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John McCain and New Running Times

 I’m watching John McCain on CNN right now. He’s speaking at the Republican National Convention. He’s doing alright. The people who keep yelling “USA, USA…” are kind of creeping me out with their mob mentality chanting, but it’s alright I guess. I went to one of those gatherings at a stadium in Texas and I found it to be quite eerie.

Cindy McCain looks a little like the Crypt Keeper from Tales from the Crypt. I like her anyway. I’ve seen her kinds shopping around Highland Park and Northpark in Dallas a million times. Check out the the cost of her recent outfit as reported by the press:
Oscar de la Renta dress: $3,000
Chanel J12 White Ceramic Watch: $4,500
Three-carat diamond earrings: $280,000
Four-strand pearl necklace: $11,000–$25,000
Shoes, Taryn Rose: $475
Total: Between $299,100 and $313,100

 I know that the press meant this list as a criticism, but I think that if you are worth over 100 million dollars, you can rock a Chanel watch, right?

The Republican National Convention was alright. Sarah Palin’s speech was a highlight. I’m disappointed that there was so little talk about policy. Also, none of the candidates really distanced themselves from the unpopular war in Iraq and George W. Bush. In my opinion, this is Obama’s easy win.

I hate to say that… but I think it’s true. If Obama does win, I’ll be winning an iPod from someone special in Texas. But we’ll see. Anything can happen between now and Nov. 2. It’s on!

In other news, I’ve been using Hal Higdon’s marathon training program. I’ve been traveling quite a bit and I’ve missed a few long runs, so I’m pretty worried about completing the program by Thanksgiving. We’ll see what happens. Here are my updating running times (I’m getting faster):

April 27: 10k Homestretch Challenge – 53:54 (8:40 pace)
May 19: 5k Mayor’s Challenge – 23:57 (7:42 pace)  – {pr}
May 26: 10K Celebrate America: 50:18 (8:05 pace)
June 21: 10K Possum Trot: 49:53 (8:01 pace)

I have a 5k on Saturday. I haven’t been running because I’ve been traveling so much, so I am not planning on beating my personal record. It will still be fun to get out there with my brother. More later…

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The Dates and Times of a Non-Runner’s Runs

July 21, 2007 – Too Hot to Handle 5k Open (3.1 miles)  – 30.27   pace: 9:47 m/m
(first race ever)

Feb 7 2008 – Chattahoochee Challenege 10k (6.2 miles) – 57:33      pace: 9:15 m/m

March 20, 2008 – Georgia ING Half Marathon (13.1 miles) – 2:06:52    pace: 9:40 m/m

(PR)*** April 19, 2008 – Water for the World 5k (3.1 miles) – 25:03 (first in age group?!)   pace: 8:03 m/m ***

April 27, 2008 – Homestretch Challenege 10K (6.2) – 53:54 (first in age group..?) pace: 8:40 m/m

The Homestretch Challenege was definitely not my best work. I was tired and I was not ready.

……Also, I’ll admit I was pretty scared to run the half marathon. I sprinted at the end and I knew I was holding out because I was scared of the mileage.

Other than that, my only excuse is that I’m a NON-RUNNER!
However, it does feel good to break into the 8’s!

By the way, I won three months of free access to “Curves” in a raffle at the Homestretch Challenege…?!
I gave it to m mom.

GOALS: 5k – 22:40
10k – 47:25
1/2 Marathon – 1:45
Marathon: 3:40 or less! (Boston Qualify!)

This will probably take more than a year.

 <— “Homestretch” Trophy

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Half Marathon?

I like to run, but I don’t really run *that* far.

Despite that, I’m thinking about running the half marathon out here in Atlanta. Here’s the catch: It’s in 35 days. It’s my understanding that you shouldn’t run the half marathon or the marathon unless you’ve trained for a long time or you could hurt yourself. … but I figure that it’d be an interesting challenge. Has anyone actually run one without really training too hard for it??

I ran 8 miles today and I felt pretty good about it… but a half marathon is 13.1.  …. I’ve cut back my weekly mileage big time and I haven’t been able to run very much because I started a new job and I’m working a lot. Anyway, this should be somewhat interesting. I’ll keep you posted. Hopefully I won’t hurt myself.

– more tomorrow

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