October: A Pops Concert, Two Races, and Three Weddings

It’s been a few weeks since I posted anything. Been real busy and in a slump all at the same time. I ended a 15 month relationship last month. I am not going to talk about that here. But that is where I’ve been. In the meantime, there were some really great things to write about that I just haven’t gotten to until now.

The afternoon of my breakup, I played a wedding. Not sure if that is technically irony in the Alanis Morissette way, but it was tough nonetheless. It was a beautiful wedding at a resort at St. Albans. We played outside with a gorgeous view of the Meramec River valley at the height of the fall leaf colors.

The next week, the St. Louis Philharmonic had a great concert on October 19 starring Mario Frangoulis, tenor from Greece. We performed at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center at UMSL with guest artists artists Deborah Myers, soprano from London, and George Perris, tenor from New York. I do enjoy pops concerts. But we are ready to do Brahms and we are in full rehearsal now for our concert on Friday, November 19. We are doing Brahms Symphony #4, Prokofiev Romeo & Juliet, and Beethoven’s Egmont Overture. Are you going to be there?

October also included two races. First the 2012 Go! Halloween 10K on October 14th. This was downtown and went through Soulard. I ran this run with my friend Audra and completed it in 63:23 minutes, a full 10 minutes off my 10K PR from a year ago.
The 10K was a good pacing run for the race I did the next week, the 2012 St. Louis Rock & Roll Half Marathon on October 21. This is my third half marathon and the second time running this particular race. It was so awesome, really. We started running at around 7:30. The sun was just starting to come up behind the arch. I finished this one in 2:15:11 – a full 18 minutes off my half marathon PR. All I can say is that all the running and speed work really paid off. I am really proud of myself for that accomplishment.

The half marathon weekend was pretty crazy for me. It started with the Philharmonic concert on Friday, two wedding gigs on Saturday, and the half marathon on Sunday. The weddings were in Sunset Hills and the City Museum. I ended up driving downtown three separate times that weekend. By the time I got home Sunday, I was ready to just sit down and Netflix. My recovery included two grilled pork steaks, some beer, and a Walking Dead bender. It was a great time.

Breaking up was hard. But at least I had lots of activities to keep me busy. Plus, I lost 10 pounds from all the running! Oh, my other accomplishment for October was that I finally replaced my garage door opener which has been broken for 4 1/2 years.

Next up: Kirkwood/Webster Turkey Day Run 6 Mile on Thanksgiving morning.