Here is the official website.
Impressions: this is one of those museums that is probably more meant to “showcase the legacy of” than to “give a realistic picture as possible of”. I didn’t find anything dishonest in it and what was there WAS very interesting. But it didn’t tell the complete story.
As far as the early Bush years (childhood to World War II service): what was left out was the family wealth when he was growing up. His prep school days and Yale days certainly IMPLIED it but it was definitely underplayed.
The part about his missions as a pilot of a torpedo bomber (Grumman TBF Avenger) was very interesting, especially the part about his raid on the Japanese naval communications station, his getting shot down and rescued by a US Submarine (Finback).
There was some about his days as a US Representative and how he voted for an equal rights bill (in housing). There was also displays about his term as Ambassador to the United Nations
and his term as the Director of the CIA and his term as RNC chair.
Note: this is a miniature camera of the type that spies used; that was part of the display!
There was a display about his 8 years as Vice President:
Yes, they talked a lot about the Cold War and its end; this is a piece of the Berlin Wall.
What they did NOT talk about was a key moment in his 1980 Primary campaign when he called then Governor Reagan’s economic plan “Voodoo Economics”; which in fact, it was…and he was to get stuck with the aftermath when he became President number 41.
They did talk about Desert Storm and they mentioned some of the things he did (e. g. ADA). And Desert Storm was very prominently featured:
They discussed why he went in. The actual brutality of the war was sanitized (ok, almost any museum would do that) but what was left out was the period when Saddam Hussein was “our” SOB.
I didn’t remember the emphasis on our stopping at Kuwait and not going into Iraq (which I agreed with).
They played his 1992 defeat as sort of being brought on by the media; they didn’t seem to emphasize WHY some might have found him “out of touch” in terms of economics.
Overall, it was a positive experience though; it was a nice reminder of a time when I saw Republicans as people that I disagreed with (sometimes) rather than as enemies that needed to be defeated.
There was a bonus about cancer and genetic research. Though the genetic research part was designed for kids…well…let’s just say that I learned quite a bit! It was VERY well done; do NOT skip this part!
Other President Library Reports:
I have visited the Lyndon Johnson Library
The Bill Clinton library (my report)
The Harry Truman Library (my brief report)
The Herbert Hoover museum (my brief report and longer report)
The Lincoln Library and Museum (my report)
So there you go: 6 Presidential Libraries visited: 3 Democrats and 3 Republicans.
One thing I forgot about the Galesburg Half Marathon
After the race, I went to eat bagels and bananas. A lady in spandex shorts was in line in front of me. We talked…and kept the conversation going. Eventually she asked “are you married?” I said “no”…”uh….I was but she recently left me….for a hedge fund manager who drives a Maserati” She said “oh, yeah, I can understand why but I like lost causes…do you want to do something?” I thought: “Barbara is leaving for 3 weeks in July” so I said “sure…Lake Okoboji in July…a trip for two?” She said: “sounds like fun!” Now I have to update my Facebook status; I can’t remember if my blog posts still shows up on Facebook or not.
Update What I really forgot was to log out!!!!! Stupid Frog %$#@!!!
This is the predicted race day weather: HOT. No, this won’t be the worst I’ve seen (Quad Cities in 1998, either of the Oklahoma marathons, Lake Okoboji were all worse) but conditions will be tough, and I don’t handle heat well. HUMILITY will have to be my guide for the first 15 miles or so. I can’t let anyone con me into starting too fast for my current abilities. If that means a slow, slow, slow finish time, so be it.
Though I’ve mixed in some running and walking in a few races (a couple of winter “Fatass” 50Ks and at a trail 50K), this is my longest “running” race I’ve attempted since 2002.
Realistically I can have a great day AND still set not only a “personal worst”, but also fail to beat my best powerwalking marathon time.
I suppose I can view this as a “coming to grips with my mortality” marathon.
