The Pitch & The Pace

The Pitch & The Pace

If we intend to teach with multimodal projects we need to also create multimodal projects – so here we are.

I am terrible at design. The worst.

I am also really uncoordinated and this is one of the things about me that made me a runner. It’s a sport that usually requires minimal coordination, minimal multitasking.

Meanwhile, I love music, podcasts, sound-based communication of knowledge and emotion.

This is what I came up with:

“Call for Pacers

I’m making a podcast about the non-traditional ways we learn and teach concepts and critical thinking. And running. Over the years as I’ve ran with friends, I realized that I’ve learned a lot about life. Running helps me sort through my life, de-stress, process college courses, and let the thought-reel run its course, while I run my course. And when I run with my GPS watch and heart-rate monitor I get all this data, I compose (sort of write), record and create something as I run.

So I want to interview you on my podcast about either:

Concepts you’ve learned through running or while running that applied other places


What do you think of your GPS watches as a composition? How does looking at the data tell a story as well as how long, far, and fast you went? When and why do you run without it? (or do you?)

Or both!

I have a special microphone to wear and record the interview as we go for a run together, but a traditional sit-down interview is also possible. Contact me for more info.”

Example 1 Screenshot 2015-11-09 13.14.36 Screenshot 2015-11-09 13.15.15I want to explore running as a way of knowing and I like the versatility for the audience in podcasts and podcasts is one of the ways I learn new things, particularly things outside of my field. A lot of podcasts have websites with visuals of some kind available – sometimes it’s mostly a home for the mp3, sometimes it’s complimentary to go with, sometimes it’s merely a transcript of the words being heard. All this is to say, they are always multimodal.

Runterviews Modes and Structure


I will interview other runners to see how and when and if they’ve had experiences of knowing and something a bit less academic-y: the GPS watch as a composition and in general, scrutinizing its role in runner’s life. I have already completed one run-terview.



Sample soundbite – this is a recording of a recording so the quality is not representative of what the end product will sound like.

I ask, “how many years have you been running?”


I’m going to have a section examining my process all along the way. I’ve already recorded some on process.

As I discovered on my process recording run on Wednesday, November 4th, it’s empowering to think about my running as a way of knowing – Freire’s concept of the Word, versus the World.

*I’m bad at math. I’ve been running for 18 years, not 12.

I think that exploring multimodality and my own way of knowing would help me to successfully implement multimodality for my students and to be a better teacher.

I’m also working on putting together the idea and/or story, of how running is the thing that is most present in my life that was also a part of my life when I was younger, and a devout Mormon. Writing, running, and music are the things that carried over to my post-mormon era. If this doesn’t come together in time for the final project it’s still working toward my dissertation in some fashion.

I plan to have complimentary visuals to go along with my podcast that is also spatially oriented. If you are familiar with Linda Russo’s work you will recognize parts of the structure: mapped, hyperlinked paragraph


The Second is First: reading response seven in Parts

The prompt wanted me to look at one of my multimodals with Kress and Van Leeuwen, then with Kress’ multimodal and semiotics book. So I decided to do so without reading the second, first; I wanted to keep my application from influence to see…just to see.

Part 2

Discourse, design, production, distribution

As mentioned in class, seems a natural connection to Invention, Style, Arrangement, and delivery.

The following applies these concepts to my multimodal post about my GPS watch and running community.

Leeuwen and Kress’ definition of discourse really threw me; how could discourse not be about the conversation? I really struggled to understand it and apply it. But now, perhaps because I did that work to understand it, it seems to apply quite perfectly to the running tools and community I participate in. The topic, the data, the knowledge is there without us talking about it. Running to some extent is natural, intuitive. And humans are social creatures and learn socially so it only makes sense that we would run together sometimes. And the information, how far, how fast, how long (and how much beer) exists before we utter anything. It exists whether we record it or not. But we do and that is the discourse practice.

The design behind our data follows the tradition of the hard sciences and has alphabetic and images to communicate the info (charts, graphs). Arguably design is another discourse for us as we all have different ways of running, different brands or models of GPS watches. In all cases design is communicating something: scientific but fun (or perhaps poking fun at our scientifically driven lives), amount of money invested for a training watch, triathlete or not (based on watch model), and levels of competitiveness. The design of our running group also becomes material, production and distributed, when we order our shirts that always say, “Run and Be Hoppy” on them somewhere. More through collaboration, production, have we come to be the data driven entities that we are.

Production of our data is a physical labor, transferring and transforming the information from our bodies to the satellites and chronometers and back. We transfer the information from our watch to the paper. Later it is transferred once more when our fearless but never beerless leader and computer scientist puts it into the website, coding and algorithms to analyze and interpret our data.  Production is always multimodal: utilizing and shifting design, the mode of conversation, applied discourse, sourced ultimately from discourse as Kress and Leeuwen have defined it.

