment.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Not So Random Thoughts

My life as a stay-at-home mom is the most rewarding thing I have ever done.  Yet, it leaves a lot of time to think (did you know you can play Candy Land on autopilot?).  My thoughts take on reoccurring themes after a while.  Here are some thoughts I have almost daily* (some are rhetorical, some not).

  • What would happen if I stopped eating my daily cookies and York Peppermint Patties?
  • What should the theme of Punky’s birthday party be?
  • I really need to buy some jeans that will stay up without a belt.
  • What should I read next?
  • Does today’s list really need to be done, or can I read instead?
  • Will I ever have a flat stomach?
  • What could I accomplish if I really put my mind to it?

I have thoughts on some of my thoughts (I’d probably be a bear if I stopped eating York Peppermint Patties, which means I’ll probably never have a flat stomach), but those thoughts are another can of worms.

Perhaps I'll ponder these questions tonight when I go to the gym.  I am planning on trying out two new (at least new to me) classes.  The first is a 30 minute class called Butts & Gutts.  I looked up the description of the class and it says "Need we say more?"  I guess not.  The second class is Body Flow and I have no idea how long it lasts, probably an hour though.  It is a combination of Yoga, Tai Chi, and Pilates.  I may not have time to ponder my random thoughts tonight if the second class is too complicated.  If I do not have time for extra thoughts on my thoughts I'll probably end up better off in the end.  :)

*For ease of blogging, I have only written the thoughts about me and skipped those related religion, politics, school, etc.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Love Great Finds

This weekend I took the family shopping (gasp!).  We went to one place:  a sport store.  I was hoping we could find some shoes for ADP, but no luck.  I got a great deal though.

I usually run in Asics GT-21X0 series shoes.  The GT2150’s were recently released (I haven’t seen them, but then I haven’t looked for them either).  The 2140’s were full price at the store this weekend so I walked right past them.  The 2130’s were marked down to $59.95 from $95.  Not bad, especially since we all know how shoes add up!  Most of my running this year was in 2130’s, so I knew they would work well.  The sign above the shoes said “Buy One, Get One Half Price.”  Yay!  They only had two in my size so I grabbed them both.  To make a great deal even better, I had a 20% off coupon.  So, I scored two pair of running shoes for $72.  I stoked.  Of course, Punky didn’t care a bit for the great price I got.  She was just happy they have pink on them.


What good finds have you bought lately?
Here's the state of my kitchen this morning:

Not usable.  The new dishwasher should be installed in 2 1/2 hours!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Wind Down Week

My four weeks of crazy-busy are finished!  With them behind me, I started my wind-down week Sunday after the race.  I usually don’t have a wind down week until the semester is finished, but class on Wednesday night consists of getting our project grades, watching a 25 minute video, and filling out course evaluations so the class is as good as finished.  (Side note:  I had a dream I got an 89.5 on my paper – I don’t remember ever having dreams about grades before.)

Sunday I didn’t do a good job of winding down; probably because my Christmas shopping wasn’t finished (I finished in Sunday afternoon).  I took yesterday to wrap and package gifts to be sent to family.  By last night I was finally able to settle in with a book and actually focus on what I was reading (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Larsson). 

Since it is wind down week, I didn’t schedule a lot of exercising.  I did get in a 6 miler this morning on the treadmill making it the only day this week I am waking up before 6 a.m.  See, winding down also has to do with catching up on much needed sleep.  The rest of the week will consist of trying out a class at the gym Thursday night and a 10-12 miler on Saturday.  That is it.  No daily exercising.  No getting up early.  No pushing myself too hard.  I’m planning a relaxing week because (as far as I’m concerned) I deserve one. 

No week is completely relaxing.  This afternoon I am taking apart some of the kitchen and raising the countertop so the new dishwasher can be installed tomorrow morning and I’ll be putting in a new kitchen faucet after the dishwasher is in.  No kitchen sink means we’ll just have to go out to dinner tonight.  I like going out to dinner as much as the next person, but we’ve been without a dishwasher since before Thanksgiving and I just want the thing in and working.  I’d rather take a home cooked meal and a dishwasher to wash the dishes over going out.

