Tuesday, August 30, 2005

According to latest reports, the historic French Quarter, the hallmark of New Orleans and the main draw for its huge tourist industry, should escape with only minor flooding because it sits five feet above sea level.

It could be worse....

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Say a prayer for New Orleans tonight. Hurricane Katrina is expected to make landfall about sunrise Monday.

Whether you respect their individuality or dismiss them as a confederacy of dunces, you have to smile at the way some New Orleanians greet this catastophic event:

“You can sign my death certificate,” cigar bar owner Michael Kincaid said, standing in line at Mattassa’s corner grocery with a six-pack of beer, a bag of potato chips and a package of chocolate chip cookies. “My biggest investment is here, so I’m going to stay with it.”

Or, as a 56-year old real estate agent put it, “We’re kind of a different breed of people down here, people in the Quarter. Heck, if we can put up with Mardis Gras, we can put up with a hurricane.”

I love New Orleans. Probably more than anywhere I've ever lived. I sincerely hope it makes it through this.

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Saturday run. Best yet. 15 miles. 2 hours, 13 minutes, 27 seconds. 8:53 per mile pace. Felt great. Still feeling good. I.I.T.S.

On a different note...

Looking back over the past several posts, I've noticed this has become little more than a running blog, chronicling my current quest for a sub-4 hour marathon.

Fear not, faithful readers (all three of you), as college football season is about to begin, which will surely provide ample inspiration.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

It's back on. Yesterday I hauled ass and finished my 10-miler in 1 hour, 29 minutes. That's a respectable 8:54 per mile. I felt good, but I was definitely tired at the end. I know I couldn't have kept it up for another 16 miles, but I'm sticking with my earlier reasoning -- the heat and humidity are a huge factor that should disappear by December. When I left the house at 6 a.m., it was a ridiculous 82 degrees! Next week is a 15 mile jog....

Saturday, August 13, 2005

The sub-four hour marathon is going to be tough. I just got back from what I thought was a great long run. I felt like I was booking it -- 14 miles in 2:12:04. But I needed to run it in 2:08:14 to be on pace. Maybe it was the weather--even by 6:30 a.m., it was about 80 degrees with 60% humidity. Hopefully, my time will improve as the temperature drops.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Sunday, August 07, 2005

I've been at the office since 10:30 a.m. And that doesn't count the hour and a half at home I spent reviewing a proposed settlement agreement before heading this way.

So... it's time for a quick break before I delve back into the exciting world of written discovery.

Part of the blame for this Sunday is owed to an informal mediation I had last Friday. I expected it to last an hour or two at most. I even thought I might slip out early and head to the golf course. Sadly, we were still negotiating four hours later. Ah, well. In the end, it all worked out.

On a different note, I've decided I need new goals. I've been doing the running thing for a few years now (really since 2001), and I want a new challenge(s). In that regard, here's my new three-part plan that should take me into 2007.

First, run a sub-four hour marathon. I checked online, and my best time was 4:13:30 in the 2002 Mardi Gras Marathon. (Earlier that year, I had run The Wall, a 30k race (18.64 miles) in 2:46:58, which put me at an 8:57 per mile pace. I remember thinking after the race that had I run a marathon that day, I would've finished in under 4 hours. I felt great the entire time.) I've got the White Rock in December. Hopefully, I'll be able to do it then. If not, I've got Cowtown in February.

Second, after accomplishing the sub-four hour marathon, I want to train for a century ride. I'm setting my sights on the 2006 Hotter than Hell 100. I am incapable of motivating myself to train for anything short of extreme.

Third, having run several marathons and, hopefully, a centruy ride, I want to compete in a triathlon. This means I will have to learn how to swim. (Currently, I know how to gently float.) The idea is to do this sometime during the spring of 2007.

That's it! Nothing to it, right?


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