How to Work From Home

We all know how to work from home. But how do you do it for weeks or months? How do you manage kids, work and a bit of time to decompress and keep up with events?

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Are your friends stressing about working from home? Here is some advice on how to do it. Click To TweetI’ve worked from home on many occasions.

Usually it’s due to a storm, an appointment or I have a contractor dropping by the house.

So I know how to work from home, but this time it’s different.

When you work from home for a day, a dip in productivity is to be expected. Usually there is something else going on and you don’t have access to everything you have in the office.

But, it’s only one day. That’s easy enough to make up.

Right now we’re not sure how many days we’ll have to work from home.

How do we maintain a level of productivity that allows the businesses we work for to be successful?

How to Work From Home

There are no two ways about this, it’s going to be a challenge. This is especially true if you have children at home.

Working with Children

Teenagers will get board but they have social media, TV and even a phone to talk with their friends.

You should get more quality work time from them and they should understand what is going on. In several states the governor is pretty clear about staying home and how dire the situation appears.

If you have youngsters, you will have your hands full. You know that and it probably freaks you out a bit.

How the hell are you going to do this?

It won’t be easy and you won’t be your old productive self. Any boss worth their salt will understand this and cut you some slack. It’s a two-way street.

You will need to be as organized and disciplined as possible. 

No one wants to park their kids in front of the TV all day and young kids can only entertain themselves for so long. You need a plan.

As a parent you are the entertainer in chief.

You may have home work for the kids or a good book collection for them. Still, you need to manage homework time and probably read those books.

If you have a back yard I would advise to get your kids outside each day. Maybe an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon. In my city the parks are closed, so you need a yard to go outside and play.

This outside time allows your kids to have fun and get some fresh air. Here in New England we are big believers in fresh air. Even in the middle of the winter my mother would often tell us to go outside.

The play time and fresh air will help your kids burn off some of that endless energy and help them burn off some of the stress we all feel.

Depending on how old they are, you may have to be outside the entire time with them. But you may be able to get in a quick call or two. Maybe even answer an email.

If your yard is safe and your kids are older, you might be able to do the dishes or do some cleaning while they are outside.

With kids outside I think it would be difficult to dig into a work project. You always need to keep an eye and an ear open when the kids are outside.

This physical activity is vital to your productivity.

It can be challenging to get kids to take a nap. Getting them outside to burn off some energy and stress is your best bet to get an hour or two of quiet time.

Time Management

Kids or no kids, you have to manage your time.

Morning Commute Crosswalk With no commute or need to get dressed or make lunch, it’s easy to loose track of time.

As a parent, you need the time before your kids get up to get as much work done as possible. When they take their naps you need to use that precious time to get things done.

If you live by your self or don’t have kids at home, I think it’s even easier for time to slip away. At least kids get up in the morning and force you to maintain some of your regular routine.

It’s easy to get distracted at home. There are chores to do, your family, the TV, the fridge. And who doesn’t want to go outside for a walk or run when it’s a nice day?

If you are home with your spouse and the kids, take turns working and taking care of the kids. You have to tag team on this.

Each of you needs quiet and alone time to focus on work. This isn’t mean or anti social. Each of you needs to contribute as much as you can to your organization and your organization is relying on you.

It would be selfish to expect your spouse to neglect their job while you work away all day.

Getting out of bed at a regular time and getting dressed for work will help you get into the right frame of mind. If you can shower without waking the kids or your spouse, that is always a good idea!

If your kids see you dressed for work, they are more likely to understand that this is not an extended stay cation.

Sleep Management

It’s important to go to bed at your normal time. This helps maintain part of your routine and some sense of order.

Getting your normal hours of sleep helps you stay healthy.  You also need your rest to take care of your kids and be productive in your job.

I certainly enjoy the opportunity to sleep in a bit on the weekends. Without your commute and the need to get the kids to school, you should be able to get some extra sleep in the morning.

You can use this time to your advantage. The entire family can get some extra sleep, just not as much for you.

