Constants And Changes

On Saturday I successfully completed my fourth Twisted Ankle Half Marathon. Like I’ve done in the previous two years I tripped on something and fell during the race. Unlike in the past three efforts I managed to run the course in a time faster than three hours! Woo Hoo!

2005: Paul Nuesslein M/39 3:06:53
2006: Paul Nuesslein M/40 3:02:55
2007: Paul Nuesslein M/41 3:00:36
2008: Paul Nuesslein M/42 2:40:06 (unofficial)

The weather was perfect for a run, and I am sure that the past four months of running didn’t hurt either.

Congrats go out to my circle of friends Chad (aka “TLS”), Bill (aka “Highdicker”), Carol (aka “Wine Ho”), Laura (aka “Martha”), Larry (aka “Big Bore”), Thomas (aka “Colonel Cl*t), Sharon, Priscilla (aka “Skin Flute Pie”) for completing the half, and to my craziest friend Little Easy for once again running the full marathon.

Since I’ve run all four Twisted Ankle events I put a bug into the race director’s ear about rewarding five-timers (read “me”) next year. We’ll have to see if anything comes from my suggestion.

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

Bragging is a half-hidden, matter-of-fact rehearsal of past accomplishments, that I usually slip into the conversation under false pretenses — as opposed to the excited sharing of some recent recognition or achievement with a friend.

To all who have helped me — Thanks.

Missed By *This* Much
Friday night in Summerville was cool, as in chilly. As we walked from our campsite to the race start I passed numerous photo opportunities but for obvious reasons I didn’t have my camera with me. I noted the spots I wanted to shoot in hopes of waking up early the next morning to capture my images. Of course Saturday night was not nearly as chilly as Friday and no fog or morning dew was present on Sunday morning. Dangen!

ITP Flickr Pic
I feel smart occasionally. This sign makes me feel really smart because
1) I know that it is in Georgia, not South Carolina
2) I know that it is not a campground
3) I know that “Cemetary” is misspelled

Where South Carolina Campgrounds Go Die

I passed this sign on my back-roads return to Atlanta after last year’s Twisted Ankle Half Marathon. I was on a quest yesterday to find it again. I would have taken more photos of the cemetery, but as I started to walk around I heard a dog start to bark in the near distance and I saw that it was one of a pack of four unrestrained dogs, so I scurried away.

Today = AFK
If all goes as planned I should be rather busy today. Don’t let this dissuade you from interacting here however. And as I look at the clock I realize that I have to cut things short right now…

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – alright
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing My Bloody Valentine — “Only Shallow”
Website Of The Day – The GALILEO project is a collection of photos which is archiving a “vanishing” Georgia.
Exercise (b)Log – running, 13 miles
Monthly Foot Mileage – 25 miles
Monthly Wheel Mileage – 25 miles
Monday Morning Weigh-In – I forgot
Mode Of Transportation To Work – My Car
Monthly Marta Rides – 13
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 49 (49)

May Goals
1) Run no fewer than 75 miles
2) Ride no fewer than 100 road miles
3) Ride Marta no fewer than ten times (five round-trips)
4) Read at least one book
5) Make my bed every day

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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14 Responses to Constants And Changes

  1. Stacy says:

    Congratulations!!! Okay, and what’s this modest “I finished under 3 hours” comment? You totally kicked ass – 20 minutes off your best time? You kiddin me? That’s awesome!

    Dogs in the cemetery, huh? Maybe it was a Pet Sematary [sic]. After all, dogs can spell just as well as cows.

  2. Stacy says:

    Oh, and congratulations to all you other ITP readers who ran as well – well done all! 🙂

  3. Barb says:

    2:40 – that is pretty damn good. Congrats!!!! Now you have to stay in shape for next year…….

  4. debbie says:

    Woohooo! on the 2:40.

    How was the campfire jambalaya?

  5. Martha says:

    >How was the campfire jambalaya?

    Since Paulie is busy today I’ll answer…

    There was so much food floating around the campsite Saturday evening that he didn’t bother to make it. I believe he cooked it up yesterday when he got home.

    As for my run…I finished in 2:49 and managed not to hurt myself, yeah me!!!
    Paulie did awsome Saturday, we all did.

  6. Stacy says:

    No broken bones – yaaaay! Great job to you to, Laura dear!

  7. debbie says:

    Go Martha! Congrats on the good runs.

    Ya’ll must be living right to have such awesome camping weather. 🙂

  8. huh, it looks like my own blog refused my earlier comment.

  9. Steve says:

    Well done all! Sounds (and looks) like there was a good time had by all. And I’m sure there was no breaking of state park rules about alochol consumption.

    Maybe by next year, I will have forgotten how steep that hill is and will want to return and run.


  10. Alcohol consumption? Us? 😉 My only regret was that the bag full of empties was placed into the trash can in the camping area tied to my name.

    Earlier I said that I did make the jambalaya at home yesterday — and burned the crap out of it. Oops.

  11. RanLiCoop says:

    Congrats to all you Atlanta-area wankers who finished the Twisted Ankle!

    2:40!!! Way to go, Paulie.

    By the way, I’m sure you aren’t bragging but excitedly “sharing… some recent recognition or achievement with” friends. 😉

    Sounds like a great weekend – makes me want to join you for the 5th anniversary…


  12. The irony of today’s quote was not lost on me. 🙂

    (btw- Career Fair in our building is really slow, that’s why I have a few minutes to comment)

  13. Kay says:

    Yeah! Well done on your fourth Twisted Ankle and the great breakthrough time.

    Everyone who went and completed it is making me feel like a total lard arse at the moment. I can’t even make it to a hash at the moment. Actually, with my growing tummy it’s a struggle to make it round the block with my toddler and dog! Dammit!

  14. Kay, my time was improved by the loss of the same amount of weight as that of an infant.

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