Maintenance week – November 27 to December 3

WEEK SUMMARY

After I looked at my numbers for November, I decided to assess what year-end goals were in reach.  1000 miles is not in the cards this year, and that’s ok.  I’m at right around 650 miles right now, and if I push a bit, I can maybe get to 750 by the end of the year.  That’s pretty much a 10K every other day.  Let’s see how it goes.

 

So I went for my first run of December on Saturday morning.  It was right around a 10K, the usual spot in DC.  It was a cold morning, around 35 degrees, so I didn’t bring Mini along this time.  But I did get some spectacular sunrise photos.

 

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And I capped this all off by seeing Marine One on my drive back home

 

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So, one run this week, 6.36 miles.

 

I am planning to run a half marathon, though, next Sunday.

 

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This last week kind of went by in a blur.  The three of us were sick for a little bit with a cold, and so we were fighting that off after the Thanksgiving break.  On Friday, I went back to the gym, which was nice after a two week hiatus.  Otherwise, I don’t really remember too much from the weekday, other than the usual life blur.

 

The weekend was very nice.  On Friday night, Jess and I took Mini to Baked Joint for pizza + jazz.  Mini seems to love hearing the music.  It’s a fun family tradition for us.  After putting Mini to bed, we rewatched “Get Out” which certainly held up to the incredible impression we had when we saw it in theaters.  On Saturday, I rose early and did my 10K.  Jess had some things planned in the afternoon, so Mini and I went to the portrait gallery.  We saw a few exhibits, most notably was the exhibits on “Famous Americans” where various character actors were staged next to their portraits to tell their story.  We stayed to listen to the guy who played Bobby Kennedy.  He did a great job, so I did feel bad when Mini looked at him and screamed in a terrified way as he started talking about his assassination (pure coincidence–I think?).  It was the first time, I’ve had to cart away a screaming baby from a public performance.  What a year of firsts!

 

We hung out in the courtyard for a bit afterwards, and this is a goal of mine to do more in 2018.

 

That evening, we headed to a friend’s place to watch Clemson clinched their third straight college football playoff berth with their domination over Miami.  It’s unbelievable.  Still hard to believe that they have had a run like this.  I truly am going to look back at these years as the best of times!

 

On Sunday, our brother-in-law was randomly in town, and so we met up with him and other family to attend a German Christmas market in DuPont circle.  It was actually a big disappointment, I thought, but we enjoyed the company we had.

 

So, the weekend was pretty action packed.  I’m flying to Charleston on Friday for an appointment with my mom.  Fingers crossed for continued good news!

 

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November 2017 – Stats

Miles 33.15 miles
Total time 5 hr, 18 min, 24 sec
Average pace per mile 9 min, 36 sec per mile
Number or runs 6 runs
Average distance per run 5.52 miles per run
Average temperature, per run 49.66 deg F
Average temperature, time spent in temperature 47.25 deg F
Coldest temperature 28 deg F
Warmest temperature 72 deg F
Total elevation 723 ft
Average elevation per run 120.5 ft per run
Longest run 10 miles
Shortest run 2 miles

 

Two short bouts of being sick + Thanksgiving + general life = lowest running month of the year.  But not by much, 0.19 miles short of September, where I also had a lot going on.

 

It’s clear that my 1000 mile goal for the year will have to wait for 2018.  800 miles is also probably out of reach, but maybe not 750 or 775?  Let’s see.

(Non)Maintenance week – November 20 to November 26

WEEK SUMMARY

 

I took this week off from running, so zero miles.  I wonder how many zero miles weeks I’ve had this year.  Actually, I’m going to go check that right now.  Be right back…

 

…and I’m back.  This was the fifth week in 2017 where I did not go for at least one run.  I guess that’s not too bad.

 

So, zero miles on zero runs.  Instead, I did the opposite and I binged on Thanksgiving food.  Which is completely fine and acceptable by me!

 

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This week was Mini’s first Thanksgiving.  Boy, do we have a lot to be thankful for.  Happy lives, our health and the love of our family and friends.  We have so many more reasons to look out at the world and smile than we do to be upset.

