Thursday, February 17, 2011

Intervals: Boston Marathon, Egypt, and Oreos

Things that are top of mind other than sex at this very moment…

Thanks to everyone who entered my CSN gift card contest! If you haven’t entered I will be hiding under your bed until you enter enter by going here! There are quite a few ways to enter. I’m honestly pretty slack on creative entries. Tricia seems to have maximized her entries by saying my wife was attractive while Chris K said that she was too attractive for me. (He's right) Don’t MAKE me post another picture of me without a shirt on….

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Boston, Boston, Boston. What did you do!? The Boston Athletic Association changed the criteria and sign up procedures for the Boston Marathon. They’re going to lower the requirements across the board by 5:59 and implement a phased sign up based on how much you beat your qualifying time. (Beat it by 20 mins? Sign up a week early) As an aspiring qualifier, this was soul crushing news. Where are the analytics? It seemed a bit too arbitrary for me. Almost like the difference between men and women’s times – which the BAA even admits was arbitrarily decided at 30 minutes.

That said, I fully admit that the words above are someone who DOES desire to run Boston. But, cest la vie. I’m hoping that moving it from a 3:10 to a 3:05 (for me) will be similar to the mental barrier around 4 min mile. Scientists said that it couldn’t be done, but shortly after it was done dozens of people did it within a few months. Did a lot of people suddenly get faster? Nope, they just saw 4:00 as the goal/barrier. What would have happened if 3:50 was their goal?

So, until September (when the sign up for 2012 is), I’m going to continue with my current Boston marathon graphic:

But, after that, I’ve created a new one:


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What the hell were Egyptian police thinking rolling tanks into the square with all of those protestors? What is the option with those? Blow a hole in the side of a building or run someone over? Both seem like they would calm a SUPER excited mob, right? Riiiighhhht.

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Finally, to leave on a high note, the Oreo cookie company’s Facebook page recently tried to break a world record by getting the most “likes” on a post they made on their wall. They did!! 118,000 likes was enough to break the world record. That is, until the rapper Lil Wayne heard about it and had his fans “like” one of his posts. Sorry Oreo, you should have known that 5 year old fans of dunking cookies were no match against tween rap fans. His post received nearly 5 times more “likes”. Better stick to those horribly suggestive “Double Stuff Racing League” commercials.

24 comments:

finishingfirsts.com said...

The Garmin graphic is hilarious! And you're definitely right, the lower times are going to be more of a mental barrier than anything. I'm right there with you this year!

Nobel4Lit said...

I was one of those people who helped 'Lil Wayne complete his task! Had no idea Oreo was doing/did the same thing!!

Al's CL Reviews said...

You'll get that time. No worries!

Jamoosh said...

Interestingly I deleted half my post on Boston before publishing this morning including the part where I advocate they use statistical analysis to set the qualifying times one year in advance. There is more than enough finisher data to adequately trend and set qualifying times based on age and gender.

funderson said...

PHEW! Thanks for the Russell Crowe/Christian Bale mind sponge for the picture of you with your shirt almost off. Now I want some Oreos though..

Spike said...

Surprised you didn't suggest Crowe and Bale make a squeal and title it "3:05 to Dodge."

Chris K said...

I take it back. Just please, no more shirtless pics.

RunningLaur said...

3:10 to Boston just has a better ring to it - so do that.
It's that easy, right? Just do that, because it sounds better.

Laurie said...

The following is why I read your blog: A paragraph on Boston, and then Oreos and Little Wayne. And more comments on Little Wayne than Boston. Fantastic!

misszippy said...

I think the BAA was right, although I think maybe the men's times could have been left alone. Something had to give though. You'll get your time!

Her Name Is Rio said...

Never thought about it being a mental barrier before, but you're probably right.

Running Through Phoenix said...

What 3:50 barrier?? Did it yesterday twice. Oh RUNNING!!

Average A said...

Hey.... great comparison with the 4-minute mile! While my goal is still set on qualifying for Boston when I turn 80 (only then will I stand a shot), I think the rules are fair. The sad part for me is ... the term "BQ" will now be obsolete, yes? Even if you BQ, you don't necessarily get to run the race if all the spots are filled before you... it's more like you BQtR (qualify to register), right? Why didn't they just lower the times by 20 minutes if that's the people they want running it?

Hopefully when I turn 80 they'll let me sign up with everyone else instead of having to wait a week. Arg. (Yes, I'm worrying about this 50+ years in advance.)

Dash said...

haha, as always your posts amuse me, like a clown... :) love the garmin pic and DSLR, that does seem dirty... I have no worries you'll qualify for Boston, you've been smoking your workouts.

C2Iowa said...

I may never be quick enough to run Boston - now that fate has been sealed. Nope - not my seal of approval. b@$tard$.

You on the other hand - qualifying is within your reach and I am sure that you WILL get in done.

Pretend this is real said...

Love the Garmin. (They should probably market that... Could make a lot of money)

Tricia said...

I'm constantly reminded about the mental barriers in running. You know me, I always consider myself a "slow" runner, figured thats who I am and will always be.

And yet, twice this week, I've just "ran" and managed to find some previously unknown speed. Working on a post about how I may be letting the lable of "slow runner" hold me back. Interesting.

The Sean said...

Adam, this is your opportunity to push beyond these limits, which are arbitrary, and let your Marathon goals be achieved. Keep a positive attitude and keep moving forward!

Nicole said...

I think the men's times should have been left alone. I'm constantly telling guys that they're supposed to be faster than me by nature, but by 30 minutes? I think that's a bit of a stretch and 20 seems more reasonable for a marathon. It'll be interesting to see how the whole tiered registration goes.
You might have to get a new slogan/logo to actually to able to register, to which I suggest 300, the movie. I mean, they were from Sparta which is in Greece and everyone is always talking about the original marathon.

CraigLikesToRun said...

Hysterical analysis of the Boston qualifying times! I've run Boston 3X...all invitation entries (I'm from the Hopkinton MA area where the race starts and...yes I have gotten hooked up, I'll confess) but crossing the finish line of Boston is truly an amazing feeling. Of the 10 marathons I've run, my heart never beats as fast as it does on the final quarter mile...

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danny said...

I am sure egypt doesn't have too many history books...

Laura said...

The new goal for "likes" really needs to be crashing the Facebook server. Otherwise, who cares?