Run for your life

I have got to visit some nice places due to my job. Maybe this tour might be an exception to this. In any case, in an effort to make sure that my experience of Billings, Lincoln, etc, is not limited to a presentation room, a Chili’s and the inside of a Motel 6, I plan to do a short(ish) run in each location. Time permitting. Does anyone from these locations have tips of places to head for? In fact, does anyone want to join me…? This is not some vanity exercise related to the ‘collection’ of runs in each state, country, etc, etc, but I actually need to keep active in preparation for a 10 km race when I get back (the CapMetro 10 km – http://www.statesman.com/s/cap10k/). Shout-out to Toni, the poor bastard who said he’d run it with me…

The beginning (of the end?)

I ran the Austin Marathon last weekend. For those of you into that sort of thing, it took my friend Vel and I 3 hours and 50 minutes. Not bad considering the rather hilly course, warm temperatures and our blatant lack of fitness. I am now about to undertake another gruelling physical challenge; the AAPG Distinguished Lecturer tour, and for next couple of weeks I thought I would keep a diary about it; I believe the kids call it a ‘blog’. For those of your who know me, this a big deal; I am virulently anti-Facebook and Twitter, mainly because I think day-to-day life is pretty boring. However, this tour will give me the chance to focus this blog on something pretty interesting. Not necessarily my lecturers themselves (although I will occasionally give a blow-by-blow account of how they went, questions I got, the creeping sense that I am about to be found out, etc), but more about the places I go to and the people I meet. I am not sure if it will work; the few geo- blogs I have read are by people who have a natural flair for written communication and commentary. I suspect this is not one of my strengths. Furthermore, my schedule (excuse the Americanism) may not allow me to spend much time updating the blog, although I have downloaded an app that should allow me to do it whilst standing in line for beer-battered, Rocky Mountain oysters in Boulder. During the course of 10 days I will visit 9 cites, 9 states and cover 6533 airmiles (I should probably get to keep my ozone hole…).