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Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Commoner is an East Coast Native

When you have been lucky enough to spend the first 35 years of your life on the East Coast you probably have seen all there is to see at least once.  So I don't feel the need to spend time here in DC site seeing.  I have no desire to site see actually.  I have trained 5 months for this race-so no pressure to walk the streets.  I know this kills my California friends but really-I've been here done this.
I walked by the white house to see Barack but I think he wasn't home because he didn't answer the doorbell.

Anyway my attraction to mass transit (blame it on growing up down the block from the Long Island Rail Road) means I will happily sit on the metro and ride it.  It's really beautiful
It functions like BART but it has more routes like the New York City Subway-but look at this station!  It's gorgeous.

So today involves many freak outs.  My calf is tight among other things.  A metro ride to the start-, also a movie with Brad Pitt, and pasta for dinner.

Don't think that I'm relaxing in between eating Entemans Coffee Cake and pasta, I still have a rough draft of an assignment for class and also an article to dissect for my Masters Project.  No rest for the weary.

On a random note-I've noticed tights are in fashion in DC which is awesome because that means when the weather cools down Tights will be in fashion in California.


Friday, October 24, 2014

What on earth Was the Commoner Thinking

Good God-really 26 miles? Running? I'm crazy.  But here I am in our Nation's capital.  It's not quite as marathon crazy as Chicago was but I guess when you have a country to run there are other distractions.

It started with my favorite terminal-terminal 2 with the candy store.

Remember how cheap this flight was?  Awesome I even upgraded to aisle seats because that is now an upgrade.  

I packed very carefully so I wouldn't have to check my luggage and lose it but they took it from us at the gate in LA even though there were plenty of overhead space available.  

But my Aasics were on my feet and i figured I could buy anything else I might need if the luggage got lost.

Well here's what happened when I sat down based on my Facebook collection

If this guy next to me spills his ice tea on me (again) or on my laptop you will definitely be seeing me on the news.
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Bob Wetter Cough on him. Say sorry I just got back from Africa.
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Therese DiBartolo Phillips Great Idea!!!!!
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Madeline Mariottini Just say to yourself "What would Sophia do?" Or maybe not. Lol
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Therese DiBartolo Phillips Sophia was always like a mini-me!
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Therese DiBartolo Phillips He now has his half filled bottle standing upside down on his little tray table. I'm going to start coughing any moment now.
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Therese DiBartolo Phillips He now has an open can and a wide shaped cup with cranberry juice. This is the most fun ever
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Therese DiBartolo Phillips and.....they are going to the marathon-i'll be behind this guy at every feed station I know it
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Julie Chadwell Fontaine If you'd worn an isolation suit onto the plane I bet you'd have that whole row to yourself! Maybe you can pick one up at walmart for the trip back!
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Therese DiBartolo Phillips i will have to because this guy drove me crazy and I needed a good defense from all of his brightly colored beverages and flying elbow

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Turns out that guy was actually running the marathon and was actually not a young kid but a grown up person.

Embassy Suites said our room wasn't ready so they sent us to the Renaissance where I had an allergic reaction.

But here are some pictures of my day
Umm They haven't been in a really long time.  Someone tell them that please?
Rob bought a Marine Hat that says Ooorah -I think that's what you say

There weren't many photo ops at this expo.  It felt like an armory.  Because it was.  Marines who looked to be either 90 or 12 were working it.  My favorite the Marine who loaded up my bag with packets of hair conditioner like it was Halloween so he could leave his post.  Marines are awesome

We went for a small walk.  Not really site seeing on this city tour-unless its on foot Sunday.  But we went looking for the Whitehouse which we really couldn't find.  Kind of like the time when we lost the Space Needle on our Seattle run.  We found the Washington Monument though.

While DC is not awash in Dunkin as say Chicago or Boston, There is one nearby so of course.
Inspite of being so fragile RGIII for many reasons is my favorite football player.  He plays here.  This is what his stadium looks like
See those spots on that stadium?  That's where he plays and its a dump.  It looks like Oakland Coliseum.  RG3 needs a suitable place to play.  Mr. Obama get on that.

This is a no frills kind of Marathon apparently.  I didn't get to chose a girls version of the giveaway shirt but I never had a brown shirt so it's cool.
I bought a great jacket.  I ate entemans Coffee cake.  I'm looking for pizza tomorrow.  I'm also looking for something to do that won't make me tired but will occupy my mind.

