Post Summer of Suffering 2014 Wrap-up

Nipple chafe is real, and it really sucks.
Nipple chafe is real, and it really sucks.

This weekend, I finished my second half marathon, the We Care Twin Cities Half Marathon. With the exception of the Sand Creek trail run in a couple weeks, and that’s quite a bit deeper into fall, my summer of suffering is over. So let’s take a look at the results!

  • March 29 – Penguin in the Park – 5K – 30:50
  • May 3 – Moonlight Marathon – 5K – 30:45
  • May 10 – Whitmore Classic – 5M – 48:36
  • May 31 – RAINN 5K – 5K – 33:17
  • June 28 – Scheels 5K – 5K – ???
  • July 4 – Staley Firecracker – 4M – 41:53
  • August 17 – Abe’s Amble – 10K – 1:04:22
  • September 21 – Shoreline Classic – 15K – 1:36:50
  • September 27 – We Care Twin Cities – Half Marathon – 2:22:57

Overall, I can’t complain much. I took a break from running after Whitmore and, clearly, my times suffered for it, but they’re all an improvement over last year’s. I tried to run everything in my Vibram FiveFingers, but they’re really hard on my feet. A couple weeks before Shoreline, I decided to switch back to traditional running shoes so that I wouldn’t unnecessarily risk injuring myself and missing my two biggest runs. It was the right call because I don’t think I would’ve made it through the half marathon essentially barefoot, but I’m still disappointed. I’m not giving up on them though, as my stride is much less heel-heavy than it used to be. I’ll be running in them at Sand Creek in two weeks.

Just because my summer of suffering is over, I’m by no means done! I’m feeling more confident in my ability to finish an actual marathon, so I’ve got to keep up running through the winter so that I’ll be ready in April. That said, here’s my wishlist for the rest of the year!

  • October 12 – Sand Creek Trail Run – 7+M
  • November 9 – Route 66 Half Marathon – Half Marathon
  • November 22 – Turkey Trot – 10K
  • December 10 – Frostbite Festival – 10M

Unused D&D game ideas, the series!

Sometime last year, I posted somewhere (probably Twitter) that I had a handful of D&D campaign ideas kicking around and no outlet for them. I said that if I didn’t use them, I was going to post them so maybe someone else could. And now I’m running a Pathfinder game and it’s great! But these ideas I had were better suited to one-shots, and I’m running Rise of the Runelords, so I still haven’t used them.

Regardless, I’m going to make good on my threat. I’m going to post them. As I said, all of them are better suited for short-term games, either one-shots, or limited settings.  I almost used one of them and it is the most filled-out, the rest are just general directions, themes, or plots. Like, I’d have a particular rule or class that I’d want to explore and practice, and write the game around that. As I haven’t played any of these, I can’t guarantee any of them are even fun. I envisioned running these in D&D 3.5, so D&D 3.5 or Pathfinder are the preferred mechanics, but most of them are such loose concepts that they can probably be easily used with another fantasy game.

Ever since playing in a long-term weekly D&D campaign over 10 years ago, I can’t help but associate “D&D night” with Thursdays, so they’re going up on Thursdays starting in October. I don’t have a ton, but I’ll at least make it through that month. So mark your calendars!

Vegan MoFo 2014!

Every year, Katie participates in Vegan MoFo. She puts a ton of effort into it. For the last couple years, she’s been doing a vegan dinner and a movie theme. She usually asks me for suggestions and I give her nothing but garbage. Bad sci-fi. Movies without any food in them. Movies she doesn’t even like. I’m useless.

Except this year, she said I should do guest blog post for one of my inane suggestions. She was probably joking, but I took her up on it! And here it is, vegan dinner and a movie for Johnny Mnemonic! And I wouldn’t want to wear out my welcome, so you’re only getting one out of me this year. See you again at Vegan MoFo 2015!