Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Lost pictures :-(

A major snafu has happened. The paparazzi has had a camera malfunction....one that caused the loss of a couple hundred recent pictures. I am wondering if it was a camera cable issue, or maybe if I had not clicked to clear the card upon transfer. In any case, a week or so of pics are gone. :-( I even had a few very compromising pictures of PB Brian to post, and they are lost.

So, I will suffice in posting a very good video borrowed from Dean Karnazes. Love him, hate him,respect or disrespect him....he is still an amazing runner and motivator. Enjoy.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

18 Mile Deja Vu

When: Saturday, February 20, 2010 7:30 AM-8:30 AM. Central Standard Time
Where: Jenks River Walk

Remember 2 short weeks ago when the Runners World Dom-N-8rz 9:51 Marathon Training Group ran an 18 mile training run, starting in Jenks near the River Walk Mall (west side of 96th Street Bridge that crosses the Arkansas River)? Well, it seems that the "eye in the sky" (AKA "Big Brother watchdog") pulled out the feared little red hanky and cried "Fowl", only the meant "Foul". Seems that we were guilty of three infractions.
- First, there weren't nearly enough of our two legged 'Noes and 'Nettes participating that day to qualify under even the most relaxing "majority attending" requirement, much less the more desired and bonus point enabling Super Majority.
- Second, it was accurately recorded, investigated, and judiciously recorded that several of those who participated elected to prematurely turn those Creek trail burning soles in a Westernly directed course - effectively but illegally cutting the goal miles short.
(Interesting Note: The decision to turn was immediately preceeded by a sipping of master mixer Tatur Dave's magical sodium cloride enhanced energy drink - the one that causes disorientation and premature rundistantitis. Alternatively, it could also be the special brew that makes one long for the quickest and shortest distance to the nearest functional and well ventilated creature comfort station. Either way - the net effect was against the rules.
- Finally, and most importantly, the advertised distance of 18 miles turned out to be just a tad bit too short, say 3/4 mile'ish, to qualify as booking in our tattered run logs.

So, after considerable negotiation and a reputation soiling display of crocodile tears, it has been deemed that the appropriate crime fitting punishment is to just "Do It - Again". That's right, another 18 miles, starting at Jenks River Walk Bridge, with a warm up 5 mile loop in Jenks, followed by 13 miles of River Parks/Creek Turnpike Trails. As a bonus concession, we also won the privilege to not have to run so many tortuous miles on flat trails like we did two weeks ago. The fist to face and hair pulling negotiations resulted in an increase in "lumpy miles" along the Creek.

Come early, say 7:43 AM'ish, stay late (as in finish the full 18), and bring an ample supply of "thank you's" to extend to everyone you see who may have had a hand, or tear, in creating this nearly impossible and highly improbable Deja Vu opportunity. The lesson learned is that when life comes at you fast, then slow down if you need, but never, never, never, short those miles.

See you Saturday. The weather forecast is upbeat with predicted early hours of light impairment followed by periods of gradually reducing darkness, unless you take too long to get in the full 18, which will result in persistently decreasing periods of lightness.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

I'll Keep Mine On - Thank You Very Much

When: Saturday, February 13, 2010 7:00 AM-9:30 AM. Central Standard Time
Where: Veteran's Park (21st & Boulder)


All the cards are being turned over - kind of revealing their true colors if you will. For several weeks now the hints have been there, but so discreet and well disguised that it was hard to put the pieces together. A glimpse here, a flash of skin there, teasing, tantalizing, all just out of our grasp. I'm talking of course of that running hunk of flesh, Pretty Boy Brian, and all his bellyness. With a TuTu here, a sequin or two there, and a wardrobe that never needs the lights turned on, we in the fan club are jaw dropping numb in anticipation for the next scene topping event. While the rest of us have been shivering in the cold and the wind the last few weeks, the one constant has been to witness PB at one point or another, running with a callous gait, in shorts, shirtless, while all the time offering up the feeble excuse of "I'm Hot!". To say the least, as witnessed by my routine candle light vigils to my secluded wall of fame - the PB Shrine. Not sure I should have disclosed that revelation in print out loud, as we're still pretty early in our relationship and I wouldn't want anyone to get the wrong idea.

Which brings us to this Saturday's Poker Run. It's all very confusing, and I'm not sure what all is involved, but the core ingredients are said to involve running, cards, gambling with your sense of decency, and articles of clothing - more or less. Stripped to its core, this stroll along the river could very well reveal a lot, and not always in a good way. Might be a good day to wear plenty of layers, for the sake of preservation of dignity, just in case the "rules of the game" require some shedding.

