Sunday, November 11, 2007

This post is brought to you by the letter D

So now that Audrey is back to posting on her own blog, I guess the rest of us are going to have to get back to posting - she made blogging easy!

Anyways, this doesn't even have to do with running, but I got to be the letter "D" last night at the Jefferson Jackson Dinner:

My friend Jaymi and I noted the irony of the fact that neither of us has ever been a letter during a sporting event, but we would gladly be a letter for a political candidate. Note that Jaymi and I also both learned our school's fight song at a taping of Hardball with Chris Matthews.

Last night was pretty much total political craziness. It started with JRE leading 500+ people with a drum line through the sky walks is Des Moines to the auditorium. Then lots of time spent trying to out-cheer other campaigns. Unfortunately, the most enthusiastic of our set of letters was the "W" so she would be raising the "W" when no one else had their letters up - the irony was not lost on us.

And while I will remain utterly faithful to my man, Barack really truly is a rock star. And you can't the deny the power of 4000 supporters (almost half the crowd) screaming "Fired up!" "Ready to Go!" across the arena to each other. If he had shown half the passion six months ago that he showed last night, I probably would have stuck with him (although pretty much his speech could have been "what John Edwards said"). But if I learned anything working on the Dean campaign four years ago, it's that you need a lot more than a bunch of activists to love you (and that betting on getting new people out to caucus is a losing bet).

Oh here is some running content! JRE ran a 3:30 marathon. And he runs every day while campaigning. He apparently was running in Ames a couple weeks ago. He also graced the cover of Runner's World in 2004.

Oh yeah, more running content - I totally didn't realize that Living History Farms is this weekend! I am totally not in shape to run a 7 mile trail race. The four mile race last weekend left my quads burning! I haven't run 7 miles since... July. Yeah. And that was on the road. I have always been injured during this race so I have never done it before, but I hear that the going is pretty slow because of all the runners, so hopefully I will be okay!


Laurie said...

You're the most politically active person I know! I voted for city council on Tuesday because of you. And I only was voting for the at-large seat!

Think of LHF as a long walk through the woods. With a few bits of running for good measure. Seven miles is a long way. Just have fun!

My bro is coming down for the race so I will see you there :)

Danielle in Iowa said...

Aw, I'm glad you voted for city council! Maybe we'll get you to caucus after all ;-) See you and the bro this weekend!

Audrey said...

This makes me think of Sesame Street. "Today's show is brought to you by the letter D."

THanks for letting me blog here! I had super fun!

Fian said...

Seven miles ... wow. Good luck - I'm sure you'll be great!

Steve Stenzel said...

Go "D" (and "Democrats!")

bryan said...

LHF ... if you don't want to go fast, don't worry -- you won't. If you want to go fast, don't worry -- you won't.

Beware the first creek crossing -- there's always a pileup of people because of some chicken who won't just jump in. If you're behind that person, give 'em a little nudge. Everybody will thank you for it.