Friday, April 23, 2010

Flashback Friday: What Goes Down,
Must ... Fuck, Are You for Serious?

What are you trying to say, boy?

Well, I did it. I got out there. After more than a week, I ran. And it was good.

I'm not ready to declare an end to my funkiness, but I can at least stop staring at the big goose egg in my mileage counter for this week.

I decided to exorcise my running demons by descending into the valley of death, down Memorial Parkway to the Towpath, which is the biggest hill in Akron, in my estimation. (From the summit of Summit County, Ohio, into the Cuyahoga River valley.)

I ran about 4.5 miles total, but about 1.6 of those miles were spent stumbling down, then death-marching up a hill that averages between 8 to 12 percent grade, but has a stretch that peaks at about 20 percent grade. I mean, it's no mountain, but it tuckered me out.

My quads and hammies felt like hot pepper jelly afterward, and my calves are all like, "Dude, that was just mean."

Back Talk
Wherein we're disappointed with the media. Again.

Miss Zippy wasn't impressed with the reporting on the Boston Marathon: "I was trying to find coverage on TV and could find none. Still amazes me that the biggest running event doesn't make it, but I guess we are a minority. I did follow a few friends though -- it's so interesting to watch someone's race unfold."

Answer: From what I hear, you had to pay for terrible coverage. Couldn't we at least get a tape-delay?

Old Jess thinks maybe my funk is a result of a mysterious identity: "Maybe you ARE [Jayson] Blair, hiding under this pseudonym of 'Viper.' That's why no pics of you, huh? Finally. I have solved the mystery."

Answer: To add a little intrigue to this theory, I also went to school with a guy who was partly responsible for outing my Blair's fraud.

Happy Hour is nearly upon us, teammates, and boy-howdy is it a nice day for patio drinking! Have a finely brewed weekend. Run well and drink well. Cheers!


Julie said...

Yes, Happy Hour is nearly upon us! It is really to bad that I will not be able to enjoy a drink:) Race tomorrow! Hey, nice work on Jamoosh's virtual race must have taken you a long time. I must start mine...deadline tomorrow!! Yikes! I wish I had just a little bit more time:) Happy Friday and Happy Drinking! Cheers!

Junk Miler said...

Now that wasn't so hard, was it? Glad you're back on the road.

Sun Runner said...

I'ma gonna mow my lawn and then kick back with a reward beverage. I still have a couple bottles of Oberon in my fridge.

The report from the ground at Boston: Noisy. Also: Sweaty.

Jess said...

I went to the same school as Jayson Blair. Not sure if that's cooler than your claim to fame or not.

Ian said...

What are you trying to say, boy? I think he's trying to say "Stop embarrassing me in those hippie shoes!"

Have a fine weekend.

Junk Miler said...

I went to High School a block away from Jeffrey Dahmer's apartment.

B. Kramer said...

I live in the same county where Dahmer spent his formative years!

joyRuN said...

I can't remember where you are with shoes, but is that the NB trail shoe? I was thinking of getting a pair for the longer distances - would be cheaper than the Nike Frees.

drdave said...

Congrats on the run! Glad to hear someone is getting some nice weather. All of ours was spent while I was working in the office. Grrrrrrrr.

X-Country2 said...

Doesn't nice weather make every run better? Yay for spring!

Funnyrunner said...

yay! You did it! And it sounds like you took my advice (lol) and just ran an awesome, enjoyable route just to enjoy the run.

I'm still trying to take a full week off of running after Boston. I'm antsy. I need some exercise. Keep doing fun runs and you'll be out of your funk before you know it.