1. Getting sick and having to stop (I have my succeed tablets and early walking strategy ready)
2. Getting discouraged and quitting because I don’t like how slow my finish time will be.
3. Getting discouraged and “finish the race without trying my best” because I am disgusted with my projected finish time.
So, it is about mental toughness: I need to be mentally tough enough to hold back when it is still easy, and to keep doing my best when it gets hard….and it WILL get hard, both physically and mentally. And accepting that I’ll be in the back of the pack is tough…but it is either accept that, or to give up marathons.
And if all else fails: find out where the photographers will be, and stop and do some pushups before I get to them so I can look good in my marathon photos.
My projected schedule (Revised from here due to the projected heat)
Mile 5: 55 minutes
Mile 10: 1:50 (55 minutes)
Mile 15: 2:46:15 (56.25 minutes)
Mile 20: 3:43:45 (57.5 minutes)
Mile 23: 4:19:00 (35:15 for 3: 11:45 mpm)
Mile 26.2 4:59:00 (40 minutes, or 12:30 mpm)
1980: 1:38/1:55 for 3:33 + 17
1981: 1:40/2:08 for 3:48 + 28
1983: ???????? for 4:24
1998: 1:50/2:05 for 3:55 + 15
1998: 1:46/2:00 for 3:46 + 14
1999: 1:40/2:05 for 3:45 + 25
2000: 1:50/2:38 for 4:28 + 48
2000: 1:46/1:52 for 3:38 + 6
2001: 1:47/1:53 for 3:40 + 6
2002: 1:50/2:07 for 3:57 + 17
2002: 1:59/2:05 for 4:04 + 6
2002 2:21/2:23 for 4:44 + 2
2003 2:33/2:44 for 5:17 + 11
2004 2:30/2:43 for 5:13 + 13
2005 2:37/2:48 for 5:25 + 11
2005 2:35/2:59 for 5:34 + 24
2008 2:45/3:31 for 6:16 + 46
2009 2:35/2:39 for 5:14 + 4
2009 2:35/2:54 for 5:28 + 19
2012 2:46/4:12 for 6:58 + 1:26 (86 minutes)
Workout notes 2 mile jog to lossen up; I picked a bad time (during the school drop off period) but the day was pleasant.
Let me make something clear from the get-go: I am in no way to dispense marathon training advice. I am neither a coach or athlete, and I have not studied tons of training data. But I have some questions about what is out there.
Unfortunately, a lot of what I read is just nonsense. There is training advice that tells you never to run longer than 90 minutes for the marathon! Here’s a free tip: if you do that, you will never run to your potential in the marathon, much less qualify for Boston.
Uh, I know a two time Olympic marathon medalist (bronze in 1984, gold in 1988) who did exactly that!
Her name was Rosa Motta:
“Her hard days were fartlek sessions on the roads. Mota had two hard days, and one or two long runs of 13-15 miles per week. The length of her long runs was another harbit from her early days in Porto, where it was hard to find longer loops to run. Nearly all marathoners do runs longer than Mota’s regular one hour, 30 minutes, but she sums up her attitude about long runs saying, “For me, that owrked. There’s no reason to kill myself. If I have to do two hours, I need to go slow. And I think it’s better to go faster. Two hours or more is too slow. And the races are not slow.”
From: Running with the Ledgends, by Michael Sandrock, page 480.
It goes on to say that once she ran 1:45 when she was running with Robert de Castella.
Also, Grete Waitz typically ran two 10 milers in a day rather than one 20.
Now yes, Mota’s milage (according to the above book) was about 100-110 miles per week.
My whole point: only going 90 minutes might be good advice for a high mileage runner who might cover 15-16 miles (or more!) on such a run. Such advice is certainly NOT “nonsense”, depending on who it is directed at.
Speaking of the “long run”, running coach Jack Daniels talks about the long run. He says (in his book, Daniels Running Formula, page 90):
An upper limit of 20 to 22 miles works well for many good runners. However less talented or less fit runners who set 20 miles as their L run goal stand a greater chance of overstressing themselves (the run may well take over 3 hours to complete). Certainly, runs lasting three hours or more are not popular for elite runners so why should they be useful for a less talented person?
