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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Chilly running, ten years with Dawn, zoo with Summer, wintry mix


Running has rolled on.  I was debating on running the Inland Trail Marathon this week, but with a wedding locally this weekend and family coming to town for that I may be backing off on running that in Northern Ohio.
I had to break out the leggings for some of the runs last week as well.  If I don't do the official marathon I may still go out and running on my own the 26.2 miles this weekend for one final hoo-rah because I have the training in following the Columbus Marathon and might finish off the year with one big bang and reach my 1000 mile goal. 
Friday was the 10 year anniversary of Dawn and I dating.  Hard to believe that it has already been a decade, but it's been the best decade of my life.  
Summer and I took advantage of the beautiful day Friday and went to the Columbus Zoo. 
Thankfully a lot of the animals in the Africa exhibit were still out because pretty soon they will be indoors for the rest of the winter.
We did our pumpkin carving last night and I tried my hand at Mickey Mouse. 
This morning we tried cutting into persimmons and checking out the seeds for winter weather folklore predictions.  Sadly... all the stores only sell seedless persimmons now!
If you need to get anything done outside where it stays dry, get it done today! Rain is on the way starting tomorrow and we will see it on and off through the weekend. Today will be great for Halloween! Mix of sun and clouds today with cool temps and staying dry for trick or treat this evening. Rain arrives early tomorrow and there may be a few pockets of wintry mix early as the rain moves in and temps are at their coolest for the day. We warm up and any wintry mix will transition over to rain. Most of the rain for Wednesday will be along I-71 and to the East. Northwestern Ohio will not see much, if any, rain on Wednesday. Another round of rain comes in Thursday and that pattern will persist into the weekend and early next week. Have a good one and have a spooky Halloween!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Rainy day traditions and update on weekend rain (snow)

Summer and I hung out yesterday reading books and playing with toys... and since it was a rainy day and we had to stay inside it means that Star Wars is on tap. 
More rain for today, but not likely as steady and heavy as Monday. The rain will be on and off through the day with breezy winds and cool temps. The rain starts moving out overnight and just a few lingering showers early Wednesday then some sun trying to break out later in the day. Chilly, but more sun Thursday. More rain returns Friday night and for the weekend with another blast of cooler temps
GFS is still trying to show some snow mixing in on Sunday, with temps around 40.  The above-freezing-temps at the surface will be shallow so as the snow falls, most of it will melt into rain, but still bears watching.  Everyone is chatting about the potential, but I am still leaning more towards rain.
The Euro brings in the rain early in the day and staying all rain.  Stay tuned and have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Monday, October 23, 2017

Recovery week and warm weekend is gone, snow coming???

With the Columbus Marathon over... running is cut back. That means more time for chilling in the hammock with Summer.  I did a couple shorter runs this past week to stay loose and stretch some.  
Summer and I also ripped out the remaining plants from the garden.  We had frost and the peppers and tomatoes were done for the season anyway.  
Tuesday night the Columbus Westside Running Club got together for the annual group photo and also went out for dinner to celebrate finishing the Columbus Marathon. 
Dawn went home this weekend to help her mom out, who is in a cast.  I had a work function so I stayed at home and slept in the hammock Friday night. Tried to catch a couple shooting stars with the Orionid Meteor Shower.
Had a weekend work boot camp. Rode the motorcycle to the event and had a GORGEOUS (chilly) hour-long ride there.
Ate lunch quickly so I could soak up the mild afternoon next to the lake on campus before the afternoon meetings. Pretty awesome way to make the best of working on a day off.
It was a bye week for Ohio State football and they snagged our wedding photo to post and see if anyone else was celebrating the bye week with a wedding. 
I was at my friend's house Saturday night to hang out and watch some football.  Then a commercial came on with Dawn and Summer!  Fun times! 
Can’t stop, won’t stop! Only had 7 runners from the club show up Sunday morning. More than expected since our organized group runs are taking a little break since there are no more local races this year.
Run felt good. Not great… still a little fatigued, but got the miles in! 
 
Had some fun on the morning show with augmented reality.  I put a dancing Frankenstein on the anchor desk before going to the countdown to Halloween and other big holidays coming up. Only 13 days until we move the clocks back 1 hour!
 After a gorgeous weekend, fall is back this week! Rain will move in for the afternoon today with scattered rain showers sticking around through tonight and Tuesday.  Winds will be brisk later today through Tuesday as well.  Much cooler for the middle of the week before a brief warm-up for the second half of the week. More cold air moves in next weekend with showers and we may be close to the threshold to get a few flakes of snow mixed in with the rain showers.
One out of the handful of models is trying to indicate some snow trying to mix in...  Stay tuned!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Monday, October 16, 2017

Gorgeous weekend for fall fun, warm Columbus Marathon

Saturday we went to Leed's Farm for some fall fun.  Summer loved playing in the corn and taking the hay ride. Beautiful day to spend time outside. 
The Columbus Marathon was yesterday.  It was very warm with temps in the upper 60s at the start and mid 70s by Noon with pretty high humidity. These two guys have been like brothers the last few months during training.  Maclin and I were planning on running the race together, but I couldn't go to the restroom before the race because of the lines, so I tried to run into a restroom at mile 2.  I think sped up to try to catch up and got about a hundred yards from him at mile 16.  I eventually started to fade from running too hard too early.  I am bummed about that I learned an important lesson... don't make up lost ground unless you are near the finish.  Big thanks for all the support, including my wife who normally doesn't do the driving around town, but managed to see me at five different spots on the course.
So I faded, but still finished.  I saw a lot of runners cramping up and some getting medic help along the course.  I want to do it again, but pace myself better and order some cooler temps! Big shout out to all of the Columbus Westside Runners Club finishers.
If only the run was today... MUCH cooler temps following the cold front that passed through yesterday.  Grab the jacket! 
Much cooler temperatures today with temps staying in the 40s and 50s all day long with a mix of sun & clouds and winds a little breezy. Clearing tonight and then sunshine sticking around through the week ahead with slowly warming temps. Highs back in the mid 70s by next weekend and rain holding off for the entire week ahead. Have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Monday, October 9, 2017

Back from vacation and Columbus Marathon forecast

My parents are season pass-holders at Disney and they find great days for the rest of the family, so we booked a trip to Disney for last week.  Summer got sick and we had to go to urgent care, but she rallied and we had a fantastic week.  We realize she may not remember this, but we have photos to help with that.  She would yell "Castle" every time walking down Main Street USA.  She would also yell "Wow" or the names of the characters when she would first spot them.  
My brother and his girlfriend came down as well and this is one of the few photos with all of the crew. 
Came home this weekend and made the final long training run for the Columbus Marathon.  The forecast is looking warm for next weekend.
After record rainfall in Columbus on Sunday, the remnants of Hurricane Nate will be move off to New England today.  Some early showers and patchy fog to start your Columbus Day, today.  Clouds will stick around through most of today, tonight, and tomorrow with just partial clearing.  Patchy fog possible early Tuesday.  More rain returns late Tuesday into early Wednesday as another cold front will pass through cooling us off for the middle of the week.  Fairly dry for the end of the week and start of the weekend.  Temps will be mild for the Columbus Marathon next Sunday with rain likely holding off until later in the day. Have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

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