Portland Trail Blazers Cap Update and Predictions for 2016/2017 Season

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The Portland Trail Blazers have been very busy this off-season, retaining almost their entire second-round 2015/2016 team including Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Meyers Leonard among others.

 

Branding the team isn’t the only way to keep butts-in-seats,  having a good team is the most sure fire way to all but guarantee a sell-out audience in Portland. 

 

 

The Blazers Biggest Moves This Off-Season

 

  • Allen Crabbe $74.8 million guaranteed
  • Evan Turner $   70 million guaranteed
  • Meyers Leonard $   41 million guaranteed
  • CJ McCollum $ 106 million guaranteed
  • Festus Ezeli $   15 million guaranteed

 

What does this mean for the salary cap?  The NBA cap is expected to rise to over $90 million next year thanks to the multi-billion dollar television deal signed in 2014. Mid-level players are set to earn what used to be max deals.  In 2017, the Blazers will have $104,709,320  in salaries, including over a million in non-active player salary cap hits,  which is over the cap currently listed at $94,143,000. Thus, total salary, including tax, is $118.5 million in 2017 alone.

 

Whew. Would that I had $120 mil to throw around each year like Paul Allen.

 

 

The Blazers clearly think it is worth it. I gasped at the Evan Turner deal, I’m still not sold on it, but Olshey has proven he knows how to find and keep talent. The bigger potential issue here is whether Turner can mesh with Lillard and CJ. They’re the stars of this team.

 

The Blazers have gone big in a short time frame, paying out big bucks to players, and betting on immediate finals-worthy returns as soon as possible. Hard to argue with this approach, if you’re an owner that has billions of dollars to burn. Some have offered this team is the deepest the Blazers have ever enjoyed– not sure if we can argue something like that, but a potentially great team is on the verge of putting it all together.

 

 

It is hard to know if Stotts has it in him to help the current roster gel even more, but if he can build on last years’ success, and everyone *knocks on wood* stays healthy, the Blazers have a real chance of making serious moves in the Western Conference.

 

 

For kicks, ESPN has the Blazers winning two more than last season and ending at 4th in the West.  

 

 

As last season’s surprise, our panel sees further progress for a Portland team that spent serious dough this summer to keep its roster intact. The Blazers spent just north of $290 million dollars this offseason on new deals for C.J. McCollum, Allen Crabbe, Meyers Leonard and Evan Turner. And with Damian Lillard’s five-year, $139.9 million contract kicking in this season, Portland is going all-in to return to contention in the West.

Let ‘Em Juice? Performance Enhancing Drug Use In Athletics

I’ve been a sports fan my entire life and I have also been a fan of professional fighting for the past five years (MMA & Boxing). Recently, it seems like every sport has been in the spotlight for athletes failing performance enhancing drug (PED) tests. This even goes into the world of general entertainment, professional wrestlers and even movie stars are getting busted. Hell, Sly Stallone got popped for juicing when he filmed the Rocky Balboa movie. Most recently the Russian Olympic team was banned from the Rio games due to allegations of state sponsored doping programs.

Is doping really that bad for sports if “everyone’s doing it”?

So, what is the big deal if everyone is doing it? Lance Armstrong acts like he has no regrets for what he did. The most decorated American cyclist of my generation, and his simple response was, everyone else was doing it. The man made a fortune from it, and he honestly has a point. Since his confession, cyclists have been testing positive or admitting to elaborate doping regiments like crazy. Unlike combat or contact sports, is anyone getting hurt? I don’t remember Bonds, McGuire, or Sosa having hurt anyone. When McGuire and Sosa were battling for the single season homerun record, everyone was paying attention. Even me, and I am bored senseless by baseball.

Bolt was stripped of one of his 2008 Olympic Gold medals.

Yes, yes, I get it. It goes against the spirit of athletic competition. But we are actually seeing some of the most amazing feats of sports entertainment that have ever been witnessed. All the icons that people have…have been caught. Even, Usain Bolt, recently lost a Gold Medal due to retesting of old samples. But you all loved him. You all wanted to see him break every record and you wanted to see history happening. Maybe PED use is just the evolution of sport and the integration of entertainment and big business.

 Athletes within combat and contact sports know that they are going into a field of work that brings about inherent risk of harm and even possible death. But in combat sports, excessive violence is what drives the industry. This also drives the paydays that these athletes realize when popularity increases. Recently Brock Lesnar tested positive for PED use, but you know what, he sold a lot of pay per views; oh and he pocketed $2.5M for his fight. Fans were thrilled. They may feel cheated afterwards, but they still had that moment of seeing exactly what they wanted. Look at the following picture and tell me honestly that no one had the slightest clue that he may be roided out.

