May 5, 2013

Random Stuff

It's been a busy week folks, here's a recap of B&P happenings.  Some of this is a rerun if you follow us on FB.

Marathon
Most marathons offer pace groups, which are herds of runners that hang together for 26 miles and hope to finish with a similar time.  I led the 3:15 crew last weekend at the Illinois Marathon in Champaign.  This breaks down to 7:25 per mile, the Boston qualifying time for men age 40 - 44.

Leading a pace group is my way of giving back to the sport, it's a fun workout to meet runners from other states and offer real-time coaching and encouragement as they labor towards the end.  Pacing requires consistency and understanding the dance, hitting each mile +/- 5 seconds and finishing within a few clicks of goal.  With 26 miles on tap, if we're off more than 2 seconds per mile, we miss goal.  There's little room for error.

The U of I is impressive...I did a 4 mile jog around campus the day before to check things out, it's huge at 1,500 acres.  50,000 enrolled, the incoming engineering class averages 32 on the ACT, and most of the school budget is paid by private gifts vs. state taxes.  Alumni founded PayPay, National Football League, FireFox, pet rocks and Tesla Motors. Running by a multitude of students of various nationalities, I thought:  there's not a more diverse country on the planet.





Back to the marathon, 7:00 am gun start.  Noteworthy was a dude dressed as Abe Lincoln, top hat and tux, running in front of us as we entered the park at mile 9.  A first timer Illinois grad was clicking the miles with us, she took off at the halfway mark and finished in 3:12.  I caught up with her after the finish and high-fived, told her to expect to keep getting faster and lob off 30 minutes to get within Olympic Marathon qualifying time.

Another in our group was a middle age pastor doing his first 'thon.  He said he started running 18 months ago to get healthy, lost 70 lbs and was pumped to run his first 26.2.  He hung on with us through mile 15, then the hairy bear jumped on his back.

An Irishman from Chicago was the clown in our group, we met at the pace booth during packet-pickup the day before.  He said he keeps missing goal by a few minutes, and instructed me to push/pull him across the line, anything to hit 3:15.  His name was Coryan, pronounced like the Muslim holy book he said.  Mile 14 he was red in the face and quiet, I dropped back and said "don't make me carry you."  He grinned, fell off pace and didn't see him again.

Our group of 25 was down to 5 by mile 20, everyone fell back or went ahead by mile 23.  Then two that were off the back caught up and ran the last two with me.  One of them struggled to keep up, each time his girlfriend rolled up on her bike and cheered, he'd stride hard a few steps and surge to stay close.  I told her to ride beside us for a mile, it worked and he stayed with, finishing in 3:14 and change.  I crossed right on schedule, maybe 5 or 6 in our group finished at or ahead of goal..

I waited at the finish to greet those that ran with, then scarfed Papa John's pizza.  The inside of the stadium smelled like whale colon, runners stink at the end of a long run.  

Limped back to the hotel for a shower, reloaded on a Steak 'n Shake, then a stiff-legged 6 hour drive back to Des Moines.



Tandem
I made a stop through Burlington to pick up the Schwinn for RAGBRAI.  This is the same bike Dad and I rode 22 years ago 500 miles across Iowa.  This July, Curls, Pigtails and I plan to do three days of the ride, tandem + tag-along.  We'll see how our crew holds up on the 80 miles of day 2.  We need a team name.



Drake Half Marathon
The morning after the marathon, I got up early to run the Drake half.  I don't recommend squeezing 40 miles in two days, the legs were a little sluggish but held up enough to cross first in my age group.  Remember, it's not how good of shape you're in, but who doesn't show up that's key to winning some dough.

Pigtails on the Nikon

Girls liked the guns.

Eventually caught those two runners in front


The $12,000 first place prize brought in big name pros, Mark Kiptoo for the win.

I finally learned the secret to Kenyan success.  Cookies.


