On the edge between overtraining and training

I thought about doing an 8 mile run on this chilly, crisp morning but soon realized that I was running out of gas. So I jogged the first 4 miles or so in 45 minutes (hilly) and then walked the next 4 in 1:01-1:02; I stopped to throw some trash away.

My legs were simply out of power; I think that half marathon run was more of an effort (on an untrained body) than I wanted to admit.

But I enjoyed the combination run/walk and practiced some hills.

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

Walking on a clear but chilly morning: Yin/Yang

It was clear and chilly (39 F, or 4 C) with a breeze. I walked my hilly 8.1 mile Cornstalk course (1:58; 59:44/58:33) and the darkness slowed me a little.

Yin: when it is this chilly and I am going easily, my kidneys have a field day. Good thing that the park district still has the bathrooms open.
Yang: when it is this clear, the sunrise is so pretty. One sees pink, orange, light blue (sort of turquoise), deeper blue and dark, dark blue. I just LOVE that.

It reminds me of one of the things I liked about the ultras (24 hour/100 mile): I got to see the cycle of the day, all while I was awake and moving. There is something special about that…of course, realistically, that is in my past.

October 22, 2014 Posted by | walking | , , | 1 Comment

wet, wet, wet and dark

Right now, it is very dark at 6 am; I jogged to Bradley park and did 3 lower loops (53 minutes) to get in about 5, then walked for 1:02 to get 4 more (up to Cornstalk, then back around Markin). So it was 9 sort of sluggish miles in total.

Work: well, probably best to keep my mouth shut in my non-anonymous setting; let’s just say that my confidence in the higher administration has been higher in years past.

October 16, 2014 Posted by | Personal Issues, running, walking | Leave a comment

Wet (sort of) walk

Not much to say; a mere 6.3 walk on a hilly course on very wet, leaf covered pavement.  I didn’t turn an ankle on an acorn; that is about it. :-)

I’m pretty boring; especially so today.

October 15, 2014 Posted by | walking | Leave a comment

Longish walk

I was in the 40’s when I decided to drive to the Riverplex and do my long walk from there. The course: I can’t rightly say; basically I walked to the entrance of Glenn Oak park via the goose loop. Then I went into Springdale Cemetery and did repeated hill loops; if I remember correctly I did the east loops three times and the west loops 4 times. I was “up the hill, down the hill” over and over again. I wasn’t moving very fast.

I lasted 5:18 so I’ll call it 20 miles, though it was probably a little more than that. I held up very well, but I wasn’t very fast.

I saw a few runners here and there…and I saw T’s group. Yes, there was teasing and an “eyes up” remark, but she was wearing the dreaded “long shirt”.

The important thing is that I got quite a bit of hill work and it wasn’t the “same old, same old”. I really believe that my legs are finally getting stronger.

October 12, 2014 Posted by | walking | | Leave a comment

over the cold: good feeling

This morning: 8.1 mile walk over the same course as yesterday’s run and last Tuesday’s walk.

I woke up sore and stuff but the cool air made me feel good. Time: 1:55:00 (58:17/56:43); my slowest mile was my first warm up mile. Afterward I did some weightless squats. I felt better than I have since 20 September or so.

A good note: I got to each lunch with an old friend today! That was a treat.
I also gave an exam; hence I had student e-mail messages waiting for me. That happens when one has 60+ students (2 sections); someone is always going to be sick, etc.

October 8, 2014 Posted by | Friends, walking | , | Leave a comment

not quite over it

I’ve coughed a bit today; still have “the drip” (TMI).

But I took advantage of cool, overcast conditions to do a 16 mile, 4:06 walk over hilly terrain.

I did double my usual Cornstalk 8 (minus the out and back to my house); so it was 14 miles plus a 2 mile (down the hill, lower loop and back).

I kept the effort steady; just over 1 hour at the end of the first out and back; 2:33 at the end of 3, 3:20 at the end of 4, then 46 minutes for the final 3.04. Yes, the legs ached; this course offered 22 uphills, all of them in the middle 14 miles, and 20 of them between mile 1 and 13. I did see the university softball team playing and I saw some small animals. The park had light use during this time.

Next week: I add 3 more miles of hills (5 more hills).

October 5, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized, walking | | Leave a comment

Imagination: easier than the training

I didn’t want to get out for my walk today, but I did. Conditions were perfect (cool weather)

Same course as yesterday, but today I walked: 1:00:00 half way; 58:47 for the second half. Not my fastest but good enough; I still have the remnants of a cough.

October 1, 2014 Posted by | walking | Leave a comment

2014 Quad Cities Half Marathon: social, mistakes, but some success

I had bib number 85 because I had registered for the marathon. But I got a head cold last weekend; I went home early from work on Monday. Yes, some people can do a successful marathon with a head cold, but at this stage of my life, I am not one of those.

So I changed races at the expo. But to ensure that I’d make the change, I ran a 5K (hard) on Saturday.

