Trying to get back into it…

I walked for 4:03 today; right at 15 miles. I was predictably sluggish, but after 90 minutes, I felt fine. Course: to the goose loop, around, up Abdington, to upper Glenn Oak Park (via right hand hill) to Prospect, right into Springdale Cemetery (a few cars today), took the “every left and turn” path down, then almost up the hill and round that small loop and retraced my steps.

TMI: I took NO water but still needed 3 pit stops and a 4’th when I got home. I may be slow as hell, but I am a champion at flushing my kidneys.

Note: at night, my right knee gets slightly sore.


October 16, 2017 Posted by | knee rehabilitation, walking | | Leave a comment

Has Illinois Football hit rock bottom? Lose at home to Rutgers 35-24

Ok, my 4 mile training run prior to the game went ok. But in terms of college football: Illinois State got stomped 42-7 at Southern Illinois, Texas lost 29-24 to Oklahoma (but came back valiantly) and Navy’s rally came up short against a strong Memphis team 30-27. I saw the last quarter of the latter on TV and the last couple of minutes of the Texas vs. OU game.

But I was there for the Illinois vs. Rutgers debacle.

This is the kind of game it was: 54 yard field goal attempt hits the upright:
We had a fluky interception while the game was still competitive (sort of)
We also had a boneheded play on a punt.

But I suppose this blog post summed it up

Ok, how did it go, really?

Well, in terms of stats, Illinois had a slight edge, due to Rutgers sitting on the ball in the 4’th quarter and a couple of late touchdown drives to make the score slightly more respectable. But Rutgers rushed for 274 yards, including 106 in the first 17 minutes of the game.

The game started with an exchange of punts, then Rutgers fumbled the ball away at the 30. The offense managed to lose 7 yards on their drive and Illinois 54 yard field goal attempt hit the upright.

From then on: mostly Rutgers. A long drive (mostly running) lead to the 7-0 score; Illinois countered with a nice drive to cut the lead to 7-3, but then another long drive put Rutgers up 14-3.

The Illini hit some passes to get it down close, then on 4’th and goal, well, upon review..Illinois was given the touchdown..oh-so-close.

No problem..Rutgers with another long drive and they are up 21-10 at the half.

Illinois opening drive in the second half ended with a fluke interception.

But in this quarter, Illinois mostly stopped Rutgers…EXCEPT for this dreadful play on a Rutgers punt (what was the Illinois guy thinking?)

Rutgers punched it in and it was now 28-10 and the fans started to leave in droves.

Some nice passing put Illinois within 11 at 28-17 with about 8 minutes to go…no worries…another long drive put the game away at 35-17, though we did have one garbage time TD with just over a minute to go.



Our seats (white box)

The band.

Not a huge crowd at kick off.

Barbara was a good sport.

Click to see the larger panoramic photo of the emptying stadium..

October 15, 2017 Posted by | college football, football, running, Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

keep on keeping on..

Well, I haven’t given up on long distance walking…yet, but I have revised what is realistic for me to achieve. I have an idea about my next attempt..or two attempts.

Quad Cities Marathon – Photo by Erling Larson

From the A set of photos by Howell Photographic Arts of the Quad Cities Marathon.

Today: easy 5.2 mile walk in the drizzle. I did yoga last night.

October 12, 2017 Posted by | marathons, walking, yoga | Leave a comment

Who wants a HUG?

I got caught in the rain yesterday (4 mile walk)
Today; weights; 2 mile run in 22:20 (11:12, 11:08, lane 2)

rotator cuff, hip hikes, toe rases, 4 sets of 10 pull ups, 10 x 135, 6 x 185, 10 x 170 (good), 10 x 135 incline, 10 pull ups, dumbbell military: 10 x 50, 10 x 45, 20 x 40 standing, rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110 machine. Then yoga with Ms. Vickie in the evening.

October 12, 2017 Posted by | running, walking, weight training | Leave a comment

Bears Trip

Ok, I did get to see a Monday night game between the Bears and the Vikings. The game was fun (but Soldier field’s concourses are way too narrow and there aren’t enough bathrooms; it is insanely crowded during halftime)

The Vikings won 20-17, based mostly on a field goal off of a strip sack, and off of an interception with just over 2 minutes to go. Otherwise, it was a slugfest with both teams getting 2 touchdowns apiece in the second half. The Bears had the two coolest plays of the night, but overall, the mistakes made the difference.

