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Race Day: Refuse to Abuse 5K at Safeco Field!

Today I went and ran around inside/on Safeco Field for the third annual Refuse to Abuse 5K that’s hosted by the Mariners and the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Stephanie and I ran in this race last year, too; it’s a lot of fun. Unfortunately, Stephanie has been dealing with a wonky left ankle for the past few weeks, so she didn’t run, but she still went down and walked the course.

Mariners5k2014_preraceMariners5k2014_crowd

 

Decked out in my finest neon. There were more than 1,300 runners/walkers and many more spectators.

Before the race, a bunch of pop music was being played (blasted) to help people get “pumped up”. Starbucks also had a booth where you could grab some water or a cup of their lukewarm Passion tea (blech). There were also a few activities for the “kids”. A station was set up with a bunch of markers and construction paper, where you could make encouraging signs to cheer people on. There was also a speed pitch booth, and the Mariner Moose was going around giving hugs and high-fives.

Mariners5k2014_pitchspeedThrowing a squishy, Nerf baseball a whopping 43 miles per hour. I’m a regular Jamie Moyer.

This year, the race was held a little later in the evening (@ 7pm) so it wasn’t as hot/sunny, which was nice. Unfortunately, it was way more humid. Blergh. Also, because there were more runners this year, they implemented a staggered start, releasing waves of ~100 people every 30 seconds, so I only got stuck behind slow pokes a few times. I hadn’t been training very well the last few weeks because I’ve been sick and it’ s been SO HOT, so I ended up running pretty slowly; my time wasn’t great, but it was still fun.

Mariners5k2014_MoosePosing with a 2-D Mariners Moose after finishing the race (image quality courtesy of Stephanie’s iPod).

After the race, we returned home, showered, changed, and went to a new wood-fired pizza restaurant just down the road. It just opened last month and we wanted to check it out. I got a small Caesar salad (which had a deliciously tangy dressing, but didn’t come with croutons??); a happy hour, personal pepperoni pizza (meat #34); and a pint of some local American amber. We were also able to catch the end of the Mariners game, and watch them beat the Angels in extra innings. Woo!

Mariners5k2014_goodiesRace day goodies.

Speaking of the Mariners… I’ve recently been given the opportunity start writing for Lookout Landing, the SBNation blog that covers the M’s. Earlier this week, they posted that they were looking to add an additional writer; I thought that that sounded really neat, so I sent them some writing samples and a resume, and they offered me a job on Wednesday. My first post went up yesterday morning and it was received pretty well. Also, Lookout Landing is currently the most popular blog among all of the baseball blogs on SBNation (I think it averages ~25,000-30,000 site views a day), so having the chance to write for them is not not a big deal. I’m excited!

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Miles run in 2014: 177.5
Books read in 2014: 48

The Meat I Eat #33

Yesterday was a big, meaty day!

First, I went up to the Phinney Ridge neighborhood with a buddy to watch the Men’s World Cup final. We had intended to go to The Dray, which is a cute little spot where they serve delicious flatbread pizzas and usually have a very good selection of interesting beers. They also carry coffee! Unfortunately, even though we got there right after they opened (and almost an hour before the match started), the place was packed. Instead of staying and standing the next 3+ hours, we forlornly started to head back to the car. As we were walking, we passed an Irish pub that we hadn’t noticed earlier. This place (Molly Maguires) had their front door propped open and we could see that they had pre-match World Cup coverage televised on a projector on the back wall. We poked our heads in the door and saw that there were only a couple of other folks sitting at the bar and the beer selection was pretty mediocre (also, no flatbread pizza). However, the game was starting soon and we didn’t want to miss it so we decided (somewhat resignedly) to go in and sit down. This turned out to be a very good decision.

Shortly after we’d grabbed some beer and claimed a table, the proprietor approached us and, in a thick Irish accent, quickly said something, pointed to the back room, and hurriedly walked away. We just kind of nodded our heads uncomprehendingly at him at first, but then we realized that he’d said something about complimentary snacks. Because the match hadn’t started yet, I figured I might as well go and grab some pretzels or peanuts or whatever so I could have something to munch on. But there were no peanuts or pretzels. Instead, there was a line of ~a dozen crockpots/trays/dishes: coleslaw, curry rice, curried meatballs, hot dogs, fried chicken, spaghetti and meatballs, hoagies… all complimentary! It was ridiculous. I made a meatball sub and had some rice and coleslaw. It was all tasty. Also, the pub eventually filled all up by ~the 20th minute. The crowd seemed evenly split between German and Argentinian supporters, so the atmosphere was raucous and the air was constantly filled with choruses of “ooooohs and “ahhhhhs”.

Later in the afternoon, I went over to a cookout at Curtis and Danni’s. We sat on their back porch in the sunshine and Curtis grilled up some hamburgers. There was quinoa salad and chips and guacamole and cupcakes and sangria. I also made a bunch of super refreshing caipirinhas, Brazil’s “national cocktail”, to commemorate the ending of the Men’s World Cup. After everyone was finished eating, we gathered at the table and played card games until the light faded and a few raindrops started to fall on our heads.