With kids, this quiet time in the morning is  your golden hour. Grab some coffee and your laptop and get to work.

The kids will be coming for you soon!

When I go into the office, I find the early hours of the day to be my most productive. I can get through a ton of email and get on top of requests and issues.

So get some extra sleep but make sure you get up well before the kids.

A Quiet Place all Your Own

Work From Home OfficeAfter figuring out how to take care of the kids, this is probably the most important thing.

You really need a place where you can set up your computer, phone and papers.

Some people can work on a smart phone. Some people have a work laptop and a cell phone.

My company is fairly sophisticated. We can forward our phones to our laptops and use a headset or we can forward calls to our cell phones.

All of us also use two screens in the office. On a normal work from home day I just have my laptop.

Over the weekend I found an old LCD display in the basement. I thought I had two. Now I have my laptop and a 1990’s 17″ display. It’s better than 15.4″ of real estate.

We can also access all of our applications, tools and data from home or anywhere in the world.

Even with all of this, I have paper! I have a note book and things I’ve printed out for reference.

WomI’ve taken over the dinning room and my wife has the kitchen. We’re only about ten feet away from each other so simultaneous conference calls should be fun!

What ever space you can claim as your own is vital.

We may be in this for a while and you need a place where you can set up and leave your stuff there if possible.

Working from Home Recap

If you have kids, you have to figure that part out first. If you are a single parent try to work something out with you manager or company.

We are all in this together. If your manager knows you have kids and still demands eight hours of highly productive time, you may want to start looking around.

Time management and maintaining a routine are important. You need to spend as much time doing productive work as possible.

You also have to make sure you don’t slip into a twelve-hour work day. Your productivity is not going to be 100% and you may feel you need to extend your day to compensate.

But we don’t know how long this situation will last. Can you imagine eight or twelve weeks of twelve-hour days? You need some time every day to decompress and spend time with your family or call them.

We’re going to be isolated enough, so manage your work and personal time.

Even if you can only get the kitchen table, find a way to own it. People can eat elsewhere. Use a shopping or tote bag to collect your papers and work material if you do have to give up your work space.

A designated work space and a designated work time are crucial to maintaining your productivity.

For those of us with older kids or no kids, this will be a challenging time. There are so many things to be worried about.

If you have young kids work something out with your boss right away. There needs to be an understanding and expectations need to be established and possibly revisited.

Maintaining some of your normal routine helps with your productivity. Maintaining some structure to your schedule will also help your kids cope

This is new territory for all of us.

Stay Healthy my Friends,

Andy

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How to Avoid Recycling

Too busy to recycle? Skeptical of the whole recycling thing? Here are a few handy tips to help you avoid recycling.

Most Americans recycle but many still prefer to avoid recycling.

For some people it takes too much effort, recycling isn’t available in their area or they have some aversion to the whole idea.

An EPA fact sheet1 released in 2016 shows that 34.6% of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) was recycled or composted in 2014.

While this is up from single digits as late as 1980, it still means that almost two-thirds of our MSW is land-filled or incinerated. This report does not address how much of our trash ends up in the environment.

It would be great if we could recycle 100% of our MSW, but even 50% seems a lofty goal.

We have seen in the news how several countries that used to accept our plastic for recycling no longer do so.

In Massachusetts the only glass recycling facility recently shut down due to lack of demand. With more microbreweries using cans instead of bottles, no one needs all of that glass.

It seems that the only option is to avoid recycling. If the trash isn’t there we don’t have to deal with it. What could be easier?

How to Avoid Recycling

How do we create less trash, or MSW, in our daily lives?

How do we create less trash without putting much effort into it?

I won’t pretend to have all the answers or that the following ideas will change the world overnight. But if each person can avoid some recycling, these small changes will add up.

How to avoid recycling at work

If my workplace is typical or average, I’d say most people are avoiding recycling already.

