Sept 23nd, 2018: Did Viva Calle
with Virginia. It was the kickoff event for the car free
streets celebration. I did it at a walk, averaging about 20
minute miles. Mainly that was because of my bad back. Virginia
did it at closer to 12 minute miles. Turns out her friend
Becky also had a bad back, so we walked trading stories and
learning about each other. She's a mom with teenagers who was
born in Redwood City and has spent most of her life in this
area. Nice lady with a day job who is looking forward to her
kids getting launched. The miles went by quickly.
October 2nd, 2018: Did the
election officer training in Cupertino. That was an
abbreviated refresher course for people that have done the job
before, so we were done after a couple of hours work. At the
end they gave each of us one of these pins to wear on election
January 2019: Did Hot Chocolate again with Virginia. This time we were in the first batch that got turned around at the beginning of the Great Highway leg. Kind of embarrassed by that.
September 4th, 2018: Loving the
license plate theme in these two race medals.
Sept 2nd, 2018: Did the RACE TO THE
END OF SUMMER with Virginia. We were a couple of mile from the end
when some guy on a bike going the other way told us "The party at
the end is going strong already." When we got there it was mostly
over. The volunteers were gathered for a group shot in the finish
line chute when we got there. They gave us a nice cheer. After
that dissipated learned that there was a big box of last years
metals. Picked up the small version of that medal, because I like
the license plate theme. Goes nicely with the bronze and yellow
thing I earned this year. That was also available in a small
version, bit I liked the fact they gave me a big one. Don't
remember another time when medal option seemed to be a fashion
September 15 or 16, 2018: Virginia
and I signed up to be "course monitors" at the Red Rocks
Challenge. We showed up on the tandem and did a lot of scouting to
find out how many people were still on the course. Helped the
people running the water stands know when their jobs were done.
Also gave Chris a break so she could relieve herself while waiting
for the stragglers at the 20K turn around. Worked out great.
Virginia's Garmen said we pedaled 20 miles. When it was all said
and done they gave us each a medal for being part of the event.
Thanks for sharing!
May 23rd, 2018: Did the election
officer training at the Registrar of Voters office. At the end of
the training they gave those of us who completed it each one of
these pins. Wore it on election day. Not sure anybody noticed.
July 4th, 2018: Participated in the
Rose, White, and Blue parade with bike party. Had a great time.
Got this ribbon at the beginning and wore it all day.
July 28th, 2018: Did the Bad Bass
half marathon with Virginia. Our time was nothing to brag about,
but we knew it wouldn't be. Started an hour before the "race" with
the hiker division. That meant we were about half way around the
course when the first of the runners started passing us. The
really fast ones were poetry in motion. Very fit guys hauling ass.
We did our best to stay out of their ways. Then it was like being
a spectator with an awesome seat (if you don't count the fact that
we were sometimes in the way due to narrow trail issues) for a few
miles. Then for the last few miles it was almost like running in
place, in that the people ahead of and behind us didn't change
much as the miles melted away. Gotta do some getting in shape!
Unlike most of the races we've been
involved with, Taji 100 is a month long challenge. The idea is to
go 100 miles (or more) on foot in the month of February. Virginia
was bent on getting 300 miles this month, and did it. I ended up
going for 200, far more than I was expecting at the beginning of
the month. Feeling stronger than I have for a long time because of
all the walking. Also unlike most races, what makes the experience
compelling is the online component. All of the fun of following a
favorite baseball team in the paper, except that I was the team.
Go! ME! GO! The leaderboard at Taji100.com gives you a sense of
your place in the race that makes working out so much more than
just a good reason to eat delicious food. The exercise log
component has lots of outings on it. So fun!
March 19th, 2018: This was another
beer that was already in the fridge. Celebrating in the FINISHER
cup I got instead of yet another medal from the GO GREEN St.
Patricks Day. Wore as much green as possible. Finished the half
marathon in 3 hours, 27 minutes, and 17 seconds, another PR for
me. Now my finish time is under the cutoff for more races than it
used to be.
April 8, 2018: Did the San Francisco
Rock 'n' Roll half marathon with Virginia. Didn't do as well as I
wanted, but still took 20 seconds per mile off last years time in
the event. Think now part of the problem was that the air filter
in my living room was clogged, causing me to have an almost
imperceptible (except in stuff like half marathon performance)
decrease in lung function. Replaced that the next day.
April 15th, 2018: Did the Silicon
Valley half marathon with Virginia. Did it with a finish time
three and a half minutes under last weeks, but still not a really
good time. I'm thinking the problem is that I have been eating too
much and gaining weight. Thanks Willie Nelson.
December 29th, 2017: This was the
bling collection that I wore at my festivus party. People asked
what my feat of strength was and I said "Carrying around these
medals all evening." In the case of the eclipse medal, the real
feat was getting to Tennessee on the Greyhound bus to participate
in the run. Loving the fact the "San Francisco Berkeley Challenge"
covers two cities that elected Green Party members. Forgot to
refer to the guy on the Summit Rock medal as "Han Spotted Owl" too
many times. Did all those runs with Virginia, plus many others.
Looking forward to more of that in 2018!
February 4th, 2018: Did the Super
Guadalupe River Run with Virginia. Since it was only 6.2 miles
along a river bike path, I focused on going as fast as I can. Did
every mile at a pace at or under 15:45. Better at race walking now
then I ever was before that experience. Used a new pair of Saucony
shoes for the experience. That turned out to be a mistake. They'd
done okay out walking with Virginia, but under race conditions
they ground a huge blister in my heel that popped and got very
sore by the time I crossed the finish line.