- Run to the Finish - who set a PR and got third her age group in 1:44:02 at Best Damn Race Orlando!
Stanford bball in NCAA tourney:
Stanford bball is back in the NCAA tourney! I actually stopped going to games after 25 years, just felt like with being so into football that I didn't have enough time for the games, so felt like time to stop. I picked a bad time to do so, since they finally made the NCAA tourney for the first time since the Lopez twins left (2008)! That year was a great year for Stanford, Brook Lopez hit a turnaround jumper at the buzzer to beat Marquette and send them to the Sweet 16. I still remember celebrating at my desk after that win, since it was during tax season.
Joe Bell - 408K:
I didn't think that much of it when I was running by, but Joe Bell, the World War 2 veteran who came outside his house to cheer on the runners on the course, became a viral hit after some runners went over to shake his hand as they ran by the course. When I ran by him he had just came outside his house, and was shouting encouragement at us - everyone around me yelled back at him with a wave or what not - I might have stopped if I wasn't trying to set a PR. An awesome story. And not only was this an awesome tribute to him, but it provided a ton of good publicity for the Pat Tillman Foundation, almost ensuring that the race will be put on every year with how much interest there was in the story.
2 for 1 PR race:
I often seem to read race reports about people setting 2 PRs in 1 race, and I realized that I actually did that in the 408K race 2 weeks ago lol. I've honestly only done like 2 5Ks in my life (in 2001 and in Nov 2013 at the Turkey Trot), so my PR was really soft at 7 min pace. Though I realized that time just went down - I calculated my approximate 5K time to be 20:55 at a 6:45 pace. I now think I could go sub 20 if I actually ran a 5K all out, though that sounds really painful to me - the shorter the race, the more pain you have to endure both physically and mentally - and is another reason that I don't like doing races below 5 miles in length.
Car coming on course:
Another side note about the 408K is that during the race a car veered onto the course, and I was holding up my hands as the car was coming sort of at me, and the lady still didn't want to stop. I wasn't really in danger of being hit, but the lady was totally oblivious in continuing to drive down a racecourse. Eventually she stopped, but I have no idea how she even got by the course marshal volunteers to get onto the course in the first place lol.
2013 run and strength workout totals:
Overall it wasn't the best year in terms of running mileage, I spent a decent amount of the year either not running due to waiting to get my left knee injury diagnosed, or in physical therapy rehab to try to start running again. Though when I finally started running regularly in Nov/Dec, I got some decent mileage in. I hope to get somewhere around the mileage that I got in Nov/Dec during the rest of 2014. Maybe then I can put up a decent year in terms of running mileage. This is my 2012 numbers post if you are curious (503 miles, though I wouldn't say a lot of those were healthy miles).
- January - 7 runs, 38 miles, 2 strength workouts (still some L knee pain)
- February - 9 runs, 57 miles, 6 strength workouts (still some L knee pain)
- March - 1 runs, 5 miles, 0 strength workouts (tax season, some L knee pain, this lone run was the 408K)
- April - 0 runs, 0 miles, 0 strength workouts (tax season plus waiting for the L knee MRI results)
- May - 0 runs, 0 miles, 5 strength workouts (PT appts all month)
- June - 5 runs, 10 miles, 13 strength workouts (PT appts all month, very minimal running)
- July - 6 runs, 18 miles, 14 strength workouts (PT appts, starting to slowly get back to run/walking)
- August - 6 runs, 24 miles, 4 strength workouts (better progress on running, few more miles)
- September - 8 runs, 24 miles, 8 strength workouts (some slow rehab runs, decent progress)
- October - 7 runs, 18 miles, 3 strength workouts (more run walking progress)
- November - 11 runs, 30 miles, 2 strength workouts (better running progress)
- December - 13 runs, 60 miles, 5 strength workouts (an actual full regular month, almost no pain)
Total - 73 runs, 284 miles, 62 strength workouts
Michael Sam - Sports Illustrated cover:
So with the Olympics going on, who did Sports Illustrated pick to put on their latest cover? Michael Sam of Missouri. Totally bizarre. Apparently he came out as gay, and based on reading the article, the NFL will simply ostracize him or he simply will not be picked at all in the draft because of it. It boggles me why this is such a big deal - the NFL seemingly has had way bigger issues to deal with than a gay football player. Consider:
- Anyone remember Sam Hurd? He was sentenced to 15 years for trying to buy 50 kilos of cocaine a week from a drug dealer
- Or Donte Stallworth killing a pedestrian while DUI in 2009 and only getting 30 days in jail?
- Or Leonard Little killing a mom inside of a car while DUI in 1998 and only getting 90 days in jail?
- Or Ray Lewis helping to kill a guy in 2000 and getting away with it?
- Or how the NFL has denied the link between football and concussions despite clear evidence?
- Or how the NFL concussion settlement was recently rejected?
- This is the type of news that people should be aware of, not a person's sexual orientation choice (which is a completely legal choice by the way)
My point is that the NFL has way bigger things to worry about than what a guy does on his personal time outside the football facility, in making completely legal decisions. Sounds like the NFL needs to get with the program and simply see a player for what they do on the field and not off the field. And it's kind of annoying to me that a player coming out as gay is on the cover instead of an Olympian. And in terms of football ability, the guy was the SEC defensive player of the year, in the hardest conference in college football. So the guy should be a good football player for whichever teams selects him in the draft. It does sound like he may be not fast enough to be a linebacker, but is too small to be a defensive end - though I bet with his ability he will be able to find a position in the NFL (maybe he can bulk up or try to get faster). I know 50 After 40 is a Missouri fan, any thoughts on him?
Any thoughts on Michael Sam?