I cancelled office hours yesterday and went home and basically spent the time on the couch or in bed. I did finish some stacks of grading though.
I am requesting to drop to the half marathon this weekend; if the past is a guide, I should feel much better on Thursday and be ready to start the half marathon on Sunday.
But this means I’ll have to find a fall marathon/30 mile/50K to do; probably either the Des Plains marathon (10 hour time limit!), McNotAgain (November 8, but could be muddy), Des Moines (city, 7 hour time limit, same weekend as Des Plains) or the Chicago 50k (8 hours to finish; 7 hours if you want an official time) on November 1.
I’ll get outside for an easy 3 mile walk in a few minutes and try to resume normal activity in a day or two.
Of the teams that I follow (more or less):
1. Notre Dame (easy) 3-0 Predicted record: 10-2 (loss to Florida State and one other stumble somewhere)
2. Navy (two tough losses to Big Ten teams though) 2-2, Predicted record: 8-4 (loss to ND, one upset along the way)
3. Texas (38-7 over UNT, played UCLA tough) 1-2 Predicted record: 5-7: losses to Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Kansas State and one more.
4. Illinois 3-1 (probably the nation’s worst “power 5 conference” 3-1 team) Predicted record: 5-7. Purdue (home), and possibly either Minnesota (home) or Northwestern (away) are the possible wins down the stretch.
Now if we are talking about the nation, as a whole: right now, I’d go with
3. Florida State (played tough opposition)
5. Texas A&M
But there is a lot of football to be played..
How tough is NFL competition? Three weeks into the season, and there are THREE undefeated teams. THREE. Winning an NFL game is hard, no matter who you are playing.
Darn it…I knew that things were off because of Saturday and Sunday.
I do have a cold. It should clear up by this weekend, but unless I have a magical recovery by Thursday, I am dropping to the half marathon for this Sunday. Then, I’ll shift to a later October marathon; perhaps the McNot-Again and take it easy this time.
So, no working out today; maybe a leisurely walk in the sunshine to feel better; that’s it.
How it usually works in Peoria:
Winter: snow, ice…difficult to drive around at times.
Other three seasons: sea of orange barrels; many roads either partially or totally closed; our downtown has been torn up for years. Same for IH-74.
Repeat year after year.
Well, Peoria is facing some budget shortfalls. The problem:
raise taxes, and those who can afford to move, move. Those left behind: those who don’t pay much in taxes, so the tax base withers even if the population doesn’t. So: roughly the same population, but less total revenue.
Evidently, it is about to get worse.
PEORIA — Peoria County Engineer Amy McLaren is already bracing herself for the calls likely to come this winter about snow-covered roads.
“They’re going to be snowpacked some of the time. You aren’t going to be able to drive like you would in the summer without any worry. You are going to have to slow down and use some caution,” she said, days after county officials announced a possible $3 million shortfall for next year’s budget.
One way residents will feel that is on the roads. A possible way to save money is to reduce the amount of salt used by her fleet of trucks. Another way is to plow less or down to the pavement. With initial forecasts of another harsh winter, McLaren is planning for the worst, hoping things will be better than anticipated.
Using salt only on hills and intersections would reduce the amount of ordered. The county’s salt dome near the Peoria County Jail is largely empty because of last winter, and Peoria County will spend about $1.3 million this fall to purchase 16,000 tons of salt at about $80 a ton.
I don’t leave because I can walk to work. But population multiplies even as revenues flatten…or actually go down.
I felt fine but slightly weak on Tuesday; a bit run down on Wednesday and have felt more so this weekend. Yesterday’s run was subpar and today’s walk: way subpar after getting to the track. 2:35 for 10 miles (more or less; perhaps 10.2): 33:38 out, (via the goose loop), 1:12:57 for 20 laps, lane 2, 14:58 4 laps lane 1 (2:01:34) and 34:11 back.
It was pretty though; perfect weather but my eyes are burning and my nose/throat are slightly sore; I just feel “uneasy”. Time to drink, drink, drink.
The adventure: I had run a 5K and was going to pick up Tracy …and got in the Prius only to find that the right rear tire was flat, flat, flat. But I had the Mustang to use and so I was off.
