This is another off topic post for people to complain about. It’s been three weeks since I broke my ribs (I fell off my bike) and the only time it (really) hurts now is when I sneeze and I do appreciate all the well wishes. The problem with the injury lies is that I’m training to run a marathon this coming January 14th in Phoenix so it slows me down a tad. Speaking of slow, I ran in a half marathon today in Las Cruces (the Rio Grande Marathon). It was a lovely lovely day. Here’s me at the finish line.
My time was 2:36:01 (for the half marathon). Being old, slow and putzey, I was chagrined to discover afterward that if I hadn’t petted every dog I found enroute and hadn’t taken a ten minute break to chat with my coach at the halfway mark, I would have taken first place in my age category! Can you imagine? I was stunned. Well, let that be a lesson to me. Honestly, I’m not athletic, having taken up running rather late in life, how could I have imagined it was possible I’d place? There’s gotta be a lesson in there somewhere. How many of you are in the running and don’t even realize it? The playing field looks so big and intimidating but the facts say otherwise. Apply that lesson appropriately.
By the way, I’d really appreciate it if people could donate to sponsor me in the marathon I’m training for. I help you, you help me. I figure if every daily visitor donated one dollar, I’d have it covered with no problem. My marathon training thing is a fundraiser for leukemia research, all donations are tax deductible. The event I’m training for is the PF Chang marathon in Phoenix AZ on January 14, 2007. I will be posting the names of everyone who donates on my personal blog (and probably this site too) and I will remember who has chosen to support my goals as much as I have supported theirs. Thanks for your support!
I also have to thank my coach Kristine. The only problem with Kris is that she lies about mileage. She lies lies lies lies lies lies. She lies a lot. She runs you to the point you’re spitting up blood or coughing up your small intestine and she cheerfully chirps you’ve done the equivalent of half a block. I think they put her in charge of mileage today. I could have told them they could have done better because I don’t think she’s very good at math. She claims her GPS thingy calculates mileage accurately but as you can see below, her GPS is a little wonky.
When -after my repeated protests of faulty mensuration- I tactfully suggested she had poor math skills, she started explaining she had some kind of advanced math degree and what not, including a background in statistics and we all know what that means because there’s three kinds of lies. Lies, damn lies and statistics so I sure didn’t let her off the hook with that one. The statistics thing kind of cements it for me.
So, how was your weekend? It was lovely here. I’ll be in Albuquerque this coming Wednesday and Thursday so I have no idea what I’ll be posting about from there. If you happen to live there and are willing to buy lunch, shoot me an email ;). Please donate to sponsor me! It’s all tax deductible and I will forever sing your praises. What a great way to get in my sidebar!
Please make a donation to support my participation in Team In Training and help advance the Society’s mission. The way it works is I train and I’ll put your name in my sidebar on my personal page. If you’re an advertiser and you give me enough, I’ll put your name on this blog. It’d be great if you could support me in my goals as I work to support you in yours.