Superfluous, Partially Running Related Dribble

I’ve been living with a hole in my heart for the last couple of weeks. My old Nike Dri Fit running hat morphed in grossness to the point where it was getting up on it’s own to run at 5:30am everyday. It ended up in the trash – it had to be done, although it was difficult nonetheless. So imagine my glee when I was leafing through the clearance pages of the latest Road Runner Sports catalog and happened upon the hat of my dreams. Hidden amongst other clearance gems like the Nike HatPhone and the Adidas Toiletry Kit was the IntelliSafe ID Hat. It’s bright, fluorescent, lime green, yellow, something or other with a spot for an id on the bottom of the bill and (wait for it) a blinking red light on the back. It’s tacky, it’s cheesy, the only thing it’s missing is a little propeller on the top – I think I love it. And I was able to wrestle it away from Road Runner Sports for $4.98 + free shipping. I am pretty cheap – I would run with a dead chicken on my head if it was only $4.98 and had sweat wicking properties.

So last weekend I went to open the slider to our patio to hit the barbecue and was greeted by a 3 inch Praying Mantis on the glass part of the slider. Being the youngest of three boys, I grew up keeping a weird assortment of things as pets that most people would probably dispatch with a rolled up magazine. So my knee jerk reaction to the mantis? I quickly retreated to one of the cricket strongholds in our backyard and snagged it a meal (after rallying my kids to watch this marvel of nature). I must have opened and closed that glass slider a dozen times while barbecuing, and that damn mantis never blinked, he was so focused on devouring that cricket (probably a proverb in there somewhere, feel free to dig it up for me). Anyway, my wife was even weirder than me and managed to snag it on video – this youtube clip is not for the faint of heart:

The only Grand Slam tennis event to take place on North American soil starts this week. I am taking the day off on Friday and will be at Flushing Meadow in NY to take it all in. Hopefully we can see some American tennis players advance into the later rounds in the only American Grand Slam (no chance any US men get into the quarters based on recent events, I dare you guys to prove me wrong). So, next weekend’s dream schedule looks something like this:

Fri – 6 mile tempo run in the AM
– US Open in the PM
Sat – Saturday in the Park 5K (wife’s inaugural race event)
Sun – 1st 20 mile training run of the Philly Marathon training schedule
Mon – Labor Day – Pier Village 5k (not sure if either of us are running this, game day decision)

Go MICHELE (6 days and counting)

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8 Responses to Superfluous, Partially Running Related Dribble

  1. Anonymous says:

    Mrs. PROGMAN2000 here,

    Thanks for all of the support! And yes, Marcy, I want my own Garmin…

    I ran my training run today. I must admit the bowl was dreadful, but I managed to survive it minus a stretcher so all in all it was a good morning!

  2. Michelle J says:

    Hi and thank you!!!!

    I want the book after you!!! Did i do it right or am i delirious??? :O)

    On sunday i plan on my longest run to date: 7-8 miles!!!

    Then i stop! Well at least for a day!!!


  3. Michelle J says:

    Tennis!!! YAY! I love the US OPEN!! I try to go every year! I didn’t get tickets yet this year, i wonder if they are still available?? It’s the 40th anniversary right???


    P.S. Your on my blog roll!!!

  4. Marcy says:

    Uhhhh oh, looks like you’re going to have Garmin #2 very soon 😉

    Dude, that hat is coolio! I think I might get it! Seriously, I’m waaayyy past the point of looking cool while running LOL. Anything that 1) keeps you comfy and 2) Keeps you visible.

  5. Wendy says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love your scenic pictures. Good luck at the 5k’s this weekend!

  6. David says:

    The cricket has filed a protest with the Nobody Cares Insect Union. Cruel and unusual video moment.

  7. Erin Leigh says:

    The hat is great!!! And cheap too, can’t beat that. Hope you have fun on Friday!!

  8. Spartan7 says:

    I like the hat. I’m trying out a couple new hats myself, orange and yellow. When I run at night, I have no problems. But during the day, golfers and gym rats seem to try and knock me off the road.

    Nice video. “Let The Bodies Hit the Floor” went through my head.

    Maybe the book will get to all 50 States?

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