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August 31, 2008

The Human Race!

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I bring you a tale of victory in the face of grievously malfunctioning equipment.

Today was the Human Race. Because I participated via my Nike+ sportband, I had the option to run anywhere I wanted, any time I wanted, as long as I uploaded my run data before midnight tonight. I got up early, and ate a couple of breakfast bars, and headed out to the park around 9:30 this morning. I wanted to run before it became too bloody hot to think, let alone move (you want to do this in August, Nike? Really). I felt really good. I slept well, I “carbo loaded” with pizza for dinner last night, my leg wasn’t bugging me too much, and the temp was about 72°F.

The first half lap went really well. Then, when I got to the street side of the park, my wonderful sportband lost its sync with my foot widget. It didn’t record anything for about four minutes; when it synced up again, it had lost about a quarter of a kilometer. No problem, I thought. I’ll make it up at the end of the run.

But on the second lap, it did it again. And the third. And the fourth. And the fifth. Sometimes it took longer to resync, meaning even more of my already-run-kilometers went unrecorded. But on the fifth lap, after it cut out when a taxi cab drove by, I finally figured out the problem. I was picking up radio interference from some types of cars.

So, on the sixth lap, I turned at the other end of the park, and ran back down the non-street side path. Ha! No loss of sync. Excellent. I ran down and back again, completing my seventh lap, which was really 10K, but was only 8.15K according to my band. I decided that I wanted this to be official, and I would make up the extra distance. On my next lap, I tried cutting down a path through the middle of the park, thinking that would be far enough from the street to avoid interference – loss of sync, for the almost the entire length of the park. I have no idea what happened there. And at that point, I just about gave up. But I kept running.

I did four more half-laps down the non-street side of the park, and finished with an official distance of 10.04K and a time of 1 hour, 15 minutes. I’m more upset about the time then anything – I was on pace to finish in under an hour, which would have been awesome.

Thanks to friends and family who have been supportive.

The Human Race:
Distance: “10.04K” or 9 real “laps” around the park
Time: 1:15:40 hours
Average pace: 00:8:43 minutes per mile

August 30, 2008

Clouds circling the blog-o-sphere

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This here:

Was generated by this nifty page called Wordle. Wordle generates blog clouds from the words used on any webpage you plug in. The bigger the word, the more frequently it is used. Just give it an address and have fun!

August 28, 2008

Harder, faster, better, stronger

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The first week of fall term went pretty well. All my new classes seem interesting, and my new professors are enthusiastic about their topics. My favorite new professor teaches Evidence. He’s an older man with short gray hair; while other professors are either completely casual or completely “court ready” in their attire, he wears his tie loose and his collar unbuttoned. He spent quite a lot of time in New York as a kid, and his accent is thick. He likes to tell “war stories” about his days in the court room. I kid you not, it’s like learning Evidence from a grizzled Law & Order veteran.

Moot Court started Tuesday and it looks be be a much better year than last year. The professor is doing a lot more to get us ready for competitions early. To start, he’s giving us practice problems in the general area that our competitions will focus on, so we will be more familiar with the law when it comes time to research our official Problems. I’m going to an Intellectual Property Law competition up in San Francisco, and I’m really looking forward to getting to know IP law better. And if we make the finals, we go to Washington D.C. (in cold snowy March. But still, free trip to D.C.!)

I’ve done several runs since my last post, but I haven’t had the time to put them up. I pushed six full laps today, and I’ll do the same tomorrow. Saturday I may do a really short run, or I may take the whole day off. Sunday morning, I’ll put on my race shirt, head to the park and clock my official time.

Today’s Run:
Distance: 5.35 miles
Time: 0:53:28 hours
Average pace: 00:10:00 hours
3 days until The Human Race

August 21, 2008

“Oh no, I gotta go, back to school!”

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Today is the first day of classes for fall term 2008. I don’t have any Thursday or Friday classes, so I don’t really start until Monday. Nevertheless, I’m here in the library, plugging away on cases.

To sum up summer term: it started out okay, and then led straight to the sucking.  My final grade is technically a passing one, but I’m not proud. At least I don’t have to take the class again. Hopefully, I passed the MPRE, and I won’t have to retake the state exam.

Fall term schedule: Business Associations (consisting of a mix of rules about agencies, partnerships, LLCs, and corporations), Evidence, and, at long last, Constitutional Law.  I was a political science undergrad, and I’ve been looking forward to this class for two years.

Working:  Yet again, I’ll be working for LexisNexis and working for the school library.

