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Ticking Things off for Chicago, Whitney Houston

Saturday, February 11, 2012

On the Chicago check-list:

officially registered ... check
Plane ticket bought .... round trip for $169.60!! Awesome! ... and check
Hotel booked for marathon eve and the night post-marathon ... check
Friends in the city to hang out with in the days before ... check

fitness/ cardio minutes done for this past week 1 of pre-training ... 365. I feel good about that! Especially since it's my first real week of consistent exercise since... July. (WOW...) Anyway, I have some time logged for working at the sledding hill after my regular job because it really is physical! there's a lot of running up and down the hill, moving heavy mats, unloading the heavy sledding tubes, dragging corrals to set up the area, pulling large heavy plastic covers off the conveyer belt ski lift thingy, holding onto tubes with kids in them, bending, squatting, sprinting, lunging and trying to catch and stop the occupied tubes after tubes as they reach the bottom of the hill so they dont go over the embankment, etc. I am sweating by the end of the night and am moving around about 75% of the time. The closest thing in the spark database was "officiating a sporting event" lol so that's what I chose. Exercise ... hey it's kind of a nice perk to getting paid!

In other news ... Whitney Houston has died. I don't think I have cried before at the news of a celebrity death but something about her passing strikes me tonight. One of my cherished running songs is "Your Love is My Love" all the way back from my first year of running. Strangely, I had been listening to it a lot on iTunes in the past week and actually just burned it on a cd for a friend last night. Very weird timing. I would listen to that song regularly during my runs in that first year, even remember the specific part of the run it would always come on my playlist, because it's so peaceful and fills me with so much inner strength. (That's the kind of music you need for endurance, not so much cardio and bpm count, lol) Well, I'm going to miss her.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CONFUSEDBIRD 2/19/2012 11:50AM

    Wow what an awesome price for you plane ticket!

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MYOWNHERO 2/17/2012 11:58AM

    I've been listening to WH's gorgeous voice too. So sad!

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TIFFANIE150 2/15/2012 4:44PM

    It'll be cool to read about it once you've done it!

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FREES1 2/14/2012 3:08PM

    Chicago awaits you and you shall conquer Chicago

and Whitney's voice will never fade from you...

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    You're amazing, Dash. I know you'll rock Chicago - and I can't wait to cheer you on! I'm so sad about WH too ... so many talented lives we have lost over the past few years. I was so shocked to hear about her passing.

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    You sound so organized, way to go! And that is a great price for your plane fare!

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SHEILA1505 2/12/2012 2:48AM

    So sad :(
Well done with the sports event officiation :))

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MACILINN 2/11/2012 10:55PM

    Have a great time w/your friends! Sounds like a great time. wooohooo.

I saw Whitney Houston here on the military base yrs ago, she sounded so beautiful. What happened? How sad to hear she passed on, she was to young.

Have a fun, safe trip!

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GOGOSHIRE 2/11/2012 9:51PM

    omg - didn't know about Whitney until I read this. Whoa. I'm in shock.

The sledding job sounds awesome, and wtg on your streak. You're off to such a rock solid start. So happy for you!

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