Olivia's Marathon Misadventures

Monday, February 06, 2006

Happy Waitangi Day

The Treaty of Waitangi was signed on February 6, 1840 in a marquee erected in the grounds of James Busby's house at Waitangi in the Bay of Islands. A draft of the treaty had been presented to the local Maori chiefs the previous day and Governor William Hobson had returned to his ship, HMS Herald, anchored in the bay, expecting the Maori to discuss the treaty for a day and possibly sign it on the morning of February 7. However, Maori had debated signing the treaty later into the night and appeared to have presumed the treaty would be signed in the morning of February 6 and did not have enough food to wait another day. Hobson was called ashore to sign the treaty just after noon, still dressed in his civilian clothes and only carried his uniform hat.

Not even a happy celebration of Waitangi - the creation of New Zealand as a nation (or whatever) - can get me excited about running today. I am exhausted from watching the Stupor Bowl and, subsequently, Grey's Anatomy last night. BUT, I did get up this a.m. for my regularly scheduled workout. It went ok. No major break-thrus...Just good ol' fashioned lifting and grunting and sweating.

However, Saturday's run was GREAT! A simple, straight-forward 6-miler. Sweet! I love runs like that. And who wouldn't love a run where, at the end, your coaches offer you a little brekkie! YUM! Drop weeks during marathon training are always super fabulous. Sadly, I must not revel too much...TWELVE MILES await me on Saturday. [shriek!]

I need a sherpa to carry all of my shite...water, gu, clif blocks, electrolyte jelly beans, iPod, Aleve, bananas, kitchen sink...while Sherpa is at it, he can do the running too...Seriously, you all, I am nervous. And, high of 36 on Saturday - and we ain't talking Celsius here peeps. That punk, Punxatawny Phil, can kiss my arse.


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