I didn't get the chance to hit on this during the week but Hawkeye hero Dean Oliver is joining Greg Gard's coaching staff in Wisconsin. I was skeptical of letting rif-raf from Iowa City anywhere near Madison but Dean really won me over during his introductory press conference. Some of my favorite quotes from him at that press conference:
- "I'm really looking forward to learning under a great basketball savant like Greg Gard."
- "When I was playing at Iowa, we always looked at Wisconsin as our goal of where we wanted to take our program. It's great to finally get the opportunity to work and coach here."
- "I really thought long and hard about joining the coaching staff at Iowa but ultimately, I dreamed of coaching in the Sweet 16 and knew that wouldn't be likely coaching under Fran McCaffery."
Until the day that I die, I'll never understand how the Pizza Ranch buffet can run out of pepperoni pizza or how Fazoli's can run out of breadsticks. Just doesn't make sense to me. Those things should be constants at those places but that never seems to get the case. Everyone loves pepperoni pizza, make sure that's always warm and ready to go if you're a pizza buffet. It's a no-brainer.
And yesterday, my wife and I ate dinner at Fazoli's in Ames and you're never gonna guess it.....but we had to wait an inordinate amount of time for a breadsticks refill. The were out and had to make a fresh batch. I just don't understand how that is possible if you take pride in your business or company. That's your calling card, free breadsticks. That should be on hand at all time. It wasn't yesterday and I left Fazoli's disappointed.
Stupidly, one of my New Year's Resolutions this year was to run five 5K's. I've never ran in one in my life so thought it would be a challenge. And #NaturalAthlete.
So I went out for my first run of the year. Long-time readers of the blog know I had a serious foot injury this January that is still not 100% healed. I had been putting off running this year partly because I'm lazy and also because I didn't want to test the foot yet but figured, and quote the Raven, today's the day.
I was just going to go for a short run and started my Nike running app. Was going to go for a 2 mile run if my foot could hope up. For those anxious, the foot was fine and I should be good to go for all summer events. But anyways, I get just over a mile and a half and my app tells me I am halfway done with my run. Apparently today is World 5K Day or something like that so it automatically had me doing a 5K run instead of my typical open run.
Never one to back down from a stupid challenge, I decided to keep running and finish the 5K.
So I have my baseline 5K time for the year. 3.11 miles in 28:55. A 9'17" pace. Take in mind I had to stop at a stoplight for traffic for about 10-15 seconds that my app kept the time running on for some reason. Normally it stops when you stop. Nonetheless, there's my baseline for the year.