Polar Dash Half-Marathon 2018

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Fuzzy near the end of the Polar Dash Half-Marathon

The Polar Dash Half-Marathon was a little chilly this morning. 2° F, to be exact. It could have been worse—there was only a light breeze as we headed back north. If it had been really windy, as it often is by the lake, it would have been quite a different story.

As it was, the lakefront under snow was quiet and peaceful and beautiful. If my phone battery wasn’t so terrible right now (and if it wasn’t quite so cold) I would have paused and taken a few photos of the dramatic ice on the rocks or the sheets of ice in the harbors or… seems like there was a lot ice.

Time: 2:29:27
Place: 217 / 273
Place in Gender: 124 / 143
Place in Division (M4049): 34 / 37

Books 2017

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This year I’m counting graphic novels (and trade paperback collections) as books, not just to inflate my books-read numbers (54 with, 20 without) but really only to keep track of where I am in various series, which is really the point of this site no one else reads. As always on media consumption, I’ll remind you that I’m an employee of WB Games, but my book reading choices have nothing to do with my employer.

  • Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur v1: BFF
  • Totally Awesome Hulk v1
  • Paper Girls v1-2
  • Southern Bastards v1-3
  • Descender v1
  • Descender v2
  • Sex Criminals v1-3
  • Rat Queens v1
  • Doom Patrol (1987-1995)
  • Patsy Walker aka Hellcat v1
  • Ms Marvel v1-4
  • Welcome Back v1
  • The Vision v1
  • Wildside
  • Before I Fall
  • Exo
  • Polymorph
  • 39 Clues - Book 1
  • The House With a Clock in Its Walls
  • Anya’s Ghost
  • Spill Zone
  • Lumberjanes v1-2
  • The Motherless Oven
  • Bandette v1
  • The Can Opener’s Daughter
  • Every Heart a Doorway
  • Big Bad Fox
  • Bandette v1
  • Bandette v2
  • NOS4A2
  • Fuku Fuku Kitten Tales v1
  • The Dark is Rising 1: Over Sea, Under Stone
  • The Dark is Rising 2: The Dark is Rising
  • The Dark is Rising 3: Greenwich
  • Fuku Fuku Kitten Tales v2
  • Chi’s Sweet Home v1
  • Bandette v3
  • Where Angels Fear to Tread
  • Consider the Oyster
  • One of Us is Lying
  • The Coldest City
  • The Dispatcher
  • The Dark is Rising 4: The Grey King
  • Vacationland
  • The Dark is Rising 5: Silver on the Tree

Movies 2017

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I’ve long documented the movies I’ve watched each year. Below are listed the 68 movies I watched in 2017. As an employee of NetherRealm Studios, part of Warner Brothers Games, I should note that my movie watching choices are personal and do not reflect anything about my employer.

  • Inside Out
  • Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
  • Neighbors
  • The Spy Who Loved Me
  • Moonraker
  • For Your Eyes Only
  • Central Intelligence
  • Octopussy
  • Tim’s Vermeer
  • Never Say Never Again
  • MST3K 1101: Reptilicus
  • GoldenEye
  • Tomorrow Never Dies
  • The World is Not Enough
  • Assassin’s Creed
  • Tangled
  • Anatomy of a Murder
  • MST3k: Cry Wilderness
  • MST3k: The Time Travelers
  • MST3k: The Loves of Hercules
  • MST3k: Avalanche
  • MST3k: The Beast of Hollow Mountain
  • The Grateful Dead (1977)
  • Paul Blart: Mall Cop
  • Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2
  • Kill List
  • MST3k: Starcrash
  • Moana
  • Free Fire
  • Baby Driver
  • Magic Mike
  • MST3K: The Land Time Forgot
  • MST3K: The Loves of Hercules
  • MST3K: Yongary: Monster from the Deep
  • MST3K: Eegah!
  • MST3K: Argoman, The Fantastic Superman
  • MST3K: Wizards of the Lost Kingdom
  • MST3K: Wizards of the Lost Kingdom II
  • MST3K: Carnival Magic
  • MST3K: The Christmas That Almost Wasn’t
  • Hot Fuzz (rewatch)
  • Elle
  • Wonder Woman
  • The Anderson Tapes (1971)
  • MST3K: At the Earth’s Core
  • Graphic Means
  • Pressing On
  • M. Hulot’s Holiday
  • The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)
  • Atomic Blonde
  • The Wild Bunch
  • Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
  • Arsenic and Old Lace
  • Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Corpse Bride
  • The Search for General Tso
  • Pitch Perfect 2
  • Justice League
  • Girls Trip
  • Rogue One
  • Meet the Robinsons
  • Blood Simple
  • The Manxman (1929)
  • Princess Cyd
  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Jurassic Park: The Lost World
  • Another Thin Man

