9.3 Miles – Every Step of the Way

It’s the night before the Gate River Run 15k, and I should be turning off the computer and trying to fall asleep. I can feel adrenaline flowing through my body though, so I hope by writing it wil relax me enough to knock me out for 7 good hours of sleep. 

I’ve had tomorrow’s race circled on my calendar since I first thought about taking up running, back in August. It’s the biggest race in Jacksonville every year (15,000 runners in the 15k) and I’ve come to realize if you’re a runner in Jax, people don’t ask if you’ve run the River Run – they ask how many you’ve finished. 

My friend (and roommate) Stacey wrote this really cool note about why she’s running the Gate, and it inspired me to make one of my own.  So here’s 9 or so reasons I’ll be thinking of every step of the way.

Mile 1 – I’m taking this one for me. For setting a new challenge in front of me, something I had never thought about seriously doing (or enjoying), sticking to the training (mostly) and accomplishing a big part of my goal. I intend to continue finding challenges and working towards accomplishing throughout my lifetime. Running is really good practice. 

Mile 2 – This one’s for Raechel, my best friend, confidant and my favorite runner! Last year, we were supposed to run the Shamrock Run 5k together and I bailed on her, having just flown back from a job interview in Jax, feeling under the weather and frightened of running in a real race with lots of people. Rae was the first one I’d text or call when I finished a step in training (2 miles today! 5K! 6 miles!) and she always encouraged me. I can’t thank her enough for her support and all-around incredibleness. I can’t wait until we run a race TOGETHER! (PS: She’s running a half marathon next month with Team in Training. You can read about it and cheer her on here.)

Mile 3 – For my Mom, who told me the other day that me running was “so cool because its so unlike you.” LOL, I can’t argue with that because she’s kinda right. To think that I’m going to do a 15K and a half marathon before my Mom does is a little unreal, since she’s a workout machine. Tomorrow I’ll definitely be thinking about that one time we worked out together, where she kicked my ass and I was too intimidated to go with her again for 2 years. Love you Momma!! 

Mile 4 – Here’s to you Dad, who told me one of the last times I was home, that I couldn’t run that far. (Garrett is my witness) You were kidding a little, but I know you’ll be proud when I call and tell you I finished 9 miles. 

Mile 5 – For Stacey, who has been a great friend, roommate and teammate since I met you last summer. Good luck in the race, even though I really want to beat you! 🙂 

Mile 6 – Running this one for Laura, who I met right after she finished her first half marathon. Remember that conversation I had with you Labor Day weekend (you were getting ready for Anna’s wedding so probably not) and I told you, I’m going to run a half marathon? That got you really excited and you gave me all sorts of good advice about workouts, training and nutrition. We need to re-do that conversation now that I’m 5 weeks from a real half marathon. 

Mile 7 – This one is for my brother Adam. Because after you start running 7 miles at a time, you can’t be called “fatty” anymore…even by your little brother (who could probably benefit from more soccer or running himself). Come down here and we’ll compare beach bods. 

Mile 8 – A big thanks in this mile to all my Brass peeps and Corvallis friends. Laura E., Sarah, Bryan, Tom, Zack, Steve, Eric – who all were training for some marathon, half marathon, triatholon while I knew and worked with you. I used to think you were crazy. Actually, I still do but more in an admiring way. To Ethan, who told me running more than 2 miles ever was stupid (you’re right). And to Brady, who founded Corn Dog Day many years ago – I’m celebrating my running achievements with a few corndogs at next week’s party. 

Mile 9 – I started running as a way of distraction when Garrett left for 2 months on his ship, so its no surprise that I chose this mile specifically for him. This is the mile with the really big bridge that you have to run up and over before you see the finish line. Your words “just keep swimming” will get me up that hill and down the other side. It’s kinda like the hill we’re climbing right now…no matter how steep or long it might seem now, soon we’ll only have the downhill part left. And when we get to that finish line, I’ll be there waiting for you (with Starbucks in hand). 

Last .3 miles – This little part is for my virtual running buddy, Kait, who I’ll actually get to meet at the Country Music (Half) Marathon next month. Nashville, here we come!!! 

You can follow along on www.jacksonville.com tomorrow for race results and information. I expect to finish right around 10AM, so check it out when you west coasters wake up tomorrow. I’ll also post something on Twitter, Facebook and eventually here to let you know I survived!

