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2014-06-30 - Pimmit Run Trail Adventure with Amber and Kerry

~ 4.5 miles @ ~11.5 min/mi

The first group Pimmit Run Run! Amber and Kerry trek with me through Olney Park to the tangle of paths in the woods. I quasi-panic at the sight of anything with three leaves, but Amber reassures me that it is (mostly?!) not poison ivy. We find our way to Pimmit Run and cross to take the official trail under the highway, where bright new graffiti decorates the infrastructure. Further downstream, across Great Falls Rd, Kerry recognizes the ballfields where her daughter played years ago and other kids got lost, fell into the water, etc. I feel unsteady on the steppingstones but manage to keep dry feet and avoid tripping on tree roots. We return via Westmoreland St and do a half-lap on the McLean HS track. Zero bunnies seen today, but I do run through lots of spiderwebs across the trail — must trick somebody else into leading next time! See Runkeeper and Garmin for route.

(cf. 2012-03-11 - Pimmit Run Trail (Upstream), ...) - ^z - 2014-07-11

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2014-06-29 - Rock Creek with Rebecca, Barry, and Emaad

~7.1 miles @ ~11.3 min/mi

Emaad Burki is channeling Sara and Ken as he discusses Viagra's vasodilation value for runners during this morning's humid trek along Rock Creek with Barry Smith and Rebecca Rosenberg, both recovering well after their Bighorn race last weekend. We review plans for upcoming runs, note triangular post-Bighorn tans on Rebecca's calves just below/behind the knees, and debate whether it's a compliment or insult when somebody says, "Your thighs are bigger than your waist!" Afterwards online Stephanie Fonda recommends beet juice as a recovery drink; I tell her that during the run Emaad, Barry, Rebecca, and I discuss the film Beetlejuice ("Sandworms - you hate 'em, right? I hate 'em myself!") and Tremors and the new Transformers film. Runkeeper and Garmin record route and pace.

^z - 2014-07-11

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2014-06-28 - Leland and Mormon Temple Hillwork

~16 miles @ ~11.4 min/mi

22 rabbit jackpot! Alone at sunrise I almost bump into a solo bunny on Warren St, then join Sam Yerkes and Gayatri Datta to spy a solid dozen as we run westbound along über-hilly Leland to Bethesda, plus another nine (perhaps including a few duplicates) on the return trip to Candy Cane City. We also see two big deer, one with velvety antlers, and an eye-searing memorably lime-green fluorescent t-shirt. Don Libes joins us at 0730, followed by Barry Smith and Rebecca Rosenberg. It's one week after their Bighorn odyssey two miles high in Wyoming/Montana. We trot north along Rock Creek and, with Don as my personal "rabbit", I do 5 (five!) Mormon Temple hill repeats along Stoneybrook Dr.

Fuel for the journey is last night's hot-and-sour veggie soup plus General Tso's veggie pseudo-chicken, joined by this morning Peet's coffee and Nutella on a stale matzoh. During the run I eat a packet of orange Sports Beans. Runkeeper and Garmin GPS agree reasonably well.

^z - 2014-07-09

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2014-06-25 - Pimmit Hills Meandering

~5 miles @ ~11.5 min/mi

Three rabbits, two by the baseball field and the last dashing across the road as we approach, on a warm and humid morning trek around the Pimmit Hills neighborhood. Kerry has to finish early and change into "grown-up clothes" for a morning presentation, so Kristin and I loop back to drop her off at 0630, then continue on to make Dr K's goal of 5+ miles. Walk breaks on the hills give us a chance to admire front-yard gardens. Runkeeper and Garmin GPS converge.

^z - 2014-07-09

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2014-06-23 - McLean HS Speedwork

~5 miles @ ~11.9 min/mi

Sunrise trek with Dr Kerry & Dr Kristin to McLean High School (arch-rival of Kerry's kids' Langley HS) for half a dozen 200m intervals, timed at 47-48-49-50-50-51 seconds, swinging out to avoid walkers and joggers in the inner lanes of the track. Return via Old Chain Bridge Rd, chatting about today's grade school curriculum. Comrade Kerry has enough willpower to stop at 4.8 miles, but OCD Kristin and I must trot on through the parking lot to make it 5+. We stretch afterwards and discuss homeschooling history and regulations in Maryland. Runkeeper and Garmin concur on the route.

