Saturday, April 16, 2011

Beat Beethoven - Not Me

Another post with no moto content. This morning was the 17th annual Beat Beethoven 5K Run put on by the Fairbanks Symphony. The goal is to try and finish the run before the last note of Beethoven's 5th symphony. I have never even gotten close. My time has been getting worse each time I've entered, maybe I should quit while I'm ahead (behind). I'm still unable to run much due to a sore knee so I was happy just walking and visiting with others along the way. It was a beautiful day about 40°F and sunny. The course had some ice and lots of gravel and it seemed to have more uphills than before.

Tonight, I'm headed to Washington D.C. as I have been doing every April for the last 6 years or so, for the Internet² Spring Member Meeting as well as some other meetings. I'll be taking advantage of the flight outside by swinging through Oregon to visit family on the way back.


  1. RichardM, back when I was young and fit, I used to run 10Km races for long is Beethoven's Fifth?


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  2. I'm told that Beethoven's 5th is around 29 minutes long.


  3. Well, if ya can't ride...may as well run! I could maybe do 2 miles before the end of the song! :)

    I can't run a 5k. I do a run/walk mix, my running being not much faster than a walk anyway.

    I'm going to be helping at my first 5k in a couple weeks, then a couple weeks after that, a group of some friends and I are doing an unofficial 5k/10k/half marathon, walk or run. Ha-guess which one I choosing! (not the half-mary that's for sure!)

  4. I use to run a few 10k's and didn't really like them. I use to run 3 miles each morning so one day I decided to try a 5k race. I say race because as you know they're fast.

    I'd like to meet you, Richard, if you're going to be at PDX or somewhere else convenient when in Oregon. If that works just send me an email.

  5. bluekat:
    I also do the walk/run bit and running is not much faster than walking but seems to take a whole lot more effort. A couple of years back, I walked a marathon without a whole lot of effort but that same year, I couldn't run 5K if my life depended on it.

    Mike & Dom:
    I really admire those that can run races. But I don't think I'll ever be a runner.

  6. Richard:

    My running days are over. actually, my walking days are nearly over. Even watching runners, makes me tired . I am more suited for the registration table, or "finish line" photographer

    Riding the Wet Coast

  7. Dear Richard M:

    I believe a man should only run when properly motivated — like when being chased by a hyena.

    Fondest regards,
    Jack • reep • Toad
    Twisted Roads