Fun Race!

I ran the JPMorganChase Corporate Challenge here in Boston tonight. It was 3.5 miles, with 12,000 or more runners I think I heard someone say. It was a MOB. My company had a dozen or so people running in the event. Man, what a time.

For one, this was a first race in front of several colleagues. Most of them were somewhat skeptical, but still generally supportive. For two, I had a little problem on the way down. We got stuck in really bad traffic, and I ended up having to use my Nalgene bottle in the reverse, right in the middle of a Suburban, with six people, with a female coworker I barely knew not four feet from me while I did my deed. Oh dear. But though I was embarrassed, I generally had a feeling of, “Yeah whatever. It was this or piss my pants.”

I finished in 38.35, which was decent, considering that a great deal of this race is dodging people in various stages of walking or otherwise. I didn’t follow my Run 4/Walk 1 as closely as I should’ve, but it was just too euphoric for the first mile or so. By 3/4 through, I felt like I could’ve used a little of that early on conservation, but whatever.

We had beers and food at Brandy Pete’s, a few buildings down from my Mom’s office, and that was nice. Our CFO ran (she’s a triathlete, etc), and our CEO showed up briefly for refreshments. And then, it was a long ride north to the tiptop of the state.

But yes, race 2 has now come and gone, and I’m still without injury, still enjoying it, and anxious to get out and train some more.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/2544387 Jon in Michigan

    Another race down! Glad you had a good time. Uh, except ofcourse for the bottle-in-the-car problem. Oh well, when you gotta go, you gotta go. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/2544387 Jon in Michigan

    Another race down! Glad you had a good time. Uh, except ofcourse for the bottle-in-the-car problem. Oh well, when you gotta go, you gotta go. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/2544387 Jon in Michigan

    Another race down! Glad you had a good time. Uh, except ofcourse for the bottle-in-the-car problem. Oh well, when you gotta go, you gotta go. :)

  • Anonymous

    Very nice. And, as for the bottle … would it have been any better to be four feet away from a female coworker that you *did* know well? Its good to hear that you’re having fun though, that’s the main thing to keep in mind at this stage. Congrats!

    -Richard

  • Anonymous

    Very nice. And, as for the bottle … would it have been any better to be four feet away from a female coworker that you *did* know well? Its good to hear that you’re having fun though, that’s the main thing to keep in mind at this stage. Congrats!

    -Richard

  • Anonymous

    Very nice. And, as for the bottle … would it have been any better to be four feet away from a female coworker that you *did* know well? Its good to hear that you’re having fun though, that’s the main thing to keep in mind at this stage. Congrats!

    -Richard

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/2767282 Rebecca

    Congrats on completing your second race! And as a runner, I’m sure you’ll have plenty more weird “gotta go” stories to tell in the future. If you’re not careful, public urination might even become second nature to you… ;)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/2767282 Rebecca

    Congrats on completing your second race! And as a runner, I’m sure you’ll have plenty more weird “gotta go” stories to tell in the future. If you’re not careful, public urination might even become second nature to you… ;)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/2767282 Rebecca

    Congrats on completing your second race! And as a runner, I’m sure you’ll have plenty more weird “gotta go” stories to tell in the future. If you’re not careful, public urination might even become second nature to you… ;)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/78154 annalisa

    Glad you had fun, and had a great race. You beat me! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/78154 annalisa

    Glad you had fun, and had a great race. You beat me! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/78154 annalisa

    Glad you had fun, and had a great race. You beat me! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/2932366 The Running Blogfather

    Nice going…how come our CC didn’t have BEER?!?!?!?!?

    Now I’m feeling deprived – Canadians LOVE beer!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/2932366 The Running Blogfather

    Nice going…how come our CC didn’t have BEER?!?!?!?!?

    Now I’m feeling deprived – Canadians LOVE beer!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/2932366 The Running Blogfather

    Nice going…how come our CC didn’t have BEER?!?!?!?!?

    Now I’m feeling deprived – Canadians LOVE beer!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/2356608 The Lonely Runner

    Hi Chris! Congrats on your run! I was surfing around and saw your blog! Nice blog! It’s cool! Take care and all the best for your future run! – roadburners

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/2356608 The Lonely Runner

    Hi Chris! Congrats on your run! I was surfing around and saw your blog! Nice blog! It’s cool! Take care and all the best for your future run! – roadburners

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/2356608 The Lonely Runner

    Hi Chris! Congrats on your run! I was surfing around and saw your blog! Nice blog! It’s cool! Take care and all the best for your future run! – roadburners

  • http://www.zoombits.co.uk/ micro sd card

    I had a little problem during the descent. We were stuck in traffic very bad and I ended up having to use my Nalgene bottle in the opposite direction, in the middle of a suburb, with six people, with a female partner.

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  • robertfarnham

    I found the 404 link… but I’d still like to know the secret.

    I appreciate the podcast and hope you continue to tweak it.

  • roos

    good stuff. Love it to listen instead of reading.

  • Melissa theSeed

    So this was my first podcast and I don’t think it’s my cup of tea. I feel like I should be multi-tasking since I’m just sitting here looking at your logo, watching the blue line creep to the end of the line. But then I’m missing what you’re saying because my brain is focused on the something else I’m doing..
    Do other people get bored just sitting listening? What does everybody else do while listening to podcasts?

    • robertfarnham

      I’ve been listening to podcasts for years and I started out with the same reaction you had Melissa. However, I quickly realized that subscribing to podcasts and syncing them to my iPhone lets me listen to them when I’m grocery shopping, driving or riding my bike. Do I get everything the first time through? Not necessarily. I’ve been known to listen to some podcasts several times. I’d rather be listening to Chris Brogan, Mitch Joel, Seth Godin, Bob Knorpp or a host of other people than to listen to the radio.

