Category Archives: 03mi

Jingle All The Way 5K + Extra Jingles

Start time: 12/6/2015, 9:00 & 9:37 am
Location: Pennsylvania Ave, National Mall
Distance: 5 kilometers & 5 miles
Average pace: 8:01 & 9:50 min/mile
Total Miles For December: 15 miles
Total Miles For 2015: 805 miles
Current Shoes: 86 miles

Ran the Jingle All The Way 5K, the first time in a while that I’ve done any sort of jingle bell type run. It was the same course as last year’s Thanksgiving 5K, and in the end I ended up finishing a whopping 1 second slower than that. I’d pooped out a bit about a third of the mile from the end, which is frustrating since that’s normally when I get a nice adrenaline kick. Ah well!

After it was over, I ran another 5 miles with Armand and Steve (both of whom also ran the race), which was perfectly pleasant.

More Treadmill

Start time: 12/9/2014, 5:00pm
Location: WSC Chinatown
Distance: 3 miles
Average pace: 9:30 min/mile
Total Miles For December: 18 miles
Total Miles For 2014: 770 miles
Current Shoes: 45 miles

School (yet again) interfered with a morning run, so I squeezed in three miles on (ugh) a treadmill before evening plans kicked off.

Trot for Hunger 2014 5K

Start time: 11/27/2014, 9:00am
Location: Pennsylvania Avenue, National Mall, Freedom Plaza
Distance: 5K (3.1 miles)
Finish time: 24:52
Average pace: 8:00 min/mile
Total Miles For November: 66 miles
Total Miles For 2014: 742 miles
Current Shoes: 18 miles

It’s been a long time since I’ve run a 5K — 2009 in fact — and I’ve always said that I’ve never really mastered this short distance. This was probably the closest I’ve come to that, in terms of consistency; the three full mile splits were 7:59, 8:04, and 7:54. Would’ve liked a bit more a kick on that last mile but beggars can’t be choosers. I ran it with my friend Steve and we did a good job of keeping each other moving. No PR, but it was only 25 seconds off of the PR from five years ago, and I consider that a huge victory. 5 seconds per year? Thumbs up.

less than ideal

Start time: 5/22/2013, 5:15pm
Location: TJ Community Center
Distance: 3 miles
Average pace: 9:14min/mile
Total Miles For May: 42 miles
Total Miles For 2013: 258 miles
Current Shoes: 157 miles

Start time: 5/25/2013, 7:00am
Location: National Mall
Distance: 6.2 miles
Average pace: 10:45min/mile
Total Miles For May: 48 miles
Total Miles For 2013: 264 miles
Current Shoes: 163 miles

Wed, 5/22: Missed a week’s worth of running between a houseguest and having some other issues. Finally got 3 miles in on the hated treadmill before spin class.

Sat, 5/25: Was supposed to run 8 but internal issues made me finally turn around early, as well as slow down a bit. Great company but lousy run.

Catching up

Start time: 4/27/13, 7:00am
Location: National Mall, Mt. Vernon Trail, Georgetown
Distance: 9 miles
Average pace: 10:13min/mile
Total Miles For April: 66 miles
Total Miles For 2013: 212 miles
Current Shoes: 111 miles

Start time: 4/29/13, 5:46am
Location: National Mall
Distance: 4 miles
Average pace: 9:48min/mile
Total Miles For April: 70 miles
Total Miles For 2013: 216 miles
Current Shoes: 115 miles

Start time: 5/1/13, 5:48am
Location: National Mall
Distance: 6.25 miles
Average pace: 9:09min/mile
Total Miles For May: 6 miles
Total Miles For 2013: 222 miles
Current Shoes: 121 miles

Start time: 5/3/13, 8:30am
Location: WSC Silver Spring
Distance: 3 miles
Average pace: 8:57min/mile
Total Miles For May: 9 miles
Total Miles For 2013: 225 miles
Current Shoes: 124 miles

Start time: 5/5/13, 8:00am
Location: National Mall, SW Waterfront, Tidal Basin, LBJ Park, Mt. Vernon Trail
Distance: 9.53 miles
Average pace: 9:46min/mile
Total Miles For May: 18 miles
Total Miles For 2013: 234 miles
Current Shoes: 133 miles

Saturday, 4/27: Nice jaunt over the bridge to Mt. Vernon Trail, then all the way up to Key Bridge and heading back via Rock Creek. The inevitable “we’re running down M Street faster than you can normally drive it” jokes were made.

