Wednesday, May 04, 2005

student of chance, student of consequence

Three days post-marathon, and I am now again able to walk both UP and DOWN stairs like a normal person, not a crab. For those of you who have only seen crabs encrusted in Old Bay Seasoning atop a picnic table, they walk sideways. And yes, this is how I have been navigating stairs since completing the Vancouver Marathon this past Sunday. [The course was a bit more hilly than described.]

This was my fifth marathon and my strongest to date, thanks to the Jeff Galloway walk/run training program and the fine folks at Teva who designed a really great sandal especially for running, the "Trail Wraptor." Prior to the marathon, I had completed a 20 mile training run in my Wraptors. However, I was not sure that I would run the marathon in them, and carted my running shoes to Canada with me, just in case. I went out Sunday morning hoping that I would not be cursing myself for choosing to run in the Wraptors. I took a chance, and learned that I made the right decision. While the course was hilly, it was beautiful and my feet were comfortable through the entire run.

By the way, I run these events for three reasons: the simple satisfaction of completing them, the addition of a goal to my work out routine, and the opportunity to travel. It is also great to be able to eat what I want most of the time and to embrace carbohydrates in these protein-crazed times. Pasta and bread are included in my definition of a quality life.

This was my first trip to Vancouver, and hopefully will not be my last. Alfresco dining along the waterfront with a breathtaking view of snow-capped mountains AND a Starbucks on every corner ... what more could one ask for?

Speaking of Starbucks, I will admit here and now that I am addicted. I noticed this morning that my teeth are sporting a bit more "Breakfast Blend" than white these days, so it must be time for some whitening.

This leads me to wonder, and off to the internet I go to learn ...

Over the past five years, Starbucks has averaged profit growth of 31%, AND, in those same past five years, the American Association of Cosmetic Dentistry reports an increase of more than 300% in teeth whitening/bleaching.