Even though this week was fairly uneventful, it seems like it was a lot longer than typical. Perhaps because it was the first full five day work week after coming back (last week was short due to Easter). Maybe it was because I celebrated my birthday on Tuesday, or maybe it’s because during the week, I got minimal sleep.
The run plan this week was the same as last week, continue to the unofficial pretraining before SF. Though I got some good runs in this week, my lack of sleep really hindered my progress. I’m not one to make excuses or to pat myself on the back too much, but I will say that I am recognizing the limitations of training for a marathon with a new born at home. I will still be able to do it, but more than anything else, I will be most proud to just complete the marathon training this spring and summer while adjusting to life as a new parent.
I went on three runs this week. Well, technically four (the third one was split into two runs). The first run was on Wednesday morning. My plan was to go to a November Project workout at the Lincoln Memorial at 5:25am. However, I got a little delayed waking up, and I would have been about 10 minutes late, so I decided to go down to the Lincoln anyway but to just do my own workout. It was a good day actually. A bit cloudy and drizzling, but there were tons of people out on the Reflecting Pool early that morning. There was the regular November Project crowd, but there were also drills being performed by the Army, Navy and Air Force. I don’t know what kind of event it was, but it was a lot of people, seemingly new recruits, from each of those branches. Maybe they were engaging in some sort of joint physical training or competition? Anyway, I snapped a few photos:
The plan then was to run again on Friday. I actually got up at around 6am to head out. But I “got up” because I was already awake from a few hours ago. Mini has been going through a growth spurt, and though she’s been the most chill baby in the world even during this phase, understandably there are going to be times when she’s fussy. So this week, from Tuesday to Thursday night, Jess and I didn’t get very much sleep at all, but she gave us a generous gift on Saturday letting us sleep until 10:30am!
So on Friday, when I awoke, I decided to just go to work instead of going for a run. My thought was that I’d go into work early and come back home early so that I could enjoy the evening with family and also squeeze in a run. The first part came through, the second part did not. When I got home on Friday, I tried to go for a run, but I decided against it as soon as I left the door, mainly because I wanted to spend some time with Mini. So I turned around after like 0.05 miles.
So I picked up the task of running for Saturday. Only on Saturday it was about 55 degrees and raining. It wasn’t that big of a deal though, and I decided to head out. I had also wanted to check out the March for Science events on the Mall. I was expecting a few hundred people to be there marching down Pennsylvania. Man, was I wrong. There were several thousand people. The area near the monument, around 15th and Constitution was absolutely packed, and the crowds went really far. I bailed on the plans for a longer run and just observed. So basically, I ran to the march, walked around and marched for a bit and then ran home after the march started to dissipate. It was a really cool event though, tons of nerdy signs everywhere. My kind of people:
A funny moment I witnessed during the march was when someone tried to hit a beach ball that was bouncing around the crowd, they reached up for it and fell as they tried to hit it. They were fine, not hurt, but talk about a stereotype coming true.
On Sunday, I ran a 10 miler called the GW Parkway Classic. At first I was a little skeptical, but the race was really cool. Basically, it’s an end to end run from George Washington’s Estate at Mt. Vernon to Old Town Alexandria. You run on the GW Parkway along the Potomac. I really enjoyed the race, and the rain held off. I’ll certainly be running it again next year.
All that to say, this week I ran three times 18.06 miles.
TWIR (This Week In Running):
As is obvious from the description above, this week was action filled. And also, it was surprisingly low key. It actually was the perfect blend of a week. Busy week with work, plenty of time with my family, friends and personal activities. On Tuesday, Jess and I celebrated my birthday with a couple of friends.. Ordered in some Chinese food, and Jess got some cake slices from the bakery across the street. It was a lot of fun, relaxed celebration without any big expectations. Wednesday through Friday kind of zipped by. Jess and I did not get very much sleep these three days. Mini is going through her first “mental leap,” one of ten that she will experience in her first 18 months or so. It’s really amazing, actually, to watch her go through it. Her awareness and alertness has changed dramatically, and she’s starting to be more responsive to her environment and to people around her. It’s such an incredible experience–observing all these changes that she’s going through over the course of weeks, and sometimes days.
I try my best to savor every single minute I have. I understand why people say that “it goes by fast.” I used to not really understand that–how can a week or a month go by faster just because you have a kid. I think what people really mean to say is that the changes your baby will experience happen so exponentially, that in a matter of weeks, she is dramatically different. That makes the time seem to fly by. If I stop and think about the last five weeks, a lot has happened, and five weeks certainly feels like five weeks. But when I look at Mini and see how she’s growing into a healthy and happy baby, it feels like it was just one second ago that I was holding her for the first time. So, I try and slow down the world around me and stop to really embrace every day that Jess and I are with her, to do something to put brakes on life that’s moving at lightning speed.
On Friday, Jess, Mini and I went out for pizza with friends. Saturday was a relaxed day. Mini let us sleep until 10:30, which was unbelievable. We lazed around home that morning, and I went for a run to check out the March for Science on the National Mall. What a site it was. I was expecting a few hundred people, and instead, I saw several thousand. For all the uncertainty and anxiety that our political system is in, it was incredibly hopeful to see so many people gathering on the Mall, nerdy posters in hand, to demonstrate the strength and necessity of science in our society. It’s something that exceeded my expectations. As sour as things can seem sometimes, I have a lot of hope for the world that Mini is going to grow up in. Saturday evening was rainy and after a quick trip out, we spent it inside curled up to another movie.
On Sunday, I ran the GW Parkway Classic 10 Miler. I wrote about it above briefly and will do a race recap soon. It was a great race, one that I’ll certainly be adding to my yearly rotation. In the afternoon, we grilled burgers on our roof and enjoyed the brisk but beautiful spring weather. Life is really good.