February 12th, 2010 · 1 Comment
Wages of Wins has a great look at the players selected for the upcoming All-Star game this Sunday in Dallas. As most fans know, the All-Stars are generally selected for their scoring. Often, this can leave out many of the top players who contribute in other ways. WoW looked at the top players in each conference in regards to the players selected to the All-Star game and those left behind. In the Western Conference, they put together the following squad of Snubs:
- Jason Kidd
- Manu Ginobili
- Lamar Odom
- Kevin Love
- Marcus Camby
- Chauncey Billups
- Kyle Lowry
- Andrei Kirilenko
- Carlos Boozer
- DeJuan Blair
- Corey Maggette
- Chris Andersen
I don’t know if this team could beat the team that was selected, but I would love to watch that game. Basketball stats are still lacking the acceptance that baseball gets, but I think the gap is quickly shrinking. Do you think these Snubs could beat the Stars?
During the race
Crossing the finish - I look a little scared
Recap is a little late so I’ll keep the details to a minimum. Going into the race, I wasn’t feeling great. I was coming off a bad week of running where I felt extremely tired. I tried to take a few days off so I would be rested. My goal was to just get under 1:30 and ideally set a PR which would be anything under 1:29:30. That was actually the first half of Boston so I was pretty sure this would be my true half PR.
I ran into an old running partner at the start, Micah, and we ended up running the first half of the race together. We tried to run about 6:40s or so and it seemed to be working. The miles went by quickly and I was surprised how fast the 5 mile mark came. We hit the turnaround at about 43:20 so my goal of a PR looked pretty good.
I grabbed a gel from my pocket and quickly got a side cramp. I don’t know if the two were related or not. I tried to run it off, but I know my pace dropped a bit. Micah ran ahead but I kept him in site for the most part. I put on my headphones and did my best to keep up the quick pace. It really helped that most of the 2nd half seemed to be downhill. I passed a couple of people and just tried to keep running strong. The uphill after turning off of Shepherd Road was tough but I was just glad to finish. My official time was 1:26:37, not bad when I’ve hardly done any real training.
Tags: Athletic Endeavor
January 12th, 2010 · 2 Comments
While it has been many months since the last post, today’s is also for a mile race.
Last night was the Meet of Miles at the U of M Fieldhouse. Going in, I was hoping I had retained enough speed from last summer to still get under 5:10 for the mile. I have had little to no speedwork at all since last fall, unless you count the short sprints during frisbee, basketball or more recently broomball. Warming up around the track I wasn’t feeling great. Everything has been sore the past couple of weeks ever since broomball started. Just doing a few strides along the track didn’t quite “feel” right. Oh well.
I was in a heat with people running between 4:55 and 5:15 so I was expecting the race to start quickly as most races seem to do. I started in the second furthest position which I thought was good so that I’d be able to tuck in behind all the rabbits out of the gate. The only person I recognized in my heat was Pete Kessler, one of my high school coaches.
The starter yelled “Go!” and we were off. It didn’t start as quickly as I had thought and I was stuck in lane 3 in the backstretch. Passing the 100m mark, I quickly looked down at my watch and saw 21 and 22 tick by. Oops. Way to slow. I stayed outside in about 8th position overall and moved around a few people as we came through the first lap in what looked like 40 or 41. I started to pick it up since nobody else seemed to want to and I passed a couple people moving up to second place.
Going through the quarter it looked like the clock said 1:16. Time to get going. I kept trying to push the pace and not get too relaxed. Surprisingly, the pace felt pretty good although I knew that feeling wouldn’t last much longer. During laps 3 and 4 I just tried to maintain 5 minute pace so I could bank as much time as possible before I started tightening up. It seemed to work as I passed the half in 2:31.
The race was looking good and I knew I just had to muscle through laps 5 and 6 to try and maintain my pace. After 6 laps, the clock read 3:47 and I was still in second position with the leader about 20 or 30 meters ahead. The thought in my head was that if I just ran 80 seconds for the last quarter, I could reach my goal of breaking 5:10.
With 2 laps to go, I was passed by 3 guys including Pete. I was actually glad they passed me because it gave me something to chase once they went by. I tried to stay right behind them for lap 7. I don’t remember what the clock said for the bell lap. I just tried to push for a strong finish. Coming around the final curve I managed to get by Pete and as I finished the clock said 5:04.
I haven’t seen official results yet, but I’m pretty happy to be this quick this early in the year. The next race is only 11 days away. The Winter Carnival Half Marathon will be a good test to see how much endurance I’ve kept from last year.
Update: Looks like my official time was 5:04.7 so I wasn’t too far off.
