midweek workout change

I need to get some more walking midweek and so will replace a lifting session (Wednesday’s) with a medium walk (10 miles). I’ll keep this up until marathon taper week.

Today: from the Riverplex to the first road crossing on the East Peoria trail (about 8 miles) then to the Marina. 2:32 was the total time; it was a lovely day but it was an effort. Yesterday’s workout took something out of me.

I also did 10 minutes on the bike afterward.

It sure looks as if someone is trying to promote a Wladimir Klitschko vs. Shannon Briggs match:

I’m not sure if fight fans will buy this; Briggs is tough but is 42 years old, and his outing against Vitali Klitschko was, well, rather ugly:

Here he was, in the hospital after the fight:


How he got there:

Are the fans really clamoring for this?

July 30, 2014 Posted by | boxing, walking | , , | Leave a comment

Track and Wildlife Prairie Park

First: went to the Riverplex. Ran 2 miles to the old Woodruff track and did 5 x 400 with 200 walk jog, 200 with 200 walk jog (3200) then jogged 2 miles back. Day: cool, low 60’s.

runs: 1:57-1:55-1:55 (9:01)-1:54-1:55-0:58 (18:52)
rests: 1:32-1:39-1:41-1:39-1:42

Then 2 mile jog back, followed by 10 minutes on the bike to help my knees.

Slower intervals but quicker miles than last week and the week before that.

Then I went to Wildlife Prairie Park with my wife (HER idea!) and I fed the goats, listened to the frogs (heard the bull frogs and green frogs) and got 4 miles on the Floodplain trail. The trail has been restored, but I didn’t pay attention and wandered off very briefly. There is a sandy portion that is sandier than I remember it. You can see my photo tour here.

I did not time the walk; but I got 10 miles total (run plus walk).

Political note I wear a hat when I run; usually I just grab one randomly. I can tell when I am wearing the one you see here:


I get both smiles and frowns; I can’t help but notice that this hat is unpopular with many white people but popular with many black people. My “inner Larry David” just itches for someone to say something negative to me about it. :-)

July 29, 2014 Posted by | hiking, running, walking | , | 2 Comments

July 28, 2014 in Peoria …

1. I was going to go outside to sit on the porch and work…but it is honestly too chilly to do so! It is a bit like September today; pity we didn’t have this on Saturday for the 5K race. Note: there is a brisk breeze.

2. My hips are sore; my guess this was from yesterday’s 18 mile walk in which I threw in some 1.5 to 2 mile “pick up the pace” segments. This means that I’ll probably have to add more walking in the next few weeks. I’ll probably have to move to 2 lifting days (say, Monday, Friday) but be able to swim 3 times (M, Th, F); Thursday’s swim (or Wednesday’s) can come after a walk.

3. I’ve watched more baseball than I have previously; Barbara and I made 3 games together and I made one on my own.

Now as far as research: I might have to make “away from the computer” time:

I did get another paper accepted this summer but I need to get a head start on my next idea before the fall admin BS sucks up all of my time.

July 28, 2014 Posted by | walking | , | Leave a comment

My endurance sports: ever shifting emphasis

This is mostly for me to gather my thoughts; I don’t anticipate this being of interest to anyone else.

1973-1977: I started to work out to get in shape for football. Mostly I lifted weights, ran wind sprints, ran hills, did wrestling bridges, and starting in 1976, started to run.
I’d run this 3.5 mile course before school every morning in the off season, and sometimes a 2 miler (13:30-14:00) on Sunday evenings.

1977-1980: I ran some, and I lifted (part of crew and intramural wrestling and club judo) I also swam laps for fitness.

1980-1983: I got the distance bug here; stable distance was the 10K, though I did 3 marathons and a rare 3 mile or 1 mile race.

1984-1995: I tried to restart jogging, without much success. Mostly lifting and rarely swimming and walking. I got morbidly obese and then lost some of it. Knee problems dogged me.

1996-present: the running bug came back. Here is where I had a shift of emphasis. I’d go through a period of racing a LOT of 5Ks, then 10Ks with a marathon every once in a while.

