Cerebruns 2019 (As “Thoughts”)

 

Another well-developed “Thought”: #1a? And a brilliant image, if I do say so myself.

JRC Growlers’ Weds, 6:30 p.m. run, 2/6/2019

[THOUGHTS]

Last Wednesday was a quiet run with yours truly going the traditional 6.5 miles. If you’re a couple-of-miles runner planning to show up, we’ll do you, of course–2 miles, 3 miles, 5 miles, whatever! Any pace: 11-9 min/mile.

Side-by-side images with a beer growler container next to beer in a frosted mug and me with frost in my beard. Both are captioned: A growler with a frosty mug.
[And BTW, no one ever did.]

Condition: 12°F at the 6:30p start. Growler Kate texted: “You’re crazy.” JRC Keith said: “You’re crazy.” What can I say? “I’m crazy.” But today is a completely different story, hmm? Predicted 44° at 6:30p. Give a heads up if you’re thinking to join tonight so those who show will know what to expect, including me, because, you know, you can count on me to be there.

BTW, vote!

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

Text and image: Calvin Wang, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

[Original version in Facebook. Republished with edit, caption, and image caption in brackets: 2022’06’23’R]

 

“Thoughts” reach their final form in the context of the full creative content of each weekly post

JRC Growlers Group Run Weds, 6:30 p.m. run, 4/10/2019

TONIGHT

I’ll be there with Bell’s Two Hearted Ales in hand! (@ Jenkintown Running Company, i.e.) Holler if you’re expecting to make it.

W, 6:30 p.m., RUN REPORT, 4/3/2019

It’s been a while since we had a group this size: (top: L-R) me, Bob, Kate, Tim, Big Dave, Dunkin’ Keith, and (bottom) JRC Mike! Although it’s firmly spring, we did the winter route up into Rydal because it’s been so long since Kate did it during the day that she wanted to take a look. We did a 5 and some 6.5 milers, but that’s just because that was the decision by those who made it. Keith and Mike get credit for reading the dress code email of blue tops and black bottoms, as did a random guy walking with his wife and baby.

Thanks BD for the brewskis! If we keep this attendance up, we’ll order pizza to go with the beer.

THOUGHTS [#2]

Welcome Betsy and Bob to the group list!

Bob, Train Dave (see last week’s message), Dunkin’ Keith are among those who “have no excuses” for coming out for W eve runs, after all, they’re all within easy walking distance. Dunkin’ Keith lit’rally lives behind the Jenkintown Dunkin’ and has been on the group list for weeks! (His sentiments!) Bob came out for his sophomore run and loitered over beer. Nice! It’s been awhile since we made customers feel awkward by making them wonder who those people are in the women’s section and if the staff know we’re drinking on the premises. (Ssh, they have no idea.)

Distances are 3-5 miles and paces are 9-11 minutes/mile, ‘ish! We’re happy to have everyone! Let’s earn some pizza!

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

Text: Calvin Wang, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

[Original version in Facebook. Republished with caption: 2022’06’16’R]

 

A thought about varieties of beer and the Growlers who drink them

JRC Growlers Group Run Weds, 6:30 p.m. run, 4/24/2019

TONIGHT

I’ll be there with some kind of fruity IPA (@ Jenkintown Running Company, i.e.)! Holler if you’re expecting to make it.

W, 6:30 p.m., RUN REPORT, 4/17/2019

7 people turned out, a high for this recent incarnation of the Growlers: Big Dave, newbie Salus University Corey, Kate, newbie Betsy, Gio, and Bob. We did our summer usual of 3.2 miles to and from Alverthorpe Park with the addition of 2 loops (1.7 mi each) inside for a total of 6.6 miles. Corey was the ringer who kindly kept himself in check for the majority of the run. But boy could he turn it on, as he did a couple times as we wrapped up both the Alverthorpe segment and the entire run. Where’s Fast Dave when we really need him? There’d have been some serious competin’ goin’ on, or, as Marvel Fantastic Four’s The Thing would say: It’s clobberin’ time!

THOUGHTS [#4]

Those who pay attention to the craft brew craze in the US know that IPAs are the thing. And in IPAs, hops are the thing. India Pale Ales are known for hops because those resourceful Brits figured out that hops preserve ales from going bad on the long voyages to India during the colonial era. Many people say they don’t like IPAs for the hoppiness, which often expresses itself as bitterness. But not always, considering the large variety of hops available to brewers and the ways they can combine them: Hoppy Vs Bitter: Understanding The Difference. Case in point: Bell’s Two Hearted Ale (my contribution last week) and Saranac Tropical Storm IPA (Kate’s). Not a complaint about bitterness to be found but only “Fruity!” and “Wow, nice!” So I’m going to bring something in kind to tonight’s run. Fresh. Kate will again bring something she dug out of her fridge that she bought months ago because she doesn’t want to drink by herself. Go figure. (Someday Kate will write one of these and she’s going to rake me over the coals!)

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

Text and photos: Calvin Wang, CC BY-NC-SA

[Original version in Facebook. Republished with caption and images: 2022’06’16’R]

 

JRC Growlers Group Run Weds, 6:30 p.m. run, 5/1/2019

TONIGHT

I’ll be there with more IPAs (@ Jenkintown Running Company, i.e.)! Holler if you’re expecting to make it. I’ll tell you about my Sunday marathon: 3:54:50 and, yes, negative splits!

