I got up early as we had some chores to do. Barbara has adjusted to her foot and has found ways to go up stairs (sans a crutch), get in the wheel chair, etc. So the next 8 weeks or so are looking better; hope her foot has healed well enough to use a boot.
I got out there and it was 22 F (-6 C) and moderately windy (10 mph, or 16 km/h) and since I am a bit fatigued, I chose a flatter route to run.
It took me 1:54:36 (11:03 mpm) though I was 41:56 at the end of Heading (past 4 miles, 43:19 at the entrance of Bradley Park, 1:13:17 after the out leg (6.85 miles), 24:52 for the 2.09 loop (1:38:10 at 8.94) and 16:28 for the final 1.42 (huge uphill). Needless to say, the hills slowed me down though I did better than I did last Sunday.
I saw only a couple of other runners out there; one of them is Dave P. He was just a bit ahead of me in 1997 and he is STILL ahead of me. I am going to have to get him to quit training so I can eventually catch up.
Is it a coincidence that he, too, does an “old man shuffle”, like I do?
Ah, this would have been 1:30-1:35 years ago, but IT ISN’T “years ago”.
Data: 1.37 for the Cornstalk plus loop, .72 for the lower loop
With Illinois’ new marriage equality bill set to be signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn next Wednesday, one Illinois bishop is planning to mark the occasion with a ceremony of his own: an exorcism.
Springfield Bishop Thomas John Paprocki announced Thursday he will preside over prayers of “supplication and exorcism” in response to the state’s pending legalization of same-sex marriage, which the bishop said “comes from the devil and should be condemned as such” in a statement reported by the Chicago Sun-Times.
In a press release, Paprocki criticized Illinois lawmakers for moving to approve the marriage bill this month. He condemned, in particular, Catholic lawmakers — including House Speaker Mike Madigan — who cited recent statements by Pope Francis as in line with their support of same-sex marriage and said they are “morally complicit as co-operators in facilitating this grave sin.”
“It is scandalous that so many Catholic politicians are responsible for enabling the passage of this legislation and even twisting the words of the pope to rationalize their actions despite the clear teaching of the church,” Paprocki’s statement continued.
Paprocki’s statements are in line with the response from the Catholic Conference of Illinois to the marriage bill’s passing. The conference said same-sex marriage “undermines an institution that is the cornerstone of a healthy society.”
But hey, they are bringing in, at some expense, a vial of…a dead pope’s blood?
PEORIA — The Catholic Diocese of Peoria announced Tuesday that a relic of John Paul II — a vial of his blood — will come to Peoria next week.
The vial, encased in a gold Book of the Gospels, will be on display for public and private veneration at 7:15 p.m. Monday at St. Mary’s Cathedral, with an accompanying Mass celebrated by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky.
“The celebration not only honors the memory of this great man but also prepares our local church to celebrate his future canonization,” said Jenky in a news release.
John Paul II was pope of the Catholic Church from 1978 until his death in 2005 and will be canonized as a saint by Pope Francis on April 27, 2014. The vial of blood represents the official relic used in advancing the cause for his sainthood.
The Peoria diocese is one of only three in the U.S. that will host the relic, in part because of a group of nuns who work in the diocese — the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary. The foundress of the Servants of the Pierced Hearts, Mother Adela Galindo, accompanies the relic and chose Peoria along with two dioceses in Florida as destinations.
Oh my; the superstition continues unabated.
Workout notes: I am still “not quite right” but am almost over my cold. The “sort of but not quite” fever is gone.
AM: I slept in and ran my hilly Cornstalk 5.1 course in 53:47: 26:48/26:58 were my splits; note that the turn around point is 80-100 feet below my starting point. I put a tiny bit of effort into it but not much.
Today, while going through the course, I smelled an opossum! Seriously: they emit a distinctive odor when they “play possum”. Yesterday, I got a good look at a red hawk up close; it didn’t look as if it were attacking something.
Over lunch: I had intended to do a 2/3 workout just like on Monday, but did a full workout (almost, save one rotator cuff exercise and some bridges)
hip hikes, Achilles, dumbbell rotator cuff, MacKenzie, plank (front 90 seconds, side 30 seconds)
pull-ups: 2 sets of 15, 2 sets of 10.
dumbbell military: 3 sets of 12 with 50′s; note I had to do one set after abs because I struggled with the right arm on my first two attempts.
rows: dumbbell, 3 sets of 10 x 65 (each arm)
curls: dumbbell: 3 sets of 10 x 30
pull downs: 3 sets of 10 x 160
abs: 3 sets of 10: twist, sit back, crunch, vertical crunch
incline press: 5 x 140 (more difficult than I had anticipated), 2 sets of 10 x 135 .
