A friend of mine used to say that you’re not running if you’re not going faster than 8-minute miles OR wearing headphones. By both of those two measures, I was definitely jogging today:
I’ve experimented a bit with some tech options to distract me while running. The current setup is working fairly well. I normally run with my phone, with earbuds, listening to podcasts, with Runkeeper tracking my route/pace/time. And, with a Pebble watch, I can see real-time workout data without turning on my phone and looking at my phone while running (you probably need to be running 7-sevens for that to still be considered running).
Before arriving at the Pebble angle, I had a Garmin Forerunner 10 watch, which didn’t give me the data I was looking for. There were two main issues:
1. I couldn’t hear the mile markers while wearing earbuds.
2. I had to toggle between screens to see the data I was most interested in seeing (time/distance/pace).
A third issue is that it often took a long time to find a GPS signal at the start of workouts.
The Pebble itself isn’t a GPS. It just detects when Runkeeper is activated, then streams the data to the watch over Bluetooth. It works great. And, the price is nearly the same.
My Pebble is 6 months old now, and is showing some signs of wear. It either scratches easily or I should never buy a really expensive watch. Probably a bit of both. But, it gets the job done.
Tyler McCandless, an elite national runner, is not pleased with fellow runner Christian Hesch’s behavior.
It turns out that Hesch has had a bit of an EPO habit. He’s admitted to boosting his blood’s ability to carry oxygen through injections of the banned substance.
Hesch, a self-described “profligate road racer,” said that over two years, beginning in August 2010, he injected himself with EPO 54 times before an empty EPO vial was found in his bag and he was reported to antidoping officials. In that time, he won nearly $40,000 in prize money in more than 75 races, including international competitions, United States championships and local road races.
Its going to be funny when this guy gets caught taking the juice. 4min mile then winning a half the next day with push ups thrown in.
Real scum bag
Here’s an example of Hesch stealing money from his competition. The Jackie Bristow 5K was a small running race in San Dinmas, California this past January that raises money to fight eating disorders. Five seconds earned Hesch $200 in prize money that would have otherwise gone to Mark Batres:
If Hesch wants to put the past behind him, he could PayPal $200 to Mark Batres. A commenter on LetsRun feels the same way:
You will earn my respect when you pay back your ill-gotten prize money and not a second sooner.
Or, as someone who’s directly felt the financial pain of losing to the doper puts it:
You’re a POS and you owe me $500.
One thing that’s pretty pathetic is Hesch uses the handle @Sub4Medic on Twitter. He brands himself based on a sub-four minute mile performance, which appears to be drug enabled. He became his own lie.
Even worse, Christian Hesch tweeted with glee when a suspected doper dropped out of the Houston Marathon in January. Drew Wartenburg called Hesch out on that one:
Hesch doesn’t seem to get the seriousness of what he’s done. For example, he claims to have “admitted voluntarily” to his violations:
Attempting to get ahead of bad news is not the definition of “admitting voluntarily”. If he can’t see that, he’s got a long ways to go to earn back his reputation.
Nike Team Run LA Dropped the Ball
Another disappointing aspect of this is the actions of Nike Team Run LA, based on the NY Times’ reporting describing their knowledge of Hesch’s doping in August 2012:
It was the last race he won before Nike Team Run LA teammates found an empty vial and confronted him.
“It was a weird situation to be in because you only read about top athletes doping,” said Justin Patananan, the captain for the Nike Team Run LA men’s group. “We gave Christian the liberty of dealing with USADA when he thought the time was right.”
Nike Team Run LA’s lackadaisical approach to dealing with their doper had consequences. Weeks later, Hesch won a half-marathon in Oregon and won “$500 in cash, a Riedel Decanter trophy and Double Magnum of wine from Ken Wright Cellars.”
That money and those wine gifts belong to Aissa Oghoughi:
(Notice that Hesch hasn’t claimed that result on Athlinks. As of today, Hesch has 158 claimed race results on Athlinks. He hasn’t claimed any of his race results since the Twin Cities 1-Mile on May 17, 2012, yet continued to race through at least September.)
Here’s Hesch with the wine he stole from Oghoughi:
Nike Team Run LA’s known doper pretended to be a role model for young racers while wearing Nike gear, all the while knowing that his lies were catching up with him:
Nike Team Run LA could have done better.
