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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Boo at the Zoo, Columbus Marathon & Fuzzy Fandango prep

We had a blast over the weekend.  Dawn's mom came down and we did a LOT of activities.  We met some friends Saturday afternoon for Boo at the Zoo.  
The kids didn't like wearing the hats, so we did take a quick photo.
Lots of fun at the park over the weekend as well. Cool temps, but the sun made it so comfortable.
We have been doing a LOT of growing.  Evan is becoming more and more mobile.  He is walking a few steps here and there, but learning more and more each day.  So fun.  
Summer has been riding her bike more and more and yesterday she rode her bike all the way to the park and home.  So excited for her to become more and more independent... but not too fast. 
I have the Columbus Marathon this coming Sunday and I am fully prepped for that.  Hay is in the barn.  I was supposed to do an easy run on Saturday with only 12 miles, but I had some friends hit me up about running at Mohican State Forest.  I am running the Fuzzy Fandango 3 weeks after the marathon, so I figured I better learn the course.  My new year's resolution was to run an ultra marathon, so this would be that.  An ultra marathon is anything farther than 26.2 miles and this 50k will turn out to be around 32 miles.
Such lush trails.  Some tripping hazards, but so fun. 
Waterfall didn't have much water since we have been so dry.  I am pumped for my fall races and then a little break before my next race in January... 
Grab the jacket!  We have temps dipping into the 30s all across Central Ohio with frost for your Tuesday morning.  Sun will melt off the frost fast this morning and we warm into the lower 70s with a light breeze out of the south.  More clouds start moving in this evening. Rain and showers likely tonight, including a few rumbles of thunder.  The majority of our rain will be between midnight tonight and daybreak on Wednesday then the rain will be racing out to the east Wednesday morning.  Temps falling into the mid 40s overnight with a brisk wind switching to the west. Mostly cloudy, damp, chilly, and windy for Wednesday.  A few spotty showers or sprinkles during the afternoon, especially to the north.  High temps in Wednesday will struggle to reach the mid 50s, so the biggest impact for the day will be the chilly temps and brisk wind. Partly cloudy on Thursday with highs in the upper 50s. Mostly sunny on Friday and warming into the lower 60s.  Partly cloudy on Saturday with highs in back in the lower 70s.  Morning temps will start out near 40 on Thursday and Friday then mid 40s by Saturday morning. The forecast models don't agree well for Sunday and Monday.  Some holding off on rain until Monday, but another is sneaking some rain in on Sunday.  They all agree on high temps in the lower 70s, but lets keep a low chance of rain on Sunday for now and a higher chance of rain on Monday.  Stay tuned as we iron out the forecast.  Have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Monday, October 7, 2019

Long weekend, fun with the kids, fall temps are back!


Thursday was my final work day of a 10 day stretch and it was our final day with temps in the 90s.  I took the kids to the park and we had a blast.  Summer made some friends then we all went back to the house for afternoon naps. 
Since I did not have to work Friday I met up with the Columbus Westside Running Club at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park. I have not been able to join them for the trail runs, so this was fun.
The kids had a great time riding around in the stroller.
Friday morning I took Summer to preschool. I do not get to do this very often, so I really enjoy taking her to school. She reminded me that last time I had donuts when I took her to school.  Sooo... We went to get some donuts.
I got a little mowing done Friday morning as well.  Evan helped for part of it.  He didn't mind the ear protection at all.  Which kinda surprised me. 
My mom had the kids for the weekend so Dawn and I went out on Friday night to Out R Inn, where we first "met" or at least realized we were both single.  We actually met in meteorology class at Ohio State, but started talking at Out R Inn.
Saturday morning I had my longest run in the last 15 months.  21 miles with my Columbus Westside Running Club peeps.  Yea, I love running with them. Then Dawn and I had breakfast and got ready for a trip back to campus.
We had a tailgate for the Ohio State game.  Only a few of us went to the game and the rest of us hung out and watched the game from the parking lot. Sunday we went back to get the kids.  Summer has come down with a nasty illness so she is going to the doctor today.  Hope the rest of us stay healthy while we get her on the mend. 
We have a cold front moving across the state currently and rain showers because of that front.  We will start the morning with rain showers and by lunch time the rain will be moving into Eastern Ohio and eventually we will all be dry by late afternoon and evening.  Clouds will be clearing out as well following the rain.  So sun will start coming out for Western Ohio as early as midday and clearing skies will continue moving into Eastern Ohio through the second half of the day.  Temps are starting in the mid 50s and we will warm into the mid 60s.  So wet and cool morning then drying and mild afternoon. Tonight the skies will remain clear at first then patchy fog possible by Tuesday morning with low temps in the mid 40s, so much cooler.  We will clear the patchy fog out early tomorrow then mostly sunny and highs around 70. Lots of sun for Wednesday and warming into the mid 70s.  Similar on Thursday with a few more clouds and a couple degrees warmer.  Fantastic fall weather for a lot of the week. By Friday we will start with sunshine then increasing clouds.  The newest models are trying to sneak in some rain just before midnight.  So if you are planning on going to a high school football game then stay tuned to the forecast and be prepared to take some rain gear.  Scattered showers for Saturday, mainly early, with another cold front.  This will bring another cool down and highs in the 60s for next weekend.  Have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Running in the heat... Fall returns SOON!