I got it all done by noon.
Ironically, I did MORE this Wednesday than I usually do (2 more miles of running), though I did 5 instead of 10 yesterday.
Yes, it is a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, 26.2 mile run! Yes, it starts on November 5 and the entry fee: FIVE dollars, WITH shirt!
The catch: the time limit is……FIVE WEEKS. Yep, but….this might actually get me in the water and on the bike, and one can use the indoor bike.
I might just sign up. Who knows, I might give myself a 140.6 sticker!!!
Workout notes: I still have a cold, so I felt run down. I slept in, and then lifted over lunch: 11-12. 3 sets of pullups, 2 sets of the other usual exercises. I focused on doing “full repetitions” and not much else; I kept the weights the same. My strength was ok; endurance was lacking. My head feels as if it is stuffed and my throat is scratchy.
But it isn’t as bad as it could be; one of my friends got pneumonia. I don’t feel THAT bad.
Are any of you old enough to remember these machines?
The top is the “newer” Universal machine; the second from the top one is the “older” one; the blue machine is the Nautilus and the bottom is an isokinetic machine.
Take a look at the older Universal machine. Look at the bars that the weight stack slides on:
This pair of bars actually tilted back as the weight were raised; this kept the leverage to the user the same.
The newer Universals had a weight stack that did NOT tilt back as you raised the weights:
So as the weights were raised, a roller transferred the load to the lever that the user was using. So the result: as you extended your arms, the weight would stay the same but your leverage would decrease; the resistance actually went UP as you extended your arms!
There were isokinetic machines as well; the resistance was supplied by something that looked like a shock absorber. You set the SPEED of motion; it gave you the resistance that you supplied to it.
Hence, I (an ordinary high school football player) could use the same machine as my larger, much, much, much stronger friend (6 5″, 260 lbs …”almost” made a WFL team; got invited to try out for NFL teams). But, if you slacked, you could get away with it; the resistance it gave you was proportional to the effort you put into it.
This was basically the same course I ran on Tuesday, minus a 3 mile out and back (which adds 5 hills).
Afterward: 3 sets of leg exercises: adduction, abduction, push back, hamstring curl, leg presses (two different machines, plus some no-weight squats).
I could never break out of my cocoon; it was nice and easy (11 minutes per mile); I just didn’t WANT to go.
What is going on? I went from no 10 mile runs (while my back recovered) to doing 2 per week and did so rather quickly. My body is accepting the distance, but at the price of slowing down more than I ever thought was possible.
So, while I do some McNaughton distance this weekend, I HAVE to do a shorter, punchy workout where I can do some 8:30 mpm running.
I am planning on running the Morton Pumpkin Fest 10K this next Saturday. This race has recently grown to a field of 870 finishers in 2012; the first one I did had 314 finishers (1997) and had a low (among the years I did it) of 277 in 2004 (it was on the same weekend as another big race).
Though I liked most things about the race (good traffic control, course, etc.), what I didn’t like is that the large field was “herded” through a very narrow opening. I know why they did this: they wanted to use chip timing (a good idea) but they had too narrow of a mat; hence it took me 40+ seconds to reach the start (as opposed to 5-6 seconds in most races this size) and I had to do a lot of “broken field” running to dodge the armies of 12-13 minute per mile runners who insisted on lining up too close to the front.
Yes, I did give feedback. However I am in a weird position: I am athletically minded enough to care about my performance, but I am not a good enough runner to justify lining up near the front; after all; I have no realistic chance of contending for an age group award and my pace (8:30′ish) is too slow to justify moving up at the start line.
But there is a good chance that my complaint is a rare one; the faster runners had no trouble getting out of the starting area and many of the rest probably didn’t care. After all, most of the growth came from the back of the pack caliber runner.
Why do I say this? Here is my history of the race:
|year||time (gun)||place||remark||median time|
|2001||52:02||193/364||15K next day||51:33|
|2002||57:56||296/394||walker (soft knee)||52:12|
|2011||56:35 56:22 (watch)||403/793||42:29 places 50||56:24|
|2012||54:39, 53:50 (chip)||336/870||42:29 places 36||57:01|
Notice: the time that got me 61 out of 314 or 66 out of 383 would have got me 50 out of 793 in 2011 and 36 out of 870! Also, notice how the median time (half faster, half slower) has grown dramatically with the numbers in the race. The median pace has slid from an 8 minute mile to a 9 minute mile.
Why is this significant? Well, from the point of view of the race officials, the race has become much more successful (more than double the number of runners). But from the point of view of this dinosaur, the race has actually gotten worse (bottle neck at the start; very slow people lining up too far in front). So, were the race to lose people like me, it would continue to grow. The same can be said for the Jingle Bell 5K.