It’s Time to Name Names
Hesch certainly could have done better. One way he could do better now is to not only get clean but to contribute to the sport by naming names of other dopers. The NY Times reported:
[Hesch] made the two-hour drive to Tijuana three times. On this first visit, another runner recommended pharmacies that other Southern Californian runners preferred. But since then he has chosen to find his own.
What does that mean, Christian? Perhaps you could live up to what you’ve said in your most recent tweet:
If “we” shouldn’t do it, then name names.
Help clean up the sport by sharing what you know.
If you chose to run clean in the future while knowing of others that aren’t, you’re still harming the sport for other clean runners.
Who is the “another runner” referred to in the NY Times article?
Who are the “other Southern Californian runners”?
Who else do you know across the country who’s doping?
If you want to improve the lives of the clean runners you’ve screwed, naming the names of other doping runners would be a good start.
UPDATE: Runners World has more on Nike Team Run LA’s lackadaisical approach to dealing with dopers on their team.
I don’t think Hesch helped himself by throwing his former team under the bus in interviews with Runners World:
In two phone interviews with Runner’s World Newswire, on September 11 and 19, Hesch denied doping.
On the September 11 call, when asked about the conference call with Nike Team Run LA members, Hesch said, “There’s no admission of anything there. What am I to admit to? There’s no point of admitting to them something that has never happened.” On the September 11 call, Hesch also said that he had removed himself from the Nike Team Run LA roster because of “displeasure with the way the team has been directed.”
I really like this story about Paul Ryan incorrectly claiming that he ran a marathon more than an hour faster than he really did. He claimed to have run a sub-3 hour marathon while actually running a bit over four hours.
To put this into perspective, here’s a distribution of finish times for the London Marathon in 2010 from Foot4ward.co.uk:
It turns out that Paul Ryan ran the 1991 Grandma’s Marathon, which had 3,221 finishers that year. The more than an hour difference between Ryan’s memory and reality would have moved him ahead of around 1,000 finishers.
How does someone like Ryan mistakenly shave more than an hour from his time? To me, the answer is obvious: while Ryan is clearly a a physically talented person, he couldn’t have put much effort into marathon training in order to run a time that slow. (I realize that even a 4-hour marathon isn’t slow [it’s still in the top-half of finishers], but it would be for someone who’s physically talented who applied their talent.)
If you don’t try, then end up with an average result, the experience isn’t all that memorable.
If you try, then end up with a great, average, or poor result, the experience is memorable.
If you run a marathon fast enough to qualify for the Boston Marathon (at the time, the cutoff was 3:10 for Ryan’s age class) you remember because you’d need to try to do that. I speak from experience, having run a Boston qualifying 3:08 at Grandma’s in 1992.
When I look at Paul Ryan’s ongoing problems with the truth (or, as the AP embarrassingly described it, making “factual shortcuts”) I see similar reactions to his statements from other groups.
With running, runners at Letsrun.com have been having fun with Ryan’s statement. For people passionate about running, this is pure ridiculousness.
The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center has, however, stepped into the breach. Its numbers indicate that the Ryan plan would reduce revenue by almost $4 trillion over the next decade. If you add these revenue losses to the numbers The Post cites, you get a much larger deficit in 2020, roughly $1.3 trillion.
And that’s about the same as the budget office’s estimate of the 2020 deficit under the Obama administration’s plans. That is, Mr. Ryan may speak about the deficit in apocalyptic terms, but even if you believe that his proposed spending cuts are feasible — which you shouldn’t — the Roadmap wouldn’t reduce the deficit. All it would do is cut benefits for the middle class while slashing taxes on the rich.
And I do mean slash. The Tax Policy Center finds that the Ryan plan would cut taxes on the richest 1 percent of the population in half, giving them 117 percent of the plan’s total tax cuts. That’s not a misprint. Even as it slashed taxes at the top, the plan would raise taxes for 95 percent of the population.
That’s Krugman’s way of saying “you can’t be serious”. While Ryan is serious about his plan, his plan appears to be about as serious as his training plan for the 1991 Grandma’s Marathon and would likely lead to similar results.
Taking shortcuts can lead to criticism. Check out the crap President Obama is receiving from beer aficionados regarding his home brew recipe:
The difference here is that Obama never claimed to be doing something he wasn’t, and is probably open to suggestions on how to improve the White House’s home brew in his second term. The truthful story – home brewing White House – was great without “factual shortcuts”.
