New Headphones - Jabra Elite Active 65t

I love listening to stuff when I go running.  I always go running with my phone, and for years I've been using the Sennheiser PX 100 over-the-head headphones.  They are light, open-back headphones so they let in ambient noise which is great for outdoor runs as I typically run on the street and I feel safer being able to hear what's going on around me.

For trainer rides, those headphones suck.  My Tacx Vortex Smart is ridiculously loud and I need that noise blocked out, if only for my sanity.  For the longest time, I was using a set of inexpensive Anker wireless earbuds.  I wore them during my trainer sessions and they worked great.  I tried to use them when I was on my treadmill as well, but they would never stay put.  As soon as I got sweaty, they would fall out of my ears, so instead, I typically just turned the volume up really loud on the TV or on my phone, depending on what content I was consuming.

Those Anker headphones bit the dust when I ran the Marine Corps Marathon. …

Hey GooGoo

I'm working from home today.  My "office" is a corner of the basement directly under the kitchen.  The ceiling isn't exactly soundproofed, so I can make out most of the conversation happening upstairs, and I just keep hearing my daughter asking the Google Home what noise various things make.  She especially likes hearing what noise a T-Rex makes, but gets really upset when she asks about the sound a mermaid makes.

She has gotten pretty good about enunciating the "Google", and my son has started apeing her.  He understands that if you say the magic word that you can get the Google Home to do your bidding, and let me tell you, that kid has a lot of things he wants done for him.  The only thing between him and world domination is that the Google Home doesn't quite recognize "googoo" as a hot word yet.  At least not consistently (he has triggered it a couple of times).

He is doing this much earlier in his life than my daughter was.  Of course, sin…

Pick the Ugliest One

I took my daughter to a college basketball game the other day for my alma mater.  I try to go to at least one game per year with her, and since she was around two, I've had pretty good luck in doing that.  There aren't many afternoon games that work with nap time, but this is one of the few that happened to work out.

When I got her home, my wife asked her about the game, and the girl was explaining some of the things that went on.  My wife then asked specifically about the dancers that are there during some of the timeouts and at halftime, and the girl said, "Yes, we saw the dancers.  And then we had to pick out the ugliest one."

My wife's mind went straight to the fact that I was also there with my buddy from college and his son who is about the same age as the girl, and assumed that we were ranking the dancers.

I quickly interjected and explained that there was also an ugly sweater contest where the crowd had to choose the ugliest sweater.  Unfortunately, the g…

Jingle Dash 10k

You know the saying "she won by a mile"?  Well, for my last race, I literally won by a mile.  Actually, I did the math and it was more like 1.3 miles

This is my local community's 5k/10k race.  The 10k course is two laps of the 5k course.  The turnout is pretty small - about 120 people for the 5k and 15 people for the 10k.  It's not what I would call a competitive race, but it is a really fun event with some nice people involved.

I've been running this race since 2013 and I've won the 10k 5 of the last 7 years, currently on a 4-year winning streak.  Unfortunately, the field has been dwindling each year.  From 68 people doing the 10k in 2013 to only 15 this year.  It's really sad to see, and I'm afraid that they are going to discontinue either the entire race or at the very least, the 10k.  I look at the race as a time trial because the victory feels a bit hollow.  In fact, I was the first person to cross the finish line on my first 5k lap - I beat the …

Zwift Training

During my marathon training cycle, I found it very difficult to get the right mix of aerobic and anaerobic stress according to my Garmin watch.  I think that was partly due to the workouts I was doing, which were 90+ minutes with intervals in the middle of them.  I had trouble hitting those intervals, and I think, as a result, was not getting the anaerobic benefit.  This was a major point of frustration for me.

I've been running more on my treadmill as the weather has gotten colder and my motivation for waking up earlier to get my run in prior to my wife leaving for work has diminished.  Zwift also started a Movember campaign where there are in-game rewards for using the platform for 9.9 hours during the month of November.  I'm all about fake prizes, so I've been making a point to get on.

I did an hour run the other day.  I set the treadmill to 8.3 mph.  That translates to about 7:20 pace per my Stryd footpod.  That is faster than my "easy" pace, but not exactly …

Marine Corps Marathon

And so, for the first time in six months, I don't have any workouts scheduled on my calendar.

6:08 am race day: Just made it to the metro. I decided to Lyft to the metro and ride in. I couldn't imagine subjecting my wife and kids to a 5 am wake-up call and then have Jenn entertain cranky kids for 4+ hours in the rain.

The ride over was perfect. My Lyft driver came right on time. He commented as we were leaving the neighborhood about how crummy the weather was, as it happened to be pouring at the time. Normally I don't talk much to drivers, but I'm pretty excited about running the Marine Corps Marathon, so I told him that's where I was going. It turns out that his son has been in the Marines for 14 years. He's done two tours in Iraq as a sniper, worked down at Parris Island and is currently in Hawaii.
It's just a reminder of how awesome the military is and what a sacrifice they make for the safety of the country.

I made it on the first train and was set to g…

Giant Acorn Olympic Triathlon

My one triathlon this year has come and gone, and it almost didn't happen (for me) at all.  My wife was less fortunate.

Last week, we took the kids to Sesame Place.  It was a grueling, but fun and rewarding day.  Six-plus hours in the car and no naps will do that.  But there was so much fun stuff to do for the kids that they powered through it.  We somehow managed to leave that trip without a single thing from the gift shop, but we still took home a souvenir.

My wife, son, and I all got a different ailment - upper respiratory for me, eyes for my son, and flu for my wife.  My son and I are both doing just fine now, a week later, but my wife is still recovering and was not able to run the race.  And because of how close we were to the race when she got ill, she wasn't able to defer her entry.

There was no chance my wife would run the race, but I also encouraged her not to come down to spectate.  I thought waking up at 4am would not be conducive to her recovery.  We left the kids…