Monday, April 03, 2006

Meeting Dean!

Hey guys! I hope you all had great Mondays. My boss took today off as a vacation day so I didn't really mind going to work (for a change!) Yesterday afternoon's storms lead to really nice evening so we took Pippin out for a 3 mile walk. It was really nice to head out well after 6 and still have daylight! Tons of people were out walking and enjoying the cool evening. Of course everything flipped around during the midnight hours. We went to bed around the usual 10.30-11.00 pm. As I was falling asleep I was dreaming I was on the beach, laying out in the nice sun (must be my sunburn talking!). I kept stretching and kicking my feet around which was annoying the crap out of Brent so he woke me up. When I told him we were sunning in the Caribbean he was a little more understanding. The next thing I knew massive rolls of thunder and lightning along with a ton of wind woke me up at around 12.30. Brent was awake, too and suggested I let Pippin in our room (he snores so bad we don't usually let him sleep with us.). We let him in and the storms were so strong we turned on the TV to enjoy the overkill of weather broadcasting our major networks provide. All 3 major stations always bring in two weatherpeople during storm situations and they tag team back and forth between all the various radar views and zooms. We were on the front edge of 3 strong storms. We turned off the computers, made sure our closet was ready in case we needed to "take shelter" and watched the broadcast for a while. Around 1.30 we got our strongest of the 3 which included tons of hail slamming across our windows. I hate that sound, it always sounds like our front windows are about to come crashing in. It moved on quickly and we tried to get some sleep but around 2.00 another strong surge came through and knocked our power out, right as I was trying to return to my beach vacation. I reset my alarm clock and the power immediately clipped back off. GRRR! We were so pissed and sleepy we got scrounged up a backup battery for alarm and then tried to go back to sleep. Then my alarm went off twice for no apparent reason!! Finally around 2.30 we went back to sleep. Needless to say Pippin and I did NOT walk this morning! We were lucky to have no damage, quite a few people in the Western part of the state died as a result of the tornadoes (I believe they said 19 people this morning on the news). The weather guy this morning called it a "clash of the seasons".

On a MUCH more fun note tonight we got to meet Dean Karnazes, UltraMarathon man! We read his book over a year ago, and Brent re-read it not too long ago. He was at Davis Kidd, an awesome local bookseller that has TONS of booksignings. This was his 30th stop on a 30 stop city tour, so we were very lucky to meet him! Friday he ran a marathon, Saturday a 50 mile race, and Sunday the Vancouver marathon. He took the red-eye to Nashville and wasn't a BIT sore. Good grief!! He gave a great speech about his book, his running, and just a lot of info about himself and his upcoming plans. He's planning to run 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days. Geez! Some of them will coincide with official races (like Chicago and NYC), others he will run the official race courses with police escorts, just not on race day. He'll be running the Memphis marathon course (that Brent and I did the half last December). He was a really great guy, very nice to answer any and all questions and even showed us some shoes he has been working on with North Face. He's really just your normal runner who can run for a very, very, very long time. Brent and I got him to autograph our book and also have a picture made. (OF COURSE!) It was a blast, what beats talking about running??? (except for running). Afterwards we headed to La Paz for dinner. They have THE best cheese dip in all of Nashville. We don't normally order cheese dip, but this stuff is completely worth it. The food is really good too, but nothing beats their cheese dip!

Anyway, back to watching the game! I'm pretty sure Pippin is going to win our league, which totally blows my mind. Yesterday he was in the 97% percentile on Yahoo!!! He was ranked 38,000-something - I am ranked 350,000-something!!!! It's totally amazing. We've been trying to ask him about Powerball numbers to see what he thinks. He's obviously a little Buddha.

See ya!

Fri - 1 mile am walk with Pippin
Sat - 10.3 mile run
Sun - 3 mile run, 3 mile walk with Pippin
Mon - Rest day for everyone!!!!!!!!!!!


At 7:38 PM, Blogger Cory said...

Mushrooms?!?! In a cheese dip??!?!?!! Hmmmm. Well, it's kinda fun seeing what you consume. I remember in your old posts, you'd summarize your food intake down at the bottom where you summarize your exercise. Fun to see that little glimpse in your life.

