Thursday, September 30, 2010

More 5K stuff

Photos as mentioned in previous post from http://mainerunningphotos.com/ of the Safe Passage Esperanza 5K Race last Saturday.

Gathering in front of the school


Headed to the start line-I look very nonchalant


And I'm off

In a sprint for the finish


I did it!

Monday, September 27, 2010

My First 5K

I did it!  My first 5K is down.  I finished, I wasn't last, I ran the whole way and I conquered an unexpected hill. I will not say that I felt my best while I was actually running -in fact I immediately came down with a bad cold.  I never really felt my breathe even out to a nice place.  I didn't feel my feet lifting or moving with much buoyancy. Although the sun wasn't out I felt mucho humidity in the air.  But I am extremely pleased with my finish time of 35.54.  During my test run on Tuesday I finished with 38.11 and felt pretty excited about how far I have come.  I fact the weekend after I registered for this race I ran 2 miles in 30 minutes.  So, to push for two weeks and improve to 3.1 miles in 35.54 feels good.

I will admit that it felt a bit intimidating while I was running.  I knew I was running a good race for me and what I run but there were so many serious runners that I felt left way in the dust.  I overheard a group of guys before the race, all sweaty, talking about how they had just "run up from Cape Elizabeth".  As my mom said, this little 5K was probably their cool down. 



There was a guy there taking pictures during the race.  I learned that he and another guy spend each weekend going around to races just to take pictures which they then post for all to enjoy.  It seems my guy is a bit slow and hasn't uploaded anything yet but if he ever does I'll post an update.


So, It's one race down.  I told myself I would take a few days off even before I got sick but I'll be back at it soon and I think that I'll wrap up the season with a run around the West End that supports Reiche School.  It seems a little more laid back-people run in Halloween costumes-how serious can it be :)  But no matter if I never run another race or end up running a hundred marathons...you never forget your first!






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Safe Passage Esperanza 5K

Cumberland, ME, September 25, 2010

[Awards ]

Overall Results

Place Div/Tot Name No. Ag S City St Time Pace



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1 1/5 Ben Woodbury 109 17 M Yarmouth ME 19:12 6:11



