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"

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Happy Wednesday

What I want to talk about...

My giant crush on Sage Canaday. Can you blame me? Don't answer that.

What I will talk about...

The New York Rogue Runners. Get it? Like Road Runners, but not? They host a series of low-key (and free!) events that are designed to keep running fun. If you have an idea for a race, they'll put it on. It's that simple.

A week and a half ago, as part of my (most recent) never-ending running rut, I helped time one of their events in lieu of actually running. My friend Joe, a home brewer, wanted a prediction race, and so the CardiacCrusher Brewery Presents: 4m Prediction Race in Central Park was born.

The top three who finished closest to their predicted times took home beer! (The timer, me, also took home a beer. And it was delicious.) Then this past weekend, while I was hiking in New Jersey, they hosted a run to City Bakery for hot chocolate.

Their next event is coming up this next weekend, and it's like it was made for me - and sadly, I have to miss it as I'll be out of town. They're having a hot dog run. Four miles through Manhattan along a specific course, and each time you see a hot dog stand, you must stop and eat a hot dog. I was born to win this race.


  1. I'm secure enough in my sexuality to acknowledge that Sage Canaday is hawt, and this video would be better if he were shirtless.

  2. THANK YOU! One of my friends has been making fun of me for it, but I stand behind my tastes. The scenes where he's playing a fake woman aren't bad, though.

  3. Sage is a cutie. I don't blame you at all!

    I love the idea of New York Rogue Runners! How awesome. I read on someone else's blog about the Run to City Bakery, but I didn't know it was organized. Maybe one day when I can run a 10 minute mile to keep up I'll join!

  4. I had a few classes & sections with him in college and I believe we were in the same "school" at Cornell. Do I win something?! (Sadly, I can assure you he has no idea who I am even though I was a fellow varsity athlete...)

  5. I was wondering if you knew him! So, tell me: is he easy, do you know? I mean, um, nice? Does he like (slightly) older women?

  6. Hmm. He was really quiet, at least in the classes I remember him being in. Perhaps he never spoke in class because he had never done the assigned coursework, having been too busy entertaining (slightly) older women the night before?!!!!

    Anyway, I dunno. Seemed like a nice kid. Also, not one of those distance runners who turns out to be disappointingly short in person. I hate short people.

  7. True: I actually googled his height before falling head over heels in (heart) with him. He's 5'11". No more Khalid Khannouchis for me! I agree wholeheartedly about short people.