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Date:2009-02-10 13:19
Subject:Best. Suggest. Ever.
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Date:2009-01-18 18:02
Subject:It's a Very Texan Christmas
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For the first time in years -- maybe as many as eight years -- I went to my parents' house in Stratford, TX, for Christmas.  Don't get me wrong; I've seen my parents most Christmases, just not in Stratford. 

Things started off poorly when my 12:30pm flight didn't leave Newark until about 5:00pm.  A schedule 6pm arrival in Amarillo became 12:30am before all was said and done, but at least I made it!  Thankfully, things got better from there.

We shopped in Amarillo Monday, with the highlight being a trip to Boots & Jeans.  I bought my new kicks and a few pearl snaps so that I have something to wear to the next Robert Earl Keen concert in NYC. I also managed to buy enough new sweaters to necessitate a larger suitcase for the return flight.  Given that winter is now in full swing, it was definitely worth it!

Stratford is a small town, and there's really not much to do.  Turns out not having much to do is a nice break, especially coming from NYC.  I went on two runs, both around 4 miles.  One run followed a route that circled a fair majority of town; the other was a speed workout on the track.  My folks and I ate at two of the three restaurants in town; we ate at Elk Junction and El Primo but didn't make it to Dairy Queen.  I was lucky enough to see Kimberly while she was in town; it had been too long.  Other than that, I spent most of my time going through old stuff in my room, playing with my parents' cat Ziggy, and/or watching movies.

Kimberly & me -- friends since first grade

Christmas Eve, I went with my parents to the candlelight service at their church.  It is the church I grew up in, so most of the faces were familiar.  The part at the end where they turn off the lights and everyone lights there candles -- that part never grows old.

The Graham Family Tree

We ended the week on a high note: dinner at the Chicken House.  The Chicken House is a ranch house that has been turned into a restaurant.  Everything is homemade and absolutely delicious.  We had a fabulous meal of roast beef, potatoes, carrots, and cloverleaf rolls followed by cherry cobbler and ice cream.  If you're ever in the nether regions of the Oklahoma Panhandle, dinner at the Chicken House is a must!

Chicken House -- Somewhere in the Oklahoma Panhandle

Sadly, traveling back was no better.  My 9:45am flight left Amarillo shortly before 1pm.  Thankfully, I made a flight in Houston that was due to land in Newark at 7pm.  It didn't land at 7pm, but it did get me there by around 8:30pm.  Don't even ask me how long it took me to get my luggage... I finally exhaled sometime around 10pm.

So thanks Mom & Dad.  While I could do without the travel nonsense, I had a Very Merry Christmas.  Let's do it again soon... in less than 8 years!

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Date:2009-01-18 16:42
Subject:Spain in Review
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Hopefully anyone who reads this blog has subscribed to my RSS feed.  Otherwise, you check only to be disappointed by the face that I never blog.  I can't decide if I don't blog because I don't enjoy blogging or because I don't feel like I have anything interesting to say.  Anyway, time to play catch-up...

Spain cont...

We picked up a rental car and headed or Elciego, a small town in La Rioja, the wine country.  Jamie and I decided to splurge on two nights at Hotel Marques de Riscal -- i.e. the Fancy Hotel.  And boy was it fancy!  It is a boutique hotel (less than 50 rooms) built on the property of the Marques de Riscal vineyards.  We took advantage of all of the amenities, including lap swimming in the hotel pool, steaming in the steam room, a six mile run around the vineyards, a winery tour with tasting, dinner in the restaurant, and the ridiculous breakfast buffet.  I even ordered a pillow from the pillow menu.  Seriously.  They had a pillow menu.  See why we named it the Fancy Hotel?!?

Me & Jamie in front of the hotel

During our time in the La Rioja region, we did alot of eating, drinking, and sleeping.  Highlights include tapas crawls in neighboring towns and a visit to a walled medieval city.  Sadly, highlights do not include wine tasting, as our multiple attempts to actually taste wine at the various vineyard in the area failed.  Unlike vineyards in the states where you just show up and taste wine, the vineyards in La Rioja only let you taste wine after a tour -- which lasted an hour -- and required reservations -- and was almost always conducted in Spanish.  Hmmm...  Most of our wine tasting was therefore done in bars, which doesn't really count.

