Sunday, January 31, 2010

Sign Up for Beaver Freezer Tomorrow!

All right, last warning.

Tomorrow at 8:00am, the registration for the Beaver Freezer will open. And I'm here to tell you if you're not signed up by noon, you will be shut out.

It's only $45, so get on there and get signed up. Then you'll have good reason to get out there and run!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

A New Contender?

Yes, there's a new contender for hottest runner...and once again, it's an Oregonian!

If you're not familiar, that's Jenn Shelton, from Ashland. She may not have the same speed as the R's other favorite Oregon runner, Kara Goucher, but the two don't often hit the same courses. Shelton is more comfortable running 50 and 100 mile ultras, although she has run marathons in the 2:50 range, so she's hardly slow at the shorter distances.

And Shelton has the attitude to go with the looks: "I started running ultras to become a better person. I thought if you could run 100 miles you'd be in this Zen state. You'd be the Buddha, bringing peace and a smile to the world. It didn't work in my case. I'm the same old punk-ass as before, but there's always hope," she told Outside magazine.

As a reference to her speed, the bikini pic came from the finish area after she won the Frederick, Virginia Marathon with a 2:53. Why the bikini? Hot, I guess. Personally, I feel it's a fashion trend other female runners should get behind.

And if any guys out there are thinking of breaking out the Speedo suits for running, please just say no.

Go Jenn!


February 13th / Rotary Run 2 miler / Portland, OR

February 13th / Love 'em or Leave 'em 5k / Seattle, WA

February 13th / Matchmaker 5k / Centralia, WA

February 13th / Cupid's Marathon, Half-Marathon, 10 miler, 10k, and 5k / Rochester, WA

February 13th / Two for the Road 5k / Bellingham, WA

February 13th / Erik Anderson Memorial 4k / Spokane Valley, WA

February 14th / Valentine Fanconi Anemia 8k and 5k / Portland, OR

February 14th / You Knock My Socks Off 4 miler / Gig Harbor, WA

February 14th / Worst Day of the Year Ride (bike) / Portland, OR

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Beaver Freezer Is Coming!

I know, I know, I already told you. But let's face don't listen.

So let's go over it one more time. On Monday, that's February 1st, the registration for the Beaver Freezer is going to open at 8:00am.

And on February 1st, at about noon, it's going to be too late for you. And why, you ask? Because you're a loser? No! Because you didn't listen to the R's! And maybe because you're a loser...I can't help you there.

So get over to the 8:00...don't dilly dally.

And if you need a little inspiration, check out the race report from last year. Good race, good times.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Ahhhh! Old guy on the loose!

Treadmills were all full up at Dixon last night. This girl (woman? college...age...student?), this girl stood in front of the treadmills and stared at me like she was going to step on my face and take my treadmill. Like what's the old man doing on our treadmill?! I seriously thought she was going to hurt me for a minute there. Luckily, the guy running beside me with the b.o. and cologne cocktail got off and the rumble was averted. Double bonus.

Let's run.


February 6th / Friendship Run 5k / Olympia, WA

February 6th / Frosty Four Miler / Yakima, WA

February 7th / Zena Road Runs 15k, 6 mile, 3 mile / Salem, OR

February 7th / Truffle Shuffle 4 miler / Eugene, OR

February 7th / Geoduck Gallop Half Marathon and 10k / Olympia, WA

Sunday, January 24, 2010

I Can Outrun Usain Bolt!

Well, in theory.

Interesting article over at apparently, humans have an upper-end speed limit of about 40mph. Yeah, that's fast. Considering that Bolt hits about 28mph when he breaks world records.

Of course, running 40mph in theory, and doing it in practice, are two very different things. Still, the fact that the 100m record was 10.6 100 years ago and is now 9.58, or the fact that the marathon record was 2:55:18 100 years ago and is now 2:03:59, has to give runners hope that we'll just keep getting faster and faster.

Thanks to the University of Wyoming for the cheetah. And no, even at 40mph, you couldn't outrun the cheetah. You'd still be cat food.

Friday, January 22, 2010

The Pain Shower!

No, it's not the sequel to The Hurt's literally a shower of...pain.

See, it's like this: after a nice long run on the treadmills at Dixon (hey, it's raining - I'm not going to run outside!), I head down to the men's showers. "Men's", so the women don't scream and/or hurt me, and "showers" so I don't smell as bad as the rest of the people on the bus home...if that's even possible. So, stay with me here, heading into the showers, turn left, then from the three showers on the right, choose the one in the middle.