Monday, 4/29: Wet and rainy and miserable, so much that there was a unanimous “I’m fine with cutting this run short” decision made by all three of us.

Wednesday, 5/1: Steve and I were clearly feeling a little zippy after Monday’s shortened run.

Friday, 5/3: Went to the gym before heading out of town and as part of the workout picked up three on the (ugh) treadmill.

Sunday, 5/5: Steve ended up having to miss Saturday’s run so we picked up a 9.5 miler together, which worked out really well. Had to adjust a few times to avoid the Race for Hope 5K course but that was part of the fun, just making up the route as we ran.



Start time: 1/19/13, 7:00am
Location: SW Waterfront
Distance: 3 miles
Average pace: 10:03min/mile
Total Miles For January: 32 miles
Total Miles For 2013: 32 miles
Current Shoes: 226 miles

Still having hamstring problems; bailed out of the run very early on. *sigh*

WSC and Back

Start time: 10/21/12, 9:12am + 10:13am
Location: Silver Spring
Distance: 3.15 miles (1.61 + 1.54)
Average pace: 9:13min/mile
Total Miles For October: 60 miles
Total Miles For 2012: 463 miles
Current Shoes: 3 miles

Ran to Washington Sports Club and back this morning with Charlie, which worked out well, although I was a little more winded by the end of the weights than normal. A nice way to start and end the run, and only one second off on the paces between the two runs. Also, new shoes.

Bogota, Colombia

Start time: 8/21/12, 5:30am
Distance: 3 miles
Average pace: 9:58min/mile

Start time: 8/22/12, 5:30am
Distance: 4 miles
Average pace: 10:24min/mile

Start time: 8/25/12, 7:30am
Distance: 5 miles
Average pace: 10:13min/mile

Start time: 8/27/12, 5:30am
Distance: 5 miles
Average pace: 10:00min/mile

Start time: 8/31/12, 5:30am
Distance: 4 miles
Average pace: 9:48min/mile

Location: JW Marriott gym, Bogota, Colombia
Total Miles For August: 21 miles
Total Miles For 2012: 330 miles
Current Shoes: 125 miles

So, one broken toe and several weeks off later… the next five runs were all on a treadmill in Bogota, Colombia. A combination of the VERY high altitude (over 8000 feet!), bad air quality, and not knowing the neighborhood meant that discretion was the better part of valor for my exercising. Missed one or two planned runs due to the work schedule not quite cooperating, but I did the best I could and I’m pleased with that. (Plus some crosstraining on other days as well.)

Climb Every Mountain

Start time: 7/28/12, 11:20am
Location: Lost River, West Virginia
Distance: 3 miles
Average pace: 10:16min/mile
Total Miles For July: 45 miles
Total Miles For 2012: 309 miles
Current Shoes: 104 miles

Went for a short run while out in the mountains (Lost River, West Virginia). Phew! Those hills (plus some bright sunlight and perhaps the attempted return of my breakfast) did me in.

Then, later in the day I whacked my little toe against a chaise lounge. Broken or just banged up? A good 24 hours later, still hurts like the dickens and slightly swollen. We shall see. *sigh*

30 min

Start time: 7/12/12, 6:12am
Location: Takoma
Distance: 3.16 miles
Average pace: 9:30min/mile
Total Miles For July: 14 miles
Total Miles For 2012: 278 miles
Current Shoes: 73 miles

As I told Charlie post-run, as the time/distance increases, so do the number of hills thanks to our neighborhood. Not a complaint, just a fact to accept and move on…