The game itself: featured a 1:57 (more or less) delay due to lightning; the total game time was a bit over 5 hours.
After the game: we drove through a massive thunder storm that added about 30 minutes to the normally 90 minute trip. But all in all, Tracy was good company and I enjoyed the experience.
Now to the game
Coming in, Illinois had scraped by a FCS team and a middling Conference USA team prior to getting blasted by Washington 44-19. Texas State blew out a terrible FCS team and got whipped at home by Navy (35-21) prior to travelling to Champaign.
Long and short: same formula as the first two home games. Trail, come back to lead in the second half, lose the lead, rally in the 4’th to seemingly put the game away, give up a late touchdown and then seal the win by recovering an onside kick. There was even a pick-6 for Illinois and an “almost pick 6 but set up a touchdown” by Texas State. Illinois got 485 yards total offense, but gave up 475, much of it in the first half.
Illinois got the kick off and scored a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage: 75 yard run “officially” but it was a screen pass where the ball was thrown backward.
Well, that was a fine way to start a game! Ok, the extra point was MISSED and that was to play a role later. But then the offenses stalled; there was an exchange of punts and, due to the wind, Texas State got the better of it. A Texas State drive plus extra point put them up 7-6.
Another Illinois punt, another Texas State touchdown drive; they had success with short passing and middle running. 14-6 Texas State, which is how the quarter ended.
Then came the long weather delay; we found a relatively cool spot to use (window facing the field).
Back to football…people clapped and the stadium was considerably emptier (not that it was that crowded to begin with).
Texas State dominated play; one drive ended in a missed field goal but another one ended in a touchdown, so it was now 21-6, Texas State.
Momentum shifted right before the half when Illinois used the final 2 minutes of the half to drive the length of the field (short passes mostly) to cut it to 21-13.
Momentum shifted then.
The Illinois defense played better in the second half (except for the final Texas State drive); they shut down the middle running game and sacked the quarterback 4 times (it seemed like more).
The defense forced a punt and got a big return setting Illinois up on the Texas State 33. Then on Illinois first play from scrimmage in the second half: another touchdown! But this time, they went for 2, and missed; it was still 21-19.
Another stop, another punt, and another touchdown drive (running and passing), but another attempt to hit a 2 point conversion failed and so it was 25-21, Illinois in the 3’rd. Illinois had the momentum and..once again, got the ball back.
But an errant throw (Texas State had dropped two possible interceptions earlier) lead to an interception and a run back to the Illinois 13. Two plays later, Texas State took the lead back 28-25, and once again, the Illinois offense appeared to stall.
Here was yet another 4’th quarter that started with Illinois trailing.
But once again, in the 4’th quarter, Illinois came back. First there was a 78 yard touchdown drive (score was on a pass); a key play happened when Illinois kicked a field goal on 4’th and 4, but Texas State ran into the kicker. So the Illini took the first down and finished with the touchdown.
Finally: 32-28; the Illini had a lead. Another stop, another drive took Illinois to the Texas State 2 with 3’rd and 1 (for a first down). But a penalty set them back, and so the drive ended in a field goal that put it 35-28 with 6 minutes to go.
Texas State started to throw some risky passes and one was intercepted and returned for a touchdown; now it was 42-28 with 2:41 to go.
But then came the dreaded “prevent defense” and a subsequent touchdown drive by Texas State (75 yards); a pass capped the drive with just over a minute left in the game…it was 42-35.
But an Illinois lineman recovered the onside kick and ran off the field with the ball…in elation.
That, plus one first down ended the wild, wild game.
Check out the Illinois highlights:
Hey, it wasn’t boring.
It was humid but cool (high 50’s, low 60’s) but few people showed up. In fact, the winning time was 22:3x and the next two were 23:3x (a middle age guy and an older guy). Your’s truly was 4’th in 26:38 and the first woman was 5’th about 1 minute behind me.
I was 16:23 at 2 miles but was a bit discouraged; the two guys in front of me were way in the distance, almost out of sight and I had no one breathing down my neck. It was a decent workout but not much of a race. I finished with about an 8:45 mile; I should have had more mental toughness than that.
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