I kind of fell behind here, so I’m going to summarize two weeks for of training.
Week 11 had a lot of miles, the most out of any week training week I think. I ran four times for a total of 42 miles, including a 16.5 mile run. The 16.5 mile run was intended to be 20 (!) but I decided to run as far as I could in three hours and then stop. It went alright–still a lot slower than I’d like to run during the race, but it was super humid outside. I was happy to get a longish run done. This week calls for another 20 miler, so let’s see if I can get it done then.
Week 12 was a recovery from week 11. I ran three times for a total of 22.9 miles, including a medium-ish run of 10 miles. The 10 miler felt good, except for the last two miles, I was having some pain in my chest (nothing serious!), so I kind of stopped running. I think it was mostly a cramp.
So two weeks, 64.9 miles
I don’t really remember too much of what happened during week 11. It was the first week where summer was pretty much done in DC. The weather on the weekend was pretty bleh–cloudy, rainy, a little cold. Actually, now that I write this, I do remmber some details from earlier that week. I remember on Thursday when Jess and I and a friend went out for pizza, the heat index was 95 at 9pm at night. Then on Saturday, it was like 70 degrees.
On the Saturday of week 11, I took Mini on run that’s quickly becoming our tradition. We run about 4-5 miles on our usual Capitol Hill to Lincoln Memorial route. Then I take Mini out of the stroller and we go up the steps and into the Lincoln Memorial where she walks around the place. Today, when I got back from my ten mile run, I went inside the Lincoln Memorial by myself, and I immediately got a flash back from a future that hasn’t already happened. I know that when I become older, and Mini grows up, I’m going to go back to the Lincoln Memorial and remember her as a little girl climbing the ledges and running around the columns. It was a poignant and nostalgic memory of a feeling that’s yet to come, but that I know is on its way, and it’s another reminder to soak in these days as much as I possibly can.
Also, checked out the overflow from the Tidal Basin:
On Saturday afternoon, after Mini’s nap, we took her to the botanical gardens, and she loved it.
On Sunday, we took Mini to meet up with friends at an indoor gym. We’ve been hitting up all the gyms and playgrounds recently. It’s a sign of parenthood–I no longer know where any of the hot restaurants are, but we’ve been staking out the kids’ venues. We had our proud parent moments, watching her climb and slide down a slide by herself for the first time.
Oh, the other thing that I remember–staying up too late on Saturday to watch football. Another parenting lesson–if you decide to stay up late, be prepared to pay the price in the morning, because you will be operating on a lack of sleep!
Week 12–most of the week passed along without much going on. On Thursday, we had a date night! Jess and I went to go see Neil deGrasse Tyson at the Warner Theater. That was a lot of fun–nerdy, but a lot of fun. He gave an interesting talk on “Cosmic Collisions” that Jess was majorly nerding out on.
On Friday, we went out for pizza. On Saturday morning I took Mini for another Lincoln run and then aftewards we all went to two playgrounds, meeting friends at the second one. Sunday was nicer than expected (they were calling for rain). We met friends for breakfast at Eastern Market, went to a playground, came home for nap time, and then took Mini to a playground in McLean. A super nice playground too. You can tell where my weekends are going this Fall!
Other random thoughts–Mini is communicating really well now. And it’s been really great that she can kind of start telling us in her sign language what she wants. And every time she and Jess get home, and if I’m already here, she runs in the room and says “daddy”–these pretty much are the best moments of my life.