One of my favorite things about the Indy 500 is the intro to the broadcast…
In 2012 they also ran this video… a tribute to Dan Wheldon, the 2011 winner who had died a 6 months before the race.
The cars at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway are going down the front stretch a little bit faster than I was when I was on the track…
“On the fields of Trenzalore, at the fall of the Eleventh, when no living creature may speak falsely or fail to give answer, a question will be asked. A question that must never, ever be answered.”
“The First Question, the oldest question in the Universe, that must never be answered, hidden in plain sight.”
She Said, He Said: A Prequel to The Name of the Doctor - Doctor Who Series 7 Part 2 (2013)
The Doctor and Clara reflect on how little they know about each other.
Watch The Name of the Doctor, the series finale, on BBC One on Saturday 18th May at 7pm, and on:
Saturday 18th May
BBC America — 8/7c
Space (Canada) — 8/5e
Sunday 19th May
ABC (Australia) — 7.30pm
BBC Entertainment (South Africa) — 7pm
BBC Entertainment (Poland) — 6pm
Note: in the UK ‘Series’ is the same as a US ‘Season’.
Keep being klassy A&F…
Yeah, I hope he goes out of business.
And I am damn proud to have never spent a penny in their stores.
“In every school there are the self-possessed and materialistic kids, and then there are the kids who realize that brands are just brands. We go after the self-important kids. We go after the vapid, all-about-me kid with a shitty attitude and a lot of friends who also have shitty attitudes. A lot of people don’t belong [in this group], and they can’t belong because they actually have a conscience. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely. That’s why we hire good-looking people in our stores. Because good-looking people attract shallow people who care more about the appearance of the person selling our product than the product itself, and we want to market to those people because our products are really pretty crappy and over-priced. We don’t market to anyone other than that.”
There, fixed it.
My first 500 Festival Mini Marathon (13.1miles) last year was a mess. I ran a 2:39:32 but I gave myself a pass on it because it was like the hottest Mini EVAR. In November I ran a 2:11:55 in the Monumental Half Marathon… that was more like it. I was happy but annoyed that I JUST missed having 10:00/mile pace by 55 seconds.
So my goal coming into this year’s Mini was just that… 10:00/mile pace… and my stretch goal was finishing under 2 hours… that’s a 9:11/mile pace.
I was running all spring and doing fairly well I thought. My training 10mile runs were at a 9:34/mile pace and I ran the 15K training run at a 9:17/mile pace…
But then my legs starting yelling at me. Mostly my right lower leg. My calf started getting really tight and that limited my running… so I couldn’t keep up the training as much.
Going into the Mini I was actually kinda worried about being able to do it at all.
So Saturday morning comes and we get our butts up at god-awful in the morning and head downtown along with 35,000 of our closest friends…
A little background… this is the 36th running of the Indianapolis 500 Festival Mini Marathon. It is the largest half marathon in the country with 35,000 runners and has sold out every year for the past 11 years. You start in downtown Indianapolis and run out to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, take a lap around the 2.5mi track and then run back downtown.
I was supposed to start in Corral K, which in the picture is about where that circular brick with the green top building is… But Mandie was back in Corral V (where the arrow is) so I wanted to be back with her… Caity was running her first Mini with her boyfriend and they were up there in K… Mandie was feeling a little sick and she was running her first half-marathon alone. She’s always run with someone giving her encouragement… Prior to this her longest solo run was 5 miles. Caity was also feel sick… sicker than Mandie. Caity beat me last fall by like 7 minutes, but she wasn’t sure she could make it either.
Here’s a view from the ground…
Yeah that’s a lot of people. Which turns out isn’t conducive to great running… So the gun goes off at 7:30 and off we go… oh… wait… no… off we go slowly shuffling towards the start line… 30 minutes later… Off we go… so I’m trying to run, dodging people, weaving in and out, stopping, starting because there are SO many people… I didn’t actually get any sort of real pace until about a half mile into it. Even still… my first mile was 10:02…
My calf was still hurting a little despite running only like twice in 2 weeks prior and wearing new compression sleeves on my legs… But I was feeling fairly good… rattled off a few nice miles… Mile 2 - 9:25, Mile 3 - 9:18, Mile 4 - 9:31… I was fairly confident I wasn’t going to be able to reach my 2:00:00 goal… I wasn’t too upset I wouldn’t.
I got a little slower in 5, 6 and 7 (10:04, 10:09 & 10:07) but I wasn’t too concerned because I’d accumulated some time in the previous miles… I was still ahead of my goal pace. At 7 miles I was at 1:08:39… 1:20 under my goal pace.
This is where it started to fall apart. First problem was the track.
I’ve been to the track many times and each time I go I’m still awestruck. First is its size. It’s 2.5 miles around the track and in the infield of the track you can fit Yankee Stadium, Wimbledon, The Rose Bowl, Churchill Down, the Roman Colosseum and the entire Vatican, AT THE SAME TIME. In addition to its size is the fact that… It’s the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This is hallowed ground. I was running on the place where Danny Sullivan had his Spin-And-Win right in front of Mario Andretti… This is where Al Unser Jr and Emmerson Fittipaldi dueled side-by-side in the final laps until they touched… All of this is just to point out that running on the track itself kind of took my mind out of the game. I was just running along, thousands of other runners… looking around… down the back straight where Mario slowed so many times… around the massive corners (BTW, we don’t run on the corners themselves, but on the warm-up laps… I’d rather not run on the 19degree banked corners)… down the short chute… looking up at the stands where I’ve sat and watched the race in Turn 4… And then the front straight…
Indianapolis is unusual in tracks in that there are stands on both sides of the track. Drivers have talked about coming around Turn 4 to start the race and driving down a canyon of people. Running down the front straight I can totally envision it.
