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September Wrap-Up and My New Infinite Playlist

 This post is also titled: Why I’m obsessed with Sam Beam and Elliott Smith these days…. So my new infinite playlist includes the following songs: Polly Come Home/ Alison Krauss&Robert Plant; Boy with a Coin & Carousel/ Iron and Wine, Let’s Get Lost and A Distorted Reality is Now a Necessity to Be Free: by Elliott Smith, On Your Way / by The Album Leaf (maybes = ?); Cannot Get, Started / Handsome Furs (?), That Dress Looks Nice on You, To be Alone With You – Sufjan Stevens… I also might include some Jeff Buckley or Nina Simone… The shins? Or are they played out?

Ok, my running’s been OK. I ran in Dallas a few weeks ago and ran a 5k in 24:50 which is lame… but it’s right about the 8:03/mile mark I have been stuck at for some time. I got second place overall for women and first in my age group with that bad time though. Not many 23 year old chick runners around White Rock these days…?

A good thing about running is all the stuff I find while I run. Behold, in the last month alone I have found:
1. Perfectly good cell phone
2. One Goosebumps book – “Monster Blood III” – good condition
3. One (1) Black Sharpie Marker.

So why do I run? With all this stuff laying around, how could I not. …? More later


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Running Rebound

It’s hard to take time off and come back to running.
I traveled to Ecuador and then to Dallas, so I missed two or three weekends of long runs.

Boy have I felt it. It’s tough to get out there and feel like you are pounding pavement and panting. 
The weather has been absolutely gorgeous here in Atlanta. I can’t wait until I can take some plaid shirts and pumpkins out. I have a feel the fall is going to be really beautiful here, and I hope  I’m back on my game in terms of running soon.

 I may have to settle for doing the half marathon again this fall instead of the whole marathon. My last race was only a 5k and was quite a bit slower (1 minute and 30 seconds slower) than my PR, and my long runs just haven’t been there.

I any case, it was totally worth missing the runs. Ecuador was amazing. Dallas, as always, was great. I’ll write more about them later.

Tonight, I went back to yoga after missing a few weeks. it felt great to stretch out and see some familiar faces. I really like yoga, and I never really thought I would. It’s a nice ying to running’s yang, and I can definitely feel a difference in my running after I do some stretching.

Anyway, I am almost done with my Tumblr site about my trip to Ecuador. As soon as it’s done, I’ll post the link here.

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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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Today’s 5k and a new PR

I went to the Alpharetta Mayor’s Challenge today at 6:40 AM.

As I drove up I realized that this would my first run as an old 23 year old. Man, I’m getting ancient!

Anyway, I show up to the race early. It’s 48 degrees and I have a singlet and running shorts on. Ouch.

I got my number – 423. I signed up for the three mile (5k) race instead of what I had planned for – the 10k. I was cold.  I also had felt funny the night before and didn’t sleep well so I decided not to push it. I really should have ran the 10k because I was sorry when the 5k was over so quickly.

I got 23.57, which just “OK”, but is still a personal record. I was third in my age group. I should have warmed up and I should have done the 10k! It was fun, though.

My future goal for the 5k is 22:40, or even better yet, 20 minutes flat. There were some really fast kids there.

Tonight I’m chilled to the bone and feeling under the weather.
I did so many different things today — I’m exhausted. 

I have a feeling that 23 is going to be a great year. Early next May you’ll have to ask me if I was right.


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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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    Is it just me? Or is this election a serious beat-down? f I can’t stand to hear Hillary/Obama/McPain ramble on. I used to be such a junkie! Come to think of it, I have noticed a certain level of apathy among all people who get really interested in politics. Following or studying politics for a few years is kind of like slowly finding out that your favorite TV show is fake. ….(although I found out that “The Hills” is fake, and I still watch (it’s def. not my fav…))

 What I mean to say is, I’m so tired of the doublespeak in politics. The sound bites. The photo ops. ARgh.

It’s rainy and cold here in Georgia and I haven’t gone running in five days. That could be why I’m in a bad mood.

In other news, I want set my sights on the next big run. 
To be honest, as a “non-runner,” I did not like running with and in front of so many people during the half marathon at all. I didn’t really think it was a fun experience, but I need a goal to work towards.

Any and all tips would be greatly apperciated! I’d be shocked if I could pull this one off. 
The full marathon is in November.

Also, I want to get the Nina Simone Pastal Blues CD.
I’ve listened to some of her stuff online and it seems good.

Pictures from the Georgia ING:

( I didn’t finish at 2:15 – the clock starts when the first people start running. It takes a lot of time to get up to the front. It took me about 13 minutes or so.)

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Georgia ING Half


I finished the half marathon with 9 minute miles today.
Kinda slow, I know, but it’s just a start.
 I’m just glad I didn’t stop running for the duration of 13 miles.

The race seemed uphill, and it was 40 degrees and rainy.
I pulled both calves at mile nine, but  survived.


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