Super psyched for this music purchase, who cares if it’s from Starbucks. #SurfRock (at Starbucks)
i’m making next week’s long run part of the Boston Marathon World Run. I do my long runs on Mondays anyway, so it’s a nice way to be part of something bigger.
It involves lots of walking around the house while talking to myself, going for runs while talking to myself, and taking showers. I always come up with the best copy while in the shower.
Because why the hell not? It’s what I look for on Tumblr these days, and (with the creepy, deep, dark corners of the fitblr community the exception) it’s a great community with good inspiration for me in a not-terribly-easy point in my life. Plus, I want to get competitive with my running, and what better way to do that than surround myself with runners?
So, expect lots of running posts, with plenty of Americana and Muppet junk mixed in.
ETA: Also, cats.
The Front Page: March 30, 1984
Two other things about the run yesterday: that was the first significant amount of time we had spent in Oakland. It felt an awful lot like my first 24 hours in New Orleans, in that I felt comfortable and at home and we were looking up apartments on Craigslist within three hours of arriving.
And the city is so incredibly diverse, in a way that Napa obviously is not. Running all across town, the races and ethnicities represented by both runners and on-lookers was just so diverse and joyful. Oakland suffers from many of the same post-industrial afflictions present in all the great cities (see: my hometown of Baltimore and longtime adopted home of New Orleans), but it’s got pride, and pride is one of the elements of unity. Above all, I think people benefit from being around folks of different colors and cultures and ethnicities, which could make it a very attractive place to move to from our stopping-point here in Napa.
First half-marathon was a huge success. I was hoping to finish at a seven minute mile pace, with a dream of maybe even breaking an hour and a half — which I considered absolute best-case scenario. As I crossed the finish line, I checked the Map My Run app on my phone, which said I finished at 1:30:10, just 10 seconds off my best-case scenario! As it turns out, I had started the app early, and I actually finished at 1:29:53, seven seconds better than I could have hoped. (In fact, I finished with the race clock at exactly 1:30:00, but because I didn’t cross the starting line until 0:00:07, I broke my dream time by seven seconds.) That put me in the top 10 percent for my age group, top five percent for men, and top three percent overall.
The distance was obviously greater than any of my training runs, and the pace faster, so I’m not exactly sure how I did it. And I’ve never really understood people who park out on marathon routes to cheer on strangers, but my god it’s the best thing ever when you’re running. And while the Oakland Marathon route finished with a quarter-mile climb, all those people cheering you on as you finish is perhaps the most positive, energizing thing I’ve ever experienced. I was lucky enough to be pretty much alone as I approached the finish line, so it really felt like everyone was there to support me.
For my next race, I’m going to do the final week of training a little differently. I ran twice in that last week, both super-easy, in addition to two “stretch and strengthen” days. And I ate, a lot. I finished yesterday a full ten pounds heavier than I’ve been since before harvest started last summer, though some of that probably has to do with the bottomless brunch buffet and several beers I consumed after the race.
Now, time to find the next one. #BetterEveryDay
It’s not easy being green…
But green’s the color of spring
And green can be cool and friendly-like
And green can be big like a mountain
Or important like a river
Or tall like a tree
When green is all there is to be
It could make you wonder why
But why wonder why wonder
I am green, and it’ll do fine
It’s beautiful, and I think it’s what I want to be
I truly believe this is one of the saddest, most perfect and most beautiful songs ever.
have you seen the Big Bird version from the memorial service for Jim Henson? A perfect sad song made even sadder.
Also, the fact that the Muppets have so much heart is, I think, why I love them so much. Rare is the children’s franchise with such sad and serious songs.