So, it seems the deal is to ante up five bucks, and to start running at 8 AM for five miles. Now, not being an esteemed Accountant, and having to do some quick abacussing in my head, that seems to work out approximately to something a little more or a little less than a dollar per mile, give or take. I don't have to tell you, in this day and time, that's a lot of aluminum cans turned into cash. Yeah, I know that plasma is a lot more profitable, but you have to have the stomach for it.
Anyway, since that dollar per mile jazz is a little rich for my kind, me and the boys was thinking out loud (like there's any other way) that we could outsmart the Runners World casino brain trust. Here's the skinny: A bunch of us are going to start running on Saturday morning at 7 AM - ish, and get in 5 or 6 miles of pre-Poker Run miles. We would figure it out so we would be back at Veteran's Park just in time for the start of the Poker Run, where we would then run the scheduled 5 miles, collect our lucky cards for our 7 card stud (sorry Brian, wasn't referring to you here) poker hand, and then promenade on up to collect our well deserved winnings. Here's the ingenious part: By running almost twice as many miles as scheduled, but still paying our $5 entry fee, we will have brought our cost per mile down to a much more reasonable level of something closer to 75 to 80 cents per mile (unaudited estimate, of course. NOTE TO SELF: Might be good to stay a little more focused if I ever find myself back in a remedial cypher-in' class). That way, even if we don't end up with the best winning hand, we will still be economic winners!

Hope to see you Saturday morning - just not all of you in all your birthday glory. Come early, stay long, or show up at 8 AM and get in a fun run. If the weather has knocked you off your training schedule the last few weeks, then Saturday would be a great opportunity to ease back in - get back on the trail again - without having to endure a sudden increase in miles. Also, keep in mind that the $5 cost for the Poker Run is the suggested minimum, and that the money actually goes to one of my favorite charities - the Runners World Runners. Yep, the money goes back into post run treats, gatorade, water, and helping to keep the costs down on some of the TATUR sponsored runs. So, I'm suggesting that the Dom-N-8rz start a little runners group challenge to double down for luck with an extra 5 spot ($10 total) for our entry fee. I would try to figure up the adjusted $ per mile amount, but I'm sure you can appreciate that my head is throbbing a little right now.

Remember: A little exposure goes a long way.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

18 is special

When: Saturday, February 06, 2010 7:45 AM-11:15 AM. Central Standard Time
Where: Jenks River Walk

This Saturday's 18 mile run will be one of those milestone events, cause once you run 18 miles then you are eligible to vote on future run routes. And just to make it more lifelike, the privilege of voting is not accompanied by any hope of actually influencing the outcome in any way. Just like inside the DC Beltway, all the power for selecting our run routes is held in the hands of a select few, with all the rest of us, just like Congress, being included for comic relief. Oh sure, we can make a lot of noise, do some grand gesturing, and walk around with our chests all puffed out (actually that part is the intermittent breathing/heaving that you do involuntarily after running a "slow run" with Tatur Dave - you know, the kind where he says he'll let you set the pace and all of a sudden you find yourself lurching along the trail at speeds you didn't think were possible), but in reality it's just part of the great charade.
This is enough to get us Dom-N-8rz a bit steamed under the winter muffler. And what makes matters even worse is that the reality is that the weekly selected routes are just so darn good that we feel guilty even complaining. Oh well, it's in our jeans (I know - couldn't resist), it's what we do - let's just say it's the principle of the thing that we're standing firm on - or is that the snow, the ice, the slush - the thing that the really cool people refer to as "Snish".
Saturday's route consists of a 4 mile loop through Jenks, followed by a quick run to Tulsa's River Park Trails, then an out an back on the Creek Turnpike Trail, and a trip back across the Arkansas River to the Jenks starting point. The final tally consists of 1 bedside community, an acclaimed Aquarium, a hip-hop-happening riverside shopping/dining/entertainment center, some athletic fields, street running, trail running, fording a raging river (twice) big enough to have an entire state named after it, a trip to a major benefactor's park, running into and out of one of America's largest cities - one that is so big that it can't pay all it's bills, runs along over and around an interstate turnpike, is complete with hills as well as flats, curves and straight aways, and a bald eagle roosted on a telephone pole. And one more thing, the weather promises to be different than right now. Mix in a liberal dose of cabin fevered runners, a strategically routed bathroom or two, and in total we have the recipe for a fantastic run. Plus, remember, afterwards we will each be eligible to vote with all the privileges that brings. Heck, think of it as a dream coming true for all who have wished for "If I could only be/run 18 again, only knowing what I know now, how much different it would be than the first time through".

Remember: NOT VETERAN"S PARK - Yes to Jenks River Walk (parking on west side of 96th Street bridge.
Time: 7:45 AM-ish, although this would be a good weekend to get your rear in gear a little earlier to make sure you arrive at our new ultra cool starting place in time to take in the surroundings, get your bearings, and trade lies with your co-runners.