Thursday, August 11, 2011

Racing Against the Boys of Summer


Good news, bad news. Good news: The Salt Lake Bees are so excited to have my treadmill run done that they wish to make it large extravaganza. The Bad News: In order to do so, the event will have to be postponed. Stay tuned!

Baseball games have, for many years, been criticized for being too long. I have always been a defender of the length of the game simply because baseball is the exact opposite of running.  There is absolutely no clock in baseball. It is a quintessentially American game meant to be enjoyed for as long as the boys of summer keep the score tied. I mean, who wants to rush summer, right?  Well,  I can only hope the Salt Lake Bees and the Colorado Springs Sky Sox keep up that leisurely pace on August 31st.  Why?

Because I am going to be racing them.

On Wednesday August 31st at 6:35 PM, as soon as the first pitch is thrown, I will begin running on a treadmill in Spring Mobile Ballpark. I hope to cover a marathon distance of 26.2 miles before the final out of the game.  With game times ranging from 2:17 minutes to 3:47 minutes just in the month of August alone, it is indeed going to be a challenge for me.  Throw in the fact that I will have just finished the Mesa Falls Marathon three days prior in Idaho and I have my work cut out.

In addition, I have never once more than 10 miles on a treadmill in my life and I am pretty sure that might be an overestimation as well.

So there are going to be plenty of variables as I take to the treadmill in less than three weeks. The rest of the plans are being worked out with regards to what will happen if I am able to beat the game and how fans can get involved.  We hope to have a web-feed with a live streaming camera so people can follow the action but if you are in the greater SLC area, please come down and cheer me on.

Hope to see you there!


Greg... said...

That will be an interesting challenge, since 26.2 is a long way to run on a treadmill. It would be interesting to hear a report of which was harder, the Spartan race or this run. Good Luck.

MorganGeo said...

Sounds exciting. It will probably be interesting to see how many fans just sit and stare at you while your run. =) One thing I like is that you always seem to keep running fun, no matter the way you do it!

Marcus said...

Man, let me tell you, I ran 18 miles on a treadmill once (I was at a hotel and unfamiliar with the surrounding area, wife didn't want me cruising around). It's as boring as it sounds. I'm sure with the crowd around you though it'll be interesting enough though. The basement fitness center I was in? Not so much.