Never tell me the odds!

April 5th, 2013 @ 8:17 am
I Will Never Believe in Anything Again

I did not feel like getting out of bed this morning, much less running. I don’t know if I caught some sort of flu or just a cold or what, but I had a nasty scratch in the back of my throat every time I swallowed, and my head felt thick and cloudy. But rather […]

March 31st, 2013 @ 7:35 pm
When You Love Someone But It Goes to Waste

After eating a lot of chocolate and hunting all over the house for eggs and a brunch at Lakeside which included a pretty strong Bloody Mary and watching a crushing Gators loss in the Elite Eight, I needed to hit the road. I gave myself a solid couple of hours to digest and then knocked […]

March 25th, 2013 @ 10:57 pm
One More Holiday I Will Not Celebrate

My mom loved Easter. She had a fondness for Cadbury eggs, even though — if I remember correctly — she almost never ate one because they upset her stomach terribly. When we were very, very young she used to play three or four songs on her guitar and we’d all sing along. I know probably […]

February 12th, 2013 @ 6:00 am
Six Months

Today marks the six month anniversary of my mother’s death. She died on Sunday, August 12, 2012. Not every month is the same length, though, of course. And should I consider “a month” to be “every four Sundays” or simply “the next 12th on the calendar”? It’s the sort of question she would call to […]

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 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 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 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. […]

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 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 […]

September 14th, 2012 @ 1:43 pm
Hate

I have a friend who always snaps at anyone who dramatically uses the word “hate”. If someone says, “I hate the layout of this website,” or, “I hate getting stuck at this traffic light,” he will respond, “No. You don’t.” “You don’t hate this layout. You hate cancer. You hate communism.” He’s right, of course. […]

March 28th, 2012 @ 3:59 pm
A Better Son / Daughter

Every now and then a song is just perfect, and it slaps you in the face. A Better Son / Daughter by Rilo Kiley is that song today. These lyrics … Damn.