I work in Cambridge, MA also know as “The Republic of Cambridge.” While the citizens of Cambridge may be good recyclers, I’m dubious of the efforts of the people who own the building I work in.

Let me note that our building is “LEED Certified”2

While the building owners have clearly labeled some barrels for trash and some for recycling, that seems to be all that they do.

Most of my colleagues can’t tell the difference between the clearly labeled recycle and trash barrels. I see trash in the recycle bin and recyclables in the trash daily.

The people I work with are highly intelligent. If the building owners made some effort at education I have no doubt that my colleagues would catch on quickly.

I see the same thing at races. Most races recycle nothing. When they do have separate barrels,  most runners can’t tell the difference. Or don’t care.

Runners recycle,recycle anything

A few years ago one race hired a company to provide barrels for trash, recycle and compost.

Even with someone stationed at each “trash” location people still asked questions. Others tossed their banana peels into the recycle bin and wandered off.

Much like the people I work with, the runner demographic tends to be college educated and earn above median incomes. People who should know better.

So, what can we do at work?

The first thing is to actually use the correct barrels to dispose of your trash. Very little effort is required to make this change. That’s not avoiding recycling, but it is common sense.

Second, bring your own utensils.

cup, glass and utensils; recyclingMy company actually gave all employees a ceramic coffee mug several years ago, but still people use paper cups.

You can bring your own coffee mug to work. Most of us have more than we can use at home.

If you work 200 days a year and have two cups of coffee a day, that is 400 cups a year. Most of us drink more coffee than that, so our impact may be even greater.

If 500 people in my building did this, we would save 200,000 cups a year. And that’s only two cups per day.

You can bring a drinking glass to work.

Besides coffee, most of us have several glasses of water at work, or we grab a bottle of something out of the vending machine.

If 500 people switched to a re-usable glass, we could avoid recycling 200,000 cups and plastic bottles each year. Probably more than that.

Plastic utensils. Most of us use a plastic fork or spoon at least once a day at work. Some people use a plastic spoon each time they get a cup of coffee. Some people use a plastic straw or wooden stir stick.

Either way, all of these items end up in the trash after a few seconds of use.

If on average each person uses 4 plastic utensils per day, 200 days a year and 500 people switched to real silverware we could avoid recycling:

4x200x500 = 400,000 single use plastic utensils annually.

Here is the simple solution for work: bring your own drinking glass, coffee mug and eating utensils.

Individually these may seem like small changes, and they are. But they require no special effort and over time they will make a difference.

The next time you go to the grocery store look for a 400 pack of paper coffee cups, plastic cups and a box of 400 eating utensils. These are not small packages.

Things we can do at home

The vast majority of our waste is created at home. Think of all of the food packaging you throw away every day, and packaging of all kinds. How many single use items do you throw away everyday at home?

It’s difficult to reduce the amount of packaging we bring home. That’s how our food and other items are sold to us.

I for one do not want to bring home meat in a paper bag. Prices would go up if we had the butcher wrap our purchase in paper like they did in the old days. And the food probably would not stay fresh as long either.

The only way to avoid recycling here is to buy less or look for products that use less packaging.

A friend commented that his wife saves the plastic bags you get in the fruit and veggie section of the grocery store. She puts the food away and puts those plastic bags back into her re-usable shopping bags.

This got me thinking that we could avoid those bags all together by just putting the food into the shopping bags.

Some grocery stores provide hand held scanners. As you select your items you scan them and put them in your bag. This way you don’t have to unpack you fruit and veggies at check out.

Re-usable bags seem to be the easiest way to avoid recycling here. I recently listened to an NPR broadcast where the guest said you need to use those nylon shopping bags 20,000 times to make their carbon foot print equivalent to the foot print of those throw away bags.

But I’m talking about reducing your recycling burden. Carbon foot print is another article.

Composting If you have space in your yard, composting is easy and sanitary. You can find all kinds of information on how to compost on the internet, so I won’t go into that.

Some argue that it is better to use a commercial composting facility as they collect the methane produced by compost. If your town has a commercial composting facility or collects gas from the land fill, that’s great.

