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Friday, February 23, 2007

88.2 miles

Ali and I are going to run to San Francisco and then eat a fancy dinner. Not all at once or anything, but in mile-size pieces going counter clockwise around McKinley Park. It is nice to be at McKinley Park right now. There’s an almost green fog hovering in big tree branches, making them blurry and soft. The magnolias are shamelessly pink and white, huge blooms and nothing else. I would be embarrassed to beg for attention like that, but I can’t deny the effect.

Anyway, we’re gonna start running again. We’re going to make a map and hang it on our wall. We’re going to color in the miles as we run them, until we arrive at Millenium. And then we’re going to put on pretty dresses and go out to dinner in San Francisco.

There is some risk we won’t make it all the way. If we only make it to Davis, we’re good, ‘cause we can go get burgers at Murder Burger. If we get to the Berkeley, there are lots of good restaurants we can go to. In between Davis and Berkeley is slim pickings. We don’t want to get all dressed up to go eat in Fairfield. The Funnier Megan pointed out that if we can swing that radius, we might be OK in Napa or Grass Valley, but Ali and I didn’t say upfront if our distance counts anywhere but the 80. We did agree that we could run or swim our miles, as long as we did them together. Next week we’ll get our evenings back, for big circles round the park. I love Daylight Saving Time.


Blogger Megan said...

I bet Matt could run there in just a few days.

1:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll bet you could walk there in just a few days, if that was your goal. You could probably do it in 1 weekend if you made it your whole weekend activity.


2:09 PM  
Blogger ScottM said...

That sounds like a good idea. I treated Jennifer to a San Fransisco weekend on her 500th bicycling mile. (I'm not sure how inspiring it really was, but it did make for a good excuse to eat some crab.)

2:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, and there's a BJ's in Vaccaville. You shouldn't rule them out. Their potato skins are excellent.

Though, their dark beers are a little too sweet for my liking.


2:28 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Hmmm. I was pretty wiped out after walking a half-marathon in a morning. I bet 20-25 miles would be as much as I could do without really hurting in day.

So, yes. I could walk there in a few days, if it were all we did. But I think we were more thinking of pleasantly fitting it in and not feeling bad afterwards.

2:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think it counts as exercise unless you feel bad afterwards. ESPECIALLY when it's running. After a proper run you should feel like you're going to throw up, and you should feel like lying down right where you are, but you can't, because you know that only ends up making you feel worse.


2:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can get you a tiny bit past Davis. Mr. Taco in Dixon is right by the freeway, and excellent.

A4, learning the html

2:39 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Ooooh. Now we just need something between Dixon and Berkeley.

(A4, I owe you a HUGE thank you, for mysterious stuff I'm not going to tell the whole world about. HUGE. And THANK YOU.)

2:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I ALMOST got the perfect cute little house right across the street from McKinley park! But someone else had gotten their app in before me :-(. So frustrating. I would have put lemonade out on the porch for you.

The housing quest goes on...


3:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I don't think it counts as exercise unless you feel bad afterwards. ESPECIALLY when it's running. After a proper run you should feel like you're going to throw up,..."

Justin, you must be pretty young (25 or under?). I remember when I would have said just what you're saying. But eventually your body will make you stop thinking this way, and you will be grateful to be able to run at all. Laugh now, it will happen. And the more you run till you puke now, the sooner the moment will arrive.

3:10 PM  
Blogger Megan said...


Boooo! You'll find something.

3:10 anonymouse:

Justin is consistent. He'll say that as long as he can.

3:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm 29.

I hate running, so I don't do it. I hike, that's much more tolerable. Or, I'll ride a bike, mostly just exercise bikes these days.

But, I do tend to push myself when I'm climbing still. I used to go until my muscles would completely fail, but that's really hard for me to do anymore. I wear out, but I can't reach muscle failure in just 4 hours anymore, my strength and endurance have gone way up since I first started.

Anyway, people keep telling me this stuff, that my metabolism will slow down, and I'll just generally start wearing out, but it hasn't happened yet.


3:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, to go back to old topic, while you are at Murder Burger, get the hazelnut milkshake. It's not on the menu, but it's really good.


3:43 PM  
Blogger Sweet Coalminer said...

That is absolutely inspiring.

3:51 PM  
Blogger Megan said...


Ali and I should stop along the way? Hmmm. I never thought about that.

3:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was never much for running until I started up a few weeks ago. Granted, I stick to the treadmill for now, but when it gets warmer I may venture outside.
What you're doing sounds really cool.

Iron Rails & Iron Weights

8:18 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Not to be a party pooper or anything, but shouldn't you run there and back? Otherwise you can go to SF and eat, but you have to stay there!

8:27 PM  
Blogger Jason said...

When you're done with your warmup, you might try Iditarod 1049 Walk ...

Alaskan natives turn in their cards as they "reach" each village and get a pin. Sorry, Gussacks can't play. But we can download the map and walk along, too.

1:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

>Ali and I should stop along the way?

You could have intermediate goals. After 15 miles, go to dinner in Davis. After 25, Dixon. It sounds like you have a place to go in Vacaville.

I've got nothing in Fairfield, but that Ping Pong parlor might still be there. You rent tables and paddles by the hour, like bowling.


5:42 AM  
Blogger Justus said...

Michael Boyle has a series of articles on Mark Verstegen's website titled "Should women run?" He says that the anthropometry of most women -- those who do not have typically boyish figures -- makes running a particularly poor choice for them. He later says that studies have shown that women are 6 to 10 times more likely to suffer an injury while running than men.

Justin: people's metabolism "slows down" largely because they begin to suffer muscle loss as they age because they become more sedentary. People who engage in some kind of resistance training minimize that muscle wasting and avoid the majority of the "slowing metabolism" that everyone else thinks is an inevitable part of aging.

9:34 AM  
Blogger Noel said...

It seems Justus and I hang around the same kind of web sites. Justus, I'm surprised you didn't pull out the HIIT line.

Anyway, I'm not in the mood for preaching. I just wish it was already spring here!

9:31 AM  

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