Jamoosh’s Prize

For predicting the closest Charleston finish time, Jamoosh gets an inkydisastered quote of his he left in the comments:

Scribbling is therapy.

I get the urge to work on my penmanship from time to time.

Anyway, this little expression passed through the ol’ firer of synapses during the race frequently. I like it because it was more accurate a prediction than his time-themed one. I did run, I did finish, and it was good.

Also, congrats Jamoosh on another successful marathon.

Link dump with varying degrees of running relatedness

Your job is to find a connection other than “things Josh finds interesting and make him late for his morning run.”

1. “And so our neurons search for the undulating order, trying to make sense of this flurry of pitches. We can predict some of the notes, but we can’t predict them all, and that is what keeps us listening, waiting expectantly for our reward, for the errant pattern to be completed. Music is a form whose meaning depends upon its violation.

2. “These evolving populations of robots were able to learn to walk more rapidly than ones with fixed body forms.”

3. “What may have caused the trend … is selection against aggression. In essence, we domesticated ourselves, … Some 30 animals have been domesticated … and in the process every one of them has lost brain volume—typically a 10 to 15 percent reduction compared with their wild progenitors.

4. “Participating in an 8-week mindfulness meditation program appears to make measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy and stress.

5. “First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do. ” — Epictetus

Videos from the trail in Merrells

Iris and I went to North East Trail in Greensboro to check out the route for the next race, the Groundhog Gallop. Very nice trails – great foot-on-dirt terrain. But today it was 25 degrees, therefore a great chance to test out the Merrells. Here’s some footage:

And a bonus clip of my dog-whispering ways:

That last clip is how I spend most days. Don’t be jealous – it doesn’t suit you. Woof!