mellicious: pink manicure (PotC3 Sparrow)
Rob ran the marathon in 3 hours and 3 minutes - not as fast as he would've liked but not bad considering the weather. More later.
mellicious: pink manicure (PotC3 Sparrow)
I hate not having internet access.... And there's that whole GuildWars question, too.
mellicious: pink manicure (PotC3 Sparrow)
Had a huge dinner at Spaghetti Warehouse. Could go straight to bed now - but won't.
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We are trying to figure out what the weather is going to be like in the morning - it seems like the front has speeded up and it's going to be cold and rainy instead of warm and rainy. Rob says if it's too terrible he's staying in bed!

But that would be very unlike him. I will be very surprised if he doesn't run. If you want to check up on him, his race number is 1773. Or I think (based on past years) that you can probably also look him up by name. The website is here.
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I ordered Rob one of those bumper stickers that says "1-20-09" (the last day Bush will be president) for his birthday, because we saw one a couple of weeks ago and he couldn't stop talking about it. I bet we end up putting it on my car instead of his, though, so as not to mar the pristine-ness of the Corolla. We'll see.

I also ordered him a pair of pants from Land's End, because he hasn't had any new ones lately and it's almost impossible to find his size in a store, especially in the chino-type pants like he wears to work. (He's six feet tall & very skinny - the only pants that fit him in most retail stores are the ones intended for teenagers.) The only other thing I've bought for him is the movie The Descent, which I found at Sam's. I know he wants that one. He had told me a couple of more obscure movies he wants that I'll probably order from Amazon. The other piece of his birthday present is traditionally the night we spend at the downtown Hilton for the marathon - that will be this Saturday. (Usually his birthday falls closer to marathon weekend than it did this year - the marathon is next Sunday and his birthday isn't until the Sunday after, which is good because my mother usually likes to have some sort of birthday celebration for him and we won't have to try to deal with that on marathon weekend.) Rob is taking his comp day from the Day of Mourning last week - because he worked the whole day that day - on the Tuesday after the marathon, and since Monday is MLK day he'll have two whole days to recover. Which is good. He'll be all of 44 years old soon and doesn't seem to recover quite as fast as he used to.

We didn't do much this weekend, except go see "The Pursuit of Happyness" - which was pretty good. I'm not usually too big on, you know, heartwarming single-father dramas in the normal way of things, but this one was not overblown and Will Smith was likeable but not quite as cocky as usual and, I don't know, it all worked. (I am just not a good movie reviewer. It's hard for me to put a finger on what makes a movie good or bad.)

I was going to meet my mom and Art at the house yesterday, but he called me to say that she couldn't make it up the two steps to get inside. Her right leg is just practically dead - she can't lift it at all. We are trying to get her back up to Houston to see the oncologist and get another chemo treatment, since the last one did seem to help. The two hospitals do not seem to coordinate their services very well, though. Something about Medicare coverage that I don't quite understand, apparently. I wish we had a Medicare expert to run interference on this, I really do. It's ridiculous.

I almost forgot to say that we are in an orgy of possession-purging, brought on by having to move bookshelves and stuff on Friday and again today, since they are coming back to finish the sheetrock. We are working on piles of stuff for Goodwill and another one for library donations - my god, do we have a lot of books. I found a whole box of books that I thought was Rob's old books and turned out to be mine. It had The Last Unicorn in it, as well as some old Larry Niven and some other stuff I thought had gone in some past round of book-purging. I started re-reading The Last Unicorn and apparently I haven't read it in so long that I can't remember what happens at all. I think, "Oh, yeah, I remember this," as I read, but so far I have completely failed to remember where things go from there. Makes it interesting.
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Also... if you would like to see Rob finish the marathon, go [to this abclocal link that no longer works] and put in his name in the middle box, and then click on the link that comes up. (It's Windows Media, unfortunately.) He doesn't show up for a few seconds after the clip starts - he's the guy with red shorts on and no shirt. You can clearly see the hitch in his gait every other step. That's the hamstring thing. (But hey! 2:59 and change is still nothing to sneeze at!)
mellicious: pink manicure (fireworks)
Here's the text messages I got today with Rob's chip times:
6.2 miles: 00:43:27 (6:59 pace) (predicted 3:03:05)
13.1 miles: 01:29:57 (6:51 pace) (predicted 2:59:35)
18.6 miles: 02:06:42 (6:47 pace) (predicted 2:57:50)
finish: 2:59:04 (6:49 pace)

Personally, as a spouse of a longtime runner, I think the text messages are a great invention. About the time I start wondering how things are going and if he got hit by a car or anything (okay, that's highly unlikely during the marathon, really, since they close all the streets off - I really worry more about him getting hurt in some much more mundane way), I get another text message.

Anyway, the predicted times getting lower and lower is normal - he always runs what they call "negative splits" in the marathon, which just means he runs the 2nd half faster than the first half. So all looks normal there up until the finish time. I saw him right around mile 18, though, and I knew something was wrong - he wasn't running smoothly like he usually does. He's been complaining about his hamstring a little bit, and sure enough, that was it. He said he almost quit but he kept going because he knew he could still break three hours. Crazy thing. (I'm being flip but this really does worry me a fair bit - I worry that he's going to try to run through some really serious injury one of these days, and make it worse.)


(Hey, I just found out that if you go to abc13.com tomorrow and put in Rob's bib number - 1179 - you are supposed to be able to see him cross the finish line! Ain't technology grand.)
mellicious: just your basic burnt-orange longhorn silhouette (Longhorn)
I feel so scattered lately. And the bad thing is, I'm always scattered, so for me to notice it it's got to be even worse than usual. I don't know what to make of that, I just thought I'd throw it out there.

On that cheery note... We will be busy this weekend, so hopefully I won't have too much time to brood. I feel kind of broody right now (as you can probably tell), but I'll get over it. I always do.

If you want to know what I'll be doing this weekend, see last year's entry. Because it'll be pretty much exactly the same. Except that I can't tell you ahead of time how fast Rob will run, of course - although barring injury or something like that, he always runs something just under three hours. And also, we are staying at the Hilton this year, unlike last year. I'm fairly excited about that, actually, because it's right there by the start/finish line. No shuttling back and forth - I can stay in bed all morning if I want to! (Although we have yet to negotiate whether I'm going to try to meet him someplace with Gatorade, which I do most years. We'll see about that part.)
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