On I went, out of the wood, passing the man leading without knowing I was going to do so. Flip-flap, flip-flap, jog-trot, jog-trot, curnchslap-crunchslap, across the middle of a broad field again, rhythmically running in my greyhound effortless fashion, knowing I had won the race though it wasn't half over, won it if I wanted it, could go on for ten or fifteen or twenty miles if I had to and drop dead at the finish of it, which would be the same, in the end, as living an honest life like the governor wanted me to. -Alan Sillitoe, "Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner"

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

I'm too tired from a(nother) week night long run to do anything more than regurgitate stuff I've read on the internet for you

First off, not something I read on the internet but instead something I'm tired of seeing on my runs:

This bad boy has been parked on the main loop of Central Park, on the east side by the Boathouse. I'm not anti-union by any means, but I am anti-really loud drummers and guys yelling at me when I'm just trying to enjoy my run. Read more about the labor dispute here. I do give them props for renting the classy rat-in-a-suit balloon.

Next, if you're an apple geek, you might appreciate this story of a runner who ran the apple logo in homage to Steve Jobs (h/t @jheath). I have an ipad (I'm sorry, iPad) and two MacBooks, but that is way beyond me.

Not beyond me? Beer. I like it, as you know. Studies have shown that non-alcoholic beer helps in recovering after distance running - please let's test the alcoholic beer next, okay?

But don't worry about your beer belly. First off, running can help that gut - better than weights can. But if you just still can't lose that last bit of stomach, just get some new Spanx workout clothes! You can't make this stuff up.


  1. Haha, that picture makes it look like you and that dapper rat are on a date! Hot stuff!

  2. From reading about the Apple guy, he ran the Tokyo marathon in some "costume" hooked up with iPhones and iPads so people could experience the race virtually through him. http://tm2011.com/2011/07/the-irun-how-14000-virtual-supporters-joined-the-tokyo-marathon-2011/

  3. Have to say I enjoyed the drumming when I was running in the park last week - perfect spot to help get up Cat hill. Reminded me of the drummers at key uphill spots at Vermont City and Big Sur marathons...

    The apple GPS art is pretty awesome...

  4. You liked the drummers! I wonder if I can channel my annoyance into positive thinking. I think partly I get annoyed because I usually stop at the drinking fountain that's right there, and the protesters are very harassing.

    And Aron, my mind is blown by that link. BLOWN.

  5. Spank workout clothes? Seriously? How could you possible move your legs in that gear? I'm intrigued...

  6. im prettyy sure saw all of the strikers out supppperrr early saturday morning while getting my long run in...they were collecting their drums and bright yellow flags and shirts and doing some sort of prayer over on the west side? maybe im a jerk and mixing them up with a group of non-drumming religious early risers though. they WERE over by the boathouse 2 sundays ago in a DOWNPOUR (why i was out running during it is still beyond me) though, so kudos to them for dedication!