Sunday, April 5, 2020

A pair of weekend runs --

I managed to get in an eight+ miler yesterday and another 4 miler this afternoon.  The eight miler was especially fun, and probably my longest run since New Year's day.  I've basically been running 4 days a week, with those runs ranging from 4-6 miles each.  Not a lot of mileage! 

But, with the weather getting warmer, and a bit more sunshine as an added incentive, I plan to add an extra day (5) and by the end of the month, hopefully, yet another (6).  A rather slow crawl to rebuilding my mileage base -- but having fun in the process :D

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Life During Distance Learning

Or should it be captioned, "during social distancing?"  Either way, apologies to the Talking Heads - because this might be life imitating art :O

It almost seems quaint that this week was when we planned to return to in-person teaching after a 3-week hiatus from the classroom.  Instead, the rest of the Spring semester will be conducted via distance learning.  Very strange to only interact with my students via Blackboard/Zoom instead of actual classrooms. 

From a practical perspective, the only real change is in testing.  Otherwise it is the same syllabus, material and assignments.  The coursework will get done, but the give and take of the classroom will be missed. 

Hopefully, some semblance of teaching normalcy will return by Summer session?!

Until then, running is the only distance that I can embrace (apologies for the lame pun) :D

Sunday, March 15, 2020

NYC Half Marathon Virtual 5K

This morning I ran an easy 5k around the neighborhood to complete my NYC Half virtual 5K.  Not only did they cancel the actual NYC Half Marathon today, but the Taconic RR's also cancelled their St. Patrick's Day races.  In non-race news, my neighbor also cancelled her annual St. Patrick's day party last night.

As for me, while I missed seeing my neighbors at the annual party, I had planned to drive up to FDR Park for the St. Patrick's Day races.  Not to run one, but to volunteer - and socialize with my running friends.  I don't miss running actual races - but I do miss the races themselves, and seeing my friends at them :(

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Welcome to My SSRN Author Page :D

Finally - and I say that with a smile because this week I finally set up my author page at SSRN

If you're interest in checking out my publications and current research topics, please don't hesitate to visit the page.  The articles, or abstracts, can be viewed with registration.  I've added my most recent publications - and hope to, periodically, upload more of my older articles.

Happy reading :D

Thursday, February 27, 2020

It's Official - 2020 NYC Marathon Email :D

The Official "You're In" email from the NYRR's arrived yesterday.  Even though I have guaranteed entry (and signed up 2+ weeks ago) - it was still great to receive the "news" :D

The best part, however, was seeing my officemates expression when I asked him if he had gotten his notification email (he had guaranteed entry via 9+1).  He didn't know the emails had been sent - so watching his face when he checked and saw the gif do it's countdown was pretty cool!  This will be his first NYC Marathon since the 1980's!

I guess it's time to get serious about rebuilding my base mileage :O

Monday, February 10, 2020

NYC Marathon 2020 - I'm In :D

I signed up for the NYC Marathon this morning - it will be, hopefully, my 17th NYC Marathon :D

With that entry, my semi-retirement from racing (not running) has come to an end.  The last time I entered a road race was way back in the Spring of 2019.  While my official training for the marathon won't kick off until the summer, I will certainly jump back into the local racing scene much sooner (probably by the Spring)!

Sunday, February 9, 2020

National Pizza Day - 2020!

Can't pass up a shout out to National Pizza Day - my second favorite food on earth, inches behind Sushi :D

Here is snapshot from my dinner tonight - a flatbread spinach & mushroom from the Cheesecake Factory (not your typical go-to for pizza, I know).

Back to regular (round) pies after today :O