Drake campus:



Speak
Tomorrow morning, I'll be on stage in the auditorium at work in front of a few hundred.  I don't like people looking at me, what if my zipper's down. I'd rather hide behind a blog.  But there's a story to tell about my Indian adventures.  With Adam E. beside and comrades live from Hong Kong and India, it'll be a sweet set.  Public speaking stretch goal, my hands are already sweaty.

As I tell my daughter, don't let fear get in the way of a good thing.

Man Cut Undies
Pigtails was looking at skivvies at Target this weekend, and kept mentioning she wants a pair of "man cuts."  No clue what she was talking about, until Curls said "boy cut."  I laughed.

Liz
Liz was in bed for a day this week with the flu.  She's going to run the same plan as last week.  The Brambleton 5K is over Memorial weekend, Liz is registered.  I'll do a final 5K post after she runs that race.
  
Pierced Ears?
Daughter wants her ears pierced for her 11th birthday this June.  I'm thinking a solid "maybe" at this point, when is a good age for the Big P?

Wings
The Amazing Race finale is tonight, that's a good reason to cook up some wings.


Oranges balance things out and make it healthy, right?



-Beard

30 comments:

  1. Congrats on your races, Beard! Checking in to voice an opinion re: pierced ears -- if Pigtails is responsible enough to make sure they stay clean and she turns the posts, then go for it. I had set an age of 13 for my girl, but ended up letting her get them done at 10, when her cousin got hers done. She was diligent about taking care of them, but we discovered she's a bit of a slow healer. I ended up getting her some small 14K gold wire hoops (tiny ones) that allowed air to reach the back of her ear, as well as the front and she healed right up. Something to keep in mind if your girl is a slow healer as well. :)

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    1. She's mostly responsible, but then the other day, she was sitting on my lap and her hair smelled funny. I asked her when she last showered, "oh, 3 or 4 days ago." Gross.

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  2. I vote to let PT get it done. The masses (back in the 80s) had them done between 10 & 12. My mother who initially said 16- relented to 12 as she saw all of my friends get them done and nobody seemed worse for the wear. PT seems a pretty solid gal; she'll be responsible with it. Congrats on all of teh miles logged- I'm nearly inspired to get back out there.... 2 years post my last race; motivation is a challenge.

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    1. Hardest part of running is getting back on horse, it will hurt until you get in shape, but worth it in the end.

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  3. Well done leading your bus! (That's the RSA version :-) As for your two runs in two days... mad. My husband once did the crazy Louis Trichardt 3-in-1...marathon at 06h00, half-marathon at 13h00 (he ran with me in my first and only), and 10km at 18h00. Did I say crazy? In the heat, right on the Tropic of Capricorn.
    He hit the wall at the Ironman the other day...did it with a week-old new bike, not clever, but still clocked a respectable 13:05.

    Hope the speaking went well! Face the monster, slay the dragon and all that.

    JA for the ears :-)

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    1. Does Pigtails have you on her payroll?

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  4. Oh my! Anytime would be awesome for those wings, looks tasty. I want to weigh-in on the ear piercing question...I think 11 is OK, go ahead. As Laura says up there, if she accepts the responsibility of taking care of them for the post-spike treatment, go right ahead. If she slacks off, she'll pay with the sore, red and tender lobes. She's old enough to have asked, so she must have put some thought into it. I think I was around her age when I begged to have mine done, (back in the 80's as Kiera points out, I was one of the masses). My Mum made a deal, I had to achieve top honours results in my ballet exam and it was all go. (I think she secretly didn't think I had it in me.) Well, don't throw a girl a challenge....I achieved, she paid up. Please post all the gory details, when it goes ahead!!

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    1. Wings were delicious, for dipping sauce I warm together butter, BBQ and Frank's hot sauce.

      Ears can't be undone, so I'm leaning towards waiting a bit.

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  5. Congrats on the races! A full and a half in two days is crazy in my book, but I'm not a runner! :)

    I begged my parents to let me pierce my ears for 3 years. On my 13th birthday, my card contained a gift card to a salon downtown that offered ear piercing. To this day, it's the birthday I remember most vividly. As long as Pigtails is responsible enough to take care of the healing process, I'd say go for it!

