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David Gerstein is the principal cellist of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Quapaw String Quartet. I have completed four full marathons, five half marathons, five 10Ks, one five-miler, nine 5K's, three sprint triathlons, and the Dopey Challenge. Read on for running stats, pictures of food, pictures of my dog, and random music posts.

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    Costume change.  (at Hendrix College)

    Costume change. (at Hendrix College)

    — 3 days ago with 7 notes
    Perfect afternoon for napping (and practicing for me)

    Perfect afternoon for napping (and practicing for me)

    — 4 days ago with 4 notes
    I am running the Chicago Marathon this October!!
This is the first year (since I started running) that I don’t have a subscription concert series so I jumped at the opportunity. I am so excited, I can hardly stand it. I have to admit that I was never really aware of the marathon while growing up in the area. I lived in the north suburbs, it was a different world. But I do remember going to youth orchestra rehearsal and seeing all the people wearing the moon blankets and being intrigued and inspired, but not really know what it was all about. I can’t believe that years later, I will be running it myself and it will be my 5th marathon!
Even better? I’m raising money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. My goal is a very doable $1200 and I am already 13% of the way there. St. Jude is an amazing place where no family pays for the treatment they receive. St. Jude even flies families to Memphis at no cost. Please consider making a donation, every dollar counts and is greatly needed! Click here to donate.
Even better???? Runner friend Katherine (who I did the Little Rock Marathon with back in March) will be joining me!!! She wants to set a goal of 4:15…I’m a little skeptical, since I already PRed marathon once this year, two would be asking a lot, and it would be a 23 minute improvement in one year. But crazier things have happened I suppose. (also, I hate speed workouts)

    I am running the Chicago Marathon this October!!

    This is the first year (since I started running) that I don’t have a subscription concert series so I jumped at the opportunity. I am so excited, I can hardly stand it. I have to admit that I was never really aware of the marathon while growing up in the area. I lived in the north suburbs, it was a different world. But I do remember going to youth orchestra rehearsal and seeing all the people wearing the moon blankets and being intrigued and inspired, but not really know what it was all about. I can’t believe that years later, I will be running it myself and it will be my 5th marathon!

    Even better? I’m raising money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. My goal is a very doable $1200 and I am already 13% of the way there. St. Jude is an amazing place where no family pays for the treatment they receive. St. Jude even flies families to Memphis at no cost. Please consider making a donation, every dollar counts and is greatly needed! Click here to donate.

    Even better???? Runner friend Katherine (who I did the Little Rock Marathon with back in March) will be joining me!!! She wants to set a goal of 4:15…I’m a little skeptical, since I already PRed marathon once this year, two would be asking a lot, and it would be a 23 minute improvement in one year. But crazier things have happened I suppose. (also, I hate speed workouts)

    — 4 days ago with 15 notes

    What an amazing day for a bike-run brick!!

    I posted some of my fastest times for the distances, which is kind of amazing to me, since this past week was an exercise FAIL. But whatever. The triathlon I’m doing at the end of June has a 1:30 cutoff for a 24 mile bike. I’m a little nervous because my bike pace is not fast, and its really borderline right now. But I really pushed myself today and I think it was pretty effective. If I can keep improving over the next few months, I should be just fine.

    And the run off the bike was not bad at all. It almost felt good. I can’t even believe I’m saying that!

    Its a packed weekend here…I’m waiting on my duo partner to show up for a rehearsal, then head to a 4+ hour Easter Vigil gig, sleep, and then two Easter services in the morning followed by a crazy hard duo recital. Luckily, we have performed the show a few times already (tridad saw it in Chicago!) so we should be just fine. Also, I expect there to be about 8 people in the audience, because Easter.

    — 4 days ago with 6 notes
    #tridad  #triathlon training  #bike  #run  #st jude 

    Swam and stuff.

    You early morning workout people are crazy. I don’t know how you do it.

    But I guess you don’t work till 10pm or later every night. And you probably don’t play a musical instrument all day either.

    Day number three of waking up early. It was actually ok today, but now I’m really dragging and I have hours and hours of rehearsal to go.

    Oh well, it’ll be fine.

    — 1 week ago with 9 notes

    Nice morning for a swim, don’t ya think?

    I really think I need to work in my kicking. When I do pull, it feels great and I’m flying. When I kick with a board, I’m a snail. Maybe this is normal? And my kick has been really uncoordinated during “swim” portions of workouts.

    Maybe it’s just a phase? I was definitely swimming better a few weeks ago.

    Meetings all afternoon and Mahler rehearsal tonight. So exciting!!