Yes, I know; the race has attracted “from the front” talent because they added cash awards to age group winners, but this influx of talent did NOT extend to the “former mid-pack level talent” (e. g. 6:30-7:30 pace).
Running races have changed…and not all of the changes are for the better (from my point of view).
Last year’s report is here.
I’ve done it previously in 1997 and 1999 (42:xx), 2000 (44:xx), 2001 (52:xx, social run) 2002 (57:xx as a walker, bent knees), 2005 (49:xx as a runner), 2008 (57:xx as a runner) and in 2011 (56:22 as a runner).
Hanna City Hustle 5K. Last year’s race: 25:12 This year: 25:22. pace: 8:01/8:09 (16:10)/9:12 (2n’d AG). 29/83 overall.
66 F, 79 percent humidity at the 7:30 start.
Many of my favorite runners were there; I got to chat a bit with Mr. Bill (mid 60′s) and Ms. Crystal; Crystal usually tells me about the benefits of speed work (hint hint). It has certainly paid off for her.
I has hampered by the fact that Thursday’s workout was a bit too much; I felt heavy legged during my 22 minute warm up run and at the start.
Though there were some cute runners there; many (Crystal) were way to fast for me; I didn’t even think about going after them. I made Mr. Bill my target.
At the start, I made an effort to not overtax myself; Bill seemed to establish about a 10 second lead ahead of me so I was surprised at the 8:01 first mile. He was with 4 other people; I was eventually to catch one of them.
The spread between us stayed about the same as we went to the turn-around which was just over half way into the race.
I was starting to feel the strain and I felt humbled to see how far ahead of me the front was!
Mile 2: 8:09 later (16:10); not a disaster but my plans to “pick it up now!” were completely scrapped. Mr. Bill started to pull away and I told myself: “ok, 2 minutes into this last 1.1 I’ll pick it up”, “ok at 4 minutes I’ll pick it up”, “ok, 6 minutes into it…JUST DON’T WALK!!!”
In the last mile my bravado evaporates like dry ice on a summer day.
As I got in sight of the finish line, Crystal started yelling: “speedwork Ollie…this is speedwork! ” I tried to smile but I was swimming in pain and barely moving forward.
I walked about a mile to “walk it off”.
Crystal is on the left, Bill next to her, Dianne next to Bill and another local runner.
Afterward Annette Lobdell talked to me a bit; she is a 70 year old who can still average 10 minute miles for a 5K.
(this is her last May).
Her husband Lanny Lobdel came in as well; I remember that he is usually in the high 25′s to low 26′s (at 70 years of age), but he was slower than that this time. Reason: he had open heart surgery in May!!! Talk about a remarkable turn-around; that is very, very inspiring. I got to talk to their son as well.
Next: to the Riverplex
I drove to the Illinois River in downtown Peoria to go to the Riverplex (aka “spandex palace”) to do my physical therapy (for my back) and to lift leg weights. The PT: McKenzie press ups (like yoga cobra), bridges with my leg on an exercise ball (not neck bridges), leg weights (3 sets of 10: adduction, abduction, glute push backs, hamstring curls, leg presses).
I finished with some planks in the stretching area:
front plank (75 seconds)
side plank (30 seconds each):
I found myself looking down as to not get slapped! She held this position (with twists) for the entire duration of my plank moves. Life isn’t bad at times.
Then I went to the start/finish of another 5K, which started at 10 am
I worked the finish line of this one (instead of doing it, like I did last year) and it was already in the 80′s. I was punching numbers into the timer and Herb (a runner and math department member) was punching the times. The winning time was just under 20 minutes and this was an easy course! My department chair hung on to finish 13′th overall in 25:42; yeah, my time was faster than his, but it was 15 degrees cooler when I ran my race.
At the race, one of the local runners (who has seen me on facebook) talked to me; it turns out that, about 18 years ago, I she was a calculus student of mine. When she reminded me that I was the instructor I said “oh, yes, you were headed to St. Louis University for graduate school” and she was surprised that I had remembered that. But that is the kind of thing that I remember; I might not remember their name but I can remember where they went to graduate school.
The title of the post
In 1985, I started my first year of graduate school. I know more math now than I did then. During the fall (September, I think) I did the following: I bench pressed 300 pounds for the first time (body weight: 226) and the next week, I ran a 5K on St. Edwards University in 23:00 (I kept a diary and still have it). Now, almost 28 years later (THAT long ago?) I bench press 95 pounds less (and weigh 35 pounds less) and take 2:22 longer to run 5K but know a lot more math.
Ergo, learning math makes you weaker and slower.
5K (or close)
2012 vs. 2013: same races: 6. 2013 is 75 seconds more. Average: 12.5 seconds per race slow-down.
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