This was the first week in a while where I got multiple runs in. September has shaken out to be a hectic month, and it will probably be my lowest monthly mileage for 2017. I ran four times, including a double 5k/10k race on Sunday.
On Wednesday, I did a 7 mile run early in the morning. Mini has been going through somewhat of a sleep regression this week, and we were awoken at around 4:45am. Once we got her back to sleep, I figured that I’d go for a run since I was up anyway. Instead of driving to the Mall as I usually do early in the morning, I ran down there and did a 7 mile loop that went around the Capitol, down to the Jefferson, then to FDR, Lincoln and passing the White House on the way home. Man, just typing that out made me realize that I’m really going to miss running around these monuments so easily when/if we ever have to move. Here is a picture from the FDR memorial, pretty creepy in the morning:
And other of sunrise, which never, ever gets old:
On Saturday, I took Mini for an early morning run so that Jess could sleep in a little. We both haven’t been getting much sleep at all this week. I think I’ve averaged like four hours a night, with some frequent wake ups throughout the night. It’s all good, not complaining at all, but just to say that Jess needed the extra hours. Our plan was to drive down to the Lincoln and park there, but the memorial bridge was closed, so we ended up on like a 30 minute detour to make it to the Mall. We ended up doing four miles. Parked near the Washington Monument and ran to the Lincoln and came back. When we got to the Lincoln, I parked my stroller at the bottom and walked Mini up to the top so that she could see Abe’s statute and also see the words of the Gettysburg Address and the Inauguration speeches engraved on the walls inside. Afterwards, we left to grab some bagels to bring home.
Sunday was the day of the Clarendon double. I was in almost half a mind to skip it. Like I mentioned, I hadn’t slept well at all during the week, and I was up late on Friday and Saturday too (for fun, social obligations and to watch the end of the Penn State-Iowa football game [a classic]). But I couldn’t let go of the idea of paying for another race that I didn’t run, I figured that I’d just get up and do it. More about it in my race summary, but the 5k went well, the 10k not so much, but I got it done.
So, overall this week it was four runs for 20.6 miles.
I still am not sure about the Rehoboth Marathon. I would really like to do it. This was supposed to be week 2 of training. I might try a 10 week plan and see how I’m feeling half way through.
This was a big week for Mini’s development. It feels like she really grew and changed a lot. On Thursday, she started to babble for the first time–she’s moved beyond making noises and looks like she’s actively trying to say words. At the risk of sounding dramatic, it really is one of the greatest things to experience. The cliche is true–raising a baby just gets better and better. She’s making “ba-ba-ba” noises, and looks like she really is trying to talk to us in her language.
She’s also sitting up very well, and when she does, she looks less like an infant and more like a little girl. She’s also starting to learn about situational awareness. For example, she knows when Jess or myself walk in a room and knows when we are about to leave her side (and reacts accordingly). One of the best moments was on Sunday, when Jess left to grab groceries, Mini was missing her and was staring at the door waiting for her to come back. When she heard the door open, her body language changed and she smiled a big smile as Jess walked through the door. It was such a great sight to see. And she’s starting to reach for things more now and to differentiate between her favorite objects more. Case and point, when I give her my glasses (a favorite of hers) and then I take it away, she’s inconsolable and reaches to my face to grab them. She’s also really liking bubbles, when we blow them on her.
If it isn’t already apparent, our lives are revolving around our obsession with her. I was thankful to get a lot of time with her this weekend. There were some days this week that I wasn’t able to spend time with her because of getting home from work past her bedtime.
I keep saying it, life is good.