Friday Five: Things I Really Don’t Want to See While Running

1) Wolves. In Mongolia. In temperatures of 35 below zero.

2) A paranoid man with an ax.

3) A decapitated kangaroo head on a public barbecue grill.

4) A 51-year-old male flasher wearing fishnet stockings.

5) Lance Armstrong.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Mike - February 5, 2016 at 11:27

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In This Race, You Carry the Bananas With You

On Rapa Nui (Easter Island), the annual Tapati festival features a triathlon of sorts – swimming, rowing a raft, and then running around a lake.

The runners have to carry about 40 pounds of bananas during the run, and while the scenery is stunning…

…I find the running apparel problematic.

I wonder if you can make tactical use of the banana peels during the race.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Mike - February 3, 2016 at 11:50

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Baghdad’s Road of Death Now Just Road of Shin Splints

The Baghdad International “Marathon” was only 12K long, but it’s a step in the right direction. And unlike Iran’s race, women freely participated. The Wall Street Journal reports.

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The Iowa Race Comes Down to the Wire

And the winner is… Jeremiah Gerardy?

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Mike - February 1, 2016 at 11:25

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A Running Stroller That Doesn’t Really Need You

A company called Smartbe is crowdfunding its Intelligent, Self-Propelled Baby Stroller. Here’s the promotional video.

PSFK.com has its doubts that it can do everything Smartbe claims. I’m trying to figure out why it’s available in camo…

…because I’m not sure parents are in the market for a stroller designed to be hidden from view.

I wonder if you can adjust the following distance, because it could revolutionize grocery shopping. Make your order online, point yourself toward the grocery store, set the distance, and off it goes. The little camera can tell you when the groceries are inside, and then you just reel in the stroller.

Sure, it’ll get crushed by a garbage truck at the first intersection, but it would be in the name of SCIENCE.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Mike - January 28, 2016 at 13:24

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Could You Outrun a Dinosaur?

If you have seen any of the Jurassic Park movies, you probably think we wouldn’t even qualify as fast food if chased by a pack of velociraptors. After all, speed is already in their names. A LiveScience article from last year states they could run up to 40 miles per hour.

But a new study from the University of Alberta claims raptors’ legs were too short to carry them at high speeds. “In fact, velociraptor, and many of the other raptor dinosaurs are the least adapted for high-speed running,” explained the author.

This led me down a rabbit hole of dinosaur research, where I discovered what velociraptors supposedly looked like in reality.

I’m pretty sure if I saw that thing bearing down on me, I could find an extra gear.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Mike - January 27, 2016 at 10:40

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Marathon Dogs Becoming Run-of-the-Mill

Everyone wants to know where our story was on Ludivine, the bloodhound who joined an Alabama half-marathon and completed it in 1:32:56.

Yes, he’s very sweet and very fast, but far from unique. Don’t you remember these long-distance dogs?

There was Dozer, who ran the Maryland Half Marathon.

And Boogie Butts in the Evansville Half-Marathon, whose reward was neutering.

Then there are the ultra-dogs, like Arthur, who joined a Swedish jungle trek team in the Amazon for 430 miles.

Finally there is Xiao Sa, who accompanied cyclists on a thousand-mile journey through China.

Cats remain curled up on the couch.

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