Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Back to Chuckit!

I went for a Chuckit run for the first time since April today! How I've missed having a group to run with. However, I did not want to go back when I was out of shape and a fat potato. Physically I'm in better shape now than at anytime I've been with Chuckit. Of course my running shape is not at peak yet but it's getting there.

How people in my life know me so well :) My exchange with Chuck today -

Chuck - "Hey, so are you joining us again?"
Me - "Yeah".
Chuck - "So did you sign-up for 20 marathons?"
Me - "No, only Paris :p"
Chuck - "I have a schedule you could follow but I know you won't listen to me"
Me - "No, this time I will follow the schedule"
Chuck - "You can join the folks who are running about a 3:10-3:20. That's what you run right?"
Me - "That's what I used to run once upon a time"
Chuck - "You'll get there again!"

I've never listened to my coach but this time I'm going to give it a shot. I'll do everything he tells me to do and see what happens. After all he is the coach and knows better than me :) Yeah, I know that I think I know what is best for me ALWAYS :)

The folks I ran with today are so focused and zoned in. If I run with them for a bit I don't think I'll be short of motivation!

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I went to the French consulate at San Francisco this weekend. The officer asked me the purpose of my visit.

Me - "I'm running the Paris marathon. I'm sooo excited. It's the 35th anniversary and I'm really looking forward to running it!"
Him - "You are a marathon runner. Very very good"

After that he was so happy that he stamped my passport immediately and gave it to me (normally they mail it to you a couple of days later). He also gave me a visa for double the time I asked for. Clearly, he was happy that someone was coming to run a marathon in his country :)

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I've read of people getting thrown out of planes but this was the first time I got to see it happen. A lady in my plane from Vegas to Seattle yesterday had left her laptop in the airport. The plane doors had closed. She was texting away in spite of the air hostess telling to stop. The air hostess went - "If the plane goes back to the terminal there are going to be cops waiting for you. 5..4..3..2..1". She did not stop. The plane went back to the terminal and a cop escorted the lady out. She was united with her laptop I think :p

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