I ran my most inefficient Run Minneapolis run of all time on Thursday evening. Over seven miles, the only new territory I covered was crossing Bridge Number 9 over the Mississippi River. The picture above is facing downstream and east toward the University of Minnesota’s East Bank and Washington Avenue Bridge.
Bridge Number 9 is surely the least known bridge over the Mississippi River Gorge due to relatively hidden approaches from both sides. It’s a 98 year old railroad bridge that’s been living a second life as an underutilized pedestrian bridge since 1999.
The views from the bridge are great, and it’s a perfect way to get between the West Bank and Dinkytown.
Webber Camden Market, at 44th & James, was in the news lately when the owner, Kevin Aldwaik, explained the regulatory hurdles he’s faced trying to run a grocery store on the north side.
Hamilton Manor offers low income housing apartments. According to HUD data found here, inspections look pretty darn good there.
North United Methodist Church, at 44th & Fremont, with be turning 159 this year. It started in a log cabin near this site when this was was out in the country from downtown Minneapolis.
44th Ave runs into Webber Parkway just after Fremont. The tennis courts and pool were not getting much action at this time of year.
We turned back west on 43rd Ave N, and passed Patrick Henry High School’s fields. The fields were named after Dick Cassidy in 2000 “For his outstanding work with Northside baseball through the years and for maintaining what may be the finest field in the Twin Cities at Henry High School”
Here is a better show of Henry HS from the front at 43rd & Morgan.
United Christian Fellowship Church at 43rd & Queen, has a Vision 2029 posted that describes missionary work throughout the world.
If you’re in the market for a church, it looks like St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church at 43rd & Thomas is for sale. It’s also home to the Victory Neighborhood Association.
We eventually reached Victory Memorial Parkway, then headed north. VMP turns at 45th Ave, which is where I took this shot facing east.
It didn’t seem like swimsuit weather to me, but that didn’t stop the doll on this We Watch We Call sign. This wasn’t the only interesting sign along Memorial Drive.
Someone really has a problem with people driving on the grass nearby. And, also seems to have a problem with people removing his signs based on the message on the back:
Sounds good, John.
We then looped through a couple short streets north of Victory Memorial Parkway, which brought us past Ryan Lake (technically in Robbinsdale).
We then worked our way back to the Shingle Creek Neighborhood and past this welcoming sign. They don’t go with the neighborhood watch warning style that’s popular in some other neighborhoods around the city.
We almost stepped foot in a suburb near the end of the run, but stayed clear.
Back on December 11th, Carly, Nordica, Kevin, and I ran Morgan and Newton Avenues in North Minneapolis from Hwy 55 to the Dowling and back. We started by heading north on Morgan:
This building at 1119 Morgan Ave N was built in 1936 for the Sharei Zedeck Synagogue back when North Minneapolis had a large Jewish population. In 1969, it was sold to St. John’s Baptist Church (a baptist church with menorah’s on the exterior) which used the building through 2007. Now it appears to sit empty. Before 1936, Sharei Zedeck Synagogue was a few blocks east at 726 Bryant in a more ornate building that was razed for the Sumner Field housing projects in 1936.
After crossing Broadway, we hit Ilion Ave N for a bit. This building was built by Forest Heights Congregational Church in 1908, and purchased by a Liberian congregation, Garden of Gethsemane Ministries, in 2003. It was in rough shape at the time. But, with help from The Ackerberg Group on behalf of Catalyst Community Partners, the church was restored in 2009.
11th Ave NE runs into Graco (Worldwide Leaders in Fluid Handling). The skyway runs between two of their buildings on a part of Sibley Street that is more of a parking lot for the company today.
Heading south on Sibley, we passed the old Scherer Bros Lumber location on the Mississippi. The Park Board purchased the property in 2009 and working to reconstruct the land as park land. Here is a before shot from Google’s satelite view:
The Plymouth Ave Bridge remains closed. North and NE have been without a full set of bridges for quite some time now. Lowry appears to be closer to completion that Plymouth, where no work appears to be taking place.
Across the street from Elsie’s, the North East Yacht Club seems to specialize in large macro brews. At least, that’s been my experience.
St Anthony of Padua Catholic is on Main St at 8th. Established in 1849, it was the first Catholic mission parish established in Minneapolis.