Tags: Athletic Endeavor
Last Thursday night I ran that TC 1 Mile race downtown. Â It was fun getting to run downÂ Nicollet Mall. Â The race itself got out to a quick start. Â I was hoping to run under 5 minutes and I knew it would be close. Â I started out about 3 rows back at the starting line which I hoped wouldn’t put me behind too many slower folks. Â It wasn’t too much of a problem though as most of the people went out quickly. Â They had clocks at every quarter mile which was nice because trying to check my watch was tough during the race. Â It just went by too quickly.
I only rememeber the times from the first two quarters. Â I went through the first quarter in 73 seconds which I was happy about. Â I was just hoping to keep the pace up. Â I got boxed in a couple of times though and had to make some serious adjustments to get out and around some people. Â I went through the half at 2:31 so I knew I had to push the 3rd quarter. Â Yeah, that didn’t happen. Â I don’t remember the exact time but I knew my goal of 5 minutes was pretty much lost when I was going into the “bell lap.” Â The race had a great downhill finish and I did my best to stick close to the tangent the last couple of blocks which was the only part of the race that wasn’t completely straight. Â I finished in 5:09 which was the same time I ran at the USATF indoor mile a couple of months ago. Â I know I’m in better shape now and I didn’t feel nearly as tired at the finish which means I just didn’t pace as best I could. Â Of course that’s why I was out there in the first place: to get experience running that short of a race. Â Next time I just need to push that 3rd quarter harder.
1:17??? (something like that)
Here’s results for the race.
Tags: Athletic Endeavor
Scientists once again prove they are the dumbest smart people on the planet. This time, they want to create zombie flies. When the Zombie Flu sweeps the nation soon, don’t say I didn’t warn you.
We’re at Olive Garden for mom’s birthday and the cuz and I are discussing whether Snaz should shave his armpits. If we get enough comments I think he will.
In honor of a certain somebody getting slapped with a 50 game suspension, let’s find some movies where cheating/stealing is involved in someway.
- Lying’s the most fun a girl can have without taking her clothes off – but it’s better if you do.
- I’m just curious. I saw you shuffling your checks with your right hand. Can you do that with both hands?Â
- Staple gun… Not so bad on the way in, except it’s a little scary, you know – you got this metal thing pressed up against you. Gonna leave some marks, have to deal with a little blood loss.Â
- It appears that someone in this class cheated on yesterday’s history exam. Today is Saturday. Your next class is on Monday. Therefore, we are faced with a rather bleak situation. If the guilty party does not come forward, or is not identified by then, I shall be forced to fail the entire section.Â
- Well, there are these rules that guys have, an understanding as to what exactly constitutes cheating. Take your situation for example: it’s not cheating. It’s never cheating when you’re in a different area code, not to mention a different state.Â
- A: I guess the sayings’ true. In the poker game of life, women are the rake man. They are the fuckin’ rake.Â
B: What the fuck are you talkin’ about. What saying?Â
A: I-I don’t know. There ought to be one though.Â
- I’m sorry I’m late, I had to attend the reading of a will. I had to stay till the very end, and I found out I received nothing… broke my arm.Â
- Six weeks ago Abdul here had a one way ticket to an arranged marriage with a broad he never met in Bangladesh. Now he’s crushing ass every Thursday night at our mixers.Â
- We’re in trouble. I just checked with the guys at the Jewish house and they said that every one of our answers on the Psych test was wrong.Â
- The entire British empire was built on cups of tea, and if you think I’m going to war without one, mate, you’re mistaken.Â
In honro of tomorrow’s beer mile race, today’s quotes come from movies that all feature drinking in some minor or major way, which will probably give me quite a bit of leeway when finding movies to pick from. Â In case you care (you probably don’t) I start with a theme and then find the movies. Â As usual post your answers in the comments.
- If I didn’t have puke breath, I’d kiss you.
- Do not drink too much. Do you hear me? I don’t want you passing out or going to the dark side. No going to the dark side!Â
- Grab a brew. Don’t cost nothin’.Â
- A:Â Hold on, Now just wait a minute – why do you need all that beer for?Â
B: Because he’s thirsty, dummy!
- God damn brewery! You know that brewery makes 10,000 bottles of beer a day. I drink 45 of them, and I’m the asshole!Â
- Beer is for breakfast around here, drink or be gone.
- I told my wife I wouldn’t drink tonight. Besides, I got a big day tomorrow. You guys have a great time.
- Hey [redacted], how’s the pale ale?
- Hell yeah we should get some road beers!
- …don’t be such a square. Everybody who’s anybody drinks.Â
Â If grandpa’s cough medicine was the answer to your cough than surely this is the answer to all this swine flu hype. Â Â
Seriously, this bacon flu is starting to get serious. Â I can’t stop thinking about it. Â I blame the media.