I’ve watched this 10 times in the past 24 hours and it has left me in tears multiple times.
Drew and I have raced open events against each other twice (I think (there may have been some 800s in there but I don’t count those)).
The first was a 1500m at West Chester my senior year. Drew out kicked me by a c*nt-hair to win 4:15.09 to 4:15.57 (note Wacker’s 4:30 and Jamie’s 4:41 too!).
The second was the Alumni mile this year where Drew took 6 months to get out of shape so I had a chance to win. We both under-performed and I won 4:46 to 4:49.
Instead, we’re going to race at the 5000m at Ursinus tonight so it’s a little more even. Unknowingly we both projected ourselves for ~15:40.
My plan is to run 5:00 miles for 3200m then go from there (15:37 pace). Drew could be anywhere from 15:00 to 16:45, but I’m hoping we run together for at least a mile (or two (or all 5000m)).
I’d say I have the slight edge since I’ve run the 5000m a lot more but Drew is a wild card and clearly in good shape.
These odds were thrown together in two minutes so good gamblers should be able to exploit them.
Sam -5.00 (even)
Drew +5.00 (even)
Sam Moneyline (-125)
Drew Moneyline (+125)
Either under 15:30 (+350)
Either under 15:40 (+150)
Either over 16:00 (+150)
Either DNF (+500)
Place your bets!
I wish we were the ones giving the beating, but we received it instead.
Tom bowled a ~240 and was the only reason we had a chance. Weens was 185 (above average) and Wevs and I floundered with ~140 each.
They didn’t bowl great but they had a clutch 9th and 10th and we didn’t.
Even if we were bowling well, we weren’t winning this game. They went hammer time bowling a ~900 game which we’ve never done.
Season Take Away
My ball was significantly more chipped when we started game 1. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t get in my head regardless of whether it actually affected the ball (it didn’t seem to be moving as much but who knows).
I feel weird because I want to use that as an excuse (I am?) but it doesn’t make a difference either way. We lost.
When put in perspective, we had a great season. 2nd out of 14 with some great individual averages and high games.
Summer season starts up soon, but first, I’m going to get a new ball.
The Snakes have made our way to the end of our bowling league playoffs. The winner is to be determined at 6:30 tonight at South Bowl in a thrilling best of three match up. All are invited!
We advanced in rounds 1 and 2 due to two well-timed games (290 and 269) by Tom and myself respectively and some consistent bowling by Evan. Jordan has struggled in the past couple of weeks but we know the 300-man is in there somewhere, and we’re sure as hell hoping to see him tonight.
The team we bowl tonight is the best team in the league as far as average goes, all four bowlers being around 190-200, so we need to bowl like champs tonight.
We went for a practice session on Saturday and Tom and I finished three games within a pin of each other, 613 to 614 (score one for the Owl!) which is an encouraging result, however this is what my ball currently looks like.
Needless to say this will be the final night of bowling with this ball. I brought it to a pro shop on Saturday and they assured me it wouldn’t be an issue, but that I should get a new ball once these finals are done. I’ve had a good run with it and it would be a fitting end if I bowl three 300s tonight to go out on top.
I’ll be sure to update with the results. We encourage anyone to attend. We’ll tell you our pre-determined team chants that you can do anytime one of us gets a strike.
“Kevin Durant is a wimp for joining the Warriors. He was up 3-1 against them last year and lost, then joined them just to chase a ring. He should’ve been loyal and stayed in OKC! He had to go to another team with better players to win because he just couldn’t get it done being the guy.”
Kevin Durant is the second best player on the planet, and he wants to win an NBA championship. He has the following options:
Option A) Stay with the team you’ve been on for NINE years, which has only made the finals once and they lost convincingly, that shows no sign that anything major will change to get over the hump.
Option B) Go to a better team with better players and win a championship.
It’s an emotional response, not a logical response.
“He’s not the star anymore.” He shot 54% from the field this year, the best of his career, and averaged 25 points. He’s getting better shots and playing with a better team.
Why would any sane person stay in OKC? He gave that city almost a decade of amazing basketball. He did everything he could to bring them a Championship, but sometimes you need to recognize when enough is enough.
He was an absolutely stud in game 1 last night, one of the most exciting players to watch in the league.