I’d like to say wind down week is a week in progress.  I just re-read this post and I’m not in a Zen place yet because it reads disjointed and closer to stream-of-conscious than organized blog.  Oh well, just bear with me this week.

Stay tuned:  I’m working on a giveaway for my 150th blog post.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Looking for a Site

I am looking for a website where I can easily enter my mileage and it will keep track of month and year totals for me. I also want to keep track of the mileage on different shoes and have access to a widget so I can easily have the information on this blog. I don’t need a lot of other bells and whistles. How do you keep track of your mileage? Do you have any website suggestions?

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Nice and Cozy RR

One of the local road running clubs has a winter race series and the first was today. It was nice and cozy – relaxed (no timing chips or directions to do this or that), a small group (maybe 150-200), a warm building to wait in, and someone to run with. Good thing there was a warming building too because when the race started at 10 it was a cool 26F with light winds from the SW. I don’t have running clothes suitable for this kind of weather so I dressed myself the best I could:

 

 

Nike Therma-Fit Headband, Sunglasses, L.L. Bean vest, fleece, base layer compression top, ADP's circa 1993 running pants topped with my circa 1998 exercise shorts to keep my bum warm

 
Before the race Manderz and I found each other and chatted it up. I also got to meet her darling daughter (they had crafts for kids to do). We both ran the Marine Corps Half-Marathon, but this was the first time we actually met. We stayed together through the race and let me tell you, it was fun to have someone to run with! I feel like I was a chatterbox through lots of the race (sorry if I was).

 
Here are the splits:
  • Mile 1: 9:27
  • Mile 2: 9:41
  • Mile 3: 9:50
  • .05 mile: 0:15 (5:28?)
  • Clock time:  29:21
  • Watch time:  29:15
It was supposed to be a 3 mile race, but my Garmin came in at 3:05…so close to a 5K and yet so far. Either way, I’ll take it!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

No Running Today

I'm in for another fun and exciting morning sitting for an exam.  Today's test is even longer than the last one coming in at 4 hours.  The test starts at 8 a.m. and I'll have 4 hours to complete 80 multiple choice questions and write one essay.  Since I'll be gone all morning the afternoon is for the family.  Good thing the HMRRC Winter Series starts tomorrow morning; I have a run to look forward to!

Friday, December 11, 2009

A Visit with Santa and Friday Fanfare

Let's celebrate because it is Friday!  Welcome to the new followers.  I'll stop by your blogs as time allows.  Good luck to everyone running this weekend. 

Sunday Races:
Jill is running the Tucson Marathon
Robin is running the Somerville Jingle Bell Run 5K and celebrating her birthday on the same day

And, good luck to those who I'll see at the HMRRC Winter Series Race #1.
Manderz, 3 miles
Me, 3 miles


Good luck to all! I can't wait to read your race reports.  If you want to be part of the Friday Fanfare, just leave a comment.


Punky, Santa, Bugs, ADP and Suzy
December 2009

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Enough is Enough

Dr. Punky, age 4, dressed in princess shoes and purple jeweled gloves recently gave me a thorough examination. It included things like listening to my breathing and looking in my ears. She gave me four shots and announced "You have an itis." I asked if the shots would help. All she said was "You need to see a second doctor."  Never question the doctor.

I like to keep people up to date on what is going on with me. Growing up, my family always knew if something hurt, whether I had a hangnail, or how I was healing from a past incident. Well, it appears I’m doing it again.

My ITB is tight. My toe hurts. My ankle… My back… Ya-da, ya-da. Enough is enough. I am going to make a concerted effort to keep the pain updates to a minimum. Let me just say this: something will hurt.  Perhaps I should listen to Dr. Punky and go to a second doctor.

