I ran twice this week. Both were early morning runs at about a 10K distance. The first run was on Wednesday and second was on Saturday. They felt good. I had been resting b/c of some pain in my right foot, but that seems to have resolved itself. I was at an orthopedic doctor last week as well for an unrelated issue and had him take a look at my foot to see if there was any possibility of a stress fracture, which he said was highly unlikely.
So I’m planning to try and get back in some decent running shape over the course of November, and then pick up a plan to resume training for my next marathon starting some time in December. I’d also like to work in a regime of cross training these next few weeks.
So, two runs for 12.3 miles
There’s so much to be grateful for in this life. I feel that more every day. It really feels good to pause from time to time and think about that.
This week was just another affirmation of that. Monday and Tuesday started off with us getting back to schedule after our Diwali trip back home. Mini didn’t get to sleep until about 1am on Monday morning, so we let her sleep in, and I flexed my work schedule and took her into day care that morning.
On Wednesday morning, I was up early–around 4:45 am, and went for my first of two runs for the week. There’s something special about this time in our lives. Where Mini is this small and while we’re caught up in the flurry of taking care of her, that we can enjoy living so close to the National Mall. And that I can have pretty much the entire reflecting pool and Lincoln Memorial to myself several times a week with such ease. Some pictures:
On Friday, Jess and I went to Wiseguys to grab some pizza and came back home and attempted to watch Season 2 of Stranger Things. But we fell asleep about 10 minutes into the first episode.
Saturday was a fun day. I woke up early, 5am, with the plan to take Mini on a nice sunrise run through DC. I had just read this article in The Atlantic Magazine that inspired me. It is about the “X” Moonshot Lab run by Alphabet (Google’s parent company). The whole article is about the culture of X and the recipe it employees to identify and dedicate resources to inventive and innovative ideas with commercial scale. At one point in the article, they talk about this concept of “Monkey First.” It comes from a thought experiment: if you had to get a monkey to stand on a pedestal and recite Shakespeare, how would you do it? How would you show investors that you’ve made progress when they came to check-in? Most people would design the pedestal. It’s low hanging fruit and it’s easier to show some sort of progress to your investors rather than explaining to them how hard the task is. But X’s approach is the opposite. Their view is that you start with training the monkey first (hence their #MonkeyFirst hashtag). The reasoning is that you start with the hardest idea first to get a sense of the challenge and to ultimately determine the right questions to ask.
Anyway, this seems like a tangent, but it triggered a thought process in my mind. To try and start off some days “monkey first.” Get up early, go on a long run or a kick ass workout, or doing something mentally creative and taxing. See what kind of impact it has on the rest of your day.
So, Mini and I left at 6 to go on our Monkey First run. We went to the Netherlands Carillon (near the Iwo Jima memorial) and did a run along the Potomac and back to the Lincoln. We stopped at various points along the way, and when we got to the Lincoln, I took her to the top of the steps and we sat there for a while, just watching the morning unfold.
After this run, we met up with some friends and went to a neighborhood pumpkin/Halloween event. It was a lot of fun, a family event that I would ordinarily just blow past in my pre-child life. But now, I couldn’t imagine a more prefect event on which to spend my time.
Sunday was a relaxing/catch-up kind of day. We spent the morning cleaning up our place, made some calls and had dinner with family in the evening.
Yes, life is very good, and there is so much to be thankful for.