It’s Memorial Day, in memory of the soldiers, sailors, marines, and others who have died for our country, including the 4300 Americans who have died in Iraq.
My father came in from NYC on Thursday and stayed until lunchtime today, his longest visit since I moved to Chicago for college in 1987. We had a great time; the highlight of the weekend was the long afternoon at the Chicago Botanic Garden. He’s retiring at the end of June, and I hope that this is just the first of many longer trips.
I had a very frustrating week (starting with the Sunday/Monday Frequest Flyer Fail), but seriously, what else is new? The work piled on, and I seemed utterly unable to get anything actually accomplished, just felt like I was on a treadmill from hell. Thankfully, it was a short week. I worked at home on Friday, and managed to get a few open loops closed out before the weekend. This post is late enough, so let’s go straight to the stats.
On Writing: Between work and my father’s visit, I wrote next to nothing, just 150 words in Project Hometown on the train home from work on Thursday. I did write my piece of a viral story yesterday, maybe 200 words, which was fun. I’m not sure if today counts as part of the past week, but since it’s a holiday, I’ll claim it; I wrote 362 words in Project Hometown this afternoon. The total is now 4,422 words. I think that’s far enough along to post a meter.
I’ve been sitting on “Jimmies,” and need to get it out. I also had an idea for a new short story last week — a time travel story I like much better than the last time travel idea I had — and may take a shot at that sometime soon as well.
On Running: 20.5 miles for the week, best in months. I dealt with my frustration by running early Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings, even though I was exhausted. Not long runs, just 3.75 miles each, but that got me 11.25 miles during the week, plus 9.25 miles on Sunday at a respectable 1:19:32, or 8:35 min/mile. A great long run, much better than the last few weeks.
This weekend, I registered for the Men’s Health Urbanathlon in Chicago this October, a 10.5 mile race with a handful of obstacles thrown in to make it interesting (climbing over a wall, running up and down the stairs at Soldier Field, scrambling over parked taxis, etc.). This is the third year the race has been held in Chicago; I’ve registered each time, but both of the last two years have had to blow it off for work.
This year I was confronted with something new: For the first time, when confronted with the question “Age on race day” I had to answer “40.” In seven weeks, I’ll be in a whole new age group. So long, 35-39! Luckily, Mike is doing the Urbanathlon too, so if I collapse on the course someone will notice and call the Siren.
I also signed up for the World Wide Half Marathon, part of the World Wide Festival of Races, also in October. This is a virtual race series — everyone runs on the same weekend, but separately – which started with the Half Marathon in 2006 as an idea spread through the Phedippidations podcast. It’s a lot of fun.
What I haven’t done yet is register for one of the nearby half marathons in June. Gotta get off my ass and deal with that.
That’s enough of this. I’m going to watch Lego Cake or Death again. We’ve watched it about 10 times this weekend with the kids.