Current fundraising amount: $1731.20
Archive for October, 2004
Yesterday we had our 10 mile run! This was a milestone for a lot of people, so there was a lot of anxiety mixed in with excitement for everyone. I was running on 5 hours sleep which was, shall we say, interesting. We had 3 people who usually run at the Berkeley training site join us, which was fun. The course was much hilly-er (hillier?) than the ones I’ve run before, and I was definitely feeling it my legs and knees. I also had a hard time keeping the group together, which was a combination of the tough course and general sluggishness in the group. We ended up 7 minutes slow, which isn’t actually too bad spread over 10 miles, and the coach said it was okay. Today my left knee is sore, which is a bit worrisome, but I suppose I’ll wait and see how the week goes. This Saturday: 12 miles!
Current fundraising amount: $1731.20
My good buddy Roxanne is running the Marine Corps Marathon this Sunday, so I just wanted to take this opportunity to say good luck to her. She trained with the AIDS Marathon program as well, so she’s been my shining beacon of hope and inspiration, reminding me that you need not be a runner to run a marathon.
So Roxanne, good luck, eat your goos, stay hydrated, and finish strong. I know you’ll rock it. I’ll be eagerly awaiting your mile splits at 4 in the morning.
Current fundraising amount: $1705
1) “It smells like paint!”
2) The great thing about latex paint is that it peels off of surfaces.
3) Paint on your pants makes you look and feel like an artist.
4) Painting with rollers makes my hands and arms sore.
5) Fried chicken, bagel, granola bar, chips, pizza, pizza, pizza, chips, pizza, fried chicken, bagel, bacon cheeseburger, in that order.
6) “I can’t park my Lexus in the rain.”
7) Beeping at regular intervals agitates me.
8) Toasted Grain, Green Tea, Navajo White, and Falling Leaves.
This past Saturday was our 8-mile run (farthest ever!) It rained on and off (more on than off) for the entire 90 minutes, which was an interesting experience. Fortunately, I purchased a waterproof jacket a while ago, so that kept me reasonably dry. My super awesome cashmere knit cap (courtesy of Christine) also kept my exceptionally large head warm. During the entire run, we were fighting foot traffic from the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, which caused us to change our route slightly. This week was also the first time I tried my PowerGels. I had the lemon-lime flavor which, contrary to their claims, is not a “tangy, refreshing alternative”, but rather quite disgusting. 1 1/2 fluid ounces never seemed so large.
Nonetheless, the run turned out quite well, and we finished right on pace. It was, however, the first week that I was sore the next day. I imagine I’ll have to get used to the feeling as our mileage increases. Next week: double digits!
Current fundraising amount: $1705
I was in New York this past weekend, so I missed another one of our training runs. Instead, my brother took me running along the West Side Highway and around Battery Park. We started out just running, but as we went on, we started doing the 5:1 run:walk. He had me run a bit faster than my usual pace, but I think it was good for me to be pushed. We estimate that we did between 6.5 – 7 miles, and I was feeling really good afterwards. This week 8 miles!
Again, thanks so much to everyone for donating. I am now over halfway to the minimum, and over a third of the way to my goal!
Current fundraising amount: $1585
Last week, Mariel, Cheryl and I took a short vacation to New York. We took a redeye Wednesday night and arrived at 6:30 Thursday morning. After taking a cab to my brother’s place, we took a nap before heading over to 5th avenue so Cheryl could make a few somewhat exhorbitant purchases. Afterwards, we went down to SoHo to do some more shopping, where I got a cool jacket at Replay (which, incidentally, I didn’t know was an Italian brand until just now). Later we had dinner at Ecco, a nice Italian restaurant. After being berated by my brother for considering staying in for the night, we headed out to Grace, a nearby bar, which, as Cheryl described it, was “like a neighborhood bar, but nice.” As if drinking mimosas and bellinis in a bar in TriBeCa wasn’t fancy enough, we topped it off by ordering tuna tartare, which was really tasty. Not being able to partake in the alcoholic drinks, I entertained myself by playing “Who wouldn’t you date?” with Cheryl.