2 1/10 Scott Potter 132 31 M Yarmouth ME 19:27 6:16



3 1/10 Greg Knapton 128 40 M Westbrook ME 19:47 6:22



4 1/6 Steve Moriarty 64 60 M Cumberland ME 20:22 6:34



5 1/14 Danielle Skillin 88 32 F North Yarmouth ME 20:27 6:35



6 2/5 Nester Garcia 110 16 M Yarmouth ME 20:44 6:41



7 2/10 Tim Smith 89 43 M Portland ME 20:48 6:42



8 3/10 Patrick Brume 19 41 M Cumberland ME 21:35 6:57



9 1/7 Jake Erwin 108 14 M Yarmouth ME 21:35 6:57



10 2/10 Mike Madore 59 36 M Cumberland ME 21:48 7:01



11 4/10 Kent Murdick 66 45 M Falmouth ME 22:06 7:07



12 2/14 Tammie Turner 93 37 F Cumberland ME 22:18 7:11



13 3/5 Sam Kapner 106 17 M Yarmouth ME 22:24 7:13



14 1/16 Karen Knapton 127 42 F Westbrook ME 22:35 7:16



15 3/10 Joe McLaughlin 61 31 M North Jay ME 22:35 7:17



16 4/10 Wade Millett 62 32 M Portland ME 22:38 7:17



17 1/16 Sarah Becker 101 15 F Yarmouth ME 22:43 7:19



18 1/4 Nate Vail 156 27 M Cape Elizabeth ME 22:45 7:20



19 1/12 Hope Saulter 385 16 F Yarmouth ME 22:46 7:20



20 2/12 Anne Ryan 387 18 F Yarmouth ME 22:47 7:20



21 2/16 Josselyn Richards-D 388 15 F Yarmouth ME 22:51 7:22



22 1/7 Jamie Gallagher 37 25 F Portland ME 22:53 7:22



23 3/16 Sofia Canning 150 14 F Portland ME 23:00 7:24



24 2/16 Celeste Emery 137 45 F North Yarmouth ME 23:08 7:27



25 3/12 Chloe Sarapas 103 17 F Yarmouth ME 23:14 7:29



26 2/6 Michael Sieron 86 62 M Buckfield ME 23:22 7:31



27 Ford Reiche 125 M Cumberland ME 23:30 7:34



28 1/16 Peter Gordon 126 54 M Cumberland ME 23:30 7:34



29 3/14 Rebekah Sirois 87 32 F Portland ME 23:42 7:38



30 2/16 Don Stowell 92 55 M Cumberland ME 23:58 7:43



31 3/6 Wolfgang Wendler 98 62 M Yarmouth ME 24:22 7:51



32 3/16 Kent Allen 3 56 M Yarmouth ME 24:23 7:51



33 3/16 Karyn Kurland 52 48 F Cumberland ME 24:34 7:55



34 4/16 Lars Loren 57 55 M Cumberland ME 24:46 7:59



35 2/7 Rachel Gulezian 41 28 F Cumberland ME 25:10 8:06



36 4/16 Theresa Casavant 24 47 F Falmouth ME 25:28 8:12



37 5/10 Jerry Steward 91 38 M Bethlehem PA 25:37 8:15



38 5/16 Dina Potter 118 47 F Yarmouth ME 25:39 8:16



39 2/7 Sam Potter 117 11 M Yarmouth ME 25:39 8:16



40 6/16 Judy Donnelly 144 47 F Cumberland ME 25:45 8:18



41 7/16 Anne Mclain 60 40 F North Yarmouth ME 25:52 8:20



42 2/4 Brian Sweeney 131 24 M Portland ME 25:54 8:21



43 5/16 Peter Barkett 148 50 M Yarmouth ME 26:18 8:28



44 1/17 Poppy Arford 6 50 F Brunswick ME 26:19 8:29



45 2/17 Judy Loren 56 53 F Cumberland ME 26:21 8:29



46 6/16 Jay Blaufuss 15 56 M Fairport NY 26:27 8:31



47 7/16 Jim Favreau 120 52 M Cumberland ME 26:28 8:31



48 8/16 Gary Bangor 9 56 M Falmouth ME 26:35 8:34



49 4/14 Karen Rawnsley 79 36 F Cumberland ME 26:59 8:41



50 9/16 Kerry Oberg 70 54 M Cumberland Foresid ME 27:00 8:42



51 8/16 Gwenne Oberg 69 46 F Cumberland Foresid ME 27:00 8:42



52 5/10 Robert Cotier 27 49 M Boothbay ME 27:02 8:42



53 9/16 Jane Rawnsleu 124 46 F Cumberland ME 27:09 8:45



54 6/10 Robert Reed 81 34 M South Portland ME 27:13 8:46



55 4/12 Sara Warnock 96 17 F Cumberland ME 27:14 8:46



56 3/17 Becky Warnock 95 50 F Cumberland ME 27:15 8:47



57 6/10 Mark Gauger 138 47 M North Yarmouth ME 27:22 8:49



58 10/16 Paul Bouchard 157 57 M Scarborough ME 27:22 8:49



59 11/16 Stuart Hill 160 50 M Cumberland ME 27:28 8:51



