Monthly Archives: November 2012

Race Report: 2012 Turkey Rock Trot 5K


Turkey Day meant doing our 6th Turkey Rock Trot 5K together as a family.  This has turned into a great tradition for us, and it has been great to see the event grow over the years and generate some money for a good cause (Douglas/Elbert County food banks).



We took the wheelchair for Jessica as she sometimes has difficulty with longer distances, but she hopped out of it after the first kilometer and walked the remaining 4K herself.  She was rightly proud of that!

The rest of the clan stayed together with the walking group, while Malcolm and I lined up to do the run.

We stayed together for the first mile, then I lost him in the crowd.  I pulled over and jogged in place and spotted him waving me forward, so I took off and ran the rest of the distance as a hard tempo.  It felt good to push things a little.

I grabbed the camera in time to see Malcolm racing down the home stretch with another guy, just edging him out at the line.


Then I circled back and ran a mile to meet the rest of the family and walk it in with them.  It was a great way to start of our Thanksgiving Day!

The Agile Fox Friday Foto – 11.23.2012

After a year and a half of including a ‘pic of the week’ at the end of my weekly training summary, I’ve decided to let it stand as a post of its own.  I’m also implementing a rule that the Friday Foto needs to have been taken sometime in the last week.  No recycling.  I am doing this to keep me engaged in building my photography skills, and to make me work harder to get fresh shots.  Click here to see my previous Friday Foto posts.

This is my best photography buddy.  We headed up to Roxborough State Park after Thanksgiving dinner and spent some good time together taking pictures of the moon, deer, and the sunset.

I have a feeling that many years from now, this picture will be viewed with the thought – ‘and this is where it all began…’.


First Shots
1/100, f/5.6, 280mm @ ISO 100

2012 Training Log – Week 47

My cracked rib made a lot of progress this week and has been feeling much better.  It’s nice to be working my way back into some regular training again.  The second half of the week was going to be full with work, so I front-loaded as much running as I could early on.

21 miles

Had the day off from work, and only intended to do around 10 miles after dropping the kids off at school. I was thinking 15 would be a stretch, but then kept on rolling for 21. Very cold, but sunny day on the backcountry trails.

6.6 miles

Easy recovery run after yesterday’s longer effort.

14.3 miles

Wanted to do a longer tempo, ended up with 13.1 in 1:39. Pleased with that, the rib felt quite good today. Definitely noticing an improvement there.

This has been out for a few weeks, and I finally got around to watching it today.  I loved last year’s, and I think I like this one even better.  The production quality rocks and the music/action interplay is outstanding.  I have watched the :45 – 1:30 segment so many times, I think there is a hard drive buried in the YouTube server farm with a massive groove worn in it.

6.6 miles

I work using a command-line and have wanted to try using a monitor in portrait mode for a few years now, but have been too lazy to set it up.  Finally got around to it last night.  It was quite the attention getter for some reason.  I guess it does look quite unusual to the passer-by.

The enterprising smartass in me couldn’t resist making this sign:


It was a big hit.  I collected $2.16, a piece of candy, Powerball tickets, and a share of $42 million from a nice banker in Nigeria.


7 miles


0 miles

Worked a good chunk of the day.  Traffic jam on my commute:


Diverted up to Roxborough State Park in the late afternoon when I was supposed to be making a trip to the grocery store.  Sometimes I just like taking the long way.


There is a spot on the dirt road that gives a gool perspective of downtown Denver.  It is about 22 miles away.


Then I took my daughter and her friends out for a birthday celebration.  Sweet 16.


Took this pic of Orion while waiting to pick them up.


0 miles

No run.  More work, then crashed for a hour or so.

Took LJ on a late afternoon drive so she could get some hours in.  She drove everything from dirt roads into the blinding sun to 75 mph freeway at night.  We stopped at the halfway point and got out of the car to watch the sunset.



Total: 55 miles / 8:42