…than Manute Bol’s got melanin. Hehe. What’s going everybody? I had a pretty uneventful weekend. Watched a few movies on Friday night and I headed to bed early. I woke up early (read: before 6 AM) to head up to Fargo to run in the West Fest 5 Mile Race.Exciting huh? Got there a little later than I would’ve liked, so I didn’t have time to get the full 3+ mile warm-up I had intended. Instead, I only managed right around one mile. Anyways, I got my packet and number picked up and noticed that I may have now gotten quite possibly the ugliest race shirt of all time. It’s a beautiful off-white shirt with brown lettering that says “West Fest: Explore West Fargo.” It would be a nice retro looking shirt (since that’s all the rage), but my medium shirt is probably larger than most XXL t-shirts. C’mon – if you are going to have a race, don’t get shirts that only the fattest last place finisher can fit into! Anyways, the goal going in was to break 35:00 which would be an even 7:00/mile pace.

Mile 1 – 6:27 – Well, besides in one 5k, I can’t say I’ve ever been here before. Anytime I run a really fast first mile, it’s usually by accident. For this race, there was this 61-year old guy who beats me by like a minute at every single race. I decided it was my day to beat him, so I went out and ran the first two miles a few steps behind him.

Mile 2 – 6:40 – This is closer to the pace I wanted to be running. By this point, though, I already knew I ran that first mile a little to fast and it was going to cost me.

Mile 3 – 7:00 – Wasn’t happy to be in the 7’s this early in the race. I knew this wasn’t going to be a good race, so at this point I kind of threw all illusions I might have had about running a good race out the door and decided I just needed to come in under 35.

Mile 4 – 7:10 – Legs just weren’t there. I don’t know what else there was to say. For whatever reason, I didn’t have that “inner fire” so to speak to race today. A lot of my racing methodology (???) focuses on going out controlled and getting stronger as the race goes on. I know in these shorter races I have to focus on throwing my marathon mindset out the door and try to run either an even race or a race in which I go out hard and just try to hang on.

Mile 5 – 7:20 – I knew at this point I had enough left that this would be my slowest mile. I still didn’t have anything going on mentally, though. I let a girl pass me and I didn’t even try to hang. Normally, I don’t get passed because of the way I race, so it felt like a big kick to the face getting passed and not trying to stay with her. Plus, I’m a good enough runner, that I can beat the first few girls in most local races. I ended up getting beat by two girls that I have beat at a longer distance (half-marathon) and a shorter distance (5k), so that was a bit of a letdown.

Mile 6 – 7:10 – Was bummed that I didn’t run a sub-7 because I’ve been getting in the habit of running sub-7’s for the last mile of a race. Anyways, I finished semi-strong passing one guy towards the end.

Time: 34:38 – How is it possible that I beat my goal time by 22 seconds and was still bummed? To be honest, I have no idea. I guess I just wasn’t happy with the way thing turned out. I didn’t compete the way I know I can… I ran the race more like a tempo run that like a race which disappoints me. I know I’m capable of better than this. Oh well… everyone has bad races every once in a while, right? I have a chance to make up for it the next two weekends, though, so I’m happy about that.
Sunday, I didn’t do much of anything. The Vikes play tonight (Monday Night Football, baby!) so I didn’t really watch any football or anything. I ran a 17-mile “taper run” (good Lord!) which was absolutely terrible. The temps were alright, but the 25 MPH wind sapped me of all my energy. It was one of the slowest long runs I’ve had in a while, but I would credit that to a race the day before, not enough carbs the day before, and that stupid wind! After that, I helped out with Sunday School. I guess I’m going to be helping every so often with middle school and high school, so that should be kinda cool. Last night, I helped my friend Jeff measure the cross country course with my GPS and then watched approximately four minutes of the movie Pieces of April with my friend Andrea before falling asleep. I felt a little dumb, but that’s the problem with having a really comfortable movie chair!

