This article is fascinating: bbc.com/future/article/2019120

"So we shouldn’t curse our memories when they let us down. They’re made to be changeable, in order that we can take millions of fragments of memories from different times of our lives and recombine them to give us endless imaginative possibilities for the future."

First thanksgiving since giving up meat ( though still pescatarian). Made an autumn salmon to go alongside the traditional turkey and ham.

Marinade: maple syrup, bulleit bourbon, blood orange olive oil, lime, sea salt, black pepper, smoked paprika, and fresh rosemary!

Accidental 10K PR 54:26 here at the annual Sacramento Run to Feed the Hungry! Including running in a turkey hat and slowing to make sure I high fived every little kid on the side who thought my hat was cool. Happy Thanksgiving y’all.

From this morning at my parents house. Typical easy/whatever Sri Lankan breakfast. Roti (made from a mix of coconut and wheat flour with diced onions), sambol (shredded coconut, chilies, lime, dried fish), and an egg, followed by fruit and tea, and maybe some hakkuru, sweets made from palm sap.

“We remained alert and constantly aware of our environment, which helped us to be present in the moment. Even though we weren’t saying much, there existed between us the camaraderie of an unspoken language, a deep feeling of appreciation that we were alive and healthy. We felt fortunate that we were able to run.”

- Sakyong Mipham, “Running with the Mind of Meditation”

Had a great race despite re-emerging right knee issues. 2:08:54 official time, which feel short of my goal of 2:05:00 but still beat my previous 2:15:47. And, according to my Garmin, also set my best 10K time within the Half Marathon! Two PRs in one race, can’t complain!

Resting for a few weeks while on vacay in California and Mexico! Though I’ll prob get a light run in here and there. Looking forward to the One City half in March.

Planning to continue stretching and strenthening workouts for core, hips, and glutes, plus some light resistance work for the leg muscles and something low-impact like stationary bike for cardio. Just no high-impact running for now.

A hard decision to make just two weeks out from a half marathon, but I think need to just stop until my race. Major IT band flare up again on yesterday's long run, and even though I was able to grind out 10.3 miles, it's really not happy. I don't want to risk long term injury, and maybe all these other "fixes" (like the support band etc) though they help are just covering up the fact that I need to rest it. I think that might do me more good than any further training at this point.

The world, and especially the online part thereof, needs more flowers. Here are some (OK, one's an open set of seed pods, but it's easily pretty enough to be in the set).

I figured since they have my money already for upcoming : , I might as well give a shot now that I have CBS All Access.

Love the aesthetic so far. Reserving judgment for now on characters and story.

Back in Cali for work this week and now visiting my brother and his wife in San Diego. First time at an In-N-Out since giving up meat... my dear sister has introduced me to a new problem: the In-N-Out grilled cheese, animal style.

An unexpected benefit of having done a Ragnar. Woke up on a scheduled run morning to pouring rain outside. Very tempted to punt.

And then I thought, wait a minute. It’s just rain? I get to start fully rested, hydrated, and uninjured? And I get to immediately dry off, eat a great brunch, and hang with friends someplace warm with hot chocolate after? And I only have to run once? None of these were true at Ragnar and I did it anyway.

7 mi in the cold October rain and loved it.

For some reason found myself singing 90’s Disney in the car on the way back from Norfolk this morning. Not sure what prompted that but it was actually kinda fun.

"I think my programming is faulty," the robot said. "Can you fix it?"
"Sorry, buddy," the tech said. "I can't fix sentients' programming."
The robot turned to leave.
"But I can show some workarounds, and teach you to change your own programming. Will that do?"
"That will do."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

The coffee shop on the way to work has added donuts. This might be a problem.

complete! Eight first-time Ragnarians together ran 131.2 miles with 16304 feet of cumulative elevation gain in just under 25 hours, placing 33 of 92 in the mixed gender category.

Stats from my legs as Runner 5 attached... Decently pleased with an overall 10:42 pace considering the circumstances (night run in the rain, trail terrain, IT band trouble early on the red loop, total of 2 hours of pseudo-sleep etc), but was short of my target of 10:30.

Loved the experience!

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