1/27/09

31 days to make Amy H go to the Gala...

"Running is defined as the fastest means for an animal to move on foot." Wikipedia.com

So I tried to get Amy Hoffman (one of the dearest sweetest gals) also on my reach the beach team this year, to go to the NY FLYERS awards gala...but by day 28...with 4 days left...it didn't happen...
Day one of 31 days in asking you (amy h) different ways of going to the awards gala:
Day 1 - So you signing up for the awards gala?
Day 2 - a reason to buy a nice formal dress…
Day 3 – Another use your old wedding dresses?
Day 4 - When else do you see runners all dressed up other than running gear?
Day 5 - Hey, we're the Flyers, we have a good time...
Day 6 - A reunion of everyone from our Reach the Beach team...
Day 7 – Is Yan going?
Day 8 - so, if Yan is not going...you will have a flyer event without Yan...what a relief! I am kidding though!
Day 9 – Where else do you get to go to a black tie event?
Day 10 – Good food, good conversation, good friends, good drinks…it’s got everything!
Day 11 – It’s a running event. BUT your not running!
Day 12 – Oh god Amy! 20 more reasons to go to the awards gala? You serious? I’ll keep truckin’
Day 13 – Instead of running shoes, you can go in a nice pair of heels…
Day 14 – Trade dri-fit for silk or satin or whatever dresses are made of…
Day 15 – Do you wear your jewelry when you run? See, this is a good time to bring out the bling!
Day 16 – What else do you have to do that night? Wash your hair? Do laundry? Have other friends?
Day 17 – Running consumes us once in a while. Ok Ok, all the time! Why not be with people who embrace our addictiveness?
Day 18 – Ok, yes, you have a life. I don’t. The day 17 only applies to me.
Day 19 – Did you make any New Year resolutions amy? If one of your new year’s resolutions was to try something different, why not go to the awards party. That is different? I think this awards party can facilitate any new year’s resolution.
Day 20 – Change is around the corner Amy, Are you changing with the times? Change with the running community and come out to the Awards Gala…
Day 21 – in the spirit of President Obama, , I think the President wants to you go to the awards party…
Day 22 - why run with friends in the cold, at the awards gala you're in a warm space and a warm environment...oh did I say alcohol as well?
Day 23 - It's Friday meaning you have a week to go to get your dress, heels or whatever...or you can reuse your old dresses...wheew! What? 7 more to go? Home stretch, here we go! (these better be good...)

Day 24 – Totally going to drop the ball on these 31 days for Amy Hoffman to go to the Awards Party due to my absence…thought we have 7 days to get your primed and ready to sign up and go go go!
If you don’t know which hair style to come in, wear any hair style…we’re use to seeing you run with your hat, so letting the hair loose would be different

Day 25 – Instead of being cold running the Manhattan Half, you could think of other ways to celebrate with running friends like going to the awards party!!! At least it’s warmer…a whole lot warmer.
Day 26 – In the spirit of Chinese New Year, Gong Hay Fat Choy (meaning Happy New Year!), it’s the year of the Ox, or cow…I’m not BULL sh*tin’ yea amy, it’s going to be a good time…

Day 27 – I finally caught up, you still have 4 more days to decide…if you still don’t have anything to wear…we’re all runners, we appreciate you coming in a tech t-shirt and shorts and running shoes…whatever! Seriously…you could have just came back from a work out and no one would care.

Day 28 – Still don’t see your name listed on the people who will be attending the awards gala…am I getting any closer?

In the spirit of today being Wednesday (hump day) unsure if you are still single or not Amy, but if you are…Here it goes: you’re a lovely lady…very chill…who knows, you may get lucky that night!




By GINA KOLATA
Published: September 26, 2008



It’s the fall marathon season, as runners around the world know all too well, and as the training miles pile up, countless runners are feeling unexpected aches and pains — and desperation. Will they recover in time to continue training and run 26.2 miles? Should they try to run through the pain to stay on schedule? Or would it be better to just give up on the marathon?