60 5/12 Emily Hill 46 17 F Cumberland ME 27:28 8:51



61 4/17 Gail Saldanha 147 54 F Cumberland ME 27:31 8:52



62 7/10 Brad Coull 141 33 M Cumberland ME 27:32 8:52



63 Bob Maierhofer 149 M Yarmouth ME 27:37 8:54



64 8/10 Cameron Linen 55 32 M Falmouth ME 27:37 8:54



65 4/6 John Saucier 85 62 M Yarmouth ME 27:41 8:55



66 1/2 Dennis Morrill 65 71 M Portland ME 27:43 8:56



67 10/16 June Tait 139 46 F Falmouth ME 27:44 8:56



68 Erika Coull 142 F Cumberland ME 27:46 8:57



69 3/4 Parker Marvin 394 21 M Cape Elizabeth ME 27:53 8:59



70 4/4 Chris Marvin 154 28 M Bay Shore NY 27:54 8:59



71 1/3 Polly Kenniston 49 73 F Westbrook ME 27:55* 9:00



72 3/7 Connor Whittum 113 13 M Cumberland ME 27:56 9:00



73 12/16 Arthur Bell 12 58 M Yarmouth ME 27:58 9:00



74 9/10 Daryl Rawnsley 80 38 M Cumberland ME 28:05 9:03



75 5/17 Lisa Belanger 11 55 F Cumberland ME 28:12 9:05



76 5/14 Mira Burghardt 21 33 F Yarmouth ME 28:14 9:06



77 5/6 Mike Brooks 122 64 M Danville ME 28:20 9:08



78 3/7 Staci Beal 10 27 F Gray ME 28:27 9:10



79 4/7 Harriet Andersen 4 21 F Falmouth ME 28:29 9:10



80 11/16 Gena Canning 151 49 F Yarmouth ME 28:32 9:11



81 6/6 Jim Prosser 119 65 M Portland ME 28:57 9:19



82 6/12 Emily Hollyday 382 17 F Cape Elizabeth ME 29:14 9:25



83 6/17 Betsey Andersen 5 54 F Falmouth ME 29:25 9:28



84 12/16 Cynthia Sargent 145 46 F South Portland ME 29:30 9:30



85 Ron Beyna 13 69 Cumberland ME 29:39 9:33



86 6/14 Katie Allen 2 33 F Portland ME 29:53 9:37



87 13/16 Jeffrey Herbster 45 57 M Brunswick ME 29:58 9:39



88 7/14 Kate Walsh 94 39 F Yarmouth ME 29:59 9:39



89 7/10 Kevin Forster 34 48 M Freeport ME 30:00 9:40



90 8/10 Doug Pride 76 47 M Falmouth ME 30:08 9:42



91 13/16 Nicole Dennen 32 41 F Cumberland ME 30:13 9:44



92 14/16 Bobbie Young 116 45 F Athens ME 30:20 9:46



93 4/16 Emma Pidden 111 15 F Yarmouth ME 31:08 10:02



94 5/16 Ellie Olshan 104 15 F Yarmouth ME 31:08 10:02



95 6/16 Brittany Elvidge 386 15 F Yarmouth ME 31:08 10:02



96 7/16 Caroline MacLeod 112 15 F Yarmouth ME 31:09 10:02



97 8/16 Ihila Lesnikova 54 14 F Yarmouth ME 31:09 10:02



98 9/16 Madison Hynes 102 14 F Yarmouth ME 31:09 10:02



99 8/14 Melissa Boyd 17 38 F Yarmouth ME 31:16 10:04



100 9/14 Melissa McNaboe 121 38 F Yarmouth ME 31:23 10:06



101 2/2 Elwin Guthrie 44 74 M Walpole ME 31:28 10:08



102 4/5 Matti Oberg 67 18 M Cumberland Foresid ME 31:40 10:12



103 9/10 David Sargent 84 49 M South Portland ME 31:49 10:15



104 15/16 Meg Coon 135 45 F Cumberland ME 32:26 10:27



105 10/14 Adrienne Wilson 99 30 F South Portland ME 32:49 10:34



106 1/2 Martha Baldwin 8 60 F Portland ME 32:51 10:35



107 10/16 Nina Oberg 68 15 F Cumberland Foresid ME 33:05 10:39



108 11/14 Andrea Connor 129 34 F Yarmouth ME 35:18 11:22



109 Patrick Connor 130 M Yarmouth ME 35:18 11:22



110 10/10 Bill Dehais 31 49 M Cumberland ME 35:28 11:25



111 12/14 Jennifer Cantrell 23 38 F Portland ME 35:54 11:34



112 7/17 Mary Cummings 30 59 F Cumberland ME 36:18 11:41



113 2/2 Therese Flaherty 143 61 F Yarmouth ME 37:17 12:00



114 8/17 Brenda Soule 90 57 F Yarmouth ME 37:19 12:01



115 9/17 Cay Kendrick 48 54 F Yarmouth ME 38:03 12:15



116 16/16 Karen Bolmer 16 49 F Yarmouth ME 38:09 12:17



