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July 27th, 2007


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10:37 am - Rünnerdämmerung
Hey, guys, remember this post, six months ago? It's been a time, eh? Here are some stats:

The approximate amount of money I have spent in order to do this half-marathon, including fees, shoes, clothing, miscellaneous equipment, gels, doctor's appointments due to injuries, and transportation to training sites: over $400
The amount of money I have raised for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation: $3,265
The number of people who donated: 91

And I don't even know some of those people. I don't recognize some of the names! Thank you, known entities and lurkers alike! I could not have done it without you. The financial support was doubly beneficial, both for my goal and for people with AIDS, but the emotional support was, as they say, priceless. Because of you all, I overcame numb feet, shin splints, and incredible knee pain. This past Sunday, I made it through eight miles on a bad knee, utterly determined not to sit this race out. It turns out my body is generally stupid but can be pretty amazing at times, too.

This Sunday, July 29, I will be running the first half of the San Francisco Marathon. I expect to take off at around 6:10 A.M (PST) and be finished around 9:15 A.M. (PST) My route will take me down the Embarcadero, into the Presidio, across the Golden Gate Bridge and into Marin, back across the Golden Gate Bridge and through the Presidio, and finally into Golden Gate Park.

I really don't know how many of you will be awake during those hours, but if all goes well, I will be PhonePosting my progress. I want to share the experience with you. So when you see ten PhonePosts on your flist, all in a row, please take the time to listen and cheer me on. This is your race as much as it is mine.

No, I've changed my mind. It's totally my race! I'm the one who's going to be in pain the whole time. The least you could do is listen to me complain about it!
Current Mood: anxiousanxious
Current Music: Chevelle - Still Running

(26 memoirs | Describe me as "inscrutable")

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From:jeeperstseepers
Date:July 27th, 2007 05:42 pm (UTC)
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Good luck! I'm so happy and excited that you're getting to participate in it. Remember: no matter how it goes, you win at life for getting as far as you did.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 27th, 2007 05:47 pm (UTC)
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Aw, thanks, Squishy.
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From:daynr
Date:July 27th, 2007 06:07 pm (UTC)
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Good Luck!!!

My running coach always said that training and showing up to run is winning. Cheesy, but true since it takes so much determination and effort. Well done!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 27th, 2007 06:09 pm (UTC)
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Audrey Hepburn sure is pretty.
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From:maka2000
Date:July 27th, 2007 06:42 pm (UTC)
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Good luck! You can do it!
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From:modlin
Date:July 27th, 2007 06:46 pm (UTC)
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Go you!
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From:tarfrimmer
Date:July 27th, 2007 06:59 pm (UTC)
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Good luck, man. My hat's off to you for doing this! (Or would be, if I owned a hat. :)
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From:kouredios
Date:July 27th, 2007 07:21 pm (UTC)
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Good luck! Running is my kryptonite. I don't know how you do it...
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 27th, 2007 07:21 pm (UTC)
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Neither do I. I just sort of...do.
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From:miniglik
Date:July 27th, 2007 07:34 pm (UTC)
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I was just thinking today, "SUNIL RUNS HIS HALF MARATHON THIS WEEKEND. OMG YAAYAYAYAYAY!!!!"

:)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 27th, 2007 08:00 pm (UTC)
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Awwwwww.
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From:miniglik
Date:July 28th, 2007 02:30 am (UTC)
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Actually, I will be running about that time tomorrow. Sunil, however, won't be running until Sunday. Which is cool because then I'll be aroudn the listen to the voice posts. :) (Well, until it interferes with church.)
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From:prophetkristy
Date:July 27th, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC)
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WHOOOO! Rock on!

Wow...I've *walked* across the GGBridge (and back, because as I was trying to convince the guy who I was with, no, there isn't a bus on the other side to take you back). I can't imagine running all that!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 27th, 2007 10:22 pm (UTC)
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Well, I take frequent walk breaks! But I'll bet you didn't walk on the road. We get to run on the road!
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From:latropita
Date:July 27th, 2007 10:15 pm (UTC)
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It turns out my body is generally stupid but can be pretty amazing at times, too.
...that's what she said?

Good running! I probably won't be up during the first part of your race, but hopefully for the last leg of it. Take some Advil before you go.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 27th, 2007 10:24 pm (UTC)
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Actually, I'm not supposed to take any NSAIDs before the race because they increase the risk of hyponatremia. Not that I really think I'm in danger of that with a half-marathon.
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From:latropita
Date:July 27th, 2007 10:27 pm (UTC)
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Oh! Yikes. Nevermind then. I recommended that because all the cross country runners I knew in high school who had shin splints were obsessed with their pre-run Advil. If they've told you not to, definitely don't take my shady advice.
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From:soleta_nf
Date:July 27th, 2007 11:11 pm (UTC)
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Good luck with it! I'll definitely be cheering you on. :D
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From:catatonia00
Date:July 27th, 2007 11:52 pm (UTC)
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Good luck on Sunday, Sunil! Keep on keeping on.

With all the running posts you and Sarah generated, I couldn't help but do some running of my own as well. So you can pat yourself on the shoulder for getting my butt off the ground and joining two fun runs (measely 5K but it's still running) so far.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 30th, 2007 05:38 am (UTC)
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Nice! How inspirational we are.
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From:sterope
Date:July 28th, 2007 12:45 am (UTC)
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I just visited places on your race route! Good luck!!
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From:electricmonk
Date:July 28th, 2007 12:55 pm (UTC)
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I might be awake. Woo, jet-lag.

You are awesome. I guess "break a leg" is probably the wrong note of encouragement in this situation, but you know. Go forth and be awesome.
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From:upanashad
Date:July 28th, 2007 11:45 pm (UTC)
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Good luck, Sunil. And remember when it gets tough that after tomorrow the only running you'll have to do is when you're escaping from serial killers and polar bears.

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