Cerebruns 2021 (As “Thoughts” through #100)

“Just right” group size for C19

THOUGHTS [#90] (2/3/2021, Weds)

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Over the recent weeks, GGR has pulled a variety of runners from its recent couple of years. Some have [shown] up on a schedule and others have just joined as circumstances permitted. As a result, that there’s been a reliable representation of folks every run without being too many (during the Still ongoing pandemic). Someday, forever from now, that could mean a pretty nice full-sized group any given week. Sigh, what are the chances? Inevitable! Both for pandemic end and normally-sized groups.

-CtCloser (Calvinthe), #negativesplitorpositivesplat #dothedue

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Text and photos (unless otherwise stated): 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 minor editing: 2022’09’16’F]

 

Don’t you want to accomplish muchly?

THOUGHTS [#89]: Thank an English Teacher (1/27/2021, Weds)

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The unexpected theme of the evening was the influence of English teachers. Seems JRC Drew who is girls’ running coach at Cheltenham High School knows Adelaide’s English teacher from the days when she went there. Adelaide is now an English teacher because of her. As for me, I’m the erudite, loquacious scholar that I am because my English teacher lauded my alma mater so effusively that I simply had to matriculate there (University of Chicago). And going full circle back to Drew, he got into his alma mater (Penn) despite his English teacher despising him and delaying his letter of recommendation until it was almost too late.

Well, then; thank you very much.

-CtCloser (Calvinthe), #negativesplitorpositivesplat #dothedue

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Text and photos (unless otherwise stated): 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: 2022’09’16’F]

 

During C19, some things need to change even while some need to stay the same

THOUGHTS [#88] (1/20/2021, Weds)

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David is a prominent naming theme among the Growlers. There’s Fast Dave, Big Dave, and Train Dave. And then there are the Bryan and Heather Daves who made for a lovely addition to the group run last week. As fond as I am of both of them and having missed being with them for a while, I had to offer hugs. The C19 execution was to take respective, masked, socially-distant deep breaths, then to hug and back away again to exhale. Treating our runners [right]. When I pulled out the personalized drinkware, Heather erupted in laughter because it was her handwriting on the paper bag saying Growlers Supply Satchel from a year ago. Treating our runners right.

-CtCloser (Calvinthe), #negativesplitorpositivesplat #dothedue

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Text and photos (unless otherwise stated): 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 minor text editing: 2022’09’16’F]

Cooling with GGR’s old drinkware!

 

Non-native 5K speaker

THOUGHTS [#87] (1/13/2021, Weds)

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So Paul was a high school runner in the early aughts when he started running with JRC. Early professional and family life have taken him away from the group but permit occasional visits. He still places in the upper echelons when he competes in marathons, even if he competes less than in earlier days. PDPhil is now a high school runner who gets coaching from JRC Drew. He’s knows his running shoes and has worked a bit at the store. And I didn’t start running until midlife. The language of XC runners with its unreachable 5K times, its high-level speed work, and its unfamiliar balance of speed and distance made for a lot of polite nodding as I listened to them comparing notes. But competitive running for marathons and 5Ks does have overlap, so I was able to make some sense of their conversation. I oohed and aahed when they compared impressive accomplishments (and then did quick mental math to translate 5K times to more understandable mile times, just to confirm). And I enjoyed the camaraderie.

-CtCloser (Calvinthe), #negativesplitorpositivesplat #dothedue

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Text and photos (unless otherwise stated): 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: 2022’09’16’F]

 

Running makes good neighbors, particularly during C19

THOUGHTS [#86] (1/6/2021, Weds)

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Wiffy was being neighborly when [our] newest homeowners moved in. Although Wiffy hasn’t run with Growlers Group Run, she does like to talk it up with folks and she wondered if the new couple ran. Don’t you know they both do! Of the two, Andrew joined us last week.

Running is all great and everything, but building local community through running community is nonpareil. During pandemic times, being outdoors is a plus and it provided an opportunity to chat with a neighbor that I wouldn’t have had otherwise. “All good” as they say!

-CtCloser (Calvinthe), #negativesplitorpositivesplat #dothedue

FINE PRINT
Text and photos (unless otherwise stated): 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 minor text editing: 2022’09’16’F]