I’m running a half marathon this weekend…Elvis give me strength!

Top of the Tuesday to y’all. I have some THRILLING news.

I can hardly contain my excitement

Today began with my go-to swim workout. After I toweled myself off, I prepared to mount my trusty steed and cycle into work to do some science. Imagine my chagrin when I received a pressing call from my social secretary, direct on the Chiquita channel.

My social secretary NEVER monkeys around.

Apparently I have a half marathon this coming weekend. I am signed up for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Half Marathon, this Saturday, June 21st! I received a complementary entry courtesy of the Seattle Humane Society, so I will be running for the animals as a charity athlete. I used my training for the Tacoma Marathon to fundraise for the Humane Society, and I am so grateful to everyone who supported me, and the animals for that event. If you feel inclined to donate to this fantastic organization, my fundraising page is still active. Any amount that you give: five, ten, twenty five dollars goes directly to the Seattle Humane Society and their efforts to help homeless animals in King County and across the United States. Here’s a video detailing some of the great things that they have accomplished lately.

I must admit that I’m feeling a little ambivalent about this race. I have not been following a formal training regimen. I’ve certainly been maintaining my mileage volume during June: between my mom’s surgery and the frustration associated with developing a new protocol at work I have been feeling pretty stressed out, and running is a great way for me to blow off steam. Unfortunately, most of my runs have been, frankly, junk miles. I haven’t hit the track in over a month, or done any progression runs. I probably should be tapering this week, but I chose to run 16 miles on Saturday, and nine on Monday. Is it possible to go into a race both over-trained and under-prepared?

When in doubt run it out…

Wait, what was that sound? Do I possibly hear the wistful tones of the world’s tiniest violin?

Pictured: the world's tiniest guitar, synthesized Cornell. Click through for info on how they made it Source: http://www.lutherie.net/nano.guitar.aip.html
Pictured: the world’s tiniest guitar, synthesized at Cornell. Click through for info on how they made it
Source: http://www.lutherie.net/nano.guitar.aip.html

I have to apologize for wasting valuable megabytes of internet with my privileged, first-world, neurotic runner-person problems. These resources could be far better applied towards positive thinking, and cute animal photos!

Particularly photos of THIS cute animal! Sell the flowers, don’t eat them, Porter!

I am lucky! I have a free entry into an awesome race to support a charity that I believe in. I may not be racing for a personal record, but you can bet that I will be representing the Humane Society with a smile on my face, a neon green “I Run for the Animals” jersey on my back, and Mizunos on my feet. I’m honored to be able to participate, and I can’t wait to meet the rest of the charity athletes in the Humane Society crew! I guess it’s time to take my taper week seriously: bring on the carbohydrates!

Elvis loves oatmeal almost as much as I do.

What’s your go-to carb?

For me it’s oatmeal, bananas, sweet potatoes, and brown rice. Ideally not all at once.

Favorite Elvis song?

The correct answer is: Jailhouse Rock


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