In Eastern Massachusetts, all of our trash goes to an incinerator.

Gardening Again, if you have space gardening can be fun and help you avoid recycling. If the food comes out of the ground in your back yard, there isn’t any packaging to recycle. You can use your compost to build up the soil in your garden, so you don’t have to worry about disposing of your compost.

You can even use some household items in the garden. Seedlings can be started in yogurt cups.

Glassware Most of us have more glasses and mugs than we can possibly use. If you are starting out and need these items go to a yard sale. You can pick up glasses for a five or ten cents.

We use some jelly jars for water glasses. They look fancy and then we don’t have to recycle them.

Take-out Containers Americans are eating out and ordering in more than ever. Most take-out containers end up in the trash. Most cannot be recycled or have no economic value to the recycling company.

So what to do? When we get sturdy plastic containers we use them to store left overs. They are food-grade containers so why not use them to store food?

We also use them to collect our composting materials. Compost can make your Tupperware containers groady over time. If a take out container gets groady, no big deal.

They may not last as long as Tupperware, but we get multiple uses out of them before we throw them away and we avoid buying more containers.

How do you Avoid Recycling?

So here are a few of my ideas on how to avoid recycling. This may seem tongue in cheek but it really is part of the solution.

Part of the solution is to reuse items. Even better is to refuse plastic bottles, bags and other packaging if you can.

Recycling has gone from a way for cities and towns to off-set the cost of MSW collection to an additional cost of MSW disposal.

Do you recycle? Are you good at not contaminating the recycle bin?

Do you have any ideas that you’d like to share?

Recycle well my Friends,

Andy

1 https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-11/documents/2014_smmfactsheet_508.pdf

2 https://www.everbluetraining.com/what-is-leed

Krystle Campbell Peace Garden

Sunday, September 25th, the Krystle Campbell Peace Garden was dedicated in Medford.

krysle-campbell-peace-garden-panorama

It still feels close, even after two and a half years. I can’t even imagine how it feels for the Lus, Colliers, Richards and Campbells. Does the pain and darkness ever fade?

As much as we all want to move on, need to move on, part of us never wants to let go. To forget.

The thought of forgetting is unbearable. How can we? How could we?

Part of the healing and survival process is the easing of the pain. The forgetting. How could we carry on carrying the pain and loss with us each day, as fresh as that moment.

For the families the thoughts and memories never fade. You often hear family members say, “It’s just like yesterday.” For the rest of us it is memorials and commemorations that keep memories alive.

A Place of Peace

The Krystle Campbell Peace Garden is such a memorial. At the corner of Riverside Ave and Clippership Drive in Medford, this place of peace will be seen by thousands of people every day.

While the traffic and jets flying overhead may not make for a peaceful setting, the garden is a place of peace. A place to sit with your own thoughts in a beautiful setting.

It is a place to remember Krystle, Martin, Sean and Lingzi.

Krystle Campbell Peace Garden Dedication

As I sat there waiting for the ceremony to begin I looked around at the empty seats and wondered if maybe this wasn’t important to most people. My throat was tight and my jaw was clenched. I was glad to be wearing sunglasses.

Campbell memorialSitting alone, one moment I was far away, deep in my memories. The next moment I was watching the giant flag hanging from the fire truck or watching the crowd.

While getting ready, I didn’t know what to wear. A suit? Running clothes? My head wasn’t clear. I wanted to be respectful but not be over the top. I decided to wear a Boston Marathon jacket and hat. I am a runner after all.

No one else wore anything running related and I felt like a spectacle in my orange jacket. Only once while walking in the park did someone ask me if I was there and I simply said “no, not that day.”

The dedication was wonderful. The Medford Police, MIT Police and Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Honor

pledge of allegiance, medford

Guards presented colors and we all stood and pledged allegiance. Then Stacie Clayton sang the National Anthem and so did many in the crowd.

