Archive for April 2007

Sunburst for Kentucky

Sunday, 29 April 2007

Running onto the inner track of Church Hill Downs (Kentucky Derby fame) the thought hit me: whereas Notre Dame fans like the idea of running onto the field at the Sunburst races, Kentuckians like the idea of running on the track of Church Hill Downs.

But that didn’t help me much: Mile 14 I crashed. I would complain about the hills, so I will…I wasn’t prepared for them. The course was beautiful, but in no way should I have been trying for a PR. Wonderful people and wonderfully organized.

So, here are my numbers (and they had a really cool thing where people could follow your progress through the course. I signed up for the results to be sent to my email address, so I’m posting the last one that summarizes my race (and you’ll see a drop off from about the half-way point: 20ishK…I was on pace for a 3:40 finish until then):

Chris Judson has finished the Derby Festival Marathon in 4:02:56 at an average pace of 9:16.1.

According to preliminary results, he is number 343 overall and number 43 in his age group. These results are subject to change when results are finalized.


10K: 0:51:27
15K: 1:17:43
25K: 2:13:06
30K: 2:43:09
Finish (42.2K) – Gun Time: 4:04:52
Finish (42.2K) – Net Time: 4:02:56

Thanks Louisville, KY for a wonderful experience and good seafood at Joe’s Crab Shack on the River!


Off to Louisville!

Friday, 27 April 2007

We leaving very soon for the Kentucky Derby Marathon. Looking for a pr of 3:40 and the weather looks great.
Now, for a 5hourish drive with Lois.

License to Plate: Play by the rules?

Tuesday, 24 April 2007

In God We Trust license plate
I’ve not been a fan of the newer “In God We Trust” Indiana license plates for a few reasons, but the one that bothers me the most is that Indiana drivers don’t have to pay extra for the special plate.

That should bother any tax payer, yes?

I can see how some of my Christian friends would want to get one of these faith-based plates, or as The Christian Post puts it:

Indiana’s newest faith-friendly license plates are doing well in purchases, allowing thousands of state drivers to express their relationship with God.

So a lawsuit was filed yesterday (and it made its way through the AP wire via Indy Star) that the ACLU finds the license plates “unconstitutional.”

And, I have to agree with them on this one.

The man who filed the suit has a point:

“I’m into the environment. I wanted to make a statement,” Studler said. “And for them to just come out and put out a free plate that’s a special plate” seems unfair.

I have difficulty, though, with the logic of the religious view (offered up by Curt Smith, president of the Indiana Family Institute)

“We mention God in the Declaration of Independence and in many of our founding documents, and so I think it’s very appropriate and legitimate to encourage the dissemination of this phrase.”

But that’s not what the original intent of the plate was:

Rep. Woody Burton, R-Greenwood, led the effort in 2006 that created the plate. He has said that judges are chipping away at the Judeo-Christian foundation of America, and he backed the plate to give like-minded residents the chance to show their concern.

I think I know where this is headed (even though there are now over a “half-million” of the plates sold in a 5-month period). I expect a lot from the folks on the right in this “conversation” but I have a feeling that they will cry “foul” or play the “historical” argument as Smith does. What is more unfortunate is that my conservative Christian friends won’t play fair because they feel that their beliefs trumps all things. God, believers, the country–are not being persecuted on this issue. This issue is about not giving special privileges to people because of their beliefs (be it God or the environment or Riley’s Hospital or Indiana University or Grace College or the World Champion Colts).

And I know it’s cliche, but I think the spirit of the phrase is true: “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”

Go pay the $20 fee and play nice with others.

Now, let’s work on the mandatory pledge and moment of silence in Indiana schools.

Two weeks until Louisville; Personally.

Monday, 16 April 2007

The long run Saturday (12-miler) went well and fairly bearable (+39f).

Today, Lois and I did some online quizzes and here are the results to two of mine:

What American accent do you have?

Your Result: The Midland


“You have a Midland accent” is just another way of saying “you don’t have an accent.” You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and Missouri) but then for all we know you could be from Florida or Charleston or one of those big southern cities like Atlanta or Dallas. You have a good voice for TV and radio.

The West


The South




North Central


The Inland North




The Northeast


What American accent do you have?
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which scrubs character r u

Your Result: J.D


you’re a daydreamer, often drifting off and fantasizing (…perhaps when u should be paying attention?)You’re very social and get along with people. You can also be a bit strange at times…

Dr. Cox








The Janitor


The Todd


Dr. Kelso


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20-Miler fun

Sunday, 8 April 2007

20-Miler fun

Originally uploaded by vergil66.

Perhaps it’s just me, but in any marathon training schedule, it’s that run roughly 4 weeks before the race: it’s the LONG RUN. This was a good run despite the +22f weather with a bit of 16 mph “in-the-face” wind that pelted my face for 1/2 mile on CR 32. Besides that, the iPod listening was good (“Wait, wait….Don’t Tell Me”; “Grammar Girl”; MacBreak Weekly; NPR Sunday Puzzler and more of _Freakanomics_).
Now, in relief, it’s tapper from here on out until the last week of April when we’re running in Louisville.

Website from the past (circa 1998)

Saturday, 7 April 2007

With the birth of my first son, Evan, I decided to use my new found skills as a Claris Homepage fiddler to put together a website…for real. I found these main page images that served as a clickable image for that site:

EW again
EW site

But, an iPod will teach them good

Friday, 6 April 2007

From Engaget:

Facing a $1 billion budget deficit, Michigan state House Democrats have proposed the natural addition to such a weighted spending plan: free iPods for every kid. Ostensibly for educational purposes, the $38 million plan would provide iPods or MP3 players to every student in Michigan to use as a learning tool. We’ve seen laptops — which Michigan (and Virginia) handed out to its students a few year back — and even PSPs be put to such educational use