The Bears got a few yards off of their opening possession and then the teams traded punts several times, with the Vikings losing the field position battle. An end zone sack gave the Bears a 2-0 lead, and it stayed that way until the strip sack set up the Vikings for a field goal and a 3-2 halftime lead (seriously)

The Vikings scored on their opening drive in the second half (and had a funny end zone celebration; they played “duck, duck, goose”) and then the Bears scored on a beautiful fake punt. The Vikings scored again (58 yard run) but the Bears retaliated in the 4’th quarter (tipped pass) and hit a very cool 2-point conversion (handoff-lateral). And it remained even until the last second interception (which I worried out loud about prior to it happening).

Trivia: I saw the Bears rookie quaterback play last year when North Carolina visited Illinois, and I saw the Vikings quarterback play when he was with the Rams (and yes, he got hurt all the time then too). He got hurt this game, going down on a play where a lineman was pushed into him.

Via the Bears Instagram page.

Oct 9, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears linebacker Leonard Floyd (94) sacks Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford (8) for a safety during the first half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

Game selfie with Barbara.

From our seats (section 225)

October 12, 2017 Posted by | football, NFL | | Leave a comment

DNF again (3 of 4)

No easy way to say it: I dnf’ed at close to mile 17, but I had to walk the “walk of shame” 1.2 miles to the start.
So, in terms of road marathons: 3 dnf’s in the last 4 attempts (2 QC marathons were heat related..mile 20); this one was my going out too fast for my abilities because of the 6 hour time limit.

Reality: I no longer have 2:25 half marathon speed (when I could walk in the 5:30-5:40 range); it now takes me 2:4x to do a half and that is not enough margin of error for a 6 hour time limit. To finish, I need to be trained AND have non-hot weather AND have a 6:30-7 hour time limit so I can take it out at a realistic 14 minute pace.

And I need to lose at least 10 lbs.; 15 would be better.

So, I don’t view this as a failure on my part as much as my taking an challenge that I am no longer up to. The writing is on the wall; my 2012 marathon: got sick; rested 1 hour; finished just under 7 hours. 2013, 2016: run/walks in the 5:40-5:50 range. 2015: walk in perfect conditions: 5:48. The trend is clear.

Splits: 1:02:55 (5), 2:08:14 (10; uphill), 2:50:20 (half marathon), 3:18:34 (15; included bathroom; crashed here) I could not longer even sustain a 17 minute pace at this point, so I told race officials that I was dropping.

Weather: warmed up quite a bit by about half way; first half was nice and cool (albeit humid)

But there was some fun too.

My plan: stay behind the 5:30/2:45 (half) pace groups for the first 8-10 miles, then see what I could sustain. I really needed to hit the half at 2:50 or so to stand a chance..and I did. But by then the legs were gone; I was about 3:03:30 at mile 14 and starting to slow badly. The half marathon had turned off and I was solo, solo, solo.

The 5:30 pace guy was going a bit faster than I wanted to; mile 1 was 12:18 (fine for a half marathon..not a marathon). So I dropped back and walked with Cindy, the 2:45 pace person who was more or less solo. We kept each other company until the hill at 7.5 miles and I let her go; we exchanged names. Chatting with her and some of the others was very pleasant.

Afterward, I waited for Mat to finish (5:07) and chatted with Jennifer and others.

Seeing others along the way was a real treat; Theresa, Barbara and Cassie took photos of me along the way.

I saw this shirt at about mile 2; it made me laugh.

Theresa took this shot of Cindy and me.

Barbara took these four photos near mile 10, near our house.

Cassie got this one of me, between mile 12 and half way; I was starting to crumble.

Mat finishing.

Jennifer and me after the race.

Workout notes: on the road; got a Riverplex workout first. rotator cuff, bench press: 10 x 135, 1 x 185, 10 x 165, incline: 10 x 135. pull ups: 5 sets of 10 (at least, maybe 6), military: dumbbell: 10 x 50 standing, 10 x 45 standing, 5 x 140 new machine, rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 dumbbell. light yoga, including headstand. squats: to the bench: 10 x 35, 10 x 50, 10 x 70.