He goes on to mention that long runs might help an ultramarthoner…and here is the key.
His VDOT table (table of equal aerobic requirements) lists a lowest VDOT of “30″, which corresponds to a 4:49 marathon. Compare that to those who have marathon targets of 2:30 or faster: a 4:49 IS a type of ultra, at least in terms of duration.
Think about it: my last half marathon, I ran (shuffled? waddled?) a 2:01. An elite marathoner would have been done soon afterward (5-10 minutes?). So a slowpoke such as myself is training for, in effect, what would be an ultra for a good runner.
This leads me to the question: when it comes to training schedules and the like, doesn’t it make sense for a runner to train according to the rough expected time duration of the race, rather than by distance?
Example: my current 5K’s have been in the 25:xx range. Years ago, that was a 4 mile time for me; and it is a average 5 mile (8 km) time for a university runner and darned close to a 10k time for an elite runner. Hence my 5K training should probably be a good runner’s 10K training, and I can probably use a good runner’s marathon schedule (in terms of mix and time duration of workouts) to train for a half-marathon. Example: when a good runner’s schedule calls for a 10 mile run (60 minutes for the runner), I can do a 10K run instead as it will be about the same duration.
Predicting a marathon time
So, what time should I predict?
The formulas often talk about marathon potential, assuming that the training is done and that one has equal ability across the distance spectrum.
Of course, in my case, those are poor assumptions. For one, my body can’t handle a proper “train to race” marathon training program. Another: I am heavy (186 pounds) and sweat like a pig. The marathon will never be a good distance for me.
Example: in 1999, I ran a 42 minute 10K and a 1:34 half marathon. The VDOT predicts: 3:14 marathon (via the 10K) or a 3:17 (via the half marathon)
The usual conversion formula yielded 3:15 and 3:16.
But my best (perfect day) was 3:38 (a year later; I did a 1:35 half that year).
The formulas (VDOT or exponential) tended to work reasonably well from 5K to the half marathon; my mile times gave me inflated expectations for the longer distances.
However, there is a table that has worked very well for me across the distances from the mile to the marathon: these are the Donn Kirk tables found in the appendix of Bill Rodgers’ book Lifetime Running Plan.
So, this Sunday, I attempt my first “running” marathon since 2002.
The weather prediction: sunny, hot and humid. My prediction: I have, have, have to go out very humbly; perhaps walking 2 minutes every mile for at least the first 20 miles so as to keep my pace at about 11 minutes per mile or so. That should get me under 5 hours: say 1:50 for the first 10, 1:55 for the next 10, 1 hour for the next 5: puts me at 4:45 with 1.2 to go, all downhill. IF it comes up cooler, than perhaps I can knock 5 minutes per segment off of these segments.
Of no interest to anyone but me. I developed this based on my previous “slow down curves” from other marathon races. Add 30 seconds a mile if hot.
You see the course profile. Just the facts:
8:20, 8:14, 8:05, 0:49 25:29 for 5K
2 miles warm up plus 2 miles cool down = 7 miles total
This was a tiny race; 20-30 tops. Early on a young woman was leading and I was chasing 2 young women, an older guy and a young man. I caught none of them.
The course started with a right hand turn and then an up/down on the toughest hill on the course. We came down and on the downhill I passed the two women and the old guy; they got me back on the next uphill. Then it was pretty much the same on the rest of the course though they eventually picked up the pace.
The day was pretty and I ran hard; this was just a challenging 5K.
Next I ate some breakfast and then went to the East Peoria bikepath to walk 8 more miles. I kind of lolly-gagged going up (1:01 to 4.05) and then, inspired by some slower women runners (that I couldn’t catch) took the return in 55 minutes; 40 for the last 3. That was a better effort.
Why? I’ll be walking much of the marathon so I need to practice walking.
