I stared my walk in chilly temperatures (18 F (-8 C)), flurries) and turned around after 1 mile as I had some pain on my right instep. My guess: the past few days I wore double socks and didn’t loosen my shoe laces. The 2.05 took 29 minutes.
So I went inside, changed shoes and did 8.57 hilly miles in flurries. I was somewhat slow (hills do that) and it took 2:09.
It passed from “light flurries” to “outright snow” by the time I was done.
House to the start of Bradley Park: 1.02.
House to the bottom of the hill in lower Bradley park (where my loops start) 1.41
Out and back from the bottom of the hill, to Cornstalk, down the hill and across the bridge: 1.12
Full Cornstalk loop (NOT the “classic” loop): 1.38
Lower Bradley loop past the softball field, across the bridge then back around the median: .70
Lower Bradley loop past the dog park (small hill): .75
Now I can mix and match spurs, loops, etc.
Note: the only people I saw: a couple of dog owners and the Bradley men’s XC team which was running as a group. My goodness, those guys are fast.
AM: this was tricky. Olivia’s flight was to LEAVE at 5 am so we had to be at the airport just after 4 am…(but her flight was delayed…but she made it to Cleveland anyway….)
So I was a bit late getting out there. I walked a 8.66 mile route (a few hills) in 2:04:00 (14:20 mpm; steady but not hard); I included the Cemetery and the last 3/4 of the “Cornstalk classic” loop.
Then it was getting Barbara ready; Indian food at Puran
Then Barbara wanted some sun (sunny and 45 F) so we went to the paved part of the Rock Island trail; I wheeled her from an entrance to “almost the tunnel under 6″ (the top of the small incline) then back to Pioneer Parkway then back; 2.82 miles.
This wasn’t blazing but I did enough to soak through my shirts and sweatshirt. So it was *something* if not much.
I’ve gone away from walking mostly due to piriformis pain; however the episode with my back suggests that my “not having enough curvature to my spine” was to blame.
So, I need to add walking, especially since that is the best way for me to finish a marathon (or longer) race.
And I had a dream last night: I was walking a marathon and a race walking judge went up to me and threatened to pull me out of the race. I protested: “but judge, this race doesn’t have a race walking division; it doesn’t even have a walking division! It doesn’t matter if I am legal or not!” The judge said that my form was so bad, it didn’t matter that there was no walking division; my form was disgracing the sport of walking!
Seriously; that was what I dreamed.
Today’s run: 8.1 miles in 1:26:36 (43:03/43:33). This time was ok for a hot summer day but it was 31 F and windy; I should have been faster.
But it is what it is and the morning was pretty. It was one of those were I dodged a few more cars than normal and kind of put my head down and went.
As far as working out and training: in some sense, at my current stage in life, it is as important that I enjoy my workouts as it is that I do something to prepare me for general racing. It isn’t as if I am getting faster or stronger; instead I am retarding the rate of my demise, so to speak.
I am getting the itch to try a 6-12 hour event next year and this means I’ll have to build up to some slow 6 hour “walk/runs” in which I take the intensity way down and mix in a lot of walking.
There is one kind of bumper sticker I see almost daily here in my small Midwestern town: a small oval printed with “26.2″ or “13.1.” In case you’re lucky enough not to know what these numbers represent, let me explain: They indicate that the driver or someone in the car has run a marathon (26.2 miles) or a half-marathon (13.1 miles).
There is only one reason running aficionados display the stickers. They want the rest of us to know about their long-distance feats. So let me be the first to offer my hearty congratulations. I’d even offer to give them a pat on the back—once they’re done doing it themselves.
What’s with this infatuation with running and the near-mandatory ritual of preening about it?
Almost every day I see people running: in the city, through subdivisions or out on country roads. They’re everywhere and at all times, from dawn until dark, their reflective gear flickering along the road.
One major quibble: one reason for the stickers is to advertise to other runners “I am one of you”; it might be a conversation starter. Yeah, I kind of roll my eyes at those who talk about “being proud”: no a 5 hour running marathon is nothing to be proud of if you are a healthy, non-geriatric runner (it is something for a 60 year old plus runner to be proud of though. And yes, I “ran” one slower than that… )
But for the rest of the article, I say “what is it to you? If you don’t like running, don’t run.” It isn’t that hard, is it?
