Monday, October 27, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
One unfortunate thing about living in CA is the lack of cheaper race events. New York Road Runners in NYC puts on a couple of races a month (mainly in Central Park). These are all chip-timed events and they used to run me $11 (plus the $35/year membership fee). That's $11 for a chip-timed half marathon with a finisher's t-shirt! I'd be willing to pay $11 for a chip-timed training run. Out here in California, every event runs about $50 on upwards. I'm not so willing to pay that much for a training run. So I have to be a little more discriminating. I'm only entering events out here that I have a real interest in soaking up the course or smacking down with a new PR.
Some races I'm tinkering with:
- Big Sur International Marathon; not a PR course so purely for the experience
- San Francisco Marathon (or more likely one of the half marathons)
- R'n'R San Jose Half Marathon; okay so I fibbed a tiny bit. I got suckered by early-bird registration and am signed up for 2009 already.
- Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge; I am hoping to do this again in 2010.
- Napa Valley Marathon; Ran this in 2008 and may do a Goofy/Napa repeat in 2010.
So that's what I'm thinking about. It's a pretty loose idea right now but at least it'll get the gears turning in my head. I am trying to balance races that I can't possibly PR at (e.g. Big Sur and Goofy) with races that I can actually train to run a good time (e.g. San Jose & Napa). I also wanted to try CIM one day, but don't think I'd like to couple it with Goofy the following month. So maybe CIM will go into the December 2010 slot. I penciled in a few other half marathons I'd like to try (e.g. See Jane, Kaiser, Mermaid) but will see how I'm feeling when the time comes.
Yesterday I went on an easy 2 miler. I'll probably run 3-4 tomorrow, then tackle Nike on Sunday. I'm going to be hitting up the expo tomorrow! I ran the Nike NYC Half in 2007. The expo for that race wasn't too grand because everything there was all about Nike. I much prefer seeing all the diverse vendors. But still, it's an expo!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
I've been tagged by Leana and Marci!
- I hold my pencil incorrectly. Instead of resting it on my middle finger, I rest it on my ring finger. I don't think I realized I was doing it wrong until I was 10 or 11.
- I had braces. Twice! Actually, first my orthodontist straightened my baby teeth with retainers when I was 4 thinking maybe it would cause my permanent teeth to come in straight.
He was wrong.
I then had braces from ages 10-12, I think. It was great because most of my friends got theirs on in the 7th grade, and there I was free and clear. But I'm a tongue-thruster (push my tongue against my teeth when I swallow) so my bite opened up. My orthodontist offered to put the braces back on again for free. I was 16!! So horror of horrors I got braces back on again when I was 16! and everyone else had gotten theirs taken off! To make matters worse, they put this little cage in my mouth behind my front upper teeth to train my tongue where to go. This caused me to have a terrible lisp. When I was 16. In high school. And I had to give speeches in English class.
My teeth have gotten a teeny bit crooked since I didn't wear retainers for a while when I got to college. I last saw my orthodontist when I was 24 because a maid in Vegas threw out my retainer. He offered again to put them on again for free. But he was in Hawaii and I was in NYC. The basic moral of the story is that I have jacked up teeth. And a very generous orthodontist.
- In high school I was voted, "Most Likely To Succeed."
- I have transported across the country, in a car, two fish and a rabbit. The Mario story you know already. My family lived in Maryland for two years because my dad was in the Air Force. My last Christmas in Maryland when I was 7, my parents got me fish (a long, sordid story). When my parents found out my dad could take a position in Hawaii they thought my sister and I would be thrilled. When they told us, we both started crying. I cried because I didn't want to leave Jake and Pearl (my two goldfish) behind. So we put them in a plastic pitcher and they came across country with us to California. Then we got them a Tupperware container and I hand carried them on the airplane to Hawaii. We did declare them with agriculture. Pearl lived about a year. Jake survived 6 more years in Hawaii.
- I am allergic to three different classes of antibiotics.
- A random Mario fact: Mario's butt twitches when you give him bananas. However, the most ecstatic response I ever got out of him was from dried apple rings. I gave him a piece, and he could hardly contain himself. He jumped right up onto the couch, into my lap, for more.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
For TIaRT at the Runners' Lounge the theme is: "Signs you would love to see while running your race."
There are a couple that come to mind that have made me laugh, but only one that really inspired me.
At about mile 21 of the 2005 New York City Marathon, someone had a sign that read:
It made me a little teary and kept me going.