Maintenance week(s) – April 30 to May 6 & May 7 to May 13

I’ve been a bit behind these last two weeks.  Life has just been a little busy, so I haven’t found the time to recap the progress over the last two weeks.



I didn’t run very much these last two weeks.  It just seemed like I had a lot going on.  For the first week, I ran twice, for a total of 8.13 miles.  For the second week, I ran once, but it was a nice run for 10.52 miles.  I had been ready to get right back into it, when BAM! I got sidelined pretty badly with another sinus cold.  It took me out of commission for the last 4 days, and I’m still battling it.  The allergies this year have been terrible.


So, my goal now is to just heal and recover from this cold.


TWIR x 2

It’s been a busy couple of weeks.  Let’s see what I remember.

This is going to be the lightning round edition, so here we go:

So, two weeks ago, I met up with some old friends and coworkers.  Later that Friday, I went to a talk at the Warner Theater, and then that weekend, my brother in law was in town for a nice visit.  Then that Sunday, we went up to Bethesda to visit some friends and see their new house.  I then developed this weird taste bud inflammation in my mouth, which lead to me completely losing my taste for the last week or so.  It’s been an interesting experience, a kind of experience of not knowing what you have until it’s gone.  Now that I can’t taste anything, I certainly realize that I took it for granted.  And when it comes back (hopefully soon), I’ll remember that!  You get lessons on life perspective at the most random moments sometimes.


The rest of the last week was spent with the usual work and family routine, and with a healthy amount of gym time.  I came down with the aforementioned sinus cold on Thursday, and have been down for the count ever since.


Mini has been growing a lot over the last two weeks.  She’s incredibly curious and interactive now.  She grabs her walker at a moments notice and she’s off to the races, exploring every nook and cranny of our condo.  She’s ready to take her first steps at any moment.  Her sleep schedule is amazingly consistent.  She goes down at 7pm like clockwork, which is just great for us.  She’s also an adventurous eater–she doesn’t hesitate to try any new foods we put in front of her, and she’s also not afraid to tell us when she doesn’t want something.



Maintenance week – April 23 to April 29



I ended the month of April with a low mileage week.  I ran twice, once indoors on the treadmill, and once around the US Capitol Building.  I’ve actually come to (somewhat) enjoy running on the “dreadmill.”  I have a few games that I play to keep it interesting:

Game 1:  Start at 6.0 mph and 0% incline.  I run at that speed for a minute or two.  Then, I increase the speed by 0.2 mph every minute on the minute.  Also, I increase the incline by 0.5% every minute on the half minute marks.  So basically, I am changing the speed or incline every 30 minutes.  For the incline, I get to a 4.0% incline, and I start going back down from there in 0.5% increments.  For the speed, I go until 8.0, stay there for a minute, and then go back down in 0.2 increments.  This drains you out because it’s basically like you’re running faster the higher you climb a hill.  But it’s fun to try and keep up with.


Game 2:  I bring the incline to 2.0%, speed to 6.0 mph.  I stay at 6.0 for a minute or two, and then I increase the speed by 0.1 mph every 15 seconds.  I keep the incline at 2.0%.  I go up to 7.0 mph and then back down to 6.0 mph.


Game 3:  I start off at 0% and 6.0 mph.  I keep the incline steady and increase by 0.1 mph up to 6.5, and then raise the incline by 0.5% every 30 seconds, staying at 6.5.  When I’m at 6.5 mph and 4.0%, I stay there for a minute, and then bring the incline back down to 0%.  I work down to 6.0 mph by 0.2 every 30 seconds, and then work back up to 8.0 by 0.2 every 30 seconds.


By the time you do these, several miles pass by, and you can power through the rest.  Plus, it’s a great way to play with the elevation in ways that you can’t on the road.


Anyway, so I ran a total of 9.31 miles this week, over two runs.




I’m writing this summary so late that I have to really remember what happened over the week.


The work week was pretty standard, nothing out of the ordinary.  Saturday was action packed.  We attended a first year birthday party with some good friends, then Jess and I had a day of urban exploration in Adams Morgan.  We went to a playground nearby, and then ate BBQ at The Federalist Pig.  We intended to go to the zoo, but it seemed way too crowded, so we skipped that.  It was a great day to be outside though.  On Sunday, we took Mini to the Wegman’s Wonderplace at the Smithsonian.  I gotta say, the place was so hyped up, but it was pretty disappointing.  I mean, if you’re already in the museum and you stumble upon it, I guess it’s alright, but it’s been billed to us (word of mouth) to be this great place to take kids.  I disagree.  Maybe when Mini is older she’d like it more, but it just seemed kind of boring.


Mini is really on the move these days.  Her latest fascinations are the refrigerator, the dish washer, any door or mirror, the baby stroller, and basically any other object she can find.  She’s really moving like a pro with her walker too, she turns and manuevers it so well.  She’s about ready to walk at any moment.  She also has learned a bunch of new “signs” to communicate with us.  She can wave “hi” and “bye bye”; blow kisses; point to her mama; shake her head “no” whenever we ask any question at all.  And she has her own language of communication, including this word “hi da” or “eye ga”.  Not sure what it means, but she gets pretty excited when we say it to her.



April 2018 – Stats

The allergies killed my running this month, particularly in the first week of April.  I decided to drop from the Big Sur Marathon because I didn’t feel ready for it.  I focused a lot on strength training vs. running this month, and ironically, my running times have been the best they’ve been all year.  Go figure.


Miles 44.95 miles
Total time 6 hr, 48 min, 16 sec
Average pace per mile 9 min 5 sec
Number or runs 9 runs
Average distance per run 4.99 miles
Average temperature, per run 57.55 deg F
Average temperature, time spent in temperature 55.3 deg F
Coldest temperature 36 deg F
Warmest temperature 84 deg F
Total elevation 1488 ft
Average elevation per run 165.33 ft
Longest run 10.1 miles
Shortest run 1.14 miles