^z - 2014-07-07

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2014-06-22 - UM-PB-NEB-NWB Anacostia Tributary Loop

~12.5 miles @ ~10.5 min/mi

Whew! Crash & burn after the first 8 miles on a sunny summer afternoon; perhaps the extra loop around Lake Artemesia was hubris? From the University of Maryland campus head down Paint Branch Trail to Northeast Branch, then up Northwest Branch to close the loop.Walk breaks begin after ~80 minutes and lengthen thereafter. The Garmin GPS reads within ~1% of Runkeeper on the iPhone, and estimates mile splits as 9:51-9:46-9:50-9:42-9:42-9:34-9:48-9:54-10:30-11:52-11:32-13:35 (waiting for a traffic light), plus a final fraction at ~10:48 min/mi pace. Arrive back at the perfect time to meet DW as DD's concert ends.

^z - 2014-07-07

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2014-06-21 - Cracked iPhone on Beach Dr

~14 miles @ ~12.8 min/mi

Oops! — wearing a shoulder holster upside-down to make a smartphone screen readable is a suboptimal strategy, when the old iPhone falls out onto the street near Military Rd and cracks the back glass plate. Two big deer stare as I jog past on the way to meet Gayatri Datta at Candy Cane City for 8 leisurely miles together along Beach Dr. In a big field near Rock Creek some T'ai Chi practice occupies a break in the middle, as the GPS never stops. Light drizzle during final miles turns into rain that washes salty sweat into the eyes, as my path meanders to ogle antique statuary in the National Park Seminary. Found food: a protein bar unopened on Beach Dr — woot! Runkeeper and Garmin preserve track data.

^z - 2014-07-05

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2014-06-19 - Pimmit Hills Loops

~5.6 miles @ ~11.9 min/mi

Only 1 rabbit today: Ed Brown, whom Kristin & I call "our rabbit" as he leads us up a long hill on a warm and humid Thursday morning with temps and humidity in the upper 70's. Amber and Kristin and I start at 0600 and meander around the neighborhood trying to figure out how to get to the little Pimmit View Park from the north side (secret: Sportsman Dr to dead-end Hileman Rd). We're back at 0632 to join David and Ed for the office-area loop. Runkeeper and Garmin record results.

^z - 2014-07-05

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2014-06-16 - LBJ High School Speedwork

~10 miles @ ~10.6 min/mi

Sultry sunrise speedwork on an empty LBJ High School track under a gibbous moon. After jogging from Mom's home in northeast Austin, an already-sweaty shirt comes off for the "ladder" of 1-2-3-4-3-2-1 laps (1:59-3:54-5:55-7:50-5:52-3:52-1:48), with clouds parting so a shadow chases me on the final interval. Spiral ramps to the pedestrian bridge over highway US-183 are not resolved by iPhone GPS. Double vision of the lane markings is slightly troublesome. A police car cruises slowly by in the middle of ladder around track; a blessed breeze from the south makes Texas summer humidity more tolerable. The ramble back adds detours to get both GPS units into double digits. Garmin is ~5% more generous than the iPhone Runkeeper today. Cooldown comes via T'ai Chi for 20 minutes in Mom's driveway; dehydration makes digital scale read 139.5 at the post-run weigh-in.

^z - 2014-07-03

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2014-06-15 - Austin Lady Bird Lake Loop

~10 miles @ ~10.4 min/mi

Would you accept a plastic bag with unmarked white capsules from a strange sweaty old man? A young couple do when I offer them "Succeed!" electrolyte caps after they run past me, then stop exhausted at a water fountain on the north side of the Austin Texas (Lady Bird Lake) loop trail. "Don't take more than 2 per hour," I advise. "They're good against cramps!"

The fancy new River Boardwalk is open now. It cuts off hilly sidewalk mileage and eliminates Interstate-35 on-ramp car dodging. Humidity is high; the morning sun is bright. After a couple of miles the pace slows and walk breaks begin. The singlet finally comes off after 7 miles.

At Longhorn Dam it's time to salute a peloton of cyclists, stop both GPS units, find a flat gravel patch on the lake shore, and do T'ai Chi for 20 minutes (half a dozen repeats of the 24 Forms) to cool down and dry off in the breeze. Runkeeper and Garmin GPS agree to within 1%.

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Taiji beach on the shore of Lady Bird Lake in Austin Texas, with Longhorn Dam in the background

^z - 2014-07-01

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