And as is tradition… when I got to the Yard of Bricks… I got down and kissed them.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway was built in 1909 and was originally paved with 3.2million bricks. When they paved the final bit of it in 1961 with asphalt, they left a strip of bricks exposed at the Start/Finish line… and as with tradition, when you get to the yard of bricks… you kiss them.
That was me (In the grey) last year… They haven’t put the pics from the race up yet… I hope this year’s pic turns out as good. (As a side note, last year we thought it was odd that it didn’t record when I crossed the bricks… and now I see why… those cones in the picture are to guide you across the timing mat and apparently I ignored them… so I never crossed the timing mat. So there you go.)
So I got up from the bricks and started on my way… I was coming up on 8 miles and realized… Hey, I’m actually supposed to be running a race. Mile 8, 10:45, Elapsed time - 1:19:22… My margin of error was gone… But what was worse my left hamstring had started to feel a twinge. By the time I’d gotten to Mile 9 the twinge was a full blown cramp. I’d stopped to stretch and walk at the water/gatorade stops and that made it feel better, but when I started running again it started coming back. Mile 9 - 11:14. I fought back the best I could… but I could only manage a 10:14 for Mile 10. My goal was shot. Elapsed time 1:40:41… I was 41 seconds over the 10min/mile goal and my cramp was only getting worse. Mile 11 - 10:38 - Elapsed time 1:51:24.
I started to get really down. My right calf still hurt. My feet hurt. My left hamstring was cramping. I was hot. I was tired. My goal was shot. Mile 12 - 12:33. Elapsed time 2:03:56. I never had a doubt I’d finish, but I didn’t want to finish like this.
And that’s when this song came on…
It started soft and I could barely hear it over the bands that line the race… But once I realized what it was and the chorus played loud I was determined to not finish weak… I mustered up everything I had left, turned down New York Street and ran the best I could. Mile 13 - 10:50…
Finish - 2:17:41 - Avg Pace 10:24min/mile.
It wasn’t what I wanted. But it was the best I could do. I’m disappointed, but I know I can do better and next time I will try again.
After finishing I rushed to get our stuff from the bag check and went to the finish line to cheer Mandie in…
Her original goal was 3 hours. That was 16 minutes faster than she ran in the fall. In the morning before the race she was feeling sick and wasn’t even sure she could finish… but here she was finishing strong… final time: 3:04:43. Kicked its ass.
Caity did well too considering her sickness… she finish in 2:38:43.
This picture makes me happy.
Not an Onion headline…
Henry Gribbohm says he lost his life savings, $2,600, on a carnival game and all he has to show for it is a stuffed banana with dreadlocks.
His new book is “Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls”… here he tells where he got the name and his 5 favorite unusual book titles…
DOCTOR WHO Revisited: TOM BAKER - Apr 28 BBC AMERICA
2013 is DOCTOR WHO’s 50th Anniversary. Each month, BBC AMERICA takes the TARDIS back in time with Brand New Specials on all eleven Doctors. This month, it’s Fourth Doctor TOM BAKER:
Take an in-depth look at the fourth incarnation of the truly timeless Time Lord, who quickly made the part his own, and with his eccentric style of dress and speech — particularly his trademark long scarf — immediately became a recognizable figure. Playing the role for seven consecutive seasons over a seven-year period, he’s the longest-serving actor in the part so far. With exclusive interviews with lead writer & executive producer STEVEN MOFFAT, producer MARCUS WILSON, companion LOUISE JAMESON and TOM BAKER himself!
“I didn’t play Doctor Who, I was Doctor Who.”
Then, in the story “Pyramids of Mars,” the Doctor and his companion Sarah Jane Smith (ELISABETH SLADEN) attempt to free a pyramid imprisoned Egyptologist from his possession by Sutekh, the last of a powerful alien called the Osirans.
Don’t miss the Premiere of the fourth DOCTOR WHO: THE DOCTORS REVISITED Special, plus the classic Fourth Doctor storyline “Pyramids of Mars” *** Sunday April 28 at 8/7c *** only on BBC America.
Setting the DVR… because the 4th Doctor is my Doctor…
Hurling Match Feb 2013- Leinster V Connacht.
Most sources cite the first time the nets were cut down was in 1947 as the NC State Wolfpack won the Southern Conference championship. Coach Everett Case had his players lift him up to cut down the net and is generally noted as the starter of the tradition…
In reality the practice had been done for many years in the Indiana HS basketball championships… Which Frankfort HS won 4 times between 1925 and 1939… Coached by Everett Case.
In 1965, suffering from terminal cancer, Case was in a wheelchair courtside to watch NC State win the ACC Championship. The players wheeled him over and raised him up one last time to cut the nets. He died about a year later.
Hail! to the victors valiantHail! to the conqu’ring heroesHail! Hail! to MichiganThe leaders and best! Hail! to the victors valiantHail! to the conqu’ring heroesHail! Hail! to Michigan,The champions of the West!
Human souls trapped like flies in the World Wide Web, stuck forever, crying out for help…
Isn’t that basically Twitter?
If you’re 26, and an online magazine can do this feature on you, maybe it’s time to do some serious reassessing of your choices.