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    1. So the evening after I ran the marathon, the day I ran the half, daughter wanted to take the tandem out for a spin. We did a quick 14 miler on the trail. Huge appetite the next two days to get caught back up on calories, figured I burned 4,500 over the weekend.

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  6. I think 11 is OK too. I got them at 12 I think but the rule was I could only wear earrings that my mother couldn't see without her glasses on (ie tiny studs). My ears still look great and I think it's because of that rule - see if you could find something similar for a rule and run with it!

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    1. Your ears do look young and taught for their age.

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  7. I had to wait til I was 10 and I still remember vividly the day my aunt took me to get them done and then to pick out two pairs of earrings. I vote yes!

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    1. Did you aunt ever tell your mom it was her that did it?

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  8. DSMama5/06/2013

    Training for my first half marathon now! Ran 8 miles yesterday - the longest distance I've ever put in. Felt good!! My husband is so sweet and proud. It keeps me going. Need to start training for RAGBRAI soon. How do you cram all this fitness in??

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    1. Yee Haawwww!! You husband knows he has to be nice, otherwise you'll make him get out there and do it with you. Good luck on the half, then your eventual full that you'll eventually run but don't know it yet.

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  9. Congratulations on your races! I can't even imagine being able to run a marathon to be honest so my hat is off to you. As for the ear piercing, I had mine done at 8 and we let our daughter get hers done at 9 (to be honest I would have been happy to wait a bit longer but I agreed because she is phobic about needles and such and I never thought she would go through with it...lesson learned on her determination!). She was very responsible with them and we never had any problem so I think it would be fine.

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    1. Daughter is a wimp, freaked by spiders, needles...maybe that will fend her off for a while.

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  10. I got my ears pierced for my 11th birthday! It was a special treat. My mom said no way and then surprised me last minute :)

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  11. Anonymous5/06/2013

    Pigtails is so cute, and seems responsible, so how could I say no? It wouldn't be a mistake to let her do it.
    But let me share a family story. My grandmother had her ears pierced as an infant, and of course pierced ears went out of fashion by the time she grew up--she spent her life resenting that the piercings showed so that she had to wear earrings whether she wanted to or not. So I told my two daughters: wait til you're 17 and can make a decision that you'll need to live with forever. First one passed; second one went and did it on the sly at 16. Both are happy now. And that's what matters.

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    1. Your point is mine, ears can't be undone, so I'm thinking waiting until she is at a more adult-like age to decide something that she'll always have. We'll see how long I can hold tough, she'll probably wear me down and have studs in 2 months.

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  12. I had to wait until my 10th birthday to get my ears pierced, which was the pre-determined age that I would be old enough to decide if I really wanted to get it done, and also old enough to take care of them myself.
    On my actual birthday my mom and grandma took me to the mall so I could get it done.

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  13. I am so impressed that you are a pacer. It's a big deal to run marathons and all, but to be so spot on with your time. How do you do it? I mean, are you just that steady or do you use a timer watch or something to keep on track? So so impressive!

    Also, the ear piercing, I vote yes. It's not a big deal imo but you could play it up like it is and be super dad by allowing her to get them done. :)

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    1. Combo of GPS watch, wrist watch, mile markers on the course and a prayer. It is difficult to consistently click miles off within a few seconds of target, somehow I get it done.

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  14. Curls you are looking fabulous!

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    1. Aw, why thank you, Janet!

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  15. Anonymous5/26/2013

    Pierced ears are NOT a big deal. My mom got my ears done when I was a toddler (first time I wasn't old enough to remember, but apparently I never let her put them back in once she took them out - I thought I would go through the pain of piercing again so I fought it. Second time I remember, but barely, so I had to be under 5 years old). I rarely wear earrings because my ears get infected no matter what the metal (though I have other piercings that are totally fine) and I don't even notice the holes. NO ONE DOES. Ear piercing holes are nothing. I know you're conservative, but seriously, ear piercings are not a dramatic, life-altering event. Let her do it!

    Nothing to be afraid of!

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