Thursday, June 22, 2006

NYC Half Marathon

I signed up for the inaugural run of the NYC Half Marathon today. It's going to take place on Aug. 27th. It looks to be an interesting course and who wouldn't want to run all over the street of Manhattan at 7 in the morning on a Sunday in the middle of August when the weather could easily be 97 degrees and 95% humidity! Blah.

The field is being capped at 10,000 runners and it looks like it will fill out very quickly indeed.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Poetry in Motion

I read this poem on the subway this morning. It thought it was lovely and also rather appropriate given the upcoming celebration of Father's Day this weekend.

Those Winter Sundays

Sundays too my father got up early
and put his clothes on in the blueblack cold,
then with cracked hands that ached
from labor in the weekday weather made
banked fires blaze. No one ever thanked him.
I'd wake and hear the cold splintering, breaking.
When the rooms were warm, he'd call,
and slowly I would rise and dress,
fearing the chronic angers of that house,
Speaking indifferently to him,
who had driven out the cold
and polished my good shoes as well.
What did I know, what did I know
of love's austere and lonely offices?

Robert Hayden (1913-1980)

Friday, June 09, 2006

Jam Season

Ah...I was walking through the Union Square Farmer's Market recently when I noticed all the lovely stalks of new spring Rhubarb...what a lovely sight. This reminded me that jam season is upon us once again!

This year I am going to kick things off with a lovely Rhubarb-Orange Jam/Marmalade. This will be my first marmalade like treat so it should be fun/educational. Pics to come shortly.

No NYC Marathon this year

So...I didn't get a slot for the NYC Marathon this year...AGAIN! Well, there is always 2007 I guess. But I'm already more than semi-conditioned to run a marathon damnit! So, I'm thinking of signing up for the Marine Corp Marathon in Washington, DC on Oct. 29th. I'm actually really tempted to sign up for the Berlin Marathon as I've heard many good things about it but it happens to fall on the same Oct. weekend as my birthday (which really isn't a problem) and my friends Michelle and Edwin's wedding in SF (more of a problem).

Anyway, if I'm going to run another international marathon I want to make it a big Sydney or Auckland or Beirut (which by the way I hear has plenty of opening as only 50 people ran it last year...I wonder if any were women?)

In other news, I dislocated my left ankle (again!) last week. My doctor is trying to convince me to get surgery on the sucker but that would pretty much leave me immobile for about 6 to 8 months. Maybe when I'm older and less active. Now is not a good time.

And other news...

- Why does it seem that ex-boyfriends seem to crawl out of the woodwork at percisely the moment when it is least convienient?
- Yes, I am still dating the 44 year old, twice married, once widowed, three kids man.
- I think all the swimming I've been doing whilst training for my upcoming triathlon is giving me that truly un-sexy broad shoulder look. I look like a linebacker in anything with slightly structured shoulders.
- I remeasured myself at the doctors office and I'm still 5 feet 6 inches. People never believe me but it's the truth! All y'all who think your 5 feet 9 inches but stand the same height as I do are deluding yourselves.
- Yet another friend is preggers.