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Does this look au naturel to you?

I don’t know if I agree with everything that I have just said, but I can see why an athlete would risk everything they have to be the best. Even if that best is marked with an asterisk. Has modern day physical competition moved more into the realm of big business and entertainment and further away from seeing the possible accomplishments of the mind and body working as one? Major sports equal major money. I can see why big business and TV networks are ok with turning a blind eye, they are getting your money, and you the spectator are still left smiling.

Would you be tempted to take a pill or needle to be rich, do you really think you are that resolute to say you wouldn’t be tempted?

Get a Job – 5 Interview Tips

You’ve done your homework and know what you want from your career. Maybe you’ve gone on a number of informational interviews to find just the right place for you. You’ve submitted your application for the perfect position and they called you back! You have an interview! Now what? Here are some things to think about when preparing for your upcoming interview:

  1. Read the job description
  • You read it when you applied, but reread the job description and think about what questions you could be asked, based on the description.
    • Go through it line by line and come up with 1-2 examples of when you did that thing successfully. It’s okay to use the same example/job multiple times if you did a lot in a particular position.
  • Given the job description, think about what you will be doing and describe it in your own words. Then, think of some examples of when you have done the same or similar activities.

  1. Practice example interview questions
  • Resources like Glassdoor.com have example interview questions that have been submitted from real candidates applying for positions at the company where you are interviewing.
  • With the specific job in mind, think of questions you could be asked and practice answering those questions. Sample questions could be:interview questions
    • Describe a situation when a project started to go off track. How did you recover?
    • Describe a situation when you had to work with a challenging person or group of people. What did you do to resolve the situation?
    • Describe the role as you understand it? What makes you a good fit for the role?
    • What are your salary requirements? (This is a good time to talk about things that are important to you other than just salary.)
    • Why do you want to leave your current organization and work here? Remember, keep it positive and find the silver lining – the new opportunities, growth potential, etc.
  1. Do you have any questions for us? Yes! Yes, you do!
  • Bring at least 3-4 insightful questions.
  • Good questions are those that show you’ve thought about the company, the job, or the problem they are facing, and asking them to confirm your observations or provide deeper insight into the situation.
    • For example, “Here’s where I see myself in the customer value chain [explain where it is], what other details can you share regarding the value added of this position?”
  1. Other things to think about:
  • The basics – This should be old news, but just in case…ontime
    • Get there no more than 5 minutes early. If you get there too early, you risk interrupting an interview in progress or perhaps interrupting the interviewer’s time preparing for your interview, and may start things off on the wrong foot.
    • Prepare ahead of time by looking up the address and doing finding the location on Google Streetview or doing a “drive by” to make sure you know where to go and feel comfortable getting there. If you do get there too early, ask for the restroom and spend a few minutes composing yourself – perhaps a 2 minute power pose. Hey, it works!
  1. During your interview, keep these things in mind:
  • SMILE! and BREATHE!
    • At the very least, smile the whole time. Don’t look like a clown, keep it natural, smiling will help you keep it positive and it’s a memorable thing to do.
    • And breathe. It’s a difficult thing to do in an interview, but bring a bottle of water, speak slowly, and breathe. It helps with your adrenaline and stress level during the interview.smile

 

  • Keep it positive.
    • Even if you haven’t done something before, like using a specific piece of software, find the positive in that. So, instead of “no, I’ve never used that software/system,” try, “I do know how to conduct research and find the answer in other people or resources, I’m not scared to ask for help, and I’m not intimidated by new technology/systems.”
  • Tell a story!
    • Instead of ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answers, be sure to describe how your background in a particular position brought you where you are and why that makes you the best fit.

  • Ask for business cards or contact information.
  • Ask about timeline for next steps.
  • And follow up with a ‘thank you’ email within 24-48 hours.

Good luck on your next interview!

What’s an informational interview? Find out, here.

Top 10 Moments from the DNC

Missed what happened at the RNC? Get the scoop here.

