Workout notes rotator cuff, squats with toe raises (2 sets), abs, 20 sit ups on the incline, weight machine (lower body), then 80 minutes of walking; much of it on the Bradley Park Hills (about 5 miles)
Ok, I’d like to get a couple of things straight at the start:
1. I like running and have run for pleasure and run in several road races (marathons, 10K, 5K, 1 mile, etc.).
2. I know that many women love to walk, and I like that.
But, well, I remember one time I was walking past some people and a little kid said “hey dad, there is a man who is walking like a woman!” The dad looked nervous and gave a quiet “we don’t say things like that” lesson to the kid. 🙂
But the truth is that, while men are out there, lots of people see exercise walking as a women’s activity. So, I’ll make this post about men…REAL men. 🙂
So, I am going to exclude racewalkers for now. Yes, I respect race walking, and yes I’ve walked an finished judged racewalks from 1500 meters (just shy of a mile) up to 20K (12.4 miles) and I managed to make it 36.7 km into a 50K race (22 miles) prior to getting disqualified for bent knee violations. I’ve also done “soft knee ok” walks of half marathon distance and up to 24 hours (88 miles) and 101 miles unofficially.
I know something about distance walking, even if I am not good at it.
But I am going to focus on “macho” men; those guys that other guys might envy. 🙂
Ok, this list will include someone who walks in long distance races, but he is far more famous for his non-athletic accomplishments than his athletic ones.
Real Men Who Walk…
Presidents of the United States
Truman usually awoke at 5:00 in the morning, dressed, and took a vigorous one or two-mile walk (at the Army’s 120-steps-per-minute pace) around the White House grounds and neighborhood – wearing a business suit and tie! After an assassination attempt in 1950, the Secret Service took the President to various undisclosed locations for his daily walk. He then had a rubdown, a shot of bourbon, and a light breakfast.
John Wooden began his 66th year as he had begun every day since his heart attack three years ago—with a five-mile constitutional. His walks are usually uninterrupted
Coach Paterno has coached Penn State to multiple undefeated seasons and national championships.
He is also an avid walker:
Joe Paterno would like to walk again—the 25 or so weekly miles he was accustomed to before leg and hip injuries slowed him the past few years.
From his book Turning The Thing Around, (1993, First Edition) page 39:
I am not a fanatic runner, but I am a faithful jogger. Two or three miles a day, followed by a walk back of equal or greater distance.
During training camp, he’d go on the Austin Hike and Bike trail.
Some professional football players include fast walking in their training. One of them was Nate Newton, the huge offensive lineman for the Dallas Cowboys:
Tuesday is usually the players’ day off. Nate Newton always showed up on Tuesday afternoons at Valley Ranch to burn some calories and work on his stamina; maybe thirty minutes on the Stair Master and thirty more fast-walking on the treadmill.
(page 193 of Skip Bayless’ book: The Boys, 1993)
Boxers sometimes have used walking for conditioning purposes; for example Rocky Marciano (Heavyweight champ, 49-0 record) used to walk in the evenings:
marciano would run 5-6 every day without missing a day and walk up to 10 miles in the evening in the run up to a fight he would run 10 miles a day and in the last few weeks he would run 12-15 miles.
he would do loads of body weight exersizes and hit a 150 kg(300 pound) heavy bag for 1/2 an hour to 1 hour with out a break.
he had a ball on string above his bed and he would hit it to help his co ordanation he also used speed bags and other old training methods.
From Muhammad Ali, His Life and Times by Thomas Hauser (page 452): Ali was gaining weight and getting teased about it. So he started walking 2 hours a day and trimmed down.
(note: this is an underwater shot; Ali joked that he trained by punching underwater)
Lawrence Block is a best selling author. He is also an avid sports walker, walking marathons and ultra marathons, and has gone over 70 miles at one time:
(in this walk, Block got over 70 miles).
You can read about his walking in this book.
Scientists Michael Green is the Lucasian chair of mathematics at Cambridge; the position that Newton and Hawking held. He goes for long walks and hikes:
They began spending summers together at the Aspen Centre for Physics in Colorado, sharing a flat, going to movies, on long hikes – “lots of people in the subject walk,” says Green – and talking all the while.
So, guys, what are you waiting for? Get out there and walk; you’ll have good company.
Question: If you start with $1 and, with each move, you can either double your money or add another $1, what is the smallest number of moves you have to make to get to exactly $200?
Mark Sellke, an 8th grader at Klondike Middle School in West Lafayette, Indiana, correctly answered this question in less than 45 seconds this past May to become the 2010 MATHCOUNTS individual champion.
Yesterday, President Obama met with Mark, the winning MATHCOUNTS team from California, and the individual runner-up of the competition. During their visit to the White House, these elated “mathletes” talked to the President about their aspirations—including working for NASA and becoming a math professor. The President congratulated the students on their accomplishments and emphasized the importance of science and math to the Nation’s economy, security, and competiveness. He also confessed to a more parochial pleasure in getting to know them, declaring that he would be calling upon them next time Sasha or Malia stumped him with a math homework question. […]
That’s one reason why the President launched the “Educate to Innovate” campaign to motivate and inspire students to excel in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). That campaign has already helped to raise more than $500 million from the private, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors for the creation of innovative public-private partnerships to attract, develop, reward, and retain outstanding educators in STEM subjects.
