Wednesday, May 03, 2006


This Sunday is the half marathon. I am absolutely, completely, 100% NOT ready. (Not ready as in my longest run has been 6 miles.) My only consolation is that most of the people I'm running with aren't ready either.

I was thinking that the only way I could get through it is to take it entirely unseriously, no small feat for me. Despite my lack of experience in organized sports, some competitive gene switches on when I see people whiz by in a race. (Not that this makes me go faster. It just makes me feel sad, and then that makes running much harder.) I've already mostly resigned myself to the fact that this half marathon time is going to be longer than half of my marathon time. That's what happens when you don't train, I guess.

But I hadn't entertained thoughts of wimping out until I saw the weather forecast for Sunday. And now that the wimp-out idea is in my head, it's all I can think about. (Wouldn't it be nice to just take a trip to Vancouver and have all-you-can-eat sushi and go cookbook shopping and buy dill pickle potato chips and Aero bars?)



Blogger fabulous girl said...

Hey, I wonder if Cam is participating? He's been running 10Ks the last few weekends.

10:13 AM  
Blogger camarooned said...

No, I am out. Present complications with pay have me stranded on an island. This also doubles as a nice excuse to skip the half. That and that Vancouverites are so freaky-fit that they show up in droves to these things. Case in point: 50,000 people plus entered the Vancouver Sun Run. It will be a total zoo.

Do NOT miss Tanpopo. Note that the all-you-can-eat sushi has limited hours. Have you checked out their site (how did they get a .org?)?

If you do get up here, don't settle for Lay's dill pickle chips. Try Old Dutch instead. And pick up some ketchup chips while you are at it.

Pre-race advice: Drink a lot the night before, because alcohol is a pain-killer. Enjoy libatinos at the Irish Heather or Atlantic Trap and Gill (very East Coast, this one), or some swanky martini bar like, um, uh, well there are like ten thousand of them anyways, so you can just pick one.

2:01 PM  
Blogger camarooned said...

Note that 'libatinos' are latin drinks. That is not a typo.

2:02 PM  
Blogger winnekat said...

TANpopo! No wonder I couldn't find lots of google results. I was typing in Tampopo. (Cam, I think that site you linked to is for someplace in Palm Springs...?)

We were joking about maybe drinking DURING the run. But now I see that the race starts at 7 am. SEVEN?!?! It's going to be about 30 degrees (F, of course) at 7 am.

Libatinos? Really?

I forgot to add that my one concession to preparing for Sunday's race is that I'm not drinking this week. I know it will have absolutely NO effect, but it makes me feel like I'm doing something.

2:15 PM  
Blogger camarooned said...

That's hilarious! I used Google Maps to find the information, and the information listed on the Vancouver map is for somewhere else entirely! I guess if you were heading south you could check out the other one as well.

4:53 PM  
Blogger Colin said...

BTW, here's what's in a Libatino:

1 oz rum
Simple syrup
Muddle with orange slices

Add 1 oz sour mix
Near fill with soda
Float amaretto

You should totally get one after the race.

7:40 PM  
Blogger camarooned said...

Hmm, it was a typo, but maybe a good one at that. On a related note, have any of you seen TikiBarTV? It is a podcast coming from an apartment in downtown Vancouver, and they have drink recipes. Kate, maybe you can stop by there for a drink and a cameo!

8:49 AM  
Blogger Colin said...

Cam, I know it was a typo... I just wanted to see if I could convince anyone.

It's not a bad sounding drink though... :)

BTW, I am now the proud owner of a Smiths/Morrissey karaoke CD which I would very much enjoy using the next time you visit us down here. :)

9:11 AM  
Blogger fabulous girl said...

Elections for the Camarooned Fan Club steering committee will be held at the next meeting of the book club ... whenever that is.

Perhaps we should read a Canadian author and have a Club day trip to Vancouver or Victoria - we could commandeer the Clipper!

11:26 AM  
Blogger winnekat said...

Ha! As dense/gullible as I am, I totally believed both of you that it was an actual drink. Good thing I didn't go around asking asking Vancouver bartenders to make me one...

And I think Ryan (our other beloved Vancouverite) told us about TikiBarTV. I should be on a podcast. After all, I have extensive radio experience!

12:28 PM  
Blogger camarooned said...

Colin: now that's my kind of karaoke! And it seems you convinced me and Kate.

FG: I was thinking that y'all should come on up to the island for a stay. Plenty of room at the inn - any takers? Book club recommendation: Dead Girls by Nancy Lee, or The Sudden Weight of Snow by Laisha Rosnau (both VYR authors not named Douglas Coupland).

Kate: I was actually thinking that your radio experience would be good street cred, and may sway the Tiki folks into a cameo.

1:13 PM  

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