First Road Race

Flag Monument at the start of the race.Yesterday I ran my first road race. This was a 5 mile race along the beautiful Paseo de Montejo avenue in Mérida, México. I came in pretty much last. There was a 70 year old lady and a guy in a wheel chair that were behind me, but for all intents and purposes, I was the last one who was seriously running. I logged a time of 49 minutes and 42 seconds. Personally that was my best time for 5 miles. The winner in my division did it in less than 29 minutes. I never claimed to be fast, just persistent.

Darwin turns 197

Darwin has been promoted to being on the level with, or higher than, God in some churches. We accept what Darwin has to say, without proof, but won’t accept what God has to say with plenty of proof. To call Darwinism “science” is a misunderstanding of what science and the scientific process is. Take this quote from a quote in the New York Times.

“…the theory of evolution is ‘a foundational scientific truth.’ To reject it, the letter continues, ‘is to deliberately embrace scientific ignorance and transmit such ignorance to our children.’ “

How can it be a foundational scientific truth if it has not yet been proved? If something is fact, then it must be proved or proveable. Science, by definition, is knowledge gained through experimentation, observation and experience. No one has seen evolution happen. We only have the record of God to tell us how creation took place. If you don’t believe Him, then that is your choice. But churches, of all people, should not be saying that what Charles Darwin says must be more accurate than what God says.

Call them both, Darwinism and Creationism, religions if you want. You can say that Creationism (Intelligent Design) is not science even though there is nothing scientifically disproving it. But don’t call Evolution “science” since it does not fit the definition. Especially since what we can observe, experiment and experience has not proved it to be true.

Newspaper girl

This morning on the way to church there was a young lady selling newspapers on the street corner. A very common site here in México. There were 3 cars lined up to buy a newspaper from her. So, typical, she walked over to her stack of probably a hundred papers and grabbed precisely one. She then strolled over to the first car and sold him his paper. Then walked back to the stack and this time grabbed two for the other two cars.

At least she did better this second time. But what if one of the cars wanted two papers? No problem to her. She is paid to sell papers, not to be efficient. This whole scene was taking place at an intersection with a light. The light turned green as she was walking to the stack to get the extra two papers, so I did not see what followed. But she was in no hurry. Fortunately, there was room that these three cars were able to pull over and form a line to get their paper. Normally there would be cars lined up behind them to get through the light. Do you think that bothers anyone involved or actually makes them speed up any? Don’t count on it.

coolrunning.com

I have been hovering around the forums at coolrunning.com the last several days. This has been spawned by my brother’s desire to run in the Indy Mini Marathon on May 6th 2006. I have been training with him and ran my first 5 miles straight today. I ran it in 50 minutes and 20 seconds. That was my longest run. Previously I had only run 4 miles. I will be building up to 10 miles in the weeks leading up to race day. On race day I will run a full 13.1 miles.

Blogging?

Well, everyone else is doing it, why not? You will see how my interests change from week to week. I figure it will somehow be theraputic to see what my wife sees. She knows how often I get interested in something and then just drop it like a hot potato. Since I can never remember from week to week what my interests were the week before, I figure writing it down will give me a chance to see how flighty I am.