Another Summer came and went. I feel like this one was the fastest I experienced in a while. While it’s not my favorite season, I do enjoy the longer days. And I don’t take classes in the Summer, so I have more time to spend with my family and that it always a plus.
Another School Year BeginsNo, not for my son. Although Jack cannot wait to be able to start school. His grandma got him a backpack with a bunch of school supplies for his birthday. He wants to go so bad. Too bad preschool costs nearly as much as college tuition. That said, I had my first day back to school on Thursday – Modeling and Control of Electric Vehicle Powertrains, if you’re wondering. The professor posted all lectures and assignments up front, which is awesome to know what I’m getting into. However, my first homework assignment requires me to tap into a part of my brain I haven’t used in nearly 10 years – differential equations and Laplace Transformations. Time to call on the help of my friend-turned-math professor. He loves that stuff.
Labor Day Weekend
Friday was spent at work, while half the place had took vacation to make it a 4-day weekend. I have some work to get done before I could leave. During lunch, I started reading On the Lips of Children by local running blogger, Mark Matthews. I managed to finish it late that night, review to follow. Saturday was spent cleaning the house so the families could come over to celebrate Jack’s birthday. My plans to run Saturday were overcome by the need for sleep. We stayed up late, finishing season six of Doctor Who. Sunday, I woke up and got dressed to run, but then thought about how long my day was going to be with the party and then friends coming over that night. I decided, still in my gear, to pull a blanket over me on the couch and get another hour or two of sleep. Monday, I was out of time, my long run had to be done and so I did it. 12.5 miles with 5 miles of company with Anthony.
I got home just in time to grab Jack, and head to Hamtramck to watch his aunt run in the Golab-K, 5k. The race has improved by large magnitudes from its first year, when I did it. New running shop, Run Detroit sponsored it and the Race Director is the same that put on the Paczki Run. Julie finished in 36 minutes which I think she said was a minute off her Let’s Move time. Running with her was her boyfriend’s mom, who took 2nd in her age group on her first ever 5k. While cheering on the awards, a police officer gave Jack some free ride tickets for the festival, so we headed over there for a bit. We also decided to play to win a goldfish. My first goldfish when I was little was won at this festival. His name was Sparky (after Sparky Anderson). Say hello to the newest family member, Nemo.
I decided to make this into two parts, because I would like to recap my training for the month and talk about my expectations for the upcoming fall races. Stay tuned for part two, AKA “Summer Runnin’ (had me a blast)”