Monthly Archives: November 2011

Leisurely Six

Start time: 11/29/11, 5:45am
Location: National Mall
Distance: 6.18 miles
Average pace: 10:17min/mile
Total Miles For November: 78 miles
Total Miles For 2011: 644 miles
Current Shoes: 185 miles

Met Ben this morning for a run; his calf has been bothering him so we took it easy for the four-and-change we did together, and had a nice chat. Probably the last shorts-and-tshirt run I’ll have outside for this year, though.

What Goes Down

Start time: 11/27/11, 3:30pm
Location: Rock Creek Park
Distance: 6.13 miles
Average pace: 9:43min/mile
Total Miles For November: 72 miles
Total Miles For 2011: 638 miles
Current Shoes: 179 miles

Originally I was going to swim Friday and run Saturday. Then a malfunctioning alarm kept me up for most of Thursday night, and I spent Friday in a groggy haze, to the point that I crashed Friday night and slept a ton well into Saturday. Ah well. On the bright side, Charlie got my lazy butt up and out for a run down into Rock Creek Park, heading north into Maryland before coming back. Nice weather (a little warm even), but boy, those hills may seem not like much in a car but they kicked someone’s rear today.


Start time: 11/23/11, 5:46am
Location: National Mall
Distance: 6 miles
Average pace: 9:58min/mile
Total Miles For November: 66 miles
Total Miles For 2011: 632 miles
Current Shoes: 173 miles

Ended up not running on Tuesday morning, due to not feeling great Monday night and also needing some extra sleep (plus the forecast of rain all morning on Tuesday). Turns out I wasn’t the only one who wasn’t up for it, so I met up with Ben and Steve for a Wednesday morning run instead. Nothing too remarkable, save for it being unseasonably (but pleasantly) warm. I’d actually rather have that slight crispness (it was extremely humid) but it’s better than 10 degree weather, right?

Another week of catch-up

Start time: 11/15/11, 5:46am
Location: National Mall
Distance: 6.13 miles
Average pace: 9:28min/mile

Start time: 11/17/11, 5:46am
Location: National Mall
Distance: 6.17 miles
Average pace: 9:35min/mile

Start time: 11/19/11, 7:31am
Location: Takoma Park, Sligo Creek Park
Distance: 9 miles
Average pace: 10:46min/mile
Total Miles For November: 60 miles
Total Miles For 2011: 626 miles
Current Shoes: 167 miles

“Let’s see if, when I get home and download the stuff off my watch, I actually remember to update.”

Well, now we know the answer: Nope! But in general, I’m enjoying adding on the extra mile at the end of Tues/Thurs; it means I sandwich my run with the guys with miles on my own, and it’s good to be able to speed up at the end of the run.

Tuesday: A surprise appearance by Bill, and a lovely warm day, but not too warm. (9:04, 9:29, 10:09, 9:46, 10:01, 8:26, 1:02)

Thursday: Back to brisk weather — it was actually the warmest that day when we began, and then dropped temperature for the rest of the day — but another good run. (8:41, 9:40, 10:07, 10:25, 9:58, 8:46, 1:30)

Saturday: Ben and John came up to my place and we ran through Takoma Park, then up Sligo Creek. Gorgeous fall day, just the right weather. Wish more of the leaves were still on the trees, but you can’t have everything. A little slower than normal but ti was a low-key, relaxed run. (10:45, 11:00, 11:46, 10:46, 10:58, 10:18, 10:36, 10:13, 10:32)

Why am I so bad about updating lately?

Start time: 11/8/11, 5:46am
Location: National Mall
Distance: 5.23 miles
Average pace: 10:21min/mile

Start time: 11/10/11, 5:47am
Location: National Mall
Distance: 6.08 miles
Average pace: 9:40min/mile

Start time: 11/12/11, 7:31am
Location: Capitol Hill, RFK Stadium, Nationals Stadium
Distance: 8.2 miles
Average pace: 10:29min/mile
Total Miles For November: 39 miles
Total Miles For 2011: 605 miles
Current Shoes: 146 miles

I guess I keep forgetting to update because on Tues/Thurs I go to the gym and then the office, not directly home. And then I forget. But I also have no excuse on Saturdays. Hmmmm. So, last week’s runs.

Tuesday: So memorable that I don’t remember it, save for being excited about having daylight.
Thursday: Great brisk weather and the difference in the pace showed. Also decided to start adding on a little extra at the end as well to up the weekday count to 6 miles, whenever possible.
Saturday: Nice run through Capitol Hill w/ Ben and John, one of those beautiful autumn days. Actually overdressed a bit, but at least it wasn’t a problem until the end.

Let’s see if, when I get home and download the stuff off my watch, I actually remember to update.

That’s the Way to the Zoo

Start time: 11/5/11, 7:30am
Location: National Mall, Rock Creek Park, National Zoo, Connecticut Ave
Distance: 10.16 miles
Average pace: 10:32min/mile
Total Miles For November: 20 miles
Total Miles For 2011: 586 miles
Current Shoes: 127 miles

Tried out a new route that I’ve been meaning to for… well, 11 years now. Ran up the National Mall to Rock Creek, then took it all the way to the Zoo, ran through the Zoo and out the other side to Connecticut Avenue, then back down it to the Mall to finish up.

It sounds silly but I’ve been wanting to do a run through the Zoo ever since I started running, and while I’ve run past it on Rock Creek before, it’s taken this long to do so. It’s a nice long hill (about half a mile?) so it’s certainly good for training purposes. The group seemed a little divided at times on the new route, but I hope enough others enjoyed it enough that we can do it again. All in all I think it went pretty well. (Even with a really long gel followed by bathroom break around the halfway point.)

Back to the Mall

Start time: 11/3/11, 5:45am
Location: National Mall
Distance: 5.21 miles
Average pace: 10:27min/mile
Total Miles For November: 10 miles
Total Miles For 2011: 576 miles
Current Shoes: 117 miles

Boy, the National Mall sure was dark this morning. Ben and John and I ended up slowing down a great deal just so we didn’t fall off sidewalks and/or kill ourselves. Yeesh. Glad the time switch finally hits on Sunday!

Sligo Ho!

Start time: 11/1/11, 5:20pm
Location: Sligo Creek Park
Distance: 5 miles
Average pace: 9:34min/mile
Total Miles For November: 5 miles
Total Miles For 2011: 571 miles
Current Shoes: 112 miles

Took an inadvertent week off of running, due to cold weather and rain/sleet on Thursday and Saturday mornings. Since no one else was going to be around Tuesday morning, I postponed my run until after work (when it was a bit warmer) and ran through Takoma Park to Sligo Creek Park, running along the stream up to Piney Branch and then back.

All in all it’s a nice run, although that hill coming back out of Sligo Creek into Takoma… eek! It’s steeper than it looks going down. Afterward I did find one small tweak I’ll make (to avoid having to run on the shoulder of the road right before entering the park area) but it’s a nice route overall.

(8:39, 9:22, 9:47, 10:18, 9:42)