Do not. Approach. The Dog Park.



“Dogs are not allowed in the dog park. People are not allowed in the dog park…Do not. Approach. The Dog Park.”
Hello dear readers. Recently someone mentioned Night Vale to me and I have never been the same. Welcome to Night Vale is, as described on their site is,
 “A twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.”
But it is so much more than that. The warm and soothing voice of Cecil Baldwin, as he narrates the NPR style ‘public broadcast’ of the comically frightening happenings in the town of Night Vale,lulls listeners into a world that is eerily not so different from their own. Except for the fugitive five headed dragon, wanted by the Sheriff’s Secret Police. Speak to Officer Ben if you have any information regarding his whereabouts.
In case you could not tell, I have been listening to quite a few episodes as I have run this past week. This makes for a very calm experience where, I have found my only concern now seems not to be how tired I am, but rather that I need to refrain from bursting into what would appear to the runners nearby as spontaneous laughter. Losing myself in this particular podcast is a somewhat dangerous practice though, as I tend to want to run longer distances than I have plotted out for that day, simply to listen to more of Cecil’s intoxicatingly relaxing voice that could make even Ira Glass impressed.
You should go and listen to it right now. No one makes a Podcast like Welcome to Night Vale. No one.
In other news, another epic year of Journey To The End Of The Night (JTTEOTN) is almost upon us. This Saturday, after Race to Wrigley warms me up that morning; I join hundreds of others in a struggle for survival as we race from one part of Chicago to another. The ‘race’, which is more like a city-wide, life and death game of tag, is the highlight of my year, and one of the main reasons I took up running. To survive, or at least to remain among the living a bit longer before joining the terrifying Horde of ‘Chasers’ that relentlessly pursue the participants to the ends of the Earth…or at least Chicago. This is a free and public event. If you feel like your speed work has been working out for you in your training this year, test out your speed and endurance by showing up for this year’s Journey To The End Of The Night. Happy hunting.
*Welcome to Night Vale is probably a registered trademark of  Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor seeing as Welcome to Night Vale was Written by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor. Narrated by Cecil Baldwin. Music by Disparition. Logo by Rob Wilson*
*Ira Glass is also probably a registered trademark, likely of National Public Radio…which is also probably copywriten(is that a word?) and trademarked.*


  1. Never knew about the JTTEOTN! Sounds fun! But I haven't done intervals in about a month, I would end fast!

    You sold me on the Night Vale with the NPR reference! Now if I just had more time! (I don't listen to anything while I run)


  2. JTTEOTN is incredible! Don't let the speed work talk you out of trying Journey, it is an incredible experience just to participate. Some people run it like a race, others huddle together for camaraderie and sprint when necessary in every direction, some stick to the side streets and shadows. Great times.

    It is indeed difficult to find time for podcasts, etc. especially if you don't listen to anything while you run. Sometimes on a morning commute is nice (episodes are about 20 min.) Otherwise just on the walk your local Trader Joe's or Whole Foods, etc. 😉


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