The facts: 2:24:17 for a half marathon. Cool day: 1285/1946 overall, 624/770 males, 45/57 age group, but I was walking in a running race.

I powerwalked, and mixed some slower walking with the faster powerwalking style at about mile 5 when it appeared that I was exerting too much energy to be able to sustain it. Yes, my knees were bent.

I made this trip with my department chair Mat. The night before, we had dinner with marathon maniac David (see the report of the runner who did the marathon with a bad cold; Dave ran a 3:39 which was his SIXTH marathon of September!

Also of note: Mat picked up Jason’s packet (Religious Studies professor) and Jason ran a 3:21.

After the race, we ate with Mat’s brother Bill and family (wife and daughter); all of us did the half. Bill ran 1:57, Mat ran 1:59 and Maria (daughter) and Teri ran 2:26…BUT they stopped to assist a fallen runner. They would have been several minutes faster than that otherwise.

All of them will be doing the Chicago Marathon in a couple of weeks.

I enjoyed this trip quite a bit, even if I didn’t snag my marathon finish.

My race: modest success but some lessons

I warmed up with a walk from my hotel to the start line (.7 miles) then 12 minutes of quicker walking and shin exercises. I saw Jason, Maria, Teri and Bill. And while warming up, I saw Dave.

I lined up behind the 2:30 pace group which was a good thing to do. However the race takes you over the I-74 bridge; it is VERY congested there. I wonder if that part of the race will continue to be doable. But coming off of the bridge, I ended up getting ahead of myself a bit; I found myself getting ahead of the 2:20 pace group which I knew was a mistake.

So the early miles looked like:

21:16 (mile 2)
10:50 (uphill) long climb
9:52 (very downhill)
10:30 (52:28 at mile 5) here we entered the Bettendorf to Davenport bikepath.
10:24 (mile 6); I lost 5 age group laces from this point onward.

At this stage, I knew that what I was doing was unsustainable today. I made the decision to do 3 minutes of slower pace walking every mile. I was to eventually lose ground to the 2:20 pace group; I leapfrogged with people I was to see later.

10:56 (in Rock Island)
11:02 (in Arsenal Island)
12:25 1:48:11 for 10 miles. We had crossed an old railroad bridge. During this mile, I tried to pick it up after 3 minutes of “slower walking” but wasn’t feeling great. So I stayed with the slow walking.
11:01 (picked up the faster walking; it was starting to warm up)
11:36 (just before that long bridge to the finish; I felt that I was going to make it)
12:21 (to mile 13; I was feeling bad so stayed with “slow walking” for the duration of this mile; I got some people back here)
1:08 (.1 to the finish)

Afterward, I was feeling woozy and just plain bad. I made it to the hotel and wasn’t in good shape. I had forgotten to give back my chip! I did so later…I felt better after an ice tea.

But the problem: I did NOT take my electrolyte tablets; I was short on electrolytes How I could tell? It took a couple hours before I could ingest anything and when I nibbled at my french fries…I perked right up. It was quick. I needed salt.

So next time: I’ll take my tablets with me; I had ordered some for the marathon but figured that I didn’t need them for such a cool day. I’ll take them early and often during Mc-Not-Again. Though my pace will be much slower, the hills force you to work a bit.

The Quad Cities race itself
The I-74 part is beginning to worry me. Though the traffic is going slowly, given the huge crowding, we are only one trip/stumble away from disaster. I found myself staying waaaay to the right, even if it slowed me down.

2014 marathon powerwalks
April 12 Peoria Heights Half Marathon powerwalk 2:25:25
May 18: River City Half Marathon powerwalk (2:19:58)
September 14: 2:34:59 half marathon (IVS)

Quad Cities History
1998: 3:55 as a runner (hot)
1999: 3:45 as a runner
2000: 1:40 for half of a relay
2001: 1:49 for half marathon (week after giving blood)
2002: 4:44 marathon as a walker
2004: 5:12 marathon as a walker
2005: 5:34 marathon as a walker.
2007: DNF at mile 23 (walker)
2008: 2:25 half marathon (walker)
2009: 5:28 marathon (as a walker)
2010: 2:39 half marathon (as a walker; knee surgery in July).
2011: 2:22:27 (half marathon powerwalk)
2013: 2:20:59 as a runner
2014: 2:24:17 powerwalk.

September 29, 2014 Posted by | Friends, walking | , , | Leave a comment

Oh, me head! :-)

Ok, I don’t feel THAT bad; my head is still stuffy and I still feel weak. At night: some coughing at first.

I did manage to walk my Cornstalk classic route (a hilly 4.2 mile route) in about 58 minutes (by the clock; I didn’t use a stopwatch) and really enjoyed the pretty day. It was lovely walking/running weather.

I find that moving makes me feel a bit better, even if it is gentle moving.

If recent history is a guide, I am about midway through this and a couple of weeks away from feeling 100 percent.

September 24, 2014 Posted by | walking | | Leave a comment


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