Monthly Archives: May 2009

Neighborhood Run

Start time: 5/31/09, 7:30pm
Location: Clarendon/Courthouse
Distance: 4 miles
Average pace: 9:48min/mile
Total Miles For May: 51 miles
Total Miles For 2009: 312 miles

Just a casual evening run with Charlie on Sunday night; we just wanted to get out and move a little bit, but nothing too big. This hit the spot pretty well; we spent most of it running through the area in-between Clarendon Boulevard and Arlington Boulevard, looking at houses as we ran up and down the streets (and hills). A nice evening.

(10:11, 10:00, 9:32, 9:28)


Start time: 5/28/09, 7:30am
Location: Clarendon/Courthouse
Distance: 3.1 miles
Average pace: 8:41min/mile
Total Miles For May: 47 miles
Total Miles For 2009: 308 miles

I wanted a short run this morning—my tendon still needs some healing so I really shouldn’t be pushing it too much—so I dug up my old “faux 5K” route, which is two 1.55 mile loops around the neighborhood. I’d forgotten how much I enjoy it; sure, I have to run up Washington Boulevard (which is a slow incline that doesn’t seem like much until you run it a second time) but the closest thing to crossing a major road is going across Pershing where it ends at Arlington Boulevard, which is not bad at all. Only a tiny bit of discomfort afterwards, which is a good sign on the tendon, too. Yesterday was spinning, tomorrow will hopefully be swimming, so it’s also a mini-triathlon three day event, ha ha ha.

More importantly, though, it was ultra-humid this morning. I weighed myself before and after the run and even with drinking water while running, I sweated out 1.5 pounds of water in just under 27 minutes. Yuck. Not my idea of a good time, that’s for certain. Fortunately there’s a storm system coming through that I believe is supposed to help knock out some of the humidity. Let’s hope so, I’m not ready for it to already be summer.

Forgetful, much?

Start time: 5/22/09, 5:30pm
Location: W&OD Trail
Distance: 4 miles
Average pace: 8:58min/mile
Total Miles For May: 44 miles
Total Miles For 2009: 305 miles

Oops, totally forgot to post this earlier. I had a chance to squeeze in one last run Friday after work before heading out of town, so I picked up 4 miles on the W&OD Trail in Vienna. Very sunny, and and finding parking was a bear because of all the “Viva! Vienna!” setup, but all in all a nice run.

(9:06, 8:50, 9:04, 8:52)

Home Again, Home Again

Start time: 5/19/09, 5:30pm
Location: Westmorland Avenue and Washington Boulevard
Distance: 8 miles
Average pace: 9:19min/mile
Total Miles For May: 40 miles
Total Miles For 2009: 301 miles

I’m going to be out of town for most of Memorial Day weekend, and since the weather was supposed to be cool today, I thought it would be a good opportunity to run home from work. So, I took the bus in, and then hoofed it back home after work. It was a little warmer than originally predicted (low 70s instead of the 60s), but still not bad at all. But ugh, those hills! The last time I did this I’d run a slightly longer route where the second half was the W&OD Trail and Wilson Boulevard; today I cut a mile off by running on Washington Blvd for the second half, but I swear, that meant miles 6 and 7 were straight up. Gah. Still, all things considered, not bad at all. And it sure did feel good, mentally, once I got to the intersection with Glebe in Ballston and everything started looking much more familiar.

Just over 300 miles for the year. Yay!

(9:10, 9:15, 9:36, 9:05, 9:05, 9:36, 9:37, 9:08)

Wet Saturday

Start time: 5/16/09, 10:00am
Location: W&OD Trail
Distance: 6 miles
Average pace: 9:16min/mile
Total Miles For May: 32 miles
Total Miles For 2009: 293 miles

After taking some time off post-marathon, it was back on the trail on Saturday morning. It was a wet morning; it was raining when I left the house, and did so for about the first mile or so. Then it just got to merely a wet air sensation rather than actual rain, but meanwhile I was stuck with a wet hat for the rest of the run. Ho hum. Was definitely struggling a bit early on mentally after a few weeks off, but it felt good to do so.

(9:04, 8:52, 9:17, 9:37, 9:39, 9:10)