But I had periods of time where I emphasized something else: 2001 and again 2008: the open water swim. 2002-2004: walking and I tried some judged race walking, and very long distance walking.
2004-2006: ultras: too many for my body to handle. Did 3 of my 4 100 mile races here. I also did some yoga.
2006-2010: aside from a brief period of respite, I was injured frequently. This is where I had the 2008 swim, the 2006 bike ride (my only century ride) and I did have a brief running/walking season in 2009. I also revived my lifting a bit.
2011: tried to recover from knee surgery; athletically this was a tough year for me.
2012-present: mostly the 5K run was the emphasis, with a half marathon here, a marathon (attempt) there.

So, aside from my “injury recovery” phases, it has been “emphasize X ” for a year or two, then emphasize something else. Right now, I do a little bit of :run, walk, swim, lift, with no bicycling and no yoga.

July 27, 2014 Posted by | running, swimming, walking, weight training, workouts | | Leave a comment

Warm walk

Today I moved 18 miles closer to being able to finish this September’s Quad Cities Marathon. It was warm and humid: 74 F with 90 percent humidity at the start; 85 F, 49 percent humidity at the end. There was a lot of sun.


The course:


You might notice that the course only reads 14.2 miles. BUT, on the way out I did 2 miles on the old Woodruff track and 2 miles on the track on the way back. The idea: these “quicker” timed miles, while way slow by interval standards, were enough to jump start me into quickening my pace.

The splits: 1:21 to the track, 27:08 for 2 miles, 52:01 from the track to the “end” of Sprinddale (where the cemetery exits to Affina) and back to the track, 27:21 for the next two mile segment, 18:41 to the “1.5 miles to go” part of the Riverfront path (just past the Marina), 21:20 for the segment to Hooters, then 37:40 up the hill (stiff climb, Kumpf to MLK to Union) to Moss to Cooper. Total time: 4:25:24 for 18.2 miles. (14:35 mpm).

Note: I was 2:15 at the turn around, 2:10 going back, which was net uphill. I am ok with it, though I didn’t break any speed records. The track miles made me pick it up some.

Also, I drank 1.5 bottles of water total, which is more than normal for me. I liked the shade; the asphalt/concrete section near the Civic center was hot.

July 27, 2014 Posted by | marathons, walking | | Leave a comment

Couldn’t resist a swim

My left knee was I didn’t know quite what to do.

I went to the Riverplex with the intent of walking. But when I got there: open swim lane. :-)

So: 10 x 100 free
16 x (25 fist, 25 free) on the 1:05 (mostly 0:52)
2 x 100 pull on the 2:00 (1:4x)
4 x 25 fly, 25 back


Then 4 miles of walking outside (first mile: slow, slow, slow). Then 10 minutes on the stationary bike; that made the knee feel much better.

My left knee feels “loose” and my guess is that I strained something on a fast hike a couple of weeks ago. The bike, plus some squats and quad stretching, made it feel a lot better.

July 24, 2014 Posted by | bicycling, injury, swimming, walking | | Leave a comment

Beautiful Rock Island Run (but slow)

Distance: close to 8.2 total; time: 1:25:35; this is a bit slower than the last couple of times (2 years ago; here and here)

For the record (for comparison): 1:29, 41:02, 41:41, 1:21 (42:31/43:02).


Weather: 73 F, 59 percent humidity, breezy; slight headwind on the way back.


I chose the dirt trail as my left knee is slightly sore. It did NOT spike on me today. But I still felt Sluggish; blood donation was 23 days ago; I’ve recovered probably 70-80 percent of my lost red blood cells. I don’t really miss them until I get into the “fatigue zone”.

The last two miles were somewhat tough.

The day was so pretty though; sun; cool by summer standards and there were a few people out on the trail.

There was the college men’s cross country team; I decided to not show them up (yeah, right :-) ). They told me that they were doing 10 miles (55-60 minutes?) and there as some high school (?) kids group doing an out and back; I encountered them at about mile 3. I wanted to pick it up..but reminded myself I was still in the middle of my workout and that they were 37-40 years younger than I (seriously). I did catch one straggler who was evidently shamed into picking it up to get ahead of me again. :-)

After I finished, I walked 2 more miles to get used to walking while tired; once I got going that felt great, though that left knee is still a bit tender.

