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How I Feel Right Now

John Gruber sums up exactly how I feel right now…

For those of us who’ve been taking this seriously since March, it’s soul-crushing that this is where we’re at after four months of isolation. It sucks. We who’ve done the right thing are the ones most yearning for — and let’s be honest, most deserving of — a few tastes of normalcy. I see people in the south complaining about the physical discomfort and social awkwardness of wearing a mask because they’re new to it and I could not be more “Fuck you”. We should be over the hump, easing our way back to normalcy with confidence, like every country in the world that isn’t led by a dimwitted angry sociopath, but we’re not, and we have to face the fact that we’re in this indefinitely.

Daring Fireball: Warning of Serious Brain Disorders in People With Mild Coronavirus Symptoms

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My Big Run 2020

In this COVID-19-filled summer of 2020, virtual races have been all the rage. The other day, I completed my 10K run through the streets of my (very hilly) neighborhood, for My Big Run 2020.

My time of 0:46:03 placed me:

Group# of ParticipantsRank
US, All196496
NY, All2119
NY, Male466
NY, Male, 40-49121

While not anywhere close to the same feeling as racing in person with others, it was still fun to do, and I am pleased with my results!

Details on my run, via Tempo

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May 9th

Seriously. What’s with the cold weather this spring?! I shouldn’t have to be bundling up like this on May 9th to go out for a run.

And later in the day, it was snowing!

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The Real Reason to Wear a Mask

From The Atlantic: The Real Reason to Wear a Mask

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Everything Will Be Alright…

Everything will be alright in the end, and if it’s not alright, it’s not the end.

Mark Kermode

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Webster Turkey Trot Four-Four, 2019

This Thanksgiving I started the day the same way I did last year, joining thousands of other runners in the Webster Turkey Trot.

It was warmer than last year. But, let’s face it — 35°F is still cold. And there was no heated tent to wait in beforehand this year.

Once the race started, though, I didn’t feel the cold at all. By the end of the race I had removed my hat, mittens socks, and neck warmer. My neck warmer was offered as a sacrifice to the running gods, as it slipped out of my pocket at some point.

I finished with a chip time of 32:52 in the Four-Four, which put me at:

  • 285 of 3435 overall
  • 14 of 144 in Male 40 to 44 age group

That is 1:20 faster than last year!

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Letchworth

Yesterday my sister, daughter, and I went to Letchworth State Park for the day. It had been a few years since I’d been there. We live so close to such natural wonders that we often take it for grated. We shouldn’t. We’ve been to these spots many times over the years. Each visit is a chance to experience it all over again, anew. And, look back through our collective memories and remember years past.

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Highland Park

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Disengaged

Last week I was able to disengage from “reality” and enjoy a week full of beautiful weather and relaxation with my family. ❤️

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Runnin’ of the Green 5 Mile

Another race, another cold day! I’m looking forward to not having to bundle up when running.

I love my Buff hats and neck warmer, but I will be glad to ditch them for the summer!

On Saturday, I took part in the Runnin’ of the Green in downtown Rochester. It’s a 5 mile (8 km) race along the Genesee River. Saturday was cold, but at least it was nice and sunny! Still, I’m looking forward to not having to bundle up when running. My Dad came out to cheer me on and hang out beforehand and afterwards — it’s always great having somebody there waiting for me at the finish line!

My knees have been bothering me a little lately, so I taped them and decided to take it a bit easier for this one. No sense doing something stupid and injuring myself!

My placement results aren’t quite as high as some of my recent races, but I’m quite pleased with my performance. Especially considering it was a longer (8 km vs 5 km) race.

I finished with a time of 41:04 (5:06/km; 8:13/mile), which put me…

  • 267 of 1156 overall (top 23%)
  • 26 of 71 in male 40 to 44 age group (top 37%)
I really turned it on for the last mile, and had to take off my hat, neck warmer, and gloves