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October 31st 2010
Boston at night

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I’m staying at the Cambridge Hyatt for the first time and got lucky to have “river view” room. So I took a few pictures around sunset today. Here are my two favorites.

Boston across the riverup the Charles river

The first is a shot just across the river towards Boston University, the other one is a shot more towards the West up the Charles river.

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October 31st 2010
Running update (52 – 55)

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I haven’t written any updates for a month. Well, that’s not true, I did of course write about my marathon. But just to keep the statistics going, here’s what I did in October…

The first week of October continued my taper towards the marathon. 3 miles Tuesday, 5 miles with some tempo work on Wednesday and then 3 miles on Friday. And of course 26.2 miles on Sunday. A bit over 37 miles that week.

The second week was recovery, an easy 5.5 mile run with my sister on Thursday and a 6 mile run on a treadmill in Munich on Saturday. 11.5 miles for the week.

Back in the US I ran 4 miles Tuesday, 6 miles Thursday and 12 miles Saturday. I had briefly considered running a half marathon race on Sunday but thankfully decided against it – the 12 miles Saturday felt really tough and a race might have been a mistake. So 22 miles that week.

Finally this past week I spent mostly in Cambridge, UK. I did three runs there, 6 miles Tuesday and Wednesday, 5 miles on Thursday. Another 6 miles in Washington on Friday and yet another 6 mile run here in Boston today. For 29 miles total.

If we add in the eight mile run on October 3rd we get to a bit over 108 miles for October – the fifth month in a row in which I ran more than 100 miles.

October 30th 2010
Crowded Mall

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yes, I was thereIt appears that there is no reliable number on how many people attended – somewhere from “a few ten thousand” to “a quarter million”. My guess is it was much closer to the latter than the former – but then, I was pretty much in the middle of it, so it was hard to guess. One thing is sure – this was the biggest gathering of people I ever attended.

what a great viewThis was the view from where I was standing. Here you see Yusuf (f.k.a Cat Stevens) on stage.

Ok, I was fibbing. still a pretty awesome viewThis was the real view from where I was standing. Still it was awesome.

The weather was gorgeous (I’m embarrassed to admit that I got a sunburn. On Oct 30th!), the crowd was reasonable and friendly and the show was a lot of fun. Well orchestrated, well timed, well done. And of course there were the signs. The signs alone were worth coming.

I loved the setting with the stage and the capitol – that’s what I took most pictures of. I’m not sure which one I like best – so here are my two favorites.

Capitol next to the stageCapitol through the stage

What I seriously underestimated was the logistics of getting there, getting food afterwards and getting back. I thought I’d be there early. But at least a hundred thousand people were there before me. the Capitol across the reflection poolAnd afterwards, trying to find food in Washington, without a two hour wait? Only at Mc Donalds. And that wasn’t an option I was willing to take.

Instead I wandered around on the Mall, took more pictures, talked to more people. About two hours after the end of the event I finally got on a train to Alexandria where I am staying.

Still, an awesome day. I’m so glad I went.

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October 29th 2010
Back in DC

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Funny, I used to live here in the mid nineties – haven’t been here in years and now I’m here for the second time in just a few months.

Why am I spending the weekend in Washington instead of going home to my family? Well, when K2 and I were talking about my trips for the fall I of course suggested that I would come home for 36 hours between my Cambridge UK trip last week and my Cambridge MA trip starting Sunday. But K2 thought that was (to quote) insane. And when I tried to find out what I could do this weekend either in the UK or on the East Coast I of course immediately stumbled across the “Rally to Restore Sanity“.

Now I usually stay away from politics on my blog – I know that there is a rather wide range of political views represented among my readers and I simply see no point in offending anyone. But I think the underlying idea of the Rally to Restore Sanity is something most everyone should be able to agree with… let’s stop listening just to the crazy people on either extreme end of the spectrum. Let’s try to get the majority in the middle heard. I love the way they describe the target audience on their web site:

Ours is a rally for the people who’ve been too busy to go to rallies, who actually have lives and families and jobs (or are looking for jobs) — not so much the Silent Majority as the Busy Majority. If we had to sum up the political view of our participants in a single sentence… we couldn’t. That’s sort of the point.

Think of our event as Woodstock, but with the nudity and drugs replaced by respectful disagreement; the Million Man March, only a lot smaller, and a bit less of a sausage fest; or the Gathering of the Juggalos, but instead of throwing our feces at Tila Tequila, we’ll be actively *not* throwing our feces at Tila Tequila. Join us in the shadow of the Washington Monument. And bring your indoor voice. Or don’t. If you’d rather stay home, go to work, or drive your kids to soccer practice… Actually, please come anyway. Ask the sitter if she can stay a few extra hours, just this once. We’ll make it worth your while.

So that’s what I’ll be doing tomorrow. And as much as I’ll miss being with my family for yet more time – I’m really looking forward to it.

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