What was I thinking?

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Commoner is Not at The Chicago Marathon

Last year was this


That's the end of the race.  I look good! Even my teeth are white. 
I'm not running Chicago this year-I'm running Washington DC.  I hope I look like that this time too.

I was looking at my finish award.  I came in 30,000 ish. This race only has 20000 people.  So I'm nervous.  

So it's almost my birthday.  I've aged 10 years this year.  It was a really hard one.  But let's talk about some things that went great this year.


I went to the Tour of California and realized those guys ride a marathon every day for weeks-take a break and go somewhere else to do it again in another tour of somewhere mountainous and beautiful
This is my Bay to Breakers Swag.  My first and most favorite race. This year was awesome.  Remember the naked runner?  
This is the color run.  I wasn't feeling particularly colorful but I can not resist a race

This is Buster Posey-The Giants are pretty magical in October.  I have a theory he could be the next Derek Jeter.  He just has to hit better when it clutch time
I got to go to New York this summer.  The goal was visit the family, eat pizza, eat donuts and hang out.  This is my cousin Pat.  He runs the New York City marathon every year
This is the snake on my trail.  This is the angel who appeared from no where and saved me from it.
This is us at the Pat Benetar and Rick Springfield show.  It was so much fun

This is me searching all the streets of New Orleans for a voodoo doll.  The real kind that gives someone a stiff neck.  Don't worry-it probably wasn't meant for you.  
This is us at the Giants game!  Go Giants bring back the cup!   I mean win the world series
These are the goats that trained with me for the marathon.  I loved those guys.  I now have an obsession with goats.
I think this is San Jose state.  Pretend it is.  I spend so much time there working on my masters.  I've grown so fond of all the very young people in my class.  This year I will graduate.  Not sure what I will do with the free time.
This has been a pretty weird year.










Being 50 was a weird year.  It was a hard year.  But looking at these pictures.  I have to say-it was a pretty good one.  

I didn't run Chicago this year but it looked great.  Washington DC I'm coming for you!!!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Exhaustion and the commoner

I was just seeing how hard the next two weeks are.  Thus I had a nervous breakdown

So there has been no blogging.  I can't even....but here's one of those things people on blogs do -just so you don't miss me -before my 19th nervous break down

1. What are you wearing? My pajama’s. 

2. Ever been in love? Yes-it wasn't an arranged marriage after all

3. Ever had a terrible breakup? No

4. How tall are you? 5’4″

5. How much do you weigh? I'm cursing at you for even asking.

6. Any tattoos? No I'm pretty sure I am going to be the last human not tattooed 

7. Any piercings? Just my ears. 

8. OTP (one true pair, favorite fictional couple)? Bo and Hope

9. Favorite show? All of them

10. Favorite bands? U2

11. Something you miss? My family in New York



12. Favorite song? Heart of the City JAY Z

13. How old are you? See #5  -

14. Zodiac sign? Libra

15. Quality you look for in a partner? I'm not looking for a partner

16. Favorite Quote? Stop asking me questions!

17. Favorite actor? Brad Pitt

18. Loud music or soft? All music except country

20. Where do you go when you’re sad? Eat

21. How long does it take you to shower? as long as I want

22. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning? 2 hours.  I'm not even kidding

23. Ever been in a physical fight? No I'm chicken

24. Turn on? That's dumb

25. Turn off? that's dumber

26. The reason I started blogging? Because weird things happen to me
27. Fear? Hello-have you not been reading?  

28. Last thing that made you cry? My grandmother beat the crying out of me with the 'cry for nothing stick'.  I don't cry

29. Last time you said you loved someone? I say it all the time

30. Meaning behind the name of your blog? I'm a commoner-nothing special

31. Last book you read? Something to do with education -I'm not even kidding

32. The book you’re currently reading? I have no time for reading

33. Last show you watched? Chicago Fire
34. Last person you talked to? What do you mean?

35. The relationship between you and the person you last texted? She is one of my favorite friends

36. Favorite food? bagels and pizza

37. Place you want to visit? New Orleans
38. Last place you were? Isn't that the same thing?  Or do you mean like San Jose State I was just there


39. Do you have a crush? See number 5

40. Last time you kissed someone? That's stupid
41. Last time you were insulted? Probably today....I wouldn't even notice

