Lanier Under the Lights 5K

Every year for Christmas, Lake Lanier Islands have really nice Christmas lights. We have been there quite a few times and I have posted photos before.

They have a race at the start of the season where you run a 5K through the lights instead of driving. We ran the Lanier Under the Lights 5K on November 9. The race started about 10-15 minutes after sunset.

Here’s my data for the 5K:

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I ran it with my 9 year old daughter. My time thus was 37:36.

The lights were a lot of fun to watch while running. I think in the future instead of driving the lights show, we’ll run this race.

Run the River 10K/5K

On April 20, the weather was cool (39F/4C) and we all headed out to take part in the Run the River race nest to the Chattahoochee river in Roswell, GA.

Michelle and Amber ran in the 5K which started at 7:30. Michelle finished the race in 39:29 which was a new record for her, beating her Jingle Jog time by 11 seconds. Amber’s time was 42:32.

Then it was time for the 10K. It was a fairly flat course with just a bit of a hill at the midway mark where we turned around.

Here’s the map and data for my run:

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I paced myself much better this time than for the Silver Comet 10K. My mile splits were 9:42, 10:09, 10:27, 10:56 (the hill), 10:40, 10:34 and 9:29 (per mile for the last 0.22 mile). In fact, I should have gone a bit faster since I felt pretty good at the end.

I finished in 1:05:13. I placed 415/537 overall, 230/248 among men and 37/37 among men aged 40-44. Yes, I placed absolute last in my division!

I asked a while ago how to keep track of my race times. I have figured out now that Athlinks is the best way to do so.

MLK Historic Site

Recently, my daughter suggested we visit Martin Luther King Jr Historic Site. Here are a few pictures from our visit.

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Skiing

I took Michelle skiing for the first time in late January. Living in the South, the closest somewhat decent option was in West Virginia. So we drove 7 hours to Winterplace.

Despite the warm weather, the conditions were decent enough. We had a lot of fun. Michelle loved it and is a better skier than I am now.

Here are some photographs from my iPhone.

I didn’t take many pictures as I was trying to stay on my skis.

Bicycling on Alpharetta Greenway

Yesterday, the weather was nice. So we loaded up our bikes on the car and headed to the Big Creek Greenway.

Michelle and I rode our bikes for about an hour. Here’s the trail map.

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The trail was crowded and it was a lot of fun.

Soccer Dad

I thought I would never become a soccer dad. And so I never enrolled Michelle in any league sports.

But she liked one thing, then another and they accumulated until now I spend most evenings driving my seven year old around town for:

  • Horse Riding
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice skating
  • Swimming

I am also helping her learn how to ride a bike. And competing against her on who does more nighttime reading.

It’s all fun as a parent and there’s also pride Michelle mastering different activities.

But it does reduce the time I can spend on things like the Harappa Ancestry Project. While the data submissions there have slowed down, I still have a number of ideas I am working on that I need to analyze and then post the results. When I can find the time of course!

Snowpocalypse

I have been neglecting the blog again.

On Sunday night and Monday, we got about 5 inches of snow here in Atlanta. That’s more than I have seen here in my 13 years.

Then the temperature stayed below freezing until today. So it turned to ice. The roads here have been treacherous all week and I have seen cars skidding and turning the wrong way on GA-400.

Also, school has been closed all week and it has been hard trying to keep the 1st grader occupied at home. She has been to school only 3 days out of 26. May be we could have gone to a month long vacation instead of a short one in New York.

Here’s how our backyard looks today.