Saturday, March 26, 2011


chilling at my brother's apartment the night before the half. these past 3 months have gone by pretty fast. also kind of boggles my mind that when i started this blog, i was doing my first half marathon, and that was almost 6 1/2 years ago! eek.

kind of nervous about tomorrow since, as i have thoroughly complained about myself on the blog, i haven't gotten to train all that consistently as i would have liked. ah well, i'm relying on adrenaline and sheer stubbornness to get me through. to finish is to win right? i'm also going to have 30 of those energy goo things and i'll be fine. and i'll be thinking about those ice cold "free" beers that i have coupons there on my bib. let's be realistic - they'll probably be foamy and lukewarm but they'll also taste pretty damn good after 13.1 miles. wish me luck, eh?

Thursday, March 17, 2011

my back still hurts. i am displeased.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


i know i wrote earlier that i'd try to blog every day for lent. obviously, that hasn't happened. you shouldn't believe everything you read.

i don't know why it is that i haven't feel the urge to write stuff, well, at all in a long long time. i'm not sure if i've gotten more boring, or less observant. the more kind option my friend pointed out is that i have become less introspective. which is true, since i've been out of the great mind effer that is theology school for almost 4 years now. sometimes i miss that. but mostly i miss living with some great friends, and down the street from more great friends. those were the days.

i suppose i can also blame facebook for the blog decline. it's just easier/faster/blablabla to post short funny stuff on facebook that i'd normally put on this here blog. exhibit a, at left: my brother in san diego wandered into a used bookstore and see "me" on a children's book cover. apparently i look like a fictional 12 year-old laotian girl named vatsana. man, this picture still makes me laugh every time. i have to say that it is a strikingly accurate portrayal of how i look when i am confused. i wish i could get book royalties from this.

for those keeping track at home, the half marathon is in a week and a half. i tweaked my back somehow at some point last night and spent most of the day sitting at my desk in pain. not so fun. should be all good in a day or two, fingers crossed. even though i didn't train super consistently i still spent a fair amount of time getting ready for this. am now on a strict regimen of icy hot, cold pack, and heating pad, and stretching. not all at the same time.

Monday, March 07, 2011

blankety blank

time's been flying pretty fast it seems. it's already march, and it's even lame daylight savings time this weekend. yet when i sit down to blog, i usually draw a blank on what to write. it concerns me a bit - i'd rather not sleepwalk through life, and hopefully i don't look as zombie-fied as some people do during my morning commute on the BART train. it's easy to get wrapped up in my own head and not notice what's around me. my brother got me an ipod touch for christmas, so i try to take pictures of things that grab my attention. it's been a helpful discipline to try to notice things.

one rainy morning last week. i know i shouldn't have been taking picture while driving but i like to live dangerously. and it was a pretty sweet rainbow.

this here is a skateboarding bulldog. definitely not something you see everyday. he and his owner showed up by city hall during my lunch break. everyone was so delighted to watch this dog run around with one paw on the board; he never did hop up on it. as i headed back to the office, the two of them ran by down the sidewalk - it was pretty great to see all the bystanders react to the sight of the two of them it's not often that the city bustle pauses. i'm not sure who was getting more exercise, the dog or his owner, who was pretty bullish himself. man, i want a dog.

yesterday was my longest training run yet for the half marathon. did roughly 10 miles, on the official course. i was slooow, but i liked getting a chance to familiarize myself with the scenery, and to do a long run with people. i've done all the running by myself so far - the kids on training wheels keeping the same pace as me while i'm running in golden gate park doesn't count. and not all that motivating. but handling the 10 miles (in the rain, no less, which makes me feel kind of hardcore. well, what passes for hardcore for me these days) gave me the boost of motivation to get through these last weeks of training. and then afterward, i ate one of these:
a fat root beer float from fenton's, after i consumed their famous crab salad sandwich with a side of curly fries. i'd been thinking about eating lunch after mile 1 that morning. so excellent.

probably going to throw another one of these down on fat tuesday. which is then followed by ash wednesday. followed by lent. i think this year, i'll try to write on the blog every day again. we'll see. i just like to tease all 3 of my readers.