From Injury to the Olympics, Radcliffe Shares How She Made It Back (September 27, 2008)

Well, injured runners, I feel your pain. I am one of you, the anxious masses of aspiring marathoners who are finding out that the journey to the start line may be more painful than the run to the finish.

I am entered in the New York City Marathon, scheduled for Nov. 2, and in my moments of pain and panic I knew I would never be ready. But I tried just about any remedy that might relieve the pain in my right forefoot, which has been screaming with each step since Sept. 8.
I wanted to run through it, but even though I can tolerate pain, this was something else. Excruciating.


What to do? Giving up on the marathon was never an appealing option. So I entered the world of injured but determined runners.

My marathon plans began in July 2007, when I found a distance running coach, Tom Fleming, who won the New York City Marathon twice, in 1973 and 1975. And I found friends to run with.
A year ago, I ran in a half-marathon in Philadelphia and loved it. As soon as registration for the New York marathon opened, I signed up. So did my son and so did my friend and running partner, Jennifer Davis, who has run more than two dozen marathons and races beyond 26.2 miles, including a 100-mile race last winter, which she won. She entered the New York race so we could run together, and she said she would keep me on pace.


Her commitment only added to the desperation factor when I was injured and could not run.
So I sent an e-mail message to Chris Martin, a triathlete who lives in Lawrenceville, N.J. Earlier this year, he sustained a stress fracture in his shin and could not run for three months. Three months later, he had a personal best in an Ironman triathlon.


How did he do it? Pool running, he said, which maintained the running “feel,” along with intense workouts on an elliptical cross-trainer to maintain cardiovascular fitness. In pool running, the athlete wears a flotation belt to remain upright and runs for an hour or more in the deep end of a pool.

He cautioned that “it is really easy to slack and barely get a decent workout.” He wore a heart-rate monitor in the pool to measure his effort, recognizing that heart rates are about 15 percent lower in the water. That is because the heart does not have to work as hard against gravity to pump blood. And he typically ran for at least an hour at a time.

Martin, though, is not entirely won over. “The bottom line is that the water running and training on the elliptical running machines were stopgap measures to limit the damage to my running fitness,” he wrote.

Dr. Alan Garber, a professor of medicine and economics at Stanford University, tried a similar routine. His injury was torn ligaments in his ankle, sustained when he stumbled on a tree root while running down a steep hill.

Garber entertained himself in the pool by listening to music and recorded books on his iPod, including the entire unabridged version of “War and Peace.” When he got back on the road, he said, he could run, but his quadriceps were weak when he ran downhill. Still, he prevailed, running the Big Sur International Marathon just four months after his injury.

“My time (3:26) was only one minute slower than the year before,” he wrote in an e-mail message.

So I joined a gym (my third) solely for its pool. Jen belongs to that gym, too. She and I began pool running, jumping into the pool with our running clothes and shoes on just after doing the elliptical.

“I’m determined to get you ready for that marathon,” Jen said.

She proposed a trifecta — as soon as I can run, I’ll go as far as I can with her, then we will hop on the ellipticals and work out long enough to attain two and a half hours of training. Then we will plunge into the pool and run there.

But after two weeks my foot was getting worse. I rode 100 kilometers (or about 62 miles) on my road bike Sunday. On Monday, I could walk only on the side of my foot. On Monday night, I could walk only on my heel.

On Tuesday, I gave up and saw an orthopedist, Dr. John Kennedy at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

He gave me the bad news. The bike ride was really bad for the injury. And the injury, he says, is a serious stress fracture, a hairline crack in a metatarsal bone of my foot. Even under the best scenario, I’m out for at least a few more weeks — the only exercise allowed is swimming, not even pool running, not even the elliptical.

In the meantime, I’ve deployed yet another weapon in my fight against marathon-training pain: a portable ultrasound machine that is supposed to speed bone healing by 40 percent.
Even if that works, the New York marathon is no longer within reach.


But there is a marathon in Jacksonville, Fla., at the end of December. Jen said she would run it with me.

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