W, 6:30 p.m., RUN REPORT, 4/24/2019

Nice showing of 7 growlers to throw back 3 cans. We know how to share, responsibly! We did Alverthorpe and back with 1 and 2 loops inside. Tim met us on the way over. The best part is that we had enough of us to justify an order of pizza from Upper Crust. Love their tomato and garlic! Thinkin’ of you, Chas, who regularly ordered it in earlier days. Happily, the UC folks remembered the details because all I could remember was the garlic. Drew had the smarts to ask them.

THOUGHTS [#5]

It turns out that fruity-hoppy IPA that I brought was really resin-hoppy. Great stuff, but not what I meant to bring. After we finish it, I’ll try again. That’s the problem with the term hoppy, it means a lot of things. See the article connected to last week’s report.

SOOO, I proudly unveil to you our new Growlers logo! Read the blog about how it came to be. And be proud of the group identity that comes with having our own brand! Drew and I haven’t yet figured out which products to slap it on, after all, there has to be demand. You don’t just sell 10. T-shirts are always good, because you can wear them to GGRs. On the other hand, getting one on an actual growler (and I don’t mean a tattoo on a member) would be novel. Hmm, maybe stickers that you can slap on your own growler…or your bumper…or your forehead for those GGRs.

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

Text and photos: Calvin Wang, CC BY-NC-SA

[Original version in Facebook. Republished with image and embedded hyperlink: 2022’06’16’R]

 

JRC Growlers Group Run Weds, 6:30 p.m., 5/8/2019

TONIGHT

I WON’T be there tonight! But go ahead and show because someone else will be! (Right, Growlers?) I’m en route back from Chicago (where I didn’t run at all–more on that under Thoughts) for an international meeting of medical librarians (yes, there’s such a thing!).

W, 6:30 p.m., RUN REPORT, 5/1/2019

Clockwise from the back left in the picture are JRC Mike, Gio, BB (Betsy), Train Dave, Big Dave, and Yours Truly.

This is really getting to be a group, with numerous Growlers showing up faithfully! Bob gave his regrets so he could engage in internet commerce courtesy of Craigslist. Salus Corey had his final presentation to do in order to get his Doctor of Optometry degree. The rest of us did Alverthorpe Park to/around/back (4.9 miles) with a few doing to/around/around/back (6.5 miles). Of course, for those who aren’t that crazy, you can always do Alverthorpe Park to/back (3.2 miles) or even an even mile out and back. You do you!

Minutes after we return, in walks Salus Corey, talking a break from prepping for his presentation, industrious fellow that he is. On cue, BD gets from his car a t-shirt a buddy gave him from when Salus was little ol’ PA College of Optometry. Apparently (go figure) you can’t just go to the bookstore and buy one of those anymore. Don’t be deceived by that too-cool-for-you look that he sports in every picture, the guy has a soft heart and showed it in spades by gifting Corey with this souvenir from the old days.

THOUGHTS [#6]

For a few months, I’ve been regaling you with tales of our previous week’s run complete with thoughts from my own little gray cells whether you liked them or not. Amazingly most of you do the former—like them, that is. You people are strange. It’s been experimentation for developing a voice as a university librarian to do some posting for the students in the sciences that I serve. The discipline has been great and I’m closer to launching something for them all to benefit from. Thanks for joining me in this social media experiment!

Now for the absence of running. I came out Saturday and had mapped out a nice Monday-afternoon out and back along the Chicago River and Lake Michigan taking advantage of a lull in those scintillating medical librarian goings on.

Eating my breakfast in the hotel café, another librarian walked by whose scarf slid off clearly unbeknownst to her. Chivalrous gentleman that I am, I leapt around the table to fetch it to return to her. Sadly, my body was moving faster and more lithely than my left leg and my patella was nearly cleft by the corner of the table leg. All for naught. Perhaps alerted by someone else out of my earshot, she turned and saw her scarf. All I could do was point to it affirmatively as my maladroit self caught her eye and I staggered back to my food half-blinded and doubled over in agony. Limping down to my event with an ice pack in hand from hotel services, I decided not to run after all. More than 24 hours later and after multiple meetings in which I’ve elevated my leg uncomfortably close to people I really don’t know, I can walk slowly normally though I can’t negotiate stairs. Happily, my race was 10 days ago and my next is 5 months from now. I earned some rest both by hook and by crook.

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

Text and photos: Calvin Wang, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

[Original version in Facebook. Republished with images: 2022’06’18’S]

 

JRC Growlers Group Run Weds, 6:30 p.m. run, 5/15/2019

TONIGHT

I’ll be there tonight as usual, though I might be nursing my gimpy left knee and going slow or short.

W, 6:30 p.m., RUN REPORT, 5/8/2019

No pix because perfectionists (Pix!) shouldn’t be leaving tasks in the hands of completionists (Run!). BD’s son is 9 and daughter is 7! Last time I saw them was in crowd support doing The Day Philly Remembers 5K, 9/13/2014. And the younger was in a stroller! I’m sad I missed them, but if they came once, maybe they’ll come again? The future is nigh!

