I am not a “natural runner.” You know the type: long legs, lean body, gliding along the ground effortlessly while holding a conversation and barely breaking a sweat. That ain’t me. I’m the short, curvy, determined one who can’t run without music and generally looks as though she’s on the verge of passing out. For all of these reasons, I avoided running like the plague growing up, choosing instead to swim, a sport in which you can’t feel your sweat and, most of the time, feel graceful and powerful, even if you’re the clumsiest person in the world.
if when I cross the finish line tomorrow at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in Nashville, pardon me if I’m pretty damn proud. I hated running until about four years ago when I signed up for a couch-to-5K program with some friends, and honestly, I still hate from time to time; however, the competitor in me loves a challenge, and those brief, beautiful moments when the runner’s high kicks in were enough to get me to sign up for a half marathon. (Crazily enough, I actually hula hooped a half marathon five years ago, but running one feels like a totally different feat.) Eighteen weeks of training and too many blisters later, I can honestly say, if I’m not ready now, I may not ever be.
With lots of races going on this weekend, I’m sure many of you are in the same boat, so good luck to everyone running in the Rock ‘n’ Roll, Kentucky Derby Festival, and Cincinnati Flying Pig half and full marathons. Hopefully Mother Nature will give us a break.
Plenty to do before then, so let’s go over today’s agenda…
Calipari will publish another swaggy video of himself lifting weights
If you missed it yesterday, John Calipari posted a video of himself working out, and it may be the best thing we’ve seen all month. In the video, Cal — with Tyler Ulis by his side — vows to get in shape for next season and beyond, talking openly about being at Kentucky for another 20 years. Calipari has done plenty of swaggy things in his life, but this video may take the cake:
Calipari promised the video of him lifting weights would drop today, so stay tuned. In the meantime, what would it be like if Calipari stayed at Kentucky until he was 75? I’ll explore that topic later today.
I actually feel bad for Laremy Tunsil
The story of the NFL Draft wasn’t the two QBs going 1-2, it was offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil’s slide after someone hacked his Twitter and Instagram and posted videos of Tunsil smoking marijuana from a gas mask bong and incriminating text messages from Tunsil to Ole Miss assistant AD and manager of football operations John Miller asking for money. Tunsil eventually went 13th to the Miami Dolphins, but the leak cost him millions of dollars. Was Tunsil stupid for letting someone film him smoking weed? Absolutely. Are the texts between him and Miller a bad look? Certainly for Ole Miss. However, I couldn’t help feeling a little bad for the kid last night. What was supposed to be the culmination and celebration of hard work turned into an embarrassment, and it all gets worse when you find out it may have been his stepfather that did it. That’s just wrong.
In the scheme of things, the kid is still getting paid millions of dollars to play football and he’s going to live in Miami. The real loser here is Ole Miss, who is already under investigation by the NCAA, with some of the allegations pertaining to Tunsil. It’s going to be a really stressful day in Oxford.
Regardless, the NFL Draft continues today, but don’t expect any UK players to go until the later rounds tomorrow. For a breakdown of who may go where, check out Nick’s post from yesterday.
Three NBA Playoff games tonight
Patrick Patterson got his first playoff start earlier this week in Toronto’s win over Indiana. Will he start again tonight? Here are the times for tonight’s games, which could each decide who moves on to the next round:
- 7:30 p.m.: Raptors at Pacers, NBATV/ESPN News
- 8:00 p.m.: Heat at Hornets, ESPN
- 10:30 p.m.: Clippers at Trail Blazers, ESPN
KSR is live at Conway Heaton in Bardstown
Drop what you’re doing and drive on out to Conway Heaton at 810 N. 3rd Street in Bardstown to check out Shannon the Dude’s favorite Ford dealership, hear today’s show, and register for the chance to win Big Blue Madness tickets. It’s Friday, after all.