Cerebruns by CtCloser

“Cerebruns” is a feature of Growlers Group Run‘s Weekly Run Message. It’s for sharing thoughts related to running and GGR, the native-born running club of Jenkintown Running Company.

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I started running with GGR in 2012 and began authoring the Weekly Run Message in 2018.

 

And who would know to report it, except…

Sure the Old Days Were Great, But How Great?(#168: 9/21/2022, Weds)

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Aly isn’t a newbie because she ran 20 years ago, before life started interfering with her group running. Life is 100% in order now, so she’s back again. And she’s able to report that Jenkintown Running Company’s running group is a great group. That’s a great testimonial, but I am a little skeptical. It couldn’t have been that great, could it? Aly thinks it might have been an exclusively guy group, except for her. Her memory is a little dim on that. Look at the representation, now, though, by All the gals and the rest of us amazing people. Well, I won’t diss the old days, because there’s no presenting evidence either way. I can say that 20 years from now, these Cerebruns will testify to how great the Growlers Group Run was, uh, now. We’ll compare the notes with our recollection when we all get there.

-CtCloser (Calvinthe), “Negative split or positive splat” #dothedue

¶Text and photos (unless otherwise stated): Calvin Wang (Wäng), CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 ¶Cross-posted: (1) Facebook JRC Growlers Group Run (2022’09’21’W Run Message), (2) GGR email list, (3) Cerebruns by CtCloser ¶This website posting: Image and Cerebrun only

(See photo. L-R, back: Jim, Aly, Phin, Tim, Stephen, L-R, middle: Alex, Adelaide, Smileen, Leah. L-R, front: CtCloser)
Smiles, everyone! (Thanks to The Love Boat TV show from days of yore.)
(Cerebrun #168)

 

Nothing much

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way from GGR (#167: 9/14/2022, Weds)

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I’m part of a family business (fine watercolor) that takes me to LA occasionally where one of my 4 brothers lives. We 4 sons started it after our artist mother passed on in 2018. During the time when she was still living in the LA area, I started running with another running club: Village Runner RC. Much like ORC, there are 2 stores with 2 running groups. Less like JRC and RRC, there’s overlap between the groups; the stores are only a couple of miles apart. There’s also overlap with a Saturday group rather like Pennypack Trail Runners to us: PV Runners. So I’ve gotten to know a few people (one in particular) from across a few runs over the last few years.

Knowing I was going to have to miss GGR on the right coast, I brought my gear to attend VRRC on the left coast. And then I promptly didn’t use it. At all. For 7 days.

You know, when you’re visiting family and conducting important business (vs ‘mere’ socializing), sometimes you have to prioritize. The brothers appreciate my running, but they also appreciated my not running; that allowed us to inventory our salable assets.

Progress gets assessed in different ways. The business made progress because of this trip and I rested. We’re both that much more ready to move forward.

-CtCloser (Calvinthe), “Negative split or positive splat” #dothedue

¶Text and photos (unless otherwise stated): Calvin Wang (Wäng), CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 ¶Cross-posted: (1) Facebook JRC Growlers Group Run (2022’09’14’W Run Message), (2) GGR email list, (3) Cerebruns by CtCloser ¶This website posting: Cerebrun only

 

Because I said so

Consensus Building and Less (#166: 8/31/2022, Weds)

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The leader that’s a consensus builder can have a tough job when people don’t express their opinions. Case in point is the process of creating new running routes. There’s the process of soliciting everyone’s opinions and ranking priorities, then there’s the process of soliciting feedback. With the Jenkintown Sunset 5K route, some people were just getting tired of it. In considering a new route, do you want hills? How long do you want the route to be? Want sidewalks? How much traffic are you willing to put up with?

When everyone’s pretty agreeable, how about just creating something like the new Submarine Route and trying it on for size? If people are pretty noncommittal about it, no problem, you have a new route. If people don’t like it, they will definitely say something. Tweak it and just keep trying.

But what about naming the route? That’s easy. That’s my job: “Because it looks like a submarine.”

