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On the edge between overtraining and training

I thought about doing an 8 mile run on this chilly, crisp morning but soon realized that I was running out of gas. So I jogged the first 4 miles or so in 45 minutes (hilly) and then walked the next 4 in 1:01-1:02; I stopped to throw some trash away.

My legs were simply out of power; I think that half marathon run was more of an effort (on an untrained body) than I wanted to admit.

But I enjoyed the combination run/walk and practiced some hills.

October 23, 2014 Posted by | running, walking | | Leave a comment

Moral: don’t quit until the play is over.

Yes, Louisiana-Lafayette beat Arkansas State 55-40 in a battle between two of the better teams in the Sun Belt.

But check out this play:

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The running back was laying on bodies and therefore not down. Touchdown, Arkansas State.

October 23, 2014 Posted by | college football, football | , | Leave a comment

Walking on a clear but chilly morning: Yin/Yang

It was clear and chilly (39 F, or 4 C) with a breeze. I walked my hilly 8.1 mile Cornstalk course (1:58; 59:44/58:33) and the darkness slowed me a little.

Yin: when it is this chilly and I am going easily, my kidneys have a field day. Good thing that the park district still has the bathrooms open.
Yang: when it is this clear, the sunrise is so pretty. One sees pink, orange, light blue (sort of turquoise), deeper blue and dark, dark blue. I just LOVE that.

It reminds me of one of the things I liked about the ultras (24 hour/100 mile): I got to see the cycle of the day, all while I was awake and moving. There is something special about that…of course, realistically, that is in my past.

October 22, 2014 Posted by | walking | , , | 1 Comment

Youth, college, etc

Two topics here: college education, and young people.

First, about the college students themselves. Yes, this article was more about responding to complaints that the student section at the Michigan State vs. Nebraska game became embarrassingly empty during the final part of the game, when Michigan State had to hold off a Nebraska rally.

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Note: this isn’t the “issue” that I am writing about; my opinion, by the way, is that football is entertainment; go if you like, leave when you like (but please show courtesy to those around you who want to watch the game) and if not enough students are interested, sell those tickets to the public. However, don’t seat the public directly behind the student section as they like to do things like stand on seats.

Note: the Michigan State game was a long game, and it was cold and it rained and Michigan State build a large lead in the second half; that contributed to the early exodus.

But that is another issue. The gist of the article that I am writing about is that if an athletic department wants to get more students to attend games, they have to see what would attract them and they have to acknowledge how the students actually are:

But MSU will never solve 18-to-21-year-olds dressing for style over warmth, or get them to stop thinking in packs, or prevent them from following their crush right out of the stadium. This is also a new level of denseness, a generation that hasn’t yet figured out the light from a cell phone in a movie theater is distracting to others, and that lives each moment addicted to the device in their hands. The 40-second play clock is about 38 seconds too long for their attention spans.

That might sound snarky, but these kids take their “smart phones” everywhere…even to the gym! When I tell them that I like to “get away” from all that, they look at me as if I was crazy. They even text in class unless you call them on it (and I feel compelled to…and yes, it is often the weakest students that do this).

Now about getting to college: it is still a more affluent group that does…in fact the “dull but wealthy” offspring actually have a slightly better chance at finishing college than the “smarter but poor” group. And the margin of error is small for the poorer kids; in fact, the wealthy kids can make far more mistakes and achieve less and still be better off.

October 22, 2014 Posted by | college football, social/political | , , | Leave a comment

My political races (IL-17, IL-governor) and a treadmill run

Politics: below the treadmill chart.

Today: though it was pretty, I decided to stay on the treadmill to save the legs a bit.

Base elevation: I use 0.5 to equalize the pace to road running (account for lack of wind resistance)

So I started with a slow mile (10:40) and then did a 10 minute mile varying the elevation: .05-1-2-3-4.
I switched treadmills due to the “lower the elevation” button being stuck!

Then I did close to 42 minutes on the other treadmill at 9:50 mpm (6.1) and did:

2 minutes at 0.5, 2 minutes at 2.0, 2 minutes at 0.5, 2 minutes at 3.0
then 8 x (2 minutes at 0.5, 2 minutes at 4.0); I hit 4 miles at about 39:30 or so.
Then 2 more minutes at 6.0 (10 mpm) at 0.5 to finish 10K.

That was more challenging than I hoped it would be; here is why:

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Click for a larger version. (from here) I totaled 18 minutes of running at a “sub 9 minute pace” effort with short breaks in between, which is a reasonable workout for me right now.

