Running Logbook

2019-02-25 - Drill Sergeant

~4.4 mi @ ~12.9 min/mi

"Quit smiling! I'm not your mother!" - "Pick up your pace, maggot!" - The drill sergeant voice of Runkeeper offers tough love along with an occasional "Yee-Haw!" of encouragement. K2 and Roadkill trek cautiously across icy puddles to Starbucks, reminiscing en route about long-ago favorite restaurants ("formerly Coyote Taco, before that Taco Amigo" and "where Asian Corner used to be, now El Tio", etc.). Blister, hip, and mystery foot bump are all getting better. We reverse the route taken a few days ago.

(trackfile) - ^z - 2019-03-21

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2019-02-24 - RRCA 10 Mile Club Challenge

~10 miles @ ~9.1 min/mi

RRCA Columbia 10 Mile Club Challenge"See the people walking down the street / Fall in line just watching all their feet ...", sing The Go-Go's in their 1980 hit "We Got the Beat". Roadkill cranks up the car radio volume as he and Danger Man arrive for the 10 Mile Club Challenge in Columbia MD; during the race the chorus loops on his mental 8-track. We pose for photos, greet friends, line up, then dash away through drizzle that ramps up to solid rain, temps in the upper 30s, chill wind, hilly course. It's all good!

"Are you hurt?" Fellow runners are concerned when Roadkill sets a record by taking a tumble before the race even begins, as he zigs to dodge a barrier channeling runners over the starting-line timing mat. Thankfully, no harm done! Later he gets a blister on the left foot, but by good fortune an achy left hip distracts from the pain. And no more falls!

"Go Mo Co! Go Mo Co!" he chants at the end, cheering other Montgomery County club members across the finish line. Far from a PB at ~91 minutes, but half a dozen minutes ahead of last year's result on this hilly course. Mile splits: 8.0 + 8.7 + 9.1 + 8.9 + 9.3 + 9.2 + 9.3 + 9.5 + 9.0 + 9.2 on the GPS.

(trackfile) - ^z - 2019-03-20

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2019-02-23 - Poiuyt House

~8.5 mi @ ~14.6 min/mi"Twix!" Roadkill spies half a candy bar in a wrapper on the grass by the street. "Tastes great!" Nearby, Danger Man rolls his eyes. The duo rambles neighborhood streets, rediscover lost cut-throughs ("The Elusive Forest Glen!"), and arrive at a track to run a couple of brisk laps. Hypermodern architecture on Brunett Avenue brings to mind MAD Magazine and the infamous Three Pronged Blivet aka Impossible Trident aka Poiuyt.
On the way to Danger Man's home, an ice cream truck features SpongeBob SquarePants and other happy characters on sticks. Frozen joy!

(trackfile) - ^z - 2019-03-18

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2019-02-22 - Scherenschnitte

~4.4 mi @ ~15.0 min/mi

"A 'Cricut' machine, kinda like a CNC lathe for paper!" - "Like scherenschnitte, on steroids?" - Dawn Patrol discusses modern craft technology as we finish a chilly McLean ramble to Starbucks and back. K2's kids had the mojo to make chocolate-covered strawberries materialize on her front doorstep yesterday. Roadkill blames meat products for his excessive chattiness. We analyze foot pains (neuroma? cyst? fibroma?) and their treatment. A sign on the local nursery promotes "Black Gold": not "Texas Tea" aka crude oil, but rather a brand of potting soil.

"Coaching and facilitating better thinking has been most of my entire career!" - "Under stress, people revert to their norm." - A recent class on Systems Thinking and a conversation with Dr K2's thesis adviser make for musings on how metacognitive self-awareness practice "... helps people be at their best more of the time ... 'on good form' ...", to quote Prof Guy Claxton. Worth making a habit of!

(trackfile) - ^z - 2019-03-17

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2019-02-18 - Scones

~6.5 mi @ ~14.0 min/mi

"Haven't seen you forever!" The lady walking a schnauzer greets Dawn Patrol, then crosses the street to hug a long-missed acquaintance. We're finishing a cool morning ramble around the neighborhood, punctuated by a pause at Starbucks. Roadkill rolls an ankle on a curb in the gloom, a fortunate accident since it masks the pain from a blister on the other foot. He and K2 tell K-Rex of the 10k race yesterday, taking turns crediting each other for the good outcome.

"Sometimes during a meeting I go into a meta state and start thinking about how many times I've heard this same argument before!" Metacognition is good, but the big challenge is to help advance the conversation without antagonizing the participants. No easy answers, especially when debate focuses on tightly-held beliefs about unimportant aspects of a larger issue. (cf Law of Triviality)

"Scones - with orange and lemon zest, but no clotted cream!" K-Rex baked over the weekend, and her family was happy.