-CtCloser (Calvinthe), “Negative split or positive splat” #dothedue

¶Text and photos (unless otherwise stated): Calvin Wang (Wäng), CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 ¶Cross-posted: (1) Facebook JRC Growlers Group Run (2022’08’31’W Run Message), (2) GGR email list, (3) Cerebruns by CtCloser ¶This website posting: Cerebrun only

[Title added: 2022’09’16’F]

 

The options keep growing

Thumbs Up on a New Running Route (#165: 8/24/2022, Weds)

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The CtC-dubbed Submarine route (east of Jenkintown) got positive reviews on its second outing, this time, forward (direction arbitrarily determined by yours truly). Though there’s a significant rise a ½ mile in, complaints were negligible and the overall verdict was that the route’s elevation change was better than for the Jenkintown 5K Route. Having gotten reasonable reviews last week when we did it in reverse, the feeling was that this one could become a good ongoing option in conjunction with J5K.

Up next in the experimental queue are 2 recommendations by Jenk Adam and Jason. All these routes have the benefit of looped add ons to sweeten the pot. Come to think of it, we can really do the same for J5K. Funny it never came to me before now…

-CtCloser (Calvinthe), “Negative split or positive splat” #dothedue

¶Text and photos (unless otherwise stated): Calvin Wang (Wäng), CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 ¶Cross-posted: (1) Facebook JRC Growlers Group Run (2022’08’24’W Run Message), (2) GGR email list, (3) Cerebruns by CtCloser ¶This website posting: Cerebrun only

 

I know, because it works great for me

Distraction Is a Real Strategy (#164: JRC Growlers Group Run, 8/17/2022)

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I might have expressed enthusiasm for GGR last week in my weekly message, but I did NOT feel it when I headed over to the store. JRC Keith noticed immediately: “Tired?”

I wasn’t just tired, I had, like, zero in my emotional bank account. Naturally, the Growlers in attendance expressed concern as I laid down on one of the benches. There might have been one particular contributing factor that’s not a major, long-term concern, but, hey, I’m a sensitive guy and it probably had me in the moment. I had no doubt that running with the group would cheer me up. That was the primary stimulus for attending. What I didn’t expect was that it wasn’t the run conversation that would do the trick.

Growler Jim walked in the door and announced, “Hey, my vegetable garden overfloweth [paraphrase] so I brought in tomatoes and cucumbers!” Holy cow, it was like a weight rose off my chest. I instantly cheered.

When emotions get the better of me (admittedly, they’re usually annoyance and anger), I’ve found that changing my focus is the best coping strategy. In so many ways, I find myself just an infant. ‘Wow, I’m angry that you won’t let me stick my finger in one of those 2 little vertical slots in the wall that are at exactly the right height for me. What? Sure, I’d love to play with that bunch of shiny keys. Can I put them in my mouth?’ Jim’s generosity with something so appealing was perfect. And I can put them in my mouth.

I still let the run picture reflect my original mood, but my eyes were smiling.

-CtCloser (Calvinthe), “Negative split or positive splat” #dothedue

¶Text and photos (unless otherwise stated): Calvin Wang (Wäng), CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 ¶Cross-posted: (1) Facebook JRC Growlers Group Run (2022’08’17’W Run Message), (2) GGR email list, (3) Cerebruns by CtCloser ¶This website posting: Image and Cerebrun only

(L-R, back: Adelaide, Eric, Train David, Terp Adam, Smileen, Jason, Jim, Jenk Adam. Front: CtCloser)
I’m up, already!
(Cerebrun #164)

 

Common Interest, Common Friendship

Friending, Growlers Style (#163: JRC Growlers Group Run, 8/10/2022, Weds)

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There’s a lot of news lately about the challenges of making friends later in life. If you haven’t noticed, here’s an Atlantic article to read for perspective: Why Making Friends in Midlife Is So Hard. The author mentions that it takes more than 200 hours, ideally over six weeks, for a stranger to grow into a close friend. The difficulty of making friends comes because few people around midlife have that kind of time to invest.

A GGR lasts about an hour and a half (6:30-8:00p) including the time it takes to assemble, do a 5K distance, and hang out afterward, preferably over beer. With that figure, two hundred hours amounts to 133 runs. Of course, no one is spending the entire time talking to one person. And no one is coming every single week of the year. But everyone has a common interest tying us together. Yes, of course I mean running. That means it’ll only take 5 years, running 26x a year, to make deep friendships.

The current gang is making excellent progress getting there. I’ve been loving the process. The post-run beer as social lubricant doesn’t hurt.

