Sunday, December 14, 2008

COVERING YOUR TRACKS

Greetings from the City of Brotherly Love...otherwise known as "I am blowing smoke right into your rental car window in your first 20 minutes in the city". Yep..happened to me and my photographer Ron Mount when we finally arrived in Philly Sunday night to ready for our live shots Monday night when the Browns face the Eagles.

Our travel plans were scripted by the Travel Agency from Hell...also known as Stevie Wonder will GPS you. To save money, we were told to drive an hour to Canton Akron..fly to Detroit..lay over for 3 plus hours and then fly from Detroit to Philly. To make things even more interesting, our flight landed an hour late due to an emergency at Phildelphia International Airport.

But, we are alive and as I write this, its late at night and the Cowboys and Giants are battling on Sunday night football. I have ingested a Philly Cheesesteak, sending my cholesterol levels soaring over the highest building in Philly.

You might recall in our last live gig in Buffalo, the fans there said the F-word on live T.V. and we are planning to prevent such an boo boo this time in Philly. How I am just not sure, but maybe we will just try to fake the fans out...and pretend I am going live in, say 10 minutes and then sneak in one real quick.

Training for the week went pretty well. My goal was 30 miles of running, but I managed to just hit the 26 mark. I think the very long travel today halted my late plans. However, early Monday am, I plan on getting into the city and running a very long, 7-9 miles before we get cranking for the day.

CSI North Chagrin

One run last week on a frigid, snowy day, I got in an 8 miler at North Chagrin and experimented a little. There was about a half inch snow on the ground. So...I found a pair of running shoe tracks that, I figured were close to mine...maybe 9.5 or 10's and I attempted to run in those shoes. You know, match the unknown person, stride for stride. It was funny at first. I normally run 10:00 pace or so on the trails..but this person had to be a faster jogger. Anyway, I just matched him and started thinking about him. What does he do for a living? Does he do triathlons too?. Did he vote for Obama or McCain?? Was he running with someone else(I saw tracks) or was he running after someone. How far did he run?? Was he aware that he was being silently stalked by yours truly? It was fun impersonating the person (or his shoes) and it made the run fly by. I even looked real hard at the tread on the shoes and discovered they were Asics , just like mine. You might think this weird, I got a kick out of it.

Speaking of getting a kick..I worked out THE BRIDE on a circuit session and I will relate that to you on a coming post...
Have a Great Week
Life's a Blast

19 comments:

Trishie said...

I don't think it's weird, but then again, people think _I'm_ wierd ;) watching the cowboys/ giants game and am feeling sick. am a Redskins fan ... aka 'fan-of-whoever-plays-Dallas' and my husband is a Giants fan. enjoy your cheesesteak!

Kelly said...

the amount of thought you put into that person's life is creepy haha.

and as for the live shot... that sucks. that's why I love being on this side of the camera

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

Interesting. I can't say that I would ever think to do that (run in someone else's tracks) much less put as much thought into it as you did.

Missy said...

I'm with you...I'm always wondering WHO 'those people' are. Are they training for something, did they just start running, how fast are they? Hey, got to kill time out there some way!

TrainingtoTri said...

Have fun in Philly. Sounds like a travel nightmare, you could have driven there faster for sure! I do that too on the trails! Mostly b/c I find the tracks less icy.

Wes said...

I didn't know about the f-bomb thing. LOL... Those fans!! Following in someone else's foot steps, especially a speedster, can be a good thing!!! :-)

Triteacher said...

What a cool way to increase your pace - and to entertain your brain while running.

Steph said...

I don't think it's weird JT...i'll do anything to help a long run fly by! hahaha

rocketpants said...

Sounds like a fun way to do a run! Way to get most of your training in even with all the traveling.

Rainmaker said...

I gots a new name for ya: The snow stalker.

:)

Rainmaker said...

Oh, and when you wandering down to DC...?

Benson said...

What a cool idea. I tend to think a bit about others tracks as well. Most of the tracks I see are wild carnivors...talk about creepy.

beth said...

hope philly wasn't too bad! i'll be back there (my hometown!) next weekend...where was the cheesesteak from? YUM!

Sarah said...

That was awesome. Definitely a nice way to keep your mind off the FREEZING COLD...

I'm just too much of a wuss, I've been becoming friends with the treadmill again. :( (and we don't even have snow on the ground! Though it did hit the local mountaintops around 1500 feet a couple nights ago!)

A. M. Mericsko said...

All those years of watching you cover the sports & I never knew you were a hardcore triathlete. Awesome!

Marcy said...

Love the new header JT!! Just what I need. I'm so sick of looking at snow :P

LOL you know, I'm gonna have to try that (running in someone else's tracks) I never thought to do it before hehe.

untpawgal02 said...

Nice way to pass time while running! Whenever it snows here I might just have to borrow that idea :)

Brian said...

The things the mind goes through on long runs is astounding. Keep up the training. D day is almost here. Hope for some warmer weather for you all and me volunteering or I might have to run a little to warm up.

Kevin said...

Interesting way to pass the time running. Too bad we dont get too much snow here in georgia