Archive | June, 2011

The Infamous Galen Rupp

24 Jun

To all my non-runner readers, you’ll probably have no idea what I’m talking about. Galen Rupp is a runner who might be a real life version of Peter Pan.

To errbody else, we all know of Galen Rupp’s antics.  In case you’ve only looked at or heard about his race results and have never actually seen videos or photos of him racing, here’s a quick recap for y’all.

The “Rupp Jersey Taunt”

lookin happy bro

 

I think maybe his jersey is just too tight?

 

Ok, now I’ll admit, that Rupp-ism has some Swag.  But it gets worse..

 

The Breathe-Rupp strips.

 

Nice Spandex Tank Bro

 

Nice guns bro

 

The ridiculous pre and post race poses.

I have no words for this..

This kid looks less intimidating than 6 year old girls, yo

 

 

Now as ridiculous as all those photos are, I was still a Rupp fan until just recently.  His last two technical fouls were just so outrageous I had to jump on the Rupp-hating bandwagon. Here’s what he did:

Pre-Classic 10k

Rupp pulled out of what could have been an epic battle against Chris Solinsky in the 10k due to “High Pollen Levels”.  Dude, you’ve lived in Oregon YOUR ENTIRE LIFE. Man up.  Pete Sampras played through the flu, puked on the court on the 5th set and still won. Tiger Woods won the 2008 US Open with a torn ACL and a broken leg.  Jordan scored 38 points in an NBA final game with the flu, etc., etc.  And Galen pulled out because the pollen count was too high… *Facepalm*

USA Track and Field National Championships 2011 (yesterday)

Yesterday morning various running sites were getting us all excited about another potential Solinsky vs. Rupp showdown.  Come racetime, Solinsky was nowhere to be found (but interestingly enough, Teg was in the race).  When the camera panned across the competitors on the starting line I lost it when they showed Rupp.

 

What the hell dude?

 

Apparently the race once again was not Rupp-Certified.  Yet he had no choice but to run or he’d forfeit a trip to World’s.  So he decided to race ~6000m of the race wearing a paintball mask.  Or maybe it was Hannibal Lector’s mask. I don’t know, I do know that something about his face just made me want to hit it.

 

 

Rupp just makes it too easy to dislike him.  Wish he could be more ‘edgy’ and ‘cool’ like Solinsky and Dathan, or ‘nice’ like Lagat.
Is this why America doesn’t care about distance running?
Should Galen do something crazy like make a sex tape or beat his girlfriend to get more people to like Track and Field?
Will Galen ever look like he’s older than 16?

Hope I can like you again bro, you could be our great white hope.

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Eating like a Kenyan pt. 1

17 Jun

These two could beat you in a race while running backwards with their eyes closed.

 

Contrary to popular belief, Kenyans actually do eat.  Unless you live under a freaking rock you probably know that Kenyans are good at running. Very VERY good.  Besides the fact that they grow up not eating fast food and playing Xbox all day like our lazy ass American children, their diet is also a major factor in their success.  As a dedicated runner myself, I decided to live like a Kenyan for a day in hopes of learning some of their secrets.

Ok well, not really.  I didn’t have to worry about being killed due to genocide, didn’t have to suffer from poverty, and I didn’t have to worry about a large lion walking into my kitchen and eating me.  But I decided to eat like a Kenyan for lunch.  I was Starvin like Marvin

Luckily one of my best friends, and my favorite woman, in the whole world had some knowledge of how to prepare Kenyan food!  I introduce you to the lovely and fast as hell Amanda Russell!

She is cooler than you.

As a member of the track and cross country teams at the University of Arizona, Amanda has been taught by the several Kenyans on her team how to make their traditional foods.  And let me tell you, she has been taught well.  Hopefully I took good enough notes so you can try out some of these recipes for yourself!

The first food she taught me how to make was called “Chapati“.

Dough-Boy fresh

 

Chapati is pretty much the Kenyan equivalent of a tortilla.  It is traditionally served with meat stew and vegetables.  Luckily this recipe requires no fancy or expensive ingredients (via 3rd world recipe). All you’ll need for the chapati is:
-2 cups of white all-purpose flour
-Water
-1 Teaspoon of salt

Directions:
1.) First, get a good mixing bowl and pour in the flour and salt.
-2 Gradually add water until the dough no longer sticks to your hands.   Do this carefully, if you add too much water you will have to put in more flour.  Be patient on this step, it may take up to 10min to knead the dough to the perfect consistency.

Mix the dough and water with your hands in the bowl like this

When mixed right the dough should look like this

3.) Next, take out handful size balls of the dough and roll them into a circle/sphere.   Then put a little extra flour on each dough ball.
4.) Just as you would with making a tortilla, roll out the balls of dough you have made.  Make them as thin as you can make them.

She's a pro

5.) Get a large pan and place it on a burner on medium heat until it is fairly hot.
6.) Some recipes call for you to cover the dough and let it sit for up to 30min but we were impatient and they still came out fine
7.) place one of the circular dough disks on the hot pan and pour a little olive oil onto the pan as you do so as shown in the picture below:

Lift up an edge and pour a little oil under

8.) Let the dough cook for roughly 1 minute (or until it is light brown) and then flip it to the other side. When tiny bubbles form its time to flip it over.
9.) Amanda showed me a technique they use at Arizona that I will try to describe to you.  She used a paper towel in her hand to press down in the center of the chapati and turn the dough disk in circles as it cooked. You can use a small clean towel as well.  If you don’t want to try this method, press the sides of the chapati with a spoon until it puffs.

Using a paper towel to turn

10.) When the chapati is  golden take it off and place it either on a plate or in foil to keep warm.

OM NOM NOM

11.) Eat it! It’s best warm.  If you want to turn it into a dessert you can add some cinnamon, sugar, and dip it into honey!

 

We also made Ugali but I’ll save that recipe for another day (hence the “Part 1” in this toast title).

You may have noticed there were no pictures of me cooking or helping with any of this project…WELL, somebody had to take low quality iPhone pictures and be the test eater didn’t they?

Thanks for all the help Amanda!

 

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