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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.



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 #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

Southwest Vacation: Day Three

Today we went to the zoo with Stephanie’s parents. But this was not just any zoo. It was the San Diego Zoo! Which means… giant pandas!

Ever since I was ~1 and got a cuddly panda teddy bear for Christmas (cleverly named Pandy – kids are so good at naming their stuffed animals, yeah?), the giant panda has been my favorite animal. I don’t think that pandas are a particularly uncommon favorite animal (because they’re AMAZING), but having them as your favorite does kind of suck because they’re so rare. This means that 1) you’re constantly worrying about them all dying and becoming extinct (this bothered me ALL THE TIME when I was little) and 2) it’s super hard to see them in real life. For contrast, my sister’s favorite animals when she was growing up were sheep. She could go to any petting zoo and rub up against those! I was not so lucky. Up until today I had seen some red pandas (which are really cute, but totally not the same) and THOUSANDS of pictures of giant pandas… but not the real thing. And then today I saw TWO giant pandas. It was amazing.

Giant Panda SD ZooPandy
Gao Gao (left) and Pandy (right). Pandy is considerably older. Sorry for the rough treatment, buddy.

Again, Stephanie was nice enough to take some pictures with her phone. I brought my DSLR down to San Diego, but I left it in the hotel because it’s big and bulky and I’m too lazy to lug it around. The picture quality isn’t the greatest, but you get the idea. We were maybe eight feet away from the giant pandas. And a bit closer to the little red pandas. It was a good day.

Red Panda SD ZooStuffed Red Panda
I have two stuffed animals with me in Seattle. They’re both pandas. Because why wouldn’t they be?

The rest of the zoo was pretty cool, too. The exhibits were large and despite the crowds it never really felt crowded. It was pretty hot out, but there was lots of shade so it was never unbearable. We ate lunch at the Sabertooth Grill inside the zoo. I got a turkey bacon ranch wrap (meat #14!). It was nice and cool and filling/refreshing.

otter SD ZooThis otter was my other favorite animal today. He just sat on his log and glared at us. So cute!

All of the other animals/exhibits kind of blended together a little bit because there were sooooo many and the zoo was sooooo big. We were there for about five hours, but despite walking quickly and not stopping for breaks (other than lunch), we probably only managed to see about 80% of the stuff. I guess that just means I’ll have to go back again some other time…

SD Zoo smashed penniesSmashed pennies for my collection! These really make the best souvenirs.

For dinner, we went out and got some pizza (New York style, which I think is the best style). We were joined by Stephanie’s parents/sister/niece/nephews/etc. There were ten of us altogether, including four less than 14-year-olds; I’ve heard the phrase “it’s like herding cats” used by multiple people multiple times to describe interacting with those kids. Fortunately, Stephanie’s niece/nephews were generally well behaved most of the time so it wasn’t terribly trying. I had a slice each of the supreme (meat!), cheese, vegetarian (with broccoli, which is one of my absolute favorite pizza toppings), and margherita. And Dr. Pepper! I liked the pizza a lot, but Stephanie seemed a little lukewarm about it. The place we went to felt a teensy bit sketchy, but it was pretty cheap ($2 for huge slices) so I thought it was worth it.

We were pretty pooped after spending the whole day walking around in the sun, so after dinner we just went back to our hotel, watched a little bit of HGTV, and went to bed early.

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Miles run in 2014: 96.4
Books read in 2014: 21