Big Ten 10K and Wipe Out Run

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Fuzzy at the BTN Big Ten 10K

A couple of weeks ago, I ran the Big Ten 10K all by myself (I mean, there were a few thousand other people there, I just didn’t arrive with a friend). I turned it into a bobo-brick day by biking down and back, which is good for the triathlon I’m doing at the end of the month, but was a little jump in my current training level. Can I blame that for why I ran the slowest 10K I’ve run in quite some time? Sure, whatever.

Time: 1:10:20
Pace: 11:20 mins/mile
Place: 5637 / 8033
Place in Sex: 2965 / 3671
Place in Age Group (M45-49): 152 / 202

Erica and Fuzzy post-Wipe Out Run

That afternoon, Erica and I braved the sun to go run around the Cellular Field parking lot to do the Wipe Out Run. Last year the run came to town as the Ridiculous Obstacle Course and obviously wanted to be the Wipe Out Run, as their promo materials had tons of references to “just like a hit TV show” and so on. Well, they got their licensing deal and could now plaster Wipe Out branding all over their big red obstacles. The obstacles were pretty fun, though the course had plenty of twists and loops that were obviously intended to just wear us out between obstacles so that we didn’t notice that there were only 9 of them (one of which was just a wooden wall). But it was a ton of fun, especially the slides.

Terrapin 5K 2015

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Bob Weir at the Terrapin 5K

One of our favorite 5Ks for a number of years was the Terrapin 5K, a Grateful Dead-themed race. They always had great swag, good music, and ok food (or “Munchies” as the bib tag always said). And then a couple of years ago RAM Racing stopped doing them. But this year with the Dead doing their last shows ever in Chicago, RAM brought back the race for one last time as well.

Erica brought back her Bob Weir outfit for the race, something of a tradition, and this year amped up the Bobby-ness of it so that people would stop yelling “Jerry” at her. And our friend Amy, who was going to see all three Dead shows, ran her first 5K ever.

Official results:
Time: 29:47
Place: 548 / 1137
Place in Sex: 330 / 527
Place in Age Group (M45-49): 48 / 90

Race to Wrigley 5K 2015

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Race to Wrigley 5K 2015

There are a couple races in town that finish at or around one of our city’s stadiums. If we were to rate them in terms of “sports fantasy achieved”, the best has to be the Soldier Field 10, as you get to run onto the titular field itself, finish on the 50-yard , and then continue across the field and linger in the end zone until a staffer asks you to move along. The “Mad Dash to Madison” didn’t go inside United Center at all, but got novelty points for having an in-line skate division (think Blackhawks, not Bulls). The Home Team Charity Run finished inside Cellular Field, but at least the year I ran it, had runners entering the field near second base and then running around the edge of the diamond the wrong way—past first and then to home. And then there’s the Race to Wrigley. It’s touted that the race finishes inside Wrigley Field, but in fact it just passes runners through the concession area. And that was just in past years—this year, because of the ongoing construction at Wrigley, the race just skirted the whole stadium. At least the shirt was appropriately baseball themed.

This race continues my streak of only getting out for races, not training runs. My heel is still bugging me, without running, so I’m wondering if running could really make it any worse. That sounds kinda dumb, doesn’t it?

Oh, there was one more novel thing about the race. I’ve gotten a lot of different food giveaways after races. Lots of sports drinks, of course, and plenty of trial size snacks. But this was the first time I’ve ever been given an entire, raw steak.

Race to Wrigley 5K 2015

Time: 32:42
Pace: 10:33
Place: 1085 / 2089
Place in Sex: 604 / 936
Place in Age Group (M45-49): 40 / 73

Deadbeet Logos

Had a request from one of the other ‘beets for the Deadbeets logos we had on our website long, long ago. I have, of course, archived all that stuff (that’s how I do) but the trouble with web images from 1997 is that they’re all, by modern standards, teeny.