 

We had a fantastic several days.  The three of us drove to SC on Tuesday, Mini’s first extended road trip.  We stopped half way, in Smithfield, NC, and completed the rest of the drive.  It wasn’t too bad either, Mini handled the drive just fine.

 

We spent the next several days hanging out with my parents and family.  It was a great visit.  My parents went all out, of course, on preparing some delicious meals for us, and we enjoyed them getting to spend time with Mini.  And of course, they loaded her up with many toys!  There’s something really fun about celebrating some of our kid’s “firsts” with her grandparents.  Some pictures:

 

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We spent Saturday watching college football (Michigan lost to Ohio State, again…but Clemson won, and is back to number 1, so it’s all good).    Unfortunately, though, I caught a cold, so I was out of commission on Sunday and may be out of it for a few more days.

 

But like I said, lots to be thankful for these days.

Maintenance week – November 13 to November 19

WEEK SUMMARY

 

I ran twice this week, not very much, but as is par for the course these days, time is a very limited commodity.  Both runs were great, though.  For the first one, I got up at 5am and did a five mile run from our condo to the Lincoln and back.  I watched the sunrise, which never, ever gets old.  It’s starting to get colder nowadays, so those morning runs are a little tougher.  This time it was 43 degrees.

 

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The second run was a bit quicker, a three mile run on Sunday before getting breakfast with Jess and our friend who was visiting for the weekend.  It was very windy, probably the windiest run I’ve ever done.  Especially on the Potomac on the way to the Lincoln.  The fall colors, even for a color blind person, were spectacular.

 

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So this week, it was two runs for 8.7 miles.  Not a big mileage week at all, but it just felt nice to get out there.

 

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I finished reading (listening to) this great book on Thursday.  It’s called “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” by Neil deGrasse Tyson.  It is pretty reads like it sounds, a densely packed primer on the key concepts of the universe (or is it the multiverse?).  But it was presented in a very readable way.  Most of the book was interesting from a purely scientific standpoint, but in the last chapter, Tyson describes his view of the “cosmic perspective” and how it can inform our own human perspective, and it is profound.  I’m going to write about it more, but the fundamental takeaway for me is that Tyson’s “cosmic perspective” allows for a science based spirituality–one that is rooted in a quest for the answer “why” but that tries to answer that question with indisputable facts of science.  It’s something I want to think and write more about.

 

Cosmic readings aside, this week was great.  Still haven’t been getting much sleep, but it’s not all bad.  Mini wakes up usually 2-3 times over the night, but also sleeps for several hour stretches at a time.  The hardest part is going from a deep REM sleep to being jolted up immediately.  I imagine that’s basically parenthood in a nutshell.  Thank you, again, mom and dad, for I did not know until now what this crazy journey is like!

 

Over the weekend, we had a friend come visit.  We had a fantastic time–Mini enjoyed her company, and generally it was a great mix of relaxing, hanging out, and exploring.  On Saturday, we went to the newly reopened Sackler Museum, and we went through two exhibits.  One on ancient cats of Egypt and one on the depictions of Buddha.  Mini loved both of them, especially the Buddha exhibit.  We got some ramen that night and hung out at home in the evening.  Sunday was a prefect combination of running, breakfast out, mochi-purchasing at Whole Foods, and binge watching on Netflix.

 

Now, it’s a short week, Thanksgiving is upon us!  Pictures from the week:

 

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Maintenance week – November 6 to November 12

WEEK SUMMARY

 

This post is a little late, so I’ll try to remember what in fact I did last week.

 

I’ve been battling a nagging cold for about a week and a half, so that’s stopped me from getting out there.  I did run once this week.  It was for the DC Half & Half Marathon.  You run 6.55 miles, eat a half smoke from Ben’s Chili Bowl, and run another 6.55 miles (though I ended up doing only 10 and going home afterwards).  The race was on Saturday, and I was on the fence doing it since I had been sick.  I decided on Thursday to sign up, thinking I’d be better by Saturday.  I was, but not by much, but I felt well enough to run it.  The only downside (or upside depending on how you look at it) was that the weather was a balmy 28 degrees with a windchill of 17.  Perfect.