Yep, that's the Pain Shower.

The water comes out of that thing like it's the elephant showerhead from Seinfeld. It's not the sharp little pinpricks, it's like hundreds of wet little fists of fury! It hurts your head when you duck under the pounding stream of water. And don't even think about letting that high pressure water smack against your...tenders. I can tell you from experience that holding that...area, and screaming like a little girl, doesn't exactly make friends in the locker room. So you sort of have to hold one hand up in the spray to deflect the deadly stream, while trying to get the backspray to rinse off your shampoo. It's tough.

So why, you ask, does the R's actually use that shower. Well, first and foremost, as a guy, I have to follow the Rule of the Public Showers:

You may use any shower, as long as:
a) you never choose a shower right next to someone else if there are any other open showers that have a space between users, and
b) stare at the tile...even if you're really wondering why the guy next to you would actually have a snake tattoo on...look at the tile!

So sometimes you just get stuck with the Pain Shower.

Be safe out there.

Thanks to the Chase Corporate Challenge for the Firetruck Shower photo.

Monday, January 18, 2010


Let's face it, if you can find a race at the end of January, you're a better man, or woman, person, whatever, than I. It's slim pickings out there.

But don't think you don't have to run! You need to be out there training! Run! Run! Run!

Speaking of which: I was foolish enough to challenge the wife to a Nike+ challenge. First one to 100 miles wins. Have I mentioned that she's ultra-competitive? Yeah...that's going to be a tough one to win. Wish me luck.

Let's run.


January 30rd / Willamette Mission Trail Challenge 10k / Salem, OR

January 30rd / Groundhog Hustle 5k / Skamania, WA

January 31st / Fitness for Vitality 10k and 5k / Seattle, WA

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Dude, wake up! It's the Freezer!

OK, pay attention now. The Beaver Freezer Triathlon is coming up on April 3rd. I know, I know, that's a ways out there, right? You've got lots of time to train, right? Lots of time to be sure you're ready before you have to sign up, right? The holidays just ended, so why is The Two R's rushing me to think about a triathlon in the middle of the stinking winter, right?

Could you please try to pay attention for just a moment here?

See, if you want to take part in the 2010 Beaver Freezer Triathlon, you've got to be ready on February 8 am. Yeah, no kidding.

In 2009, registration opened at 8 am on February 1st and the race was sold out two hours later. Two hours! So take it from the R's, if you want to race in April, you better be waking up early on February 1st.

Hey, maybe you could win a pretty green ribbon too!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

1500 and counting!

Yes, that's miles, not meters.

Did a little 4 miler yesterday on the treadmill at Dixon and it pushed me over 1500 miles on the Nike+. Yowza!

That's a lot of running. Yet, I'm going to predict right here and now, the next 1500 miles will come faster than the last.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

What Runners Are Searching For...

Pretty much the same as everyone else on the chicks!

OK, maybe that's just the male runners out there - but please note in this very interesting article on The Biz Runner that there are lots and lots of general, generic, running terms that people are Google-ing, and one and only one actual runner...yes, it's Kara.

Apparently, I'm not the only runner out there in cyberland with a little crush on our hottest runner in Oregon. Go Kara!

Let's run!


January 23rd / Freeze Your Fanny 5k / Lewiston, ID

January 23rd / Winter Predictor 13k and 6k / Eugene, OR

January 23rd / Stride Toward Freedom 5k / Salem, OR

January 23rd / No Sun Fun Run 5k / Puyallup, WA

January 23rd / Five-K Frostbite 5k / Deer Park, WA

January 24th / Vancouver Lake Half-Marathon / Vancouver, WA

Thursday, January 7, 2010

One is good? Two is better.

I actually had a completely different song picked out for this month, but the new White Rabbits song, "Percussion Gun" is just so completely freakin' awesome that I couldn't wait until February to post it. What gives it that feeling of extreme awesomeness, you ask? It's right there in the name of the song!

Percussion. Or in this case two percussions. That's right, dueling drummers! As you'll see by just my few examples below, the two drummer idea is hardly new...and yet, it almost always works.

Get this one on the iPod fast - it's fantastic to run to.

A great live version of Percussion Gun from Letterman.

And the official video of Percussion Gun.