Today’s Run:
Distance: 5.35 miles
Time: 0:53:21 hours
Average pace: 00:9:59 hours
10 days until The Human Race

August 20, 2008

Keep on movin’

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I’ve been off on my running schedule because of the vacation. I tried one more run up at the lake and it was the second worst bit of exercise I’ve ever put myself through. No breakfast. Running on asphalt in 80° temperature that was quickly rising. No sunscreen. At 3300 miles above sea level. At least I wore my hat. By the end of that run, I think I was about five minutes from a nice bout of heat stroke (I know what that feels like thanks to the worst bit of exercise I’ve ever done – a nice 10 mile bike ride on asphalt on a completely empty stomach and 100° heat. You think I’d have learned something, but apparently not…). And the very next day after that run, I pulled my leg muscle while trying to learn to waterski. Nothing serious, but it hurt at the time and has been a bit stiff ever since. Suffice to say, I took the rest of the vacation off from running.

Since returning home, I’ve been trying to adopt a morning exercise schedule. On Monday, I ran a 3 miles around 10 am to test my leg out and get the feel of things. It went alright (I could definitely feel the temp rising) but I’d waited too long since my breakfast bar.

Today was much better. Up at 8:30, ate some food, went to the park in a reasonable time afterward. did a full 5.5 laps, and my leg loosened up nicely while I was running. Just 11 days to go, but I think I’ll be able to run the whole 10K.

Today’s Run:

Distance: 5.30 miles
Time: 0:53:00 hours
Average pace: 00:9:59 hours
11 days until The Human Race

August 10, 2008


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I took my state exam on Friday, and I’m not thinking about it anymore. If I passed, great. If I didn’t, well, I just have to pass it sometime before I can actually start to practice.

We’re up at Bass Lake, about an hour from Yosemite National Park. Cheryl, Grandpa Leo, Donut, Chris, and I have rented a house for the week. We have access to a cute little pool with a small hot tub, cable, DVDs, and surprisingly, internet. On Tuesday, we’re going to rent a motorboat and water ski. On Thursday, we’re doing a day trip to Yosemite. But just because I’m on vacation, it doesn’t mean I get to slack off! I printed out a week’s worth of cases to try and get a head start on fall. I also brought my running shoes and Sport Band. Turns out 15 laps around our little gated rental area is 5 miles. Donut and I ran last night, and were reminded of something we should have considered – altitude. Bass Lake is at about 3,300 miles above sea level; LA is only 100 or so.

Yesterday’s Run:

Distance: 5.05 miles
Time: 0:51:37 hours
Average pace: 00:10:12 hours
22 days until The Human Race

August 4, 2008

100 miles

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As of tonight, I’ve run more then 100 miles since I started training in May.

Today’s Run:
Distance: 5.15 miles
Time: 0:52:02 hours
Average pace: 00:10:06 hours
Temp at start: 82°F
Temp at finish: 76 °F
27 days until The Human Race

August 3, 2008

Relaxing weekend

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I’ve spent the days since my final doing nothing important and loving every minute of it. On Friday I read a lot. On Saturday, just for something different, we took Chris’ gun over to a local shooting range and attacked some paper targets.  I figure since its in the house, I should know how to use it. Well, now I know, even if I can’t hit the broad side of a barn. As Chris said, it looks like we’re lovers, not fighters.

Today, Jacques brought brother Matt (aka Donut) down from Santa Cruise. The boys are settling in for a little Warcrafting. Chris is playing again, after almost a year sober, because Blizzard sent him a beta key for the new expansion. Picture a crack dealer talking to an old customer, and offering a sample of the new line.

In a few hours, its off to Badier’s for Venture Sunday and Popsicles.

Today’s Run:
Distance: 5.06 miles
Time: 0:52:36 hours
Average pace: 00:1023
Temp at start: 81°F
Temp at finish: 76 °F
28 days until The Human Race

August 2, 2008

5 miles

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Getting closer every day.

Today’s Run:
Distance: 5.0 miles
Time: 0:51:39
Average pace: 00:10:19
Temp at start: 76°F
Temp at finish: 73 °F
29 days until The Human Race

August 1, 2008

Summer Term Complete

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I took the Professional Responsibility final tonight, and I’m now officially on Summer Break Part 2. This, along with a glass or two of wine, is how I’m celebrating:

There’s a slice of angel food cake under there somewhere…

Anyway, I have a state exam to take next Friday, on the same topic. Then its off to Bass Lake for a week of fun. There is talk of boat rentals, and fishing (which I haven’t done in years) and water skiing (which I’ve never done at all). Should be quite relaxing.

Tomorrow’s plan is to do nothing important. Sleep late. Beat Portal. Read (I’m reading Wheel of Time again – about 1/3 of the way through Great Hunt). Meet Chris and his work boys for coffee. Go for a run. NOT think about my grades. It will be wonderful.