Saturday, February 18, 2006

Party Like a Rockstar (and pay for it like one too).

Note to self; just because its Friday, and the weather is great and you have a little comp time coming, DO NOT do abs to failure and do exactly double your normal upper body sets. You will pay, yes you will. Learn this lesson once and for all instead of repeating this shabby performance about once every three months... Nothing serious, just really sore today.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Excitement over green things

Today's fun discovery:
They have these huge plywood and 2x4 cubes covered with tightly woven carpet at the gym for the sprinters and atheletes to push around on the wooden floor. You get behind them and sprint like mad and wiz back and forth. Now I think I understand a little more what its like to be an ant.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006


When I left work tonight to go run my circuit, it was 61 degrees according to the big readerboard in the student parking lot. The sun fell behing the horizon as I was running and I could never run fast enough to get ahead of the chill. I just checked the temp on our deck and its 31 degrees out there now - less than 2.5 hours after it was 61. How does the temperature drop like that in these longitudes? I know that in the realm of lego-las, 31 is considered balmy, but I'm afraid I'll flash freeze on my next outing.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Weekly Totals will hence come on Fridays

7.14 for the week, plus about 2 hours on the stairs.

Friday after work, 68 degrees, sunny and warm, running my circuit I felt very happy to be alive.

We Love Blogger, Yes We Do

Warning; this post contains some serious self-love. Feel free to skip to the end.

For once my lack of recent posting hasn't been for lack of trying. I haven't been able to login to blogger for the past several days or comment on blogger blogs. Grrr... but then, I guess you get what you pay for.

For anyone out there who is thinking about running a marathon, or has been kicking the idea around in the back of your mind for years, I can't encourage you enough to go through with it. The process leading up was exciting and rewarding as I passed each new hurdle in the training program. The trip to Vegas was a blast, and the race day is one I'll never forget. But, what is surprising to me is the lasting effect the whole experience has had for me.

I've never lived a particularly healthy lifestyle because by luck of the gene lottery I haven't really had to. Before starting my training program, I ate fast food drive through at least once a day, never exercised, didn't get enough sleep and drank too much alcohol. I couldn't do that leading up to Vegas, not and be able to sustain the successively higher and higher miles per week.

Now I’m no longer training for a race but I’m still getting that excitement and wonder at what each tomorrow brings. I have cut fast food from my diet entirely. I bring all my food to work from home usually and have worked out a healthy calorie regime with plenty of fruit and veggies. I go to the gym at least four times a week and try to run around the lake three times a week. I’m slowly and steadily getting better in the gym and running 3.7 miles around the lake is effortless. I make myself go to bed on time and limit my alcohol consumption. I have a lot more energy at work and in the evenings than I used to and I imagine I’m probably more pleasant to be around.

Running a marathon is not magic but for me it seems to have been a catalyst that got me off my butt and up to make some positive changes I’ve wanted to make for a long time. Drew made a post a few weeks ago about missing the excitement of sharing new discoveries and accomplishments leading up to our respective first marathons. I guess that even though I’m no longer training for a long run, I’m trying to find ways to apply that same successive process of accomplish to life as a whole.

Thank you and good night.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Reasons to Keep Running, Number 182

I have the unfortunate habit of forgetting to eat, and/or subsisting on meager crap-filled diet. Yesterday, I had two donuts and three cups of Joe in the morning, and then never stopped moving long enough to eat anything until quitting time at five. I walked at lunch with some coworkers because yesterday was the first sunny day without rain in 51 (count 'em!) days here locally. After work I headed to the lake for my favorite 3.7 mile circuit. I got about two miles into is and ran out of gas. Serious crashing after only a couple of miles. Lame!

Today I have my yogurt, my fruits and veggies, and a little dish of refrieds. I will live well!

Friday, February 03, 2006

Target Acquired

The 28th annual Shamrock Run will be held at Waterfront Park in downtown Portland on Sunday, March 12, 2006.

Online registration is now open. Please go to
shamrock and click on the online registration link. The complete entry brochure for the Shamrock Run is also reproduced on the web site.

The Group Rate discount is available again this year. Register with four or more people and save $4 off the regular entry fee.

The complete entry brochure for the Shamrock Run is also reproduced on the web site.

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Vancouver WA 986665


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