-CtCloser (Calvinthe), “Negative split or positive splat” #dothedue

FINE PRINT

¶Text and photos (unless otherwise stated): Calvin Wang (Wäng), CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 ¶Cross-posted: (1) Facebook JRC Growlers Group Run (2022’08’10’W Run Message), (2) GGR email list, (3) Cerebruns by CtCloser ¶This website posting: Cerebrun only

 

Diversity of the local kind

The Progress of Change (#162: JRC Growlers Group Run, 8/3/2022, Weds)

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Jenkintown Sunset 5K Route

We have been talking about experimenting with different running routes for many months. Aside from our traditional Jenkintown Sunset 5K route (See first map.), Alverthorpe Park was appealing until we received notice that the township would be tightening entrance requirements. We do love our S5K run, both forward and backward, but change is good, too. So, I got to work mapping out a route on the east side of Old York Road, instead of the west where the S5K runs every June. Revolutionary!

Trial route east of Jenkintown

Growlers seem to like 5K distances, so a comparable distance was appropriate. Plenty of sidewalks was another important consideration. And then not too much elevation gain. (See second map.)

The Submarine Route

Trying this route for the first time last week required us all to hover close together, given that I was the only person who knew it. Then there was the issue of the unexpected disappearance of sidewalk on a potentially busy stretch of Rydal Rd. Also challenging was the valley descent with equally ominous ascent that turned out to be not nearly as bad as it first appeared. All in all, not terrible. A tweak of the route has smoothed out the elevation chart even more and made the gain virtually identical to the S5K. (See third map.)

If it works well enough to become a part of the rotation, I move to call it The Submarine. Srsly. That’s what it looks like.

-CtCloser (Calvinthe), “Negative split or positive splat” #dothedue

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¶Text and photos (unless otherwise stated): Calvin Wang (Wäng), CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 ¶Cross-posted: (1) Facebook JRC Growlers Group Run (2022’08’10’W Run Message), (2) GGR email list, (3) Cerebruns by CtCloser ¶This website posting: Cerebrun and images only

Jenkintown Sunset 5K and Submarine Routes, combined
(Cerebrun #162)

 

Because there isn’t just one kind of diversity

CEREBRUN [#161]: Diversity of the Generational Kind (7/27/2022, Weds)


Back, L-R: Terp Adam, Tristan [shouldered], Moe [shouldering], Mary, Smileen, Peter. Front: CtCloser

Thanks to Moe, the Growlers have been a generationally diverse group of late. He represents the grandparents of young kids. Peter, Smileen, and I have been representing the parents of adolescents and young adults. Mary covers parents with young kids. Terp Adam is an actual young adult. And Tristan is an actual young kid. Every one of us loves to run with the Growlers. In fact, we all love to run, period.

For his part, Tristan ran the APC Summer Soaker 5K 07’16’S with his pop-pop. Moe shares that Tristan was particularly motivated by the water spraying from spectators and a township fire truck. Imagine, running AND water!

That spoiled him, though, for last week’s GGR and he wasn’t feeling as much enthusiasm; until we passed a gardener watering his plants. Gardener was skeptical when we asked to get some hydration too, but he delivered and then so did Tristan as we finished doing a mile together.

So much to love, all rolled into one Growlers Group run.

-CtCloser (Calvinthe), “Negative Split or Positive Splat” #dothedue

FINE PRINT

¶Image of young kid used with permission. Text and photos (unless otherwise stated): Calvin Wang (Wäng), CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 ¶Cross-posted: (1) Facebook JRC Growlers Group Run (2022’07’27’W Run Message), (2) GGR email list, (3) Cerebruns by CtCloser ¶This website posting: Photos and Cerebrun only

 

CEREBRUN [#160]: Time for Relationships (7/20/2022, Weds)

The passage of time has a way of making a body look at past relationships differently. I’m looking at some right now from when I was in medical art school, oh, a few decades ago; long before I became an academic librarian or started running.

There were only 15 of us in my cohort and over the years I’ve searched various members. This time I decided to hit up some. (Actually in response to one of them hitting me up. That fact isn’t so strange because we’ve connected a couple of times over the years.)

One of the two that I hit up requested some refreshing of details of our connection and couldn’t believe I remembered all of the names. The other was more than ready to reconnect and corrected me on one mis-recalled name.

Relationships are important. They shape us, even in the littlest of ways. In another few decades, I’m sure I’ll be looking back at the Growlers Group Run (running, period?) with similar feelings of nostalgia. Perhaps some of you will return the favor. (No pressure. Well, maybe a little pressure.)