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  • So the Emmy Awards were last night. Of course I didn’t watch them because, besides the Oscars, I don’t really like any award shows. Anyways, it looks like HBO really mopped up. A lot of people might be complaining about that because it seems like cable channels win everything now. Here’s a thought – instead of putting on new shows like the Benefactor and the Apprentice 2, why don’t you actually make some good content that people will want to watch? It seems to have worked for HBO now, hasn’t it? I even could (and will) complain that HBO deserved even more awards. How so? Well, would anyone who thinks Kelsey Grammar in Frasier was better than Larry David in Curb Your Enthusiasm please stand up? Same could be said for the best comedy series – who honestly thinks Arrested Development which almost got cancelled because nobody watched it was better than Curb Your Enthusiasm? Back to Frasier – why is it that Frasier wins a ton of awards every single year, yet I’ve never met a person who says “Oh yeah, Frasier – that’s my favorite show!” Who are these people that watched Frasier for all these years?
  • So everyone’s favorite teen idol turned train wreck Britney Spears got married again this weekend. You might remember it was just a few months ago she got smashed in Vegas and married George from Seinfeld. Anyways, now she’s married to a former dancer or something of like that. Hmm… that’ll last. My hope is that somehow this will lead to the end of her 15-minutes of fame. Seriously, I don’t want to have to hear about her every twelve minutes or read about her every single time I read one of my sister’s US Weekly magazines for the rest of my life. I’m hoping for a Debbie Gibson styled fade into complete obscurity.
  • So the American’s did pretty well in the Ryder Cup this past weekend, no? You can also file this one under the “didn’t watch, but saw on Sportscenter” category. How do we lose by 9-1/2 points? That’s insane. First of all, how do Tiger & Lefty get beaten not once, but twice? This is two of the top three players in the world! I don’t have a problem with any of the Europeans on the squad with the exception of Colin Montgomerie who I honestly cannot stand. Maybe this is just me, but I’m almost starting to cheer against Tiger Woods anytime he plays. He’s my favorite golfer – heck, he’s probably the only golfer I’ll go as far as saying I enjoy watching. There is something about watching him continually deny that he’s struggling that is just great. It’s like Bronson Pinchot saying he hasn’t been in a slump since he started playing everyone’s favorite “Perfect Stranger” Balki Bartokomous. Face it el Tigre, you’re struggling! If John Travolta can make a comeback, though, anyone can.
  • Macaulay Culkin was arrested in Oklahoma on drug charges. He apparently had a little bit of the marijanica and some prescription drugs that I have never heard of. It almost makes you want to cry. The kid makes possibly one of the best “movies from when I was a kid” ever in Home Alone then all downhill from there. I mean, Home Alone 2 wasn’t bad – I think I remember wanting that voice recorder he had. The Good Son was pretty bad, but I’m still going to buy it someday because it has the single most unintentionally funny moments in movie history. If you ever happen to be watching the movie, take note of the scene where Macaulay drops of dummy off a highway overpass. You’ll see a bunch of cars get into an accident. If you pay attention, though, you’ll notice most of the windows blow up before any of the cars even get touched… absolutely hilarious
  • Speaking of former child stars gone wrong, Edward Furlong (you remember, the kid from T2, American History X, Detroit Rock City and absolutely nothing else) was arrested the other day for trying to free a lobster from a grocery store while drunk. If you are going to get arrested, shouldn’t you at least go out with a bang? Can you even think of anything weaker to get arrested for? I honestly can see Edward Furlong as someday being the real life equivalent to the Bill Murray character in Lost in Translation. Somewhere in Japan or something, people probably still love him because of the Terminator. He’ll probably spend the rest of his life hawking cheap liquor and ramen noodles. I wish there was somewhere in Vegas where you could place a bet on that sort of thing…
  • For the second straight week in a row, my fantasy football team got absolutely worked. I hate having Brett Favre as my QB because I’m constantly torn. I was watching the Packers play yesterday and they were losing to the Bears with like two minutes to play 21-10. I actually was hoping they’d score a touchdown and the Bears, but the Bears would still win. I can assure you this is the first time in my 23 years that I’ve ever cheered for the Packers to score a touchdown. It just seems so wrong. If I am going to have a mortal enemy on my fantasy football team, the least I would expect is that he actual puts up some numbers. I got a whopping 10 points out of Favre while my opponent got 27 points out of his starting QB Aaron Brooks. When I saw this, my mind was just blown away. It wasn’t all because Aaron Brooks scored 27 points – nope, it was mostly because someone actually had Aaron Brooks in their starting lineup. I looked at the team and I figured out why – Brad Johnson as the backup. Now if that isn’t a scary 1-2 punch, I don’t know what it! Another thing that stood out at me was Amani Toomer was in the starting lineup as well. This marks the first time in history that a team with Aaron Brooks and Amani Toomer in the starting lineup has won a fantasy football match-up. Write this one down in the history books. If the Vikings defense can somehow score 28 points, I could at least get a tie out a deal. You don’t lose any points for yards allowed, so it could happen (right)… on a happy note, my accidental second round pick (the computer picked for me when I got booted!) Kevin Barlow notched 23 points for me!
  • So I’m reading Yahoo News like I do all the time and I come across a headline that Colgate shares are down to the lowest they’ve been in 11-years. Does this mean people aren’t brushing? I guess I don’t get this – I figured most people were like me and they buy a new tube of toothpaste every 4-6 months. The time that every changes is when you get the free tube of toothpaste from the dentist which adds about a month to the toothpaste turnover ratio or when you forget a tube in at a random Holiday Inn. I guess I would assume that the supply and demand for toothpaste hasn’t really changed much in the last 50 years, but I guess maybe I could be wrong here.

Hmm, let’s see what I have going on this week. I’m hoping tomorrow my Star Wars dvd’s show up from amazon.com although I’m guessing it won’t show up until about Wednesday or Thursday. I’m hoping for Tuesday, but I’m guessing it won’t happen. In preparation for the Star Wars flicks coming out, I watched Episodes 1 & 2 this weekend – review of Episode One dvd available here and you can look for the review of the Episode 2 dvd coming within the next couple days (probably later on tonight, though). I’d like to watch about one Star Wars movie a night this week, but that might not happen. Oh well, I’m fully planning on the ultimate Star Wars marathon 1 and 2 on dvd, 3 in the theaters, then 4-6 back at home on dvd when it comes out this spring. I imagine I’m not the only person who has planned this out… it’s probably going to end up being 14-15 hours, though, so if I make it through in a day, you can put it right up there with running a marathon for my greatest accomplishments ever.
Speak of the devil – my running kind of stinks this week because I do a pair of 8 mile runs, a bunch of easy 5’s with a “long run” of 13 on the weekend. I guess I’m growing more used to the higher mileage, so running 45 miles week like I am this week kind of make me on edge. I am planning doing a 5k (new PR hopefully!) this weekend, so hopefully that’ll help my anxiety about the upcoming marathon. Saturday, I’m also planning on going to the Griak cross country meet at the U of M. The Perham boys and girls are running in what will probably be the best competition, including the state tourney, that they have all year. They also have Division 1 & 2 races before that, so I actually have a chance at seeing about 3 former Perham athletes (two at NDSU and one at the U).

If you’re out on your bike tonight, do wear white,