DJ Flatlander P

Flatlander Paulie loves running in Florida. While I didn’t exactly tear up the roads last night I did manage to run five miles at a 9:15 per mile pace. Don’t hate. That’s fast for me these days. I was pleased.

Of course this morning my right knee is a little tender. I’ve heard of break-neck speed, is there such a thing as break-knee speed?

Read Along With Me
Today’s passage from Notes To Myself.

“Next time I will …”
“From now on I will…”
— What makes me think I am wiser today than I will be tomorrow?

To all who have helped me — Thanks.

Just Another Day (Not) At The Office
While a shortened workday sounds pleasing, spending a good six hours standing around and talking to students isn’t exactly a walk in the park. By day’s end I was stiff, even though I routinely stretched throughout the day, and I wasn’t very enthused to go out for my run.

Our booth was fairly well attended and I was thankful that I don’t work for a company as popular as Intel or Texas Instruments because they had lines six people deep all day long, and that college recruiting is not my sole function at my company.

ITP Flickr Pic
I strolled up and down US441 briefly the other day so that I could take a few snapshots of my favorite Gainesville motel signage. Sadly this photo contains the only blue sky that I expect to see on this trip. Sunny Florida my ass!

The Sign Is As Old As The People

While on travels I’ve set the D300 to take RAW + JPEG photos since I cannot process the D300’s RAW files on my laptop. This shot doesn’t look too bad I guess.

I Went Back To My Apartment, And My Apartment Was There
Unlike Chrissie Hynde’s Ohio…

The hotel in which I stay is approximately 2.5 miles from my last apartment in Gainesville. So with the idea of a five-mile run in mind where better to go than to see how the old digs look. To my amazement the old complex is still there and still has the same name. The only difference is that the trees which used to be on the other side of our fence were gone and replaced with another apartment complex — typical.

Instead of turning around and running the same 2.5 miles in reverse I continued toward UF’s campus and ran along its southernmost periphery (well away from the classrooms and students however). I ran past the cow pasture I used to walk past in the old days (it still smells like cow manure) and the horse pens as well (which smelled like horse manure). While the odors weren’t especially pleasing they were inspiration to keep me running instead of slowing to a walk.

You Don’t Have To Twist My Arm To Twist My Ankle
A fortunate comment from Betsy during last Sunday Runners Run reminded me to look for the registration information for the Twisted Ankle Half Marathon. Given that I’ve participated in the last three, which may be the only three, and the fact that I am actually training for a half marathon that will take place a month-and-a-half prior to Twisted Ankle, I am rather looking forward to the outing.

To make matters more interesting there has been good interest amongst my fellow Sunday Runners / Hashers, many of whom read this space, and we shall be camping and drinking up in James H. “Sloppy” Floyd State Park the night before, and of, the event. Woo Hoo! Who knows, by then I might even have my head back on straight… now there’s something to look forward to!

Facebook Can Be A Funny Placebook
This morning I saw the following on Facebook

Just how “popular” can these events be if no one has accepted them?

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – good
Current Music – listening to the KEXP “Music That Matters” podcast
Website Of The Day – While traveling I really should reference Road Food more often in order to figure out where to eat. Maybe I’ll create an account today and review La Tienda.
Exercise (b)Log – running, 5 miles
Monthly Foot Mileage – 64.7 miles
Monthly Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Mode Of Transportation To Work – My (rental) car
Monthly Marta Rides – 6

January Goals
1) Run no fewer than 50 miles [done]
2) Ride Marta no fewer than sixteen times (eight round-trips) [not going to get there]
3) Read at least one book [done]

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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12 Responses to DJ Flatlander P

  1. Gentri says:

    What was your time for the last Twisted Ankle?

    How good of shape were you in for it at that time?

    Mulling it over in my mind…..

  2. Steve says:

    Get some trail time in before you run it. It will strengthen your knees and ankles in ways that road work just won’t do… not even hashing.

    just my $.02


  3. I think my time was around 2:30. I am sure that I blogged about it. 😉

  4. Martha says:

    I checked … it wasn’t 2:30 …

    I mostly checked to see what time I would/should be shooting for, we can sooo beat that this year Paulie!!!

  5. Brenan says:

    Just 36 seconds over? Arghhh!!!!!! That alone should be inspiration.

  6. ouch, I think that I consumed a lot of beer over the past year to forget that I didn’t break three hours.

  7. Gentri says:

    Looks like the middle of the pack time for M/F was 2:30….

    One less beer on Friday and you would have had it………..

  8. Martha says:

    >I think that I consumed a lot of beer over the past year

    You think?

    I was good again last night, I left George’s after only 2 beers.

    Steve, 2 beer for 5 miles…I guess I have 1/2 a beer in the bank.

  9. hey, I only drank about 1.5 beers for my five miles last night! W00t!

  10. Martha says:

    Paulie, you look like you are waiting for the sweet release of death to take you home!

  11. We all can’t be Little Easy y’know. Besides, I was undertrained and overweight last year (again!)

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