    — 2 weeks ago with 4 notes

    Monday morning run is DONE.

    Was good last night so the early morning was possible. Morning runs typically are a huge fail for me in that i plan them and then don’t do them. So this is a win.

    Unfortunately, it was a pretty weak run. Wonky knees, heavy legs, walking breaks. I just don’t work well in the morning.

    But I did it. And now I head to rehearsal.

    — 2 weeks ago with 7 notes
    Got my week all scheduled.
Last week was kind of a wash. Weather canceled 3 of my big workouts. I feel kind of lame about it…severe thunderstorm warnings, so I stayed in, but then nothing happened. Today was just cold with patches of rain, and I honestly just didn’t want to bike in that. I also had  light week work-wise, which just makes me lazier.
This week is NOT a light week. Big orchestra concert this weekend featuring Mahler Symphony No. 5 and the world premiere of a new work by Christopher Theofanidis (he’s kind of a big deal).
So I’m making a deal with myself…only 1 beer after rehearsals, and eat well this week (no chips, real food only). If I stick to that I should have plenty of energy to make it through these long days.
Let’s do it! 

    Got my week all scheduled.

    Last week was kind of a wash. Weather canceled 3 of my big workouts. I feel kind of lame about it…severe thunderstorm warnings, so I stayed in, but then nothing happened. Today was just cold with patches of rain, and I honestly just didn’t want to bike in that. I also had  light week work-wise, which just makes me lazier.

    This week is NOT a light week. Big orchestra concert this weekend featuring Mahler Symphony No. 5 and the world premiere of a new work by Christopher Theofanidis (he’s kind of a big deal).

    So I’m making a deal with myself…only 1 beer after rehearsals, and eat well this week (no chips, real food only). If I stick to that I should have plenty of energy to make it through these long days.

    Let’s do it! 

    — 2 weeks ago with 5 notes
    I’ll just leave this here.

    I’ll just leave this here.

    — 2 weeks ago
    Waiting for the storms.

    Waiting for the storms.

    — 2 weeks ago with 3 notes

    Quick little run inside.

    There are storms in the area, tornado type storms. So I didn’t go outside. I totally could have since nothing happened. But oh well. Its also really really humid out, so theres that. And I like doing these pace workouts on a treadmill, its just easier to control. And I had to go to the grocery store too, and its close to my gym. So theres that too.

    Thats all.

    Would you consider matching my 3.01 mile run with a donation of $3.01 to St. Jude Children’s Hospital? Click here to make it happen! Thanks!

    — 3 weeks ago with 1 note
    I could get used to students bringing fresh juice to lessons. Just saying.

    I could get used to students bringing fresh juice to lessons. Just saying.

    — 3 weeks ago with 4 notes
    This pair of shoes got retired today.
These shoes have been through a lot. I ran the Soaring Wings Half Marathon on these shoes and got a PR. I did all of my Dopey Challenge training on them. I ran the North Shore Turkey Trot 10k with Ellie for the 3rd time and Michael for the first (his first race ever!). I ran my coldest ever long run, 8 degrees for 18 miles. I RAN THE DOPEY CHALLENGE the day after one of the biggest auditions of my life while on antibiotics for two ear infections and an upper respiratory infection. I ran the Little Rock 5k on these shoes, and an hour later I ran the Capital Hotel Detour 10k on these shoes. And the next morning I ran the Little Rock Marathon on these shoes, finished with a marathon PR, and went directly to an orchestra concert an hour later.
They will be put on the shelf with little fanfare. They have already been replaced with the exact same pair. They were on sale on amazon. Same color and everything.
Goodbye shoes.

    This pair of shoes got retired today.

    These shoes have been through a lot. I ran the Soaring Wings Half Marathon on these shoes and got a PR. I did all of my Dopey Challenge training on them. I ran the North Shore Turkey Trot 10k with Ellie for the 3rd time and Michael for the first (his first race ever!). I ran my coldest ever long run, 8 degrees for 18 miles. I RAN THE DOPEY CHALLENGE the day after one of the biggest auditions of my life while on antibiotics for two ear infections and an upper respiratory infection. I ran the Little Rock 5k on these shoes, and an hour later I ran the Capital Hotel Detour 10k on these shoes. And the next morning I ran the Little Rock Marathon on these shoes, finished with a marathon PR, and went directly to an orchestra concert an hour later.

    They will be put on the shelf with little fanfare. They have already been replaced with the exact same pair. They were on sale on amazon. Same color and everything.

    Goodbye shoes.

    — 3 weeks ago with 12 notes