For Kevin Durant, basketball is about winning. At 28, he’s probably got 5 great years left. He went 0/9 in OKC. I blame him 0% for going to the Warriors, and I’ll be happy to see him finally win one.
The Last Two Weeks
Since Swarthmore I’m on my own schedule doing my own workouts.
I hit ~50 miles for both of the last two weeks and have had some encouraging results the last week especially.
4 mile tempo
5:46, 5:45, 5:38, 5:35 feeling pretty relaxed the whole time. I didn’t look at my watch expect for mile splits, as I’m trying to “feel” tempo pace as opposed to hitting a prescribed pace. This was good.
6 x 400 with 400 jog followed by 4 x 200 with 200 jog.
Averaged 69.1 and 33.0. This was basically all out and I can’t remember the last time I did a speed workout that fast.
This workout isn’t actually that impressive, but I’m not a speed guy, and I want to stay in touch with mile pace as I think my 4:33 PR is attainable, so I was pretty happy with this.
My last three runs
I did the 4s & 2s on Friday, then felt great on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.
I did 7 in 48:00 closing hard, 7 in 46:15 closing harder, then 8 yesterday in 52:30 closing in 12:00 for the last two miles feeling fantastic.
It’s unusual that I have this many days in a row feeling fresh. I’m either in great shape or going to feel horrible today.
Ursinus has an open meet on Friday, June 9 where I’m going to do the 5k in hopes for a fast time. If I was in 15:50 shape two weeks ago, I have to think that in another two weeks I’ll be in sub 15:40 shape (and actually closer to 15:30?).
It’s racing season. I’m in shape to race. This is the best time of year.
The Vegas line for the series is Warriors -260.
You mean to tell me a team with Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, a host of good 3 point shooters, and LEBRON JAMES is going into any series as a ~2.5/1 underdog?
I don’t like Lebron, and I won’t root for him in this series, but I’m not blind to how great he is (second greatest ever for now!).
But with a line like that, I am a HAMMERING the Warriors. -150 to -200 I’d think is reasonable, but -260? That’s way too good of odds for the Cavs. Vegas knows something is up.
Warriors in 4. Maybe 5 in case they want to win on their home court.
For the last two weeks I’ve been listening to almost exclusively the band Tool.
Tool goes back to the early 90s and I’ve known about them prior to this, but heard one of their songs on the radio recently and decided to go into them more.
They have a cult following and typically play long hard-rock songs in weird time signatures with really deep meaning and lyrics. They also have these wild music videos (see below).
Some people think they’re awful but I think they’re awesome. Here are some of their songs I like (don’t make fun).
This is Sober and it’s about heroin addiction. This was their first music video which got a ton of attention.
This is 46 & 2, my current favorite. The song is about adding two chromosomes to the human DNA. I can’t explain it well but click here if you’re interested.
Rob and I were talking about the opening scene to the movie 28 Weeks Later which is about as intense as it gets. You’ll see the “decision” within the first 30 seconds of the clip.
The ultimate question – what would you have done if you were Don?
I don’t have a significant other, but I’ll substitute Alice with any of my siblings or parents.
Personally, I think I’m doing what Don did and running away. One comment put it best – “You can either survive alone or die together.”
The question then becomes, can you live with the guilt afterward?
I don’t know how I’d deal with it. But even if I decided to kill myself out of guilt, the end result is the same.
I don’t think there’s right and wrong, I think there’s live and die.
For those who don’t know, Lauren Fleshman was a very successful runner for the US from the early 2000s until about 2012. Here’s a good race of her’s.
The letter touches on the issue of young runners, specifically girls, going through puberty, and how it affects their running and personal health.
Puberty affect boys and girls unfairly when it comes to running. For boys, it’s an automatic performance enhancer. For girls, it’s a total guessing game, and often leads to a decrease in performance.
However, girls, and more specifically, coaches, don’t handle this well. Pressure exists to perform well in the short-term and this often results in sacrificing health, most notably in the form of an eating disorder.
The athletes are too young to recognize how serious it is and the coaches (not all, but too many) are too selfish to stop it. This can be a plague on college teams and the culture is such that girls on the team often don’t speak about it at all despite everyone knowing what’s going on.
This issue isn’t talked about enough based on the amount of impact it has on young women in the sport, so Fleshman’s letter, and any other effort to bring this issue more to the forefront of high school / collegiate running is a positive.