THOUGHTS [#7]

In last week’s message, I shared about doing a job on my knee in Chicago. Though it’s been stiff and unsteady, I did 2 miles Friday night. Then couldn’t run on Saturday with Shawmont Running Club. In my folly, I was actually thinking to do 13 from the top of Forbidden Drive to Chinatown and decided to test out the joint with the 2 miles in advance. Good thing I did because it would have been bad to be in Fairmount Park when I otherwise realized I wasn’t going to make it. Not even Uber or Lyft. Thank God for small blessings! A good JRC GGR is just the ticket for tonight because of the ability to do a sensible variety of distances as I get my legs back again.

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

Text: Calvin Wang, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

[Original version in Facebook. Republished with some editing: 2022’06’18’S]

 

JRC Growlers Group Run Weds, 6:30 p.m., 5/22/2019

THOUGHTS [#8]

1) With all the groups using JRC as a reference point, now (i.e., Dharma Running, Elkins Park Beer Runners, GGR, Pennypack Trail Runners), plans are in the works to create some hangout space! Last week, architect BD did some thoughtful consulting for JRC Drew to determine what building issues there might be. Cost will always be a consideration–because none of us has hit the lottery, yet–but the alternative is us running off the other customers never to return to our noise-making, beer-drinking rowdiness. Just saying.

2) On Saturday, I was down at Forbidden Drive with SRC (Shawmont Running Club) and happened to finish my 10 miler as the front runners in Run to Rebuild 5K (open course) were also finishing. You could hardly better witness the spectacle of the finish than from the middle of the pack! The 1st-position runner zipped past SRC Vel and me. The 2nd– and 3rd-position runners passed us soon and I couldn’t resist complimenting the latter who seemed to me to be little older than the other 2. I love a good closing effort!

Vel and I got to commentate to each other as the 3rd-position runner started overtaking the 2nd-position runner around the 2.5-mile mark. Although we were losing ground to them both, we could see the older runner catching up on the younger, passing, and opening up a couple dozen feet lead. It was clear he’d finish strong enough to take 2nd place! We didn’t quite see the finish, but we were there to congratulate him as he caught his breath. He happily accepted our kudos knowing that we were unrivaled eyewitnesses to his breathtaking finish.

Earlier than that, even, I saw a familiar face approaching us ahead of the race turnaround: JRC GGR Dunkin’ Keith! Moments after we congratulated the 2nd place winner, DK pulled up to take 4th place with a 19:56 finish (and 1st in his group pacing 6:25)! You made us proud, lad!

In order to witness as much of the dramatic finish as possible, Vel and I finished our fasted mile of the 10 pacing under 8 minutes. Confounded by the adrenaline, I entered the finish shoot and stepped over the finish line as an unintentional bandit. Realizing my infraction, I immediately shouted an apology to the organizers who equally vocally proclaimed their forgiveness. Redemption all around!

3) Finally, special thanks to JRC-owner Joe who donated a $30 gift certificate to the SRC annual dinner (also Saturday) as a raffle prize!

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

Text: Calvin Wang, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

[Original version in Facebook. Republished Thoughts: 2022’06’18’S]

 

JRC Growlers Group Run Weds, 6:30 p.m., 5/29/2019

THOUGHTS [#9]

L-R: photobomber, Dunkin’ Keith, bashful Big Dave, Bryan, JRC Mike, Heather, Phil, me. Photobomber was a store customer who just couldn’t resist.

1) Post-script to last week’s message. Dunkin’ Keith said that the reason why he broke 20 minutes at the Run to Rebuild 5K (see previous message) was because he wanted to pass the 2 runners ahead of him. That would have been Shawmont Running Club Vel and me who weren’t even racing! We’ll accept motivational credit.

2) I’ll run with you if you don’t talk: or so JRC Mike said before we took off. Whuh?! Me? Voluble? He just wanted equal time because he def did most of the talking.

3) Heather was the ringer. She was going on about being slow before we took off then promptly and speedily trod the middle ground between the lead group and me and Mike bringing up the rear. As a result, she got disoriented then mysteriously reconnected with speedsters DK, BD, and Phil and had to go even faster to finish. Instant karma.

4) BTW, we’re going to be seeing more of Phil, because he just became JRC Phil, newest staff member at the store!

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

Text and photos: Calvin Wang, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

[Original version in Facebook. Republished Thoughts and image: 2022’06’18’S]

 

Fitting a short race into a long-run training plan. And what can happen when you do.

JRC Growlers Group Run Weds, 6:30 p.m., 6/5/2019

THOUGHTS [#10]

Last night the Jenkintown Sunset 5K, [supported (not “organized”)] by our very own Jenkintown Running Company, took place for the 29th year. I’ve run with the Growlers for the last 8 of those years. And you know what? I’ve never run it! Until last night. I spectated last year and saw enough store people and running buddies from various running clubs to make the decision to register a no brainer, even if I did so just last week.

As a long-distance runner, it takes me a while to warm up. For a long run, I don’t start to feel relaxed for at least 5 miles. And 3.1 miles doesn’t always fit that nicely into a typical 30-mile week. But I came across a Runner’s World article suggesting that running the race course to warm up just before the race starts could help with that. So that’s what I did, nice and easy. And since I also did a mile from my house to the start along the course in reverse, I had a chance to see volunteers setting up and spectators getting into position both ways.

It made for entertaining conversation. From spectator on the way to the start: “You’re late!” To same spectator while covering the course: “I suppose you’re going to tell me I’m early now?!” Volunteer who also saw me both ways: “No, no, the race hasn’t started yet!” 2nd spectator after hearing me say to a volunteering running buddy that I was warming up: “You’re running 10K? That’s crazy!” 3rd spectator: “You’re not going to have energy for the race!” Me after a while to anyone who looked up: “Am I in the lead?!”

