19 February 2012

been there. run that.

didn't have much going on today, so i decided to run 26.2 miles around austin.

nov 2006: nyc marathon: 4:32:23

feb 2009: austin marathon: 4:14:14

feb 2012: austin marathon: 4:23:00

posted by paul at Sun 19 Feb 2012 at 21:14:58 EST (-05:00) | comments (0)

16 February 2009

been there. run that.

nov 2006: nyc marathon: 4:32:23

feb 2009: austin marathon: 4:14:14

my legs currently operate at 40% capacity.

posted by paul at Mon 16 Feb 2009 at 01:32:13 EST (-05:00) | comments (0)

12 February 2009

trample the weak. hurdle the dead.


on the morn of this sunday february fifteenth two thousand and nine of the common era my magic running sticks will again carry me twenty-six and one fifth miles... this time around downtown austin, texas, of these united states of america, beginning at seven of the clock ante meridiem central standard time on congress avenue, just south of the capital building of this great state.

said sticks carry me approximately one mile every nine minutes and fifty seconds and so i expect to finish the distance close to eleven and one half of the clock ante meridiem central standard time.

i hate running, but this day will be packed full of magic and i once again possess sticks to exploit said magic.

check the full course map here:


yes i will be wearing short shorts.

posted by paul at Thu 12 Feb 2009 at 02:25:41 EST (-05:00) | comments (2)

17 April 2007

those which are... are simply not.

i wish i could save away this feeling in a tiny glass vial that i would store in a secret place, perhaps on a cluttered shelf if i happened to have a cluttered shelf (the highest shelf and behind the clutter of course), and struggle to find upon remembering how so important and so intense and so explosive are the contents. i just finished watching a movie which made me remember that most of our problems are so trivial. those which seem overwhelming are not. those which cause worries should not. those which are... are simply not. so often i become burdened with the surface and forget the deepest. family. friends. love. happiness. i'm still struggling to find some of the deepest, but the feeling which unfortunately i was not able to capture in a glass vial and which now slowly seeps from me has helped. i think i was able to press just a bit of it into this rice papery page and i'll try my best not to forget.

i know two people who slay. josh and emily. they slay. last weekend i went to montreal for the c.o.m.a.4 electro noise festival and had a blast with terretron and a furry hood coat (what?! with thanks to kate) and an out of body experience with terrorfakt, a sledgehammer, and a bottle of red wine which emily bought for me. and i stayed in their hotel room and they were above.level.destruction. saw deftly, angela, andy, kyle, and ian, the most vicious person on this planet, although bri3n may rival his viciousness. met sonya and squid and kate who all inflict heavy damage. was crushed by cakebuilder and iszoloscope and so many others. and erika with a k, les misfits, should most certainly quit talking and turn around. i wish jen's feet hadn't been hurting her so badly and that alcohol had been able. the haze in ilhan's eyes when i turned around and saw him during terrorfakt and deftly's grinder and the few words with bri3n after the set. amazing.

tactical sekt. [avi video. 15mb.]

tactical sekt. [avi video. 10mb.]

josh is hard. [avi video. 9mb.]

cakebuilder. [avi video. 21mb.]

perfection plastic. [avi video. 13mb.]

most pics didn't come out, unfortunately. these were salvageable.

today i stood in boston's kenmore square for four hours watching and cheering on the runners of the 111th boston marathon. much of the feeling i had in new york came back in a flood. and the looks on the runner's faces as they approached the final mile. they trained for months for this one day and i'm certain this one day made all of those months utterly worthwhile. the day is gigantic and i can't recommend enough experiencing a similar one on either side of the barriers. something which operates on one of those deep levels happens on these days... something which knows nothing of the surface and only of the core... and these are the things which are most important.

runners through kenmore square. fenway park in the background. [avi video. 32mb.]

you don't need to tell me about sentence fragments. i already know. i designed them that way.

posted by paul at Tue 17 Apr 2007 at 02:53:49 EST (-05:00) | comments (0)

05 November 2006

trample the weak. hurdle the dead.


i had absolutely zero idea of how gigantic this day would be. i'll expand in a future entry once i've rested a bit and have time to pick the words i want (i'm a bit tired as i woke up at 05:40 and decided to take the long way in to central park from staten island). suffice it to say, i completed the 2006 new york city marathon in 4 hours, 32 minutes, and 23 seconds and had the most amazing day of days (words can't begin right now, but i'll think of some that might later). thank you to everyone who encouraged and supported me and wished me luck... i really appreciate it. here are two quick (well, one's not quite so quick at 37mb) avi videos to check:

[2.6mb avi video] i'd just seen someone holding a sign which said 'your feet are hurting because you're kicking so much ass.' another noteworthy sign read 'trample the weak. hurdle the dead.'

