I realized about halfway through tonight’s (stupid) long run that my total mileage for Saturday and Sunday was going to add up to 26.2 miles exactly. In my mind this numeric phenomenon was accidental but not coincidental. If I hadn’t gotten lost on my route yesterday this awesomeness wouldn’t have happened.
A quick note of advice for people who might be coming to “warm” “summertime” San Francisco for either HBM or the marathon. Bring a friggin coat. A hat. Some extra layers. Tall wool socks. Pemmican for emergency sustenance. Also snow shoes, cross country skies or a tauntaun.
My old people are in town visiting, staying for the rest of the week. We’ve been doing tonsofstuff and quite frankly they’re wearing me out, running me into the ground. I’m going to need a vacation after their vacation.
This week’s marathon training went pretty well, right hamstring tweak excepted. At nine weeks, I’ve officially hit the halfway point of the training cycle. The rest of Team HB (+ assorted other Bylers) ran a half marathon today while I just had my lonely long run in the dark. Around mile 7, I had just about decided no fool in their right mind should be out about in tonight’s bitter cold wind when I saw bunches of people huddled around fourteen different campfires along Ocean Beach, getting an early start on their Memorial Day cookouts. It made me smile.
MILEAGE UPDATE: week 9 (of 18)
Three week rolling average
The Youth Run4Fun fundraiser is still at $135 of $250. I’ll keep the dollar for dollar match for another week.
Today, Lily is turning two. Look back at how tiny she was when she was on her zero-th birthday! Yesterday, I was told she’s started speaking in full sentences, and has the capacity to say anything she wants. I was also told she has become very opinionated in a my way or the highway kind of way, very much like her aunts. And below you can see she’s giving her Amazing Race-tastic middle sister a run for her money in mad stuntwoman skillz. Happiest of birthdays tiny baby niece!
I didn’t run Bay to Breakers this morning. Yesterday’s long run put my physiology in a foul state of sun sickness and I couldn’t physically bring myself to the expo to register. Instead I did something different and special today, a run up through the Presidio and over the bridge to Marin. I had been wanting to do this particular run since CNSMHB were here but have been in an Ocean Beach rut of late. For bonus points, today’s run roughly matches miles 5 through 12 of the marathon course, which I definitely need to spend more time training on. The hill you know over the enemy you don’t, or so they say. Here’s a course video – the relevant bit is from 4:30 onward.
In more exciting news, not only will my people be coming to SF for the race, but both SMHB and Marc will be actually running the marathon with me this July. And by ‘with’ I really mean ‘lapping me repeatedly before leaving me dizzy in a dust-tornado’. But still, it’s very exciting.
MILEAGE UPDATE: week 8 (of 18)
Three week rolling average
My Youth Run4Fun fundraiser is still at $135. My goal is $250. While listening to (yet another) NPR fundraiser this morning, I decided I’d re-institute the dollar for dollar match this week, up to the total goal. So if you’ve been lurking and debating donation some nominal amount, this’d be the week.
And by ride I of course mean run. CNSMHB are coming back for the marathon in July! Now just need to push Steven off to the fence to actually run it with me and all will be perfect.
I’ve got a long of 15 this Saturday and then another 7 Sunday. Sunday is also Bay to Breakers, a 7.5 mile race across San Francisco (and partly along my normal route) known for nudity, costumes, getting shit-faced at 8am and so on. I’m debating on whether or not to hook up with those folks – it’s $55 to be legit.
The KU Crew reunion was last weekend in Lawrence. I didn’t go, I was a little beat down from the East Coast trip and ass-broke from having to stick the dog in storage for a week and didn’t really plan well ahead of time. That said I have been enjoying seeing old friends and the new boathouse (!) in photos posted by Leigh, Britta & JS. If you know of more, please let me know.
That last album requires you to have proper facebook access something something… I admit, I’m completely confused by people who post photos on facebook (my family included). The interface is slow and kludgy, the whole restricted access thing is anathema to me, sharing originals and reposting outside their little proprietary heck-hole are forbidden, there’s no statistics on what’s been seen and they friggin downsize stuff to 600 pixels. Yet for some reason they host five times as many photos as flickr does. I don’t get it.
Sorry got off-topic there, back to the boathouse. It looks awesome. If I end up doing the SF-BOS road trip again I’m going through Lawrence, even if it damns me to 400 miles of western Kansas.
I vacuumed this morning. I vacuumed yesterday. I’m vacuuming again right now. I’m embarrassed to walk her down the street in the wind due to the hairy cloud enveloping everyone within a block. It’s time for the annual dunk in boiling water. Or failing that I’m open to other suggestions.
In the end, I wasn’t able to pull of the trickiest stunt of all, the post-beer run. That idea seemed like a rational, solid, do-able plan when the beer was hypothetical but reality was far more delicious and sedentary. So thanks to Russian River I’m ending the week seven short. WOE! WOE. In reality though, critter and VC and I did hike several miles up Cleland Mountain in Ukiah earlier today (and saw deer! and hawks! and lizards deemed non-photogenic! and -we’re told- a wolf dog!) so I don’t feel that bad about it. Yesterday’s early morning 14 was pure and true and enough penance to absolve me of the rest of the weekend’s shortcomings.
One interesting thing I learned up in winelandia is that they hold the (supposed) California Wine Tasting Championship at Greenwood Ridge Winery each summer. Coincidentally enough, it takes place the last Saturday in July, also known as the day before the San Francisco Marathon. So not so great for me, but double super great for you, potential San Francisco visitor!
Weekly moment of accountability.
MILEAGE UPDATE: week 7 (of 18)
Three week rolling average
Feeling a little down on fundraisers at the moment. Still stuck $115 short of the goal.
In the context of finding something to do tonight someone sent me an email earlier today about married people sucking. I’m willing to concede this as true for my current purposes. Later in the day, I was playing around with Facebook’s API (inspired by this) and downloaded a bunch of data about my contacts over in XML format, and have been playing with it in SAS’s proc gmap.
The map above is the US segregated by where I have friends and what percent of them in each state are married (aka Dead To Me) – if you can’t read the legend green is 25-50%, blue is 50-75% and red is over 75% DTM (black means I’ve got no friends in that state). Overall, a total of 39+% of my friends were classed as DTM. Curiously, males are significantly more likely than females to be DTM (p=0.0077). Those people DTM graduated from college significantly longer ago than the non-DTM individuals (8.9 years vs 5.9 years, p=0.0071). Of those who identify themselves as conservative or liberal (vs other helpful affiliations like ‘ice cream-ism’) there’s no significant difference in the proportion of DTM though this may be explained in part by sample size issues.
Ok, enough with the math, off to find a burrito & margarita. Happy Cinco de Mayo!!