I find your lack of faith disturbing.

January 29th, 2013 @ 9:39 am
Hydrostatic Body Fat Testing

It’s been a little less than four years since I had my body fat percentage accurately calculated at a mobile testing station. Last night I had it done again by Linda of bodyfattest.com outside of a health club in Reseda. Last year was pretty rough on my body; I was under a lot of stress […]

January 7th, 2013 @ 8:00 am
Another Half

I ran another half marathon this morning before work. Add that to the one I ran on New Year’s Day and that gives me a solid 26.2 miles this year. My wife gave me a great pair of Nike running shoes for Christmas. They felt very strange at first — they’re the lightest sneakers I’ve […]

January 3rd, 2013 @ 10:28 am
Office Quotes

There’s a guy in my office who surreptitiously records the absurd things we all say, then sends a company-wide email with his collection to ring in the new year.

December 24th, 2012 @ 8:15 am
Eve

We were always an “open your presents Christmas Eve” family. UPS packages from my dad and Nana Rainy and extended family would start arriving weeks before Christmas, and my sister and I would pester my mom incessantly about opening some early. She would always cave and we’d get to open one each night for a […]

December 13th, 2012 @ 8:30 am
Runnin’ Down a Dream

It was raining when I got home last night so I was worried I’d have another soaking run, but when I hit the road this morning the sun was rising and the clouds had mostly disappeared. It was pretty brisk — low 60s, I’m guessing — but I ran hard to compensate for the pizza […]

December 10th, 2012 @ 8:26 am
I’m Not Okay

Okay, so there weren’t icicles on the eaves when I left the house this morning. But 49°F is freezing once you’ve lived in Southern California for over a decade. I’ve also never been able to run in anything but shorts, and I have to stick with something incredibly light — a t-shirt — if I’m […]

December 6th, 2012 @ 8:50 am
Let Me Tell Ya How We Do It in California

There is surely some sort of life lesson here: If every other run is a half-marathon, the five-milers seem like nothing. I need to get a new pair of sneakers, though, for reals. The 2011 Nike Air Structure Triax I’ve been kicking have got to have over five hundred miles on them by now. I’ve […]

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 […]