I took the kids out over the weekend for some trail miles.  I had to work the morning show so Dawn was getting a little tired for all the nights and mornings on kid duty alone.  So she got a LONG nap while I took the kids out. We also stopped at a playground to keep the kids entertained. Summer also worked on reading a book while I helped her with the words. Dawn deserves a lot of credit because with my crazy work schedule it often means when it is bed-time duties I am trying to grab 6 hours of sleep before heading into work. Then morning duties I am already at work.  It all comes with parenting, but she is a champ. 

Had to do my long run on Friday since I was working through the weekend.  Did it while Summer was at preschool, Evan was napping, and Dawn was working.
I took Summer out for a run as early as possible yesterday, right when I got home from work, but it was already hot.  Thankfully it was not a long run, but we worked on spelling words and counted birds and butterflies.
And if it seems like I have been running a LOT... I have.  It is the peak part of my training before the Columbus Marathon, which is in 17 days.  Then 3 weeks after that I am attempting my first ultra marathon, the Fuzzy Fandango 50k. It is definitely a balancing act between work, family life, and running.  Especially since Summer is napping less and less now.  I normally would run while she napped, but those days seem to be in the past. So I am done with the highest mileage month for a while.
Speaking of family time... We went to see Jurassic World LIVE TOUR on Sunday. 
It was REALLY cool!  Totally recommend checking it out, if it comes back to town.  The kids loved it!  
Another hot day on the way today!  Columbus reached 94 yesterday, Tuesday, for the daily record high for Oct. 1st, but that also is the new record for the hottest October temperature since weather records started in 1878.  Today we are starting with mostly clear skies again and the sunshine will warm us into the lower 90s, and going with a high of 92 for today. Our daily record high for today is 88, set back in 1919, so a 100 year record is expected to be broke again today. Humidity will make it feel like 95. 
We will have more clouds in the afternoon today and a 30% chance for some isolated rain later in the day and tonight. Mostly cloudy tonight with some isolated rain with overnight lows in the upper 60s. Another strong push of warm air tomorrow before the cold front should allow us to get into the mid-upper 80s. We are going with a high of 88 and the daily record high for tomorrow is 89, set back in 1953 and 1898. There is then a 40% chance of rain for the afternoon/early evening as the cold front moves through. It will also be breezy tomorrow with early winds out of the southwest before the front pushing in the warm air then we switch to the northwest behind the front pushing in cooler air. Friday will be cooler with highs in the mid 60s with a mix of sun & clouds. Saturday will be similar with cool morning temps and then warming up a little more with a high around 70. More clouds Sunday with another cold front and a 40% chance of rain on Sunday. Most models have the rain leaving early Monday, so dropping that to a 30% chance of rain followed by more cool temps and sun. Have a good one!

Best,
Andrew Buck Michael

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