Tapas Mustache!

We decided to take the scenic route back to Bilbao, making a stop at San Sebastian on the northern coast.  It was too cold to enjoy the city's beautiful beaches, so we walked to the top of Monte Urgull to see the Christ statue and take in the view of the city.  Next time, I'll be sure to visit when I can soak up some summer sun!

Back in Barcelona, our primary goal was to visit the Guggenheim Museum.  Specifically, I wanted to see Puppy, a giant topiary statue by Jeff Koons that I had seen in New York City back in 2000.  The best part of the visit was the building itself.  Once you know what it looks like, you'll be surprised how often you see it -- in tv shows, commercials, movies, etc.  It is unique to say the least.  The museum architect also designed the Hotel Marques de Riscal. 

River View: Guggenheim, Bilbao

For the final weekend of our trip, Jamie and I headed back to Barcelona to hand out with our friend Audrey.  Highlights included attending a Barcelona Jazz Festival performance at La Palau de la Musica del Barcelona, a beautiful performance hall designed by Gaudi, of course!  Jamie and I squeezed in a pace run along the waterfront (the Mediterranean!) as well as some holiday shopping at the craft stalls near our hotel.  Saturday night, the three of us went out for a night on the town, where we finally appreciated the random guys selling Estrella Damn beer on the street for a Euro each.  As for The Last Supper, I bid Spain farewell with a delicious paella.

Audrey, Jamie, & me.  Apparently I need to work on my sexy face...

Flickr photos of Spain: http://www.flickr.com/photos/7697302@N05/sets/72157612287677248/

Since this trip was over Thanksgiving, it seems only fitting that I list some things for which I am thankful. 
Jamie -- for being such a fabulous friend and travelling companion
Audrey -- for inspiring the trip by going on her own Spanish adventure
my family -- for not making me feel guilty for not being home for Thanksgiving
Michael -- for saving me some pumpkin pie
my job -- for funding my Spanish vacation (work to live, right?!?)


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Date:2008-11-24 20:52
Subject:¡Viva la España!
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Here I am in Spain.  On vacation.  I´m pretty happy about that.  I´m here with my friend Jamie, who is an excellent travel buddy! 

View from our room at Hotel Jardin, Barcelona

A brief list of the highlights thus far:  Jamie and I hung out with our friend Audrey most of Saturday and Sunday in Barcelona.  We visited alot of Gaudi spots: Park Guell, La Sagrada Familia (a giant church that has been under construction for over 100 years and will seat 13,000 when completed...in 2020), Casa Battlo, and La Pedrera.  In keeping with Spanish tradition, we had dinner last night from 10:30pm - 1am.  So crazy.  The good news is that we were able to stay awake that late, so we seem to have made the time change adjustment quite well.


With the lizard at Park Guell

Today we flew to Bilbao on the northern coast.  To get oriented, we went on a 50 min run along the river -- in 10 degrees C, in the rain.  I am so proud of us!  The route took us through the main part of town, right by the Guggenheim museum.  The building itself really is quite a sight to behold; we visit later this week.

Jamie at Hotel Ripa, Bilbao

Tomorrow we pick up our rental car and head to the Fancy Hotel (tm).  Here´s hoping we get our izquierdas and derechas straight...

Off to another late dinner! Happy almost Thanksgiving everyone!

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Date:2008-10-28 23:48
Subject:Race Report: Staten Island Half Marathon
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I can't remember when exactly it happened, but Jamie convinced me to sign up for the half marathon.  Since I'm a member of New York Road Runners, all the races are $15.  That is dangerously cheap.  That means I sign up for things like half marathons without really thinking about it.  Once I've spent the $15, I usually feel obligated to run the race.  In the case of the half marathon, I decided this was my big race of the fall -- i.e. the goal I was training for, at least for the month after Reach the Beach.  My goal: beat 2 hours.  Given my performance at RTB, I was fairly confident I could achieve this goal.  However, my confidence was tempered by memories of races gone awry in the past. 