Mayor Stephanie Burke and Former Mayer Michael McGlynn spoke as did Senator Markey, David McGillivray and others. The speeches were all brief and meaningful.

Before the unveiling of the Memorial Plaques, Han Nah Son performed Waltz in A Minor by Frederic Chopin. Lingzi Lu was learning to play this song at the time of her death.

In my mind I saw her at the piano working to master the intricate melodies and rhythms of this composition. I could see the concentration on her face and laugh and smile when she made a mistake in practice.

It was not an easy composition but it was one that she selected and wanted to master. As I listened to the music I felt that I got to know her soul and personality in a way words could never convey.

Krystle Campbell Peace GardenWhen the song was finished, Krystle’s father walked to the podium with a cane. He spoke briefly and seemed uncomfortable in front of the crowd. It must have been very difficult for him.

He was then joined by his wife and they walked into the Peace Garden with Mayor Burke to unveil Krystle’s plaque.

Then the Richard and Collier families entered the garden one after the other and unveiled their sons’ plaques. A monk from the Buddhist Temple just down the street unveiled Lingzi’s plaque.

 

lingzi-luRoseann Sdoia, who was injured at the finish line, gave a brief reflection. Rabbi Braham David gave the Benediction and then the Medford High Orchestra played a brief musical interlude.

With that the dedication ceremony was complete and we were all free to enter the Krysle Campbell Peace Garden and view the fountain and the plaques.

The Garden and walkways were very crowded but no one pushed or lingered to long at any one plaque. The camera man from WBZ was very respectful and went out of his way to not interfere with people taking a martin richard, peacemoment to reflect.

After viewing each plaque, the fountain and taking in the garden I walked home.

I was glad that I was able to attend and be a small part of this dedication and remembrance. This garden will always be there for all of us and I plan to stop by once in a while and remember.

 

I also hope that perhaps runners will find a route that takes them past the Peace Garden on some of their runs. Having a water stop there would be wonderful sean-collier

I think they would appreciate seeing runners come by.

These links were live when checked on October 1st.

Boston.com article

WBZ report

 

 

One Boston Day

one boston day

April 15th, 2016 is the first official One Boston Day.

Last year marked the beginning of this new annual Boston tradition that serves as an opportunity to celebrate the resiliency, generosity, and strength demonstrated by the people of Boston and those around the world in response to the tragedy of April 15, 2013.

“April 15 is a date that has come to stand for our city’s deepest values, and we continue to be amazed by the spirit of the day, in the City, and around the world,” said Mayor Walsh. “I am proud to sign this proclamation so that every April 15 we are inspired to come together to honor the bravery, the resolve and the unity of the City by reaching out, helping those in need, committing random acts of kindness.”

“One Boston Day” encourages random acts of kindness and spreading goodwill, and activities across the City will encourage individuals to give back to their community. The new tradition came together in 2015 based on the desire expressed by many survivors to pass on the kindness, generosity and support they received following the 2013 Boston Marathon.

The City of Boston has launched onebostonday.org, where individuals and organizations can share their plans for One Boston Day and are encouraged to use the hashtag #OneBostonDay.  As in the past, Hill Holliday is serving as the creative and digital marketing partner to help spread awareness and raise the visibility of One Boston Day.

– City of Boston

Here is the link to the full press release. If you go to onebostonday.org you can download images to add to your Facebook page and Twitter account.  A link to the video below is also available.

Several community groups are hosting blood drives, running shoe collections and other events to support the community.

If you would like to support the community but cannot attend a fundraiser or donate blood, please consider a donation to FamilyAid Boston. This organization has been supporting Boston families for 100 years, and they could use your support today. Contribute here.

FamilyAid Boston Run for Housing

Since 1916, FamilyAid Boston has provided our city’s most vulnerable residents with homelessness prevention, shelter, housing, and support services. We help homeless families get back on their feet and plan for future stability and success.

This year I’m running Boston for FamilyAid Boston. Here is why.

