Harder. Better. Faster. Stronger.

Livestrong I completed my sixth Nike+ run today. It started a little rough since I took several days off recuperating from my cold. My right knee and left ankle bothered me the first 5 or so minutes but, overall, it felt good to be back in motion.

Lance Armstrong congratulated me on my fastest mile today. It was a modest 10’39” mile which isn’t bad considering I was running a 14’34” pace during my inaugural run twelve days ago.

Borrowing a line from Kanye West (“Stronger” on Graduation): Work it harder make it better, do it faster makes us stronger, more than ever hour after hour work is never over.

Another Nike+ Milestone

We are now on the second leg, having flown from Dayton to Chicago on Christmas Eve. We were supposed to fly out on December 23 but our flight (the last one of the day) was canceled due to “flow control.” (Whatever.)

The voice of Lance Armstrong congratulated me on my longest run yet after my workout on December 21. That happened to be the run immediately following the Paula Radcliffe experience. Regrettably, I haven’t run since.

Sicko poster While still motivated, I’ve been sick. I contracted what turned out to be a severe chest and head cold during my travel back to Dayton, Ohio last week. Not wanting to get off track while on vacation, I figured I was well enough to run on Friday. TB and I went to a Dayton-area Bally’s—Bally’s branches offer 2-week complimentary guest passes once per year—and, following the compulsory tour of the facilities, we worked out about an hour.

I’m usually more energetic following a good run, but this time I felt horribly. Sure enough, I’ve spent the past 4 days medicated and (mostly) in bed. Being sick sucks.

We’re now in Chicago and I am feeling much better. If all goes well, I should be back in my running shoes tomorrow. I can’t let Paula and Lance down.