Oh, it isn’t that bad. I am still feeling oh so slightly out of sorts..probably due to lack of sleep. Play wise, I am trying to decide between doing a 5K on April 8 and getting a chance to watch quite a bit of baseball (2 Bradley games, 2 Chiefs games..probably watch 2 BU games) or a chance to do a rugged trail 30 miler at night that I am in no way prepared for. I am leaning toward the 5k and baseball.
Personal: my students did reasonably well on their midterms. That pleases me.
Workout notes: new shoes…wear them tomorrow? 4 mile walk (Cornstalk classic) after weights:
rotator cuff, 5 sets of 10 pull ups
bench press: 10 x 135, 6 x 185 (people in the gym), 10 x 170
standing dumbbell military: 10 x 50, 10 x 45, 10 x 45
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110
Hammer Machine incline: 3 sets of 10 x 140 (45 + 25)
goblet squats (used as rests): sets of 5: 45-45-50-55-60-65
leg presses: 10 x 250, 10 x 270
abs: 2 sets of 10 yoga leg lifts, 12 twist crunch, 10 moving yoga half-bridges
headstand: since I tried it, I had to follow through and the second attempt went easy…still have confidence issues.
For some of last week, I felt “out of sorts”; weak, watery eyes, athletically slightly degraded. I felt good prior to the weekend 5K though. Today’s run: aside from an extremely rare case of lower GI (cut run short to 3.3 miles, then walked 1.8 after the pit stop), I felt ok.
Now my wife is under the weather. The difference: she is normal.
Me: if I feel sub optimal, I try to workout anyway, albeit at reduced intensity, duration or both.
Ok, given that the Bradley 5K course was just a tad bit long (3.16-3.2 miles) and I did it in 28:03, my 27:18 time for the Interplanetary 5K was right on.
I had felt a bit heavy legged the day before but felt fine on race morning, where it was in the low 50’s and drizzly….while I warmed up.
In a nutshell I may have taken it a bit too hard at the start (8:38) and while my second mile was fine (8:47), I slowed (9:51 for the final 1.1) even though I had a light tailwind.
I had a hard time gauging early pace. At first I followed the lady in orange and black:
I was about 90 seconds slower than last year, but a bit faster than I was last Thanksgiving. Too heavy? Well, I was also running more last year (2-2:30 training runs for strength plus 8 milers midweek) and I think that I need to do more of the 1:30 duration runs.
Still, socially, it was good to see old friends including the lovely Mamma T and her new-ish friend.
Later, it was time for some Bradley Baseball, where the Braves overpowered NAIA Robert Morris-Springfield 15-0 in 7 innings.
It drizzled for part of the game, which drove most of the fans to the concourse for part of the game. We moved back to the top row under the overhang.
If the weather cooperates, I’ll try to catch the Eureka game tomorrow afternoon.
For the past couple of days, my eyes have watered, nose runny (TMI) and I have felt ..sort of yucky. But my workouts have been ok. Last night’s exercise class was fine (decent challenge actually) and today I did weights then my usual “short, sweet” 2 mile treadmill run where I run the first mile in about 11 minutes; second one in about 8:45 or so (my current 5K pace). I usually finish feeling refreshed and today was no exception.
So I thought: ok…not bad…then I remembered October, 2000:
OLLIE NANYES (M41) 3:38:12 91 85 / 18 M40-44 PEORIA, IL, USA (91 of 400)
That’s an 8:19 pace.
Yep, I was happy, though I was well aware that 90 people were faster, and that the winner was done BEFORE I got to mile 20. Since there was an “out and back” segment, I got to see some of the faster runners on their way back.
Nevertheless: I’d be delighted if I could average 8:19 for a 5K this year; I did that a couple of times last year. My last sub 25 was in 2014. That might well have been my final one, ever.
Well, F*CK ME DEAD. Ok, no…I still can run, workout, chase cute spandex (though cute, SLOW spandex..can’t catch the faster spandex anymore).
