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August 28th, 2005

Keep Austin Wierd 5k & Marathon

Yesterday I did the walk, though most of it was filled with thoughts of how crazy I was. It was around 103 degrees. After 5 pm. The sun was hot. And a bunch of us were in renaissance costumes. So.. like Pennsic, but hotter. And no dust or smoke (just car pollution).

Overheard:

"We got to go faster. We're being overtaken by the renaissance people."

And my fav from a spectator:

"Girl in the medieval dress! We love you!"

My cell phone drowned in orangina during the race. I guess I'm going to get a new one faster then I thought.

So without my cell phone to wake me up, I told myself: Body, wake up at 6:30 am.
And I actually woke up several times, and managed to make it to a marathon training group at 7 am. I was going to try out the galloway method for running (http://www.runinjuryfree.com/), which is a walk run method. They started with a 12 minute/mile pace at a 3:1 ratio (3 minute running, 1 minute walking). But it was too much for me, and I lagged behind, and someone helped me do a 2:1 ratio. The funny thing was, I actually caught up with the 3:1 ratio folks. It felt really good, so I am going to go ahead and officially sign up for the marathon training program. Eek. It's a lot of work, but it should be fun and healthy. I'm somewhat excited about it. Only one tenth, of 1 percent of people in the world actually finish marathons. Hopefully I'll finish my first one next year.