I’ve only run 1 other 5K, so I don’t really know how much my strategy worked, but I ended up running 23:13, pacing 7:29 min/mile. That’s 5 seconds/mile slower than my first 5K 6 years earlier, but given that this route was a few times hillier than the one at the Philly Zoo, I’m happy. And it was great to compete with, rather than just to cheer on, all those running buddies. Shout out to Tania [not “Tanya”] with whom I paced until my final kick! “Come on, Tania, let’s finish this sucker up!”

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

Text: Calvin Wang, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

[Original version in Facebook. Republished Thoughts with caption and edits in brackets: 2022’06’18’S]

 

What a meditative runner and young runners bring to a Wednesday night effort

JRC Growlers Group Run Weds, 6:30 p.m., 6/12/2019

THOUGHTS [#11]

Mindful Running, Youthful Running (JRC Blog, today’s post, http://www.jenkrun.com/blog/mindful-running-youthful-running)

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

Text: Calvin Wang, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

[Original version in Facebook. Republished Thoughts with caption and embedded hyperlinks: 2022’06’23’R]

 

Community member outside of the community space

JRC Growlers Group Run Weds, 6:30 p.m., 6/19/2019

THOUGHTS [#12]

I love getting to know the running community! I met Heather last night coming up from Jefferson Station to Jenkintown. I also figured out I need to clean my phone lens occasionally:P. And I need to tip my chin down more.

Thoughts about my last marathon: Delaware, 4/28, http://www.jenkrun.com/blog/race-goals-met-almost. I’m wearing my shirt in the above picture, even if you can’t possibly tell! And I need to tip my chin down more.

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

Text and photos: Calvin Wang, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

[Original version in Facebook. Republished Thoughts with caption and image: 2022’06’23’R]

 

Sometimes absences have to happen: AK

JRC Growlers Group Run Weds, 6:30 p.m., 6/26/2019

THOUGHTS [#13]

I’ll be out next Wednesday for a service trip to native Alaska. I probably won’t be able to post because internet coverage is kind of spare. Don’t worry, someone will be showing up at the store to cover in my absence. See you on the back side!

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

Text and photos: Calvin Wang, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

[Original version in Facebook. Republished Thoughts with caption: 2022’06’23’R]

 

What gets done when not around for a Growlers Group Run: AK

JRC Growlers Group Run Weds, 6:30 p.m., 7/10/2019

THOUGHTS [#14]

Since I was in south-central Alaska for service work, I wasn’t doing typical running weeks. But I was still able to do 2 13-mile long runs and a 4th-of-July 5k/10k fun run. It’s always nice to combine efforts, so I overlapped the long runs with travel efforts to and fro. (More to come in a JRC The Running Board blogpost.) The changes of scenery were welcome and local hill work from around Jenkintown and Philly made the terrain completely doable. Bonus: I placed 1st in the 10k run! Yay! Of course, I placed last. Yep only contestant this year for that distance. Glennallen isn’t a huge place.

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

Text: Calvin Wang, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

[Original version in Facebook. Republished Thoughts with caption: 2022’06’23’R]

 

Running routes: AK

JRC Growlers Group Run Weds, 6:30 p.m., 7/17/2019

THOUGHTS [#15. Director’s Cut]

There’s not a lot of variety running in AK. Even in Anchorage, the largest city, there either aren’t many trails or everything’s short. In the Copper River Valley, the options are even less. Glennallen, the largest town has a residential neighborhood that’s 1 block wide by 4 blocks deep. Fortunately when I go, it’s only a week or 2 at a time, so lack of variety isn’t as much of a problem. It makes me appreciate all the groups and route options around Philly. Check out JRC’s blog The Running Board for more: It’s Time for You to Get Out of This Car.

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

Text: Calvin Wang, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

[Original version in Facebook. Republished Thoughts with caption and updated The Running Board blogpost hyperlink: 2022’06’23’R]

 

The run nearly killed me

JRC Growlers Group Run Weds, 6:30 p.m., 7/24/2019

THOUGHTS [#16]

Last week when I was at Happy Valley, I planned a Thursday morning run. The annoying thing about unfamiliar places and getting wrapped up in your own thoughts is the risk of getting waylaid. Check out the 2 maps. Turn, what turn? The ramp to US99 was a tip off that something was wrong, but I had no idea what.

A walk back to the interchange and a call to the spouse resulted in us being 30 minutes late to our New Student Orientation event, but at least I didn’t end up like the raccoon I found on the ramp. And the extra distance was kind of nice.

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

Text and image: Calvin Wang, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

[Original version in Facebook. Republished Thoughts with caption and image: 2022’06’23’R]

 

JRC’s Aspirational Run Cave

JRC Growlers Group Run Weds, 6:30 p.m., 8/7/2019

THOUGHTS [#17]

One of the exciting new developments at JRC is the run cave. Picture the back room decked out with running amenities. It’s moving in that direction. There’s already seating for occasional presentations. And Community Manager Drew has big plans in the works to accept previous-generation Orangetheory Fitness treadmills. What do you say about yoga mats for stretching?

