Friday, January 15, 2010

Friday Leftovers (Jan. 15)

It's Friday, so time to get on with the Leftovers.

Word Association

Play here.

1. Resolutions :: New Year's
2. Page :: Arizona
3. Narrow :: Minded
4. Refuse :: To Lose
5. Fountain :: Valley
6. Grunt :: Army
7. Construct :: Build
8. Nightmare :: Long
9. Inch :: Nine
10. Instant :: Replay

Ha. Page, Arizona, is where Mrs. LB's family has been going to for years, for vacation. It's near Lake Powell. Remember this run, and the Glen Canyon Dam I ran across? That was in Page, Ariz. Number 8 is a song off Metallica's latest CD, All Nightmare Long, and I'm not much of a Nine Inch Nails fan, actually I don't like them at all, but that's what came to mind for number nine.

Falling Down

Okay, so I thought I might have had an out. When I wrote about how I fell during a freshman girls soccer game earlier this week, blog buddy Amanda commented about how it might have been due to an earthquake. We've been having a steady stream of temblors here in Cali, and I thought just for kicks I'd go check it out. See, I have this totally awesome link that tracks all seismic activity in California and the area.

So I saw this entry. Keep in mind, my game was on Monday (Jan. 11) afternoon.

3.2 2010/01/11 15:33:52 33.966N 116.877W 10.8 4 km ( 3 mi) NNE of Banning, CA

My game was roughly 30 miles west of Banning, so I did some quick calculations and thought I was off the hook. I figured Amanda was right, that a 'quake had caused me to fall. But alas, the temblor struck at 3:33, and since my game started at 3:15 and I fell towards the end of the first half, it was probably closer to 4 than 3:30. Oh well. No such luck for me.

Anyway, here's the link to the site. If 'quakes scare you, then you may not want to move to SoCal.

Of course, I can't help but think of what's going on down in the Caribbean with the massive earthquake that struck there. Since we do live in 'quake central, I often worry about such a massive earthquake striking us here. I used to hear in school all the time how "The Big One" was coming, how we had to prepare for a big shaker. Not like a 5.5 or 6.5 earthquake but something north of 7.0, which would indeed be quite large. But it hasn't happened, and hopefully it won't anytime soon.

But if I spend too much time on that link (and I usually check it out once a day at least), I start to get worried. Truth be told, I only started worrying about earthquakes when I became a dad. Before I had children, I didn't think much of them. But now, I get tense when I think I feel the ground moving.

So, anyway, there are lots of earthquakes every day in California. Dozens of them. For Wednesday alone, there were 82 earthquakes (I counted) ranging from a 0.2 (which you probably wouldn't feel even if the epicenter was across the street) to a 3.3 (a decent-sized earthquake). That one was in Ferndale, which I don't even know where it is (quick Google Maps search says that's way up in Northern California, closer to Oregon than San Francisco). There are some really remote places that show up on there. Something called The Geysers comes up a lot, so you may not want to move to The Geysers unless you like to feel the ground move.


So I wore The Garmin during my junior varsity girls soccer game on Thursday. Turns out, I run a lot during games. The Garmin had me down for 3.95 miles! Wow. Now, JV games I do by myself so I tend to run more than I do during a varsity game, when I work with a partner. But still, that's a lot of running around.

I wonder if that counts as cross training. I hate cross training but I know I have to get back into it at some point.

Oh well. I logged the mileage for that game down as mileage for the week. Hey, I tracked it, right? So I get to count it, right?

Shout Out

In case you missed it, blog buddy Christy ran her first marathon on Sunday. She rocked the socks off Disney World, and she is a bona fide marathoner now. Congratulations.

Check out her race recap here.

One cool thing about her race that isn't part of mine is that you were able to track runners. I signed up for alerts, and when I woke up Sunday morning she'd just crossed the halfway point. I got an update right before I had to leave the phone in the car as I had just pulled up for my own run with the Lopers. It was at 20 miles, and I think she was at around 3:30 or 3:40 in regards to her time.

Some of the bigger races have such updates, which you receive by text or email. Surf City does not, however. Oh well.

LB's Song of the Week

Back after a brief hiatus (ha! you thought you were done suffering through this!) my weekly nod to children's music.

This song has made it onto my Surf City playlist, for obvious reasons.

I'm not a big fan of The Roots necessarily, though I have seen them in concert three or four times I believe. Each time, though, they were part of the opening acts for Rage Against The Machine, and they were enjoyable. Definitely better than the Wu-Tang Clan, who I've suffered through on more than one occasion. Not sure if The Roots play this song now (it's sorta new) in their shows... I'm guessing not.

One thing... if you're not familiar with the show Yo Gabba Gabba! pay no mind to the strange looking characters. We are big fans of the show so we enjoy them, but they do look a bit odd to some people... and when I say "we" I mean the girls and I - Mrs. LB? NOT a fan.


Jephy's Mom said...

Your song of the week is not too bad. Different from the other stuff.

It would be cool to track a race like that -no waiting for results.

Christy said...

Thanks for the shout out!

I wish all races had the track runners thing. It was so cool, plus instant results!

Thanks for tracking me, too! Every time I crossed one of the timing mats I'd think about all the people that were instantly getting my results. It was a definite motivator!

Kerrie T. said...

I grew up in Northern California. I sort of remember feeling one earthquake when we were up at my grandparents' house in Lake Tahoe, but I wonder if I really felt it or if it I just remember talking about it.

Anyway, I left for college when I was 17 -- moved to Pullman, WA. No earthquakes there. I didn't feel my first REAL earthquake until one in Seattle -- I think it was 2001.

What's happening in Haiti is so sad because the quake was so big and their structures were not built to handle any sort of earthquake at all. Just heart-breaking.

Morgan said...

To crazy about figuring out that there might have been tremors! So crazy! Especially considering all the Haiti madness going on!

I got to see Christy while she was running and she did so great and looked so happy!

The tracking thing can be great when it works... when I ran Chicago only one alert went out, my 10k and a lot of people tracking me were very worried that something happened to me when they didn't get anything else.

Katie A. said...

I'm in NorCal near the Loma Prieta and San Andreas faults that they keep telling us is going to go big at any time. We had a few last week, 4.0 and higher and I am freaked out! I can't think about it too much either or I will just be frozen. We did install some cabinet locks this week to save our dishes, and of course we have all the water and food stored. I just keep thinking about how lucky we are compared to the poor souls in Haiti. My heart breaks for them all.
You run a crap load during those games, it toally counts as cross training and possibly some speed work :) Keep up the good work, good luck on the 22 miler and have a great weekend buddy!!!

Amanda said...

Thanks for the tag! Even though the timing is off I still think it's quite ironic there actually was a tremble during that time :)

I love that Yo Gabba song!

Tricia said...

Yo Gabba Gabba is a staple in this house. I'm off to read Christys report.

Have a great weekend!

Willoughby said...

Here in Michigan we don't have earthquakes (technically, we do, but they are generally too small to feel) but we have deadly ice storms in the winter and tornados in the spring and summer. I guess you have to be happy with where you live and not worry too much about what could happen.

Tattoos and Teething Rings said...

I'm totally stealing your earthquake excuse next time I trip over my own two feet ;)

Angie Eats Peace said...

I think reffing definitely counts on cross training!