My smartphone alarm clock went of at 0400 this morning. At 0420, I was dressed and fully prepped with Skin-So0Soft and the first BodyGlide of the season applied to the apropriate regions. At 0445, I was at the hotel lobby, summoning an Uber driver. I got a driver who followed his own path and not the GPS and for me to the georgetown Waterfront Park in record time.
The GWP main building was a half-mile or so from the actual start/finish line of the Capital Crescent Trail, my running trail for this week’s long run. I decided to jog to the start/finish line to warm up my body for the 8 mile run ahead. I had to take a No.1 as I approached the gate in front of the Potomac Boat Club, so I stopped by the convenient Port-a-John and did my business.
I did some research on finding a proper Uber drop-off point for the CCT, only to find info that the main trail was going to be closed down and detoured for a major renovation. I stretched out at a spot just in front of where the actual road to the trail begins. believing that the renovations were already underway, I picked a telephone pole as my start/finish line, then activated my MapMyRun on my phone and took off.
Knowing that the Georgetown point of the run was an uphill climb, I concentrated on keeping an even pace with the intent of picking it up on the return descent. I noticed that MApMyRun gave off my mile splits about a quarter mile ahead of the half-mile and mile markers. I made a note of it and decided to just focus on turning around at the 6 mile marker (what would be my four-mile turnaround point).
The Dellacaria Tunnel was my three mile point, and I made the turn at a bridge that was where my planned four-mile turnaround was. I felt good during the run back to Georgetown, even though my splits were not as consistent or faster than I thought they should be. As I passed the 10 mile marker (what should have been my finish line) I realized that the actual Georgetown endpoint was a half mile from the 10-mile marker. Overall, I ended up running 8.54 miles in 12:02.
The run was an unqualified success (because FINISHING!!!) but I forgot a couple of things. First, I didn’t get any Noun-Water (one Nuun tablet dissolved in a 20-oz. bottle of water) to get a boost for the run, nor did I take my KrampKrusher endurance chew before the run. I did have a “pre-breakfast” of a bottle of water and a Snickers, so I did hydrate and fuel up before the run. Second, I left my white runner’s cap at home, so I had to apply some s Skin So Soft to my Marine hi-regs haircut. As of 1524 (3:24 PM) EST, I can happily report that my head and limbs have no new insect bites at this time.
Today was a good run for my current part of the training schedule; at least I know I can run about a third of the Marine Corps Marathon at a 12 minute clip (14 mile pace is recommended for the MCM). I also have not felt any side effects from only doing one gym session this week.
Winning, I guess.
Soccer Saturday: Tottenham Hotspur versus Liverpool
My yearly trip to The Nation’s Capital for the UEFA Champions’ League Final Bar Hunt and subsequent DC United game trip was more or less done on the fly. I was expecting to help a co-worker move in to her new house and celebrate with her Marine son. Unfortunately, she was out all this week and I had no way of contacting her.
Friday about lunch I scanned the Hilton Honors app for hotels with rooms available. The prices were damn near bargains with the first weekend in June, compared to May (college graduations and every high school senior class in America taking a trip to DC). I booked a hotel based on familiarity and price. After getting off work, I hastily packed my bags and called an Uber to take me to DC. The price was relatively inexpensive and my driver was an old friend from work.
I spent the early Saturday morning searching Google Maps for a good place to watch the match. The three closest pubs were Hi-Velocity and Presidents Sports Bar, as well as an Irish pub with a name I cannot recall right now.
I found Presidents after a fashion; Google maps led me to the general location, but the bar I went to was not it. The bar that I entered was not necessarily going to be a “viewing party” place, since they would only offer to turn one TV to the game. I ordered a beer as a courtesy, then discreetly checked my phone for the location of Presidents. It was located in the lobby of a hotel in the adjacent block. I paid for my beer, then slipped out to find the actual location of Presidents. After walking around the entire Marriot’s hotel structure, I found Presidents in the hotel lobby. The atmosphere didn’t say “viewing party,” so I set off in search of High Velocity.
High Velocity was a five minute walk from Presidents, and I walked into a sports bar with many sizes of hi-def big green televisions. The bartenders were friendly, the beer selection was well-done and the food menu was satisfying; I ordered the crab stuffed deviled eggs and a reuben sandwich that was stiffed full of meat between sumptuous rye bread and thousand island dressing. The only thing that was missing was a sizable and noisy contingent of Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur fans. I spent the game with a lone Spurs supporter to my left and a contingent of Liverpool fans in the corner to my right.
None of them sung “You’ll Never Walk Alone” either. Dammit.
The actual game won’t go down as an instant classic. Liverpool was sort of gifted a penalty due to the handball, even though the ball was not kicked as a shot attempt or even a pass. Liverpool did earn that second goal, though, and their goalkeeper made some fine saves to keep Tottenham off the scoreboard.
Tottenham 0, Liverpool 2.
Walk on, walk on…
Soccer Saturday: DC United vs. San Jose Earthquakes
Audi Field is a job well done by the builders and team management, but getting there is NOT half the fun. There are bus lines that run close to the stadium, but most of those stops mean a couple of blocks’ walk to Audi Field. Also, no DC Metro rails to the stadium…which means no easy egress either.
There are also no paper tickets anymore, you have to display them on your Ticketmaster app from your smartphone. If you are a proud owner of a “less than Galaxy or iPhone” phone, this can be a hassle when you try to post your ticket on your phone as you are here’d through the security gates.
DCU did get a great goal to tie the game, but the host Quakes decide to play less than positive football. The Q’s did break up a lot of United passes in the final third of the field and in the 18-yard box, but they also spent too much time playing goons, with a few rough tackles that didn’t earn the ref’s whistles until late in the match.
Lastly, that didn’t fell like seven minutes of injury time, but there was a scuffle during the injury time period, so maybe the refs decided to pull chocks early to prevent a brawl.
Not a very pretty Soccer Saturday…but it beats working.
DC United1, San Jose Earthquakes 1
Song of the Day: I know this getting to be a recurring theme lately, but today YouTube is acting like a little bitch. Are there some serious technical problems, or is YouTube trying to scare us “freeloaders” into being paying subscribers? WTF, is this cable TV now?
Other than the Merseysiders’ “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and “Ferry ‘Cross the Mersey,” no videos…again. Sorry.