Jesus is big in Northeast.
When we reached Broadway, we cut back toward the river on 9th & 10th, where we ran into Catholic Eldercare. This nursing home, associated with St Anthony of Padua Catholic, raises money at Elsie’s through pulltabs. It will be interesting to see what happens to their funding if pulltabs start funding a new Vikings stadium.
Battery City, at 9th & Ramsey, has come and gone. This sure seems like a good site for a brewery. Know anyone looking for a location?
Heading back up from the river on 11th, we turned in front of the 1029 Bar. A must-include in any legitimate NE dive bar tour.
At Marshall & 5th, we encountered the latest home of the Pioneers Statue. It dates back to 1935, was downtown until 1961, and until recently resided at the point of Marshall & Main Streets. Now it’s in the newly refurbished area on Boom Island Park across Marshall from its previous location.
Carly, Bill, and I chipped off the SE corner of the Lind-Bohanon Neighborhood along with a few streets in Webber-Camden and through N Mississippi River Park this morning.
We started at the park and worked our way west on 49th Ave N past Bohanon Park. The temps are not cooperating for skating rinks.
We passed Community of Christ Church at Emerson. A tri-scripture church that used the Holy Bible, the Book of Mormon, and the Doctrine and Covenants.
We circled back east at Humboldt on 48th, then passed Gethsemane Lutheran Church at 47th & Colfax. Norwegians in the neighborhood started the church in 1893. The current building was constructed in 1927. Gethsemane was in the news recently after food destined for their food shelf disappeared during delivery.
We kept working our way east and west until we reached a bridge over Shingle Creek at 45th Ave N.
Bill & Carly cruising along Victory Memorial Parkway. The running path is a little rough, but the bike path is in great shape.
We circled through a couple short streets off Victory Memorial Parkway, then heading down a trail off 45th Ave N to the Mississippi.
Looking south toward the Camden bridge.
It was windy during our run. The white caps on the Mississippi confirm that. The elevators in the background are a General Mills facility off Marshall Ave in NE.
We wrapped up back at the North Mississippi Park building.
Carly and I ran a 7 miler from Whittier, through Stevens Square, downtown, and past the Metrodome in the fresh snow on December 4th.
We started at Clinton Field Park, next to the 35W sound wall.
Church of St. Stephen, the catholic church at at 22nd & Clinton, has a long history of helping the homeless and people with chemical dependencies in South Minneapolis. In 2008, the parish got a little too liberal for its own good, leading to a split in 2008. Here’s a right-wing take on what went wrong:
It got worse. The gifts were presented, pita bread and the de rigueur Kool Aid pitchers of wine, normally used by dissenting parishes. The Sacramental Minister remained seated. They were presented to laypeople. At this point, I started to lose track of what was going on. There was just too much wrong.
The female “minister” then said the priest’s “Blessed are you Lord” prayer while the Sacramental Minister watched.
Then at the “consecration” of the host and the wine into the Body and Blood of Christ, THE ENTIRE CONGREGATION RECITED THE WORDS OF THE CONSECRATION ALONG WITH THE PRIEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!
He resumed saying the Eucharistic Prayer and when he raised the platter of pita bread at the “Great Amen”, THE FEMALE “MINISTER” RAISED THE K-MART GLASS GOBLET OF WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN THE PRECIOUS BLOOD UNDER NORMAL CIRCUMSTANCES.
Drifting from top-down authority, giving women positions of power, and pita bread. Whoops. The rebellious crowd now worships down the block under the name Spirit of St. Stephens.
The Hennepin County WIC Program program is across the street from the Minneapolis Convention Center. I’ve heard that this is the place you can go if you need financial help, but not if you’re in hardcore need of help, since that would look bad next to the convention center.
Campbell Mithun Tower lists “secure bike storage” among its on-site amenities. Sounds like a solid place to work.
Foshay Tower was the tallest building in Minnesota from 1929 (surpassing City Hall) to 1972 (dwarfed by the IDS Center).
If you ever need to rent a car locally, this Avis is a good choice. Way cheaper than picking up at the airport. Also, action shot self-portrait in the window.
Accenture Tower has a significant footprint in downtown Minneapolis. For an outsourcing company, they have some serious real estate.
