This morning I ran the first half of the SF Marathon in 2:13:17 (a 10:10 mile pace). A year ago July I could not even run a half mile without stopping. I trained for three months, running six days a week, following a modified version of this program. Before that, I worked out with Keith and Raul at Bootcamp SF for ten months. In that same year I lost 90 pounds thanks to nutritionist Amie.
Here’s a shot of me nearing the finish line. This one is just after finishing. And, for comparison, this one is from a year and a half ago, before I lost the weight. Thanks for the photos, Wayne and Heidi.
Huge thanks to everybody who supported me during the last year. It was hard on my social life, and a lot of people didn’t support or respect what i was doing, but my real friends did, and I won’t ever forget it.
I’m now an Abdera committer. The PMC showed suspect judgment in awarding me this honor based only on a handful of small patches I submitted for the server subproject. The first test of their trust will be the several patches queued up in my working copy that I’ll commit once our Chandler Server 0.8 plans firm up. Thanks to Garrett, James and anybody else who voted for my participation. I’ll try not to screw things up.
Started the day with a 6am run along the east side of the river and through quiet, extremely green neighborhoods.
Spent the morning at the keynotes, a Subversion talk, and a session on open source voting, which I find quite interesting. The voting guys are trying to put together a prototype system in six weeks before debate ends on some sort of voting machine bill in the California Assembly. I would fully have volunteered to help if I wasn’t spending all of August on vacation.
Jim and I took the light rail across the river, meaning to go to Powell’s, but we spent so much time finding a good place for lunch that we headed back directly so that he could hit the afternoon sessions. I was drag-assing from the run, so I went back to the hotel for some quick work and a nap.
Hooked up in the evening with Jim and the Metaweb crew for Powell’swhere I picked up I am Legend (must read before the movie comes out). Hit the gelateria across the street for coffee and chocolate hazelnut gelato and then met up with the gang again for dinner at Eleni’s. This restaurant is unbelievably good. I had the Biftekia (“Painted Hills beef meatballs with onion, fresh oregano, mint and Italian parsley served in our special tomato sauce”), Manitaria Me Skortho (“seasonal forest mushrooms sauteed with pancetta, garlic, onion, and fresh sage, served over Orzo pasta”) and for dessert a poached peach infused with port. Yes, two desserts in one night! I’d be concerned about packing weight back on if I wasn’t running 25 miles in the next four days.
I don’t look this bad, and this guy had about 4 times as much weight to lose as I did, but I’ll be undergoing the same procedure and will have much the same scars. Gross! Seems to have paid off for him in the end though.