-CtCloser (Calvinthe), “Negative Split or Positive Splat” #dothedue

FINE PRINT

¶Text and photos (unless otherwise stated): Calvin Wang (Wäng), CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 ¶Cross-posted: (1) Facebook JRC Growlers Group Run, (2) GGR email list, (3) Cerebruns by CtCloser (This website posting: Cerebrun only)

 

JRC Growlers Group Run, 7/13/2022, Weds, 6:30 p.m.

TONIGHT

I’ll be around tonight to go around with a round number of Growlers (10? 15?). (Btw, THANKS, Smileen, for sending out the FB run reminder last week!)

7/6/2022, W, 6:30 p.m., RUN REPORT

Picture courtesy of “Mo” Maurice Rich.) Back, L-R: Allie, Jim, Train Dave, Leah. Middle, L-R: Jenk[intown] Adam, Terp Adam, Adelaide, Cait, Maria. Front: Kai, Mary, Peter

Welcome to 4 newbies: Allie, (YOUNG) Kai (grandkid of Mo), Maria, Peter (last 2 both from Pennypack Trail Runners who ran Jenkintown Sunset 5K where they got to know us)! You did not go unnoticed, not at 25% of the attendance last week! And that excludes newbyweds, Adelaide and Train Dave (07’02’S; Adelavid,^ so to speak)!

CEREBRUN [#159]: Running in Alaska

I’ve just returned from 11 days in south central Alaska. Running is different there.

Glennallen has only 450 residents and it’s pretty isolated. There’s basically only the 2 main roads to run on, the Glenn (Rte 1) and Richardson (Rte 4) Highways. There are a lot of trees to see, primarily spruce. If you’re looking, the spectators will be bear and moose. If you’re not looking, the spectators could be recreational tourists who, you hope, Are looking as they drive by. There is one race that I know of called the Glennallen Fun Run. It always takes place on the 4th of July and covers 5K or 10K (2x around). Sixty locals run in it and one Philadelphian (yours truly).

I know one long distance runner who also runs it. We compare notes at the community picnic every race day afternoon. Like me, she is traditionally a 2 marathon a year competitor.

Running in Alaska has its differences, but there’s one major commonality: Runners sure do like to talk about running.
-CtCloser (Calvinthe), “Negative Split or Positive Splat” #dothedue

FINE PRINT

^”Bennifer.” ¶Text and photos (unless otherwise stated): Calvin Wang (Wäng), CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 ¶Text and photos (unless otherwise stated): Calvin Wang (Wäng), CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 ¶Cross-posted: (1) Facebook JRC Growlers Group Run, (2) GGR email list, (3) Cerebruns by CtCloser

 

JRC Growlers Group Run, 6/29/2022, Weds, 6:30 p.m.

TOMORROW NIGHT [Published 06/28/2022]

To those who I told I’d be traveling this week; I’m not, because I’ve been exposed! To COVID by Wife (who’s recovering nicely, thx). So if I’m at Jenkintown Running Company, it will only be under the safest of conditions: which could mean not at all. Somebody will be there, though, who is definitely not COVID exposed.

6/22/2022, W, 6:30 p.m., RUN REPORT

Outside: Tania, Reg. Back, L-R: Adam, Mo, Terp Eric. Middle, L-R: Tristan, Dean (young-uns images used with permission), Candace, Aaron, Adelaide, Train Dave, Cait (visible only as hat), Jas-Yaz. Front: CtCloser
Tristan (image used with permission), only just beginning to run at mile 0.7. The word from Mo is that he can do 4 laps at the track before he starts to cap out!

Welcome to newbies Terp Adam and Dean! Yay Mo who’s been less visible but showed last week with second-timer Tristan and Dean. We did a Jenkintown Sunset 5K route in full and in part (0.7 miles) for Dean, Mo, and Tristan. Human Robot was the hangout place afterward but without Mo with Dean and Tristan (the latter 2 being a little underaged).

CEREBRUN [#158]: Harkenings of the Past

The run club has been around nearly from the establishment of the Jenkintown Running Company when it was still Fleet Feet on Jenkintown’s Fairway. The Growlers name has been around since 2017.

The history of a group can get lost over time, but in the best socializing (my opinion) details issue forth to provide context, as they did when orienting newbie Terp Adam to the group: the legacy names (lots of Daves), the run efforts (Broad Street Run, in particular), the connections among people (lots of couples now). Then there was the question about where the name Growlers came from.