I hear people say that parking downtown is difficult during Vikings games. The ramp across 6th St from Thrivent was charging $8 today. That’s a 3 block walk on short downtown streets vs. $25 across from the Dome. 35W spits people into downtown onto the street that hits this ramp from the South, and the 6th St Exit of 394 does as well. Seems pretty easy to me.
The Minneapolis Armory was built in 1936, used by the National Guard, for boxing, NBA basketball, concerts, and now, as a parking lot. Hopefully, it will find a better use in the future.
The Metrodome. Scalpers were still trying to unload tickets 30 minutes after kickoff.
Huberts. The economic impact of a professional sports stadium summarized in one bar. Hubert’s followed the Twins across town by opening a second location near their stadium. Their site defaults to that location and has the Metrodome location a click away.
Economic impact of a sports stadium? Nope. That’s a laundry facility for Hennepin County Medical Center. It’s quite the operation. Employs a lot of people. A good use of stadium wasteland.
Built in 1923, what’s now called the 1010 Building is the former home of the Strutwear Knitting Company was once the site of a labor strike that turned violent.
After the confrontation between the truckers and the company, there was more violence on the picket line. Police arrested some strikers and beat others. Several were injured. Facing escalating strike violence, Governor Floyd B. Olson called in the National Guard to prevent the company from opening the plant. The company then sued the governor, the mayor, and the union for obstructing trade and ignoring a court injunction. Still, the strike continued. In April of 1936, after eight months of holding out, Strutwear company agreed to most of the strikers’ demands. The strike was won.
A governor who shut down a company to protect workers. How times have changed.
For people too lazy to walk an additional 2 blocks, there are people willing to charge an additional $13 per car.
We turned back on 5th St before 6th took us onto I-94.
The 511 Building between 5th & 6th Aves happens to be home to one heck of a lot of internet connected servers in the Minnesota Gateway Data Center.
The Metrodome LRT station. A cheap and efficient way for people to get downtown from as far as the Mall of America. And, soon, from the University of Minnesota downtown St. Paul as well. (But not to/from Arden Hills, MN.)
The StarTribune headquarters on Portland at 5th. I stood in line there for a homer hanky back in the day.
There is Hubert H Humphrey Mall of America standing outside City Hall.
US Bank Plaza (formerly Pillsbury Center) is now home to many law and accounting firms.
At 2nd St we turned south to head back to where we parked.
WCCO Radio has stayed on the air even after losing Denny Hecker’s constant radio commercials.
St. Olaf Catholic Church at 2nd Ave & 8th Street. I’m often confused by St. Olaf being affiliated with a Catholic rather than Lutheran church. (BTW, I have the same jacket as the guy crossing the street.)
We don’t hear much about Oracle in Minneapolis, but I’m sure they power the data side of many of our largest companies.
Provided almost 73,000 nights of shelter at the Dorothy Day Center in St. Paul
Distributed 900,000 pounds of food at our three food shelves
We passed in front of the Minneapolis Convention Center. Here’s my beef with the view from here: It’s not abundantly clear that there are many walkable restaurants and bars from this location.
We passed Fire Station #6 behind the convention center.
We crossed over I-94 on our way back into Ventura Village. I’ve heard of plans to cover this gulch separating downtown from the rest of the city and putting in a park on top. That sounds very ambitious, and pretty darn awesome.
Boiler Room Coffee is along Avenue of the Arts (3rd Ave near the MIA) at 19th near Stevens Square. They have fancy waffles.
The Hennepin History Museum, on 3rd across from Stevens Square, has a collection of property photos from 1900-1945 from Confer Realty Company and a collection of photos from the Gateway District downtown from before it was razed.
Washburn Fair Oaks Park. I can remember playing Jarts in this area of the park after going to St. Stephens Church as a kid. Back before Jarts were banned.
Carly and Carly’s coworker, Natasha, joined me for a Run Minneapolis around Cedar Lake on November 27th. We started out on the west side of the lake and picked off some residential streets before hitting the lake.
Point Beach is at the west side of the lake.
A new home is going in near Cedar Lake. This neighborhood has some of the coolest residential architecture in the city.
Heading south along the western shore of the lake, we reached the beach on the south shore.
We hit the trail along the eastern shore to circumvent the lake.
Near Hidden Beach, we saw this stone. Anyone know the story here?
And this structure. Is that a changing room for nudists?
At the north end of the lake, we popped out onto the Cedar Lake Trail. Nice view of downtown from there.