Most important is that he has thoughts about acquiring sofa-type seating and…wait for it…a fridge to stock suds. With a large-screen monitor and location-video footage, it’ll be impossible to get us outdoors. Indoor beer-mile competitions? It boggles the mind.

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

Text: Calvin Wang, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 ¶Cross-posted: Facebook JRC Growlers Group Run/GGR email list

[Original version in Facebook. Republished Thoughts with caption: 2022’06’23’R]

 

Another non-JRC Wednesday run (NJ) plus the Philly Mayor’s Cup

JRC Growlers Group Run Weds, 6:30 p.m., 8/14/2019

THOUGHTS [#18]

The beach off 68th St., Sea Isle City, NJ after an 11.3-mile run.

I rose before dawn to run on an overcast Sea Isle City beach this morning. It was foggy and wickedly humid, but quiet, except for the sand-conditioning team, a few fisherfolk, and my thoughts. It was awesome.

Speaking of humidity, in these-here parts we’re inclined to say that “It’s not the heat. It’s the humidity.” And humidity is no joke. It was only 70° in SIC, but after an 11-mile run, my running clothes were as soaked as after any 90° run in Philly. Not a dry patch anywhere. Oh well, such conditions separate the wheat from the chaff. And today I was serious durum.

Drew and me being bombed by Sir Charles [DJ and member of Elkins Park Beer Runners club, among others]. I’m done with my race, Drew is about to do his.

Last Saturday, JRC Drew and JRC Mike and I all represented the store for the annual Philly Mayor’s Cup. It’s a set of 5 events of different distances that pits city clubs with each other. In this case the club was Pennypack Trail Runners (a JRC affiliate) which we are all members of. I did the 10-mile race, Drew did the 5K and Mike did the half marathon. PTR placed 14th out of 28 clubs. Awards go to entire teams, but here’s how we each did (2019 results): I came in 2nd for age and gender group out of 10 in the 10-miler (1:23:32)! Drew came in 2nd for all men in the 5K (18:09)! Mike came in 2nd for age and gender out of 5 in the half marathon (2:23:43)! It was pretty cool to be members of the same team with these other 2 great runners.

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

Text and photos: Calvin Wang, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

[Original version solely via email. Republished Thoughts with caption and images: 2022’06’23’R]

 

Yet one more non-JRC run effort (NJ)

JRC Growlers Group Run Weds, 6:30 p.m., 8/21/2019

THOUGHTS [#19]

So I went running on the beach last W and F mornings when I was at the shore. 1) Wow, does it get humid down there. 2) It’s so cool (literally and figuratively) to run on the packed sand just above the water line at that time. 3) The shore along Sea Isle City and Strathmere is a good 5 miles for some real distance. 4) Before dawn when you can miss some of the humidity it’s also so peaceful. It’s well worth doing if you ever have the chance.

Check out some of my even deeper thoughts on JRC’s The Running Board blog: Soothing the Savage Breathe

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

Text: Calvin Wang, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

[Original version in Facebook. Republished Thoughts with caption and updated The Running Board blogpost hyperlink: 2022’06’23’R]

 

On non-English pronunciations of names

JRC Growlers Group Run Weds, 6:30 p.m., 8/28/2019

THOUGHTS [#20]

Why ‘Jas/Yaz’? I’m a bit of a stickler for details. Jasmin is our resident Bosnian-American. But we Anglo-oriented Americans can’t get our heads around the fact that name pronunciation is dependent upon language, which isn’t always English. It’s not ‘jasmine’ like the tea. It’s ‘yazmeen’. But Jasmin goes by his nickname Jas. Even he says, “Pick your spelling.” I use both to help educate y’all. Note: No one calls him Jas-Yaz. Don’t be ignorant. To read more about non-English pronunciations, check out this old post I wrote on my old blog (Still relevant!): You say Wang and I say Wang.

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

Text: Calvin Wang, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 ¶Cross-posted: Facebook JRC Growlers Group Run/GGR email list

[Original version in Facebook. Republished Thoughts with caption and embedded hyperlink: 2022’06’23’R]

 

Runner’s World 3:30 Marathon Training Guide

JRC Growlers Group Run Weds, 6:30 p.m., 9/4/2019

THOUGHTS [#21]

I’ve been using Runner’s World’s 3:30 marathon training guide to prep for my upcoming full marathon, Wineglass, Corning, NY, 10/6, Sunday. Just so you know, there’s no way I’m doing a 3:30. That would be a 20-minute improvement on my last PR. But I’m definitely getting faster.

It’s been nice feeling comfortable enough with my training and running to be able to pay attention to principles and adopt them but not feel slavishly tied to every detail. Increase the number of speed runs per week. New for me, but I got it. Alternate up-speed weeks and down ones. Been doing that so that I’m not constantly wiped out physically. Keep it up. Increase to 6 runs per week. No thanks. I’ve done 4-5 and I’m keeping them there even if it means more miles per run.

There’s always the risk of injury, but that’s true even doing maintenance running. The race is in 4½ weeks. I will keep you posted.

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

Text: Calvin Wang, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 ¶Cross-posted: Facebook JRC Growlers Group Run/GGR email list

[Original version in Facebook. Republished Thoughts with caption and embedded hyperlink: 2022’07’15’F]

 

Weather’s effects on the Growlers Group Run and on running

JRC Growlers Group Run Weds, 6:30 p.m., 9/11/2019

THOUGHTS [#22]

Gio was planning to come the last 2 W’s but got sent abruptly to the Bahamas for Hurricane Dorian. Some people sure do crazy things for work. He left the W before Dorian hit then got stranded for the 2nd W.

