I was pretty happy this week, got some fairly decent running in. I ran three times, a 5 miler on Wednesday, a 2.5ish miler (plus some body strength workouts) with Jess and Mini at the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday morning, and a 9.25 miler on Sunday. All of them felt great, even the 9 mile run. The only downside is that after my run on Sunday, I had this pain on the arch of my foot. I was afraid that it was a stress fracture. I could not put weight on it for a while after I got back home. But the pain went away through the day. It’s back now, though, but not as bad as before. I might give it a couple days rest and see what happens. I got new shoes, and I’m hoping it’s a problem with the shoes and not anything more!
The Wednesday morning run was memorable, mainly because I couldn’t sleep the night before and thus went for a run at 4:30am. The Lincoln Memorial was completely empty then, except for one or two other early runners. It’s a bit eerie, but the sights are cool to see.
The Saturday morning run was fun as always. I like to be able to carve out that time for us to go exercise together. The three of us drove to the Mall, went for a run/walk + strength body exercises. Mini loves being outside, especially on Saturday mornings. Group selfie in front of the WWII memorial, south side of the reflecting pool.
Altogether, three runs, 16.91, but I feel back into it. Hope my foot is alright and I’m not derailed again!
This was one of those weeks that didn’t seem too busy or eventful on the surface, but when you stop to think about what you did, it actually was a pretty busy week. Monday was Columbus Day, and though neither myself nor Jess had the day off, Mini’s day care was closed. So I worked from home that day, and actually was able to get a lot done. Mini was chill for most of the day and then she went down for about a 2 hour nap during some prime working time for me. That morning, before starting work I took her to the Air and Space Museum. Here’s a picture of her loving it:
Tuesday and Wednesday went by with busy work schedules for both of us, culminating in a very important work meeting for me on Thursday. When the jam-packed work week ended, we headed into a busier-than-expected weekend. On Friday, we relaxed, and I watched Clemson get upset by Syracuse. This ended a bad week of sports for me that started the Saturday before with Michigan getting upset at home by Michigan State, then the US Men’s National Soccer Team failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, then the Nats losing on Thursday night, and Clemson on Friday night.
On Saturday, Jess joined Mini and me for our Saturday am exercise. We went down to the Lincoln and after our exercise, we went to Eastern Market for brunch/lunch. We got some Filipino noodles, crepes, and pancakes. What else could you ask for!?
Then we went down to the Mall. We took Mini on her first merry-go-round, and I think she liked it.
Then we wanted to try and check out the Sackler Gallery reopening. But we didn’t realize that the reopening was actually for later that evening, so we went home to watch the end of the Michigan game.
On Sunday, I got up early for two reasons: (1) to try and get tickets to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and (2) to go for a longish run. I was able to accomplish task #1, which is actually a tall order. Tickets are so hard to get, and by the time you log in at 6:30am, the tickets are gone by 6:32am. For the run, I was intending to do 7 miles, but I was feeling good and turned it into 9.25. Got this cool picture at City Center, which always seems to theme their decorations based on the season. Fall is here.
After I got home, I showered up and then we headed to the opening festival for the Sackler Gallery (it was a two day event). The festival was a celebration of Asian culture, with food, music and arts and crafts. We took Mini there and then afterwards went to the NMAAH. We had been there once before with some friends, but we did not get to see all of it. This time, Jess and I spent some time on the top floor of the museum, viewing the pop culture section. I want to go back and spend a couple of hours on each floor. I also have this new goal, to take Mini to every Smithsonian before she is 1, and then every year that we live in DC, to try and take her to as many as possible over the course of a year.
Here is a stunning picture that Jess took from the Contemplation Room at the NMAAH.
After the museum, we headed home, got a nice brief visit from some friends, and then called it a night. I was so tired, we put Mini down at 7:30 and I followed shortly after.
Another great week in the books.