Planking, Running, OMG, I can’t breath.

I have never been so happy to see Friday in my entire life.  I lie.  You know I say that every Friday right?

Because at the end of the week, this is me….

This morning I got up and did what I’ve been doing for about a week now, I planked.  Yeah, I’m up to 2 minutes now.  Go me.  It may not be much but I’ll take it.

Plank

Two of the longest minutes of my life…..

And then I went for a run.  Unfortunately, I only made it for 2 miles because for some reason I’ve got this nasty cough thing that’s been happening the last few nights and also for the past two morning when I’ve gone out for a run I’ve been really short of breath, like really bad.  ME!  I’m not out of shape y’all.  Something ain’t right with this picture.  By mile 2 I was a sweaty out of breath mess.

Proof

horrible out of breath feeling

What is that cowlick thing happening? I ran for 23 minutes and I literally could not breath!

Not pretty.

I might have to go see the doc this afternoon and check it out.  The last time I was feeling short of breath I blamed it on my thyroid and I actually had bronchitis.  I recently heard that people around here have been getting sick due to all the trees down and all the debris from the Hurricane.

There’s that and the fact that MacGyver and I dug a lot of nasty trees and shit out of our canal so God only knows what kind of bacteria and crap we came into contact with.  I mean, it’s true our house down in Nokomis is on the water and it is a nice area and all but the canal is brackish and as my brother describes it, it most closely resembles motor oil.

Brackish Water Canal

See? Motor oil!

So yeah, I probably have typhoid fever or Malaria.   Let’s hope not.

What are your plans for the weekend?  We’re taking down another tree because, well, I don’t know why, we just are.

 

Are we sacrificing Safety for Medals?

Last weekend there was a race here in our area called the Weeki Wachee Springs Mermaid Race.  They actually had three races, a 1mile, a 5K, and a half marathon, I believe.  This was the inaugural race for the company organizing the event but I had heard a lot about it through many of the runners that I know and it sounded like a cute event.

Mermaid Race

But then Hurricane Irma happened and I wondered if they still planned on hosting the event because last year when we were expecting a bad storm at the time of the Clearwater distance classic, they cancelled it, and that was just a storm.

I didn’t hear anything else about the race so I assumed they cancelled it and then a few days later I started to hear from people who had indeed ran it.  It hadn’t been cancelled but it had been a disaster.  I assumed that the complaints were due to the fact that it was a new race and the organizers were unprepared for all of the entrants and with the hurricane they probably had a lot of support that didn’t show up, and that’s the excuse they used, but that’s not the full story.

What disturbed me the most was hearing that the runners had to run across one of the most dangerous roads in the area at crosswalks across 8 lanes of traffic!  This was not a closed course at all.  If you aren’t familiar with our roadways, that stretch of highway, US19, is part of the same stretch that was included in the Dateline NBC Study which named it the most deadliest road in America, because of the number of pedestrian related deaths, making it the worst road to walk on, bar none.

When the kid was younger, if he ever took the bus to school, he was never allowed to walk anywhere near US19, ever. Period.  It was a rule he was familiar with he would use it to his advantage by getting off the bus way before it ever arrived at US19 and calling me to pick him up, at the mall or somewhere else he wanted to go, but I digress, the point is US19 is not a road to walk, or run on, unless it’s closed.

I wasn’t surprised that the people who ran that race were pissed and I was thinking to myself there’s going to be some backlash over this.  There was.  Runners World actually caught wind of it and published this article.

Funny running sign

Here are my thoughts and keep in mind, I didn’t run this race but I have run many inaugural races and a lot of them have had some issues with not enough food at the finish or not enough volunteers on the course and so on.  Fortunately the race directors have always been more than willing to listen to the criticism and try to improve the race for the next year and in most cases they made it even better in the following years.

However, in the case of this race it seems to me that the race directors completely disregarded the safety of the runners.  To allow runners to run along a major highway like US19 without support from the sheriff’s department is insane.  In my mind, they’re just lucky that no one was injured and I’m serious about that.  To have no water along a course, especially a half marathon, or to provide water and no cups is unconscionable.  You sold out a race so you are fully aware of the amount of runners that you have, there is no reason for you not to have an ample amount of cups.  This is Florida and it’s humid and hot and when you are running in those conditions you are sweating and you need to hydrate.  Water should always be provided during a race.

I am also concerned about the rumors of the lack of any medical support.  If that was the case, that is unacceptable.  In at least 10 of the half marathons that I’ve run I’ve seen someone carted off in an ambulance.  Granted, I’ve run races where no one was injured but preparation is key and any good race director knows that.  And as if all of the support wasn’t bad enough, the timing wasn’t correct for most of the course so a lot of people had no idea what their finish times were.

But the reason I felt so compelled to write this, the reason that I got so mad when I heard about it and when I read about the experience that some of the runners had was that I wondered if it isn’t because of our quest for the bling that determines why we run a race.  Have we become so enamored by the medals that the allure of them determines whether or not we run a race?  Whether or not we run a challenge and take on all three distances?  Do some race directors put on races focusing on the medal rather than the safety of the runners as a priority?  Was this the case with the mermaid race?

I’ve read a lot of reviews where people talked a lot about the online course support and the after party and medals but not the actual course and maybe I’m old school but that’s one of the first things I look at.   I want to know about the elevation, the exposure, the terrain, whether it’s an out and back or if we’ll be taking buses and most importantly, is it a closed course.  I study the course, and sometimes I go run it beforehand.  If I would have read that this race was to be run alongside US19 and even across it, I would have never run it and I’m really surprised that it was sold out.  I mean, granted, I love me some mermaids and I love Weeki Wachee but I would have never run any of the three races based solely on the course.   I just wonder how many people actually ran it and didn’t know about the course or maybe they were from out of the area and weren’t familiar with US19 or how many people ran because they really, really wanted the medals?

Have you ever ran a race because you just really wanted the medal?  Be honest, there’s no judgement here.

 

 

WTF Wednesday, if only we could prolong the endorphins

I just looked at the computer and realized that it’s 10:00AM and I hadn’t posted yet and I’ve actually been up since 5:30.  How the hell is it 10:00AM already?  And how did I not know?  Maybe because MacGyver is at home and instead of my usual Kelly and Ryan he has some stupid Tru TV comedy show on with stupid criminals that really isn’t comedic at all, it’s more stupid.

walking into wall

So of course I have no idea what time it is because instead of being entertained by the background noise, I’m just annoyed as all hell and now I kind of want to slap somebody.

pissed

After taking yesterday off, I ran again this morning for 3 miles.  It put me in my happy place too, which obviously only lasted until the TV issue this morning, but hey baby steps, right?

WTF, it’s Wednesday and today is Google’s birthday.  I wonder how long before it will become a National holiday?