FamilyAid Boston

housing families, familyaid bostonOver the past five years, our Boston Marathon team has become one of our biggest fundraisers. In 2016, our 100th anniversary year, we hope to exceed $100,000.

As Marathon Monday approaches, that goal is becoming a reality. You can help us exceed our goal and help celebrate our 100th year of helping families in need of hope.

You may wonder, what good will my donation do? Here are just a few examples of the impact your donation could have:

  • $35 feeds a homeless family in shelter for one day.
  • $75 connects a homeless mother with an employment specialist who will help her write her first resume and begin a job search.
  • $100 provides a family a night of shelter.
  • $200 connects 2 families in shelter with a social worker who will help them save money, get the services they need, and create a plan to get them back into housing.
  • $300 ensures that an on-call worker is available 24/7 for one week to place homeless families in emergency shelter.
  • $500 connects 6 families living in shelter with a social worker who will help them save money, get the services they need, and create a plan to get them back into housing.
  • $1,200 is the average cost to resolve an at-risk family’s housing crisis, keeping them in their home and out of shelter.

Run for Housing

This year, I’m running my 7th Boston Marathon! 

Seven is a lucky number and I have been lucky my entire life and have never faced homelessness. I cannot imagine telling my kids to pack what they can carry, we have to leave.

familyaid Boston, housing issuesChildren need to go to the same school each year and make those life-long friendships. Children need stability and security.

FamilyAid Boston has been helping families create this stable environment for 100 years. Together we can help these families.

I’m ready to run 26.2 miles in what ever weather mother nature throws our way on April 18th.

Can you make a donation and help a family who may be facing dark skies?

You can make your contribution HERE. 

Run well my friends,

Andy

High Seas Running

New Years on the high seas

My wife and I decided that instead of gifts this year, we would give the family a cruise. Our girls are in college, with one graduating this spring. Once they graduate it will be a challenge to coordinate a vacation like this. If not now, when?

Treadmill Running at 21 knots

Being a runner, I had to run while I was on vacation. It wasn’t the most important thing on my mind, but I knew I had to get in a few miles.

Disney Magic, high seas running
Disney Magic

The Disney Magic has a large spa area that I had to walk through to get to the gym. The gym looked a quarter of the space of the spa. Gym was free, spa was not.

The treadmills were in front with large windows over looking the decks below and out to sea. This would seem like an ideal way to run on a treadmill: the open sea before you.

Unfortunately I was too tall and could not see far. I did have a good view of the deck, which was rather boring.

When we were leaving the pier in Jamaica, I decided to go work out. What an experience.

As the ship changed directions my body weight shifted as well. With the side thrusters I shifted one way. When the ship moved forward, I shifted again.

Running at cruising speed

It may have been my imagination, but my weight shifted as the ship went “full ahead.” It felt like the bow dipped down and then came up again as the ship settled at cruising speed. For a few minutes it felt like I was running downhill and then a few minutes later there was a small incline.

As the ship turned to make its way out to sea, I continued to feel the fluctuations of my body weight.

I think it takes more than a few days to get your “sea legs.” I never really got my treadmill “sea legs.”

Fun with Garmin

On our last day at sea I decided to have some fun with my Garmin watch. One deck had low traffic and was set up for runners and walkers. I was told a lap was about 1/3 of a mile.

My watch quickly locked onto satellites and I was off for my sea jog.

1 knot equals 1.15078 miles/hour. Assuming the ship was cruising at 21 knots, we were moving at 24.166 mph.

Usain Bolt, Jamaica
Me and Usain

I wanted to see how my running pace would look on my Garmin. I only ran around the ship twice, which should have been about 0.66 miles.

Garmin had me running 2.77 miles in 5:48 minutes! My pace was a blistering 2:05! My average moving speed was 28.8 mph. Take that Usain Bolt!

It was pretty hilarious when I looked at my watch.Details

I was probably running at a 9 minute pace, maybe less. I was on a cruise after all!

 

None of these numbers mean anything; the USOC wont be calling anytime soon, but it was a fun experiment.

