Thursday, September 10, 2009

Thursday Thoughts: 300

No, this is not about an overly oiled Gerard Butler in a loincloth1 (as much as I wish it was). This is my three hundredth post for my humble little blog. Shocking, I know.

You know you're a runner when...your phone (in this case, the wondrous iPhone) has Gu residue on it from being stuffed into a waist pack for a long run. Or anything else which one might cram into a pack on a long run. Sticky Gu smears (or the fuel supplement of your choice) are just part of being a runner, I guess.

Also: YKYARW...

You pull something out of your jacket pocket and safety pins sprinkle the ground like fairy dust.

Bonus running dork points if said jacket is a jacket from a marathon you ran.

Double bonus running dork points if you're wearing said marathon souvenir jacket as part of your work ensemble for the day...and you work in an office building.

I think I win for the day. And yes, I fully acknowledge this was a contest only I was playing, and yes, I am a complete running dork. I think y'all knew that already.

I have "new shoes syndrome," that unavoidable malady all runners experience a few times a year. I recently acquired my third pair of Brooks Adrenaline 9s (and yes, once again they are men's size 10 shoes, please hold the big feet comments) and have begun to break them in. These are the shoes which I will wear in the NYC Marathon. Right now they are, to put it lightly, blindingly white. I feel incredibly self-conscious. I need to get these babies dirtied up, stat. Of course this is what happened the last time I had brand-new shoes...I'm not anxious to repeat the sudden-death overtime dirtying experience, but I believe 16 miles of Dexter country roads with my training group Saturday morning should lightly dust them with a respectable sheen of dirt.

Tonight's RF501 group workout: 6.68 miles of HILLS. Whew. Yes, we have a few hills in Michigan. We use one of them for our hill workouts. It may be seen here. That's me at the bottom in the orange shirt.

Registration fee for the 2010 Boston Marathon: $130 (applied to card only when qualifying time has been verified).

Registering for the freaking BOSTON MARATHON: PRICELESS.

1: Confidential to Mr. E: Remember the Beastmaster drinking game where one of the cues to drink was "excessive oil"? Yeah, I know you do...don't deny it. :) See also "hawk vision" and "unnecessary swordplay." And the catchall "things that make no sense," which was pretty much the entire movie...

Also: GQH, somehow Lansing survived the great Angry Librarian Invasion of 2009. No cars were overturned, no mobs of rampaging librarians set fire to couches in the middle of the street. The madness is over...FOR NOW...

9 comments:

Kristin said...

Another one--when you need safety pins to secure some item of clothing, you know you can find them attached to old race bibs!

Spike said...

do you ever, when a passenger in the car, look at the road and imagine running it? I do.

Carolina John said...

congrats on the 300! I just hit one year on 9/8, and forgot to post anything about it. i also missed the 100th blog post in april. i'm' slack like that. and it looks like i'm only going to get one post done this week. wow, that's really slack.

at least you could say you ran some hills.

Morgan said...

Mmmm Gerard...

Loving your YKYARW points...

So Dexter County huh? Wow... you are making me a little homesick. Can't wait to make my pilgramage to the motherland after the Chicago Marathon in October.

Robert said...

I am so friggin' excited for Boston. It's going to be such a great time up there.

I've actually been wearing those same shoes lately. I got a white/blue pair and a black one that I switch between. You might be interested in the black ones since they kinda look old and broken in right from the get go.

Kirsten said...

So that's how Boston registration works...I always wondered how they kept the riff-raff out! Yay, it's on, girl! You're going to do so well and have such a great day. Your reward for so much hard work!

EN said...

I like the idea of pasty new shes but you're right, they do stand out like an albino at the million man march.

I'm looking forward to November.

Laura said...

Question for you: what other sneakers do you like? I currently use the Brooks Adrenalines, the Asics GT 21-series (2110, 2140, etc), and occasionally the Asics Gel Kayanos (though they're not quite supportive enough). I need new shoes and am looking for a sale, but can't find a good deal on those so I thought I'd see what alternates were out there.

Sun Runner said...

@Laura: I'm on my fourth pair of Brooks Adrenalines, and I don't have any other kind. I'm a one-brand kind of girl. I experimented with Asics, Nike, and Saucony before I landed on Brooks and I haven't worn anything else in almost 2 years. Brooks Adrenalines and my Superfeet insoles are a winning combination for me. Certain running buddies of mine have boatloads of shoes they rotate through, and I suppsoe it might behoove me to have a lightweight pair for racing situations, but right now I'm all Brooks all the time. :)