Saturday, November 28, 2009

WIndy with a chance of cyclone

Happy Thanksgiving everybody! I hope everyone had some time to rest and relax and enjoy some time with family and friends.

It was for the most part, a good training week. A nice short run on Tuesday evening led into 3 days off from work. Wednesday's errand running could have been classified as a training run, but I didn't chart the mileage and didn't know how it fit into our training schedule exactly.

Thursday brought about turkey day with a nice morning run. John is still on the mend from his bum knee [plus, Thanksgiving was at his place, so we weren't letting him out of the kitchen] so he unfortunately could not join Brad, Sondra and I as we jogged down the mall and then did the Turkey Trot. It was foggy and a bit chilly, but the warm up was a nice kick off to the day. The Turkey Trot was packed...a great turnout for the run benefiting S.O.M.E. We were able to get out in front of the crowds, so we had a nice, quick run.

Garmin Connect - Activity Details for Short Training 14 / Thanksgiving Turkey Trot

The plan was to then run home. Brad had enough foresight the night before to get Maureen to come pick us up. Given the cold temperatures and the direct route to get coffee, this was a very wise decision. [Yes, I was drinking water in addition to my more kidney stones for me thanks]

Thanksgiving dinner was spectacular...we ate, drank and were merry. We had somewhere between 30 and 40 courses I think from soup to turkey to mashed potatoes and stuffing to a plethora of desserts. Throw in some football and great vino and it was a fantastic day.

I made the decision to do the long run on Saturday to get another day of rest afterward. From the window, it looked like a nice, sunny day. Unfortunately the wind was screaming making the 40 degrees feel like 30. I went through the first 5 miles with no I crossed the 14th Street Bridge, the weather started to take its toll. The wind was wiping me out and I had 8 miles to go. I regained some composure on the south side of the Potomac, but as I crossed the Key Bridge into Georgetown, my energy was zapped. I pushed through the last 4 miles with everything I had. The wind was nasty and through some disturbance in the force it seemed to always be a head wind regardless of what direction I was heading.

Garmin Connect - Activity Details for Long Training 10

Needless to say, Saturday was a wash. I didn't even have the energy to meet John at Jimmy Ts...bad news, I know. At least today is another football Sunday and tonight we are heading to M + T Bank Stadium to see the Ravens / Steelers game tonight [thanks Heather and Dick for the tickets!] Enjoy the remainder of the weekend everybody...back to the grind tomorrow.

Short Training 13

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Not a fan of the stones...

We made it back in one piece from Paris following a great trip. It was nice to get back to my own bed. Thursday brought reality and back to work for us. I met Brad for a quick 4 mile run after work to shake out the jet lag. We had some dinner at home and watched some Thursday night football.

At 1am I woke up with my back killing me. I figured I twisted something while running. I got the heating pad and moved to the couch to lay down. Within an hour, I was in agony, not able to sit, lie or stand. I decide to head to the hospital [good decision]. I decide to drive myself [bad decision]. I somehow [I have no idea how] made it to Sibley Hospital and the emergency room. The security guard working the desk and the overnight shift quickly realized that I could not fill out the entry form [hell, I couldn't even read it I was in so much pain] and called for immediate help. The nurse that showed up got me to a chair telling me not pass out as she was half my size and wasn't going to be able to get me up. I gave her my symptoms and she says "I'd bet my salary that you have kidney stones".

I thought kidney stones were reserved for 65 year old people, not 37 year pillars of health [I tell myself that when I am eating chik-fil-a]. She gets me to an emergency room bed and they somehow get an IV in me [I was rolling around in pain, so I was a bit of a moving target]. She gives me some "wonderful pain medicine" that will work quickly. After 4 doses of this miracle pain drug, I get some relief. Fast forward...after the first CAT scan, they find I do have a stone moving from my kidney. They continue to pump me with saline in hopes that it moves through. 7 hours later, I have another CAT scan and the 3mm piece of pain has moved into my bladder and I am free. Since it has been about 7 plus hours since the pain medication, I sneak out with no one telling me not to drive. Driving was not a problem...I was just exhausted from getting an hour and half of sleep...the miracle pain medication was the issue. An unfortunate by-product of this medication is that it "might cause nausea". What they mean is that you will have to pull your car over 4 times on the drive home so you can get sick on the side of the road. Thanks miracle drug.

