- Is it really a "cool-down" when it's hot outside? On Saturday, my friend referred to our post-race jog as a "warm-down" - much more appropriate, IMHO.
- People regularly often state that their Garmins read long at the end of the race because they "didn't run the tangents." To the right is a Garmin upload from a recent race - the red line is what my Garmin reports I ran; the pink line is my addition, indicating the path I actually took. As you can see, the Garmin believes that I ran through three buildings during my race. Do you really think a Garmin is accurate enough to tell which side of the street you ran on?
- There's a whole range of possible gel flavors not currently offered by any company. Birthday Cake! Coconut! Irish Creme!
- There's also quite a few potential gel flavors that would NOT work well. Guacamole, cheeseburger, and tuna come to mind.
- I'm still undecided on Pepto Bismol as a potential gel flavor.
- Confession: I really didn't like "Spirit of the Marathon" -- too many different runners being followed, too much "woo marathon." It could have been a fantastic documentary if they had just focused on Daniel Njenga.
- Dear Competitor Group. I'd actually pay money to run a race that did NOT feature your version of "rock bands."
Yup. Nearly 2 pounds at the hot bar.
- Large races are invariably accompanied by spectators compelled to scream "you're almost there" at seemingly random (but NOT "almost there") points on course. Fail. Here's a handy reference guide for the zone (specific to each distance) where it is appropriate to claim that the finish is near.
- Distance: 10K and further - in the last .2 of the course.
- Distance: 5K-10K - in the last .1 of the course.
- Distance: shorter than 5K - never.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Random thoughts about running.
I feel the need to generate blog content. Hence, another installment of (booming voice) random thoughts about running.