Check out the two maps below. The first is a close of of the course I ran.

The wobbles are probably from when I was turning around on the ship.

The second map shows where we were in the Caribbean.

 

 

 

 

 

high seas running

high seas running

 

Castaway Cay 5K

Our last stop was Disney’s Castaway Cay in The Bahamas. I heard rumors that they had a 5K there for guests.

With the booming popularity of running it only made sense. The gym on the ship was much larger and had a lot more cardio equipment than our last cruise also.

On our first night out I went to Guest Services and signed up. Fantastic!

The morning we arrived in port they gathered the runners in one of the lounges. There were lots of families and people who did not look like runners.

There were about 80 people and it was easy to spot the runners. All week I had been looking at people’s shoes. Not everyone wears Brooks or Mizuno running shoes on vacation.

I struck up a conversation with a few guys who were runners. We were looking for water before the race. Disney had none! It was 85° and there wasn’t any stinking water! Mufasa would never let that happen. 😉

Pre-Race

They had everyone check in, get a bib and make sure they had their ship’s pass. When the time came they assembled us. At the exit we had our own lane to check out and disembark.

The race started about a mile from the ship and it was 85º. I thought they would use one of those trams to get us to the start. Nope. We walked a mile in 85º temps.

This was a cruise. I didn’t have a water bottle or power bar. You couldn’t fall down on the ship with out finding a place to get a drink of some sort. Who needed a water bottle?

I tried to eat a higher carb breakfast that morning. But who can resist breakfast sausage? I may have had an extra pastry for good measure.

At the start they lined us up. We only hung around for a few minutes before they let us go. Me and a few other guys tried to do some warm up jogging, but we didn’t have much time.

And they’re off!

I ran Boston in 2012 when it was 85º. This 5K came in at 3.03 miles, but they were the hottest 3.03 miles I have ever run! The humidity must have been 100%.

About 20 of us took the lead immediately. We wound down the bike path to the air strip. As we crossed the airstrip to the bike path on the other side, I could tell I was going to lose the lead pack. They looked too good and I felt too hot to keep up.

It was just a fun run. 

I managed a respectable 7:11 pace for the first mile. At the entrance to the bike path loop they had their water stop set up. They said they had two water stops, but it was the same one twice. I never use a water stop for a 5K. It’s a 5K!

As I came out of the bike path loop I stopped for a cup of water, chatted with the Activities Director and had another cup. I then proceeded down the runway.

On the way back down the runway I made a second water stop. I grabbed a cup, joked with the Activities Director and had another cup. Then I ran the  second loop of the bike path, but I ran it in the wrong direction! Oops!

Did I mention that it was freakin hot?

There were runners of all abilities and lack of abilities. When I was running down the runway some poor kid was hollering out like he was going to die. “Why am I doing this”, I hate running.”

I was concerned and amused all at the same time. No one dies at Disney! I could just imagine this kid’s dad telling him he was going to run a 5K. The kid may have even thought it was a good idea.

Running your first 5K in 85º is not a good idea. The kid probably had not trained and probably did not have the right clothes and shoes. I wasn’t properly prepared and I know what I’m doing!

castaway cay 5k, running

My mile 2 and 3 splits are not bad when you consider that I stopped for drinks and a quick chat with the Activities Director twice.

 

I was impressed to see that they had a real timing clock for the race. The bibs didn’t have a timing chip and they didn’t have any awards. it was a fun run.

Everyone did receive a Disney “medal” and a nice bib.

castaway cay 5K, 5k medalMy wife joked that it was the most expensive 5K I ever ran, but it did come with a free cruise!

Running on a cruise is a challenge. When you are in port you usually want to do things. Quite often these activities can involve walking, climbing or swimming. Sometimes you don’t really know how strenuous the next day may be.

While there is the urge to get in a few miles there is also the realization that the next day will be active. It’s a balancing act, kind of like walking on the ship itself.

Run well my friends!

Andy