Friday, April 15, 2011

Quicksilver

Did you ever see the movie Quicksilver? Probably not. It is from the mid-1980's when REAL movies were made. This movie had everything. Suspense, typical 80's yuppie excess, the stock market, New York City, and of course it had Kevin Bacon...



When Kevin Bacon looks back on his career in the 80's I bet he remembers Footloose Quicksilver the most.

I don't remember that much about the resolution of the movie...but I do remember that Kevin Bacon was a stock trader, he lost everything, and decided to quit his high stress job on Wall Street to become a New York City bicycle messenger.  I don't need to tell you that as a 13 year old, whose only mode of transportation was a 10-speed bike, this was the coolest career move EVER.

It of course led to my "bike phase", where I'd load up stuff in my backpack and pedal like there was no tomorrow around our neighborhood, delivering nothing to nobody. Once my mom let me go to my Grandparent's house three miles away. That was probably not a good decision on either of our parts..but I survived.

I honestly hadn't thought about that movie in a very long time until last night. I already ran in the morning, so while my son was at his swim team practice I decided to take my bike and go for a ride on a local rails-to-trails project here in Greenville called the Swamp Rabbit Trail. Now you should know, that I am not a "cyclist" in any form or fashion. I have a Wal-Mart road bike I bought 5 or 6 years ago on one of my impulses to "get healthy" that didn't exactly pan out. In any case, the bike will do just fine for now.

It was a beautiful night, and I just rode...pedaling away just like the old days without a care in the world. I thought that I could really learn to enjoy this bike riding thing. Most of the rest of my rides have been on the roads, which is TERRIFYING. How can cyclists ride without knowing who is about to run over them?!?! Being on the trail, there was nothing to worry about, and it felt good. I felt like Kevin Bacon again, and for the first time...EVER, I actually entertained the thought of doing a Triathlon one day.

Stay tuned for that one.

Reminder...MONDAY APRIL 18TH AT 8:30AM ET I will start up the live blogging for the Boston Marathon! GO USA!!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Super Bowl Week!

Wait...am I even allowed to say that? "The Big Game" Week just doesn't have the same ring.

Tell you what..if the NFL ever catches wind of this blog, and sends me a cease and desist for using the words Super and Bowl, I'll change it. Then frame the letter...because I'm so happy that someone outside of my circle of Twitter or DailyMile friends has sent this around. It really is the little things in life....

Anyway...what am I talking about anyway? For those of you who are new to our sport, next Monday April 18th is the 115th running of the Boston Marathon. The Boston Marathon is the longest running, most prestigious marathon in the world. Only the best of the best (except for the charity runners) get to participate in the Boston Marathon due to its rigorous qualification process.


Shortly after I first started running, I watched "Spirit of the Marathon" (which you should do), I started thinking about Boston.  After a few 5K's, my pace dipped below 7:30 a mile, and I thought "Hey, I can run 7:15 a mile, I bet I can do Boston".

Then I did a 5 mile race..
...and a 10K...
...and a 10 mile training run...
...and half marathon...
...and eventually a full marathon...

I learned that 5K speed in my case didn't translate into marathon speed. (My marathon speed was 9:00 per mile FYI). My 3:56 was FAR away from the 3:15 I would have needed to qualify.

Now knowing just how difficult it is to maintain a 7:15 pace for TWENTY-SIX MILES THREE HUNDRED EIGHTY FIVE YARDS, I am absolutely in awe of anyone who can qualify for Boston. Nevertheless, I can continue to dream and aspire, and maybe one day my age and pace will catch up to Boston's qualifying times.

So in this spirit of the big game...I'm taking time off on Monday, April 18th and will be "live-blogging" the race right here with my usual wit and sarcasm. I'm also happy to take your questions through the race. Which means I'll probably be sitting here giddy as a schoolgirl for 2 1/2 hours making comments that I find hilarious, while my wife gives a polite chuckle.

This will be the best chance the USA has had to win in either the men's or women's field in a VERY long time, so it should be a very exciting race.

Be sure to be here on Monday morning at 8:30 AM ET. I'll get things started and be sure to tell your friends. Wait, don't just tell your friends...tell your enemies too, reading this blog for 2.5 hours might be good revenge.