Sound sort of familiar? Well, Adam and the Ants were rocking it with two drummers about 30 years ago.

And of course, Washington homeboys Modest Mouse kicks it with two drummers as well. Hey, it just never goes out of style.

Past Best Running Songs:
December: Deftones / "Knife Prty"
November: The Kooks / "Always Where I Need To Be"
October: At the Drive In / "One Armed Scissor"
September: Silversun Pickups / "Lazy Eye"
August: Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros / "Johnny Appleseed"
July: Deathray / "I Wanna Lose Control (Uh Oh)"
June: Raconteurs / "Salute Your Solution"
May: Tea Party / "Save Me"
April: Bloc Party / "Like Eating Glass"
Ever: The English Beat / "I Confess"

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Let's go Snow-Running!

Yep, the last time I ran the Nookachamps in Mt. Vernon, there was a LOT of snow. Was that two years ago? Three? Anyway, some of the run was on the road and it wasn't snowy, but it was sort of slick. No fun. Then we went off-road and the snow got much deeper! Mucho fun! I like running through deep powder - it's just about as different as you can get for running, and yet, except for tight corners, you really don't have to go much slower in the white stuff.

Weather report for Mt. Vernon on the 16th? Rain and 41 degrees. Well, that ain't gonna cut it. How are we going to run in snow with that?

Let's race!


January 16th / Magnuson Run 15k, 10k, and 5k / Seattle, WA

January 17th / Nookachamps Winter Runs Half-Marathon, 10k and 5k / Mt. Vernon, WA

January 17th / Cascade Half-Marathon and 10k / Turner, OR

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The Year in Review, Part II

All righty, let's take a little peek at the 2009 totals:

5k: One (it was the girls on the run...where they didn't turn us around on time - actually about a 7k)
12k: One (Brutally hilly, but I was happy with my run)
8.2 Miler: One (ahhhh, on the beach in San Diego...races don't get much sweeter than that!)
13.1 Miler: One (back in the saddle! Let me tell you, if you're going to do your first half in years, make it a flat one like the Cowtown!)

Sprint Triathlons: Two (Well, the first race out of the box, way early in April, was better than the second race in May. Hey, sometimes it happens like that)

Olympic Triathlon: One (Hadn't done one of these for a while. It was hard, but fun)

And for the writing? Five articles, all for RaceCenter Magazine. And yet another failed attempt at Nanowrimo...sigh...I'm not even going to link to that.

And for 2010? It looks to be fewer Triathlons (any? maybe not) and more runs as I build up to my first marathon since 1996! Eugene, here I come!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Looks like a good time for a...Training Run!

Man, this time of's all about the training. And burning off the five pounds you put on from Christmas and New Year's. You don't have to worry about races...because there aren't any! Just get out there and put in some good training runs. It will all pay off later in the Spring. I promise.

Let's run!


January 9th / Resolution Run 5k / Oregon City, OR

January 9th / Lake Samish 6.5 and 13.1 mile Runs / Bellingham, WA

Aaaaaaannnnnndddddd, about 36 Team in Training meetings over the next month here and there, but other than that - nothing.

What can I say? It's that time of year. Until March, you just don't have a whole lot of options out there. Deal with it.

Thanks to Kaleb for the photo.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

The Year in Review, Part I

Well, what do you know? It's twenty-ten. That's a fun one to say: "Twenty-Ten!" Let's face it, "two thousand and nine" was a bit wordy, so I'm happy to be in the new decade.

And now, we can look back at the year that was in running. Probably not as good as some years, but definitely better than others. And the most important part: it was mostly injury-free. Yes! After I spent the entire month of December 2008 not being able to bend over even enough to put on my socks, this year was a lovely change indeed.

So after studying the 2009 Nike+ numbers, it looks like this: slow start, strong summer, winding down a bit in the Fall, then a great December as I look toward 2010 and my first marathon since 1996! Fourteen years, baby! And I'm back! Look out Eugene! I can't stop using exclamation points!

Now where was I? Oh yeah, running...oddly, my worst month of the year, October, was the month I ran the Cowtown Half-Marathon in Sacramento. Shortly after, I shut it down for three weeks to rest my sore quad. And my best month was the month just ended, December, with 69 miles for the month. Not world class, but pretty good for me.

So for the year, I logged 583 miles on the Nike+, ran for more than 84 hours, and burned more than 75,000 calories!

That's nothing...just wait for the 2010 totals!