WTF Wednesday, be careful popping tags

This morning I went out for my run bright and early.  I was pretty pleased with myself and decided to go a bit further than the five miles I had planned.  Somewhere around the five and a half mark I suddenly felt something slam into the back of my knee.

I was certain I had been hit by a car.

oh my god

I felt myself falling forward and my first thought was wondering how bad my injuries were.  I couldn’t really feel anything at first and then I felt liquid on my face.  It was wet and warm.  For a second I thought it was blood and I was sure I was badly injured.  I could only imagine the hole that was probably in my head.

After a quick second I realized what had happened.

dog licks

My neighbors dogs had gotten out and when they do that if they see me running they will usually try to run with me.  There are four of them, two bloodhounds and two golden retrievers.  One of the golden retrievers had knocked me down and the bloodhounds were licking my face.

At least I didn’t get hit by a car but it did take a 30 minute shower to get all the dirt and spit off of me.

When I was in Ohio I was watching the news one early morning and I saw a story about tornado’s that occurred in North Carolina and then they interview a young boy who saw a roof fly off a home.  The interview was hilarious and as luck would have it, I found it online.

MacGyver likes to shop in pawn shops.  He does so quite frequently.  This morning he got a call from an employee at a pawn shop a few hundred miles away.  She was calling to inform him that items he had pawned were about to be sent to the floor to be sold.  The only problem is, MacGyver has never pawned anything in his life.

So, the employee put him on hold and then came back to the phone and said ‘don’t worry about it, apparently an employee of ours used your info for a customer who had the same first name as you but no identification.’    Then MacGyver said, ‘but I am worried because that’s identity theft.’

The employee got rude and told him he wasn’t listening.  Basically the pawn shop is a chain and MacGyver bought something from them and they stored his info in their database.  Someone came into their store to pawn something but did not have any identification so the employee of the pawn store went into the computer and used MacGyver’s info.

Sounds like identity theft to me. When MacGyver said as much the lady who called him got pissed and hung up on him.


I can’t believe how casually the store and the employee handled this situation and based on that I’m pretty sure there gonna be all kinds of upset when a detective shows up to investigate.  Idiots!

WTF, it’s Wednesday.

WTF Wednesday, how much would you pay to race?

The Dopey Challenge includes a 5K, a 10K, a half marathon and a full marathon.  The cost to run the Dopey Challenge at Walt Disney World this year was $560.

how much

Five hundred and sixty dollars.  I kid you not.  I guess you could look at it this way, it does include 4 races and typically you would probably pay close to that to run four races, or not.  I think I’ve paid 30-40 dollars for 5K’s, maybe 45-50 for a few 10K’s, around 100 for half marathons and upwards of 150 for full marathons.  Based on my experience I could run those four types of races for around $340 tops or at least that’s what I myself would pay.  Of course they would not be in Disney and I would not get the special medal for finishing all four races in four days.

But let’s also keep in mind that park entrance is NOT included in that $560.

what the hell

That’s what I said!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not bashing run Disney and I know there are a lot of people who love to run their races and absolutely obsess over anything Disney.  I am not one of those people.  However, it brings up an interesting point.  How much is too much to pay for a race and more importantly, why do you pay to race?

I saw this article in the Orlando Sentinel recently.

are races worth the money

I have to be honest, I’ve spent a couple thousand dollars in a single year for races but you have to wonder when it becomes too much.  I ran a lot of races back in 2013 and I ended up with pesky injuries that wouldn’t go away and so I slowed down on the racing and now I choose quality over quantity.  If I can’t be in it 100%, (physically, mentally, and more), it doesn’t matter how much it cost, it isn’t worth it.  My younger self would never have felt that way but I’ve sort of grown into that as I’ve gotten older.

I look at many factors before deciding if I race now.  I want to run a race that is fun and a course that is challenging but not ridiculous.  I look at the cost vs what I get in return, (tech shirts, medal, food, etc.) and I look at reviews about the race before making a decision.

One of the most important things you can do is to research a race you’ve never run by looking up reviews from runners who’ve run it in the past. You’ll be able to find out things about the course, the race directors, the after parties, and a whole host of other information.  Race reviews are invaluable.

runner review

I also look at the location.  If a race is within a short distance from my house in Clearwater or Nokomis, I’m in.  I will also travel to a race in Tennessee, Ohio, or even Virginia since I have family there, but it would have to meet all of my qualifications just as the local races do.

In the article in the Orlando Sentinel they mention how races help runners hold themselves accountable since they’ve told everyone their running and it helps some people stick with training.  That wouldn’t really work for me since I’m already a perfectionist.  I don’t really need a race to hold me accountable but if it works for them, then I say go for it.

But no matter what you promised me, I would never pay 560 dollars to run a race.  That’s a car payment or a mortgage for Christ sake!  I love running and also racing but I don’t feel the need to shell out tons of money to love it even more.

WTF, it’s Wednesday, how much would you pay for a race and why?