Everything will be alright in the end, and if it’s not alright, it’s not the end.Mark Kermode
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!
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.
Last week I was able to disengage from “reality” and enjoy a week full of beautiful weather and relaxation with my family. ❤️
Another race, another cold day! I’m looking forward to not having to bundle up when running.
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%)
My new custom laptop wasn’t feeling personalized enough, so I put some stickers on it!
20°F/-7°C — sounds like perfect weather for a run, right? Well, at least it was nice and sunny!
This morning I ran in the Cupid’s Cup 5K in nearby Irondequoit. My wife and daughter braved the cold to cheer me on, as did my mom and dad, who I was surprised to see there just as I was heading out to the starting line.
A few of the side roads had some icy patches, but overall, the conditions were pretty decent.
I told myself that I was going to really push myself today. And, I did.
I finished with a new 5K PR of 23:13 (4:39/km; 7:29/mile), which put me…
- 30 of 659 overall (top 5%)
- 24 of 210 amongst all males (top 11%), and
- 4 of 25 in male 40 to 44 age group (top 16%)
So close to being in the top three for my age group! I strive to achieve this in 2019.
This was a great start to the 2019 race season!
Yesterday evening, a water main in our neighborhood broke, causing us to lose water pressure. It was repaired quickly, but we need to boil water for 24–26 hours, as there is a change that “untreated water and harmful microbes” could have entered the water supply.
Having to use boiled (or bottled) water not only for drinking, but for cooking, cleaning, and brushing teeth was really starting to annoy me. And then, as I was cleaning dishes, the phrase “first world problem” came to mind. First, as a joke. And then, it hit me just how lucky I really am. So many people across the world would love to have such a minor inconvenience as this with water. I can still turn on the tap in my comfortable kitchen to get what would pass as “clean” water, “freely” flowing. And, carry that water all of two feet to my electric stovetop to easily boil it, just to make sure.
So, I went to charity: water, a cause my daughter first brought to my attention a few years ago, and made another donation.
This past October marked four years at Automattic for me. I got my custom anniversary laptop right before Christmas, and finally had a chance to set it up!
Now I just need to order some new stickers to personalize it even further. 🙂