Friday, August 31, 2007

the weather gods are happy

Finally, we're getting some reasonable weather across the state. Fall is in the air. I heard on MPR this morning that the DNR's Fall Color map for foliage is already out.

Looks like PR weather for Victory on Monday. Get out there and run! Race morning should be sunny with temps in the low-mid 60s. Can't get much better than that.

In other news, blogger/detective Chad Austin heard that Robin Balder-Laneau, Erin Ward, Laurie Hanscom & Cindy Brochman were on the winning Hood to Coast relay team. Nice job ladies!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Breakin' the law

If you see a guy spray painting curbs early Saturday morning, don't call the cops! I'll be marking the City of Lakes 25K course for the race next week. I'm hoping to go unnoticed by the Man (read: Mpls park police) as I bike around the lakes with spraypaint in my water bottle cage. Last thing I need is the fuzz writing me a ticket.

If I have some paint left over, maybe I'll get creative. Time to put that Art degree to work!

In other news, does anyone out there know who was on the MN Baba Yaga team that won Hood to Coast? I can't find a team roster on the HtC website, and I'd love to give them a shout-out.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Minnesota Women Win Hood to Coast!

Congrats to the members of the Hood to Coast relay team named "Baba Yaga". The Monticello, MN based ladies took first in the women's division.

They completed the 197 mile long relay in 21:26:19, which works out to a blistering 6:32 pace. The second place team was only 11 seconds back. Word on the street is that it was one of the most exciting sprint finishes the race has seen.

Way to represent Minnesota, Baba Yaga.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Again with the weather...

Our favorite running meteorologist is warning us about the weather for today & tomorrow. Don't get struck by lightning on your run!

I've said it before and I'll say it again - weirdest weather ever this year. Someone sacrifice something to weather gods quick!

Friday, August 24, 2007

Run at Work Day

September 21 is Run at Work Day. I didn't know such a thing existed. Details below.
The Road Runners Club of America, the largest grassroots running organization in the country, has selected September 21 as the date for the second annual RRCA National Run at Work Day. The purpose of National Run at Work Day Day is to promote physical activity and healthy living through running or walking.

The goal of the RRCA National Run@Work Day is to raise awareness about the importance of daily physical activity for adults. The Run@Work day events will be community based events that promote and provide the opportunity for individuals to incorporate at least thirty-five minutes of exercise into their daily routine either before work, during lunch, or immediately following work. Incorporating exercise into one's daily routine can markedly improve one's overall physical health and can help alleviate health related medical costs associated with overweight and obesity.

Sign the pledge at run or walk at least thirty five minutes on September 21, 2007 in support of the RRCA National Run@Work Day.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

i'm falling apart, man.

Getting old is total drag. I turned 29 last week - no big deal. I don't age up for tris until next year, and USATF has me in the open age group for several more years. However, I did a half iron tri Sunday, and I'm still limping! What's up with that? My until-now-typical one day recovery is no longer sufficient! Age is getting to me already.

In other news, the Victrory 10K & 5K is less than two weeks away. If I can walk without a limp by then, I may run it. If not, I'll be on the couch with a cocktail. Speaking of cocktails, the much-hyped Tanqueray Rangpur lives up to the hype. It goes well with tonic. Tonic water contains quinine, which can relieve muscle cramps. Could a gin & tonic be the perfect recovery drink? Probably not, but I've convinced myself otherwise. Pass the limes.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

We're fit to Print!

Check the front page of the Strib today - MDRA is all over that stuff.

There's a fantastic article & several photos of the MDRA Marathon Training Class in action.

Shouts out to Stephen Regenold for writing the piece, and the Marathon Training Class for being a bunch of hardcore-to-the-bone runners representin' Minnesota.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Broken Records

Holy crap, you people are fast.

Yesterday was the MDRA 15K in Edina. Even though it was windy & warm, a lot of Minnesota state age group records went down in a big way. A whopping 18 Minnesotans set new state records! Full results (with new records highlighted) are on RaceberryJam.

Friday, August 10, 2007

The stranget picture I have ever seen...

I don't even know where to begin - this is so strange. I searched for "Twin Cities Marathon" on Flickr, just to see how many images were out there. Turns out there's over 800. I clicked on a few, then stumbled across the one below. Click it to view a larger version.

I see 2 things wrong in that photo. First, the woman in the foreground appears to be running with an iPod mini, which is a (minor) violation of USATF rules. The second, and more worrisome, thing is that the guy to the left has the words "Women! Pee standing up." scrawled across his torso in Sharpie® marker.

What the hell is going on!?!? Does he have a joke written on his back and the punchline on front? Is he really so concerned with how women pee that he had to take his message to the masses? Is he just completely, utterly insane?

I mean, you can't make that up. If you asked me to Photoshop a funny message on a picture of a runner, I could not have come up with "Women! Pee standing up" in a million years. I'm gonna have nightmares about that photo, I just know it.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

just say no

It's been quite a year for drugs. SanFran outfielder (and alleged 'roid junkie) Barry Bonds just broke Hank Aaron's career home run record. The Tour de France kicked out dozens of riders, including the race leader, after various teams and individuals were linked to doping scandals. And, of course, nearly every hollywood starlet has been in & out of rehab a few times this year.

However, distance running has done a good job of keeping it's nose clean. Sure, every year at least one elite marathoner gets busted for doping. There will always be a couple of bad apples in the bunch. But distance running remains (in my opinion) one of the cleanest sports in the world. I won't say it's THE cleanest sport. I'm sure some sports have never seen a doping investigation. When was the last time you heard about an Olympic table tennis player getting busted for EPO?

Long story short, I'm proud to be part of an athletic community that would rather train hard than cheat. Way to keep it clean, runners.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Local marathon seeks hardcore volunteers for course marshaling and walks on the beach.

Every runner knows that races simply wouldn't happen if it weren't for volunteers. Well, the Twin Cities Marathon needs your help. They're on the lookout for Head Course Marshals. This is the top-of-the-food-chain of volunteer positions. I gotta say, it sounds pretty sweet. Description and contact info below.

Head Course Marshal:
This person would be responsible for a section of the marathon course on race day. The Head Marshals tasks would include finding volunteers (with the help of the Volunteer Committee), getting to know the 1-2 miles stretch of the course they are assigned, ensuring the safety of race day participants while on their stretch of course, maintaining radio contact with marathon staff during the race, helping emergency personnel if there is a situation on the course in their area, and clean up of their section of the course. We have a course marshal manual to help with training and there are a couple of meetings before race day to make sure all Head Course Marshals are comfortable with their responsibilities.

This position comes with not only the satisfaction of helping the local marathon, but also with TCM Inc. Association Membership, which brings with it a couple of nice events every year and a nice jacket and other handouts.

For more info, contact Andrew Unglaube at 612-310-8333.