- Layla - who set a PR in 22:59 at the Walnut Creek Turkey Trot 5K!
Silicon Valley Turkey Trot:
Last race I did was the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot on Nov 28 - it is the largest in the world, this year with approximately 25,000 runners. I signed up for the 5K, since I was still on a running rehab plan, and didn't think that running a 10K on asphalt was the best plan to recover from injury. I ran this race with my friends - we ran a chill 11 min pace during the 5K - good times. There were tons of waves to handle the huge crowds - nice to see tons of people getting out there. The vibe during the race is very chill - people in costumes, with their families, and just enjoying the the Thanksgiving weather. Next year I hope to try to race the 10K if I'm feeling healthy then.
Silicon Valley Turkey Trot
Time: 34:35 (11:09 pace)
shirts were purple long sleeve - nice shirts
vertebrae line lol
Rose Bowl bound!
Well, Stanford simply crushed Arizona State 38-14 to advance to the Rose Bowl! Stanford is headed there again, after beating Wisconsin 20-14 last year! I was nervous heading into this game, but really I shouldn't have. Stanford now has made 4 BCS bowls in 4 years, with only Alabama as the other team that can claim that (2010 Orange Bowl, 2011 Fiesta Bowl, 2012 Rose Bowl), which is crazy considering that the team was 1-11 in 2006 until Harbaugh came along and transformed the program. Stanford ends the regular season with 6 wins over top 25 teams, which is the most in the nation (2nd most is Auburn with 4). Stanford also ended the season with the 4th hardest schedule in the nation. I'll likely do more analysis later, but in looking at the stats comparison between the 2 teams, seems like Stanford should win. Michigan State has 1 win over a top 25 team (OSU), and the 47th ranked hardest schedule. Stanford has them beat on absolute terms in every offensive category. Michigan State's defensive stats are better, but if you adjust for the strength of schedule, likely the defenses are exactly the same. Already bought my flight and rental car - bring on Pasadena!
Side note, but if Stanford had only 1 loss (they lost to Utah and USC in heartbreaking fashion), I think they would have had a very strong case for getting into the BCS title game - since like I said above they played the 4th hardest schedule in the nation, and have 6 wins over top 25 teams. For what it's worth, Stanford is #1 in ESPN Championship drive ratings. Though the media is obsessed with the SEC, so maybe that wouldn't have happened anyways.
Alabama vs Auburn:
The whole reason Auburn even got into the title game is first due to a hail mary play vs Georgia:
Then the craziest play in college football history vs Alabama - wow:
Auburn did win both football games, but it took absolute miracles for that to happen. Then since Ohio State lost to Michigan State (as I thought would happen), Auburn is the highest ranked 1 loss team, so they get into the national title game. I'm glad that Ohio State didn't make it, since I think OSU would have gotten absolutely run over by FSU. FSU-Auburn should be a better game, I think FSU will win.
World Cup draw - group of death:
Likely there aren't many soccer fans in here, but the World Cup draw was held on Friday in Brazil. This draw determines the groups comprising the 32 teams, as well as each teams individual schedule. Unfortunately the US landed in the hardest possible group (Germany, Portugal, Ghana). It is the hardest ranked group by far of any of the groups. Also, the US teams individual schedule is awful - they play a game in Natal (on the coast), then to Manaus (in the amazon rain forest), then back to Recife (on the coast). So they have the hardest group, and the worst schedule of any team in the World Cup. Though based on stats predictions, the US odds to advance out of the group stage are exactly the same as Portugal (40%), with Ghana at 26%. So the US has a chance, but still it's rough - dealing with Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal will not be easy - he is the best player in the world. Side note, but with this awful schedule that the US got, likely I won't be going to Brazil for the tourney. Also, Brazil still doesn't seem like the safest country to be hosting the World Cup - and it is very far away from almost everyone else in the world to get to in terms of airline travel.
NFL week 14 craziness:
Anyone out there that watches NFL football waits for weeks like week 14. I've been watching NFL Red Zone for probably 4 years now, and that was the craziest NFL Sunday that I can ever remember (especially in the early games). Red Zone channel also said that this Sunday was the most touchdowns scored in the shows history.
- Browns vs Patriots comeback drama (including a BS pass interference call on the Browns though)
- Lions-Eagles in a snowstorm that left 6 inches of snow on the field (see megatron below lol)
- Ravens-Vikings playing the craziest 4th quarter that I've ever seen in a game period
- Steelers almost pulling off The Play on 7 laterals before a guy barely steps out of bounds
- 49ers-Seahawks playing a tough grinder of a game that the 49ers pull the upset 19-17
Finally I'll end with just some pics from my recent runs. I actually ran 6 miles on Sunday with basically no pain before, during or after. I can't over-emphasize how much midfoot striking has helped me. I'm now on week 6 of my running rehab plan, and after I finish that, I need to figure out what running schedule to follow. Any suggestions out there? I guess I'd like to gradually train for a half marathon in the future sometime.
Any suggestions on a running plan to follow to gradually build up to a half marathon in maybe 3 months?
Is your college football team headed to a bowl game?