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The Day Before the Marathon!

It’s here. The Marathon is finally here. I’ve been training since January and the race is tomorrow!

I just went to the Expo with my mom and got my number bib and t-shirt. The t-shirt is awesome this year. I’ll share pics of me in it later once it’s washed, otherwise I gets itchy – itch itch. We got tons of free samples – even though I know you’re not supposed to eat new things before the race, but hey, these were organic and vegan, stuff like juice and vitamin water, I think I’ll be fine — But I was amazed at the amount of vegan faire on the sample tables this year! Very nice! Athletes are really switching to soy as a cleaner fuel than dairy :) Woo! We got a granola sample then spied the Silk soymilk table and went over to pour some over the granola. Yum.

Also at the Expo we saw Dean Karnazes speak!! For those of you unfamiliar, he’s the UltraMarathon Man. He ran 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days. Phew. And get this: He lives in San Francisco and ran down the coast to San Diego to speak at the Expo! He joked that he was too cheap to pay for gas and he didn’t have a car anyway. Ha. He was very down to earth and really motivating. Makes me want to run somewhere instead of drive. It’s all very romantic… in the older sense of the word. The “how ideal but slightly nonsense” sense… I’m reading Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, and just finished Emma by Jane Austen… Forgive the archaic speech.

Anyway, I’m excited and a little nervous for the run! I went on a little 2 mile jaunt this morning to shake up the legs a bit and stretch and i felt really strong. Here’s my plan: I’m going to run 14 miles at a 12 – 12:15 minute per mile pace. Then I’m going to start ramping it up slowly so that by the end I will hopefully get my average time down to 10:30 minutes per mile. This may be wishful thinking. Hehe. We’ll see. My big goal is to finish in less than 5 hours, ideally 4 1/2 hours (fingers crossed). But hell, I’ll be happy to finish at all :) If I got any at the end, I’m giving it all. So there!

Wish me luck and I promise lots of pictures and more about my adventures in San Diego :)

Eat. Knit. RUN. BLOG.

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A Good Saturday

I’m paying homage to Brianylady’s blog post that I loved.

Elements of a good Saturday:
Oatmeal muffin and juice. 14 kinda crappy and really slow miles followed by 9 fast and amazing miles = a surprisingly awesome 23 mile run (negative splits baby!!). Two chocolate chip cookies and a 2 mile cool down walk holding hands with my very supportive husband. A long hot shower. An anti-inflammatory ice bath for swollen leg joints. 45 minutes of totally zonked out napping. 1 1/2 hours drive to Portland, OR. Thai food with pink chopsticks. Cafe Americano with soy milk and two splendas in a tea cup and saucer, not in a to-go cup, for once. Seeing a play with one of our best friends in it. A game of Settlers of Catan. Sleeping on our old comfy futon.

Sorry I haven’t been updating so frequently. We’re in Oregon sorting through and getting rid of stuff in our storage unit and spending lots of time with family and friends this week. I’m only knitting secret projects right now – so no bloggy with those. But in a couple weeks I’ll be starting on something I’ll definitely blog about :)

For those interested — the Obama rally was great. He’s an inspiring guy. I liked his speech, but I really liked the town hall Q&A afterward where he explained his policy a little more in detail. One thing I’m intrigued by is that he has run a clean race, focusing on his proposed policies instead of mudslinging. When he spoke about McCain (he didn’t mention Hillary at all) he only spoke about politics. Not McCain’s personal life. It’s refreshing. He seems respectful, genuine, and trustworthy. And though I’m independent, I agree with just about every darn thing he’s proposing. — Oh yeah, and my pictures turned out to e total blurry crap. We were kind of far back in a florescent lit space. My poor little “point and shoot” camera wasn’t up to the challenge. Ah well.

Eat. Knit. RUN. BLOG.

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Goin’ to see Obama!

I’m going to see Obama!

Oh yes, I’m not in Alaska anymore. Tear. We left this past Saturday and are now visiting with Joe’s mom in Albany, Oregon…

Which happens to be where Obama is speaking tomorrow afternoon :) We went and got our free tickets, 2 per adult. This is going to be sweet. I’m bringing the camera!

Ok, I’ve kept this blog politics-free but I’m gonna go there —

I have an audacious hope for change I can believe in :)

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