The Democratic National Convention (DNC) officially kicked off activities on Monday, July 25th in Philadelphia. It has already proven to be filled with excitement, fanfare, and, of course, what would politics be without a lot of controversy. On Thursday, Hillary Clinton is expected to formally accept the Democratic Party’s nomination to be the first female candidate for President of the United States. But before that happens, there have already been many memorable moments. Here’s a count down of the Top 10 so far:

  1. The TPP
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 25: A delegate holds up signs that read "Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)" while another delegate holds a sign in support of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on the first day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Philadelphia, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Democratic National Convention kicked off July 25. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA – JULY 25: A delegate holds up signs that read “Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)” while another delegate holds a sign in support of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on the first day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Philadelphia, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Democratic National Convention kicked off July 25. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

What is the TPP? Delegates all over the DNC floor are holding signs with a big, red slash through the letters T-P-P. But what is it? The Trans-Pacific Partnership or TPP is a trade deal among 12 countries that would reduce tariffs and aims to increase trade among the parties involved. It has not been ratified, but it is on President Obama’s agenda to see that it is signed. Bernie Sanders was instrumental in making opposition to the TPP a campaign issue, which has now been accepted as part of Hillary Clinton’s platform.

 

 

  1. Tim Kaine

Who is Tim Kaine? Tim Kaine is Hillary Clinton’s choice for Vice President and running mate. He was formerly a mayor, Governor of Virginia, and is currently one of Virginia’s US Senators. In a time of scandal and email, he’s a safe choice, even describing himself in a recent interview as “boring.” He will speak on Wednesday night of the DNC.

  1. #Spicyboi

What is spicy boi? The “Spicy boi” meme has been flooding Hillary Clinton’s Instagram, so if you’re watching her posts during the DNC, you’ll see all variation of “spicy boi” flooding in. But what is it and how did it start? According to Slate.com, “@Googletrends tweeted that “What is Spicy Boi Hillary Clinton” was the top Hillary-related query for search engine on Monday.” What started out as “humorous” from 4chan, a home for the likes of hacker collective Anonymous, has quickly amplified into a spamming tactic for those who support Donald Trump and dislike Hillary Clinton.

  1. DNC email scandal
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Vladimir Putin showing his masculine side.

Another email scandal?! Ugh. This time, it has been reported that there is evidence that two Russian spy agencies hacked into the DNC’s email, leaking these emails to WikiLeaks. In these emails, it is reported that DNC leadership clearly gave bias to Hillary Clinton, conspiring to ensure Hillary Clinton received the nomination for President, over Bernie Sanders. But why? It has been proposed that it is in Vladimir Putin’s best interests to see a Donald Trump presidency, so damaging the Clinton campaign would do them both some good. Who wouldn’t identify with this Russian stud though?

  1. Sarah Silverman

Who can forget this moment from Sarah Silverman? “Bernie or bust people…you’re being ridiculous.” Nuf said…

  1. Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton gave a touching speech about the history and evolution of his relationship with his wife, highlighting how they met, Hillary’s early days of activism, and the long struggle to get her to marry him. Very sweet.

  1. Donald Trump

In an odd move, even for @realDonaldTrump, he keeps tweeting about Elizabeth Warren, referring to her as “Pocahontas.” For help explaining why, let’s turn to vox.com, which notes, “Trump’s comments may be racist against Native Americans, but he’s using it here to sarcastically suggest that Warren really isn’t Native American [she claimed to have Cherokee ancestry]. (Which, oddly enough, proves that Trump can also be racist while trying to insult someone for being white.)”

  1. Hillary Clintonhillary

She hasn’t spoken yet, but I think it’s safe to assume she will accept the nomination to be the Democratic Party’s candidate for President of the United States. This is a historic moment for the country. What’s that sound? Oh, just the ceiling shattering…

  1. Bernie Sanders

In a magnanimous gesture to unify the Democratic Party, Bernie Sanders gave a rousing speech on Monday, wholeheartedly endorsing Hillary Clinton. Yes, much of it was his standard stump speech, but in the end he threw his full support behind Hillary Clinton, garnering boos from the ‘Bernie or Bust’ contingent. And on Tuesday, during the roll call vote from delegates, when it reached Vermont, Bernie Sanders made the official motion to stop counting delegates and make Hillary Clinton the Party nominee. I’m gonna miss Larry David…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzbF0CszTt8

  1. Michelle Obama

In what may end up being the #1 moment of the entire DNC, First Lady, Michelle Obama, stole the show and gave a masterful, elegant speech on why Hillary Clinton should be the next President of the United States. Mrs. Obama’s speech centered on children and the opportunities that Hillary Clinton presents for all of America’s children and their futures. She also “position[ed] herself and Hillary Clinton as mainstream, while Donald Trump is far outside it,” says The Week. Time will tell what it did for Hillary Clinton’s campaign, but it was definitely moving and worth a watch!

