Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Video describing a first marathon:

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Bob Schwelm

  Posted by Picasa

Sunday, February 19, 2006

15 Degrees. That's what the outside thermometer said. I was tempted to make some excuses and climb back in bed but I had committed to a two hour run and knew that later wouldn't work.

So on went the layers and when I got out and moving it didn't feel all that bad. The winds were momentarily quiet and I think that helped.

Rockin' Ron Cade was playing Elvis B-sides. Some of you youngin's may not be familiar with B sides. In the days of vinyl, records came in three speeds - 78, 45, and 33. Now 78's were even before my time but 45s ruled the 50's and into the 60's. 45s were the smaller records with the large round hole (kind of looked like the winter Olympic medals). The record companies would put an expected hit out on the A side and a lesser song on the B side. Now Elvis (being Elvis) was the king of the B side. A lot of his B sides were hits (Hound Dog was a B side). But even the lesser known ones are a lot of fun. It was the kind of thing I wish radio would do more often rather than play a short playlist over and over.

Well I got to thinking about B sides. I think we all would enjoy running and life in general if we remembered that it's great to have a strong A side (an age group win or a PR) but let's not throw away the B sides. The B side might be nothing more than having a good time and having fun with the race. It might be celebrating a friend's great race. It might be might an injured runner volunteering at a race or sharing lessons learned with a newbie.

Let's not let those B sides slip away.

P.S. anybody know the A side of Hound Dog? It’s a good one.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

“ . . . true wisdom comes when you see the extraordinary nature of ordinary things “

Kevin Nelson in The Runner’s Book of Daily Inspiration

Well I don’t want to say I have achieved true wisdom, but I do feel that running in general but in particular trail running allows you to experience the extraordinary nature of ordinary things. I have noticed that when on the trails you become attuned to the world around you. You notice the shape and texture of the world.

I like the way the woods change as the seasons progress. Light can be filtered through clouds or come out of a clear, blue sky and as dawn first recedes and then comes back the trees reveal different aspects of shape and form.

The quiet winter wood will soon give way to the noisy spring as birds seek mates and territory. The somber colors of winter will soon give way to green, but this week it was snow that made it own changes on the landscape.

I am glad to have the chance to see the extraordinary nature of ordinary things.

The old one seen on Friday, 17 February 2006

  Posted by Picasa

Friday, February 17, 2006

You scored as SG-1 (Stargate). You are versatile and diverse in your thinking. You have an open mind to that which seems highly unlikely and accept it with a bit of humor. Now if only aliens would stop trying to take over your body.

SG-1 (Stargate)


Deep Space Nine (Star Trek)


Serenity (Firefly)


Babylon 5 (Babylon 5)


Millennium Falcon (Star Wars)


Enterprise D (Star Trek)


Nebuchadnezzar (The Matrix)


Moya (Farscape)


Galactica (Battlestar: Galactica)


Bebop (Cowboy Bebop)


Andromeda Ascendant (Andromeda)


FBI's X-Files Division (The X-Files)


Your Ultimate Sci-Fi Profile II: which sci-fi crew would you best fit in? (pics)
created with QuizFarm.com

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

A few months back I looked at the world of Wiki's.

I was recently contacted by pbwiki that they would double my storage space if I wrote about them in a blog or a newsletter.

I found this definition of a wiki:

"Wiki is a piece of server software that allows users to freely create and edit Web page content using any Web browser. Wiki supports hyperlinks and has a simple text syntax for creating new pages and crosslinks between internal pages on the fly."

It occurred to me that a wiki might be of interest to the general Dead Runners Society community and the the Bryn Mawr Running Community so I have written both groups and suggested the membership consider a wiki.

A wiki could be the place where all those FAQs could go. For example, new members could be pointed there for the definition of ORN. There could be a page devoted to shoe reviews, favorite races. or favorite home town routes.

I am excited about the possibilities of a wiki and think it is the perfect form for communities like the Dead Runners and Bryn Mawr where there is a large pool of "institutional" memory just waiting to be captured and displayed in a user friendly way.

Here's a link to the pbwiki:

PBwiki logo

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Snow Run

Woke up early (for a Sunday) and went for a run to check snow conditions. It was still snowing and it was blowing quite hard but O how beautiful.

On most roads I was breaking trail, that is I was the first one down the road either human or vehicle although in one spot I could clearly see how a squirrel ran from one tree across the road to another tree.

To add to the pleasure Rocking Ron Cade was playing Elvis love songs to celebrate Valentine's Day.
This is the old one on a snowy day

Looking back at my tracks

 Posted by Picasa
Looking down the pink/white trail Tyler Arboretum

 Posted by Picasa

Saturday, February 04, 2006

The old one as seen on Friday, 3 February 2006

 Posted by Picasa