Monthly Archives: December 2015

See ya later 2015

Start time: 12/31/2015, 5:40 & 5:59 am
Location: National Mall
Distance: 2.06 & 5.47 miles
Average pace: 8:41 & 10:07 min/mile
Total Miles For December: 56 miles
Total Miles For 2015: 846 miles
Current Shoes: 127 miles

Final run of 2015! Knee is still bothering me a bit (boooo) but at least it was outdoors and not on the dreaded treadmill. Added bonus, it was warm enough that I got to wear shorts. Not a bad way to wind things down.

Not the mind probe treadmill!

Start time: 12/29/2015, 6:20 am
Location: WSC Clarendon
Distance: 7 miles
Average pace: 9:29 min/mile
Total Miles For December: 49 miles
Total Miles For 2015: 839 miles
Current Shoes: 120 miles

Cold and rain was the weather prediction this morning, so I made plans to just go directly to the gym (normally visited after the run so I can shower on my way to the office) and use the… ugh… treadmill. The usual overheating occurred, but also a bit of annoyance when it comes to personal space.

There were eleven treadmills in a line. I was on treadmill #9. Someone else came along and took #11. That’s fine, no problem, all the other ones were still open. Then someone else came in and used… #10. Really? Really? Really? On the bright side I was a big sweaty mess by the time it was over so hopefully I reeked enough that he regretted his (bad) decision.

Running for Coffee

Start time: 12/27/2015, 11:00 am
Location: Silver Spring, Sligo Creek Park
Distance: 8.03 miles
Average pace: 9:40 min/mile
Total Miles For December: 42 miles
Total Miles For 2015: 832 miles
Current Shoes: 113 miles

Normally on my weekend runs with the group, we’ll go get coffee/tea/beverages afterwards. I was on my own this Sunday so I ended up mapping out my run so I ran up into downtown Silver Spring, then over to Sligo Creek Park and back… or rather, most of the way back, so that I concluded right by a coffee shop. Got my drink and then had a leisurely 1.6 mile walk home as a combination cooldown/drinking coffee. A little extreme but we all need our rewards!

Froggy Morning

Start time: 12/23/2015, 5:42 am
Location: National Mall
Distance: 1.9 & 5.43 miles
Average pace: 8:52 & 9:59 min/mile
Total Miles For December: 34 miles
Total Miles For 2015: 824 miles
Current Shoes: 105 miles

Slightly slower start, with the knee bothering me a bit at first, but with time it loosened up, so that’s a good sign. Otherwise, just a very foggy (and crazy unseasonably warm) morning.

Inadvertent Break

Start time: 12/21/2015, 5:42 am
Location: National Mall
Distance: 1.56 & 5.52 miles
Average pace: 8:37 & 9:55 min/mile
Total Miles For December: 27 miles
Total Miles For 2015: 817 miles
Current Shoes: 98 miles

Ended up taking a little unexpected break; after my exciting hotel treadmill run two weeks earlier my knee was killing me. Further reason to avoid treadmills it seems. Anyway, finally went out on a run again this morning (a tiny bit shorter than normal although not too much) and so far so good. A tiny bit of soreness when turning but otherwise a-ok. Phew!

Okie Treadmill

Start time: 12/8/2015, 5:45 am
Location: NCED gym (Norman, Oklahoma)
Distance: 5 miles
Average pace: 9:29 min/mile
Total Miles For December: 20 miles
Total Miles For 2015: 810 miles
Current Shoes: 91 miles

Ran 5 miles on a less-than-ideal treadmill as part of a work trip. Would have rather run outside but it’s dark before we start and after we finish for the day, plus there’s not much in the way of places to run outside where the conference center is located. Ah well.

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.


Start time: 12/3/2015, 5:39 & 5:59am
Location: National Mall
Distance: 2.03 & 5.35 miles
Average pace: 8:38 & 10:09 min/mile
Total Miles For December: 7 miles
Total Miles For 2015: 797 miles
Current Shoes: 78 miles

We postponed Wednesday’s run due to rain. Plus side was Ben got to run with us; minus side is it was crazy windy. Brrrrr.