Sunday, November 27, 2005

The Sunday after a long, holiday weekend is always kind of a downer. Back to work, back to school, back to the norm. But Christmas is only a month away!

We had a nice Thanksgiving. For the eighth or ninth year, we attended the annual Thanksgiving Eve party at Smokin' Joe and Pat's house.

Nell and I ran the Turkey Trot the following morning. I was pleased with my time, which was 4.5 minutes faster than the previous year.

Texas squeaked by the Aggies and finished the regular season 11-0. We'll be playing Colorado for the Big 12 Championship next Saturday. After we win, it's a month until the National Championship at the Rose Bowl.

We saw "Walk the Line" last night. Good movie. We both really enjoyed it.

Two weeks until White Rock. I'm ready to get this marathon over with.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

It's been awhile since I've posted something here. I'd like to say it's because I've been busy (which is true), but that's not really the reason. I've had every intention of posting. It's just that somehow when I sit down at the computer I find myself checking out espn.com or our bank account or cnn.com or fantasy football....

In any event, here I am now, awake at at 7 a.m. on a Saturday for no good reason. I'm not running this morning. No work to do. Nothing to force me out of bed except for nagging, sore throat. It kicked in about two days ago and it really ticks me off. I hate getting sick and rarely do. But here it is. A tickle in the back of my throat that keeps me from getting a good night's sleep. I kept the bottle of chloroseptic on the nightstand, but numbing the itch doesn't make it go away. It just dulls it. I had my flu shot about three weeks ago, so this is probably just your run of the mill sore throat/common cold.

As a friend and former blogger used to say, alas.

Marathon training is on the down slope. I'm now tapering my routes. At the peak, I ran 21 miles in under 3 hours. Assuming all goes as planned, I should have no trouble reaching my goal. I use the term "no trouble" in the relative sense. It will still be a hard run, and I'm certain my legs will ache for days afterwards. But if I cross that finish line in under 4 hrs (and I don't care if it's 3:59:59), then it will be worth it. Right now, I'm happy to not be getting up at 4:45 a.m. to go jog until the sun comes up.

Texas football is keeping me smiling. Other than the Ohio State game, the Horns have dominated every team on their schedule. Sure, Oklahoma State was tight during the first quarter, but, as commentator's are very fond of saying, Vince Young will not let you lose. We (Nell and I) are going to the game against Kansas this afternoon. We got great seats from a friend at the firm--50 yard line, club level. Nell has only been to Royal-Memorial Stadium once, and we sat in the corner of the endzone. This should be a nice experience for her.

For now, that's all I've got.

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