08 August 2011

at the speed of light

I ordered 2 large canvas prints of my photographs that were shipped via FedEx. Now, I'm not complaining at FedEx, nor am I sitting on the edge-of-my-seat waiting for them to arrive, but I have to share the tracking chart that I've been following for the past week. It's more humoring me if anything. But first, here's the route it had to take:


They have been on a journey from Durham, NC to Atlanta. A mere 6.5 hour journey in ideal driving conditions. It took me 4.5 hours to run a marathon once. I'm not sure if that helps my argument though. Wait, I forgot I'm not arguing because I'm not complaining. Anyway, I know that things don't ship fast, and that's fine, but this is the baffling part:


They both actually made it from Durham to Ellenwood (which is at the perimeter of Atlanta) in 24 hours. Not bad. Actually, impressive considering it was tagged in Charlotte and Greenville along the way. Maybe it even stopped for some Starbucks. Or for a #4 two cheeseburgers-with no cheese-deal at McDonald's. Who knows. Still impressive.

But then it falls apart. And jet lag obviously sat in. They both were bounced around Atlanta to these supposed "smartposts" (whatever those are) from Aug4 until Aug9.

But wait! Today's only Aug8! Very perceptive, readers!

It is with great honor that I announce to the world that FedEx delivers.. in the future! Alas, I actually have no idea if they are going to be on my doorstep when I get home or not at this point. I even had to look at the calendar to make sure it really wasn't Tuesday already also. And I had to make sure Ellenwood was a real city. The jury is still out on that. And does anyone else want something from McDonald's now?

07 August 2011

you're crazy

Today I decided that maybe I should alert the masses of my latest endeavor. This is more for accountability reasons.

Let me present, exhibit A:

It's a graph. And frankly it scares me. I've cropped the units off for the time being because it helps ease my mind. And it's this graph that has provided many folks to say exactly what the title of this post says: you're crazy. Actually, it's more along the lines of, YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY CRAZY! WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?! Well, all but a few have said that.

So, what IS it? I mean, after all it doesn't look that bad. It could just be rain patterns for the Atlanta area over a year. It could be how loud the cicadas have been over the course of 12 hours during the night. It could be a graph of what time I've actually made it into work over the past month. Give up? How about we throw the units back on there. Exhibit B:


It's a graph for a 50k. YOU'RE CRAZY! Ah, I heard someone just say it. Elevation and distance. Meters and miles. 31.1 miles to be exact. I have signed up to run my very first ultramarathon. And from what everyone is saying, it's a tough one. And finally, it's a trail race. And it's in North Georgia, home to some nice hills. Ok, they even call them mountains. But I'm going to stick with calling them hills for now.

And for the record, that hill from mile 3.5 to mile 7 is 2000+ feet straight up. On the plus side, I'll get to descend it at mile 24.

Things that are great about training 5 days a week: the amount of Oreos and potato chips I eat are inconsequential, I seem to eat every 3 hours, and I have become a morning runner and really enjoy it.

What have I done? Many updates to follow. Race day is Nov19.