Politics

Tonight: my wife is dragging me to a reception for an anti-GMO State Senator (he is ok on other issues) and a Blue Dog House Democrat who is locked in competitive race…even though her district went for President Obama by 17 points in 2012. This race is leaning her way but that is mostly because the Republicans nominated a “flat-earther” Tea Party idiot. I am not enthusiastic about our candidate, but the Republican makes me want to vomit.

Our Governor’s race IS tight; it matches an ineffective Democrat against a Donald Trump caliber Republican. My guess is that our politically savvy Democrat will find a way to win.

October 21, 2014 Posted by | 2014 midterm, Cheri Bustos, politics, politics/social | , , , | Leave a comment

Bilking the not-so-bright….

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Wow…that would be one way to get some action. :-)

But the real con artists are the ones who know how to make themselves rich.

Sarah Palin knows how to do it:

The first pic on Sarah Palin’s website reads the oh-so original tag of: “We must reverse Obama’s destructive policies. Help send real conservatives to fix them”. Underneath the declaration is a button for conservative saps to give money to SarahPac.

According to Open Secrets the fighting Palins have been bilking the pac:

Out of $1.4 million the PAC had available in the third quarter — $978,000 sitting in the bank at the beginning of the July 1-Sept. 30 period, plus another more than $433,000 raised during that time — SarahPAC managed to donate just $45,000 to fellow Republicans running in the midterms. That’s a little more than 3 percent.
For the two-year 2014 cycle, the former Alaska governor’s PAC, a vehicle that helps her stay in the game amid talk that she may run in the 2016 presidential contest, has raised $2.5 million on top of more than $1.1 million that was in the bank at the start of the cycle. It has spent $2.7 million, with about $150,000 — or 5.5 percent — going to candidates.

This isn’t the least bit surprising. Palin quit on the people of Alaska to become a tacky television host and “author” who entered the lucrative conservative entertainment and grievance complex that has made political cancers such as O’Reilly, Hannity, Beck and Limbaugh wealthy.

Karl Rove cleaned up in 2012 (note: this article was written PRIOR to election day in 2012).

Yes, Super Pacs are doing very well…for now.

October 21, 2014 Posted by | 2014 midterm, political/social, politics, politics/social, sarah palin | , | Leave a comment

long distance on the weekend = weak in the weight room

Saturday: 15 miles (half marathon race, plus warm up and cool down)
Sunday: 11 SLOW hiking miles (on roads)

So today:
pull ups: 5 sets of 10 (strong) hip hikes, Achilles rest
bench press: 10 x 135, 2 x 180, 2 x 180, 7 x 160 (weak) (rotator cuff)
incline press: 8 x 135 (weak)
military press (dumbbell): 3 sets of 10 x 40 (standing)
rows (one arm, with dumbbell) 3 sets of 10 x 65
pull downs: 3 sets of (7 x 160, 7 x 100)
military press (machine) 2 sets of 10 x 90 (each arm)
row: (hammer) 2 sets of 10 x 200.

McKenzie, squats to the bench, easy cycle (5 minutes), etc.

October 20, 2014 Posted by | weight training | Leave a comment

Half Marathons: local

I’ve done a few half marathons and will probably dig up some data on them. But I’ve noticed a decrease in the number of finishers of local half marathons, at least in the “local” ones that I’ve done.
Note: I did the Galesburg in 2012 and 2013

race 2012 2013 2014 percent decrease 2013 to 2014
Peoria Heights 363 365 245 32.8
Galesburg 149 195 177 9.2
IVS 166 161 111 31.0
Komen not held 209 104 50.2

There used to be no “official” Peoria Half marathons, (they had an informal “Stinky Boy” half in October) but there were “cornfield” races in Bloomington-Normal (Mitsubishi), Galesburg (Turkey Trot Half), Mahomet and Delevan. I did many of these multiple times; it was a different era as you can see from the results of the 1999 Mitsubishi race. Note: this was typical of this “era”; being 2:2x put you nearly dead last. Note: there are a few names that I recognize; many are no longer running and a few are no longer with us.

