LooseCrew-JeffO: Tidbits


Ramblings of an adventurous guy living in Denver and playing in the mountains.
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Monday, March 17, 2008


Wisdom today brought to you by Dove Dark chocolate.

A few details I left out about the marathon...
The RD, Jon, is an incredible artist. I've seen him draw and this guy is world-class.
There's been controversy about waste at races. I don't know who the complainers are, but they say finisher medals, shirts, etc. are wasteful. So there's been a push to get away from that.
Personally, I like medals. My son thinks it's cool to go through dad's pile. It inspires him, which is the name of the game.
Well, I told Jon, I think people would rather have one of his drawings than a medal.
So that's what they did! And 1st place male and female got the print on hand-made paper.
I was nowhere close to placing, but I have to admit that's another reason I ran harder.
All finishers did recieve a smaller print, though, so I'm happy.

This is the only race I've ever run where only one female finished ahead of me, and by not many minutes. But it doesn't mean much. I'm not sure how many people ran, but I think only about 60 finished. So many didn't show, or converted to the half-marathon, so if you compare percentages, the same percentage of women were ahead of me. This race, however, definitely favored us bulldozer-snowplow types. Wow, if only it had been a 50k! I would have kept passing, because I wasn't running low on steam.

My bib number was 69 - which is as close to kinky sex as I'll ever get.


About two weeks ago, my left knee woke me throbbing. The pain went away after poking at it.
Well last night a very similar throbbing bolt of pain woke me up, but this time it went down the back of my left knee and calf. It hit me at lunch too. It feels electrical, so I suspect a pinched nerve somewhere. Maybe it's my sciatic nerve. I'm not sure what to do about it but massage and ignore it. Ibuprofen doesn't usually help with nerve pain, but if tissue swelling is putting pressure on the nerve, then maybe it would help the cause.


At 10:08 AM, Blogger olga said...

The chocolate things are neat, Starbucks writes soemthing to this extent too. I don't care for medals, but buckles is a whole another story, so I am not liking how some RD's of 100's don't offer buckles. And that number mentioning...

At 1:59 PM, Blogger JeffO said...

I used to be a silversmith. When I eventually map out my own ultra, I'll design and make my own medals and buckles. Afterwards, anyone who doesn't want theirs can return it. All metal will be melted down and recast, and the ribbons reused.

At 9:14 PM, Blogger Meghan said...

You are such the typical man with the race number. Once I volunteered at a local but big 10k. About a half dozen men asked me, "Can I have number 69? Hee, hee." And I answered, "Well, I would have given it to you except you're the 4th person to ask." One guy then said, "Ok, how about a multiple of 69?"

You used to be a silversmith? Oh man, do you still make jewelry? I love silver jewelry. Now that's a little known fact about you.

Beat by only one lady, eh? Keep on truckin' you won't get chicked anymore.

Hope you're well!

At 10:13 AM, Blogger olga said...

May be you can cast buckles for the Oregon 100 we are working on? We do have a draft design...


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