Workout notes We had more thunderstorms so I took it to the university treadmill. I had a pleasant surprise: Tracy showed up and so we were side by side for much of it. That made the workout much more pleasant.
1. 5 mile run: 10:26, 9:47 (20:13), 9:10 (29:23), 17:20 (46:43), so you might say I had a 26:30 tempo run after a 20:13 warm up. I kept the elevation at .5 after the first .5 mile. I admit that this was NOT easy for me.
2. 3.4 mile walk (3 in 43:50) varying the incline. Since I’ll be walking much of the marathon I need to practice walking.
I admit that my moving back in the pack in running has distressed me a bit. Because so many new runners and not-in-shape people show up at the 5K events, my demise is a bit disguised. But this sure came back to me “front and center” at last week’s half marathon. I was a bit distressed that so many “wide bodies” are now running faster than I am.
I looked at one of my old training diaries. In 1980, I weighed 200-205 pounds, bench pressed 250 and ran a 3:33 marathon. In 1982, I weighed 195, benched 240 and ran a 39:50 10K. In 1985 (fall), I weighed 220, ran a 23:00 5K (last Saturday in September) and benched 300 in the second week of November. In each of those cases, I had a wider body than I have now and STILL ran MUCH faster.
I used to run with a guy who was unhappy with the way his performance had deteriorated over the years. In his early 20s, he said, he had been super-fast. A couple of decades later and about 20 pounds heavier, he had lost that amazing speed.
“Too many miles on the tires,” he would say. His idea was that if you start racing when you are young, you will be worse in middle age than if you started fresh when you were older.
But is it true, and if so, how does it happen? Do athletes accumulate injuries, for example, or just get mentally fatigued after competing nonstop for decades?
Gina Kolata on exercise.
There are no definitive data on this question, but there are some suggestive findings, said Dr. Vonda Wright, an orthopedic surgeon and exercise researcher at the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Wright’s study of senior Olympians — athletes age 50 and older who participated in the National Senior Olympic Games, a track and field event — found what she considers a surprisingly small rate of decline in performance until age 75: just a few percent a year in their times. After that, though, the athletes slowed down considerably.
She asked the athletes when they began participating in sports. In her survey, 95 percent said they were active in sports when they were teenagers and 85 percent said they were active as young adults.
But the survey did not ask what sports they played when they were younger — the same sports or different ones from those they were competing in now — or when they began to compete (it is likely that many of the women, growing up before Title IX, did not compete when they were young). Both factors bear on whether late-blooming athletes have an advantage as they get older.
Hirofumi Tanaka, an exercise researcher at the University of Texas at Austin, has some data that bear on the question, albeit obliquely. He and his colleagues measured the maximum oxygen consumption, or VO2 max, of 153 men ages 20 to 75. Because VO2 max describes how much oxygen can get to muscles during exercise, it is measure of how well a person can perform. Sixty-four of the men in his study were sedentary, and 89 were trained endurance athletes.
The results were something of a surprise. The endurance athletes had a greater VO2 max than sedentary men of the same age, but this measure also declined more swiftly with age among the athletes. And although Dr. Wright may be right that each year performance times decline only a few percent, that steady decline year after year takes its toll. [...]
I know that many runners deal with this. What I’ve seen: it seems that many of the runners who ran years ago no longer run races. And of those that do: the gap between us is roughly the same; it is just that we’ve all slid back roughly the same amount.
Now you might notice that median times for the age groups at a race slow, but not that much. That is true. But if one tracks individuals, you do see a slow down.
So what to do?
I see the slow down as resulting from a loss of strength (my current bench press is about 190-195) and from a loss of VO2 max. So I might have to cross train, do some hard VO2 max type running (at least one speed session a week…can be a short race) and do some hill work, emphasizing knee lift.
Goals: work on my half marathon.
1998: 1:39 (day after a 5K)
1999: 1:37, 1:34
2000: 1:42, 1:35
2013: 2:01:19 (so far)
Someone on Facebook tagged me:
This is right at the end and I am moving at slower than a brisk walk here.
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