Gulp. Another low mileage week, and there’s only four weeks left to the marathon. I gotta kick it up into high gear now. I’m not going to run this marathon with any expectations, other than enjoying the beautiful scenery and respecting the opportunity that I have in front of me. I ran twice for 12.04 miles. The good news is, I’m feeling great on these runs. I think I’m starting to turn a corner, and my twice to three time a week strength training is probably helping too. So while my mileage is super, super low for marathon training, I’m still optimistic about it.
On Monday, our families departed DC after coming into town for Mini’s birthday. And we got back to our regular routine of work/life/fun for the three of us. We had a crazy unexpected snowstorm on Wednesday, probably the latest snow storm I think I’ve experienced in DC.
On Thursday was Michigan’s Sweet 16 game, where they trounced Texas A&M in what has probably been the best Michigan basketball game I’ve seen in a while.
On Friday, Jess and I did our weekly pizza + jazz + friend hang out, and I watched Clemson lose to Kansas.
Saturday was a busy day for us. In the morning, we attended a tulip festival (of sorts) in City Center with some friends.
Then afterwards, we went to attend the March to Save Our Lives–a gathering organized for gun control by the survivors of the Parkland, Florida shooting. It was an incredible rally. I went for an early morning run near the Capitol when they were setting up, and just seeing all these young kids organizing and taking control of the narrative of their generation, it was one of the most inspiring things I’ve seen in a while. Social movements are always lead by youth–they are unencumbered and unrestricted by notions of what is and is not possible, and it was just amazing to see a bunch of high school kids lead a movement like this. For as crazy as things are in this country, you can see something like this and remain hopeful that our future is bright.
The rally was packed–reports say several hundred thousand people were there. And it showed. We took Mini down there because we thought it was important for her to see it (even if she doesn’t remember it). We stayed for a little while, but the crowds were absolutely packed. At one point, we thought we were going to get stuck for a while on 8th and Pennsylvania, so after a little while, we headed back home and watched the rest of it on TV.
We stayed at home for most of the day on Saturday, and then we watched Michigan play Florida State in the Elite 8. Michigan won and is headed to the Final Four!!
On Sunday, we took Mini for a long walk to 14th street and back, and then just hung out and relaxed afterwards.