I was surfing MeFi last week when I saw this post suggesting a Nike+ challenge for MetaFilter users. “Intriguing!” I thought. “A running contest against pasty white geekboys? I might actually have a chance!” So I signed up. Then today I got an IM from the originator… and it turns out to be my old college friend Hoey! I’m not sure whether knowing one of the participants makes me more or less bloodthirsty. *shrug* Anyhoo, tonight I headed out for a 5K run around Vic Park. I managed the whole thing without stopping – quite the accomplishment here lately – and my hamstrings seem to be holding up well. (I’ve been applying anti-inflammatory gel before and after I run, and I’ve even started going to yoga again in an attempt to get in more stretching.) And the coolest thing is – thanks to the time zone difference, I’m the only one who’s had a chance to run yet so I’m in first place! I’ll try to enjoy it while it lasts…

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  1. It makes me more motivated (or “bloodthirsty,” I guess) Kris. I rolled out of bed and did 2 miles, thinking I would keep pace with you, then logged on and saw your 5K. Nice job. I’ve got some work to do; I’d say your position at the front is secure.

  2. Doubtful! My legs are killing me today. I’m going to need some serious recovery time. 🙂

  3. I thought that the Nike+iPod most appeals to geek people…

    Good luck with the challenge! I’m just about to wipe the floor with the opposition in my first 😉

  4. I’m still out in front, but I feel a bit of a cheat. The rest are all Americans living in the winter, so they have to make a special effort to get out there. Me, I can just walk to work and back every day and rack up three miles!

  5. Well if you walk… but running can be tough in the heat, lovely though the cicadas are.

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