The race plan: go out around 9:10ish for the first ~3 miles; speed up to 9:00 for ~3 miles; speed up to 8:45 for 3-5 miles; speed up to 8:30ish for a few miles; finish with whatever I had left.  (Note -- 9:09 pace is a 2 hour half marathon, so I was looking to beat it by a fair margin)

The weather was clear and sunny, which made for a brutal first half running into direct sunlight.  Somewhere around mile 3-4, when I was fighting to keep a sub-9:00 pace, I had the moment where I wondered how I was going to keep my pace up for the rest of the race.  Then I decided on a Race Plan B: run 8:45-9:00 for the entire race so that I could beat 2 hours but didn't have to worry about speeding up during the second half of the race.  Ahhh, much more attractive.

I didn't really find a groove during the flat, sunny, outbound stretch of the course.  The first 5 miles were mainly focusing on pace and positive thoughts.  A big downhill around mile 5.5 helped me shift into gear.  For miles 6-8, I felt like a perpetual running machine. I love that feeling!  If only I felt like that more often when running the paces I want to run!  Once I hit the long (and only significant) climb back up the hill I had earlier cruised down, that "I could run this pace forever" feeling disappeared.  That said, the return leg was definitely easier than the outbound.  This was partially due to the fact that I was no longer running into the sun and felt a breeze.  It also helped that I could tell myself "only 4 miles to go...", "only 3 miles to go..."  After all, once you have 4 or fewer miles to go, it's really a cake walk... or at least you can tell yourself that it should be because you run that distance all the time!  When I hit mile 12, I dug deep and found... nothing.  I held my pace but had nothing left in the tank for a final kick.  So it goes.  In the end, it didn't really matter because I had a great race and even felt great afterwards!

Total Time:
1:55:37 -- a PR!!!
Overall Pace: 8:51
Riding the Staten Island Ferry home from the race: priceless

 
 
Race Name, Date
 
 Dist.
(miles)
 
Gun
Time
 
Net
Time
 
Pace
per Mile
Overall Place/
Total
Finishers
Gender Place/
Total
Females
Age Place/
Total
in Age Grp.
 
Age-Grd.
Time
 
Perf.
%
NYRR Grand Prix: Staten Island
October 12, 2008
13.1 1:57:28  1:55:58  8:51  1583 / 3632  347 / 1431  85 / 340  1:55:37  56.9% 

Friends running the half included Jamie, me, Michael, Brian, & Kushal:


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Date:2008-10-28 23:31
Subject:Race Report: Fifth Avenue Mile
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I haven't posted in a while, so it's catch-up time.  Since I don't really seem to post about much other than running or cycling, I figure why change now?

About a month ago, I ran the Fifth Avenue Mile.  It's a straight shot down Fifth Avenue from 80th to 60th Street.  The course is mostly flat to downhill, but the second 1/4 mile is slightly uphill.  My realistic goal: ~7:15 pace.  My stretch goal: sub-7:00. 

The first 5 blocks were gone before I knew what happened.  The second 5 were uphill, so I pushed to keep my cadence up and my breathing relaxed.  I hit the 1/2 mile (10 blocks down, 10 to go) at 3:25.  Some quick math told me I was on pace to beat a 7:00 pace if I could just keep on moving.  During blocks 10-15, I focused on not slowing down -- a noble goal if I do say so myself.  For the final 5 blocks, I tried to speed up but didn't really find much additional speed in my legs. 

The final verdict: stretch goal achieved!!!  My actual time was 6:44ish, but this race does not have chip start times -- only gun times.

Official results:

Cont. Airlines Fifth Ave. Mile
September 21, 2008
1.0 0:06:47  06:47  6:47  1412 / 3169  265 / 1372  52 / 274  06:44  62.1% 

I ran the race with some friends, both of which exceeded their stretch goals as well!  Congrats to Jamie & Michael on a fabulous race!