The whole forecasting thing about Dorian was a mess, but that’s the way everything climate-related seems to be going. I’m planning for Wineglass Marathon on 10/6 which should be nice and mild, maybe 72o. On the other hand, it could be broiling and 92o or sleeting and 32o. It makes me think of the Mark Twain quote—If you don’t like the weather in New England, just wait a few minutes—except now you can say ‘the weather anywhere’.

Check out JRC’s blog The Running Board for a recent Athlete’s Spotlight: Lauren Taylor. Then check out my latest post Soothing the Savage Breathe II.

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

Text: Calvin Wang, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 ¶Cross-posted: Facebook JRC Growlers Group Run/GGR email list

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JRC Growlers Group Run Weds, 6:30 p.m., 9/18/2019

THOUGHTS [#23]

t happened. It was too much to think I could undertake a 3:30-marathon training plan and not expect some backlash from the aggressiveness (after all, my PR is 3:49:51. 19-min improvement? Insanely ambitious.)

While running intervals on Pennypack Trail Extension 2 days ago, the right Achilles tendon that I’d started feeling last week strained my calf and I started compromising my form. Then my flank and back started complaining. Needless to say I didn’t finish the way I’d intended. 2½ weeks from my marathon (Wineglass full, Corning, NY, 10/6)!

I was limping and experiencing back spasms all day yesterday, but reached some normalcy this morning. This isn’t the first time I’ve been injured before a race and I still expect to run. Fortunately it coincides nicely with my taper, the 2-3 weeks before a long-distance race when a runner rests their (intentional third-person singular) body to give it a chance to recover fully before it’s time to deliver on the preparation.

Don’t let me overdo it tonight. And if you’re a praying person, offer one for me for wisdom, self control, and patience. If you’re not, send super positive thoughts my way. For another angle, look on JRC’s The Running Board blog for my post “Hold on Loosely” which should be published not long from now.

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

Text: Calvin Wang, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 ¶Cross-posted: Facebook JRC Growlers Group Run/GGR email list

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JRC Growlers Group Run Weds, 6:30 p.m., 9/25/2019

RUN REPORT (Excerpt)

Here’s one of our stream-of-conscious conversations: I complimented Gio on his running report the previous week which nicely touched upon the arrival of fall. I commented about starting to see bats again which to me are also harbingers of fall. Kate said they gross her out. Kate complained about bats and pigeons going for people’s heads and a friend who actually got clipped by one in the subway. Gio commented about Hitchcock’s The Birds which got Cait talking about horror movies which she likes because of her exposure to them from her 2 brothers older brothers. Kate pronounced that she only liked rom-coms. Caitlin talk about ungainly wild turkeys and nearly hitting one trying to take off in front of her car. Cait started talking about Marvel Universe movies which got us talking about Batman as tortured hero whom she happens to love. Gio couldn’t suppress his youthful instincts and as we ducked back into the dusk-darkened woods outside the park along the Art Center trail, startled us all by turning around abruptly and shouting “boo.” After we recovered, Kate changed the subject to Caitlin and Jas’s new place. The Running Bored we ain’t.

THOUGHTS [#24]

There’s a longer post here than I have time to write today, but a funny thing happened during the run last week. I ran. Two days earlier I’d overexerted my right Achilles tendon which resulted in a pulled calf and right lower back muscles. I limped all day Tuesday and had back spasms whenever I moved wrong. On Wednesday I was 80% improved and I was back to virtually 100% for the run. I thought my 10/6 marathon was a goner. Apparently the pain wasn’t indicative of acute injury and I was able to deliver for the training run. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for the Achilles to hold up during the race. Keep up the positive vibes for me in all their variations.

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

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It might be time for a change

JRC Growlers Group Run, 10/2/2019, Weds, 6:30 p.m.

THOUGHTS [#25]

So it sure is getting dark these days in the park. In fact, after this Wednesday the park is moving its summer closing time (8:00 p.m.) to its winter closing time (5:00 p.m.) and we’ll have to come up with a new route to run, maybe outside the park like EPBR does.

Historically we’ve run up past Penn State Abington in the Rydal neighborhood, but that isn’t a popular route because it requires crossing Susquehanna Rd at Valley Rd where the traffic isn’t friendly to runners and runners aren’t, probably, incredibly friendly to traffic.

Times they are a-changing with the group taking on a new look in recent months and maybe it’s time for the route to change, too. Stay tuned in 2 weeks to read the report on what we decide to do. Or come and find out first hand!

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

Text: Calvin Wang, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 ¶Cross-posted: Facebook JRC Growlers Group Run/GGR email list

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Running route, running regulars, running refreshment

JRC Growlers Group Run, 10/9/2019, Weds, 6:30 p.m

RUN REPORT (Excerpt)

This was the last night of Alverthorpe Park’s summer hours (until 8:00 p.m.) which is a good thing because it was such a dark night that no one went around the park path more than once. Those deer are really scary with their creepy, glowy eyes. And when you encounter them in packs…whoa.