It was a good day.

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Miles run in 2014: 174.4
Books read in 2014: 46

The Meat I Eat #32

I hope everyone had a lovely fourth of July!

Instead of standing/sitting/being squashed in a seething mass of Seattlites to watch fireworks set off over Lake Union, this year Stephanie and I opted to do something different. We bought tickets to go see the Aquasox  (the single-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners) play up in Everett and watched their fireworks display instead. Somewhat unfortunately, despite the forecast for a 0% chance of precipitation,  it actually rained on and off for most of the game. We did not dress accordingly… so we got a little soggy.

Andrew_Stephanie_4thofJulyCold, wet baseball fans.

We weren’t miserable, but  it sure would’ve been nice to be dry. In any case, the stadium was cute and intimate (only seating ~3,500 people) and our seats provided an excellent view. The food/drinks inside were a little pricey, so we ended up going and getting some Quizno’s a few blocks away before the game started. (I got a turkey+bacon+guacamole sandwich – meat!)

Aquasox Video BoardThe Cascades provided a picturesque backdrop to the baseball game.

The baseball game featured a lot of good pitching/defense, so the action moved along at a surprisingly quick pace. Despite going into extra innings (the Aquasox lost 2-1 in the 11th), the game took almost exactly 3 hours. Fireworks started promptly 15 minutes after the game ended. The display was a little on the short side, but our visibility was unobstructed and the wind was blowing favorably such that we didn’t get inundated by tons of smoke. Also, they had a ton of those crackly fireworks, which cascade down with a bunch of satisfying pops after they’re set off. Those ones are my favorite! All in all, it was a nice way to spend the Fourth of July.

Aquasox ViewThe view from our seats.

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Miles run in 2014: 171.2
Books read in 2014: 44

The Meat I Eat #29, #30, and #31

I have three meat eating incidents to report this week.

Saturday, June 21st, 7:00pm:

The absolute highlight of this past week was going to Danni and Curtis’s wedding. These are two of the kindest, coolest, grooviest people that I know and celebrating their wedding with them was delightful. In addition to all of the lovely people in attendance, there was a wine/beer bar and a taco bar (chicken tacos!) and a sundae bar and a boatload of dancing and laughing and general jubilation… it was one big, wonderful party.

Andrew+Danni WeddingTired, but happy, from so much dancin’.

Tuesday, June 24th, 5:00pm:

On Tuesday, one of our friends invited us over to her condo (which she just BOUGHT, because she’s an ADULT) for drinks/desserts. Before we went over, Stephanie and I swung through Ballard and grabbed a bunch of $1 tacos at El Borracho’s. (I’ve written about going to this place previously.) This time, I made sure to try one of every variety (they have nine different kinds of tacos!); I still think that their carnitas taco (Coca-Cola braised shredded pork) is my favorite, but the cochinitas pibil (orange achiote pork with pickled red onion) was very good, too.

El_Borracho_TacosTacos as far as the eye can see…

Saturday, June 28th, 1:00am:

Finally, last night we went to… Taco Bell! We had an impromptu night out (i.e., deciding to meet up after 10pm), with a couple of our friends at King’s Hardware over in Ballard. We each had some cocktails and then we split a pitcher of cider. It was fun, but it’s been awhile since I’ve been out at a busy bar on a Friday night… there were so many drunk, boisterous, LOUD, happy people! Anyway, Stephanie and I go to Taco Bell maybe once a month (it’s the only fast food place we go to, unless you wanna count Subway), but I usually order all veggie options because it’s easy and they’re sufficiently tasty (crispy potato taco!). But last night I had a hankerin’ for a cheesy gordita crunch (with beef). So I ordered one. And it was glorious.

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Miles run in 2014: 162.8
Books read in 2014: 42

The Meat I Eat #28

Friday was Stephanie’s last official day workin’ at UW. She’d stayed on as a post-doc for her graduate advisor after gettin’ her PhD last August, but she’s taking the summer off until she starts her new position at NIST in Boulder, CO in October. To celebrate, we went out and got drinks/snacks at Naked City Brewing up in Greenwood. Naked City has some pretty fancy food… we split an order of french fries with black truffle sea salt, a cup of ginger-carrot soup, and a beet burger. The food was very good, but the portions were small. I also had a Spiced Peaches & Cream Hefeweizen from Laht Neppur Brewing Co. It tasted like peach cobbler. I enjoyed it a lot.

A few of our friends ended up joining us and we hopped over to the bar next door (Bill’s on Greenwood) to catch the end of the hockey game. The food at Bill’s was much more unassuming (and much greasier); I was still hungry, so I ordered their buffalo chicken flat bread pizza (with bacon!). Although it was only eight bucks, it was huge and came with A TON of delicious, salty, tangy, high-quality Roquefort. I was happily surprised. The food+drinks+friends+hockey combined to make for a lovely celebration evening. Hooray!

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Miles run in 2014: 152.0
Books read in 2014: 39