Place Name Age Sex Time
1 John Sillery 27 M 1:15:13
2 Randy Stearns 40 M 1:18:59
3 Steve Leake 36 M 1:18:59
4 Kevin Henderson 36 M 1:20:32
5 Kevin McGuire 39 M 1:24:40
6 Kevin Fahling 36 M 1:26:51
7 Kert McAfee 24 M 1:27:09
8 Drake Stockert 49 M 1:27:39
9 Dan Dellitt 26 M 1:28:07
10 Andrew Webb 35 M 1:28:21
11 Darrell Howard 42 M 1:29:09
12 Bruce Alvey 37 M 1:29:48
13 Helen Alexander 36 F 1:30:13
14 Kipp Trummel 32 M 1:30:20
15 Robert Lawrence 36 M 1:30:28
16 Brad Hibbert 36 M 1:30:53
17 Dean Bettis 37 M 1:30:58
18 Mark McIntosh 41 M 1:31:09
19 Jeff Byars 33 M 1:32:05
20 Mike Hilgendorf 47 M 1:32:21
21 Dale Conroy 29 M 1:33:19
22 Denny Erswell 46 M 1:33:27
23 Douglas Slaton 39 M 1:33:41
24 Jeff Kuenneth 34 M 1:33:49
25 Micheal Shekleton 48 M 1:33:56
26 Jerry Crump 56 M 1:33:57
27 Jeff Neltver 35 M 1:34:05
28 Jim Williamson 48 M 1:34:08
29 Greg Sutter 32 M 1:34:14
30 Ollie Nanyes 40 M 1:34:16
31 Deborah Wresinski 33 F 1:34:28
32 Ken Adams 39 M 1:34:44
33 Jack Yockey 35 M 1:34:47
34 Matt Daugherty 26 M 1:34:50
35 David Reynolds 35 M 1:34:54
36 Roger McVay 32 M 1:35:41
37 Chris McBride 21 M 1:36:02
38 Chad Pond 41 M 1:36:40
39 George Brown 39 M 1:36:49
40 Charlie Grotevant 57 M 1:37:11
41 Ricky McIntosh 39 M 1:37:53
42 Griffith Robert 39 M 1:38:01
43 Ron Gilmore 44 M 1:38:04
44 John Prior 48 M 1:38:07
45 Jeff Brougher 39 M 1:38:17
46 Dennis Killian 42 M 1:38:50
47 Jim Broadbear 36 M 1:38:55
48 Steve Giusti 35 M 1:38:57
49 Ralph Smith 42 M 1:38:59
50 Dave Kiesewetter 35 M 1:39:09
51 Terry Whitehead 42 M 1:39:22
52 David Chapps 31 M 1:39:33
53 Robert Hill 63 M 1:39:46
54 Kenric Bond 27 M 1:39:57
55 Mohammed Al-Marimi 38 M 1:40:05
56 Mike Krause 44 M 1:40:13
57 John Rosa 48 M 1:40:15
58 Randy Ehlers 51 M 1:40:28
59 Matt Beaver 29 M 1:40:44
60 Tony Greenlee 37 M 1:40:46
61 Phillip Slaton 49 M 1:41:10
62 Matt Heins 25 M 1:41:16
63 David Becher 25 M 1:41:17
64 Steve Mussey 40 M 1:41:17
65 Mark Wilkins 39 M 1:41:20
66 Craig Smith 43 M 1:41:36
67 Ron Schweinberg 42 M 1:41:47
68 Peter Davis 32 M 1:42:02
69 Jim Ginzkey 46 M 1:42:03
70 Bryan Barotes 45 M 1:42:16
71 Don Taylor 56 M 1:42:51
72 Robert Sphaz 49 M 1:42:53
73 Bruce Osran 49 M 1:43:16
74 Steve Snyder 45 M 1:43:31
75 Maverick Davis 28 M 1:43:45
76 Harry Walton 50 M 1:43:47
77 Kip Strasma 32 M 1:43:51
78 Eric Allen 27 M 1:43:51
79 Steve Foster 45 M 1:43:53
80 Darl Baumgardner 49 M 1:43:54
81 T. Brandt 33 F 1:44:10
82 Jeff Faulk 45 M 1:44:27
83 Yasuhio Ohashi 42 M 1:44:29
84 Pat Sheridian 39 M 1:45:19
85 Kevin Thornberg 40 M 1:45:24
86 Randy Vincent 44 M 1:45:37
87 Mike Trudeau 40 M 1:45:42
88 Micheal Helgeson 36 M 1:45:43
89 Drew Hartman 29 M 1:45:44
90 Steve Ufheil 32 M 1:45:56
91 Becky Roesner 29 F 1:46:04
92 Don Hutson 55 M 1:46:07
93 Michelle Aielts 26 F 1:46:41
94 Don Aielts 30 M 1:46:42
95 Brad Burns 34 M 1:46:49
96 Phil Mitchell 44 M 1:47:00
97 Glen Vetter 52 M 1:47:15
98 Gary Haase 52 M 1:47:19
99 Ron Kalley 42 M 1:47:39
100 Pat O’Bryan 45 F 1:47:40
101 Rob Orwig 50 M 1:48:07
102 Charles Cunningham 48 M 1:48:32
103 Mark Cross 29 M 1:48:46
104 Stan Huff 43 M 1:48:48
105 Robert Keller 52 M 1:49:05
106 Tamera White 37 F 1:49:20
107 Jill Henderson 33 F 1:49:23
108 Tony Donald 30 M 1:49:33
109 Mike Fromann 44 M 1:49:38
110 Mark Johnson 34 M 1:49:45
111 George Barger 39 M 1:49:53