Distribution is also what connects us. Who is closest to getting into the keg club? Who ran the most? Who is training for a race? The distribution gives a new way of seeing what we could communicated, or distributed differently. We are able to connect and stay connected with a much larger group of people because of distributing our stats on the internet.

The Beer Carrot & Wing Running

Beer Chasers — mixed reviews, but no lover is perfect. Every Wednesday I run for 20-30 minutes then drink beer. Not enough to significant help my health and the beer drinking prevents any weight/fat loss (if the once a week is all a person does, which until recently it HAS been all I’ve been doing). But somehow it’s been enough to keep me going. It’s been enough to motivate me to run more — the group is putting together relay teams for April and July and I actually find myself getting excited to train again. So there you have it.

Yesterday I left the house at approximately 1:14 pm and 20 seconds for what I thought was going to be an early springtime run – cold but bearable. Shortly after I decided to finally try that gravel uphill road, about 15 minutes in of running, winter showed back up. It was windy and snowing lightly. I didn’t realize the wind was at my back, however, until I turned around to go back! This was at 25 minutes of running (I had done more downhill than up so I thought that would make it a more even out and back).

As the dark clouds continued to roll in on the wind and my top layer of skin on my legs went numb, I forgot it all as I spotted a hawk gliding on the wind. I watch him/her for as long as I could. And later, as I was taking off my shoes after documenting the carnage of a spring/winter run (sprinter, or wing, if you like), that same hawk blessed the tall pines in my neighborhood. Had he been there before and I just didn’t notice? Was she actually a different hawk? I like to think he/she was the same hawk, after all as a crow flies — which isn’t too terrible different than as a hawk flies — it had to of been less than I mile from where we first saw each other. Maybe the hawk followed my home.

Definitely felt the fatigue kick in the last ten minutes. Ran about 47 minutes, so I’m guessing 4.5 miles

Wing running: 45 minutes, hawk, wind, hail

Both Beer Chasers and this run were in the Brooks ghost running shoes. New shoe mileage: 19.5 miles

Run, ski, run

Friday, February 15th: 3miles/30ish minutes

Saturday, February 16th: Skied at least 6 hours

Sunday, February 17th: 3miles/approximately 33 minutes

Saucony Shoes Total Miles: 201

One mile in, plus shoe stats

I ran a mile today. Then I worked out to my xbox. No really, I have a fitness program and Dance Central. I put in a total of an half and a half today I think.

Also, it’s involved enough that I won’t bother tonight but I have shoe stats for 3 pairs of shoes to be tracked here:

Sauconys: 195 miles

Brooks: 12 miles

Brooks Cadence: 15 miles

I’ll add two other shoes later, and if that seems ridiculous well, it is.

0 to 60, er, I mean 7

Runner’s Blog:

This past week I upped my miles. After zero miles I went three weeks in a row running 2.4 to 2.8 miles. This last week I logged in 7. My goal is to match that total mileage this week as I crawl out of the abyss I’ve been floundering in as a runner for, oh, I don’t know, 6 years now. Never fear, because I’d been running 7 years prior to that so the flourishing side still has the advantage. 7 is cliche for being lucky but I’ll take it.

And speaking of flourishing, 4 of my 7 was the Cupid Shuffle race.

Finish time: 31:55, 13th overall, 5th female finisher, 3rd in my age group (I am 27)

A small gathering of runners but nonetheless, I’ll take it. Oh, and I pretended I could out sprint a high school xcountry and/or track runner into the finish. Talk about 0 to 7, but I couldn’t just hand 4th place over to 15-year-old Miranda after all…

The Irregular Runner

This month I’ve gone running twice. Each time was approximately 1.5 miles round trip. I ran to the gym, did my shoulder physical therapy exercises, ran home. Um, actually jogged is probably more accurate, if you care to deliberate on such matters.

I’m not sure what I need to do to become a regular runner. You know, besides just get my butt out running. But it’s interested for me to finally realize my pattern. I’m event driven. After the Oktoberfest 1/2 marathon in Leavenworth, WA, I stopped running completely for the rest of the month. Same as I did last year, after each marathon, and after each cross country and track season in high school.

Whatever my motivations for running have been in the past, it has not been habit. I do not want to wait for the day I injure myself because I “can” push myself to a certain point, but haven’t properly trained.

I sit all day at work and I miss being strong. And in the name of no injuries and regularity, I’m running short – primarily to the gym – hoping to change a habit that I’ve had for 15 years.