October 9, 2017 Posted by | Friends, marathons, walking, weight training | 1 Comment

The Illinois “oh no…I’ve been drinking the orange kool-aid game”

I started getting season tickets for Illinois football in 2011. Every season, they have that one home game where they lay an egg..or rather, get exposed. Ok, this season, I think it was the Nebraska game; Nebraska was a 6.5 point favorite but many Illinois fans (myself included) smelled “upset”. Nebraska dominated 28-6 in a game that wasn’t even that close; Nebraska had 8 possessions: 4 touchdowns, “victory formation” at the end of the game (passing up a final score), a fumble and 2 punts.

Today, Illinois played a good first half, but killed themselves with drive stopping penalties and a end zone interception, and fell asleep on a fake punt.

Photo from the Illinois Football photo gallery.

Still, it was a good game at the half (17-13, Hawkeyes). Second half: 28-3 Iowa, which included a pick-6 and another interception return to set up a touchdown toward the end.

It finished 45-16, though Illinois had a slight edge in total yards.

It is going to be a long season as Lovie Smith builds the program from the ground up. And, to be bunt: yes, some of the current freshman starters will emerge into stars, but some (many) will be displaced by more talented players in the future.
You can’t really call this “rebuilding”; this is “building from scratch”.

Past “oh s*it” Illinois home games:

2011: Illini start with 6 straight wins: Arkansas State, South Dakota State, Arizona State (ranked at the time, finished 6-7), Western Michigan, Northwestern and Indiana (road).

But then came Ohio State and a 17-7 loss at home that let the air out of the balloon. Who knew that Ohio State, Michigan, wisconsin and Penn State would be a step up in competition?

2012: Illinois was 2-1 though they had gotten hammered by a strong Arizona State team on the road..and hosted Louisiana Tech…it ended up 52-24, but that was because of an Illinois garbage time touchdown at the end. No more wins the rest of the way.

2013: Illinois was 3-2 with a respectable “Chicago home field” loss to a ranked Washington team and one hammering at Nebraska and a very nice home win vs. Cincinnati. Still, a bowl seemed reachable..and Illinois hosted Wisconsin after a bye week. Night game…and early in the first quarter Wisconsin was up 21-0. It ended up 56-32 with Illinois getting a garbage time TD.

2014: This bowl season had a couple of lows. Illinois came into the Purdue game 3-2, albeit with some blowout losses on the road. But winless Purdue seemed to be beatable…and Purdue hit repeated long runs for touchdowns. The fans almost openly rebelled (booing).

Illinois rebounded for a nice win vs. Minnesota (who had a good team) and was 4-5 going into the Iowa game. That was a time for the team to make a statement…and Iowa blew Illinois away 30-14 which drove the fans into open rebellion (boos, and an empty stadium the next week vs. Penn State).

But Illinois rallied to beat Penn State and Northwestern and make a bowl.

2015: This was even keeled, sort of. There was a bad loss to North Carolina and a tough, hard fought loss to Iowa (on the road), plus a nice upset of Nebraska. Illinois was 4-2 when Wisconsin came visiting. When Wisconsin left, Illinois was 4-3, and was to win only one more game the rest of the year.

2016: well, this season ended 3-9 but Illinois was 1-1 after an easy win over an FCS program and a big loss (48-23) to a strong North Carolina team (sell out!). A good Western Michigan team visited (still a MAC team) and pounded Illinois 34-10, passing on a “style points” touchdown toward the end. That made it clear what was going to happen the rest of the way (though Illinois managed a couple of Big Ten wins along the way).

October 7, 2017 Posted by | college football, football | | Leave a comment

time for talk…over

Marathon tomorrow. I plan to walk the whole way, if possible. Strategy: stay behind and close to the 5:30 pace group, never getting ahead of them and hang on for dear life. If they are still in sight at mile 13-15, I’ll do fine. It will NOT be easy though, even though the weather will be better than 2 weeks ago. The first 2-3 hours look to be cool, next two should be nice..then it gets tough.

I need to average 13:43 mpm to meet my goal. Yes, they record finish times after 6 hours, though you have to move to the sidewalk. And if they let me, I’ll keep going.

