I watched Vice's documentary on the events in Charlottesville this past weekend. It left me shaken and wondering whether I am living in the same country that gave me and my family generous and welcoming asylum in 1992. These feel like scary times. You can see the documentary here: https://www.vox.com/identities/2017/8/16/16155942/...
Running45:34  7.95 km (5:44 / km) +124m5:19 / km shoes: 2013 Asics White+Blue
Running from home in a very wet, muddy, and foggy Rock Creek Park. Access to the park from the new apartment is excellent - I was at the trailhead after 6:23 of running. And unlike from Columbia Heights, the part of the park I get into here is the wider park, with a greater variety of trails to choose from. I like it. The only downside is the distance to the zoo.
The run itself was pretty good. Started out feeling clunky and slow, but felt better as it went on. Back and hip flexor got tight around 30 minutes, but did not get worse after that.
When we arrived at the QOC Summer Short Series event at Oregon Ridge, Francis asked me to lead a warmup, so we did a 10-minute jog, followed by some running drills. A leashless Barney followed along and was nearly trampled.
Orienteering14:00  *** 1.6 km (8:45 / km) 4c
Francis designed a two-person, four-leg relay, and so I teamed up with Alli. I figured our toughest competition would come from Peggy and Nadim and from Turner and Francis. Alli ran the first leg while I took care of Inara, and then we traded off. Alli ran a solid first leg, and came back about 2 minutes down on Peggy and maybe a minute down on Francis. I caught Francis at 2 but was immediately stung by a wasp on the shin. A lot of cursing ensued. I ran off towards two, but didn't have my head screwed on right. I lost a minute on a parallel error on 2 and another one on 3 - each time Francis was approaching the control by the time I got to it. The end was ok, and I handed off to Alli maybe 10 seconds after Peggy went out.
Orienteering10:48  *** 1.7 km (6:21 / km) 4c
For the final leg, I went out 3:30 behind Francis (on the same course) and about 2:00 behind Nadim (on a different course). This time I ran cleanly and passed Francis on the way to 2. I could not reel in Nadim, however, and we had to settle for second place. This was a really fun exercise and a great concept. Thanks Francis!
Orienteering34:00  *** 3.5 km (9:43 / km) 8c
After the relay, Turner, Michael Wood, and I joined up to run around the Brown course that Francis had designed. We took turns leading and talking through our routes. Good training, and no additional wasp bites.