Today's Mighty Oak

I’ll be back with my own video soon, but in the meantime, two end of the year videos to share.

First up, the Google Year in Search:

And DJ Earworm’s United States of Pop:

Alright, more fun things to share today! First up, the teaser for the limited Obi-Wan Kenobi series:

I love xkcd, but particularly enjoyed this comic of theirs.

I’m behind on my MCU watching (specifically the movies), but I’ll need to get caught up, this looks amazing:

Roe is very seemingly about to be turned over (and in effect, already is). Obegerfell and any kind of equal-rights are next up in the far-right’s crosshairs. SCOTUS is taking up a case to overturn non-discrimination laws.

The trailer for Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series is pretty:

Texas Governor Abbott is cruel. (And thankfully his anti-trans policy has been, at least temporarily, halted) Chuck Tingle, famed writer, is a hero, who just so happened to purchase

Alright, let’s see what we have today. First up: Star Wars made an appearance at the Olympics figure skating!

Also from the Olympics: judging the fashion of the opening ceremony.

Also also from the Olympics, out skeleton slider Andrew Blaser raced with rainbow tape on his sled!

Randy Rainbow once again hits it out of the park:

Also, to no one’s surprise, gays and lesbians have the highest vaccine rate. It’s like we’ve lived through a plague before…

South Korea now has a walkable roller coaster as an art installation and place to stretch your legs!

That’s it for now, short update, but I’ll be bakc with more soon!

Oh boy, is this thing on? February was a rough month for training. Ice kept me off the roads and trails for quite a bit of it (and local COVID transmission still has me wary of going to a gym), although I tried to get as much in as I could.

Overall, I have to say I’m happy with this last week of training, considering how inconsistent February was. Looking ahead to when my races are, it’s daunting, to say the least, but I’ll go out and have a good time no matter what (and week 12 is the halfway point anyway).

  • Monday: 8 miles, tiny loops.
  • Tuesday: Rest.
  • Wednesday: 10 miles, tiny loops. I said it before and I’ll say it again: ten mile mid-week runs are the worst (but good time for me to think about things)
  • Thursday: 5 miles, tiny loops.
  • Friday: Rest.
  • Saturday: 22 miles on the trail. Started this run in the 30’s, ended up in the 60’s, so just a wild temperature swing. Was really good to get an actual long run under my belt after missing February, so I’m taking what I can get (and even for not being able to do speedwork due to ice, I wasn’t too unhappy with my speed, either).
  • Sunday: 5 miles, tiny loops.
  • BWF/Core work/Yoga/Meditation: Did the BWF routine once this week, so back to that!
  • Stretching: I stretched after each run except one of them, first one I’ve missed this training cycle!

So it’s been a minute since I’ve done these, and I partially forgot how much work they are, but I’m back at it, and here is my 2018 year in review! These are the big events from the year, the things I did and the things that made me smile! There’s always so many pictures that I initially pull that don’t make it in, which is always sad, but I’m still pretty happy with how this one turned out!

Another rough week with low temperatures and more snow. When it’s in single digits (with wind chill below zero), I just noped out, which again, trying to refocus on enjoying the running and not hurting myself. It’s looking like a lot of this block, and probably a bit of the next, I’ll be contending with these temperatures and snow, but I’ll do what I can. Thankfully, this plan is long so I’ll have time to ramp up once again when I can finally get back to my normal trails. In the meantime though, at least I’m incorporating a few more hills, but I’ll have to modify my speedwork when I can.

  • Monday: Rest.
  • Tuesday: 7 miles, modified tiny loops
  • Wednesday: Rest.
  • Thursday: 7 miles, modified tiny loops.
  • Friday: 4 miles, modified tiny loops.
  • Saturday: Rest.
  • Sunday: 12 miles, modified tiny loops. A neighbor called me crazy for running in the cold, which, I mean, she’s probably not wrong.
  • BWF/Core work/Yoga/Meditation: Did the BWF routine once this week, so staying on track with that! Two more times shoveling snow also added in, again.
  • Stretching: Stretched after each run!

