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No power in the 'verse can stop me. [Jan. 13th, 2008|04:33 pm]
Lindsey Kuper
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In my abortive attempt at doing a 2007 marathon, I couldn't get past the 8-mile point. In this round of training, I was supposed to run 8 miles last Sunday, but I ended up going only 6.8 because I was on unfamiliar ground, it was dark, my phone was dying, there were threatening signs, blah blah blah excuse-cakes. I had another 8-mile run on my schedule for today. I was nervous. I've run a lot over the last several weeks, but they've mostly been shorter runs of four miles or so. It had been a long time since I'd run 8 miles, but I couldn't put it off any longer, because next week my long run would need to be 10. So it was 8 today or never.

And then I went out and ran 10.6 miles!

Farther than I've run in a year and a half! And what a good route. It hits all four five quadrants of Portland. It crosses the river -- twice, on different bridges. It goes right by Courtney sherwooddotnu's house, Blue lovemotionstory's house, Pioneer Square, Ladd's Addition, the bar where my so-called band played in 2006, and some of my very favorite graffiti. And it ends with an awful, wonderful hill. (Clearly, it's the perfect show-Alex oniugnip-Portland route, which is a good thing because I'm bringing him with me when I run it again next weekend.)

So now I've leaped over the 8-mile barrier, which was really my own mental barrier more than anything. I know I can handle 8 and 10, and the next big challenge won't be until I do 12, three weeks hence. Even better, now I'm filled with fresh Portland-love. Guys, our city is wonderful. It's true, this route doesn't hit every neighborhood worth seeing, but it's really amazing that so many good places fit into one ten-mile loop. And a city this runnable, with multiple pleasant ways to get across the river on foot, is really special.

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[User Picture]From: qousqous
2008-01-14 03:19 am (UTC)
You were a block away from running in front of my mom's house.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2008-01-14 04:20 am (UTC)
Ooh, good location! I would like to live in Ladd's someday.
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[User Picture]From: qousqous
2008-01-14 05:01 am (UTC)
Yeah, Ladd's is really nice. It's quiet yet very close to everything. My mom's house has a pretty good location—it has a view of the rose garden.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2008-01-14 05:32 pm (UTC)
Wait, stop, I forgot something.

"Your mom was a block away from running in front of your mom's house!"

Okay, carry on.
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[User Picture]From: oniugnip
2008-01-14 05:08 am (UTC)
Woo for long runs! :) Your city, show me it.

We're going to run a(nother) marathon!
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2008-01-14 05:40 pm (UTC)
I will show you it!

We need to carve out about three hours for this run (it probably won't take that long, but better safe than sorry). Oh, man, there's so much to do. This, the concert, SNDC, Twin Peaks, Free Geek.
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[User Picture]From: anacoluthia
2008-01-14 07:25 am (UTC)
I know the feeling. I did my first 7 miler in, geez, about 10, maybe 11 months. It's pretty sweet. Nice to be in that place again where I can feel the need to run. And I saw all of Hawaii Kai.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2008-01-14 05:33 pm (UTC)
Nice. Will you take pictures on a run sometime so I can drool over them?
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[User Picture]From: anacoluthia
2008-01-17 10:16 am (UTC)
If you want to run the HNL Marathon while I'm here, you're welcome to come see for yourself. I know we don't know each other well, but staying with Nate in Seattle worked out really well for me, so I'm happy to pass the favor along.

Otherwise, I'll see about taking a canera long sometime.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2008-01-17 08:40 pm (UTC)
Man. I'd love to come run a marathon in Hawaii, but I don't think it's going to happen in 2008 due to time and budget constraints. I'll think about it for 2009, though.
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From: hiamanda
2008-01-16 02:38 am (UTC)
Sweet! I did 7 last weekend, like [lj user="anacoluthia"]. This weekend's "long" run will be a laughable 5 miles, but it's going to be tough because subzero wind chills are in the forecast. Brrr!

How'd you manage to do long runs in Iowa in the winter?
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From: hiamanda
2008-01-16 02:39 am (UTC)
Crap, apparently I spend so little time on LJ these days I don't remember how to link to someone else anymore. Eh bien.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2008-01-16 06:06 am (UTC)
I had big, thick gloves. And lots of layers. And a tenuous grasp of sanity.
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[User Picture]From: anacoluthia
2008-01-17 10:10 am (UTC)
I'm secretly run-stalking you. I'll be doing 5 this weekend as well. I need to sign up for the Great Aloha Run (13K), but I'm still a little afraid I'll suck
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From: hiamanda
2008-01-17 03:28 pm (UTC)
Who cares if you suck? I say do it. If you aren't happy with your time, sign up to do another race. The fact that you sign up for, train for, and start a race automatically means you suck at running less than about 95% of the population.
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[User Picture]From: lovemotionstory
2008-02-10 09:28 am (UTC)
whoa!

maybe i shouldn't go running with you, i'll probably be too slow...
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