Saturday, April 24, 2010


2hrs:11mins:54secs- that's my time for the Country Music Half Marathon 2010. Honestly I had in mind a 2hr race time, but I'll take it! And I'll do it again faster, here.
Do you know who was a rockstar today? Thousands, but especially this record breaking one.
Honestly, I think alot of us put forth a great effort today and set our own personal records: Jessica, Channing, my East Nasties (too many to name!), and Armistead in particular. Armistead (the cute brunette with the white and pink top, white cap, and huge smile)rocked her first half marathon today; no complaints, no walking- she all out went for it. We trained and raced together which inspired a pretty sweet move crossing the finish line that involved me screaming, our arms pumping in the air with a solid hand clasp between us. Hardcore handholding, it's how we roll. No finish line pics, but these pics these are enough to make me relive the exhilaration of a feat well done and do it again.

Dang, My Phone Takes Crappy Pics

Of course I did not check the camera battery, so it was dead and crappy phone pics are what I've got to document this morning...the morning I've been training for since January! ahahahahaha, GREAT SUCCESS! If you were in the area you already know this, but Nashville was alerted to a severe storming warning for rain, hail, tornadic supercells(love that phrase), and lightning on Saturday. The forecast percentages changed a little in the days prior, but the severe weather alert for Saturday remained. Ugh. The situation got a little panicky. Contingency plans were made. My heart sank a little.
I went to bed anxious last night, like a child on Christmas eve, I was DYING to know what I would wake up to. The alarm went off at 5:30, I rolled out of bed and tentatively walked to the back door into then into the yard to find perfect calm. What the H? No rain, no golf ball size hail, nothing! That did wonders for my spirit , as did the sugar free Red Bull I downed en route. My running bud, Armistead, and I parked off Music Row, as planned, and cut through Vandy towards the starting line on West End. About 5 minutes into our walk, a kindly security lady informed us, "You might want to hurry. Race officials decided to move the start time up 15 minutes." Freaking out a little, we picked up the pace, cut short a porta potty stop, and caused the unfortunate breakage and loss of 1/2 of Armistead's pre-race lucky banana.
As West End came into view, it became clear that we were gonna be late; runners had already started, and our corral had already gone. After checking gear and jumping into a random corral, we made a slow start. Best thing about it: the SUN broke though the clouds- it was beautiful. Quickly the downfall of getting in a later corral (think we ended up starting in #20) became apparent; we were in with a majority of really slow runners and even some walkers. The first 6 miles felt like an obstacle course as we wove though throngs of people, trying to find our pace while narrowly avoiding many full body collisions. Thanks to running with dogs who are highly energtic and prone to darting at moving objects, I dare say we were actually quite prepared for agility running.
Agility running didn't make for the fastest running; I wonder how many extra steps we took and minutes we spent weaving back and forth across the road just to get through at a decent pace? We did maintain a 10:07 minute mile though, which I was quite pleased with and want to mention includes one bathroom stop. Volunteers, cheering crowds, and live music on the course made it more than just a run. The energy and excitement is palpable (YES, finally worked that word into a sentence).
The weather held out until the end, actually till we met up with Jon at the finish and left for the car ride home. Then it started pouring. My thoughts went out to the walkers and full marathoners still out there; I believe everyone stayed safe and lightning/ thunder didn't really kick in till most marathoners had crossed the finish. For the second time in a week, I feel protected my divine intervention. First, I am involved in a startling car accident,and left with no damage or injury at all. Second, I run a 1/2 marathon on a day that has a red alert, severe weather warning and the sky turns beautiful blue with bits of sunshine and even blew a cooling breeze. Seriously amazing. Don't know how, but I'll take it.
In the words of Borat, "Great success."

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Only 6 Days? Really?

Only 6 days till the Country Music Half Marathon- come cheer me on if you're around next Saturday morning! When I started training for this in January I would have told you I would be relieved when it was over. Oddly enough, I am getting anxious about the fact that in less than a week it will be over.
WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO ME? Was not expecting this- especially after a kinda rough kick off in January. I 've just felt good lately(about running, about making new friends while running,etc), and I don't want to feel like it's gonna wind down after this race. So, I have decided to wind things UP a notch. Running will continue( thanks East Nasties for always being there), and various adventures will ensue. This is in the very near future!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Another Dam Adventure

Lately, I've been having an internal struggle. I have adapted to my new routine at my new job, but I haven't adapted my studio practice to that. I'm anxious and I miss it, yet I trust myself and know that I will this will come full circle. I don't doubt my creative work will claim it's place in my day- it's just not happening as quickly as I thought it would.What I HAVE been doing is nurturing other facets of my life, areas that are very different from my art work, but that hold a place of importance nonetheless. I hope to absorb the beauty, the color, the strength, the grit, the uncertainty, the human connection, and the rawness of the past couple months and let it tumble around inside.

Back to what I have been up to lately:
*My new job- it has been rewarding and challenging in numerous ways which may be a later post.
*Running- this time around my body has taken to it. It is allowing me to run stronger and faster than I ever have before. Also could fill a later post with more on this.
*Friendships- becoming more aware of the importance of nurturing friends, as well as being open to new ones.
*Mother Nature/ the Great Outdoors/ Whatever Name You Know It As- recognizing it as source of happiness and energy stronger than almost anything else.

I could say quite a bit more about the effect all of those are having on my life right now. Note to self- get your thoughts about these together and post them!I included pics of my most recent adventure which actually blended 3 of the 4 points from above. My buddy Jessica and I went to the Bicentennial trail in Ashland city for a gorgeous bike ride. Wildflowers were in full bloom, and the sky was clear blue. The Bicentennial path is a track that trains once ran along; now it is paved and graveled for hikers and bikers to explore the countryside. Crossing old train trestles bring me unexplicable joy. So did my first outdoor swim of the year- I jumped in the Cheatham lake! Please refer to "before" and "after" pics. This expedition completed another rad leg of the 2010 Dam tour (see pic), and I'm already looking forward to the next adventure!