112 Larry Koetter 43 M 1:49:54
113 David Rogers 41 M 1:50:09
114 Robert Wolf 57 M 1:50:14
115 Jennifer Jerulli 30 F 1:50:15
116 Melvin Witte 54 M 1:50:23
117 Joe Kniery 36 M 1:50:30
118 Steve Epperson 47 M 1:50:47
119 Beth Gosnell 34 F 1:50:48
120 Ron Love 55 M 1:51:18
121 Thomas Critchfield 41 M 1:51:29
122 Jeff Kennedy 27 M 1:51:32
123 Bill Brewer 40 M 1:51:42
124 Larry Jeffery 44 M 1:51:46
125 Bob Kreps 47 M 1:51:58
126 Jack Spaniol 40 M 1:51:59
127 Tom Shackley 37 M 1:52:08
128 Beth Leuck 29 F 1:52:09
129 Julie Oier 39 F 1:52:20
130 Louie Tieman 48 M 1:52:20
131 Phil Lovell 52 M 1:52:37
132 Lindsey O’Neil 20 F 1:52:51
133 Jim Wright 39 M 1:53:03
134 Mark Bayles 41 M 1:53:06
135 Mark Temple 36 M 1:53:39
136 Cheryl Jeffery 43 F 1:53:43
137 Doug Apple 39 M 1:53:56
138 Jim Clifton 37 M 1:54:06
139 Rob Sensabaugh 37 M 1:54:14
140 Carrie Young 38 F 1:54:20
141 Micheal Zeilman 42 M 1:54:22
142 Mark Rayburn 39 M 1:54:27
143 Carol Reeb 43 F 1:54:35
144 Carla Meeker 36 F 1:54:39
145 Bill Adelmon 28 M 1:54:46
146 Brenda Feit 39 F 1:54:47
147 Nancy Gilbert 37 F 1:55:11
148 Diana Krieg 37 F 1:55:18
149 Morgan Hartman 28 F 1:55:41
150 Gwen Talaski 25 F 1:56:18
151 Dale Arbour 52 M 1:56:19
152 Nathan Royce 23 M 1:56:20
153 Linda Jones 44 F 1:56:42
154 Sharon Davis 42 F 1:56:47
155 Emily Owens 21 F 1:57:23
156 Darrell Hartwel 57 M 1:57:28
157 Jim Willard 57 M 1:57:50
158 Sherry Hill 46 F 1:57:50
159 Gary Kombrink 34 M 1:58:02
160 Jeanne Kleen 42 F 1:58:08
161 Julie Burns 34 F 1:58:42
162 Cynthia O’Connor 44 F 1:58:42
163 James Robinson 47 M 1:58:46
164 Tracey Albert 29 F 1:58:48
165 Jeff Kleen 44 M 1:58:54
166 Lori Lamarra 36 F 1:58:55
167 Bill Wolfsberger 36 M 1:59:31
168 Greg Yount 47 M 1:59:36
169 Jim Weltner 47 M 1:59:57
170 Leigh Sharp 29 M 2:00:19
171 Subie Kniery 37 F 2:00:40
172 David Phillips 50 M 2:00:53
173 Brenda Varney 35 F 2:00:53
174 Gordon Whitmar 48 M 2:00:53
175 Jana Oltman 43 F 2:00:58
176 Terry Bomke 46 M 2:01:15
177 Rich Hartwick 37 M 2:01:55
178 Steve Bellman 38 M 2:02:03
179 David Kutil 43 M 2:03:17
180 Sue Stelma 45 F 2:03:52
181 Rita Leone 38 F 2:03:53
182 Jana VanWoudenberg 30 F 2:03:55
183 Kaye Henderson 30 F 2:03:56
184 Jen Ullery 27 F 2:03:58
185 Amy Sackett 24 F 2:04:15
186 Dave Hurst 56 M 2:04:18
187 Liz Oldeen 46 F 2:04:38
188 Candi Hallam 47 F 2:04:40
189 Jim Jumer 44 M 2:05:13
190 Charles Umden Eynden 63 M 2:05:40
191 Laura Lelm 30 F 2:06:10
192 Joe Leone 38 M 2:06:22
193 Steve Struck 54 M 2:06:28
194 Jack Stone 47 M 2:06:30
195 Larry Blumenstock 32 M 2:06:32
196 Anthony Otsuka 49 M 2:06:59
197 Denise Goff 35 F 2:07:30
198 Brian Beam 30 M 2:08:02
199 Skip Ashcraft 50 M 2:08:04
200 Brian Ruter 28 M 2:08:14
201 Diana Brandt 31 F 2:08:41
202 Barb Copenhaver 43 F 2:08:43
203 L. Dorn 31 F 2:08:47
204 Heidi Sarnecki 30 F 2:08:51
205 Cecelia McGarvey 42 F 2:10:00
206 Jill Keller 49 F 2:10:20
207 G. Boswell 28 F 2:10:25
208 Gigi Isaac 32 F 2:10:28
209 Dan Bedell 26 M 2:11:39
210 Gary Campbell 58 M 2:11:44
211 Donna Eaton 49 F 2:11:47
212 Jim Pratt 46 M 2:12:39
213 John Lamarra 52 M 2:13:27
214 Jim Collins 44 M 2:13:52
215 Donna Klima 21 F 2:14:01
216 JT Haas 24 M 2:14:09
217 Steve Haas 46 M 2:14:12
218 L. Lobb 29 F 2:14:13
219 Margie Jumer 43 F 2:18:23
220 Tom O’Connor 56 M 2:21:16
221 Amy Leary 29 F 2:22:10
222 Mike Fiedler 35 M 2:22:10

