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Steamboat Update 5/23

Well, about 3 1/2 weeks left before Steamoat!  I hope you guys have been training.  TO be honest, this Bearded Bear has been slacking off on his training.  I need to pick up the pace again.

 I did discover the paved trail out by Pioneer Parkway.  Its a paved trail that winds behind Mt. Hawley airport, past Pioneer Parkway, and out to the Rock Island trail by Dunlap.  From there, it goes forever.  I’ll be honest, I strugled badly this weekend when I ran the trail hard.  One other wierd thing, there is a 6 foot high metal tube that runs under Rt 6 / I-474.  This tube is a little weird to run through, but, kind of cool.  If we were still in High School, no doubt, we’d love that area – haha.  No one is going to go down there.

 There is a creek going through the other metal tube.

Anyway, hope everyone is training!


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Steamboat Update 4.30.07 – MOVE IT!

Today Santo and I only had time to run 1 mile before work.  He looked like he was going to die out there.

 Anyway, since we only did 1 mile, I MAY attempt my first 3-a-dayof the season!  This is because I only ran 1 mile this morning, It’s nice out, and I’m getting new shoes from Running Central today!  So, it’s the trifecta today kids!

Anyway,  I hear Patty may be in the running now, so, who else is going to run?  Come on Bobby! 

So Far: Matt, Ryan, Courtney, me.

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I wish I would have waited to register until I saw this coupon:

Basically, if you buy a pair of running shoes over $80 at Running Central, Adidas will pay for your entry into Steamboat.

Running Central Website:

I need a new pair of shoes anyway, and Steamboat was $25 to register, so I could have had a new pair of running shoes for $55.00.  Oh well, maybe next year.

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Steamboat Update 4.26.07

Training Update 4.26.07 –  This Bearded Bear wasn’t diggin the weather yesterday (Wednesday), so I took the day off.  I hope I can still prepare for “the boat” in time.  Something about running in the rain – with a wet dog – just wasn’t too appealing.  Therefore, we took the day off, and I ate two Little Debby Fancy Cakes.  Man those are good!  Anyway, back to the two-a-days today.

Running in the Boat – Some are still on the fence about running this year, so I’ve compiled some photo’s of people that Santo and I have seen running.  You guys have a good shot at beating these people.

“Sister Christian” (heard in Boogie Nights) will me narrate these artful pictures.

“You’re motoring
What’s your price for flight
In finding mister right
You’ll be alright tonight”

1) Mr. Miagi – This youthful runner is full of energy.  After teaching Daniel-son how to defeat the evil Cobras after the school dance, Mr. Miagi has adopted running as his new “chi”.  Good news for Gar-Bear, you will beat someone!  Mr. Miagi – ‘Your are motoring’!

 Guy“If it gets any colder, the pants come off”

“Sister Christian
Oh the time has come
And you know that you’re the only one
To say O.K.
Where you going
What you looking for
You know those boys
Don’t want to play no more with you
It’s true”

2)  The PO-LICE!  –  While not in traditional “running” clothes, per se – This runner may very well take the Steamboat title in ’07.  That is if he’s not too worried about losing his wig.  Santo and I outran the Po-po that day.   Oh snap – is that a billy-club??

Po po“My wig! Ay de mi!”

What’s your price for flight
In finding mister right
You’ll be alright tonight

3) Cardinal Fan Fun Run – East Peoria.  you can imagine my surprise when I saw this Cardinal Fun Run about to begin in East Peoria.  I looked across the river and saw this behind the riverfront Wal-Mart.  Apparently their favorite player is Albert Pujols.  Some had T-Shirts stating, “I take it – Pooo Holes Style”.  Unsure of it’s meaning since I’m a hetro Cubs fan.  I think that is Patty in the blue thong and sunglasses.

untitled.jpg“For Poo-hole’s Fans”

Sister Christian
Oh the time has come
And you know that you’re the only one
To say O.K.
But you’re motoring
You’re motoring

4)  Sponge Bob?  not much to say about this.  I think even Drunk Nick can beat this cat.  Dude appears to be getting ready to run though. 

sponge_bob.jpg“I’m holding mini-me”


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Steamboat Classic….Are you READY?

RAAAAR my bearded (and running) brothers!

This Bearded Bear is a running fool now!  I’ve been running ‘two-a-days’ trying to prepare for the 2007 Steamboat Classic in Peoria on June 17th.  Should be a good time, so if you haven’t signed up yet, you can do so here:

I’ve also found a new running outfit that I may try out.  I might have to go with more a a fuchsia though.  Anyway, this is the top choice right now.  Of course – minus the black pants underneath. I hope’Joseph’ is not running the Steamboat.  I heard that this guy practices on an elliptical for the Steamboat (inside joke – sorry).

gayrunner.jpgDon’t run….SKIP!

Well, I hope everyone is preparing for the “Boat”, but not enough to beat me.   Share your training stories here!

Also, someone forwarded me this link the other day for running about running routes.  Here’s the Link:  Good luck!

Run fast, run far, now run to the bar!`


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The 100th Post!


The Bearded Bears are happy to have posted our 100th post today!  This is actually the 101st, but, hey, nobody really reads this thing anyway.

 Also, we’re on the verge of our 6000th hit or view, whatever you want to call it.  We’re at just over 5950, so we should be at 6000 by the end of the day.  I know that’s not a ton, but, what started out as a Bearded Bear prank, actually has gone a lot further than any of us have thought!  Better said, for what we talk about (absolutely nothing serious!), that’s not too shabby!  So nice work to the four of us who post! 

 Well, adios for now, and keep reading.  CHEERS!  GO CUBS and BEARS!

Also, Cheifs game tomorow night….if it’s not snowing!


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 YES!  That’s right, the 2007 Chicago Cubs will be taking on the Reds Monday at 1:10 PM.  I’m taking the day off Monday, and I’ll be very happy I upgraded my Insight to get ESPN2 – HD so I can watch the Cubbies win Monday. 

The season will begin with gaurded optimism from this Bearded Bear.  Pitching will be a question, as well as some other questions that need to be answered. 


CENTER FIELD:Soriano will be playing in center to open the season.  I’m a little surprised by this.  Luckily fantasy stats don’t look at errors committed.  This ought to be interesting, but, he’s a pro athlete and will do a fine job in center.  Let’s be honest, we got him for the bat anyway.

Prior is headed West:  To beautiful Des Moines Iowa.  Prior will be starting his season in AAA. Bearded Bear Thoughts:  Good! Maybe you’ll wait until July to really hurt yourself now.  On a side-note, there are rumors that Prior wants a trade because he’s upset over this move to Iowa.

 Cubs Attendance:  A proverbial MIDDLE FINGER to all White Sux, and Cardinal fans.  The general thought has been that “NO ONE AT WRIGLEY CARES ABOUT THE GAME.  WORLDS BIGGEST BEER GARDEN”.  The Cubs, not only had the best HOME ATTENDANCE IN SPRING TRAINING THIS YEAR, but were the BEST DRAW ON THE ROAD.  This Bearded Bear thinks that Cards and Sox fans will maybe think that HoHoKam is now a party spot.  This simply PROVES that Cubs fans love the Cubs and the quality baseball you’ll see from this fine organization this year.


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