Workout notes: weights plus the aforementioned 2 mile run:
weights: rotator cuff, pull ups (5 sets of 10).
bench press: 10 x 135, 5 x 190 (good)
incline press: 10 x 135
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110 machine
dumbbell military (standing) 10 x 50, 10 x 45, 10 x 45
incline (Hammer Machine) 2 sets of 10 x 140 (70 each arm)
headstand (went ok)
Run: 10 minutes (2 at 5.2, up .1 mph every 2 minutes), 2:30: (6.7, 6.8, 6.9, 7 for 1:30, 7.1 for final minute) 19:41 for 2 miles, 2.03 total.
Now to dig myself out under a whole pile of grading.
This Friday, we start Laplace Transforms in differential equations. By “Laplace Transforms”, we mean the usual simplified Laplace Transform we teach to beginning differential equations students; we do not know what a Lebesgue or a Stieltjes integral is.
That reminded me of what happened in my first differential equations course, back in the fall of 1978. I was sitting next to Vince and the instructor wrote the following on the board:
That, of course, is the gamma function (think of it as a way to extend the factorial function into a continuous function on the reals, though there is a more general version). If you must know, for positive real numbers, . This is a convergent improper integral for
Never mind that.
Vince said “box of x, what is box?” I replied “that is the gamma function, Vince”.
“Box…what’s box? They are just making stuff up! They are making it up as they go along!” Vince was just so offended by the gamma function!
Anyway, that is a memory that made me chuckle; and yes, Vince ended up passing the course.
Workout notes: Not sure what was wrong; my nose is runny and I had a tough time breathing in the gym as the pace got harder (heat? dehydration? allergies?) So my planned 10 minute warm up, 10 x (2:30 at 6.7, 2:30 at 5.3) workout became 10 minute warm up, 6 x (2:30 at 6.7, 2:30 at 5.3) followed by a 5 minute walk, then enough running to get me to 6.1 miles in 1:05, and 1:44 more of walking to get me to 10K in 1:06:44.
I call that a “rescue of a workout”; for me, a 10K training run at under 11 minutes per mile is a valid training run, and I did get some pace changes.
This is from the Chief’s Instagram feed. Yeah, believe it or not, what I picked up on HAS started conversations (indirectly) and, in at least a case or two, lead to a friendship, one of which is still current (I think)! Weird, huh?
But this does remind me that Bradley’s home baseball schedule starts this weekend and the Chiefs aren’t that far behind.
Morning: a bit later than normal. But weights went fine:
pull ups (5 sets of 10, determined)
bench press: 10 x 135, 6 x 185, 10 x 170 (good)
incline press: 10 x 135 (reasonably strict)
military press: dumbbell: 10 x 50 standing, 10 x 45, machine: 10 x 100 (each arm)
rows: 3 x 110 machine
goblet squats: warm up, sets of 5, 0, 25, 45, 45, 50, 60, 60, 60
abs: 2 sets of 12 twist crunch, 10 yoga leg lifts, head stand (up more quickly than usual).
Walk: Cornstalk classic 4 miler.
What is a safe lead in basketball? Answer: a “win”. Illinois State stated with very hot 3 point shooting (5 of 7) and took a 33-15 lead with 4:07 to go in the first half and lead 36-23 at the half.
In the second half, Central Florida started to attack the basket more but ISU still lead 52-42 with just under 11 minutes to go.
Still, the UCF guards penetrated and their 7′ 6″ center (not a misprint) seemed to be more comfortable. So while ISU made all 8 of their free throws, UCF made 14-18 and that proved to be the key difference: more attempts from the line.
UCF took the lead for the first time with 1:41 to go (61-60) and used great defense (some good blocked shots) to hold the lead. But with 4 seconds to go, ISU drew a foul and calmly made both free throws to lead 62-61.
On the ensuing play, the UCF guard drew a foul (a force out) with 1.3 seconds to go and made both free throws (madhouse atmosphere) which sealed the win.
It was a terrific basketball game and a great atmosphere; I just wish ISU had gotten one more stop so we could have had a Wednesday game vs. Illinois (who won at home later that evening).
Socially, it was fun for us to go with Vickie and Harry.
Some game action:
Vickie sizing up the offerings at the concession stand.
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