September 19, 2005
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Today was the start of a big week in my life. It started bright and early this morning with the Buckeye Half Marathon in Cuyahoga Falls, which required me to wake up at 6:20am…not something I really want to do on a Sunday. If you want all of the boring details, you can read all about it here. For everyone else, here is the brief summary: finished the 13.1 miles in 1:49:45 (an 8:22 mile pace) which is much better than I expected, unofficially placed #169 out of 500+, and no, this doesn’t mean I expect to finish the real marathon in under 4 hours.
Tomorrow will see my first day at a new job. First days usually are less than fun, especially for me since it typically takes me months (no joke) to learn names, which is always embarrassing. But I’m looking forward to a new adventure. I had a nice sendoff on Friday from my old job. It’s weird to think I won’t be seeing all of my friends there on a daily basis anymore. That was the hardest part of my decision to leave.
Tonight Kristy & I went to the movies and saw ‘The Constant Gardener‘. The trailer was good and the reviews have been excellent, so I was sucked in. And I was not disappointed. It was a great thriller about a British diplomat (Ralph Fiennes) whose activist wife (Rachel Weisz) is murdered while on a relief mission in Africa. Her husband starts looking into her death and digs up some major conspiracies involving governments and big corporations. It’s a great thriller that relies on good storytelling rather than empty effects and stunts. And there is a lot of stunning footage from Africa. So it definitely comes with my recommendation.