This was a rough week. Woke up Monday and shoveled the rest of the heavy snow, and then went out for what was the third time for that snow event, later in the day, to scrape up any ice. All of that left me sore all week and scrambling. Only about half of the homes in my neighborhood shoveled their sidewalks, so I spent the week in the road, dodging piles of snow where cars had been parked (but thankfully, no incidents with moving cars).

With more snow predicted on Sunday (and the city pretty much failing at keeping roads cleared), as well as residual soreness from shoveling and just a couple really bad mental health days in a row, I skipped my long run. Ended up sleeping way more than normal, which was a nice bit of a reset so we’ll be back at it this week (although more snow is coming, so more scrambling!). It’s also a good reminder that this is supposed to be fun, and aiding my mental health, and not being so rigid with my training every now and then is okay.

  • Monday: Rest.
  • Tuesday: 5 miles, modified tiny loops
  • Wednesday: 8 miles, modified tiny loops.
  • Thursday: 8 miles, modified tiny loops.
  • Friday: Rest.
  • Saturday: 6 miles. Modified tiny loops. Frigid. Even though I waited
  • Sunday: Rest.
  • BWF/Core work/Yoga/Meditation: Did the BWF routine once this week, so staying on track with that! Two more times shoveling snow also added in.
  • Stretching: Stretched after each run!

Alright, let’s see what we have today. First up, a neat animation showing the world’s tallest statues. I was blown away!

A small island is looking for a bartender (and innkeeper and groundskeeper), which also makes you the king, by custom!

National treasure Jeff Goldblum, reacting to Jeff Goldblum impressions:

Here is a sentence I never thought I’d read, but honestly makes a lot of sense: Jason Mantzoukas is voicing Tommy Lee’s penis in Hulu’s “Pam & Tommy”

The Washington Blade is the first LGBT+ publication to be given a permanent seat in the White House briefing room!

A new comedy pirate show from HBO is coming in March, and it looks fun (and has Leslie Jones)!

Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series finally has a name: The Rings of Power

The famously celibate, and chose his own name after the saint renowned for speaking with animals, says not having kids and instead raising animals is selfish. I just cannot.

And finally, the trailer for Moon Knight dropped:

Hard to believe this is already the end of one block of training, five more to go! Week 5 is going to be rough based on the snow and my ability to find safe places to run, so I might be doing some substitutions instead, we’ll see what I can figure out.

  • Monday: Rest.
  • Tuesday: 5 miles, tiny loops
  • Wednesday: 7 miles, tiny loops.
  • Thursday: 4 miles, tiny loops.
  • Friday: Rest.
  • Saturday: 14 miles. Super cold once again, ended with an ice beard and a frozen, unusable water bottle.
  • Sunday: 5 miles, tiny loops.
  • BWF/Core work/Yoga/Meditation: Did the BWF routine once this week, so staying on track with that! Had the first of three snow shoveling sessions from the storm (followed by a walk through the neighborhood with some hot cocoa!)
  • Stretching: Stretched after each run!

Alright, first up, Reddit did some great work when they spammed (and then automated) Kellogg’s systems when they were trying to hire scabs during the strike.

Stephen Colbert celebrated The Fellowship of the Ring’s 20th anniversary with an amazing rap tribute!

New images of a binary star system!

Carl Nassib used his cleats to fundraise for The Treavor Project!

The (red band) trailer for The Legend of Vox Machina dropped:

Colton Haynes shares his experiences being gay in Hollywood. Spoiler: it’s not great.

Goldfish are driving! Kind of.

The James Webb Space Telescope successfully launched (and now deployed). It will take about six months to get to it’s location, but it was so cool waking up on Christmas to watch the launch!

And just remember, life is precious, unless it’s not. A video from one of my favorite drag queens:

That’s it for now, have a great one!

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