Sunday, March 28, 2010

3 Races Down, 7 to Go!

I ran a 4 miler in Central Park today ( in 32:02, exactly 8:00 per mile. Nice. I placed 468th out of 2446 runners, in the top 5th! Nicer! My splits were 7:47, 7:44, 8:34 (hill and water stop) and 7:58. Nicest!

Aw hell, I had an awesome race. I actually woke up this morning with stiff hamstrings due to all the ups and downs from my basement to the kitchen because of the Pesach turnover last night. I decided to run 2 miles before the race and it totally loosened me up. Felt great today.

Friday, March 19, 2010

The Knish is Back! Woohoo!

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

9.5 Miles Through the Apocalypse

This morning I did my new favorite run: All the way to Teaneck followed by brunch with my family.

The run itself was insane.

First, it was as if I was surveying the aftermath of the apocalypse. A nor'easter blew through the region and downed trees, uprooted fences, blew planters and garbage cans across streets, created massive flooding and "police line - do not cross" tape was everywhere.

I saw two cars in one driveway absolutely pulverized by a tree. One day a family has two cars, the next day: zero.

I ran past a field of shingles on the ground. I looked up. The roof of the house was completely skinned of its shingles. Completely bare!

Then I ran past a church whose steeple looked like it had taken a round from a tank. It was in smithereens and splinters and the blown-out columns were splayed out on the grounds of the building.

Second, the rain. The first 7 miles of the run was drizzle, no biggie. But then the heavens opened up and I got drenched from the tip of my cap to the bottom of my new Asics Gels. There was no dry concrete, earth or asphalt for me to run on and no tree or awning cover whatsoever. Still, I enjoyed it. I seem to thrive on adverse weather. I feel tough and strong and macho and adventurous.

Finally I rolled in to the bagel shop and met up with my family and had a yummy and filling (the run burned approximately 1,200 calories) meal.

Before departing, a friend of my wife's walked in and delivered the news that the night before, two of her neighbors were coming home from shul and were struck and killed by a falling tree. Apparently, one of them had stormed out of the house following an argument. He never made it back for a reconciliation.

My gosh.

Lessons for the day:

1) It is good to be alive, and to live life to its fullest, and to love the one you're with.
2) Mother nature is tougher and stronger and more macho than you.
3) Car insurance, house insurance, and for the love of G-d - and your family! - life insurance!!!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

More Basic Math from Yours Truly

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Finished Another Book!

Mister B. Gone, by Clive Barker - I read all of Clive Barker's books when I was a wee little lad. He then came out of the closet and all of his books thereafter sucked miserably. He's gone back to his roots and has spun an interesting tale with an inventive spin. Maybe he broke up with his partner.

Sunday, March 07, 2010

2 Races Down, 8 to Go

5K race ( in 26:12, 8:26 PM, Fun fun run with lots of great music on the sidelines. My sister, less than 2 minutes behind me, established a 5k PR. Major milestone of the day: I'm now so bald, I can't pin a yarmulka to my head anymore. If I still want to "represent" I can either grow my hair like Terry Bradshaw or get a bigger yarmulka.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Finished Another Book!

Charles Darwin: The Concise Story of an Extraordinary Man by Tim M. Berra - I am as fascinated by the man as I am by his accomplishments. This book gives a nice concise summary of his qualities as a doting husband, caring father, curious scientist, thorough experimenter and relisher of thinking in quietude, qualities I'd love to emulate.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Finished Another Book!

Lord of the Flies, by William Golding - I started reading this when I was a kid, but couldn't grasp it. I revisited it and was terrified, even though I knew what was coming. It read a lot like "There Will be Blood", where you know the menace is coming - even though it may be all the way at the end - but the slow boil is still riveting.