In 2017, the legacy group decided to put together 2 teams for Broad Street. We needed a name and Fast Dave typed in the name Growlers on a whim, partly in honor of the container used to carry out beer on draft and partly in honor of the sound of creatures in competition. The name of the other team that had fewer speedy people was the Pints. So there you go.

Looking back at that the run reminders from just after that period when the legacy group started wandering off and the Growlers were more just growler, I came across my favorite homage to the name [from the 2/6/2019 post]. Here it is:

-CtCloser (Calvinthe), “Negative Split or Positive Splat” #dothedue

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¶Text and photos (unless otherwise stated): Calvin Wang (Wäng), CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 ¶Cross-posted: (1) Facebook JRC Growlers Group Run, (2) GGR email list, (3) Cerebruns by CtCloser

[Republished with name correction to Terp Adam from Eric.]

 

JRC Growlers Group Run, 6/22/2022, Weds, 6:30 p.m.

TOMORROW NIGHT [Published 6/21/2022]

GGR taking place as scheduled at Jenkintown Running Company. How about dawdle with us at Human Robot down the street after we finish around 7:30p?

6/15/2022, W, 6:30 p.m., RUN REPORT

We crashed the women’s night JRC was hosting with reps from Brooks promoting their line of running bras and from Orange Theory their HIIT program. Then we did the Sunset 5K route in reverse. Aaand spent much time gabbing at the corner of Leedom St and West Ave where the borough of Jenkintown has kindly installed a street bench for us to use.

CW from bottom left: Adelaide, Devon, Cait [seated], Candace, Aaron, Jas-Yaz, Army Drew [crouching], Erica, Mary [leaning in], Train Dave [leaning out], Adam, Brigid [hidden], Smileen, Leah, Jason

CEREBRUN [#157]: Preserved on Crystal

If you want to appreciate the Growlers, just look above the wall by the stockroom. There, flanking both sides of the door you’ll find the beer glass shelf (left) and the trophy shelf (right). The beer glasses represent one aspect of our purpose ‘cuz we’re a drinking group with a running problem. The awards represent another aspect ‘cuz sometimes the running part yields something more meaningful than the drinking. The most recent award in crystal comes from 2017 when our senior team won 1st place at Broad Street Run under the newly minted Growlers name. ¶About that drinking: The goal is not to get carried away. After all, if we started scaring away the customers, someone might have to get carried away. But it’s a fun and relaxing way to wrap up the evening. Lately, we’ve also had a few Hoplark Hop Teas to refresh those who don’t need the alcohol. We partake, clean up, replace the glasses, and take our leave. We’re pretty sure the store staff is none the wiser. ¶We still do a decent job in competition (consider the 06’08’T Jenkintown Sunset 5K), but the group has always been at least as much about the community as about the competition.

-CtCloser (Calvinthe), “Negative Split or Positive Splat” #dothedue

FINE PRINT

Text and photos (unless otherwise stated): Calvin Wang (Wäng), CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 ¶Cross-posted: (1) Facebook JRC Growlers Group Run, (2) GGR email list, (3) Cerebruns by CtCloser

 

JRC Growlers Group Run, 6/15/2022, Weds, 6:30 p.m.

TONIGHT

Forecast says 82° with 100% chance of CtC being at Jenkintown Running Company to join the masses yearning to run free tonight (see Cerebrun for more).*

6/8/2022, W, 6:30 p.m., RUN REPORT

Having just run our usual Sunset 5K route for the actual Jenkintown Sunset 5K race the day before (06’07’T), we turned our aspirations in the other direction, toward Alverthorpe Park whence a few of us also ran the loop inside for what might be among the last couple of times, for variations of 3.2 and 4.8-mile efforts (again, see Cerebrun for more).

(See photo. L-R, back: Alex, Aaron, Jim, Army Drew [outside], Smileen [hawking for Hoka], Leah, Cait, Jason, Tania, Devon. L-R, front: Jas-Yaz, CtCloser. Missing: Erica [outside and out of sight to her guy Army Drew’s right]) Exclusionary only because of an individual’s own desire. Or obliviousness! Erica. (For the final time, see Cerebrun for more.)

CEREBRUN [#156]: Exactly What Exclusive Group Are We Referencing?

One of the running routes of the legacy Growlers Group Run (before its most-recent renaissance) has been the one that includes Alverthorpe Park. One appeal of said route is the ability to include the interior loop to extend the approximately 3-mile over-to-and-back with multiples of approximately 1.6 miles. That appeal has allowed group members at different levels of conditioning to add on at will, even if at the expense of post-run store (and beer!? Why?!) time.