[37.3mb avi video] this one was taken by my mom at mile 15 in queens. dig my sexy short shorts and my day-gloTM white magic marathon sticks (aka my legs) as i run away.

posted by paul at Sun 05 Nov 2006 at 23:56:19 EST (-05:00) | comments (4)

04 November 2006

sitting in a room

sitting in a room in a hotel on staten island. taking a shuttle to the race start in 7.5 hours. my demographic starts the race at 10:10 est. ready. excited. there are 26.2 miles of new york city pavement waiting to be trampled! the experience so far has been amazing.

posted by paul at Sat 04 Nov 2006 at 23:09:39 EST (-05:00) | comments (1)

03 November 2006

holds out through

arrival in new york! navigated the subway flawlessly and checked into my hostel. very excited. the weather is amazing... hope it holds out through sunday. going to grab some food now.

posted by paul at Fri 03 Nov 2006 at 15:27:09 EST (-05:00) | comments (3)


i leave for nyc tomorrow. on sunday i'll run 26.2 miles. my bib number is 42154. excited. anxious. ready. lots of info at http://www.ingnycmarathon.com.

posted by paul at Fri 03 Nov 2006 at 01:51:29 EST (-05:00) | comments (0)

30 October 2006

don't lose your grip on the dreams of the past

eye of the tiger [mp3; 3.06mb]
recorded by agent recon:one in the summer of 1983
super star recordings; kennywood park; west mifflin, pennsylvania

so many times, it happens too fast
you trade your passion for glory
don't lose your grip on the dreams of the past
you must fight just to keep them alive

: eye of the tiger, survivor

posted by paul at Mon 30 Oct 2006 at 20:05:25 EST (-05:00) | comments (0)

07 September 2006

able to catch the ignition

my podiatrist gave me the green light to continue training for el maratón at my follow-up appointment on thursday. as i already reported, the combination of stretching, iceing, and medication has significantly alleviated the discomfort associated with my peroneal tendonitis. i have approximately two months of time-consuming tediosity left. each training run makes me wish that november were now so that i could put the 26.2 marathon miles behind me. the training runs feel like something i just 'do' (no, this is not a nike reference); i'm rarely out of breath at the end of each run although my legs do feel fatigued after the long runs. i'm not sure how much progress i've been making, but i'm going through the motions and am shooting for all green in september and october.

overwhelmed by the recent static, i've decided to ride down to florida after all. recontrip 2006.01: engage. i'll be departing tomorrow. here is the tentative itinerary:

fri 08 sep: washington, dc
sat 09 sep: lewisville, nc
sat 16 sep: the villages, fl
sat 01 oct: ligonier, pa
mon 18 oct: boston, ma

i'm going to move some of the long runs to sunday and use friday and saturday as transport days. unfortunately i wasn't able to lubricate the drive splines on for.great.justice because i wasn't able to find the necessary parts, but i did install a voltmeter so that i'll be able to monitor the charging system. i'll be reinstalling the premuffler at reconbase nc.

with luck the atlantis launch will be delayed until the end of september and i'll be able to catch the ignition firsthand.

posted by paul at Thu 07 Sep 2006 at 18:28:00 EST (-05:00) | comments (0)

24 August 2006

to stay on track

i'm reconsidering the september/october recontrip down to florida. i'd originally thought that i'd be able to pull off my training runs while on the road, but after reviewing my mileage schedule i think it would be extremely difficult to stay on track (and stay healthy and focused) if i were to be riding 300+ miles each day, attempting my training runs in the evening, and then camping overnight. i'll still be making a trip down to florida in the upcoming months, but unfortunately it might not be on for.great.justice. i think it makes the most sense to use september and october to concentrate on training and nutrition.

my foot is doing well. seven miles last saturday. nine miles this coming saturday. i'll be officially back on hal higdon's novice training schedule on 31 august barring any further issues.

posted by paul at Thu 24 Aug 2006 at 05:52:33 EST (-05:00) | comments (0)

17 August 2006

today without much

the combination of piroxicam, stretching, and iceing has alleviated the pain in my ankle. i completed a five mile run today without much discomfort; saturday's seven mile run should be more of a challenge.

i need to take care of three things on for.great.justice before i depart on recontrip 2006.01.[20060906.20061018] on 06 september: 1. reinstall the premuffler that i removed a few weeks ago; 2. install a voltmeter; and 3. lubricate the drive splines. i also need to purchase a tent and a sleeping bag. i'll be on a strict budget on this trip and plan to camp while on the road in order to save money on accomodation.

posted by paul at Thu 17 Aug 2006 at 04:09:41 EST (-05:00) | comments (0)

13 August 2006

now fully charged and ready

[image source: http://www.footphysicians.com/footankleinfo/peroneal-tendon.htm. click this link for information related to my running injury: peroneal tendonitis.]

i'm code green to continue training for the marathon. despite the dull pain wrapping around the back of my lateral left ankle (which, i believe, is affecting me more mentally than physically), i'll be doing my best to ramp up my mileage during the next few weeks in order to get back on schedule. my podiatrist recommended i not exceed ten daily miles before my follow-up appointment on 05 september.

i'm currently in the planning stages of a six week motorcycle excursion from massachusetts to florida and back in september and october 2006, organized under heading recontrip 2006.01.[20060906.20061018]. destinations will include washington, dc, and reconbases in lewisville, nc; the villages, fl; and ligonier, pa. i neglected to report earlier that for.great.justice is now fully operational. after a kawasaki shop was unable to verify the problem, i decided to take on the task myself. thanks to help from several members of vn750.com, i diagnosed and repaired the charging system problem a few weeks ago and for.great.justice is now fully charged and ready for transport. stay tuned for updates on recontrip 2006.01.[20060906.20061018].

lastly, i'll be making an appearance onstage with terretron at the rhode island noise fest 2006 on saturday 02 september. terretron recently released its first album, wither, which includes nine tracks of hard hitting electrocore; the first pressing has been limited to 300 hand-numbered copies. ordering instructions and additional information can be found at terretron.com.


posted by paul at Sun 13 Aug 2006 at 03:51:36 EST (-05:00) | comments (0)