I crash for a couple of hours, get up, get cleaned up and head to work [I am hoping that some higher-up at work reads this as they are dishing out raises and see my commitment / insanity]. Needless to say, I was in bed by 9pm and out cold.

This weekend was our first double training weekend. We had 5 miles on the schedule for Saturday and 18 miles on Sunday. The downfall to this training weekend is that John was out with a banged up knee for at least a couple of weeks. As a result, I hit the road Saturday with a new training partner in Harley the new dog. The 18 month bundle of energy was a great pace pace dog. We had a great run along the Mall taking in some sunny weather.

Garmin Connect - Activity Details for Short Training 12

Sunday morning brought the big challenge. I figured I could do the 18 miles; the issue was going to be running alone. Brad stepped up and ran the first 3 miles with me getting me kicked off. I threw on the headphones and took on the remaining 15 miles. It was a great day for a run with cool temperatures and sunny skies. I ran at a decent pace aside from the brutal headwind along the Mall. I made it up the hill around the Capitol and ran right to Jimmy Ts. Wendy was gracious enough to not only meet me, but get there and save a table. The eggs, french toast and bacon could not have tasted any better.

Garmin Connect - Activity Details for Long Training 9

Following my long, hot shower, I got my first of 800 glasses of water [No way in hell am I going to do that kidney stone thing again]. I am set up to watch the Skins / Cowboys game. After the Skins game last week, I am looking for a victory. I love football Sundays!

Short Training 11

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

DSB 1 Champs d'Elysees 0

Today is our last full day in Paris. After two late nights in a row, I hoisted my tired rear out of bed for a run. Two nights ago, we had dinner with Alessia Rositani from Casa Malaparte in Capri, Italy and Odile Decq from Paris. I was lucky enough to spend three days in Capri with these two powerhouses in June and loved every second of it. We worked with 15 students at the Casa and had an amazing experience. I haven't seen them both since summer, so it was great to catch up with them. They are still powerhouses and full of energy. We had a great night of wine, cheese, wine, bread and wine. Last night we had dinner with some students and then I went out with Alessia for a drink. We went to Cafe Boboli in Le Marais for some good Italian vino. Nothing like red wine to prep for a morning run.

I did a nice quick jaunt through the Tuileries and then up the Champs d'Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe. Aside from the light rain and overcast skies, it was beautiful. I had underestimated how great running would be to see more of the city. After just over 4 and a half miles, I arrived back at the apartment to find a lovely breakfast waiting. Thank you Judy and your baguette gods.

Garmin Connect - Activity Details for Paris Training 2 [Short Training 10]

Tonight is a dinner cooked and server by a group of students. As they are all designing a cooking academy and restaurant[s] for their projects, they have broken into three groups to cook for each other as part of the educational exercise. I have no idea what the menu brings this evening, but based on stories from the first two dinners, the food and company should be nothing short of wonderful.

Tomorrow we head back to the states. As long as I can avoid miserable movies, the flight should be just fine. Any suggestions??? See you all soon!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Need Croissant STAT!

So we arrived in Paris on Thursday afternoon after a nice direct flight from Dulles. Aside from the TERRIBLE movie [do not, I repeat NOT, watch or even consider watching GI is 2 hours of your life that you will never get back] the flight was rather enjoyable. Even more shocking was that we got our luggage...I have a very bad history with traveling to Europe while my bags have gone to just about every other continent. We hopped in a taxi and went directly to Stanley and Judy's incredible apartment, one block away from the beautiful Tuilerie Gardens. Following a very quick shower and lunch, it was off to work.

