Forgot to mention the other night that, while my chip finish time for the Austin Livestrong Marathon was a pathetic 3:56:56, my adjusted finish time, courtesy of the Paul Ryan Marathon Calculator, was a blistering 2:51:45. Check it: http://www.paulryantimecalculator.com/?submitted=yes&time=3%3A56%3A56&distance=marathon&gender=m
Think the Boston Athletic Association will accept that?
Neither did I, but it was worth a shot. Or at least posting.
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Saturday, February 23, 2013
This past weekend was the Livestrong Austin Marathon. I finished the race in 3:56:56, my worst, non-pacing finish for a non-Ironman-connected marathon. But it was the most awesome & emotional (full) marathon I have ever run.
This year will likely be my last year to run Austin. This has nothing to do with the hijinks of Livestrong's former chairperson; their mission is far too important to let something like that get in the way. Rather, it has to do with how management managed things leading up to the marathon. Here are my primary gripes:
- I registered for the marathon on the first day registration opened. A month before race-day, there was a post on social media that anyone who registered on 01/21 for the 2013 event would get free entry to the 2014 event. I was rather offended that management would screw over those who were obviously dedicated to the running of the event because, up until then, it was the best marathon in Texas.
- Nicholle wanted to walk the 5k walk/run with the Boy in the Bob. However, she was told strollers were not permitted. Since walkers were permitted, as are headphones, the argument of "safety" just held no water for us.
Friday, January 04, 2013
A link to a USA Today story involving Terry Gross's interview with Quentin Tarantino from the NPR program, Fresh Air, was sent to me, recently. I heard the tail-end of this interview the other day, but this comment by Tarantino really caught my attention:
Tarantino added that violence in movies does not affect violence in society."Obviously the issue is gun control and mental health," he said.
While various studies will either support or contradict Tarantino's views, one of those obvious issues, however, can be affected by violence in movies; the former obvious issue is affected by the latter. Granted, people need some vicarious outlet for our more violent sides, hence the popularity of gladiator games and their modern equivalent, American football, and all points in between, including cinema. The trick, I think, will not be so much curbing gun control as it is curbing gun fascination, which should begin with rethinking society's approach to mental health. Pretending it (mental health) is not there or wishing it would go away won't fix anything. At the risk of sounding hackneyed, the first step to a solution is admitting there is a problem.
I may be off, but I think the band, Blue October, tried promoting this re-approach a few years back with their album Approaching Normal. For whatever reason (band not mainstream enough since it's been too many years since their biggest hit from American Wedding, "Calling You," society still not ready to have that conversation, etc.), the movement didn't take hold. Maybe it's time have that conversation and approach some semblance of normal.
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