Running Logbook

2019-08-30 - Spiderweb Safari

~4.4 mi @ ~12.6 min/mi

"He's an idiot!" Keymaster objectively and critically evaluates a celebrity socio-linguistic-evolutionary-psychological popularizer's research and publications. "Hinky and sexist!" A carotene sunrise brightens the horizon; we scan for new planets but find none. Roadkill feels vertigo, or perhaps is just dizzy with the joy of an early run? K2 waves hands, casting a "dispel cobwebs" enchantment as she leads Dawn Patrol's return from its quest for caffeine.

(trackfile) - ^z - 2019-09-17

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2019-08-28 - Less New

~4.3 mi @ ~15.5 min/mi

“What’s the minimum change needed to get a novel result?” Keymaster wonders - not just the smallest quantum of publishability, but something new and worthwhile? Hard to know, especially in a field that evolves as fast as machine learning. Dawn Patrol discovers a new cut-through between Westbranch and Galleria, greets a tiny dog, and discusses natural-language processing. Roadkill forgets his phone this morning and enjoys app-free coffee all the more when someone else pays.

(trackfile) - ^z - 2019-09-15

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2019-08-26 - Thanks, Sherlock

~4.4 mi @ ~12.8 min/mi

"Elementary, my dear Roadkill!" replies Keymaster, to a question about the type of school that Liz, his Significant Other, now works at. A waning crescent moon peeks through clouds as Dawn Patrol trots via headlamp-glow in search of caffeine. GPS glitching adds a bogus half-mile inside Starbucks, where the cashier flaunts dramatic double-cat-tail eyeliner and the iced coffee now comes with a sippy-cup lid to obviate the need for a straw.

(trackfile) - ^z - 2019-09-14

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2019-08-25 - Be Still and Know

~9.6 mi @ ~13.5 min/mi

Be Still and Know Labyrinth"Be Still and Know" says the stone at the middle of the labyrinth. Instructions posted nearby suggest:
  * Prepare - take a moment to pause and reflect
  * Journey In - release concerns and quiet the mind
  * The Center - receive what this moment has to offer
  * Journey Out - review and reflect
  * Exit - carry the experience into your day

Half a dozen miles later another spirited front yard, far more active, proclaims itself "K-Town Meditation Beach". It features bright signs: Push the Wheel - Trust - Be Who You Wanna Be - Kindness - B Awake - You R Your Choices and concludes with Just 4 Today ❤️ Everyone. A cheery footnote adds "Thank you for the paint!"
On a cool Sunday morning G-ji hikes with poles and heavy backpack, prep for a pilgrimage. Roadkill escorts her for half a mile along Rock Creek Trail. A cat poses by the sidewalk, then ambles off. Lovely lawn sculptures decorate the trek — gnomes, rabbits, angels, fairies, frogs, dogs, and an elephant. Newborn-adult Venus stands pensive in alabaster astride her shell, draped in flowing hair and beauty. Cut-throughs lead through hidden corners of the 'hood. A lawn sculpture shows a fairy, lips pursed, blowing across a flower in an open shell. Signs near her say "Create" and "Grow". Rocks by her feet are labeled "Happiness" and "Joy".Create - Grow - Happiness _ Joy

(trackfile) - ^z - 2019-09-12

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2019-08-24 - Chakra Balancing

~8.1 mi @ ~13.4 min/mi

Chakra Balancing Kensington"Chakra Balancing" reads the sign on a spiritual reader shop, next door to the auto maintenance and quick-oil-change garage. What other psychic repair services do they offer, Roadkill wonders? He's on the way to Ken-Gar to meet Ken & Gar (aka Danger Man) on a pleasantly cool morning. A scary-faced scarecrow dances joyously in a Kensington front yard. Runner training groups dash past along Rock Creek Trail.

(trackfile) - ^z - 2019-09-11

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2019-08-23 - Not a Way Nottoway

~4.1 mi @ ~12.0 min/mi

"Doesn't look good!" admits Roadkill, as the path through brushy weeds becomes increasing narrow, boggy, and overgrown. Dawn Patrol turns back, bushwhacks along a faint deer track, and emerges at the Nottoway Park community gardens. We proceed south past the Vienna Metro Station and return via Nutley Street.

"It does text-to-speech synthesis, with a slider to vary the pronunciation across regions!" Keymaster explains. A turkey vulture stands statue-like atop the roof ridge of a small neighborhood home, surveying its domain. Fried Friday morning commuters honk at jaywalkers.

(trackfile) - ^z - 2019-09-08

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2019-08-21 - Red Fox Pink Sunrise

~3.6 mi @ ~12.7 min/mi

"If they're talking about work too long, just ask a food question!" Roadkill faux-whispers to Keymaster. K-Rex shifts gears and describes the gourmet breakfast that her son and daughter recently prepared. "They belong on MasterChef!" Dawn Patrol agrees. A big red fox finishes his snack and dashes away at our approach. A doe and her fawn cross the street ahead. Sunrise pinks the eastern horizon.

"Teach them Category Theory!" advises Keymaster, as a way to help those who want to spur innovation in their organizations. K2 recommends creative colleagues who can catalyze change. We finish the run early to make morning meetings.

(trackfile) - ^z - 2019-09-07

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2019-08-17 - Habanero Hundred 10k

~6.2 mi @ ~14.5 min/mi

before the start of the Habanero Hundred"You look like the kind of person who would do this crazy thing!" says a fellow runner at high noon with temps in the upper-90s & lower-100s. We're about to start the Habanero Hundred in east central Texas - though note that Roadkill is just doing the 10k single-lap option. Thank goodness, given mega-sunburn within 90 minutes!
After the first mile reality sets in and pace slows to a walk for most of the journey, with a faux-sprint to the finish line when people are watching. Eye-catching Texas flag gear abounds. The course meanders along horse trails through scrub brush land of the 7iL Ranch near Cat Spring. The owner, Faye, is friendly and helpful. She's in her 70s and tells of a Swiss "Zimmermann" great-grandparent. Since her father had only daughters, she got to do the herding, branding, castrating, etc.

Mega-kudos to DD/Keith & DSiL/Rita for cheering (and enabling) this humbling experiment in high heat and humidity; hats-off to Trail Racing Over Texas for its great management and attitude. Official 10k results: 25th place of 85 finishers, 90.1 minutes, first (and last!) over age 65, first (of 2!) from outside Texas.
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(trackfile) - ^z - 2019-09-05

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2019-08-14 - Pink Floyd Tribute

~4.6 mi @ ~11.5 min/mi

"Australian Pink Floyd?" With a tribute band concert to attend in a few days, and feeling comfortably numb without morning coffee, K2 and Roadkill open the gates of Dawn Patrol and wish you were here. Time is tight before early meetings, so it's run like hell to put another brick in the wall of training for upcoming fall marathons. Hey you!

(trackfile) - ^z - 2019-09-04

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2019-08-12 - Flight Plans

~4.2 mi @ ~14.1 min/mi

"Mr Lou Diamond Phillips, please feel free to incline your seat farther - I can squeeze down some more!" Dawn Patrol debates what to say when a star travels coach class in the row just ahead of you. Keymaster prepares to jet west to teach a class; K2 has just flown back from the north; Roadkill reports on unwise "fly and die" pacing at yesterday's cross-country race. Tiny dogs in McLean Central Park are super-cute. Sunrise comes 1 minute later every day this season, and soon headlamps will be needed.

(trackfile) - ^z - 2019-09-02

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