Olivia's Marathon Misadventures

Friday, March 17, 2006

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I am going to leave work and enjoy some non-green beers here shortly. But I wanted to quickly share some of my pictures from Scottsdale, Arizona. I checked Wikipedia, curious about my crummy runs both Tuesday and Wednesday, thinking that Arizona must have a much higher altitude than Tennessee, therefore contributing to my sorry showing. WRONG. There is like 60ft difference between Phoenix and Nashville. So, that is clearly not why running both days was a complete and utter struggle. Plus I was mortified - two people ran with me on Tuesday and were so impressed that I was a running a marathon and they were totally intimidated to run with me - I ended up HUFFING and PUFFING behind both of them. So sad...

There was some beautiful scenery out there though. I kind of love it! First I saw this crazy plant that is obviously from the cactus family, called a Curiosity plant... You have to click on the picture to see it up close but it was really interesting. As I was running I saw this cute little bunny - there were bunnies EVERYWHERE! I was expecting to see like desert jack rabbits. You know, the long, lanky kind. Nope, they are cute and fluffy! So, this is really early in the morning...around 6:30. Surprisingly, there weren't more people up and about. So, on Wednesday, I was able to fail at my run in almost perfect solitude. TWO stinking miles...Terrible. A'ight! I'm out - time to avoid green beer.


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