Back At It

Location: Woodinville to Bothell
Distance: 5 miles
Playlist: Pearl Jam

My first run after a half is always challenging. My body is tight. I also swam my first mile in a long time this week so my legs are tired. It’s a beautiful morning though and it was nice to smell the grass/wet dirt and feel the breeze and sunshine on my face. Half days this week and Spring Break next week means little screen time and lots of together time with my kiddos instead.

Have a good weekend!


It’s a rainy blanket fort with friends kind of afternoon.

Little Engineers That Could

We’ve spent the last three weeks of 1st grade learning about materials engineering. We asked the kids to construct a wall to keep rabbits out of a garden. Their initial sketches were hilarious and included lasers, sentries, and rockets. After adjusting their expectations a bit, we discussed the Engineering Design Process, tested different materials for the best mortar (both strong and flexible) and the kids paired up and constructed their walls. Last week we tested the dry walls with a “wrecking ball” made from a bagged golf ball tied to the back of a chair. The kids had so much fun and surprisingly most of their walls held up pretty well. The best mortar ended up being 2 parts sand and one part clay. I wouldn’t have guessed it. Even I get to learn things!

New York City Half Marathon

I’m back from a fantastic race weekend in New York City! I met up with my girlfriend Vicky who lives in Texas and we hit the town together. I’m going to post a couple of albums. One is our touristy stuff and the other is race pics. I’m also posting my race playlist. The United Airlines NYC Half Marathon course was unbelievably cool and the only race in NYC like it! We ran the first six miles through Central Park, headed south through Times Square and ended in Battery Park. They shut down one whole side of 7th Avenue through Manhattan for the race. The power of 20,000 participants! The weather was perfect – cool and cloudy. With it being such a huge race, I was really impressed with how well-organized and supported it was. It is definitely my favorite race thus far. I’m not sure how I’ll top it. Enjoy!

Now, my race photos:

My NYC Half Marathon Playlist:

Nobody Told Me – John Lennon
Empire State of Mind – Jay-Z
I’m Shipping Up to Boston – Dropkick Murphys
Keep Your Eyes Open – Need To Breathe
Young Blood – The Naked and Famous
The Only Living Boy In New York – Simon and Garfunkle
Unchained – James Brown and Tupac
Welcome to New York – Taylor Swift
My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark – Fall Out Boy
Wonder – Emeli Sande
On To The Next One – Jay-Z
White Lines – Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
The Walker – Fitz & The Tantrums
Ni**as In Paris – Kanye West & Jay-Z
Get Ur Freak On/Keep Me – Missy Elliot & The Black Keys
Impressions – John Coltrane
All Night – Icona Pop
Glory and Gore – Lorde
C’Mon – Ke$ha
Bubble Butt – Major Lazer
Upgrade U – Beyonce
Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson
Rapper’s Delight – The Sugarhill Gang
Allentown – Billy Joel

Just Say Yes

This Sunday I’ll be running 13.1 miles through New York City. This is definitely a bucket list item for me and I am so excited. It is icing on the cake that I get to do it with one of my all-time favorite people, my dear friend Vicky. I am fortunate to have people like her in my life who make me feel special and worth their time. She sees greatness in me and lets me know it. She extends crazy invitations that I am thrilled to accept. I hope you have people in your life like that too. 

Today is a busy day of packing and getting my family ready for me to leave. I’ll post all about my trip when I get back.