Monday, July 26, 2004

Longhorn Pride

While it might seem strange to some, I cannot help but feel a swell of pride at the actions of two Texas-Exes over the weekend. First, Lance Armstrong crossed the finish line Sunday in Paris for a record sixth Tour de France title. Second, Ricky Williams retires just as his NFL career is taking off.

Why do such seemingly opposite situations encourage me to proudly wear my burnt orange?

Because in each circumstance, Lance and Ricky were following their hearts and dreams to pursue and realize those goals which make them individually happy.

To each, I say, the eyes of Texas are admirably upon you.

Saturday, July 03, 2004

Early Saturday

I woke up 15 minutes ago -- 5:40 a.m. on a Saturday. Why? Because I've signed up to run the Marine Corps Marathon in late October.

What does that have to do with getting up at the butt-crack of dawn?

Saturday mornings are long run days. Today, I'm putting in 11 miles, which isn't so bad. But over the next three and a half months, the mileage will grow. Eventually, I will probably get up to about 20 miles during my training. (The marathon itself is 26.2 miles.) Running that much takes time. And Texas in July gets pretty hot pretty early. The idea is to get the training run in before that blistering sun comes out and jacks the temperature into the high nineties.

Good stuff.

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