09 March 2012

Some News, A Lecture, and My Weekend Plans

I saw some great news today.  Before the US Olympic marathon trials, I chastised NBC for not broadcasting the event live.  I claimed that if they were not going to use their rights to the race responsibly, then they should give up their rights to the race.  At minimum they should have webcast the event in its entirety.

Time recently reported that NBC has partnered with YouTube to live stream every event of the 2012 London Olympics.  This is wonderful news for we folks who love to watch every second of a 5,000, a 10,000, and a marathon.  Of course, NBC should have partnered with YouTube for the Olympic marathon trials, but here they have taken an appropriate step toward redemption.

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What will I be doing this weekend?  On Sunday, I'll be running the City-Pier-City Half-Marathon. But if I can get a couple of hours of free time, I'm going to watch this lecture, "Edible Education: The Politics of Food," by Marion Nestle, the Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition at NYU.  Let me know in a comment below if you too watch this presentation and what you thought about it.  Most of the food in our grocery stores merely demonstrates that most companies care little for keeping people healthy. Carrying the spirit of Guerrilla Race into our eating would mean growing as much of our own food as possible and buying what we need from local, organic farmers.  By doing this we could eschew giving more money to the industrial food producers who do more harm than good for our society.  Our world would be much better off if a company like Monsanto did not exist.

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Today I ran another recovery run.  6.7 miles in 61 minutes: Guerrilla Race by scarbellyracer at Garmin Connect - Details.  It felt great, but I was passed during the last mile of the run.  I haven't been passed on a run in quite a while, and my ego normally pushes me to train dumb when I am getting passed.  Usually, I'll speed up and not allow someone else to pass me.  Today, however, I became a more mature runner.  I let another man pass me, and I continued to run the pace I should have been running.

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For this weekend's race, I am running on tired legs.  I have already run 54.5 miles this week, and still have my run with my beginner's running group tomorrow morning to add to the total.  It's been about 16 months since I've run this many miles in a week, and in that mileage I had an 11 mile run at 7:58 per mile pace and yesterday's 43:39 10k tempo run.  I had planned on training through this race, and considering my workload, I feel pretty good.  I will try to run about 7:20-7:30 a mile (predicted marathon pace for Prague) for the first ten miles and bring it down from there for the final three miles.  It's been over a year since I've run in a running-only race, so I am quite excited to at least go through the race-day (e)motions.

If you're racing too this weekend, good luck and have fun.  I'll give you a full report of my race on Monday.  Thanks for reading and feel free to leave comments or questions below.  And if you enjoy this blog, please tell a friend about it.

2 comments:

  1. Monsanto....There is a black book written on Monsanto that was published short after I started to do my family-around-the-world tour. I desperately tried to find it in Barnes & Nobel % others shop until I found out that Monsanto managed to have it sensored in the US..but only for a while. Now it is available under the title "The World According to Monsanto" a must read (I think because I have just read extracts so far). In the meantime another book came out "Seeds of Destruction, The Hidden Agendo of Gene Maniplulation". I fully agree with you buddy. I admit to buy food in the chains, but not a single product with evil E's and 90% is bio. Good post! keep going!

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  2. Thanks, Alain. I'll have to check out the books you've recommended.

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