Jamie I-can't-run-fast Buller:
Continental Airlines Fifth Aven... 
September 21, 2008
Buller, Jamie    New York,
NY
  1.0     0:07:10  7:10  1766  420  96  58.6 % 

Michael Holy-crap-that's-fast Bolin:
Continental Airlines Fifth Aven... 
September 21, 2008
Bolin, Michael    New York,
NY
  1.0     0:06:14  6:14  864  775  179  59.5 % 


For those of you from Austin, I kept referring to this race as the Congress Avenue Mile!

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Date:2008-09-20 19:11
Subject:Reach the Beach 2008
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Last weekend, September 12-13, I participated in my second Reach the Beach relay with the Google Flying Donuts.  The event is a running relay that starts in Franconia, NH, and ends in Hampton Beach, NH.  Teams of 12 runners (some ultra teams have fewer runners, but they're just nuts!) cover the approximately 210 miles in a series of 36 legs -- 3 for each runner.  Each person runs somewhere from 14-22 miles during the course of the race. 

This year, I was runner #6 for the Donuts.  My total mileage was supposed to be 16.6, and my goal pace going into the weekend was to average just under a 9:00 pace.  Seeing how I had run most of my NYRR races this spring around an 8:45 pace, I thought this seemed reasonable.  That said, I wasn't sure I could maintain that through the third leg when I would be exhausted from lack of sleep and having already run 13 miles and change.  Turns out I had a great weekend!

At the start -- check out those tear-away pants!!!



First leg: 8.6 miles -- mid-afternoon on Friday -- 8:07 pace
This run will go down in the Sarah History Books as possibly my finest run ever.  At least so far.  I felt great the entire time, although I was very glad to stop at the end.  The weather was perfect -- overcast and cool but not humid.  My breathing was great, my cadence was great, and I held a 7:45 - 8:20 pace the entire time, varying with the terrain.  Thankfully it was mostly flat.

Second leg: 4.9 miles -- 2am Saturday morning -- 8:28 pace
My night leg was much different from last year because there were always people around this year.  This put me much more at ease, but another runner and I still got whistled at by a random bystander -- a bit creepy.  I held a solid 8:15ish pace for the first 4 miles, and then the 1 mile climb started.  Ouch.  I am proud to say that I passed 4 people on this leg -- including repassing a woman who passed me early on.  The weather for this leg was actually warmer than the afternoon leg, but it was mercifully not raining and not humid.

Third leg: 4.1 miles -- 11amish on Saturday -- 8:17 pace
My last leg was supposed to be a quick 5k (3.1m), but we had to do some rearranging after one of our runners was injured.  Thankfully, I only had to run one extra mile.  The first mile of the run saw a fair number of short, steep climbs before the terrain settled to be mainly flat / gently rolling.  Keeping an 8:15ish pace for this leg was much more difficult, as I only slept 2 hours overnight and could feel the fatigue in my legs.  That said, my legs held up quite well.  The weather was a good deal hotter this time around, but the course was thankfully quite shady.

Overall weighted pace over 17.6 miles: 8:15!!!   (Note: last year, my pace over 14ish miles was closer to 9:40)

Flying Donuts Results
Total time: 28 hours 40 minutes
Average pace: 8:13

I can't wait until next year!!!

RTB Photos

At the finish -- beach == reached!!!



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Date:2008-08-28 14:22
Subject:Love a Leo!
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My dad, mom, and I are all Leos. My sister was *almost* a Leo. I have alot of friends who are Leos. I guess the whole holiday season makes everyone feel romantic which results in alot of August babies.

This year's birthday was especially near and dear to me.  I was actually with my family on my birthday; that hasn't happened in *years*. After celebrating with my family and an old college friend on my actual birthday, the party continued that weekend with a birthday celebration in NYC. This consisted of a picnic in Central Park, drinks, and dancing.  I think you could even go so far as to describe this year's birthday festivities as epic.

As a new year begins, I have much to be thankful for.  Most of all, I am thankful for my family and friends. So here's to my family and friends!  Without you, I would not be smiling.  And it is so good to be smiling.