This is the swirly beet that I used on the site and that several of us got, with variations, as tattoos:
Deadbeet

Remember when the emboss tool in Photoshop was real cool?
Embossed Deadbeet

I also drew this little guy. I really wish I could find a higher-rez scan of it:
Electric Beet

Here’s today’s “we live in the fuuuuture” moment: I just took a snapshot of my ankle tattoo with my phone that is 11 times bigger than those web graphics from 18 years ago. Also, not bad looking for an 18 year old tattoo, eh?
Deadbeet tattoo as of 2015

Seth Williams Show

If you’re the sort of person who craves up to the minute Fuzzy Gerdes information then you probably already follow me on Twitter. But the three of you left who do not and who still subscribe to my RSS feed (what reader are you using, anyway?) should know that in about an hour I will be on the Seth Williams Show, live on Internet radio. I understand that the shows are also available later, but you should listen live because… experience! connection! synchronicity!

Update: Here’s the show!

Every Time

I love trying new things and, intersectingly, I love novelty food. And there’s a combination KFC/Taco Bell near work and about once a month I’ll get weak at work and head over there for lunch and I’ll myself that I’m going to try the new novelty food of the month that Taco Bell has produced. The Sriracha Quesarito, say. And I get there and the big poster illustrating the food, the curated, managed gorgeous food photo that is supposed to show off how tasty this thing is going to be, looks sooooo gross and I can’t bring myself to order it and I get two chicken chalupas instead and then go back to my desk and feel sad, in my stomach and my brain, for the rest of the day.

Sriracha Quesarito
Yummmmmm!

Fox Valley Winter Challenge Trail Run 10K

After Zach suckered me into running two trail races of a series out in the suburbs with him, he ditched me for the third and final race of the series. He had some sort of B.S. excuse about some sort of service trip, building homes somewhere. Boo. The joke was on him, because while it was the longest of the three, and plenty challenging with two creek crossings and a big mud-thing in the middle (each then each times two, as it was a loop), it was also a gorgeous day and a great run. And I earned my series swag, which turned out to be a soft fleece, with thumb loops, which is always a plus in my book.

Update—I typed that up real quickly, but when Zach asked me by email how the race was, I had a little more to say that I thought I’d share:

For starters, I [using the name of a friend of ours who always arrives at the last second as a verb]’d the start — I got up real early and then futtered around the house until the last second and I got to the parking lot as people were walking to the start line. I had to run up a hill from the parking lot and frantically grabbed my number and then as I was headed to the start line, the race started and everyone ran at me. I was jogging to the start line and never actually made it—the guy had already picked up the cones and was walking back to the shelter and he said “c’mon, just turn around and start”.

It was a two loop course, with two creek crossings and a big muddy area as seen in the video they sent out last week. Because of how I started out, I was stuck behind the walkers for the first half of the first loop, which wasn’t bad since I was out of breath from that parking-lot-hill :-). It also meant the first two creek crossings were real calm, and I actually picked my way along the side of that mud pit.

It was a gorgeous day overall, and by the second loop I’d managed to pass folks and was running with some nice separation in front and behind me, so it felt like I had the trail to myself. The second time I hit the mud pit, I was trying to be careful, but slipped and was ankle deep in mud with one foot, so I said “screw it” and just splashed down the middle and was a lot more carefree for the remainder of the run.

I haven’t really been training (I think I got out twice since last month?) but somehow it didn’t feel as bad as the 8K.

Fox Valley Winter Challenge Trail Run 10K

Fox Valley Winter Challenge Trail Run 10K

Fuzzy at the Fox Valley Winter Trail Challenge 10K - Photo by Run to Achieve
Photo by Run to Achieve

Official Results:
Time: 1:20:44.2
Place: 113 / 133
Place in Sex: 73 / 77
Place in Age Group (M45-49): 7 / 8

A Certain Bearded Singer

We’ve had some technical and staffing changes with the new season of Steve Gadlin’s Starmakers that have meant I’ve been a lot more tied-down in the control room and so I haven’t been able to pop out and do my recurring lurker bit. But Steve just assigned Erica and I this song and we made it work. And it’s true… we can do the Boogaloo and that’s just what we’re going to do.