(trackfile) - ^z - 2019-03-16

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2019-02-17 - Middle Lap of the GWBM

~7.4 mi @ ~14.2 min/mi

"Fancy meeting you here!" Danger Man greets Roadkill at mile 7.6 of the George Washington Birthday Marathon, and they run a lap of the course together on a chilly Sunday. We salute Derek who, for more than a decade, provides music for runners (cf 2017-02-19 - GW Birthday Marathon etc). Fusillades of gunfire from a nearby range echo across fields of corn stubble. A tow truck rescues vehicles stuck in roadside mud.

"No weapons allowed? Then I can't enter!" Danger Man controls his deadly hands as we pass the Goddard Geophysical and Astronomical Observatory, its fences covered with warning signs. Earlier conversation mentions Chuck Norris, not (yet!) a Marathon Maniac. Roadkill lectures on electromagnetic theory when the course goes past a NASA antenna research facility. After surviving close to 2 hours of that, the remainder of the race is easy for Danger Man!

(trackfile) - ^z - 2019-03-14

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2019-02-17 - Kemp Mill Chills 10k Race

~6.2 mi @ ~9.5 min/mi

"We need ... to invent ... a Code Language ... to save breath!" K2 and Roadkill push hard and gasp encouragement during the MCRRC "Kemp Mill (C)hills" on a brisk Sunday morning. We start far back in the crowd and have to weave between runners for a downhill initial mile of 8.6 minutes, followed as crowds thin with solid splits of 9.6 + 9.7 + 9.5 + 9.5 + 9.5 and then a final uphill dash.

"Хорошо!" and "Спасибо!" Roadkill's Russian reaches its limit as he cheers fast Igor and gives thanks that we're in different age groups. Nearing mile 6, "2 minutes to spare!" he estimates, before realizing that 10k is 0.2 miles longer. Oops! Official results set K2's gun time at 1:00:03, tantalizingly close but not quite below 1-hour. Maybe next time, on less-undulating terrain!?

(trackfile) - ^z - 2019-03-13

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2019-02-16 - Rock Creek R2

~12.6 mi @ ~12.9 min/mi

"Vienna Sausages? Slim Jims?" Roadkill, experimenting with carnivorism, wonders what fleshy products are the least-compassionate choices. (Veal and pâté de fois gras fall completely beyond the pale.) Chill north breezes lead to a couple of solo sub-10 minute miles, baby steps that inch toward the true speedwork he needs to train for upcoming endurance races. At Meadowbrook Stables horses and their young riders practice jumps over low flower-box barriers.

"He thought the note he carried said 'I don't eat animals' in Chinese, but it actually read 'I am a Buddhist'." A vegan friend of R2, traveling solo around China and not speaking the language, had asked for something to show people in restaurants or markets; he didn't get the literal translation that he expected. We ramble along Rock Creek, then divert west to avoid a construction zone. On Rittenhouse St NW a small house with bright trim features gigantic weathervanes and a painted pigeon statue.

"National Endowment for Libraries?" someone suggests, as a fortuitous encounter leads to discussion of books and their display. Libraries should be well-endowed! Homeward bound at his mile 10 Roadkill is startled to spy a familiar blue-and-white striped shirt and a "Clem cap". He tries to run between Dr Slow Twitch and Jaybird, but they block him. Banter ensues, with reminisces of long-ago long-runs together (e.g., 2013-04-07 - Fletchers Boathouse and Lincoln Memorial). So good to meet dear friends on the trail!

(trackfile) - ^z - 2019-03-11

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2019-02-15 - Zombie Ranger

~4.7mi @ ~14.1 min/mi

"I dreamt that the barista wouldn't make a Zombie Ranger venti coffee for you," Roadkill tells K2, "because it was too early in the day for Starbucks to serve alcohol!" Dawn Patrol cruises a short route today to get back in time for early meetings. K-Rex tells of her son's creative-sweet Valentine for his sister, made entirely of Legos. Temperatures are in the 50s but winds make it feel cooler. We discuss the importance of learning Systems Thinking at all levels of an organization. As the sky brightens school bus drivers check their vehicles in the George C Marshall HS parking lot.

(trackfile) - ^z - 2019-03-10

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2019-02-13 - Puddle Hop

~5.8 mi @ ~14.8 min/mi

"Hound of the Baskervilles?" Two glowing eyes peer at us from the far end of the wooden bridge. Then they begin to shift hue, until one shines blood red and the other glows green. An ominous figure stands above them - who at our approach turns into the owner of a pair of friendly dogs, each with a light dangling from its collar. "Good morning!"

Dawn Patrol dodges puddles en route to Starbucks. In Bryn Mawr Park agile K2 avoids a swampy zone by leapfrogging across via slippery tree stumps; K-Rex and Roadkill take the muddy low road. A vacant 0.2 acre lot at the corner of Great Falls and Hunting is on sale, asking price $525,000. We discuss upcoming changes, new jobs, skillful ways to handle delicate relationship issues, and the happiness that comes from having friends to share life with.

(trackfile) - ^z - 2019-03-08

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