Love,
-me

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Date:2008-08-22 21:40
Subject:Race Report: SBR Sprint Triathlon
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Back in the day, I used to do triathlons. These days, I try to do one each year just to remind myself that I can. Last year I failed. This year I was uninterested until I got some coercing from my coworker Matt. He said I could just mooch off his logistics; all I would have to do was register myself and show up on his front porch. Done.

The race was Saturday, Aug 16 in Harriman State Park, approximately an hour's drive outside the city. I was told to be at Matt's place, a 5 minute bike ride from my apartment, at 4:45am. The alarm was therefore set for 4:11am. Normally, I would try to go to bed early when I have to get up so early, but I went to a play Friday night and therefore did not get to bed until 12:30am. Ouch.

Matt, Hillary, and I loaded our bikes and gear and then picked up Jamie, who volunteered to come along and cheer for us. It's one thing to get up early to compete in a race. It's another thing altogether to get up early to cheer your friends on in a race. Jamie earned the official title of "rockstar cheerleader".

We got there early, so I had plenty of time to deny the fact that I was, in fact, doing a triathlon. I ride and run alot, and I even swim laps 3-4 times a month. That said, I had not been training specifically for triathlons or psyching myself up for racing at all. Denial is the word that comes to mind.

The good thing about races is that denial ends when the starting gun goes off.

There were three swim waves, and all women went in the third wave. The swim start was somewhat crowded with approximately 150 people in my wave. The water was warm and completely murky. You could see someone's leg before they kicked you, but that was about it. I focused on relaxing and not having a panic attack. For once it worked. I think I even enjoyed part of the swim, which is completely out of character for me! When I stood up to exit the water, I had a 800m swim time of 17:35. This is by no means fast, but it is towards the faster end of my swim-range times. We had to run up a hill to the transition area, so my swim split includes about a minute of non-swimming time.

After a quick T1, I headed out on my bike. I love cycling, and it has traditionally been my strongest leg of the triathlon. I take pride in how few people, especially women, pass me on the bike. This held true during the 16 mile hilly ride. I was especially proud of my 1.5 mile climb where I felt strong and kept a good cadence. I was thrilled to see Jamie cheering about 2 miles from the end at the top of a hill.

My T2 is always slower because I shake out the legs a bit. This race I didn't have speed laces, so tying the shoes takes time as well. For once, I was looking forward to the run. I have been having a great running season and have gotten noticeably faster than last year, so I was hoping for a quick and easy 5k. Coming at the end of a swim and bike, I was gunning for 9 minute miles. The course was an out-and-back on hilly, rocky jeep track. I am happy to say I remained upright the entire time, as I have had some rough trail runs lately. Somewhere around mile 1, I got my rhythm and proceeded to push the pace to the turnaround and then back to the finish line. Jamie picked me up about 1/2 mile from the finish and cheered me on. Once she started yelling at me to sprint, however, I threatened to hit her. :) That said, I sprinted to the end.

I had been expecting a time of 1:50-1:55. I finished in 1:44:52 -- 8 seconds below my stretch goal of 1:45!!! To top it all off, I felt great after the race. Robyn, Amy, & Leslie, this photo is for you. Jazz hands!



Place Name City, State Age Sx Cat. Bib# Swim Pace SwPl T1 T1Pl Bike MPH BkPl T2 T2Pl Run Pace RnPl Finish
170 Sarah Graham New York,NY 32 F 369 17:55 2:02 250 | 2:19 70 | 56:50 16.9 149 | 1:56 285 | 25:53 8:21 177 |1:44:52

Pace Summary:
Swim -- fast for me
Bike -- 16.9 mph
Run -- 8:22 pace

p.s. Love the number karma: 369!

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Date:2008-08-04 18:09
Subject:Nyack++
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The usual crowd was light on Saturday, but Michael, Avi, and I headed out on an extended Muffin Ride at early-o-clock.  Michael left Houston on the west-side bike path at 6:30am, picked me up at 6:45 on the UWS, and we picked Avi up at 7am at 106th.  The forecast called for rain, but we don't believe in forecasts.  Or at least we're not scared of them.