Another appeal of said run has been that pedestrians have been able to use it without showing proof of residency: residency in Abington township, that is. Alverthorpe Park is an exclusive recreational space that otherwise requires proof of residency (historically, specifically by drivers of motor vehicles). Last week, as we loitered at the front gate awaiting everyone across our inclusive spectrum of running paces, we learned from the township’s version of border control that it will soon be requiring ID’s even of pedestrians, unless they are guests of a resident: max 5, per. Guess what we don’t have enough of in the running group?

This residency policy might seem unnecessarily exclusive, but exclusiveness exists for various reasons. Some of those reasons might be financial, logistical, political, or social. Financially, who pays taxes to maintain a “public” space? Logistically, how do authorities control the large number of people who could otherwise be using said space? Politically, how did the leadership of Abington respond to the concerns of its residents? Socially, how much obligation do the taxpayers have to those outside its doors? And do they even like them?

It might appear insincere, and ingratiatingly political, to compare GGR’s running mass to the huddled masses of the world outside America’s doors, but there are practical concerns in both cases that constantly have to bend to the winds of political change.

As far as GGR is concerned, we either have to find another attractive alternate running destination or recruit more members from Abington township. Sigh, for better or for worse, membership has its privilege.

-CtCloser (Calvinthe), “Negative Split or Positive Splat” #dothedue

FINE PRINT

*Inspired by Emma Lazarus’ The New Colossus. ¶Text and photos (unless otherwise stated): Calvin Wang (Wäng), CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 ¶Cross-posted: Facebook JRC Growlers Group Run/GGR email list

 

A look back at this year’s Jenkintown Sunset 5K Run relative to the Growlers

CEREBRUN [#155] (6/8/2022, Weds)

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[CW from bottom left: Jim, Aaron (down and behind), Candace, Jason, Leah, Brigid (leaning in), Mary, Devon, Jas-Yaz, Christian, Smileen (leaning in), Tania (crouched down with), Reg, Erica, Army Drew (crouching)] Winners, every one!

Last week’s picture features loads of serious runners who did the [Jenkintown] Sunset 5K race last night (06’07’T). And the word from JRC Keith is that we had the second largest registered team!

Coincidentally, I’ve been going back and reading from the beginning (2018) all of these Cerebrun and proto-Cerebruns (before I started using that brainy designation). Assuming I’ve counted correctly, this is #155! And I’m slowly starting to republish these in a space where you can read them all under one web umbrella without having a Facebook profile or being on the email list. If you go and read the earliest, there are many unfamiliar names, but the more significant fact is that there are so many fewer of them per run.

With 15 runners last week, all regular or recently aspiring, we’ve come a long way. And all the lasses! Eight alone in last week’s picture (including Reg the canine! The last time we had a dog, he was a lad: Ollie the Border Collie). All of those who came to the Sunset 5K finished (including Reg!); several were in the top 3 of their competitive categories (including Reg! First dog!): Christian (20:21, 3rd place, M20-29), Tom (22:23, 3rd place, M50-59), Mary (22:46, 2nd place, F40-49). Everyone rocked: Aaron (22:14, 5/33, M30-39), CtCloser (24:34, 10/43, M50-59), Jason (24:49, 13/43, M50-59), Alex (28:26, 16/33, M30-39), Smileen (29:37, 4/24, F50-59), Brigid (33:27, 27/56, F30-39, 7 months pregnant and pushing son Rory in a stroller!), Eric (33:30, 4/11, M60-69), Candace (33:53, 29/ 56, F30-39), Heather (35:45, 34/56, F30-39, pushing her son Bridger in a stroller?!), etc. (Sorry for the misses!).

The race finishes were amazing, but the more important detail has been the feeling of community that we’ve been feeding and enjoying: It’s not about the competition. It’s about the community! (First place!)

-CtCloser (Calvinthe), “Negative split or positive splat” #dothedue

FINE PRINT

¶Text and photos (unless otherwise stated): Calvin Wang (Wäng), CC BY-NC-SA 4.0¶Cross-posted: (1) Facebook JRC Growlers Group Run (2022’06’08’W Run Message), (2) GGR email list, (3) Cerebruns by CtCloser ¶This website posting: image and Cerebrun only

 

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