|Half Marathons in Berkeley?? Mooooo!
||[Nov. 25th, 2013|11:25 am]
Yesterday I ran the first ever Berkeley Half Marathon! This was my second major race after DNFing the Portland Marathon in early October.|
I've run plenty of Bay Area races: Half marathons and marathons in Oakland, San Francisco, and San Leandro, as well as running all over Marin, Sonoma, and Napa counties in three Napa Valley Ragnars, but I grew up in Berkeley, and I've lived here most of my life, and I know this town like the back of my hand.
This was also a really ambitious inaugural half. I was surprised to find out how high the entrant cieling was. 7,000 runners took part in the three races.
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|A Rioutous Half? w00t!
||[Nov. 23rd, 2013|09:20 am]
Other than that I've been training for the Berkeley Half Marathon, which takes place tomorrow. The city of Berkeley has had a major footrace since, well, forever as far as I know. This one should prove interesting though. For those of you unfamiliar with thee San Francisco Bay Area, you basically can't drive around the block without getting cut off at least a dozen times. This region even has traffic jams in the middle of the night. True, it's not as bad here as in some other metros, like LA f'rinstance, but traffic here can get pretty bad.
The Berkeley Half Marathon will be using the entire length of a street called University Avenue. This street goes down the middle of Berkeley, and is basically thee major artery for motor traffic. I aniticpate traffic jams so extreme that violence may break out.
Not that the City of Berkeley hasn't been trying to warn people. They've had tons of signs out throughout the city since last week about the impending street closures as 7,000 people meander on by. But you know there will still be too many surprised people who'll be grousing behind the barricades.
Hopefully I'll be in the Marina next to the Bay when that happens, but nevertheless I can't pass up the opportunity to be part of such a riot!
(Race report on Monday!)
||[Nov. 15th, 2013|12:43 pm]
"Las Vegas is the expression, in glitter and concrete, of America's brittle and mutating id."|
- John Burdett
"Maybe it meant something. Maybe not, in the long run, but no explanation, no mix of words or music or memories can touch that sense of knowing that you were there and alive in that corner of time and the world. Whatever it meant."
- Hunter S Thompson, from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
"Life springs eternal
On a gaudy neon street
Not that I care at all
I spent the best part of my losing streak"
- Sheryl Crow, from the song leaving las Vegas
Last weekend I ran a relay race in Las Vegas. After the race, I hung around for a few days and wandered the strip.
I enjoy visiting Las Vegas, where you can get a really nice hotel room for a less than forty dollars, a sum that couldn't get you a night in a crack motel in most California cities. Vegas is a place where you can be endlessly entertained just by walking around and looking at all of the crazy sites.
One of the reasons I like to visit Las Vegas is just because it's so over the top. A Disneyland for adults it surely is, and I can appreciate certain forms of extremism. It's like a crazy drug trip that you would never forget or live down, without having to actually take any drugs. I do enjoy some gambling, but I only do penny ante gambling, so even if I lose I don't lose very much. During my last trip I made my first ever sports book bet, in which I made a straight up bet on the Niners to beat Carolina. Because of a good Carolina defense and a languid Niners offense, I ending up losing all of twenty dollars, which is a lot less than the other sports book patrons who were generally throwing hundreds of dollars at multiple bets.
Las Vegas is America on three or four recreational drugs at once. It's that weird and scary relative that you could hardly understand as a child, and understood all too well as an adult. The dichotomies go all over the place. Wandering through a casino, you can find wrung out salt of the Earth people who've been to hell and back so many times that they've lost count, and can't afford enough money to buy a new t-shirt to replace the old faded one, and in the very same casino you can find spoiled rotten grew-up-behind-the-gates-of-a-closed-community slick yuppie scum who are dripping with money even though they've never completed one good honest hard day of work in their entire lives.
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|Race Report: Doubling Down at the Las Vegas Ragnar!
||[Nov. 12th, 2013|03:12 pm]
Last weekend I was one of twelve runners for the long distance relay team Crouching Runners, Hidden Vans at the Las Vegas Ragnar Relay!|
For those of you not familiar with a Ragnar Relay: The Ragnar Relay is a long-distance relay race a la' Hood to Coast. The average team has 12 runners, and the course is around 200 miles long. Each runner runs 3 legs of 3 to 9 miles, and the race takes an average of 30 hours to complete. The runners get from exchange to exchange via two passeneger vans. While one van's runners are running, the other van is resting and trying to get some sleep. For more info, check out this link.
This was my second Las Vegas Ragnar and my 10th Ragnar overall. My team captain Kris was my captain for my 2012 Wastach Back Ragnar team A Backwards Glance.
Leg One - Run at Dusk
My first leg was a 2.7 mile run through the outskirts of Las Vegas. This Ragnar was a bit unusual in one respect: When runners run at night, they're required to wear nighttime gear as per Ragnar rules: A reflictive vest, a headlamp, (Or runner's flashlight,) and a back blinky. (One of those little blinking lights that cyclists usually wear.) Ragnar always has a nighttime range for every race, the hours when all runners must wear this stuff. Usually it starts from 6 to 7 PM, but for this race, the nighttime hours tarted at 3:45 PM! I was surprised to hear this, and even though it was only edging up to 4 PM when I started, I had to put on all this junk.
For good reason as it turned out. The Sun was down behind the mountain before I even got started! I took off from a local park and ran through the suburban streets of outer Vegas. This suburb was verging on being countryside-ish, as I did run by a llama pen on the way to the exchange. By the time I made it to the exchange, it was verging on night.
This was my first race since I had to DNF the Portland Marathon a month ago, when I strained my calf. My calf was feeling good, no more pain or soreness, but it was still tight. I was worried that my calf might act up to the point where I might have to DNF a leg, and maybe even have to drop out altogether. I knew that having to drop out was a slim chance. I felt good about it after this run. I felt some tightness, but no pain or soreness. It did tighten up to the point where I had to slow down. For this entire Ragnar I couldn't run at pace because of my tight calf, not just because it was pulling on my leg, but also because I kept my pace down for my calf's sake. As much as I wanted to do well in this Ragnar, I wasn't about to reinjure myself for it.
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|Updatey Update: Running Around Las Vegas, Web Apps and Tennants, and FB Flotsam...
||[Nov. 6th, 2013|09:13 am]
This weekend I am going to Las Vegas to be one of twelve runners in the Las Vegas Ragnar Relay, a long distance relay that's kinda long and takes a bit o' time to complete. (12 runners pe team, 200 mile course, generally takes 30 hours to run.) My team is called Crouching Runners, Hidden Vans. :) I plan on staying a few more days after the race to enjoy the over-the-top ambience that is Las Vegas. |
My days lately have been mundane with work and working out. I have been working my good ol' web app job, and I recently rented out my condo to a new pair of tennants. My professional computer geek life is busy enough that whenever anything else pops up, such as having to clean up a condo and interview prospective tennants, my life becomes an overflowing pressure cooker of business.
Still, better than not being busy. Keeps me out of trouble.
FB flotsam, just for fun:
A very interesting and geeky interpretation of the classic Children's book Goodnight Moon.
Thomas Kinkade gets invaded by the Empire!
A map of the United States as labelled by an Australian who's never been there!
And, even though I am dedicated to eating right and working out, I sometimes just want to listen to this dog...
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|Three Questions - Watchin' Stuff
||[Oct. 29th, 2013|05:04 pm]
1 - What TV show are you currently watching religiously?|
2 - What was the last movie you saw in a movie theater?
3 - When was the last time you sat in a park/in a cafe/by your window/wherever and just watch the world go by?