As far as the doggie, looks like he's gonna smoke us all. Last I checked, UF was up on UCLA, I think. Grrrrrrr. Oh well. You've gotten me bit by the fantasy league bug. Now I'm the big bad commish of the BCLA (I forget what that stands for, but that's OK) fantasy baseball league. Unfortunately, I'm stuck on three teams, and need four or more to initiate a draft and start the season. We'll see how it goes.

It is public, btw, if anybody likes that sort of thing.

At 8:02 PM, Blogger Danny said...

that's pretty awesome that you met dean. in our little running world, he's one of the biggest celebrities!

(i wonder if he knew he was going to be posted on "running into a brick wall"?)

At 8:12 PM, Blogger lainb said...

He was in town a few weeks ago and I was bummed that I wasn't able to go see him. I listened to him on the morning radi show though...he's absolutely incredible! I can't even imagine running 3 days straight..."waking up" and still be running! craziness. He still seems like such a "normal" guy/Dad though. lol

At 8:42 PM, Blogger Cliff said...

I thought he is much taller. Either u and Brent are very tall or he is not as tall.

I am glad u enjoy my post about Ironman u know why I train for Ironman ;)..

maybe someday u and Brent will run each marathon for each state.

At 11:01 PM, Blogger Jack said...

Wow, cool that you had a chance to meet Dean Karnazes - I just ordered his book and am (im)patiently waiting for it to show up. The dude is a running machine! Great pictures!

At 11:18 PM, Blogger Darrell said...

Very cool that you went out to see Dean. I got to see him here in SoCal way back at the beginning of the book tour. I wasn't smart enough to get a picture with him though. I was surprised that he's only 5'9'' or so. He was pretty funny. His parents were at the book signing as well. I mentioned in that I saw him run by in the LA Marathon a few weeks ago.

Freaky weather we've all been having lately. We are expecting a big storm here starting Tuesday.

Congrats to Pippin in the March Madness thing. How humiliating to get outpicked by a dog! LOL!

At 2:36 AM, Blogger susie said...

Pippin looks so happy to be ahead! Love your pictures, Rae. It's fun to be a part of your and Brent's world:)

At 4:40 AM, Blogger BuckeyeRunner said...

Great pics with DK!! I am jealous -he was here in Ohio in March, but we didn't get to go.

Have a great week!

At 5:09 AM, Anonymous Jay T said...

Really glad you're all okay after the storms. When I heard about it on the radio, my first thought was, "Wow, I hope that's not too close to where Rae and Brent live."

I still can't believe Pippin won.

At 5:52 AM, Blogger Jason said...

I'm still sore from running an 8K two days ago and he's running 50 marathons in 50 states. I just don't know how people (well, person) do it!

At 10:59 AM, Blogger D said...

I love it when high profile people are nice and down to earth in person. Cool.

At 11:06 AM, Blogger Anne said...

Glad you enjoyed hearing Dean K. talk about his running. I did too, though I later learned he has quite a few detractors that believe he gives the sport a bad name. I'm still trying to fathom how biomechanically perfect he's built to have NEVER BEEN INJURED.

At 12:18 PM, Anonymous angie's pink fuzzy said...

You got to meet Dean Karnazes?! That's so cool!

That weather sounds really scary. I'm glad you guys only had minor damage!

At 1:05 PM, Blogger TriSaraTops said...

Very cool ya got to meet Dean! Looks like fun! Glad the storm passed you without TOO much headache...ugh! What a pain!

At 5:11 PM, Blogger Scott said...

Would I sound bitter if I called DK a marathon whore?

At 6:05 PM, Blogger Dirt Runner said...

I still can't believe that we all lost to a dog. You guys need to take the red-eye to Vegas and put that pup to work.

At 6:07 PM, Blogger David said...

What a fun day. What game was Pippin doing so well on?

At 7:12 PM, Blogger robtherunner said...

It is always interesting to hear the different perspectives on Dean. I really enjoyed his book and find it interesting and inspirational all the things that he does. However, I also subscribe to an ultra-listserv made up of ultra runners and there is always a lot of debate on whether he is good for the sport of ultra running or not. When the debates get rolling there tends to be about 50-100 e-mails back on forth about Dean. Nice picture of the three of you.

At 8:07 AM, Blogger E-Speed said...

Wow Dean must have been super excited to meet you guys!

In all seriousness that is cool. He is amazing.

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