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The Other Half – Moab Half Marathon

Way back in December (2014), I posted about getting new shoes, and interest in learning to run (post can be found HERE).  Almost immediately after that post, I received an e-mail from my friend Audrey (who is actually a runner) asking if I wanted to sign up and do a half Marathon this year.  I agreed, without giving it much thought.

I signed up and paid my fees in February, and then proceeded to spend my year NOT training much.  I did, however, discover that

#1:  I don’t love running.  I love riding my bike, and felt guilty every time I so much as looked at my bike because “I should be running, dammit”, and I’d end up not doing much of either.

#2:  ‘Runner’s High’ is real.  For every run I did over the past year, as much as I hated it while it was happening, when I was done running, I felt GREAT!

The pinnacle of this second discovery came after finishing this half Marathon, and immediately telling Audrey that I would run The Other Half again next year with her, if she wanted to.  What else could possibly make my sore, broken body tell her this except my adrenaline-addled brain?!

So, the nitty-gritty:

My official results

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Here’s my race jersey, and finisher’s medal (which I have discovered is also a magnet, and a bottle opener!)

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These are just some of the 1005 people milling around the start line area before the race

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During the race (the first one is one that I took with Audrey’s phone – that’s her in front of me in purple, and the second one is from the professional photographer on the course.  I bit the bullet, and bought 2 photos from them.)

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The finish line picture is the other one I bought.  I liked it.

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Two selfies from after the race – “Look!” they say.  “I’m still alive!”

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I’m actually kind of looking forward to doing it again, but next year, I’ll do it better.  Yay!

Thanks for reading and commenting!

The Tiny Ferris Wheel

I read a ‘blog post somewhere online recently that talked about building dozens of tiny metal Ferris wheels to combat depression (or something like that…if I could remember where it was, I’d link to it, because I liked the post).  In any case, I loved the idea of the tiny metal models, and ordered myself a Ferris wheel on Amazon.  It was really so much tinier than I could have imagined.

Here’s the packaging, before being opened.

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Here are the instructions, and the parts.

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…and here are the parts after I snipped them all out of their ‘carrier metal’.  Those are jewelry makers’ pliers and dykes, by the way – very small.

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Awww.  Look at the cute little pieces that will become 20 individual unimaginably tiny passenger cars!

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Ferris wheel!

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I really enjoyed building this little sucker.  I want to get more of their little metal models now!

Thanks for stopping by, and leaving your thoughts!

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