Workout notes weights plus an untimed 5K walk (Cornstalk).
Weights: rotator cuff, Achilles, Hip Hikes, McKenzie, planks
pull ups: 10, 3 x 5, 3 x 5, 10 (the 3 x 5 set is to do sets of 5 with tiny rests; just enough to switch grip from wide, to regular to rotated)
dumbbell military: 3 sets of 12 x 50
dumbbell row (one arm): 3 sets of 10 x 65
pull down: 3 sets of 10 x 160 (shoulder friendly)
curl: 3 sets of 10 x 65 (EZ curl bar)
bench press: 10 x 135, 10 x 160 (easy)
incline press: 10 x 135, 9 x 140 (didn’t have the shoulder confidence to push for 10)
abs: 3 sets of 10 each: crunch, v. crunch, sit backs, twists.
Walk: outside, chilly, lots of leaves, Cornstalk course (easy 3-3.2 mile walk)
Advice: I have a female friend who is battling shinspints. I’ve had this injury and have worked through it. She wanted my opinion.
I concluded: “wear your tightest, most see-through spandex as it will help your shins”….she was skeptical of my advice. (*)
(*) Ok, we talked about the injury and I did NOT make the spandex remark. But I should have.
I felt good enough to make the trip; I even got in a slow 8.1 mile walk (2:03) prior to the game.
So, when your team loses 42-3 and gets out gained 476 yards to 137, what can you say?
Well, would you believe that Illinois LEAD the game 3-0 after the first quarter? Would you believe it was only 7-3 Michigan State until about 11 seconds to go in the first half?
Both of those things are true.
Illinois took the wind affected kick-off and appeared to score the first touchdown of the game, but there was holding. So a few plays later, 31 yard field goal and a 3-0 lead.
Eventually Michigan State drove the ball, but their quarterback fumbled the ball just before crossing into the end zone; Illinois recovers.
But on the next drive after a few plays, Illinois tried yet another gadget play (one of several) and the person handing the ball off was hit hard and fumbled. The Spartans got it back and made a short drive to go up 7-3.
Then came what I think was the first of two “turning point” plays; ok, as much as a turning paint as there could be in a 42-3 game.
Illinois drove the ball and got a first and goal inside the 5. They had it 3′rd and goal at the 1 and got stuffed at the one foot line. Then 4′th and goal; another run; stuffed again.
Then with it 7-3 and first down on their own 1 foot line, Michigan State drives it…gets inside the red zone and gets sacked twice. So 3′rd and long from around the 30, the quarterback gets flushed out of the pocket and heaves a pass to the front right corner of the end zone. An Illinois defensive back tips the ball and then tips it up again…and over to a Spartan receiver who catches it and falls backwards into the end zone.
So the half ends 14-3 and the life is gone.
3′rd quarter: Michigan State runs at will; two long drives to get to 28-3 going into the 4′th.
4′th quarter: Illinois burned by a 47 yard touch down pass; you could see the receiver split the defensive backs before the ball was in the air.
Next possession: backup quarterback for the Spartans and a long run (42 yards); after that the teams just tried to get the game over with. The Spartans took a knee near the Illinois red zone toward the end of the game.
I think that Illinois actually played better last week (especially on offense); this is the first game in which it appeared that the team got discouraged. The body language of the team was awful toward the end.
Illinois started 3-1 with a big win over Cincinnati and a tough, hard fought loss to a decent Washington team. But the Big Ten teams (Nebraska 39-19, Wisconsin 56-32 and MSU 42-3….have just destroyed us.
Upside: Barbara went with me and we enjoyed the Jerusalem restaurant, as usual.
Achy legs and rain lead me to do a very brief workout today: 4 mile run on the treadmill, 1 mile cool down walk on the track and then leg weights (adduction, abduction, push backs, hamstring curls; 3 sets of 10 with the usual weights.
Run: 10:46 (0 for first 5 minutes, .5 the rest of the way), 20:53, 29:50, 38:00. I was getting into it at the end and felt the lungs working.
My legs have had the constant “glow of warmth” to them lately. If I don’t back off, this weekend’s half marathon will be a disaster.
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