Saturday, February 5, 2011

Krispey Kreme Challenge 2011

"I loathe people who keep dogs. They are cowards who haven't got the guts to bite people themselves." - August Strindberg

"Writing about music is like dancing about architecture." - Elvis Costello
I assume that's meant to imply that people shouldn't write about music. I find dancing about architecture to be a fascinating idea, and it's something I would try if I were a dancer.

"As a child my family's menu consisted of two choices: take it or leave it." - Buddy Hackett

"Friendship is Love without his wings!" - Lord Byron

Here's what I did today:

Shortly before 7 a.m., my dad woke me up.
Me: Go awaaaay
Him: Do you want to run today?
Me: Is it raining?
Him: Scattered showers across the state throughout the day.
Me: How cold is it?
Him: 35 degrees.
Me: I'm staying in bed.

That plan lasted for about five minutes, and then I got up anyway. We were sitting in the parking lot next to the starting line at about 8. It was raining. It was cold. I'd created a playlist of songs I was actually willing to listen to so that I wouldn't have to stick my iPod on Shuffle and take it out to skip over stuff every five minutes. The playlist had ~85 songs and was in alphabetical order.
Over the course of the race, I measured my time by where in the alphabet I was. If there was 85 songs, and 26 letters, that was roughly 4 songs per letter, so 16 songs if I had just reached the Es. An average song-length of 3 minutes brought me to 48 minutes at a given time.
There's a lot of assumptions and guessing involved, but it ended up being fairly close to the actual time, based on what the clock said when I reached the finish line.

There weren't as many people dressed up in weird costumes as there was last year, unfortunately. There was a guy in a batman suit, though, and someone else was wearing a T-shirt that read "PUKE." My sisters (who are faster than I am) saw a back of a shirt that read "Are you following me?"

It was so cool seeing all of those thousands of people showing up despite the weather, and running/walking together. Some people were serious and running super hard, and others were just there to dress up and have fun with friends.
What started as 12 college students competing for a dare turned into a huge 7500+ competitor charity event, and I find that to be really inspiring, and a sign of the awesomeness of our community. 

So now my legs are a bit sore, there's 5 boxes of donuts on our table, and I have two lab reports to write.

Adios, amigos.


  1. Oh gosh. You RAN that race?! :O My friend Noelle did it, too, and I was like... that's insane. Such a crappy day for that, on top of everything! Hope it was fun/you didn't get *too* sick :P

  2. Also, it's spelled *KRISPY Kreme.

  3. Yeah, I did.I didn't even try to eat all of the donuts, though. I just had 2 there, and 1 when I got back.

    Krispy. Gotcha.

  4. wow, cool. it's also great to know that i'm not the only person that does that with my iPod :)
    I loved the dog quote.


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