 

I ran it with my friend Robs.  We did this same race two years ago, and I missed out last year.  It’s sort of becoming an annual tradition for us.

 

Cold weather aside, it was a beautiful morning for a run.  At the very least, it was an opportunity to soak in the fall colors before all the leaves fall off.  Here are some pictures:

 

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So, this week:  One run.  Ten miles.  One marvelous half smoke.

 

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I don’t really remember too much of the week.  Most of it was a blur of work and family time.  On Monday and Tuesday, we had family in town for a brief visit.  On Tuesday (or was it Wednesday?) we celebrated a friend’s birthday on Capitol Hill.  Friday was actually a nice surprise.  I found out on Thursday afternoon that Friday was a work holiday for Veteran’s Day.  Nothing like the random surprise day off!  I took Mini on a daddy-daughter day to the National Museum of African American History and the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.  We had a great day, even though it was a really cold walk to get to these spots.  Also, at some point during the day, I spilled half a bottle of milk all over myself.  But that’s what makes the good times great.  That evening, the three of us got pizza.

 

Saturday morning was the Half and Half run, and after that, Jess and I stayed in because it was freezing outside.  On Sunday, we got out a little, took Mini to an event in DC called Crafty Bastards.  We bought a couple of things for Mini’s room.  It was a cool event, at Nats Park this year.

 

Some pictures from the museums:

 

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Maintenance week – October 30 to November 5

WEEK SUMMARY

 

I ran three times this last week.  Two 10k distances and a two mile run.  I felt pretty good during them.  The first 10k run was during a lunch break.  The second one was on “fall back” Sunday.  I figured that I’d use the extra hour to get that run in, and I did the 6.2 miles in right around one hour.  So it’s basically like free miles!

 

My goal is to kind of continue on this pace for a little while.  Maybe I’ll do three 10ks this upcoming week, increasing it to 4 and then 5.  I want to just maintain for a little bit before jumping into another marathon training regiment.

 

Of course, some pictures:

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So, three runs for 14.4 miles.

 

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TWIR

 

I already don’t really remember much from this week.  It’s amazing how fast your memory goes.  Or maybe it’s just my memory.  Let’s see, Tuesday was Halloween, but we didn’t really take Mini out since she goes to bed at 7pm anyway.  Jess and I stayed up and watched a few episodes of The Twilight Zone to get in the Halloween spirit.

 

I don’t really remember much of Wednesday and Thursday.  On Friday, I had a super long commute home and was exhausted from the week by the time I made it back.  Oh yeah, now I remember.  Mini was teething pretty badly on Wednesday night and Thursday night and neither Jess nor myself got much sleep.  So on Friday, we both crashed early.  Saturday was a day spent at home, aside from my morning run with Mini.  It was really nice, just having time for the three of us.  Mini is in the phase now where she’s making a lot of noises and where she is preferring certain toys over others.  Sometimes, when you give her something new that she’s never seen before and you take it away from her shortly after, she cries as if it’s her most prized possession.  She’s also like this with my glasses.  God help you if you give her my glasses and then try to take them away–there’s hell to pay.

 

Saturday night was really rainy, so we ordered in a pizza.  The rain continued to Sunday morning, and I went on a drizzly run as the clocks fell back for daylight savings.  On Sunday, we had a pretty good outing.  Brunch at Baked Joint, and then Jess and I went down to check out the Wharf area.  It had just opened a few weeks ago and it’s a pretty cool spot.  Definitely a place to go to when the weather is nice.

 

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October 2017 – Stats

Happy Halloween!  Some scary stats for October:

 

Miles 45.74 miles
Total time 7 hr, 40 min, 1 sec
Average pace per mile 10 min, 3 sec per mile
Number or runs 9 runs
Average distance per run 5.08 miles per run
Average temperature, per run 62 deg F
Average temperature, time spent in temperature 61.45 deg F
Coldest temperature 52 deg F
Warmest temperature 75 deg F
Total elevation 921 ft
Average elevation per run 102.33 ft per run
Longest run 9.25 miles
Shortest run 1 mile