Sunday, April 29, 2007

OKC Memorial

This morning I woke up at 4:45 and headed into downtown Oklahoma City. There were 15,000 runners with 5,000 volunteers. Throughout the course people were outside cheering us on and saying "Thank You" in appreciation. The race went really well. I had debated whether to run with friends the whole time or push myself to see what I could do. So, I stayed with friends for the first two miles at a slow pace then took off making up a lot of time up until about mile 7. After mile 7 I got tired and from then on it was a challenge just to keep a steady pace. My stretch goal was to get in at 2 hours 10 minutes. I made it at 2:09:48. Carolyn was a great encourager & I saw her three different times on the course, which always made me feel like I had a little more energy.

It was a surprisingly emotional experience. Crossing the finish line felt great and I feel privileged to have been apart of something so meaningful to the city. We experienced the Bombing Memorial site two different times and it was incredible. If your ever in OkC you have to check it out.

I still don't consider myself a runner, but it is a good feeling to go from "I hate running" to completing a half-marathon at a personally challenging pace.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Eye Level

Came across this one while cleaning off my memory card.

The only time I've been eye level with a giraffe, it posed for just about 2 feet from me (at the St. Louis Zoo).

Race Day

It's only two days out from the big race. I'm excited to run it, though sad to loose my running partner. Carolyn isn't going to run this year and I've found it hard to keep a steady pace without her. We've been training together up unti labout three weeks ago, we'll see how it goes.

Good News

I'd like to introduce you to our child:

It's true, Carolyn is pregnant! The due date is December 2nd. We're pretty excited. She's in her 9th week & has not been feeling the best. She's pretty tired & nauseated, but if you'd like to hear more about her check out her new blog: Story of my life.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Good News of the Day

Tonight I had the joy of talking with my good friend Allen (from the Multnomah days). We came to the realization that I wouldn't see him before he & his family moves to Boston where he'll be attending Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. They leave for a vacation drive/move across country at the end of May and we'll miss them by only two weeks. They just so happen to be stopping in Minneapolis on June 6 which is where I'll be for the ACSD conference that week. I'm so glad that I'll be able to see the Hutchison family one more time before they set up in New England.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Home Alone

Carolyn's mom came to visit this week, which is fantastic. First time we've seen family since Christmas. However, Carolyn and her mom have been gone since Thursday to a womens conference in Chattanooga, TN. They'll be back on Monday.

Having the place to myself hasn't been too bad and I'm not bored yet. I've been working on putting my bike together and played frisbee all day today. JBU is hosting an Ultimate tournament this weekend and we were out in the mid-80 degree sun playing all day. I'm pretty tired and think I'll be sleeping early tonight.

Seafront property for sale in Utah

According to Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse, the earth is going to be visited by an unfriendly asteroid the size of the Rose Bowl. It’s named Annabis, after the Egyptian god of death and darkness. On Friday the 13th of April 2029 it’s approach will bring it closer to earth than our orbiting communication satellites. There is a one in 45,000 chance it will hit the earth.

Where will it hit you ask? The Pacific Ocean, about 311 miles off the coast of Santa Monica. Just thought I'd let you know.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Free Cone Day

Ben & Jerry's is having their annual free cone day today! This will be only the second time I've missed it since my senior year at Multnomah. Visit between 12-8 today. Check www.benjerry.com for a location near you.

For those in PDX: downtown location always has a shorter line than Hawthorne. By the way, I highly recommend their Heath Bar Crunch.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Play Ball

From SI.com with the caption: "We guess you don't"

Badger

I just realized that my last name, Brock, means badger. I'm not sure how I feel about that. I'll have to find some cool characteristic of the Badger that is noble or something. It comes from Old English & is of Celtic origins, so that's cool.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Readers like Sports

The National Endowment for the Arts conducted a longitudinal study (studying same group over an extended period of time) on Americans reading habits. Some not surprising conclusions were made like the fact that there is a significant decline in reading at all levels.

The surprising discovery was that there is a strong correlation between the act of reading and attendance at sporting events. Listed under #2 of the 10 key findings is “Literary readers and arts participants engage in sports more readily than non-readers and non-participants.” Literary readers are nearly two times as likely to attend sports events. Click here for a pdf of the Reading at Risk report.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Refreshed

Today is a good old fashioned rainy day; just grey and lightly raining since I got up this morning. It seems like it never rains here and having a whole day be rainy a real treat for me. Who knew you could miss rain?

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Stavesacre

"Stavesacre as we know it, is done." Just read this post from their blog dated February 27th.

Goodbye old friends, thanks for the music.

PS-Joel, thanks for introducing me.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Taxes

Done. We went to Sonic & got a shake to celebrate.

Final Results

Jed is the only one who picked Florida and held onto his lead. Here are the final standings:

1. Jed 1450
2. Carolyn 1030
3. Hutch 930
4. Greg R. 920
5. Greg B. 890
6. John 860

Well done to all. Jed, your super prize will be on it's way soon.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

How Things Change

With only two teams left, there has been incredible changes in the standings. I've stayed in first or second place the whole tournament. Carolyn has been last the whole tournament, now things have changed:

Person:Total Points:Possible Points Remaining
1. Jed :1290:160
2. Carolyn :1030:160
3. Hutch :930:160
4. Greg R. :920:160
5. Greg B. :890:0
6. John :860:0