Take A Load Off Annie (3.5 miles)

When I planned to run part of the way home Monday, I was thinking about how nice the weather would be, and how I hadn’t run in two days, and how I wanted to make sure I got in a run before I had a new baby at home.  What I didn’t think about was all the stuff I had to bring home from school — my laptop, quizzes to grade, books for planning my next unit, et cetera.

It was just the usual 3.5 miles from High Street, and the weather was cold and clear, but it turns out that it isn’t that pleasant to run with 17.5 pounds on your back (I weighed my backpack when I got home).  I barely eked out a pace faster than a 10 minute mile (it was less  “a run” and more akin to “a fast walk”), and — even worse — my right knee started to ache, something it hasn’t done since I took up running again last summer.  I made it home, but I definitely learned the limits of running with my backpack.

Distance: 3.5 miles          Time: 33:55

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About Chris Van Dyke

I am a 33 year-old high school English teacher and long-distance runner. I live in Brooklyn with my partner, our 3 year-old son and 1 year-old daughter and a growing collection of muppets and trains. Besides running and teaching I like to draw, read, write, cook, and play the harmonica. While I didn't get to run my first ultra-marathon on my birthday, I've got a few more I've set my sights on. You can follow my (seldom updated) twitter feed @aboutrunning. I also blog as part of the Run Smiley Collective.
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