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

Back at it…in Peoria

First my workout: I didn’t dare weigh myself; though I ate 3 meals a day and ate within my foodplan, I didn’t eat the usual fruit and yogurt stuff I usually eat. So I felt as if I gained 30 pounds over the weekend.

2 mile jog outside (neighborhood)
2 miles on the track: 5 x 400 with 200 walk/jog, 200 run
runs: 1:54-1:52-1:54 (9:12)-1:52-1:53-55 (19:13)
rests: 1:43-1:47-1:47-1:47-1:44

quick breakfast, then 6 mile walk in Bradley Park: modified cornstalk 4.2 (lots of cars at the theater), lower 1.2 loop, lower .6 loop, then extra (Past Markin to Bradley Ave.)

total: 4 run 6 walk. I did have two “soft” knee spikes in my left knee (not the one with the 2010 surgery). This is looking as if …oh 3-6 years I’ll probably have to have this knee done as well.

Mano Singham: discusses a different kind of migrant worker. This is the older 60+ person who lives out of a RV and drives to seasonal jobs; they can’t afford to retire. I hope that isn’t me, of course. But if I CAN do this and don’t HAVE to….who knows?

But yeah, I imagine this is no fun for those who are trapped in this manner.

you might be hearing about one really low poll number for President Obama (37 percent). In fact, most of them have him in the low to mid 40’s. Personally, I am glad that we don’t have a President that is rushing to get us into new wars.

Still, the Senate: ugh…we’d be lucky to hold it to 50-50. The 95 percent confidence interval for Republican seats looks like 47-55 with perhaps 51 being the most likely outcome.

Right now, the polls for us in Georgia and Kentucky are probably fool’s gold.

Note: I was more confident about the 2012 Presidential election because we had a LOT more polls.

Locally: To the surprise of no one, Tea Party IL-17 candidate Bobby Schilling has the support of our “let’s send the police after someone who hasn’t broken the law Mayor Ardis”. I am shocked. I wonder what dirty tricks Mr. Schilling has up his sleeve this time?

July 21, 2014 Posted by | 2012 election, 2014 midterm, Aaron Schock, political/social, politics, republicans, running, social/political, walking | , , | Leave a comment

Cincinnati Day One

We spent the morning sight seeing and going through Findlay Market (in a revitalized section of Cincinnati). Of note; one of the vendors was selling a salad special for lunch; the line for this special consisted of exclusively skinny people. Go figure.




After lunch, I walked in an adjacent neighborhood; this is one of those places that has older 500K plus homes adjacent to a poorer area.
I got in a slow 1:10; I’ll call it 4 miles (probably a tiny bit longer). It was a good day for it.

July 19, 2014 Posted by | travel, walking | , | Leave a comment

Walking and the politics of young people

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I took the car to north Peoria to get serviced; since I was close to the northern part of the Rock Island trail I decided to take advantage.

I walked south to the intersection of Knoxville and Giles (4.05 miles), back to the trail head; at mile 0 I clicked a split and walked to mile 1 on the trail and then back to 0, and then doubled back to the trailhead. The total: slightly over 10 miles (16 km) in 2:25:56.

Since I hadn’t specifically planned the walk, I walked in my cargo pants and t-shirt; sort of the “old foagie” look. I was somewhat sore this morning from yesterday’s intervals plus “hard hike on the trails” so I cruised at a steady 14:20-14:30 pace. I saw a couple of deer in the distance as I passed by farmlands.

Good news: when the walk ended, it was more of “aw, do I have to quit now?” rather than “thank goodness I am done”; that is a very good sign.

The title of this article is interesting:

Millennials’ Political Views Don’t Make Any Sense
That’s not a harsh assessment. It’s just a fair description.

I’d add: with one exception, they are like people of my generation. The exception:

3. Far less important, but entertaining nonetheless: Millennials don’t know what socialism is, but they think it sounds nice.