42. Favorite flavor of sweet? sugar candy

43. What instruments do you play? Zero musical talent

44. Favorite piece of jewelry? that's dumb

45. Last sport you played? that's dumb
46. Last song you sang? I don't know

47. Favorite chat up line? Dumb
48. Have you ever used it? Are you serious?

49. Last time you hung out with anyone? dumb

50. Who should answer these questions next? YOU!


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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Things you Might See Me do on a 20 Mile Run

20 miles is a long time to run by yourself.  About 4 hours!!
If you were on the path following me the whole time you might have seen me do some interesting things.
First thing I looked for the goats.  The goats had been my training fans (not their dog so much though) for the past month.  I would see them at two miles, 4 miles, and then on the way back.  They were gone.  There were no goats to jump in the way and cheer me on -no goat dog to chase me.

These runs are long and by design slow.  If you had seen me run you would have seen me get really mad that this group of hipsters were passing me by.  They weren't even fast.  If it had not been so early in the run I may have tried to stay with them.  I have a big ego.  But with a long run like this I had to let them go and feel like a slug.
I used to love the dragon flies at mile 4 but they don't exist anymore.  I blame it on the drought.  But we have these new creepy beetles.  They are really big and really gross.  There aren't lots but a few.  If you had been following me in my run you would have seen me do this hoppy dance thing every time i see one.
You would have seen me drink water.  You would have seen me eat gu and chews and scratch things and weird little stretches so my shoulders don't stop working. You may have heard me sing to a song or two.

You would have seen me stop to take pictures.   That's because I know I won't be doing any runs that take me this far out again.  



The top picture says no swimming or diving.  Last year there were people in boats swimming.  This year there is no river.  You can see that in the second picture.  It 's like the scene of the movie-one of those zombie ones.

The bottom picture is where I run through the electricity transformers.  I usually go super fast because I don't want it seeping into my body.

Anyway-the long runs are over.  That 20 miler was really really good.  I was fast and strong and generally unphased by it.

Unfortunately I was dragging all week.  But the marathon is in one month.  And the training has gone great.  And You know what?

These old legs are holding up well.

I'm glad you didn't get to follow me and watch me do some pretty gross things on my 20 miler.  But if you want to come to the marathon and watch or follow me there? That would be fun

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Commoner's 20 mile run eve stress

The hall mark of any marathon training is the 20 mile run.  It's the pinnacle of all the miles.  The last big run before you start decreasing your mileage.  That's tomorrow and I'm scared.  Even though I 've done it.  Even though the 18 were easy and you get to go to a water fountain.

First of all the other day I banged my knee on a bench at school.  MY KNEE!!! Today it's sore and I'm sad.

That's not my knee.

I'm watching JayZ and Beyonce .  This concert was one week ago.  Now it's on TV she really is beautiful.
I hope these two really stay together for ever.  Maybe they will move into the white house when Obama leaves.  They are pretty good at everything they do.

That's all I have  I'll let you know how it goes.  The IPOD is all loaded and charged.

Hopefully my knee is just bruised.  Right?

20 20 20 20 miles.  I'll take lots of pictures to entertain myself

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Commoner has Nothing to Do

I mis scheduled my homework so I don't have too much to do.  Let's look at pictures and my playlist at the same time!

Somewhere over the rainbow-or the neighbors house.

Wham because I like to run to this song
Seriously you can't mix corn beef and pastrami on St. Patrick's Day.  Wrong Religion.  

Yes he's a bad guy.  I do like this song.  I'm sure the other people involved in this song and video are upstanding citizens.  I run to this song.
Pit Bull-Mr. World Wide.


Still a great song.  My favorite running song.  I run to this.
I graduate in May and then we can get back to partying 7 days a week.

Daft Punk is fun.  I run to this!
I get a lot of news from Perez Hilton.  The important news anyway.

I'm obsessed with Gatsby-the book and the latest movie for it's cool music.  I run to this-except when I hop to it.  On my runs-----embarrassing.  
Get on your feet JLaw-every one loved  your naked pictures!

Turn down for what?   No idea.....I run to this song and try to figure it out the whole time.
My favorite football player is hurt again.  This is a good guy-he can't catch a break.  He fragilish.  (Is that a word?)

Good night fair people.  The big 20 mile run this weekend.  Yep!  Lets do this