Viking Dash Trail Run Half-Marathon

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Viking Dash Trail Run Half-Marathon 2017

Viking Dash Trail Run Half-Marathon 2017

Viking Dash Trail Run Half-Marathon 2017

I might be exaggerating my cheerfulness for the camera a little here. This was moderately challenging trail run half-marathon, 4 loops (plus a bit) of a 5K course through a hilly park on real trails on a windy 25° day.

Time: 2:42:09.33
Pace: 12:23/M
Place: 91 / 139
Place in Male: 55 / 76
Place in Division (M45-49): 11 / 14

Evanston Flying Turkey 5K

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It’s become something of a tradition in the Team Gerdes house to start our Thanksgiving day with the Evanston Flying Turkey 5K, even if, as this year, it’s more a morning stroll. We follow it up with breakfast at Hoosier Mama Pie Company and whatever pie is left over from the preorders. It’s a fun holiday crapshoot!

Time: 57:33
Overall Place: 2294 / 2488
Place in Male: 1121 / 1198

World's Largest Corn Maze 5K 2017

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Fuzzy running the World's Largest Corn Maze 5K

We’ve done the World’s Largest Corn Maze 5K several times and it’s becoming an autumnal tradition around the Gerdes house. The race was scheduled for last week, when Erica was out of town, but torrential rains that weekend meant they pushed it by a week and so we were able to both run the race. The good news was the rains from the week before had not destroyed the course. The bad news was that about a mile into the course a new round of torrential rains started. And at that point, you’re in the middle of a maze and so you might as well finish the marked off course instead of heading blindly towards any possible exit.

A usual fun part of doing the Corn Maze race is walking around the Richardson Adventure Farm a bit—they’ve closed their attractions by this point in the season, but the animals are still around. With the rain pouring down, we just made a quick detour to say hi to the goats and a minature donkey and then hit the road.

Time: 29:36.1
Pace: 9:32 min/m
Place: 176 / 778
Place in Gender: 97 / 260
Place in M45-49: 6 / 19

Corn Maze GPS
My GPS’s best attempt at tracking the Corn Maze Route

Erica and a wet donkey
Erica and a new friend

Smuttynose Rockfest Half-Marathon

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I really want Erica to write about this trip, since it was her first half-marathon, but the nut of the story is that years ago Erica’s eye was caught by one of the little paragraph-long descriptions of “cool races” in Runner’s World. Something like “run along a beautiful ocean front in New Hampshire and at the end of the race they greet you with a lobster roll and a Smutty Nose beer. Cool off by running into the Atlantic Ocean, if you like.”

“If I ever do a half-marathon, that’d be the one I’d do,” she said at the time.

At the start of this year, in the dead of winter, I asked Erica if she’d like to make this the year and she foolishly agreed. We planned a trip to New Hampshire for the race, to be followed by a tour of multiple New England states over the next few days.

The race, thankfully, was exactly as promised, and I’m incredibly proud of Erica that she trained for and then completed it. And then our tour of New England was gorgeous and added quite a few states to both of our 50-states goals.

Time: 3:24:41.7
Pace: 15:38
Place: 4387 / 4414
Place in Male: 1390 / 1392
Place in M40-49: 346 / 347

Chicago Half-Marathon

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Fuzzy running the Chicago Half-Marathon

The Chicago Half-Marathon was hot. So Hot.

Took my time (as you can see) and just tried to not injure myself before my next Half-Marathon road trip next week.

Time: 2:51:36
Pace: 13:06 min/mi Overall place: 6422 / 8021
Place in Male: 3050 / 3482
Place in M45-49: 317 / 378