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Oxbow Lake

January 11, 2014 — Leave a comment

I may not remember everything from college, but one thing that always comes to mind when I fly are “oxbow lakes” – from a geology course I took.


Funny the things we remember…

Oh, and I also spotted this hidden Mickey too (ok, maybe it’s just the hat):


Well, my two-week vacation ends today…boohoo.

So, I decided to cap it with a trail run this morning, doing what I call the “griffin” course up in Alum Rock Park – dubbed that since I think it resembles a griffin.  [STRAVA]  (Not to be confused with the “sea monster” course.)  You’ll notice a weird line on the griffin’s wing.  I forgot to restart the watch after I stopped to take a picture of some deer…which cost me at least a mile on my tracking…and messed up my “griffin” picture!


Since this was my final run for the vacation, I took it slow and enjoyed the run and the sights:

All in all, it was a nice break from work.  I rested a bit, did some work at the house (though not as much as I’d hoped too), and ate out a lot.  As far as training for the two weeks:

  • Miles Run: 115 (56 on week one, 59 on week two)
  • Days Run: 13 of 15 total days off
  • Miles Riding: 0 (I planned to ride once, but didn’t make it (rested instead)  Since I prefer to ride early in the AM when traffic is low, I focused on running…)
  • Races: Two half marathons – Brazen New Year’s Eve (Almost) and Brazen New Years Day.  Race reports coming this week.
  • Weight: Started and ended the two weeks at the same weight!  BOOYAH!  (oh, and I had pancakes a total of 8 times – yummo!)

If you are also just going back to work, school, or just a “non-vaca” mode tomorrow…take’r slow and ease back into the busy life!

Merry Christmas

December 25, 2013 — Leave a comment

Today turned out to be a pretty good day: a nice, early morning 8-mile run, a quiet family breakfast, exchanging gifts, a buffet lunch at a local restaurant, a visit to the cemetery, and now a quiet evening of TV and surfing the net.

I also logged run number two in my new Altra 3-Sums. After ~15 miles, I’m really liking them!


I’ve been “bah humbug-y” this Christmas season, so I’m looking forward to moving on…

Hope you had a Merry Christmas!

Training Journal – 12/25/13:

  • Current plan: Big Sur Marathon Training Plan
  • Today’s session: 6-mile run
  • Comments: I did 8.6 miles @ 8:37 avg pace, avg cadence 96 & a run time of 1:14:16 [Strava]

Training Journal – 12/15/13:

  • Current plan: ZRQL Marathon Training Plan
  • Today’s session: Rest
  • Comments: I was tempted to go ahead and do a recovery run today, but decided to stick with the plan and rest…and beat myself up a bit about yesterday (just being honest.)
  • Weekly mileage: Running: 39.2 / Bicycling: 22.2 – Total: 61.4

Four-Day Weekend Stats

December 1, 2013 — Leave a comment
  • Set a new 10K PR at the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot – by 1:16!  Race report coming later this week.
  • Did a nice, 9-mile, recovery trail run on Friday.
  • Had an awesome lunch date with my wife on Friday…then did some Black Friday shopping: online and at a couple of brick and mortars.
  • Slept in on Saturday and rested…aaaand did a bit more shopping.
  • Enjoyed a very nice 13-mile tempo road run this morning.
  • Had pancakes three times over the four days!
  • Ate a total of five pieces of pumpkin pie!
  • Renewed my love for Starbucks’ Birthday Cake Pops by partaking in two over the course of the four days…
  • Best of all, no net weight gain as of this AM – BOOYAH!

I needed this weekend…this coming week will be tough for my wife, mother-in-law, and me.  I’m ready for it to be over already…

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving Holiday!

Training Journal – 12/1/13:

  • Current plan: ZRQL Marathon Training Plan – Taper Week 1 of 3
  • Today’s session: 12-mile long run
  • Comments: I did 13.4 miles @ 8:11 avg pace, & a run time of 1:49:52 [Strava]
  • Weekly mileage: Running: 37.6 / Bicycling: 22.5 – Total: 60.1

So, So Thankful

November 28, 2013 — Leave a comment

I guess there are many things about which I’m thankful; but, without a doubt, what I’m most thankful for is my wonderful wife.

She is kind, genuine, understanding, thoughtful, caring, loving, and so many other things. Most of all, she’s tolerant of me; which, believe me, that involves quite a bit.

20131128-183258.jpgA while back, I saw an interview with triathlete Meredith Kessler who said that she always writes her husband’s initial on her thumb during races. I’ve been doing it ever since…and did this morning for the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot.

So, so thankful for her.

Training Journal – 11/28/13:

  • Current plan: ZRQL Marathon Training Plan – Taper Week 1 of 3
  • Today’s session: Silicon Valley Turkey Trot 10K
  • Comments: I’ll post a race report later this week; but I PR’d this morning by 1:16, ending up with a 46:39 @ a 7:31 pace and cadence of 98. [Strava]

Forward. On.

November 23, 2013 — Leave a comment

Heard an interesting distinction today: moving forward vs. moving on.

The former means not forgetting, but progressing; while the later implies forgetting and leaving behind.

In some cases, one is better, wiser, or more necessary then the other.

Both are tough though…and neither make life any easier.

Training Journal – 11/23/13:

  • Current plan: ZRQL Marathon Training Plan
  • Today’s session: Rest
  • Comments: Rest