I am back!! Not really!! But I actually ran a little bit!!
I ran twice for a total of 7.27 miles. Killed it. Nah, but seriously, sometimes running is going to ebb and flow, and it just feels good to shake off the dust and get back out there.
Both runs were pretty uneventful. One was a four mile run during a lunch break, the other was a few laps around the Capitol with Mini before heading off to Cape May, NJ later that day for a wedding.
First off, Mini is totally a toddler now. Whenever I look back on this blog for it’s real, unstated, hidden purpose (to catalog Mini growing up through the lens of running), Jess and I will clearly be able to say that May 29th (our anniversary) was the last day Mini felt like a baby and the first day that she felt like a toddler. Part of it was due to the fact that she took her first steps on May 29th. But it’s not just that, it’s that she’s already 16 months old, almost 17 months, and so when she started walking, she’s also starting to interact with us a whole lot. The moment I truly realized she was a little girl and not a little baby was on June 2nd, when we were at Myrtle Beach with family. There were a box of crackers, and Mini picked up the box, opened the top, reached inside, grabbed the internal tin foil bag, opened it up, and took out a cracker. That might sound like a mundane task to describe, but it was absolutely incredible to me. She’s growing up. She’s learning, testing things out, communicating her likes, dislikes, playing games, playing tricks, throwing tantrums. It’s all becoming real at an accelerated pace, and it’s so exciting. I thought I wanted to stop time before. Now, when she laughs and giggles with me, I really wish that I could extend those moments forever.
In non-Mini news, it was an eventful week in DC. The Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup! It is the first time in 26 years that a professional sports team in Washington DC has won a championship. The city was absolutely amped up for it. On the night of the decisive Game 5, I told Jess that there was just this feeling of inevitability in the air. She got a little mad at me for thinking I was jinxing it, but it truly felt that way. That regardless if the team won or lost that night, the entire DC region believed that it was the night that a championship was going to come home. You could feel it in the air. I am not a big hockey fan, and not really a huge professional sports fan either, but I do strongly believe in the power of sports to transcend life and be a metaphor for it. The feeling of destiny and inevitability was something that I’ve never experienced before. Which is especially meaningful, I think, because I have now experienced professional sports championships in each of the four major men’s sports and a resident of the respective metropolitan area. Pistons 2004 NBA Championship; Steelers 2006 Super Bowl; Phillies 2008 World Series; Capitals 2018 Stanley Cup (an odd comment, as I write that out, I realize that the NBA is the only one of the four that does not have a “name” for their championship game/series). It’s kind of cool to have that as a life story, that four of the major metro areas I’ve lived in have won a professional sports championship.
Game 5 was an away game, at Las Vegas, but it seems like the entire DC metro area converged outside of Capital One Arena to watch the game on the public displays outside. Jess and I watched for a bit at Baked Joint, over pizza and dessert, which was really cool. We went home during the second period, and the great thing was you could literally hear the tens of thousands of people cheering just blocks away with each Caps goal. With four minutes left in the game, and Caps up 1, and with Jess and Mini fast asleep, I left our condo to head down to Chinatown to watch the celebration. I’m glad I went down there, hearing the celebration was definitely an experience to remember. And who knows how long we’ll be in downtown DC? I’m glad to have experienced it.
Other than that, on Sunday, Jess and I went down to Cape May, NJ to attend a dear friend’s wedding. It was a nice ceremony and Mini got to get all dressed up.
Pictures of all of this, below: