I posted this on pro-triathlete buddy Devon's Facebook page the other day:
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A few days ago, I Instagrammed a photo of Charlie and I mowing the lawn. I captioned it "Mowing the lawn with this goofball. (We have a reel mower - don't worry, he's in no danger.)" Someone told me I missed an opportunity to say "he's in no reel danger." I felt like I missed a chance at a classic "Dad joke."
To help make up for that, here are people tweeting about the most "DAD thing" their Dad has ever done:
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I love these kind of things. Oh, and racing buddy bro-in-law Matt is marrying Angela this weekend, so I hope to get them cake #1:
>> Thursday, October 23, 2014
Here are 2 recent shots of my fun home life:
Just before bedtime last week. #NoPants
Henry loves to be "tackled" by Charlie.
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Stop back for some "Friday Funnies" tomorrow, and check back on Saturday for a (surprising) training update from the last few months.
>> Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Alright, it's been 2.5 weeks. Here are my 6 closing thoughts on things related to the "Loony Challenge."
• I was thrilled to finish UNINJURED!! Two days after the 10 Mile, hip felt BETTER than it did during the final 2 weeks of building miles leading up to the race! The 20 minute massage after the 10K and 5K really seemed to help. (But I've only ran twice since then - an easy run 4 days after the 10 Mile, and then the Superhero Dash 5K with Henry the next weekend. Now I haven't ran in 11 days because my hip/sacrum has been achy again, so I'm taking it easy. I'll do an easy run shortly.)
• The only thing that hurt on my body was my calves. Monday after the races, I got out of bed and my calves screamed at me. They weren't injured, just tired. Tuesday they were better. Wednesday they were about back to normal.
• My finishing percentage looks pretty great in all 3 races. When I log my races on BeginnerTriathlete, they show overall percentage. My age-grade results are all decent too, putting me at the bottom of "Regional Class" in every category:
- 10K: 0.76% (70% age graded)
- 5K: 0.78% (70% age graded)
- 10 Mile: 1.14% (72% age graded)
• Just for the hell of it, I overlaid splits from all 4 times I did the TC 10 Mile. 2009 was my first ever 10 mile, 2010 was when I was coached with the goal of finishing sub-60 (finished in 59:05), 2011 was just a normal race, and this year was the end of the Loony Challenge:
• "Race Buddy" James found me! I got an email last week from the guy who I ran with for the middle 5 miles of the 10 Mile. Remember all the photos like this from my 10 Mile race report with James and I side-by-side?
James and I at mile 5 (seen in my race report).
... Once it leveled out I caught up to a guy in a bright plaid long-legged speedo. I noticed that he was wearing a “Loony” tag (meaning he ran the 5K and 10K on Saturday as well) so I struck up a conversation. Turns out he is a semi-famous local blogger (named, of course, “Steve in a Speedo”) who writes about running and triathlons; every group of spectators had at least one person yell out, “Go Steve!” or “Nice shorts!”. Very nice guy and we stuck together until he dropped me around mile 8.
James had made a comment or 2 during the race about all the people who knew me and all the people cheering for the shorts. At the time, I couldn't tell if he was annoyed or if he was enjoying it. Glad to hear he was OK with it! Nice running with you, James!
(And thanks to Sarah for those great photos of us at mile 5, and thanks to Shinianen for the photos around mile 8. Check out Shinianen's spectator report which includes a photo of me, and a Cookie Monster holding a sign saying "C is for Chafing." Fantastic.)
• Twin Cities in Motion "officially" congratulated Don and I on Facebook last week. Here's a screenshot of their post from Facebook:
Both running easy (compared to the guy in front of Don and the guy flying behind me).
Don in front of me, and the guy in blue up there too. (From my 10K/5K race reports.)
In the meantime, here are a 3 related links in case you missed them:
- My TC 10K and 5K race reports from our first day of the "Loony" races.
- My TC 10 Mile race report from the next day.
- The final "Loony Challenge" standings.
>> Monday, October 20, 2014
There are some pretty sweet photos in the album of official photos from the "ALS Superhero Dash" 9 days ago. Here are some of my favorites along with some horrible ones of me and Henry:
The group of LEGIT costumes out there!
She's got the same batman shirt as me, but she has cooler friends.
The kids dash. OH GOD - DOES IRONMAN HAVE A WORKING ARC REACTOR BACK THERE?!?!??
The "legit" Captain, some Ironkids, and an awesome tighty-whitey superhero.
Just before the start of the 5K - I'm about 10 feet behind (the male) Captain America.
It looks like we're not even moving.
Now it looks like we're running.
This is the next photo in the album after the 2 of me and Henry.
The guy leading this pack is the middle-aged guy I noted I passed early on.
ALS Association Executive Director Jen (in the Wonder Woman getup).
More of the nearly 500 5K runners.
An awesome He-Man.
Waiting for the runners to do their lap around the lake.
Looking through the tunnel to the finish.
Scared them off the path. Oh, and sweet baby Jesus... look at my face.
Close-up of that last photo. There's the "vein of approval!" It approves of this effort.
But the rest of my face.......... dear Lord.
Running hard towards the tunnel.
Another gross close-up. Henry looks chill, though.
Headed to the finish.
Here's 2nd and 3rd running side-by-side.
Brette (Jen's hubby) was passed by Fat Luigi, so here I think he's checking
to make sure he won't be passed by Fat Mario.
Fat Luigi catching his breath post-race.
He-Man made an unlikely friend during the race.
A pretty sweet Wolverine. He's running WITH A CIGAR IN HIS MOUTH. Nice touch.
"Ugh... how much farther?"
"I don't know if I can do this..."
"Oh wait... the finish is just up THERE?!?"
Henry and I getting our 1st place medal from Storm and Wonder Woman.
Heading back to the car. Henry has his "stick guns."
• Here's all the "official" race photos in a Flickr album with 1400 photos.
• And here's the race website. Thanks ALS Superhero Dash!