Stanley and I went to studio and met with the students. I was so impressed with what they are doing in studio, but also in their wonderful sketchbooks. I propped myself up with a couple of cafes and made it through to dinner. We had a fantastic group dinner at a lovely restaurant around the corner from Stanley and Judy's place. I made the half block walk home and hit the bed hard. Thank you jet lag gods...

Friday was spent in meetings with landlords, students and faculty. We had a great picnic lunch in the gardens enjoying the unseasonably warm, sunny weather. There were so many people in the gardens, walking, talking, eating and playing.

Following our day of meetings Maureen, Stanley, Judy, Mary, Sarah and I went to dinner at our friends Celine and Betrand's restaurant, A la Biche au Bois. If you are ever in Paris, do yourself a favor and get a reservation for dinner at this tiny gem of a restaurant. We were introduced to Celine and Betrand through my folks and have loved every second of the relationship! The food is so amazing...the deer with mashed chestnuts will change your life. End the meal with a variety of cheeses and the chocolate mousse with Gran Marnier.

John and I had a gentleman's bet on whether or not I would do my training runs in Paris. Following our enormous meal with plans for more eating in the coming days, there was no way I could miss a run. At 8am in the pouring rain, I hit the road.

Garmin Connect - Activity Details for Paris Training 1 [Long Training 8]

The run wasn't bad...the rain let up after about 30 minutes or so. The sun started to peak through although the wind was fairly nasty. Instead of Jimmy Ts dreams, I envisioned the croissant, pane au chocolate and baguette I would be consuming. Following the run, I agreed to get the baked goods before coming up to the apartment. Talk of torture...standing in a French bakery, smelling the incredible aroma while be famished. It seemed like I stood in line for 3 hours. After my 5 minutes in the bakery, the croissant was mine.

That the update so far...I need another baguette. Or 7. Anyway, I am off to see a few sites before meeting with some students. Au Revoir!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

I know...I know...

Another crazy week...started with the usual insanity, ended with me in bed. To say work has been stressful lately is an understatement [Sorry folks, if you are looking for me to dish on work, you have come to the wrong blog]. Long hours + lots to do + not sleeping well = crohn's flare up city. My body caught up with me Wednesday night and told me to keep my butt in bed Thursday. My stomach hurt a ton Wednesday night into Thursday and my body needed some rest and relaxation. I know...stress causes flare ups and I have been under some stress. I need to listen more to my body. I answered my body's call Thursday and spent the day in bed. The irony is that after having daytime television on for one day, I actually think I felt worse. I don't need to see one more damn insurance, cash4gold or crappy jewelry commercial.

The big downfall to a flare up is not eating. I made it to Friday without food and decided to put down a bagel at lunch friday with hopes of survive our Saturday run. Friday night I had a nice bland chicken sandwich with another bagel for breakfast Saturday. Amidst protest from Maureen, John and I hit the road for our run at around 8:30 Saturday morning. John actually promised Maureen that he would "make sure I didn't keel over and die" on our run.

This week was nice and sunny...a little brisk, but no rain. We had a great route through the city, across the river, down by the airport, up to Roosevelt Island, across into Georgetown and then down past the Kennedy Center and the Mall. I had my body weight in GU and water and shockingly had a great run. We felt great and had a great pace.

Garmin Connect - Activity Details for Long Training 7

Following the run I set out to replenish the GU and Sport Bean stock. After a couple of stops, I returned home to take advantage of the weather and wash the cars. Note: Body still feeling good. While washing the cars, I was thinking about this post. I thought how last week, I confessed to getting a new tattoo and apologize to my mother only to have her call me and say "because it is a tattoo for Chief, it's okay", I had the brilliant idea that I should start a website for online confessions. Just a suggest, I did a search for online confessions while writing this. Not only is the idea taken, pretty much every porn site in the world has "online confessions". Don't do that search at the office. After car washing, it was off to the dog park. After dog walking shower time. Note: Body STILL feeling good. Dinner was a laid back feast at Asian Fushion with a glass of wine in front of the TV for dessert. At this point, body STOPPED moving. I hoisted myself to bed and passed out cold. All in all, a successful day.