I think that “socialism” has a negative connotation with people of my generation because we grew up with the Cold War; that is something millennials only read about in books.

But here is why it makes no sense:

On spending:
Conservatives can say: 65 percent of Millennials would like to cut spending.
Liberals can say: 62 percent would like to spend more on infrastructure and jobs.
On taxes:
Conservatives can say: 58 percent of Millennials want to cut taxes overall.
Liberals can say: 66 percent want to raise taxes on the wealthy.
On government’s role in our lives:
Conservatives can say: 66 percent of Millennials say that “when something is funded by the government, it is usually inefficient and wasteful.”
Liberals can say: More than two-thirds think the government should guarantee food, shelter, and a living wage.
On government size:
Conservatives can say: 57 percent want smaller government with fewer services (if you mention the magic word “taxes”).
Liberals can say: 54 percent want larger government with more services (if you don’t mention “taxes”).
Some of these positions suggest, rather than prove, utter incoherence. For example, you can technically support (a) reducing the overall tax burden and (b) raising taxes on the wealthy by raising the investment tax and absolving the bottom 50 percent of Social Security taxes. Somehow, I think what’s happening is simpler than young people doing the long math of effective tax rates. I think they’re just confused.

In short: they are like the rest of us; they want services (whether they admit it or not) but don’t want to pay for such services. :-)

But here is why this matters to politics: on one hand, they lean Democrat; the social conservatism of the Republicans really turns them off.

On the other hand: they have a libertarian streak when it comes to economics:

Although a majority of younger voters today are reliably Democratic, there are key issues on which they differ notably from their elders within the center-left coalition. The July Pew survey identifies two predominantly white core Democratic constituencies: the “solid liberals” of the traditional left, which is 69 percent white, with an average age of 46, who exhibit deep progressive commitments on both economic and social issues; and younger voters, 68 percent white, with an average age of 38, which Pew calls the “next generation left.”

The two groups were asked to choose whether “most people can get ahead if they’re willing to work hard” or whether “hard work and determination are no guarantee of success for most people.” A decisive majority of the older “solid liberal” group, 67 percent, responded that hard work is no guarantee of success, while an even larger majority, 77 percent, of the younger “next generation left” believes that you can get ahead if you are willing to work hard.

Part of me just chuckles; this goes hand in hand with studies that state Millennials vastly overestimate what they are going to accomplish in life. (see: the book Generation Me by Jean Twenge). Some things you have to learn the hard way, just as I did.

But the upshot is that economic populism, while popular with old hippies (e. g. my crowd) won’t be such a selling point with younger voters.
In other words, Paul Krugman and Robert Reich doesn’t really “speak to them” the way that they speak to me.

So there is your Warren/Sanders ticket right there.

Note on Elizabeth Warren: yes, she is very smart and she has some excellent ideas. But she simply isn’t a politician; I have deep skepticism of her chances on a national level even though the old hippies love her.

I present the following:

Massachusetts Senate race 2012:

Warren: 53.7 Brown: 46.2 difference: 7.5 points

Massachusetts Presidential race 2012:

Obama: 60.65. Romney: 37.51 Difference: 23.14 points.

This is a national level candidate?

Here is a sample of previous presidential winners in their “race before the presidency” races. One has to go back to 1970 to find a national candidate who won their “large race” by a narrow of a margin as Warren’s (and yes, Nixon lost the California race of 1962 and narrowly lost the presidential race of 1960).

Illinois Senate 2004:
Obama: 70.0 Keys: 27.0

Texas Governor 1998
Bush: 68.2 Mauro: 31.2

Arkansas Governor 1990
Clinton: 57.49 Nelson: 42.49

General election 1984
Bush (VP with Reagan)
Reagan-Bush: 58.8 Mondale: 40.6

California Governor 1970
Reagan: 52.83 Unruh: 45.14

California Governor 1962
Brown: 51.94 Nixon: 46.87

But Nixon was VP to Eisenhower and had lost a very narrow Presidential election in 1960 (narrow in popular vote: 49.7-49.6)

July 16, 2014 Posted by | Democrats, politics, politics/social, walking | , , | Leave a comment


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