Workout notes: today, 2 mile walk.
yesterday: full weights, light yoga: PT, 4 sets of 10 pull ups, bench press: 10 x 135, 5 x 185, incline press: 7 x 150, 10 pull ups, dumbbell bench 10 x 70, rows: 2 sets of 10 x 70 dumbbell, 10 x 200 Hammer, military; dumbbell 10 x 50, 10 x 45, machine military: 10 x 180 (90 each arm),

October 7, 2017 Posted by | marathons, walking, weight training | Leave a comment

Trump, Second Amendment and all that…

I agree that it is time, ok, past time, to visit the Second Amendment and do away with it. Our military is a professional one, and the idea that some yahoos with rifles can stand up to a professional military force is stupid:

If you think stock piling firearms from the local Guns and Guitars store, where the Las Vegas shooter purchased some of his many weapons, and dressing up in camouflage and body armor is going to protect you from an American military capable of delivering tanks and armored vehicles full Navy SEALs to your door, you’re delusional. The tragic incidents at Ruby Ridge, in Idaho, and Waco, Tex., in the 1990s, in which citizens armed to the teeth collided with government agencies and lost badly, is a case study for what would happen were the citizenry to rise up in violence against the state today.

And in any case, if you’re having trouble with the government, a lawyer is a much more potent weapon than a gun. Politicians and police fear citizens armed with legal counsel more than they do a public fortified with guns. The latter they can just shoot. The former means they have to appear before a judge.

A civil society based on the rule of law with a professional military to protect its citizens from external threats; a police force to protect civilians from internal dangers; a criminal justice system to peacefully settle disputes between the state and its citizenry; and a civil court system to enable individuals to resolve conflicts nonviolently — these institutions have been the primary drivers in the dramatic decline of violence over the past several centuries, not an increasingly well-armed public.

Oh yes, this won’t happen anytime soon…perhaps my grandchildren (as yet to be conceived) might see it.

No, I don’t think is possible to work “within” the Second Amendment:

Given all of this, why do liberals keep losing the gun control debate?

Maybe it’s because they argue their case badly and — let’s face it — in bad faith. Democratic politicians routinely profess their fidelity to the Second Amendment — or rather, “a nuanced reading” of it — with all the conviction of Barack Obama’s support for traditional marriage, circa 2008. People recognize lip service for what it is.


In fact, the more closely one looks at what passes for “common sense” gun laws, the more feckless they appear. Americans who claim to be outraged by gun crimes should want to do something more than tinker at the margins of a legal regime that most of the developed world rightly considers nuts. They should want to change it fundamentally and permanently.

There is only one way to do this: Repeal the Second Amendment.

Repealing the Amendment may seem like political Mission Impossible today, but in the era of same-sex marriage it’s worth recalling that most great causes begin as improbable ones. Gun ownership should never be outlawed, just as it isn’t outlawed in Britain or Australia. But it doesn’t need a blanket Constitutional protection, either. The 46,445 murder victims killed by gunfire in the United States between 2012 and 2016 didn’t need to perish so that gun enthusiasts can go on fantasizing that “Red Dawn” is the fate that soon awaits us.

Again, I doubt it will happen in my lifetime.

Trump’s unfitness for office:

Trump is there, acting like this disaster relief is some sort of “t-shirt toss” that you might see at a baseball game. Seriously? I honestly think that he really has little empathy..something the last few presidents had. Yes, that includes both President Bushs.

How Trump Hangs on Obviously, there are some who are just going to like him. But I’ve noticed his routine calling anything unfavorable “fake news”.

It appears to work; his followers buy it. For example: one said that “Obama couldn’t call ISIS “terrorists”. That, of course, is false. But they didn’t like “The Hill” and wouldn’t accept a direct quote or a video from there.

Oh well…for him, the ends justifies the means, I guess.

October 6, 2017 Posted by | political/social, politics, social/political | , , | Leave a comment

Workout catch up

Somewhat busy time but I want to get caught up:

Tuesday: 4 mile walk (Cornstalk classic)
Wednesday: weights only: usual pt suff, pull ups (4 sets of 10), incline bench: 10 x 135, 10 x 150 (good hips), dumbbell bench: 10 x 70, military (dumbbells) 10 x 50, 10 x 45, machine: 10 x 110. Rows: dumbbell 10 x 70, 10 x 70, 10 x 110 machine. Yoga in the evening; got good corrections in Warrior 2.
Thursday: 3 mile walk (this morning)

Marathon: might be warmer than ideal; less than confident that I can make the time limit by walking 100 percent. So I might put jogging breaks in, but do I go to different shoes? (running shoes)

October 6, 2017 Posted by | walking, weight training | | Leave a comment