October 20, 2014 Posted by | running | , | Leave a comment

To be young and dating

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(from here)

I admit that the photo puzzles me. :-) Well, I suppose that when is young, one might have other priorities.

But this does remind me of what I saw on a long walk some time ago.

I was walking past a row of houses where many students live; I believe that I was going past a sorority house. A car pulled up and a young woman got out of it; she was wearing leggings similar to those in the photo; and yes I could tell that she was wearing bikini underwear. She got out of the car, walked up to the steps leading into the house, and looked over her shoulder with a sly…..well…”look” as if “that was a good time” look. I remember thinking to myself “he had a good night”. Of course, I thought “he” as I was once a young man…never been a young woman. :-)

I also thought “enjoy it while it lasts”; there comes a time when such fun takes a back seat to other things…a LOT of other things.

And I continued on my walk; 20 miles that day.

October 19, 2014 Posted by | big butts, human sexuality, spandex | , | Leave a comment

What I did right in yesterday’s half marathon….

I’ve run and walked a LOT of races, and many of them were very long (up to and including 100 miles). I’ve had results that pleased me and some that have disappointed me.

Yesterday’s half marathon was a disappointment in terms of finish time, though when I looked at my background, I simply didn’t have enough long runs to be properly prepared for a “performance” effort. I had enough long WALKS to be able to finish the event safely.

But, I took away some positive things.

One of my bad habits is to “quit” in a race when I am disappointed in my performance.

Now, i’ve dropped out of races due to injury or due to being behind the time limit (ultras). But there have been times when I’ve officially “finished” a race but “quit” in that I just stopped and started slow walking or slow jogging because…not because that was the best I could do at that time but because I couldn’t accept my performance at that time. I’ve done that a number of times.

I did NOT do that yesterday. I didn’t stop and walk and I didn’t deliberately slow jog it either (though I conserved energy going up the hills); in fact, my final 5K of this half marathon was my fastest “final 5K” in a half marathon since 2003 even though I’ve run faster last year (two 2:01 performances). I stayed with it and did not quit.

This was good mental training; I KNOW that in my upcoming 30 miler, there will be long periods in which I am tired and disappointed in how slowly I am moving. It will be important to stay with it during such periods.

October 19, 2014 Posted by | running | , | Leave a comment

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