March 2007 Archives

Thanks for playing!

Fucking Wisconsin.

Since I had them in the championship game, I'm done on Yahoo's brackets. Thankfully I picked Florida instead for my work bracket, so I'm not totally screwed in the money version. But as far as the RBF version goes, I think it's safe to say I'm going to finish near the bottom now.

Stupid Big 10 - way to totally disprove all the "Big 10 is overrated" / "Big 10 basketball sucks/is slow and boring" talk.

Training Summary: Feburary 19 - March 18, 2007

March 12 - 18, 2007
Running: 6:06:00 | 39.85 mi (Parrot Predictor 3:58:36)
Walking: 0:03:56 | 0.25 miles
Elliptical: 0:40:00 | 2.75 miles
Weight lifting: 2:22:00
Total activity: 9:11:56

March 5 - 11, 2007
Running: 5:44:59 | 37.05 mi (Parrot Predictor 4:02:35)
Walking: 0:07:55 | 0.5 miles
Elliptical: 0:35:00 | 2.22 miles
Weight-lifting: 1:32:00
Total activity: 7:59:54

February 26 - March 4, 2007
Running:2:29:34 | 16 miles
Weight-lifting: 0:29:00
Total activity: 2:58:34

February 19 - 25, 2007
Running: 4:15:52 | 27.11 mi (Parrot Predictor 4:07:11)

Some running content inside

My March Madness bracket victory was short-lived, as expected. I'm currently 3rd, but I see that going a lot lower since I've already missed 3 of the Sweet Sixteen (and 1 Elite Eight, damn Villanova). The Illinois game last night was pretty bad, but the Engineer pointed out that with the week we've both had it's really no surprise that "our" team lost.

Here's what I've been up to this week so far:


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Molly is so not excited by all the basketball watching that has been going on here lately. Or maybe she's just mad that I put a t-shirt on her. Who knows?

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This will end probably tonight, so I'm going to enjoy my temporary victory!


I've gotten a little bit back on the ball again with running - and weight-lifting (finally!).

March Madness!

Barb's got a RBF bracket going on:

It's almost time for the BIG DANCE.

Let's dance put on your red shoes and dance the blues.

Group Name: RBF Bracketology
Group ID# 37463
Password: run26.2

Take this info. Go here:
You may need to create a yahoo id...ain't no thang's easy and they don't solicit you with crap you don't want.

Once you're logged in, you'll need the Group ID# and Password and just follow instructions until you're in!

You won't be able to fill out your bracket until after Selection Sunday and you won't be able to view other folks' brackets until after play begins. You'll get to fill out up to five brackets (and if you're smart, you'll have KU losing in the first round in at least one of them and them winning it all in another).

What on earth are you waiting for?! Come join your fellow RBFers and have some fun. And yes, trash talk is totally allowed...all in good fun. Feel free to post this info on your blog...

Winner gets Gu...or something fun and runnerish like that.


My bracket is tentatively called "The NCAA is bullshit" because that's about all the Engineer and I could say as we watched the selection show. BULLSHIT that tOSU is not the #1 overall seed. BULLSHIT that Kansas is a #1 seed and gets the play-in game. BULLSHIT that Purdue is a 9 seed, Indiana is a 7 but Illinois is a 12. BULLSHIT that a bunch of teams with shittier records got better seeds and playing sites than Illinois. (And poor MSU with the 8 seed).

Don't get me wrong, I don't have any illusions about Illinois's playing strength and chances for longevity. (If you're just tuning in, the Engineer and I are Illinois grads. We also root for the other Big 10 teams during the tournament (well, except for Minnesota. I still rooted against them in '05)). They've had a rough season, what with the injuries and illnesses and adjusting to life without Dee and Augie ... not to mention the whole stupid DUI debacles. But I think the Big 10 got pretty screwed by the tournament committee. Oh well, hey, 2 years ago they said the Big 10 was down and they got 2 teams in the Final Four.

Obviously someone on the committee has a strange sense of humor: if Illinois wins, they could potentially play Southern Illinois and then potentially play Kansas. Looks like some of the conspiracy talk on IB wasn't totally unfounded.

(The bold part above is mine because I had already planned on doing that. But that's because we hate Bill $elf and KU here).

Tired of snow

We got another 7" of snow yesterday afternoon/last night. The Engineer and I shoveled before we went to bed last night, and I got up early this morning to check if we needed to shovel again. It didn't look like it had snowed much more, but the plow had been by so the end of the driveway needed clearing. It didn't look like there was much, so I went back to bed for awhile and then woke the Engineer up so he could clear it for me. Unfortunately, between the plow and the drifting, there was a lot of snow at the end of the driveway. The Engineer had maybe a 10 minute headstart on me, and it still took us close to 20 minutes together to get the driveway clear so I was late to work. (It was deep enough I couldn't just drive over it).

snow thrower I've been wanting a snow thrower for awhile, but this recent heavy snow has made me really want one. I'm fairly useless with the snow at the end of the driveway because I can't lift it and a snow thrower would help make it so I could get out without needing the Engineer. (I was worried about the potential for snow last week while he was off "working" in California). On Wednesday, when we first got the 10-15" prediction, I called around and every store in town was out of 2-stage throwers. But the newspaper's business blog had a tip today that a store in the next town over (10 minutes from my house) still had a ton in stock. So the Engineer and I headed over to check it out, and tomorrow morning our new toy will be delivered. How's that for good service? They're going to assemble it and drop it off, and if there's a problem during the warranty they'll pick it up for service. Since it weighs 160 lbs, I'm glad I don't have to help try and get it in the car!

Of course, now we'll probably be done with snow for the season and next winter will be light ... but I'd still consider that money well spent!