Disclaimer: I am making no promises that I will be able to keep my fingers from typing “woe is me” updates.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Play Time

I skipped my run this morning because I was just too tired to get out of bed.  I don't even remember turning my alarm clock off.  Good thing I got an extra two hours of sleep because the kids and I spent the morning playing. 

We're having a SNOW DAY!!  You have no idea how much I love the snow.  I took the kids outside right after breakfast and I used the snowblower to clear the driveway.  When I was done we came and and the kids watched a short movie while I tackled the snow the plow left at the end of the driveway.  Then, it was time to go back outside!!  This time I shoveled the driveway and got the snowblower back out to help a neighbor.  By noon I'd been outside three times and the only thing I wished was that I hadn't gone inside at all. 

I LOVE WINTER!!!
I have no pictures from this morning..but look at the picture to the right and add 9" of fresh, very heavy snow and you'll get the idea.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

ADP Poses

ADP is such a great sport.  Here he is trying out my foam roller with a very cheesy pose and smile.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Two Runners

We still have visitors so we took advantage of the free sitting and went out running. ADP went out first and stretched his legs (3.35 mi, 20:24, average 6:05/mi). He wanted to try out my Garmin, so he wore the Garmin on one wrist and his Polar HRM on his other wrist. I think he liked knowing how far and fast he ran.

Once lunch was finished and Punky down for her afternoon nap I went out for a run. It was a cool 34F outside and overcast. Next time I go and it is this cool I think I’ll need to add another layer over my arms to keep warmer. My run was slightly shorter than ADP’s, but then I have shorter legs. My first mile came in at 8:58! Apparently I was cooler than I thought.

Here's the view running back to my house (taken yesterday, today the roads were just wet):



Today: 3.06 mi, 28:18, ave 9:15/mi

Saturday, December 5, 2009

6.5 miles to Walking

There was no Friday Fanfare because no one (that I know of) is running a race this weekend. If you want to be included in the future, just leave a comment. Also, welcome to the new followers!

I am in the middle of having company visit. My mom and her significant other Bob flew in on Thursday night. They’ll be here until early Tuesday morning when ADP will drop them off at the airport on the way to work. It is wonderful to have the kids so occupied, even if they are on overdrive.

I got up early this morning (before the company was up) and planned on running 12 miles on the treadmill. All started well this morning. I was going along at ~9:40 min/mile and then my knee gave way at 6.4 miles. I stopped, stretched, and tried to run again. It was a no go. So, I walked 0.5 mile, stretched more and slowed way down. I let go of my goal to run 12 miles and just focused on running. Slowly (12 min/mile) I finished my run with minimal pain. I wasn’t too far off my 12 mile goal because I did manage to get 10 in this morning.
When time allows, I’ll download the pictures off the camera and try to get one or two up here. I hope you are having a great weekend!

Week in review:  21 miles and 75 push-ups (most of them girlie-style)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Dinner versus Lifting

Here it is: I skipped the gym last night and we went to Moe’s Southwest Grill as a family instead. So, instead of lifting and getting fit, I consumed more calories than I did for Thanksgiving dinner. Let me tell you, it tasted great and was exactly what the day needed…although I did eat a few too many chips.

I tried to redeem myself this morning by running 5 miles. I made it through all 5 miles pain free! No tightness from my ITB, no ankle discomfort, no pain in my right toe. I loved it!! Buying a foam roller is one of the best purchases I’ve made recently because it is really helping loosen up my ITB.

I have class tonight and I have a draft of my paper printed and ready to hand in. It should be roughly 20 pages and I have 24 pages. Admittedly, three of the pages are pictures tacked on at the end, but that still leaves 21 pages of words. I’ll hand my paper in tonight (along with the rest of the class) and my professor is going to have them all proofed with his ideas by noon on Friday. So, I’ll be heading back down to school sometime this weekend so I can pick my paper up. The final version is due next Wednesday, so between running, eating M&M’s, and company I’ll be tippy-typing away in hopes I get a good grade.