You would expect a web site called Running Is Funny to mention a jogger being hit by a flying deer, but the story was everywhere, so why repeat what you have already read?
Ha-ha! But perhaps you haven’t seen the animated reenactment of the incident, linked to by a site that headlined the story “Smoking Hot Jogger Hit By Flying Deer: Video.”
So here it is. Your day is now complete.
For the combination of the thrill of victory and impossible fantasy, we give you this video ad from MoneySuperMarket in the UK.
Blissfield, Michigan, will be holding its Hot-Cha-Cha 5k Mug Run on December 13. I’ll avoid the Spanish language slip-of-the-tongue trouble that name could cause and say only that the finishers will receive a mug which they then carry to local establishments to sample their fine wassails.
Wikipedia says wassail comes from the Anglo-Saxon greeting meaning “be thou hale,” which ties in nicely with the healthy activity of running. Both running and wassailing require pacing oneself, as this short video attests.
As if smart socks weren’t scary enough, those diabolical German scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems have developed a smart running shoe. Evil genius Dr. Andreas Heinig explains how it works:
Pulse-rate watches and chest straps record only vital signs like breathing and heart rate. In contrast, our running shoe medically evaluates and monitors training while jogging. It informs the runner for example of incorrect foot position, asymmetric loading, or warns of exhaustion or overload. There has never been a comparable device before.
The data are sent to your smart phone, and an app tells you whether to run more slowly or roll off the foot differently, or try a different running surface.
With the feet now covered in smart devices, I wonder what part of the body will be next. Can smart running shorts be far behind (so to speak)? Will they send chafing warnings to your phone? Poop alerts? Will they tell you if your butt looks fat in them?
I’ll skip all this technology until they design an entire outfit that goes out and does my long run for me.
Today is my 55th birthday, the most important detail of which is that if a race has five-year age groups, I’ll be one of the youngest ones in the 55-59 category. Why doesn’t Hallmark have greeting cards for this?
I seriously thought this would be a racing opportunity for me, but after a bit of results research I discovered I’m about as far away from an AG award as ever. But I did find something to cheer me up.
When you start approaching the age group upper stratosphere, your main achievement is no longer your speed, or your position relative to other age groupers; it’s that you’re out there at all. My research turned up a very large difference in size between the 50-54 group and the 55-59 group.
Here is the shrinkage from some of the races I ran in 2013: 39 down to 18; 211 to 121; 472 to 319; 11 to 7 and 12 to 7.
If you’re competitive at all, it’s tough to find yourself inexorably slowing as you age, but there is enormous gratification in finding yourself still running while others are dropping away. I’m very thankful I’m healthy enough to continue and, God willing, plan to be shuffling along into the 60-64 group.
Do the usual ultra-marathons suck the life right out of you? Raise the stakes by trying the Transylvania 100 – a 100k mountain race that begins and ends in the village of Bran, “in the shadow of Dracula’s Castle.”
Accommodations vary, depending on whether you bring your kids…
…or use local transportation to stay at the host hotel.
It’s possible the Count was a distance runner himself. In this clip, he seems to be describing how it feels around Mile 24:
Hat tip: Ben Wittenberg.
Rather than deal with the parking and crowds for the parade known as the Run to Feed the Hungry, I and several hundred others ran the Elk Grove Turkey Trot through the wide open rural spaces south of town. This year’s race even had chip timing, so what else would you need?
The weather was perfect, leading to some unusually even splits for me.
Mile 1 – 8:52
Mile 2 – 8:49
Mile 3 – 8:51
Mile 4 – 8:51
Mile 5 – 8:57
Mile 6 – 8:47
Finish – 54:13
78th out of 247, but a disappointing 9th out of 12 in the 50-54 age group. Fast old dudes in my area.
My Garmin showed the course to be about 0.1 short, so I figure it would have been a 55:06 or so. Just a great day for a race.