117 5/7 Alexandra Cowen 28 24 F Portland ME 38:09 12:17



118 2/3 Pat Buckley 20 72 F Portland ME 41:46 13:27



119 13/14 Kimberly Worster 100 35 F Yarmouth ME 43:03 13:52



120 14/14 Malaika Picard 72 39 F Saco ME 43:06 13:53



121 10/17 Judy Gilbert 40 58 F Brunswick ME 43:14 13:55



122 6/7 Liz Kistler 134 24 F Yarmouth ME 43:28 14:00



123 10/10 Bruce Kutler 133 39 M Yarmouth ME 43:29 14:00



124 4/7 Andrew Hollyday 383 14 M Cape Elizabeth ME 46:18 14:55



125 7/12 Ali Johnson 384 16 F Cape Elizabeth ME 46:22 14:56



126 5/5 Benjamin Berman 377 17 M Cape Elizabeth ME 46:25 14:57



127 11/16 Allison Briggs 374 15 F Cape Elizabeth ME 46:26 14:57



128 5/7 Jackson Berman 376 15 M Cape Elizabeth ME 46:35 15:00



129 12/16 Caroline Gleason 379 15 F Cape Elizabeth ME 46:39 15:01



130 6/7 Daniel Epstein 372 15 M Cape Elizabeth ME 46:39 15:01



131 8/12 Kelsey McIntyre 373 16 F Cape Elizabeth ME 46:42 15:02



132 14/16 Bob Marvin 393 55 M Cape Elizabeth ME 46:44 15:03



133 13/16 Meghan Clifford 381 15 F Cape Elizabeth ME 46:47 15:04



134 15/16 Kevin Ronan 83 54 M Yarmouth ME 46:50 15:05



135 14/16 Tara Humphries 105 15 F North Yarmouth ME 46:51 15:05



136 7/7 Colby Marvin 389 15 M Cape Elizabeth ME 46:52 15:05



137 11/17 Laura Trippe 380 51 F Yarmouth ME 47:02 15:09



138 16/16 Bob Stuart 114 55 M Cumberland ME 47:34 15:19



139 15/16 Madeline Aroldo 378 15 F Cape Elizabeth ME 48:24 15:35



140 16/16 Lilly McMullin 375 15 F South Portland ME 48:24 15:35



141 3/3 Catherine Pride 74 70 F Cumberland ME 49:01 15:47



142 9/12 Anastasiya Achimiko 390 16 F Cape Elizabeth ME 49:41 16:00



143 7/7 Christy Reed 82 28 F South Portland ME 52:51 17:01



144 10/12 Abigale Patch 71 17 F Cumberland ME 55:23 17:50



145 11/12 Stella Keck 47 18 F Cumberland ME 55:24 17:50



146 12/17 Marian Baker 158 55 F Yarmouth ME 55:35 17:54



147 13/17 Lucy Breslin 159 59 F South Portland ME 55:35 17:54



148 14/17 Mary Lou Johnson 152 53 F Cape Elizabeth ME 55:56 18:01



149 15/17 Jean Ginn Marvin 391 51 F Cape Elizabeth ME 55:57 18:01



150 16/17 Peggy Bickford 155 56 F Cape Elizabeth ME 55:57 18:01



151 17/17 Susan Potter 73 55 F Chesterville ME 59:19 19:06



152 12/12 Dayla Babula 7 17 F Chesterville ME 59:19 19:06



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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Autumn is Here!

Tomorrow may mark the official start of fall but it came a day early to my house. 



This the mum that I received from work.  They do a small employee appreciation gift a few times a year.  I came out of a meeting today and was greeted with mums galore.  I picked this because I love the color.  Then I got closer and picked it up and realized it was also at least double the size of most of the others!  Next employee gift will be when the pie truck comes in a couple of months...chocolate cream...yum!




After I had my mum I headed to the farmer's market that sets up at Martin's Point each Tuesday during the season.  I bought these two pumpkins.  I'm a little worried that they are too heavy for the old mantel and I may end up moving them but they do look great!  I've always liked the white pumpkins.  They are so unique and add a touch of something special.