So we are about 2 month away from the big weekend of running. Maureen and I are heading to France for a week on Wednesday...I am ready for my Parisian training runs! I know, I need to keep myself healthy. I promise to listen to my body [at least a little more]. You would think since I am trying to raise money in support of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation, I would do better controlling my own Crohn's. I am such a male...

Speed Work 2

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Sunday, November 1, 2009

Sorry mom...

So it has been a pretty damn good weekend. Got to see some old friends Friday at the 9:30Club. The boys from Guster were in town celebrating the 10th anniversary of Lost and Gone Forever. They played for 2 1/2 hours including the entire album front to back. As always, the put on a great show. Thanks to Brian for hooking us up with backstage passes for after the show. It was good to catch up with the guys...hard to believe it has been over 10 years since they were playing the Bayou. It is nice that they have remained so in touch with their fans and so down to earth.

Here is your random Brian Rosenworcel story...when we were in high school, Brian coerced with my mother for my 17th birthday. He picked me up and we went to rent Monty Python and the Holy Grail and get some junk food. Brian then needed gas so we filled up. Long story short, he was killing time to get everyone to my parents for the surprise. In order to pull off his plan, he needed to make sure he was low on gas...the problem was that his car was virtually full that afternoon. He parked his hot, blue Chevy Nova in the driveway running for several hours in the afternoon to run it low [settle down environmentalists...this was in the late 80s]. This was one of those little gestures that sticks in your memory for years and shows true character. It was a little thing, but shows how generous Brian is to his friends. Thanks amigo.

After a later than usual evening [I am old...anything past 10:30 is late] we hit the sack for an early Saturday morning.

Maureen and I hit the park with the dogs first thing Saturday morning for some serious fetch. As some of you know [I think I have 4 or 5 loyal readers] our dear pooch Chief passed away a month ago. Since then we [including our other dog, Georgia and cat, Harp] have gone through a true adjustment period. Chief was the gentlest soul I have met...we adopted him when he was 2 and grew into a loyal, loving boy who I miss every day. [Bringing this all back around, the long run I did after his passing was brutal. I ran alone and couldn't stop thinking about him. Strangely enough, "Hang On" by Guster came on ye olde iPod and hit the spot. Check it out...thanks gents] We got him through the Conestoga Vizsla Club Rescue [Pat Hudson rocks!] and had to let them know about his passing. When we did, Pat told us that she had a 1 1/2 year old named Harley coming in for a home. Being the generous people [a.k.a. suckers] we are we met Harley and brought him home. He and Georgia are getting along and are playing more and more every day. The park is a great location to shake of the cobwebs and chance the squeaky ball. For info on the CVC Rescue, check out their website at

Following our park visit, I was off to see my good friend Paul Roe. Paul is an amazing tattoo artist with an incredible gift. As much as my folks will be thrilled, I got another tattoo...Paul and I came up with a design honoring Chief and his paw print. He did a beautiful job and I am so proud to have this in Chief's honor. Sorry is out of love for my boy. Check out Paul's work at

Handing out candy for Halloween is usually a streetwide event. People hang out outside with wine and food and hand out the goodies. After about an hour, the rain came in and the festivities were cut short. We moved inside and ate our body weight in candy. Thank you KitKat for your sugar high.

John and I hit the pavement this morning for our weekly long run. Of course the rain continued with a lovely temperature of about 50. 15.16 miles in the rain with cool temperatures is a real blast [that's sarcasm folks]. Regardless, it felt great to get out and run. Thanks to daylight savings time for allowing us to get a bit more sleep.

Garmin Connect - Activity Details for Long Training 6

Moving back into tradition, we dried off and hit Jimmy T's for some breakfast []. Brad and Sondra held the table and had coffee waiting. The breakfast sandwich could not have hit the spot anymore. Of course, now I am ready for a second breakfast. Nothing like sitting around on a sunday, watching football while eating and drinking. I think have bored you people enough...My tired bones are off to the couch.

Short Training 8

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Short Training 7

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