The first thing I noticed as we headed north on Riverside was that I shouldn't have done one-legged squats on Friday.  Ouch.  My quads and hamstrings were already unhappy, and this was slated to be a 70 mile ride.  Time to suck it up and pedal.

The outbound leg of the journey went really quickly.  We had an amusing conversation with a woman when we stopped to refill our water bottles. She told us her names for all the hills, which lovingly included Holy Mother of God Let This Be Over Hill.  Love it.  We got to Nyack, eyed the muffin shop, and kept going.  In order to hit 70 miles, we added an additional 10 miles on the other side of Nyack: 5 out, 5 back.  The 5 out was mostly painfully uphill.  Thankfully, that means the way back was -- with one very notable exception -- mostly downhill. 

Break for muffins!  1 egg with cheese a la carte, 1 pumpkin crumb muffin.  Delicious.

The sky was darkening as we headed out of Nyack.  At one point, I looked back and noticed it looked like dusk behind us -- and that the clouds were moving our way.  Uh oh.  Seven miles north of the GWB (George Washington Bridge), the skies opened.  Once we realized that we had no brakes and could not see a thing, we pulled off nder a bus stop gazebo with about a dozen other cyclists.  Avi pulled out his cellphone to record the occasion:



After waiting long enough that the thunder didn't sound like it was directly overhead, we headed out.  The rain let up just in time for Avi to have a flat.  Then Michael assisted a stranded cyclist with their flat.  Then Avi flatted again at the GWB.  And... it started raining again.  I mean, really??  The rain on the bridge was so hard that it felt like I was being hit by hail.  Whatever doesn't kill you, right??  The rain continued, although lighter, for the rest of the ride home.  I swear my bones were wet by the time I got back to my apartment!  And yes, my shoes are still wet.

Michael commented that it has rained -- poured, even -- every time we have ridden together.  Granted that is only two rides, but I'm hoping I don't get uninvited...

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Date:2008-07-28 15:37
Subject:53.5 miles
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Saturday: 45 mile bike ride out to the Far Rockaways + a swim in the ocean.  Beautiful!



Sunday: 8.5 mile run in Central Park with Jamie.  It was cool and breezy, and we were blazingly fast!

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Date:2008-07-21 01:30
Subject:We <3 Team Bush!
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More details to come once I have slept, but here are the results:

    Pos     Time   Name                   City          Sta Cty Rep Plc/Total Cat    #    Cat  Ovr  Time   /100m  Tr1   Cat  Ovr  Time Mile/hr   Tr2   Cat  Ovr  Time   /Mile         

-------- -------- ---------------------- ------------- --- --- --- -------------- ----- ---------------------- ----- ----------------------- ----- ----------------------
913 12:23:17 BUSH, MATT AUSTIN TX USA 188/387 M35-39 626 299 1595 1:20:15 2:07 7:54 141 651 6:05:12 18.4 3:16 215 1138 4:46:41 10:57
1372 13:27:32 BUSH, AMY AUSTIN TX USA 58/111 W30-34 2118 61 1218 1:14:23 1:58 9:17 73 1844 7:25:29 15.1 6:41 37 886 4:31:43 10:23

All you really need to know is that Matt & Amy both kicked some royal butt!  Amy even PR'd by around 1.5 hours!!! 

Oh, and they did it all in the rain.  The pouring rain.  It started raining when the starting gun went off for the swim and stopped raining after they both had finished.  It was brutal out there, but they both still covered 140.6 miles before dark.  GO TEAM BUSH!!!
 

 

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Date:2008-07-19 23:01
Subject:Go Team Bush!!!
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Matt & Amy are doing Ironman Lake Placid tomorrow.  In fact, their 'tomorrow' starts in 4 hours -- at 3am.  Thankfully, my tomorrow doesn't start until 6am, when Jamie and I are headed into town to cheer them on.

Jamie & I did a bit of decorating for the occasion:

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Date:2008-07-19 22:48
Subject:The Final Tally
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Here's the breakdown on the races I have run so far this season -- or at least the nine that count towards my NYC marathon entry. 

