Most recently, I was among the 50 or so that participated in the Downtown Dash 5K (5 kilometres, or 3.1 miles) this past weekend. I placed seventh overall and was first in my class. It also happened to be my best time yet inall of the four races I have done. I would have been even faster if my shoelaces hadn’t come undone. Twice.
Congratulations should also go to my colleague at WKDZ, Carrie McGinnis. She also did quite well, and like me she won in her age class.
Proceeds from this past race went to the local DECA chapter.
An actual story on that race should appear in next week’s paper, as the results have been properly compiled in all likelihood.
This is something I’ve been doing for about five months, now. The Reindeer Run, held Dec. 3 last year, was my first one. And since that time I’ve gotten at least four minutes faster, and my trousers have become slightly looser. Not bad for a computer jockey.
It’s fun enough in and of itself, and it gets me outdoors. I have been known to spend too much time on the computer.
You need good running music. Something minimalist like 4’33” (pronounced “Four minutes, thirty-three seconds”)* just will not do. Most good classical pieces are completely appropriate. I recommend waltzes like The Blue Danube.
It’s also a good idea to get out and run twice a week, if you have the time for it. My schedule doesn’t always allow it, to be quite honest.
I may just try a 10K (6.2 mile) run in the near future. Half-marathons and marathons are both right out, however.
If you’re reading this in Lexington or anywhere else where there are University of Kentucky fans, I hope you and your property remained unsinged in the wake of the NCAA Championship.
It seems some UK fans LARPed** as British soccer hooligans and started burning stuff after UK’s win.
It probably pales in comparison to actual after-game riots (see: Vancouver, last year), but it’s still not the best way to celebrate a win. If you’re going to destroy property in celebration at all, at least have the decency to destroy your own property.
(Note: please don’t actually do this. Setting fires can be dangerous even if you know what you’re doing. Which odds are, you probably don’t.)
Now, I don’t bleed Blue, but I have to admit the Wildcats are a talented team, and by most accounts it was an exciting game.
So, celebrate to your heart’s content, but celebrate responsibly.
* 4’33” is a completely silent composition with no instrumentals, and is the butt of many a joke.
** LARP stands for Live Action Role Playing. It has a reputation of being less cool than tabletop roleplaying or playing RPGs on the computer.
Franklin Clark is a reporter for the Cadiz Record and can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.