 

Missed what happened at the RNC? Get the scoop here.

The Cowboy or The Sales Rep?

Who will it be ladies?

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OR

Chase McNary

If you’re emotionally stable or an open-book these men could be yours!

With season 21 of The Bachelor in the our near future, not only is it exciting to get to know the shafted Bachelorette participants in a new light as they contend for Bachelor Stardom but just as exciting to consider how this series is so unbelievably successful. What is it that keeps us coming back for more?

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Get the inside scoop!

Delicious men and sexy females aside, looking for love is a universal experience – The Bachelor [stereotype perpetuation aside] provides a relatable experience for anyone, anywhere. Throw in the story of each contestant – we’re all suckers for someone else’s reality coupled with dreamy experiences and unfathomable vacations – The Bachelor gives us everything we want, an alternate reality but an emotion we can relate too. Perhaps it even makes you feel better about yourself, whether or not you’ve found the one, it feeds our desire of hope and who doesn’t want that feeling?

Essentially, The Bachelor is the perfect concoction that fulfills Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs for each viewer. Ok, well, it may not meet our psychological needs such as provision of water or shelter or our need for safety and security BUT it certainly fulfills our needs for belongingness and love – viewers feel a belonging to a community of other viewers. I mean, I certainly gossip about it to co-workers every Tuesday morning but it also fulfills a need for love, indirectly yes, but the emotional fulfillment is all the same as we relate to each contestants journey toward finding the ultimate prize.

Following my watching of the show, I certainly experience a self-esteem boost, I feel accomplished, prestigious even, in that I have stayed current in a important pop culture community.

Last but certainly not least, The Bachelor provides a level of self-actualization, it’s every woman’s or man’s fantasy to not only find love but to find it while experiencing amazing adventures in posh or far away places. Albeit, this level of self-actualization may an individuals own demise, setting to high of expectations for current or future relationships but hey, we all gotta dream right?

Read more on why The Bachelor is so successful! 

Sports, Sponsorships and Scandals

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With the prevalence of corruption arising from the FIFA to the IAFF and now within the upcoming Olympic Games, we have to wonder, what should sponsors do? 

Marketing Week recently published an article telling sponsors exactly what they should do, but regardless of sponsors calling for change and large events still have an ever popular appeal, we have to wonder, what are our so called role models teaching us?

As kids, one moment we’re told that cheaters never prosper but then a parent mutters that if you aren’t cheating you aren’t trying.

So which is it?  Should I tell my eight-year-old son to try his best against an opposing basketball team with kids twice his size? Or do I tell my daughter to trip the opposing soccer player to steal the ball?

With the 2016 Olympics approaching we have seen blood doping scandals become a trend and fleeing sponsors a result of the aftermath. But when the International Olympic unnamedCommittee Chairman, Thomas Bach, stated that the decision to let individual (Russian) athletes compete if they can comply with the IOCs testing program “is about doing justice to clean athletes all over the world,”  I have to wonder, is this justice or futile attempt to enact change.

Society takes its cue from champions, in this instance, Olympic athletes.  Time and again we see top level coaches attempt to reduce the unpredictability of human performance.  But who can blame them when the pressure to win is so all-encompassing that they must push the boundaries, operate in the gray and some cases flat out cheat, risking the possibility of getting caught for the glory of winning the gold.

Anyone who has played Pop Warner football can recall their coaches stating that there isn’t an “I” in team, a worthy try to encourage teamwork. However,  as a parent, you become conflicted, obviously, you want your kid’s team to win but at what cost?  You don’t fill them full of steroids before peewee soccer, but parents have resorted to lying about Johny or Julie’s age to play on a specific team forcing leagues to verify birth certificates during registration.

Another prime of example of scandals and sponsors fleeing is ‘deflategate’ in 2015. So why did the NFL league did not renounce the Patriots 2015 Championship win and eventual SuperBowl 49 victory.  It would be logical to assume that the Indianapolis Colts and the Seattle Seahawks would vehemently fight to see injustice rectified yet the Patriots, not the Colts, played in SuperBowl 49.unnamed

So then we ask, why? For a scandal of such magnitude to occur with no direct repercussions, one has to wonder why?