Friday we met my friend Kahn and our friend Naomi at the Metropolitan Museum. I met Kahn through a high school friend of mine, and even though we’ve been friends for 5 years, we realized that this would only be the 3rd time we have seen each other in person. It was also great to see Naomi because she had just gotten back from a 2 year stint teaching English in Japan. We wandered around the museum for most of the day (with Cheryl making sure we avoided the scary religious art) before heading back to my brother’s place to grab dinner. We rushed out to Times Square to catch 42nd Street, an old Broadway revival, complete with tap dancing, sparkly costumes, strange enunciation, and probably some jazz hands thrown in there. After the show, we met up with Kahn and Scott, a friend of ours from college, at the Times Square Brewery (which I could have sworn was called “42nd Street Brewery”) for dessert. After Scott and Naomi went home, the rest of us headed down to Apple, a bar near NYU. (Are we sensing a pattern here?) The atmosphere was suitably Asian for Cheryl, and we ended up staying there until it closed.
Since we got in so late Friday night, we had a late start to Saturday. I went running with my brother along the West Side Highway since I was missing my training run. When I got back, I called up my friends Lisa and Topu, who both recently moved to New York. We made plans to meet them and Naomi at Otto in Greenwich Village since Mariel and Cheryl were craving pizza. Because of some subway stupidity coupled with Sha Sha stupidity, we ended up getting there late, but we finally arrived. I count Lisa and Topu as two of my closest friends from home, but it had been almost 3 years since I’d seen them. We spent the next few hours walking around and I even got to see Lisa’s store, Star Strings, which was very cool. For dinner, my brother treated me, Mariel, Cheryl, and my sister to a yummy sushi dinner. Mmmm…wild salmon. Afterwards we went to……….a bar! This was was the most bar-y of them all, and Cheryl was not so secretly bored. I still had a good time though.
Sunday night Mariel and I had planned to meet Naomi and go to a Central Park tag sale, but when we got there, the line was 1 hour just to get in. Instead, we checked out a crafts fair where Naomi’s aunt had a booth. There was a lot of cool stuff there, but we had to catch our flight home, so we didn’t get to spend much time there.
All in all, I had a great time. I was happy that I got to meet up with everyone I wanted to see, and I also had a lot of fun wandering around the city.
In a completely unrelated note, I recently stumbled upon this page, which is the personal page of some guy who apparently parties with hobbits and giants. It’s all very strange. Some people are not like us.
Buddy and I have decided, pretty much beyond any doubt, that our fundraising totals on the AIDS Marathon website are updated by hand. There’s no other explanation for why it is so erratically updated, even for online donations, which one would expect to be instant. Seems kind of silly to do it this way, but I guess that’s the world of non-profit work.
In a related note, people continue to amaze me with their generosity. Thank you to everyone who has donated!
This morning on my run, I decided that I was bored with my usual route, so I basically just ran around randomly for 45 minutes. It makes the time pass when you have no idea where you’re going. Good times!
Current fundraising amount: $1250
In response to a dinnertime conversation with Yar and Jan concerning creme brulee torches and bad website design, I present to you: http://cremebruleetorches.shashachu.com. I think it’s a thing of beauty. Oh, and make sure your sound is on.
They ain’t kidding when they talk about “runners high.” We did our 6-mile training run (farthest ever!) this morning and I feel great! Afterwards Buddy and I had breakfast at Heidi’s Pies in San Mateo, where I had an ultra-healthy meal of country fried steak, eggs, and hashbrowns. Mmm…. Then I went to Runners High (the store, not the state of being) to get some more running socks and a waterproof jacket in anticipation for the rainy season.
I was also excited because my Run Against Bush CoolMax® shirt arrived in the mail yesterday, so I was able to wear it for my training run. Yahoo!
Finally, a big thank you again to everyone who’s donated so far. Keep it coming!
Current fundraising amount: $1075