Friday, May 1, 2009
Afternoon run with the boy!
So the last few days have been a whirlwind, with Monday spent trying to finish a great deal of paperwork (writing abstracts for conferences, finishing reports on my grant and such) before Tuesday, which led me to the start of Congressional Visits Day with the Materials Research Society. This included talks and a working dinner in the city, getting me home well after 11pm, so no running that day. Wednesday on the other hand required me getting up at 5:30 AM to start CVD, spending the day up on Capital Hill, visiting with staffers of Senators and Representatives from Maryland and Oregon asking for continued and sustained support for Basic Science Research. Everything went well, but I didn't get home until almost 7 PM and by that time my dad and grandfather arrived for their long weekend with us! So running or biking was out of the question again. Anyway, Thursday was spent catching up at work, and I got home around 5PM, only to be whisked away for a trip to Costco and then dinner at Red Robin. Therefore, today I made a note to get out for a run and get back on track. I got home following the rain and grabbed Cole and hit the road. Tried to keep the pace down for a good recovery (Muddy Buddy is this weekend) and did a reasonable job, keeping the pace around 8:10 min/mile for the 4 mile run. Despite being fairly consistent in pace, there was a significant drop in how I felt as the sun started coming out and the humidity increased dramatically. By the time I got home I felt pretty crappy and was dying to take a rest. Unfortunately, with the little guy, I am pretty sure I won't get it! Anyway, finished my miles in 8:03, 8:10, 8:09 and 8:18 min/mile.
This year, like last year, I will be riding for Mary Payton's Miracle - My friend Steve Kogos from Trigators informed me that his friend Joe's daughter, Mary Payton, was diagnosed a number of years back with Late Infantile Batten Disease. This is a disease with no cure, however, there are special experimental (and extremely expensive) treatments which have shown some significant signs of success! In order to assist with the costly treatments and research, Mary Payton's Miracle was created to raise money to find a cure, hopefully in time to save little Mary Payton as well as the many others affected by this terrible disease!