The answer is simple; it would expose rampant team cheating in the NFL and most definitely tarnish the most respected brand in US professional sports.  I will save the conspiracy theory that Tom Brady was Bill Belichick’s scapegoat for another post. You would assume that society would punish Tom Brady for being a cheater, but you would be wrong.  Interestingly enough, after the NFL announced the four-game suspension, Tom Brady’s apparel sales spiked by 100%, which makes you wonder about the incongruence from our societal values.

Fleeing sponsors or sponsors enacting change aside, it seems that any publicity could be good publicity, maybe even for Russia?

 

Merging of Global Beer Giants

On July 20th, the US Justice Department approved the sale of SABMiller to Anheuser-Busch InBev for over $100 billion. On July 26th AB-Inbev upped their offer slightly and is offering an 8% premium to fair market value. US antitrust approval is one of the last major steps, after receiving similar approval in Europe and South Africa. Similar consent from the Chinese government is the last hoop to jump through. They are expected to close the deal later this year. The deal requires SABMiller, a British company, to sell off their US subsidiary MillerCoors. AB InBev, a Belgian company, isn’t able to own MillerCoors. Combined with AB-Inbev’s Anheuser-Busch holdings this would create a monopoly over the US beer market. Just look at the charts below, these two companies dominate the US market.

Data from IRI
Data from IRI

InBev and MillerCoors own most of the top 15 beers in America. Many of the brands you love to drink are owned by InBev or MillerCoors.

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The SABMiller and AB-Inbev merger is mostly about global beer markets, not American. US sales represent about 30% of AB-Inbev’s current revenue. This move would reduce their dependence on American beer drinkers. AB-Inbev is especially eyeing SABMiller’s African brands. AB-Inbev has been unable to create a foothold for their own brands on that continent.  African beer sales are up 11%, and Indian sales are up 9%, showing growth and possibilities, where the US market is getting increasingly competitive.

From AB-Inbev: https://www.globalbrewer.com/
From AB-Inbev: https://www.globalbrewer.com/

In the US market AB InBev has focused their growth into buying up many craft breweries and pushing their distribution nationally. They recently purchased 10 Barrel, Elysian, and Goose Island. They also own a stake of Craft Brewers Alliance which brews Widmer, Red Hook, and Kona.

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Data from IRI

It is not hard to see why. Craft Beer has been the largest growing segment in the industry for the last few years. Market share of premium beer (ex. Bud Light) has dropped from 42% in 2010 to 35% in 2014, while craft beer has increased from 9.4% to 15.4% over the same period. Even with ads like below, their is considerable attention on the Craft Beer segment.

One of the conditions of the merger placed on AB-Inbev by the Justice Department, is a restriction on the purchase of more craft breweries. Now AB-Inbev has to seek Justice Department approval before the acquisition of future craft brewers for the next 10 years.

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Data from IRI

AB-Inbev has seen sales in the US drop with the rise of craft and Mexican beers (AB-Inbev owns the Corona and Modelo brands outside of the US, but Constellation Brands sells it in the US). This merger is a slight acquiescence from AB-Inbev, foregoing further investment in the US, and turning their focus globally. If the merger is finally approved by all national trade organizations AB-Inbev will basically become the brewer for the world. They will control almost every popular local beer brand outside of the United States.

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Sources:

http://www.businessinsider.com/ab-inbev-sabmillers-agree-merger-megabrew-2015-10?r=UK&IR=T

http://www.wsj.com/articles/justice-department-clears-ab-inbevs-takeover-of-sabmiller-1469040094

https://www.brewersassociation.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/IRI_2014CraftBeerReview.pdf

http://www.wsj.com/articles/ab-inbev-raises-offer-for-sabmiller-1469514993/

Why Do People Run Half Marathons? – I’m not doing it for the shoes!

When one types in a search for “why do people run half marathons?” into Google, they are most likely doing one of two things. One, they are following their marketing professor’s instructions for how to create a good blog post for a digital marketing class OR (more likely) two they are asking themselves the same question I’ve been asking myself lately:

“Why the hell AM I doing this?! Why am I training for a half Marathon, again?”

It’s just 13.1 miles. What’s all the fuss about?

A lot of you are reading this because you’ve heard through the grape vine, or from me directly, that I’m training for my first half marathon. And honestly, the first question most of you have asked me is “why?”

I’m here to tell you what all the fuss is about.  For me, anyway.

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Originally, I set out on this journey to:

  •   Test my physical strength
  •   Test my mental strength
  •   Test my willpower and commitment to a goal
  •   Test my ability to create a new habit and stick with it

The sheer curiosity of if I could or couldn’t do it was the entire reason I started training.