      Think about different ways that you can incorporate listening into your down time.

    • http://twitter.com/Billy_Delaney Billy Delaney

      Think about what the man is saying!

    • Ben Overmyer

      Monotasking is the new multitasking. Leo Babauta of Zen Habits is the chief proponent of this, but increasingly, people are advocating a move towards focusing on a single task at a time.

      Shutting down notifications, apps, and the billion other distractions we have at any given time these days and focusing only on one thing – in this case, listening to a podcast – allows us to more fully experience that one thing. It makes us more productive, not less, since we waste less time on redoing or doing to lesser effect.

      So to answer your last question… I might sip on a cup of delicious hot coffee while I’m listening to a podcast, but otherwise, I’m doing nothing but sitting there listening.

  • https://plus.google.com/108478071979063962649/ Michael Cunningham

    I hope I’m able to make this a regular part of my Sunday mornings. It’s been a nice way to enjoy breakfast and listen to the soothing tones of your voice, Chris. :-) Keep trying different things!

    • http://chrisbrogan.com/ Chris Brogan

      That’s all I can do. : )

  • http://twitter.com/danesanders Dane

    As a photographer who’s been doing video podcasts for about a decade, I’m convinced AUDIO is the most visually stimulating and engaging medium that exists. It requires something of the listener. It breeds thinkers over consumers.

    How that audio gets to the listener though makes a huge difference. iTunes never works for me because I’m too often tethered to my computer when I’m in the app. It’s not native mobile. In that regard I can totally relate to Melissa’s experience. I just don’t listen to even the best audio that way. That’s why I bought the This American Life app. It would go with me on my terms… seamless.

    So with Stitcher, things became different. Kind of like what Instagram did (i.e., instagram is to twitter what stitcher is to itunes). In my opinion, the medium itself (instagram) made photos on a twitter-like platform finally work right. For me it’s a true game changer. So much so, I may jump ship and make audio the core – is that where you’re headed Chris? Sounds so old school when I think about it but maybe we’re finally at a place where the best screen are our eyes – now that’s the human way! I think audio may be the most engaging of all mediums. Maybe because it’s closest to the oral tradition that is embedded in human nature – who knows…

    FWIW Chris, I think your podcasts should be called the human business EXPERIMENTS. It’s more what you do best and more how many of us benefit. At least it’s how I do. Thanks for your courage in constantly going again. I hope these comments are in some way helpful.

    • http://chrisbrogan.com/ Chris Brogan

      That’s exactly a HUGE part of what I’m doing why. : )

  • Michele Bergh

    Chris, Honestly, I didn’t think I’d enjoy listening to a podcast because I am so easily distracted but I value your content so much I wanted to give it a try. It was great and you really do have a nice, engaging voice for offering something like this. I listened all the way through and will continue to do so. Thank you!

    • http://chrisbrogan.com/ Chris Brogan

      So glad to hear it, Michele. Thank you! : )

  • Pam Morse

    Way to go.

  • http://www.facebook.com/yaakovr Yaakov Reshef

    Chris, I am an old fan, but I never really participated.
    I loved your “VERBAL” newsletter. I just ended 25 years of owning &running a franchise Print/ Copy/digital/ mailing etc. in Manhattan, NY.
    Running a Human Business is what it is all about- I agree.

    I am now working on a start up,that will be Internet centered.

    I think that I can get from you a lot of input, but I am still trying to find the best way…
    Looking forward to continue to learn from you.

    • http://chrisbrogan.com/ Chris Brogan

      So happy you liked it, Yaakov, and congrats on the launch! : )

  • Rex Williams

    I didn’t think I would do the podcast thing, but since it’s you, and only 14 minutes, I thought it might be worth it. Sure enough. Good stuff. I did have to battle listening while reading these comments at the same time. For some reason I still think I can multi-task while listening to a podcast, but reading requires some mental language processing, so probably not the best thing to do, I end up only getting partial messages of each thing.

    • http://chrisbrogan.com/ Chris Brogan

      Hooray! I got you in. : )

  • Deborah Nixon

    Love the podcast. I actually listened to the whole thing, you have an engaging voice and way of speaking. And you’ve inspired me to do a podcast of my own- as unscripted as possible.

    • http://chrisbrogan.com/ Chris Brogan

      Great!

  • http://www.facebook.com/edenrudin Eden Rudin

    Love the audio version but still enjoy the text version too!
    Your newsletter always makes me feel like you are talking just to me and now adding the audio version I can actually ‘hear’ you talk to me.
    That typed out a little odder than it sounded when I said it out loud….but I guess you can relate to that ;-)

    • http://chrisbrogan.com/ Chris Brogan

      The text will be longer next week. Just for you. : )

  • paolo balduzzi

    Chris. I’m in lots of other people’s camp, getting my feet wet with these exciting possibilities and beginning to see the value of social media. I appreciate this initiation and look forward to continuing to learn.

    • http://chrisbrogan.com/ Chris Brogan

      Glad it resonated with you, Paolo. Thanks so much. : )

  • Jacque

    Love the audio. I thought I could multi-task while I listened to it, but it was too engaging. Thanks!

    • http://chrisbrogan.com/ Chris Brogan

      So happy to hear it. : )

  • Belinda Davidson

    I’m really enjoying your audio Chris. I find it really engaging.

    Great stuff!

  • Naveen Sivakumaran

    Greetings from Sri Lanka! Just exploring your blog and loving it. Loving the blog and the audio version as the newsletter. Keep up the awesome work! :)