Really just a placeholder, since my last post, I've run marathons in Lincoln NE, Fargo ND, Indianapolis IN, and Memphis TN.
Thursday, January 20, 2022
Friday, October 16, 2020
I drove to Wichita the day before (Saturday October 10). It's only about a 2 1/2 hour drive from Oklahoma City and straight up I-35. I went to packet pick up first because it was just after noon and only about 4 blocks from my hotel. Pick up went quickly and I soon checked into my hotel. I had taken a small cooler with food and drink so I settled into the hotel, watched the Sooners (OU) beat Texas in 4 overtimes. Boomer Sooner.
The only slightly downside was the hotel would not give me a late check out. I felt since they were the featured hotel for the race, that shouldn't have been a problem. I won't blame the race though, the desk clerk was a bit of a jerk. I sensed that before he said a word.
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
On a run this morning I was thinking about music. I occasionally post music I like and I never get the response I expect. I think other people will respond or feel the way I do about the song. But they don't and that's because they don't associate the images and memories to the song that I do. I've also listened to other peoples music, and sometimes I don't think much of it. For the same reason.
I know that title is from a Stevie Wonder album, but it's not one of my favorites. I just like the title. To me it explains why we like the music we do. We associate it with, usually, pleasant memories.
Monday, October 21, 2019
This is a small race, almost 900 in the half and just under 650 in the marathon. Since they had the stats, I'll pass on that they had a few more women in the half and almost twice as many men in the marathon. Being a small race, it also had a small expo. The expo, start line and post game "festivities" are at Bally's Hotel and Casino. This made everything convenient and you could park at the hotel so I didn't have far to go once I finished.
It was cool and partly cloudy at the start, but the forecast was 100% chance of rain in an hour or two. They got that right. The start was on time and it wasn't so crowed that you had to walk much after the gun, this even though both races start together. Much of the race is on the boardwalk, and while it's not bad, it's not my favorite surface. We started on the boardwalk, but run on the city streets quite a bit also. Crowd support was so so, but enthusiastic. The race has a few hills, but I wouldn't call it hilly. The race finishes on the boardwalk also, and it was raining pretty good by then. However, it was not slippery and I didn't have any issues. I finished the race, but didn't hang around since I was heading home right after. Lucky me got to spend the night at Love Field in Dallas last night since my flight was cancelled because of the severe weather they had.
This is not a bad race, but I am not impressed with Atlantic City. I'd been there over 20 year ago, and remember not thinking much of it then either.
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
I traveled with a group of 4 other running friends.
This is a beautiful part of the country and Lubec is just across a bridge from New Brunswick Canada.
At least 24 hours before the race we had to clear both sides of the border otherwise we wouldn't be allowed into Canada without stopping. They check your bib off a list and put a sticker on it.
This is a very small race, less than 160 people participating in the marathon. Despite that it is well supported.
The race is also very hilly. We drove the course the day before and after seeing it, I decided I was going to be doing a lot of walking on the uphills.
We were bused out to the start which is at Quoddy Lighthouse and is the Eastern most part of the continental United States.
The day was partly cloudy but it heated up quickly. We ran 6 miles in Maine before entering Canada, then it's 10 miles out and back into the US for the finish which is another .2 miles in the city of Lubec. My strategy paid off and I finished in what I considered a decent time.
The finisher medals are hand made by a local artist.
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
The Boley Rodeo is the biggest event of the year in this tiny town of less than 1,000 permanent residents. Why do I distinguish permanent? Because a prison is located within the city limits, and they are included in the population.
When I was in High School, we couldn't wait for rodeo weekend, always Memorial Day Weekend. To us it was a time to look cool, drink, or whatever your drug of choice was, and chase the pretty women.
Now, in the last two years, as a member of the Chamber of Commerce, I've been involved in the actual production of the rodeo. And this year I was the chair of the committee in charge of choosing a contractor and making sure everything at the rodeo grounds was ready for the event.
All of this was taken care of through our committee and on the day of, it was quite hectic. But the main reason for my post is while I've attended and even worked at several rodeos before, this was the first time I was actually behind the scenes. After we stopped charging people to enter, I moved to the announcers stand. This is where the cowboys and cowgirls either waited for their event, or came to get paid if they placed. While observing all of this, I came to the conclusion that they are just like runners. Enthusiastic about what they do, speaking their own language that most outsiders wouldn't understand. And psyching themselves up before the event.
I would never want to try any of these events, but I get it now.