My motivation to keep training?

1. Camaraderie

The number of complete strangers in the global running community who continue to support me, follow me, read my blog, like my sweaty/frizzy haired instagram photos, offer advice, and cheer me on literally leave me in awe most days.  People who I have NEVER met, and NEVER spoken to, are taking the time out of their busy lives to support me in my goal to run this half marathon. If you want to restore your faith in humanity during this crazy time in the world, look no further!

2. Confidence

Sometimes you have to remind yourself what you’re really made of. Your body has to prove to your brain that you are a force to be reckoned with, and that you really can do whatever you set your mind to.

3. Curiosity

The sheer curiosity of if I could or couldn’t do this was the entire reason I started training. And my curiosity is still a main reason why I keep training and keep being motivated to work towards this goal. I guess we’ll find out if curiosity killed the cat in a short 36 days time!

Why Some People Run Half Marathons

Some common results from my quick Google search indicate the following as “reasons why people should run half marathons”.  There are some funny ones, that certainly don’t apply to me.

1. You Have A Thing For Bling

“Many races include all kinds of perks and amenities to draw runners to the starting line. One such amenity is the ubiquitous race medal. The bigger the race, the bigger (and gaudier) the medal you’ll typically receive at the finish line. Medals now double as coasters, bottle openers and more. If you complete more than one half marathon in a particular race series (for example, the Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon Series), it’s likely you’ll get a special medal for your multiple efforts. So, if you’ve got a penchant for the bling, half marathons will hook you up.” (Forsman, n.d.)

Nope, I’m not in it for the bling. I’ll gladly wear a finisher’s medal when I feel like I’ve earned it, but the shiny, heavy circle around my neck is NOT my motivation. Doesn’t the strap end up chafing, anyway?

2. You Like To Party

“As mentioned earlier, the perks and amenities at races today are staggering. Aside from the gaudy ‘bling’ one typically receives, there is almost always some kind of post-race party or celebration. Destination Races sells out all practically all of its wine country-themed events to some degree because of the post-race wine tastings following the race. The anti-oxidants can speed recovery and augment the runner’s high. Live music often accompanies the imbibing of said anti-oxidants. If you like to party, the half marathon may be your distance.” (Forsman, n.d.)

Free Mimosas are great and all, but I’ll go to a bar (or my refrigerator) if I want one. And Yes, I do like to party, but not when I smell like literal ass, have Jell-O legs, and want to crawl into an air-conditioned hole to nap. Unless that’s your idea of a party, and then we may just inherently disagree on this one.

3. You want to burn some extra calories

“A mile generally burns about 100 calories. If you’re currently logging mileage consistent with running 5Ks and/or 10Ks, you’re burning some decent calories.” (Forsman, n.d.)

Nope. I like bacon, and my body the way it is. Thanks, though. Also since starting this training I have gained weight, not lost any. I don’t know if I’m enjoying the carbo-loading too much, or if I’m actually losing fat and gaining muscle. Either way: pass the bacon, please.

4. You want new kicks.

“If you are stepping up from the 5K or 10K distance, logging a few extra miles each week will undoubtedly necessitate the purchasing of an additional pair or shoes or two. So, if you’ve been eyeing the hot new pair of Nikes at your local running specialty store, sign up for a half and pull the trigger as you’ll likely need them soon.” (Forsman, n.d.)

Seriously? New shoes? That’s what is getting some people to feel like they are going to pass out from exhaustion? That’s what is keeping some people on their training schedules when it’s hot, when it’s raining, when you can’t feel your toes, when you’d rather do your damn laundry than go on another run. Shoes? Oh my god, shoes. To each their own but personally, this one doesn’t do it for me.

5. Your wardrobe needs upgrading.

“If you’re going to be logging more miles, that may very well mean you’re running more days per week than you have previously.  These extra days of running will make it easy to rationalize upgrading your running wardrobe.” (Forsman, n.d.)

Nope.  See PSA about shoes written above.

My Current Stats:

  • Motivation for my last training run: staying on track with my recent  progress
  • Length of last training run: 6 miles
  • Song that got me through my last training run: Send My Love (To Your New Lover) by Adelle
  • Longest continuous distance ran (to date): 6 miles

Days to Disneyland Half Marathon: 36

– Lauren N


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References

Forsman, Matt (n.d.). 13.1 Reasons to Run a Half Marathon. Retrieved July 21, 2016, from:http://www.active.com/running/articles/13-1-reasons-to-run-a-half-marathon?page=3