Tim joined us for the first time in such a long while that the new regulars have never met him. He regaled us with feats of recover from running woes (whoas?) such as bursitis and concussion. This was his 4th workout today including 2 Pelaton cycling and we still hadn’t done enough for him though we all questioned what he could still do after a run that finished at 8:00 p.m. (Oh, if we only knew.)

The offerings of which we partook were Neshaminy Creek ‘IPA’ (we couldn’t seem to find the name of it aside from that), Yards Poor Richard’s Tavern Spruce Ale, and a NH pilsner offering from Jas-Yaz. We were very civilized. We had no cups so everyone drank from the bottles and can without touching lips to vessel, most more successfully than one who shall go unnamed.

THOUGHTS [#26]

There were plenty of thoughts in that report, so let me just close by saying PERSONAL RECORD AT WINEGLASS! Sry was I shouting? More detail another time.

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

Text: Calvin Wang, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 ¶Cross-posted: Facebook JRC Growlers Group Run/GGR email list

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Connecting the Original Running Company family

JRC Growlers Group Run, 10/16/2019, Weds, 6:30 p.m

RUN REPORT


The buds. L-R: Tri-Bry, Gio, Big Dave, JRC Mike, Jas-Yaz, Cait, Calvin, Heather. Photo: Drew Magaha, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

I just love this picture! JRC Mike being the fluorescent-orange outlier standing physically dead center with closeted-orange Jas-Yaz to his left and the dominant fluorescent greenies flanking. Then finally all of us flanked by non-running newlyweds Bryan and Heather (yeah, married to each other) in non-fluorescents as far away physically as they can get (don’t read into that any more than my silly staging request). It was great to have BD with us whose schedule just hasn’t been too friendly to makin’ it otherwise.

THOUGHTS [#27]

So, how many of you saw the announcement about the 3rd and newest store in the Original Running Company series: Ridley Running Company! Some of us were talking about doing a relay to connect all 3 stores, Jenkintown, Fairmount, and Ridley on the newest’s official opening day (TBD). Who’s interested in joining?

The Growlers join the rest of the stores’ running groupies and fans to congratulate Owner Joe and the inimitable staff at Jenkintown and Fairmount! Count us your biggest fans because of your support of us (and patience every run night!) coupled with your professionalism!

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

Text: Calvin Wang, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 ¶Cross-posted: Facebook JRC Growlers Group Run/GGR email list

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Connecting the Original Running Company family II

JRC Growlers Group Run, 10/16/2019, Weds, 6:30 p.m.

RUN REPORT (Excerpt)

Tonight we were The Raining Bored—even though the rain was relatively light—because no one ran! We did the next best thing by eating and drinking instead: Upper Crust pizza w chopped tomatoes and garlic (as a long established tradition a la Chas the Revered). 

Topics of conversation: Eliud Kipchoge’s 1:59:40 marathon! (Pace car, crowds, and awesome!) Breakfast (Never! Always!). Foods that are supposed to be dry (Cereal, no milk!). Foods intended to be separate (Never corn and potatoes apart!). Gio’s 1st house closing! Summer’s Wednesday heat trend and fall rain trend! (Lots of exclamation points because it was good company!)

THOUGHTS [#28]

The thought of doing a relay to celebrate the opening of Ridley, the newest store in the Original Running Company series, is building up some interest, certainly from JRC! We’ll need a date, of course, but as a relay anyone would be able to participate.

The working idea is for the relay to start at JRC and go to Fairmount Running Company, tentatively in 2 legs of 5 miles each to total the approximately 10-mile distance. From there it’s another 2 more legs of 5 miles each to Ridley Running Company. I’ll start mapping out some specifics, but start emailing me with your tentative interest in participating. I imagine we’ll do it on a Saturday morning TBD, but we can start negotiating times.

BTW, I’m thinking of running the entire 20 miles. BTW II, this won’t just be Growlers doing the run alone! I’m working with JRC Drew to reach out to FRC and RRC runners! Untie shoes, fans of ORC! Uh, Unite shoes, fans of ORC!

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

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Planning the inaugural ORC relay

JRC Growlers Group Run, 10/30/2019, Weds, 6:30 p.m.

RUN REPORT

Lots of fluorescent green last week as we did 1 and 2 laps of the Sunset 5K route. We can now tell you that it is fully permanently marked, meaning if you know where to look (IF!) and have a right enough light, U2 can run the 5K route whenever you feel like it without a map! We’ve been starting 2 blocks from Jenkintown Running Company at West and Leedom Avenues, the closest corner of the route to the store.

THOUGHTS [#29]

Progress on (what I’m calling) the new ORC identity! JRCs Drew and Mike are actively working on a new website that will be the portal for the stores in the series: Fairmount Running Company, JRC, and the new RRC (Ridley Running Company). Each of the stores will have its own pages to tie them clearly to the new (and legacy) identity.

Progress on (what I’m calling, inaugurally{?}) the ORC Relay! Owner Joe has bought into planning RRC’s grand opening with this 21 miler (3 5’s and a 6, all –ish) tentatively Saturday, 3/14. I’m sharing this FB GGR post with FRC’s Fairmount Running Club so that we can consolidate and coordinate across ORC’s running clubs. Feel free to repost for other fans.

