Sunday, June 26, 2005

Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Food Culture U.S.A., spices tent. 6.26.05 photo credit: Bex. Posted by Hello

I sauntered in the sweltering heat through the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the Mall today. The themes this year are Food Culture, U.S.A.; Oman; Latino Music; and the U.S. Forestry Service. I saw a cooking demonstration by chef and entrepreneur Jose Andres (for you D.C.'ers, of Jaleo/Zaytinya/Oyamel fame), attended a talk by women forest rangers (these chicks rock), and listened to a beekeeper in an enclosed tent talk to us about the health benefits of honey as hundreds of bees swarmed around him.

Running Update: Well, I didn't wake up super-early on Saturday morning and run with my running club at 7 a.m. I am a weenie. However, thinking, "Well, it's now or never," I did run this evening.

10 miles, baby. It was still over 90 degrees and the sun still scorching. I sweated so much I must've lost a few pounds. But I knocked down the miles (visions of ice cubes and cold showers dancing in my head), one by one, with a steady, 8:57-minute mile pace. Though the last couple of miles weren't pretty.

I had to concentrate on keeping my stride long and relaxed, as my calves were tightening up. My pace was surprisingly a touch faster than race pace for the Cherry Blossom 10-Miler this spring. Huh.

1 comment:

  1. Have you done the water loss weigh-in after running? You weigh yourself before and after running to see if you lost anything from sweating. I guess you also substract out anything you drank to figure out exactly how much you lost in sweat. Its supposed to help you learn how much to drink.

    Although, thinking about it is kinda gross.