Looking down the list, I notice that I am nothing if not consistent.  Look at those performance percentages -- all 54.6 - 56.1%!!!  Most importantly for me, I met my goal of finishing all races in a sub-9:00 pace.  Hooray me!

 
 
Race Name, Date
 
 Dist.
(miles)
 
Gun
Time
 
Net
Time
 
Pace
per Mile
Overall Place/
Total
Finishers
Gender Place/
Total
Females
Age Place/
Total
in Age Grp.
 
Age-Grd.
Time
 
Perf.
%
Naples-New York Park to Park
July 13, 2008
6.2 0:58:25  55:13  8:54  1673 / 3989  417 / 1771  173 / 712  55:09  54.9% 
FRNY Lesbian & Gay Pride Run
June 28, 2008
5.0 0:45:56  44:02  8:48  1176 / 3114  306 / 1502  134 / 619  43:59  55.0% 
NYRR New York Mini 10K
June 7, 2008
6.2 0:55:32  54:23  8:46  902 / 4108  902 / 4108  332 / 1492  54:19  55.8% 
NYRR 50th Anniversary Run
June 4, 2008
5.0 0:44:07  43:11  8:38  948 / 1796  289 / 792  98 / 274  43:08  56.1% 
Japan Day
June 1, 2008
4.0 0:37:20  35:06  8:46  1167 / 2494  311 / 1118  141 / 410  35:03  54.8% 
AHA Start! Wall Street Run
May 20, 2008
3.0 0:26:17  25:04  8:21  1734 / 4300  372 / 1744  105 / 590      
Healthy Kidney 10K
May 17, 2008
6.2 1:00:29  55:32  8:57  3503 / 6282  1035 / 2841  387 / 1075  55:28  54.6% 
NYJL Mother's Day 4M
May 11, 2008
4.0 0:36:15  34:36  8:39  1322 / 3321  368 / 1760  148 / 643  34:33  55.6% 
Run As One, TGL Classic
April 13, 2008
4.0 0:41:14  35:08  8:47  2968 / 6154  881 / 2927  295 / 1072  35:05  54.8% 

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Date:2008-07-19 22:43
Subject:We were there
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A little band you might have heard of by the name of Bon Jovi played in Central Park last weekend.  Oh yes, we were there.

He opened with Livin' on a Prayer followed by You Give Love a Bad Name.  It just doesn't get any better than that!  Did I mention that it was in the 70s and gorgeous as well??

Colleen, Jamie, me:

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Date:2008-07-19 16:07
Subject:Race #9: 9+1 = DONE!
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Race: Park to Park / Splash-n-Dash
Distance: 10k
Date: Sunday, July 13

Last weekend I ran the final race in the series.  It was an earlier start -- 8am -- but was already warm by the time the gun went off.  Warm, of course, is a relative term.  This is NYC warm, not TX warm.  Mile one was especially crowded.  Jamie and I dodged all the folks we could managed but still had an exceptionally slow 9:42 pace.  Things thinned out a bit for mile two and were manageable from that point forward.  We stayed together until mile three, when I pushed the pace with the goal of running a sub-9:00 pace.  I was rewarded with a refreshing swim in the Central Park pool with my fellow running friends Jamie, Kushal, & Michael. 

The splits:
9:42
9:01
8:45
8:55 (two water stops, and I needed them both!)
8:47
8:25
1:29

Overall pace -- 8:54



 
Race Name, Date
 
 Dist.
(miles)
 
Gun
Time
 
Net
Time
 
Pace
per Mile
Overall Place/
Total
Finishers
Gender Place/
Total
Females
Age Place/
Total
in Age Grp.
 
Age-Grd.
Time
 
Perf.
%
Naples-New York Park to Park
July 13, 2008
6.2 0:58:25  55:13  8:54  1673 / 3989  417 / 1771  173 / 712  55:09  54.9% 


I now have a guaranteed spot in the 2009 NYC Marathon!  The photos the race photographers take of me always suck, so I made Jamie take this photo post-race.  9 races + volunteer 1 race = DONE!