It just doesn't get much better than mini pumpkins and pumpkin tea lights. Well, unless it's pumpkin bread, cookies or cheesecake!



These are gourds I got at the farmer's market.  Later this week I'll head down to the basement and get out my fall/Halloween things and arrange the gourds in a bowl.


Before I end I have to give a much delayed shout out to my friend Kate.  The look, feel and design of this blog is shamelessly copied from her own blog.  Before I started reading her blog I thought blogs were long, wordy, sentimental, emotional crap.  But she lets her pictures speak for her and makes something easy and fun to look forward to. 

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Bathroom Project

Even though I rent and have no monetary incentive to spruce thing up around my home it means a lot to me that the space I live in is a sanctuary of sorts and besides I like to do projects.  The day after I moved in I painted my bathroom a light blue color and added a new shower curtain and accessories.  But a major eyesore remained-the vanity.  It is so old that the ugly brown has faded and looks like someone took heavy grit sandpaper to it.  The hardware is cheap, gaudy and dirty.  Something had to be done.  I had saved an almost full can of paint from when I painted my office space so I already had some paint and with a few bucks spent on hardware I knew I could make a real change.



I got suited up in my painting gear.  I've had these overalls for about 12 years and they've seen a lot of paint.  I kinda like painting although it can take me a while to work up to it but I'm pretty good once I get started.  I've even been paid to paint so at least it's been profitable.



Here is the before picture.  I''ve already removed the hardware so it's actually looking better already.



Here is my work in progress.  The paint color I'm using is called Crocus Petal which is a pale lavender.  It's funny that it went on the cabinets a different color than it looks on the walls I painted with it.  Yes, I was a bit concerned about paining a bathroom vanity lavender.  Especially when the walls are already light blue.  I knew I was walking a fine line.  But it actually went on really pale and it almost looks white if you look quickly.  Then even once you realize it isn't white I think you might spend a moment trying to figure it out.  So, I kinda like that.  Since I knew the walls and vanity were going to be light I made sure to go with hardware that is darker.  That way it provides some balance and grounding.


I'm pretty pleased with the final result.  It took a second trip to Home Depot at 8pm to get longer screws for one of the pulls but overall it was a piece of cake.  I still have a ton of the paint left too so I'll keep it around since I do love purple!








Friday, September 10, 2010

Registered For My First 5K

I am now at the point in my couch to 5K program where it appears I no longer get any walking breaks.  I ran last Sunday for 25 minutes straight and while I was worried about doing it, I ended up having a relatively easy time with it.  So this week I started week 7 (yes, only week 7 even though it feels like I've been doing this forever, I only did begin training in late July) and each day is a 25 minute run.  Let's just say that it did not go well when I ran on Wednesday.  It didn't go well at all and for the first time the voice coming from the IPod did not say to walk and yet I walked.  I walked for about 4-5 minutes until he announced 1 minute left and then I finished strong. 

So, I'm not feeling that confident about this running thing.  It seems that it's taken 7 weeks but I've hit that wall that I always hit when I try to run where it gets tough and I'm done.  But then, just when I needed some inspiration an email went out at work about a Safe Passage 5K in Cumberland that Martin's Point is a sponsor of.  For an $18 registration fee I get some much needed motivation and a t-shirt!

So, I'll be out there again this afternoon running my 25 minutes and thinking  that if I don't want to collapse on race day, September 25th, I had better get it together quick!





Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Cruise Video


So, yet again I gazed longingly at a cruise ship out my home office window last night.  This time it's a Celebrity Cruise line with that big blue and white "X" smack dab in front of me.  It, of course, makes me think back to my cruise last April.  That made me think of a few short videos I have that I was never able to upload to Facebook I guess because the file is too large and my internet connection too slow.  But...I was able to upload them here.  They show I either have a long way to go in my movie making career or I was just drinking a lot.


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I was having trouble with the camera recording and I lost a great video of us acting crazy in the theatre in our formal wear.  So, the next day I took a few moments to make sure I had it down.



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Pretty sure I didn't even know I was recording this short clip.


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I figured the camera thing out just in time. Ah, Francisco...