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Thursday, 22 November 2012

Portland bound

So, after just having run 10K, I'm going to sit on a train for 20 hours and completely seize up. I've got me some stretching to do!

I'm getting away to Portland for a few days. I'm taking the Coastal Starlight train up and back, and staying with Nigel and his family.

I'm looking forward to having some time to myself on the train, I'm looking forward to the trip, because some mutual friends did it, and I've wanted to do it ever since. I'm also looking forward to catching up with Nigel, because I've barely spoken to him since he left Google, and he's a friend and fellow countryman who I really enjoyed working with. I'd also like to check out this barber shop, because I'm weird and like the idea of someone attacking my face with a cutthroat razor. And of course, you can't go to Portland without visiting Powell's City of Books.

I'm probably spending as much time on the train as I am in Portland (I head back on Sunday), but I want to be back for Zoe's first dentist appointment on Tuesday.

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Silicon Valley Turkey Trot

Sarah, Zoe and I ran in the 10K Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot this morning.

Apparently it's a bit of a Silicon Valley institution (people get dressed up, particularly as turkeys), so I guess it's up there with the Bay to Breakers.

This is the first time I've ever run a 10K fun run and actually run the whole way, so I'm feeling pretty happy with my fitness. In fact, I think I'm the fittest and lightest I've ever been. I'm actually a couple of kilograms under my target weight, and really pleased with myself for being able to run a 10K training run on Tuesday as well as the race today.

I managed to run it in a respectable 1:05. I think I'll set a goal for myself to be able to run 10K in under an hour. No idea if that's realistic or not, but it's a goal with a nice round number.

Sarah did her run in 1:06, which is impressive considering she was pushing Zoe in the jogging stroller. Zoe also did well putting up with being in the jogging stroller for that long. I think it helped having lots of things for her to look at, as well as a steady supply of food to graze on. She was having a great time running on the closed streets as we headed back to where we parked the car.

We might have to make this a Thanksgiving family tradition. It'll be nice when Zoe's big enough to run in the kid's fun run as well.

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