9.3 Miles – Every Step of the Way

Dream Big, Live Big

Last month, when putting together my Life List, I didn’t include a few more personal, big-dream items. The purpose of the life list was to include things I can work towards or try to make happen. I have other dreams that depend on a lot more than just me to fulfill. One of these, I’m very happy to announce, is coming true.

I’M GOING TO WORK FOR THE PGA TOUR!!!

Wow. It’s cool enough that it deserves it’s own line. The PGA Tour is an organization I’ve always admired and loved, and one that I’ve always kept an eye on for a chance to become a part of. An opportunity came across their job postings that fit me well and I threw in my application, because you never know unless you try. Fast forward a couple months through lots of emails, phone calls and a great trip across the country to see the HQ and Jacksonville, Florida, and now I’m moving in two weeks. Wow.

The position is Social Media and Fan Outreach Coordinator in the PGATOUR.COM (“dot-com”) department. Someday I’ll come up with an easy-to-understand one-sentence explanation of what that means. Basically, it’s going to incorporate my skills in PR and Communications, my knowledge of online tools and user experience, and my love of golf all at once. (For more about what social media is all about, follow along on my other blog.)

Yes, it was quick. Yes, I’m sad to leave behind home, family, friends, a great job, a terrific network in Corvallis, my Blazers and the Beavs, no sales tax and lots of good memories. (No, I won’t miss the rain.) But yes, this is my dream and I am lucky enough to get to live it, now.

This blog will probably continue to evolve into all about my life, my travels and new experiences. What’s great about that is this can be a place my family, friends (and other people who care) can come, read about what I’m up to, see pictures and video and have conversations with me. It’s like the weekly emails from college, except they’ll all be in one spot (and not cluttering your inbox!). So make sure to bookmark this site (http://teaguefc.wordpress.com) and/or subscribe to the RSS feed to get my updates.

More to come soon, but I wanted to make sure this announcement wasn’t more overdue than it already is. Talk to you all soon. Leave love in the comments if you’d like!

Dream Big, Live Big

Life Should Be A Little Bit Fun

The February issue of brass|MAGAZINE features four Canadian guys who are creating a documentary called “The Buried Life.” Their premise is:  one question. four guys. 100 things to do before you die.

I met these guys back in October, when they visited brass HQ for their photo shoot. Between the news cameras, breakfast bagels, lots of photo taking and trying to get some work done, I got to spend a few minutes one-on-one with them. We talked about everything from perspectives on new media, being a young adult and our best road trip stories — but they kept bringing it back to the question: What Do You Want to Do Before You Die?

I’ve been thinking about this and decided it was time to write down my list so I can really start crossing them off (much like the satisfaction of throwing away to-do PostIt notes). You can see my list, and any updates I make to it, on the My Life List page.  (hint: subscribe to my RSS feed for automatic updates)

I know I’ve lived well so far, because many of the things I wanted to put on my list, I either checked off or modified so it still fits. A few of those that I wouldn’t mind doing again are:

  • Swim with dolphins
  • Hit a hole-in-one
  • Live like an Italian for a week
  • Share a kiss underneath a beautiful sunset

This life list thing is fun. Thinking about it, writing it down, remembering those things you’ve already done. Reminds me of one of my favorite inspirational songs. “Dream Big” is one I wish I could play for all my friends to make sure they know anything is possible. Listen to this song while you take a look at what I can’t wait to do…(update: click to listen to Ryan Shupe’s Dream Big)

  • Make a sushi dinner
  • Travel to every continent
  • Ride in a Venetian gondola with someone who makes me smile
  • Work for, or set-up, a foundation
  • Dance the Dirty Dancing finale scene

Many thanks to Sarah and her Big 30, and the Buried Life guys for inspiration while writing this. Check out my page and start your own list on the Buried Life’s network.

Life Should Be A Little Bit Fun

Mexican Fiesta video

It’s not of tequila shots (though we took more than enough of them), the pinata breaking or the awesome buffet line – but this video, from the fiesta at Playa Grande on Sunday, is still pretty cool. Our hosts brought out authentic Mexican dancers who did some traditional, interpretive and fire dancing. Here’s a short video of part of the dance:

I’ve now seen traditional dancing done in two completely different cultures. I was thinking about this while watching the performance at the fiesta. Dancing in Ireland and Mexico, along with the music, costumes and props, are completely different. Yet both are totally enticing and beautiful. I hope, as I continue to travel, to keep experiencing different cultural traditions. What experiences should I definitely put on my list for the future?

Mexican Fiesta video