Showing posts from February, 2008

Running Week 9 Day 56 2008

Last night I ran the longest distance in my life.  I ran 14 miles.  I parked my truck at mile post 7 on Pleasant Valley Road just 1/4 mile south of the Longhorn Dam.  I ran north across the dam on the trail towards the Mo-Pac then to mile post 0 near south First Street.  I re-filled my CamelBack and returned reversing my route back to my truck for a 14 mile run.  The only problem that I encountered on the run was my right knee started getting stiff and sore.

The run took me about 174 minutes or 12.43 minute miles.  My goal is not how fast I can run but how long and how far.  I am going to gradually build up my distance until I can run 26 miles in one day. So far this year I have run 166 miles and I have 834 to go towards my goal of running 1000 miles in 2008.

Last night I started running at 7:30 PM and it was 80 degrees here in Austin.  During my night runs I see raccoons and possums and stray cats on the trail.

Zulu and Wolof Words

I am researching Zulu words for naming a project. I found Zulu on-line dictionary. I have some interesting findings in the rest of this blog post.

The Impact of African Languages on American English

The Impact of African Languages on American English
Joseph E. Holloway, Ph.D.
California State University Northridge

Another Wolof word popular in present-day American English is "dig," as in "dig this man." This word stems from the Wolof word dega, meaning either "look here" or to "understand," often used to mark the beginning of a sentence. In the English spoken by African Americans in the 1960s, "dig" means " to understand something." An example in Wolof is dega nga olof, "Do you understand Wolof?"

Running Week 6 2008

On Wednesday the 6 I ran my lake loop at night without my iPod.  Today I ran in 80 degree sunshine and it took me about 2 hours.  I am running the same distance but my strength does not feel like it is back to 100%.  I still feel a little weak on my breathing when I am running.  I am greatful that I am conditioned enough to run my 10 mile lake loop but I am not going to push myself to break any speed records.

Today is the 39th day of 2008.  I have run a total of 102 miles and I am 10% complete on my goal to run 1000 miles in 2008.

Finally a store to sell my art

I am proud to announce that I have a online store to sell my art.  I have planned for this day for a long time and finally it has arrived.  The store is located at

Texas Flu Epidemic

I have not been running much over the past two weeks.  I am just getting over a long mild case of the flu.  All of the 5 folks that I work with had the flu in January and missed work a few days.

So I am 20 miles behind my goal.  So far this year I have run 82 miles.  I am very inspired when I run.  I ran on February 2 2008 and the temperature here in Austin was 84 degrees.