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December 3rd, 2012 @ 7:40 am
The Last Song

It was incredibly difficult to roll out of bed at five-fifteen this morning, but I did. It’s been (very uncharacteristically) raining for several days in Los Angeles and it was just a wet, dark, miserable morning for a run. But about two miles into it and I started to feel better, and by the time […]

November 29th, 2012 @ 8:00 am
Drove from Paris to the Amsterdam Hilton

There’s just something about running in the cold rain. You want to run fast to get done quickly but you also want to be careful and watch every footfall so you don’t slip and break an ankle. Of course “cold” is relative: It was 57°F when I started. And it wasn’t a torrential downpour or […]

November 26th, 2012 @ 8:27 am
They Just Seem a Little Weird

I’ve been trying to consistently go for a really long run on Monday mornings and a “regular” run on Thursday mornings. I’ve done a pretty good job at it for about three months now; I even managed to get in a five-miler on Thanksgiving. This morning while coming down Century Park towards Olympic, a man […]

November 19th, 2012 @ 2:15 pm
I Need a Dump Truck, Mama, to Unload My Head

I spent all day Sunday in a cloudy-headed funk, so I went on a nice long run this morning. I just finished a 10.0 mi run with a pace of 9'43"/mi with Nike+ Running. http://t.co/XFRjjivS #nikeplus — David Vincent Gagne (@davidgagne) November 19, 2012

November 15th, 2012 @ 10:24 am
It Could Be All Downhill from Here

Nothing exciting at all today. Just a brisk run in the cold. 55°F, but the sun was just coming up and it was a gorgeous Los Angeles sky. I just finished a 5.52 mi run with a pace of 9'23"/mi with Nike+ Running. http://t.co/RRuSFjq0 #nikeplus — David Vincent Gagne (@davidgagne) November 15, 2012 This morning’s […]

November 12th, 2012 @ 9:16 am
Sinnerman

According to my iPhone it was a crisp 44°F when I left the house to run at 5:45 this morning. Once you’ve lived in Los Angeles for over a decade, that counts as “cold as hell”. I wore a hat and one of my Gator hooded sweatshirts, but by the time I hit 1.5 miles […]

November 7th, 2012 @ 9:54 pm
Hootie

Somehow I never mentioned the fact that in late November of 2006, I attended a black-tie dinner 1 at — of all things — a furniture convention 2 in Scottsdale, Arizona, and — after all the sales awards had been … er … awarded — Hootie and the Blowfish performed. It was quite surreal, and […]

November 6th, 2012 @ 9:07 am
Lights Will Guide You Home

I listened to Fix You by Coldplay three consecutive times at one point this morning during my run. It’s seriously not even close to the best song to hear while running; the pace is too slow, the beat changes, it’s horribly depressing, etc. But it is a great song and I love it, especially lately. […]

November 1st, 2012 @ 8:25 am
Never Going Back to New Jersey

I just finished a 5.52 mi run with a pace of 9'34"/mi with Nike+ Running. http://t.co/RgwgDemB #nikeplus — David Vincent Gagne (@davidgagne) November 1, 2012 I took a few minutes to stretch before I hit the road this morning, and I could absolutely tell the difference. I also tried to earnestly concentrate on maintaining a […]

October 30th, 2012 @ 7:25 pm
Are You OK?

Mom Just Called To Make Sure You're Not Under That Dangling Crane http://t.co/R6ctjwx9 #Sandy — The Onion (@TheOnion) October 30, 2012 Leave it to The Onion. I’m sure everyone can relate to this in some way, but my mom was particularly neurotic about this sort of thing. (She died just a few weeks ago, in […]

October 29th, 2012 @ 8:23 am
All These Things That I’ve Done

I just finished a 10.0 mi run with a pace of 9'29"/mi with Nike+ Running. http://t.co/jqgxSbUu #nikeplus — David Vincent Gagne (@davidgagne) October 29, 2012 While all my friends and family on the East coast were hunkering down for Hurricane Sandy, I went on a ten mile run in painfully perfect weather. I am guessing […]

October 28th, 2012 @ 9:40 pm
Streak Broken

After watching the Gators get manhandled by the Bulldogs yesterday, I was understandably in a foul mood. I simply couldn’t bring myself to do much of anything. So my streak of hitting my 3750 daily Nike Fuel points goal ended at twenty-nine days. 1 My buddy Kelly gave me a Nike Fuel band for my […]

October 25th, 2012 @ 7:46 am
Sushi Bars and Saxophones

I just finished a 5.01 mi run with a pace of 10'12"/mi with Nike+ Running. http://t.co/SnzSXQbG #nikeplus — David Vincent Gagne (@davidgagne) October 25, 2012 I did the P90X Plyometrics routine last night a little after nine o’clock, after I got my little boy into bed. (Take a minute to read an excellent review of […]

October 22nd, 2012 @ 10:14 am
Great American Sharpshooter

I just finished a 8.50 mi run with a pace of 10'05"/mi with Nike+ Running. http://t.co/NoT6u3fB #nikeplus — David Vincent Gagne (@davidgagne) October 22, 2012 Eight and a half miles early on a Monday morning feels a lot like an entire marathon. I’m starting to think that the main reason running in the evening seems […]

October 21st, 2012 @ 3:17 pm
Big O Tires – West Los Angeles

I traded my trusty rusty 2006 Toyota Tacoma 4×4 for a 2004 Lexus RX330 when we had the boy. (I got a really, really good deal on the Lexus at Jim Falk Lexus of Beverly Hills.) A few weeks ago we topped 90,000 miles on it and I knew it was time for a new […]

October 17th, 2012 @ 10:25 pm
Long Hard Times to Come

I just finished a 7.01 mi run with a pace of 9'38"/mi with Nike+ Running. http://t.co/QIMJqr5W #nikeplus — David Vincent Gagne (@davidgagne) October 18, 2012 That was my longest run in quite some time. I was wrecked by the time I finished; I was really pushing myself the whole time. Just for the heck of […]

October 15th, 2012 @ 7:41 am
Somewhere Across Forever

I managed to hit my new goal of 3500 Nike Fuel points on Sunday, so I feel pretty good about that. (I did the P90X Shoulders & Arms workout in the middle of the afternoon.) After an early dinner at Lakeside Golf Club, my wife and I watched this week’s Saturday Night Live, part three […]

October 11th, 2012 @ 7:34 am
Counting Down the Hours

I just finished a 6.08 mi run with a pace of 10'00"/mi with Nike+ Running. http://t.co/KKOfC7HH #nikeplus — David Vincent Gagne (@davidgagne) October 11, 2012 Clearly I need to write more here to avoid this turning into simply a log of my running. It was chilly and misty at six o’clock this morning when I […]

October 9th, 2012 @ 9:30 am
Never Going Back to New Jersey

I just finished a 5.85 mi run with a pace of 9'43"/mi with Nike+ Running. http://t.co/w99yWKCV #nikeplus — David Vincent Gagne (@davidgagne) October 9, 2012 I had a good run this morning. I added a few detours to stretch it a bit. I think on my next trip I’ll add another loop so I hit […]

October 5th, 2012 @ 9:29 am
Death and All of His Friends

I just finished a 5.47 mi run with a pace of 10'00"/mi with Nike+ Running. http://t.co/MaWGhsAh #nikeplus — David Vincent Gagne (@davidgagne) October 5, 2012 About a tenth of a mile after the five mile mark, I tripped on a crack in the sidewalk and went flying. I was able to break my fall with […]