LEG 1 (JRC): The idea will be for us to start from JRC and run down Old York Road.
LEG 2 (Location TBD): Meet at the first relay point (TBD) about 5 miles down on Broad Street and continue to Fairmount Ave.
LEG 3 (FRC): The next set of runners will then meet at FRC at the 3rd relay point another about 5 miles down. Of course anyone can run both legs for ORC’s own Broad Street Run! Leg 3 will be tricky because there are bridges to consider.
LEG 4 (Location TBD): The next set of runners will finally take off from the 4th relay point and finish at RRC. Anyone can do any number of legs in order to fit the effort into spring race training plans. I plan to do all 4.

Stay tuned for more details!

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

Text: Calvin Wang, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 ¶Cross-posted: Facebook JRC Growlers Group Run/GGR email list

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Running event plans

JRC Growlers Group Run, 11/6/2019, Weds, 6:30 p.m.

THOUGHTS [#30]

The release of the new ORC website is nigh with just one running group still to submit its profile information. Not us: I sent ours already.

Plans for the premier ORC Relay progress. If this is your first time reading this, consult the previous 3 posts (“Thoughts” sections) for preliminary details: 10/16, 10/23, 10/30. Maybe we can get something on the new website to make it Really official. Nudge, nudge, wink, wink to Anonymous. (Monty Python cultural reference.)

2020 Marathon Plans: I’m shooting for Delaware Marathon (2nd time for me doing that race) at the end of April. Training season to begin January. Without that, it sure is easy to be lazy and unmotivated. I’m not one of those people who need to run. I need a race to keep me shooting high and higher.

Growler Caitlin and I are finagling Philly full for the fall. Her first! Anyone else interested in forming a Team ORC? Holler!

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

Text: Calvin Wang, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 ¶Cross-posted: Facebook JRC Growlers Group Run/GGR email list

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Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas, anymore.

THOUGHTS [#31] (11/20/2019, Weds)

READ and COLLAPSE

I wasn’t [around last week] because I was running in a new place, which can be a little nerve wracking. Add the issue of a foreign language environment (Taipei, Taiwan) to the expected unfamiliarity with the surroundings and you have what I like to call a “character-building” experience.

The plus was western-style river routes and parks. That was all a mile away, but I highly recommend them if you ever have the chance to go. I did a 7 and a 9-miler there. Note that Strava is as useful as in the US.

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

Text: Calvin Wang, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 ¶Cross-posted: Facebook JRC Growlers Group Run/GGR email list

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An aspirational run streak for the year-end holidays

THOUGHTS [#32] (11/27/2019, Weds)

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It’s hard enough to keep the weight stable during race-training season. Add to that the challenge of being sensible during the year-end holidays. What happens when you’re not training and trying to navigate holidays? Bad things. I’m considering run streaking for the first time (3 miles? 1 seems too few to make a big enough difference on the calorie balance) from Thanksgiving through New Year’s. It’s not going to be easy because 2 of those days include 13-hour drives to and from Chicago. Argh all around. Enjoy your holidays of choice this season and good luck on being sensible.

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

Text: Calvin Wang, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 ¶Cross-posted: Facebook JRC Growlers Group Run/GGR email list

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The GGR legacy route (relative to these recent years)

THOUGHTS [#33] (12/4/2019, Weds)

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Although the legacy winter route into Rydal served us, it isn’t for everyone. You’re not committed to 6.5 and can turn back at any time, but you have to take Rydal Rd from the store to get there: narrow and without sidewalks. Then you have to cross Susquehanna Ave: pretty busy, at least on the way out. Then you have to know the directions to wend your way up: They can get tricky. And you have to be comfortable running in relative seclusion: You’re really getting back into the neighborhood which can feel pretty isolated in the dark. And then there’s the 1-mile, 3%-ascent final mile. Wow, so why even do it? Answer: It’s legacy. That plus the houses are pretty cool and the traffic is light up there. But all the negatives speak to the reason for finding something more friendly in every way. We all like the Sunset 5K route as long as we’re not doing it incessantly. We’ve also just started experimenting with EPBR’s 5-rights Run (3.5 miles).

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

Text: Calvin Wang, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 ¶Cross-posted: Facebook JRC Growlers Group Run/GGR email list

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An executing run streak ad nauseum

THOUGHTS [#34] 12/11/2019, Weds

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This run streak is becoming its own marathon. Without the benefit of a marathon at the end to justify the effort.

The idea was for me to help manage my year-end weight. 3 miles per day was the idea because 1 just wouldn’t cut it and my usual 4 minimum seemed just a little too much to do daily. Former marines Gio and Mike helped to seal that distance by observing that a run of less than 3 effectively doesn’t count because that’s the USMC PFT (personal fitness test) distance.

The problem is that sometimes it’s hard to get a run in. Especially when it’s raining out. And cold. And dark.

So I’ve been starting to look at the progress the way I do for marathons: by quarters. Oddly, they’re passing by even more slowly than for most marathons I’ve run. I’m not even halfway. There’s something in here about building character that I might be missing.

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

Text: Calvin Wang, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 ¶Cross-posted: Facebook JRC Growlers Group Run/GGR email list

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Keeping up with the Marines

THOUGHTS [#35] (12/18/2019, Weds)

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As with Gio and JRC Mike (Thoughts #34), the run with Tri-Bry had to be at least 3 miles because, also like them, he was a marine. Weird, huh? Me running with a bunch of marines.

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

Text: Calvin Wang, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 ¶Cross-posted: Facebook JRC Growlers Group Run/GGR email list

[Original version in Facebook. Republished Thoughts with caption: 2022’08’17’W]