A Weekend Of Ups And Downs

And not all related to my trip to Summerville.

Any Time I Finish In The Top 150 I Am Happy
Nevermind that there were only 150 participants in the race.

Believe it or not I shaved two-minutes, twenty seconds off my half-marathon time from last year! Okay, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not setting the running world on end by running the Twisted Ankle Half Marathon in 3:00:35, but considering how (severely) under-trained I was, I’ll take it.

The weather this year was a lot more amenable to the runners. This year I cramped some, but nowhere near as much as last year. And of course it wouldn’t have been a Twisted Ankle if I didn’t take at least one spill.

Perhaps It Was My Pre-Race Meal?
I can’t help myself sometimes (although the time to curb my intake is back upon me). On Friday evening I drove up to Summerville to look around for photo opportunities (I took none) and eat dinner. My first thought was to seek out a mom-and-pop restaurant for a meat-and-three, but as soon as i passed the new Chinese buffet I knew that I had a winner.

The good news from Summerville was that the Ingles now sells beer (although I recommend purchasing from BP on US27). The bad news from Summerville was that the Ingles no longer sells Cheerwine.

He Who Camps Alone Is Not Always Alone
Friday night was strange. I was alone and in the same camp spot as last year. However instead of being surrounded by hashers, I was surrounded by families with these things called “children”.

On Saturday morning I found out that some other hashers (TLS, Will You Suck, WYS’ wife Amy who probably has a hash name that I do not know, and Gasshole) were also up there for the race, and that they too camping. So, on Saturday night I sat around with them and consumed and commiserated.

ITP Flickr Pic
This is Joseph Arthur from Smith’s Olde Bar last Thursday night.

Joseph Arthur

I told you that I was close.

If A Hard Drive Crashes, And You Are There To See It Happen, Does It Make A Sound?
The answer is “no.” Last night one of my hard drives went partially belly-up. I knew I was in deep shit when the system locked up, XP blue screened, and then watched all of the error messages pop up as the system rebooted.

The good news was that I was able to boot into Linux and pull all of my data off of the disk. The bad news was that when I finally found the Windows OS disk to try and recover the install it asked for an Administrator password — I know of no Administrator password. 🙁

LEARN FROM MY MISTAKES…. BACK UP YOUR DATA TODAY!!! Do not, I repeat DO NOT, wait any longer. Disk drives are cheap and there is no excuse for not having your data replicated in case of something like this happening to you. I was extremely lucky.

May’s Halftime Update
This should have occurred last week, but I forgot.

Let’s just say that I haven’t done really well. While I have been getting a lot of exercise the scale still managed to read 204 last night. Not good at all. Could it be possible that I put weight on this weekend? If you saw me eat and drink the answer would definitely be “yes.” Argh.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – Meh. I am sore, but proud that I completed my half marathon. However, I am still sneezing and suffering from a runny nose. When will it all end?
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing The White Stripes — “Icky Thump”
Website Of The Day – Have you ever wanted to be know so much about sunrises and sunsets it will make you crazy? Well if you do, you should go to Compute Sunrise, Sunset & Twilight For Cities & Airports Worldwide With Local TZ. btw – This sort of information is invaluable to the landscape photographer.
Exercise (b)Log – running / walking, 13.1 miles on Saturday
Mode Of Transportation To Work – My car

May Goals
1) Lose two pounds. (starting weight 200 lbs)
2) Exercise at least five days per week.
3) Read two books, specifically
3a) “722 Miles: The Building of the Subways and How They Transformed New York”
3b) “The Evolution Of Useful Things…”

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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15 Responses to A Weekend Of Ups And Downs

  1. Gentri says:

    muscle is heavier than fat… so maybe the ‘roids are kickin’ in????

    Seriously though, if you are trying to lose weight, maybe the buffet isn’t exactly where you should be eating…. run or no run!!!

  2. Martha says:

    1) Amy = FairyJuice
    2) Always weigh yourself in the morning, that is when you weight the least.
    3) Great job this weekend. I hope we now see you out running a little more.

  3. Maigh says:

    Congrats on the run, spanky!

  4. Andrew says:

    A friend of mine found a Linux boot cd that has a windows password cracking utility on it. He says it only takes a minute or two to work. If you’re still in need, let me know and i’ll ask him about it when he comes into the office.

  5. Steve says:

    Your drive and determintaion (aka- hard headedness) is amazing. I ran a painful 5 yesterday and was tremendously glad when it was over. To go out and try a half- not a chance.

    And that linux crack disk is sweet…


  6. hunter says:

    If you never set up an Administrator password, you should be able to just hit ENTER to proceed with the recovery/restore.

  7. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    @Gentri: Yes that’s it, I am more muscular..

    @Martha: Fairy Juice? O-kay… I should have not weighed myself last night, but I just needed to know why I felt so pudgy.

    @Steve: 50% Irish + 50% German = 100% Stubborn. If you do the math you’ll see I didn’t actually *run* the entire 13 miles.

    @Andrew & Hunter: I talked to the IT guys here and found out that I had entered the Recovery Console, I just didn’t realize it. I thought when I hit the C: prompt I had exited the Recovery Console, not exited it.

  8. Elizabeth says:

    Chinese food = high sodium = water retention = feeling unbelievably pudgy for at least a day or so.

  9. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Water retention? Hmmm, hadn’t thought of that. Perhaps Chinese food is the ultimate pre-race dinner then, screw pasta. 🙂

  10. Barb says:

    Great job actually doing the 1/2, we mountain biked plenty on Saturday. By the way, shifters are all fixed, no parts, just took Allan about 20 minutes to overhaul (or some sort of bike lingo like that). He had fun making fun of Atlanta Cycling’s mechanics. All you owe him is a decent bottle of wine.

  11. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Cool, thanks Barb. I’m not going to be able to get it before heading out of town this week. I’ll contact you when I get back. You can let me know what type of wine I should buy as payment and we can arrange for me to come and pick it up.

    Thanks again!

  12. Barb says:

    How about some sort of Oregon Pinot Noir….. And, whenever for the pickup is fine, what’s one more bike when we already have 10 in the basement, ya know?

  13. Susan says:

    Congratulations! Just getting to the starting line is more than a lot of folks can/will do, so don’t worry about the overall time or placement. You did good.

  14. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    @Barb: Will do. I’ll see what I can find.

    @Susan: Thanks. Perhaps next time I should be smart enough to train however. 🙂

  15. Gentri says:

    Go check this out, no pay, but might be worth a shot… or maybe at least some free tickets!


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