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Date:2008-07-02 15:08
Subject:Race #8!
Security:Public

Last Saturday, I joined Jamie and her mom to run the FRNY Lesbian & Gay Pride Run.  It was a 5 miler and a pretty small race. 

The weather here lately has been pretty hot and humid, and Saturday morning was no exception.  The first mile felt really slow, and I decided I was not going to make myself sick by pushing myself too hard.  I was expecting a 9:30ish split at mile 1, so I was shocked to look down and see 8:57.  Interesting.  My goal was to stay relaxed and hydrated, so I walked all four water stops, something I haven't been doing this season. (I have been running them.)  The miles fell off fairly easily, and I never felt like I was fully pushing my cardio limit.  Some might argue that I should have been, but it felt really good to just relax and focus on consistency.  IIRC, here were my splits:

Mile 1 - 8:57
Mile 2 - 8:38
Mile 3 - 8:47
Mile 4 - 8:59
Mile 5 - 8:32
Overall Pace - 8:48

The wrap-up: I felt better and went faster than I expected.  Hopefully that means I'm actually getting faster and/or in better running condition!!!


 
 
Race Name, Date
 
 Dist.
(miles)
 
Gun
Time
 
Net
Time
 
Pace
per Mile
Overall Place/
Total
Finishers
Gender Place/
Total
Females
Age Place/
Total
in Age Grp.
 
Age-Grd.
Time
 
Perf.
%
FRNY Lesbian & Gay Pride Run
June 28, 2008
5.0 0:45:56  44:02  8:48  1170 / 3104  304 / 1499  134 / 619  43:59  55.0% 


Next Up: Park to Park 10k -- Sunday, July 13
This will be race #9 and will complete the requirements for guaranteed entry into NYC 2009!!!

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Date:2008-06-27 16:37
Subject:Chocolate Covered Bacon
Security:Public

Who knew it was so delicious?!?  That said, one bite is enough.



p.s. I tried to rotate it.  I swear I did.

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Date:2008-06-20 22:07
Subject:Nathan Fillion
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I saw Nathan Fillion at the Apple Store on 5th Avenue a few weeks back.  I know him from Waitress and Desperate Housewives. (my guilty pleasure)  This was quite exciting for me, as I never see famous people.  Turns out he's also in Firefly and Serenity.  They'd both been on my list of things to see for a while now, but I never got around to it.  I finally saw Serenity last weekend and am now watching Firefly.  Turns out I need more sci-fi in my life.

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Date:2008-06-20 21:43
Subject:JP Morgan Corporate Challenge
Security:Public

Wednesday I ran the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge with Google.  I heard tale of this run last year and have seen alot of race t-shirts around the park, but this was my first time to run it.  It is a 3.5 mile race in Central Park, and you can only enter as a member of a corporate team.  This means the crowd is very mixed -- there are certainly runners, but there are also alot of people who probably only run once a year... at this race.  The race is so large that they have it over two days, and each day has around 15,000 runners! 

The race started in the rain.  I thought it felt great, but some runners (or more likely walkers) decided they needed an umbrella.  Turns out it's really hard to run behind someone carrying an umbrella.  Go figure.  Jamie and I decided to run together and shoot for an 8:30 - 9:00 pace.  We started pretty far back, so the first mile was a bit of an obstacle course.  It was so slow that we were easily chatting about our day and deciding to run a few more miles after the race.  Things finally opened up a bit in mile two, and we both felt great and continued to push the pace.  Once we hit mile three, we saw the possibility of making the sub-9:00 goal and picked it up to the finish.  We quickly decided we would rather go eat pizza than go run a few more miles. :)

Mile 1: 9:54
Mile 2: 8:50
Mile 3: 8:33
Last .5 mile: 3:57 (7:54 pace)

Total time: 31:15
Overall pace: 8:55 --- Mission accomplished!

Note: this was not a qualifying race for the marathon.  For that purpose, I have two races left:
June 28 - Lesbian & Gay Pride 5 miler
July 12 - Park to Park 10k

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