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.
Place: 1085 / 2089
Place in Sex: 604 / 936
Place in Age Group (M45-49): 40 / 73
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:
Remember when the emboss tool in Photoshop was real cool?
I also drew this little guy. I really wish I could find a higher-rez scan of it:
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?
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!
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.
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.
Photo by Run to Achieve
Place: 113 / 133
Place in Sex: 73 / 77
Place in Age Group (M45-49): 7 / 8
It’s fun to be in someone’s video as an extra, but it’s even more fun when it’s animated and you don’t have to stand around between takes all day, just send your friend a photo. Our good friends Kate and Dan did a video for Entertainment Weekly of an un-made Key and Peele sketch and Erica and I (and Claire, Steve, and Steven) are all in the crowd. Check it out.
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.
Last month, Zach talked me into running a challenging 5K trail run and it didn’t go too badly. So, to train for the next race in the series, an 8K, I… worked late a lot and didn’t train at all. Zach has already blogged about how hard the race was. And he’s in marathon training. So, yes, it was rather hard. Ouch.
Place: 115 / 142
Place in Sex: 73 / 79
Place in Age Group (M45-49): 9 / 9
Erica had become obsessed with an Adult Swim web-show called [Fish Center Live(http://www.adultswim.com/videos/astv/fishcam/). It’s a show that features almost exclusively a live feed of a fish tank with various graphics placed over it. There’s a lot that goes on on the show, but the center piece is a game called “Coin Quest”—graphics of coins with point values are placed on screen and the announcers call out as the fish earn points by swimming through the coins. The other day on the show they showed a quick mock up of an idea for an augmented-reality app where you could play Coin Quest anywhere you wanted with your phone and they showed a screen shot of the coins placed over a photo of some cats.
So combine this with the fact that I noticed that if I set my cam-corder down to its lowest quality setting I could record about 12 hours of video to the SD Card. I’d been wanting to use that to see just how long Latte slept each day. So the other day I recorded 7 hours of her cat bed, just to see what was going on. You can see 2 hours of footage in this video (don’t worry, I sped it up a little).