Note: to answer the question, write 200 in binary and count the number of 2’s:
200 = 128 + 64 + 8 = 2^7 + 2^6 + 2^3 = 2^3(2^4+2^3 + 1)= 2^3(2^3(2+1)+1)
So, in all, this is
double, then add 1, then double thrice, add 1, double thrice which is 9 moves.
Easy, huh? 🙂
I’ve posted some of these before but some are new to me:
Frogs sometimes fail
Sometimes they don’t
And sometimes they just…well, just aren’t that bright:
Posts for the day
Science: rats can now use lungs that were grown in the laboratory!
I’ll probably want to see this:
Skeptical Societies There is a difference between an atheist society and a society for skeptics. Basically, a skeptics society should be one in which extraordinary claims are challenged on the basis of evidence (e. g., run an experiment to see if dowsing works). So, should a religious person ever be a part of a skeptics society? After all, many religions depend on the acceptance of highly improbable events “on faith” and people have every right to express skepticism on that. After all, I see no proof that anyone was “raised from the dead”, was “born of a virgin”, was given instructions by gold tablets from an angel, etc.
On the other hand, claims like “my life goes better when I do religious practice X, Y, or Z (e. g., praying, coming together to be challenged to live a better life, meditating, etc.) are fine.
And, of course, if evidence for a deity does occur (e. g., Holy Text says that Mt. Fuji blows up on July 22, 2010 AND IT DOES), we should accept it as we would any other piece of evidence.
So, this issue is discussed in more detail here.
Acceptance of evolution and religion It is no secret that some proponents of science think that outspoken atheists might drive people away from accepting science if they point out that there is no evidence for certain religious beliefs. This issue is discussed here:
Much of the talk was about distancing support of evolution with atheistic views – that we need to stress that religion and science is compatible so people in the “middle” can still accept theistic evolution. That people are more willing to accept evolution if they hear it from their pastor. He lauded Francis Collins and the BioLogos foundation for being pro-evolution…even though BioLogos just had a piece trying to reconcile Biblical Adam and Eve with evolution.
That’s why there’s a problem with accommodationism. It’s more about winning numbers for your cause than truly communicating and educating people about evolution. Are people truly supporters of evolution if they’re not accepting it as a natural process? Do people really understand natural selection if they think God is zapping in mutations or had a plan for humans to eventually evolve? Why is it that our tactic involves people preserving their religious beliefs (which are based on faith), but molding science (which is based on facts) to fit their world view? If anything, it should be the other way around. Religion should have to accommodate science.
The reason why people feel compelled to do this is because religion holds a special status in our society where it can’t be criticized, even when it’s blatantly wrong. This really came out in the second part of the symposium, which was by a woman from AAAS (I unfortunately missed her name). She said there’s no use in including creationists or atheists in the discussion because we’re extremists who won’t change our minds.
Being an atheist is not an extremist position; in fact, it is a position that says “I’ll accept this extraordinary claim only when I see evidence for it” rather than just assuming that this extraordinary claim is true or saying “ok, this is a rather large claim, but since it has the tag of “religion” on it, I’ll just suspend judgment”. Example: “fairies infected my hard drive”. “No, that is absurd.” “uh, my religion says that fairies exist and that they do mischief”. “Oh…ok…maybe you are right”.
On the other hand, I suppose that religion isn’t that different than certain other areas; after all EVERYONE’s kids are smart and cute, and every guy has a “lovely” wife. Of course, these are opinions subject to taste, and some religions make factual claims.
Ranting Pat Condell is a pro; my guess is that he too, is an ex Catholic. 🙂
I am going on for a “pain allows” 2 hour walk. I might get rained on. 🙂
Note: I had some climb, as you can tell. Now I am icing the knee and rotator cuff; the walk itself was pleasant, though I got rained on a little bit. I saw lots of old fat golfers huddling in their golfing carts, and in the West Peoria Cemetery I saw two fawns (lots of white spots) up close.
Last night my rotator cuff killed me; probably the combination of weights, sawing (the downed tree) and swimming and, yes, “fast” walking was too much. So, I’ll probably have to write off Big Shoulders in September and spend most of July healing up everything. My comeback will have to be “a little bit of everything” (cycling, walking, jogging, swimming…drills only at first, and moderate lifting and yoga) for quite a while.
Speaking of walking, Justin Kuo posted some photos of the US 10K racewalk nationals.
For the uninitiated: see how straight up and down his support leg is? That is what I have trouble with on my “soon to be operated on” knee.
Both of these walkers have an oh-so-slight flight phase; but they are moving at about 7 minutes per mile. A flight phase that is this low will probably be undetectable to the human eye.
Oh, I don’t have to worry about this. 🙂
Women: the one in the yellow: hard to tell. She is probably ok.
See how the lead woman has her butt tucked under her body? I have a hard time doing that as well.
1 Trevor Barron NYAC 42:58.62$
2 Tyler Sorensen unattached 43:53.39$
3 Matthew Forgues Maine Racewalkers 47:45.51
4 Joshua Haertel unattached 47:47.42
5 Alejandro Chavez South Texas 48:14.66
6 Evan Vincent Maine Racewalkers 50:24.59
7 John Randall Miami Valley TC 52:38.65
8 Mitchell Brickson Miami Valley TC 53:21.31
1 Nicolette Sorensen unattached 56:25.49
2 Abby Dunn Maine Racewalkers 56:58.16
3 Rachel Zoyhofski unattached 57:46.85
4 Maite Moscoso Lake Brantley HS 57:52.81
5 Rachael Phillips unattached 57:53.41
6 Reini Brickson Miami Valley TC 58:13.24
7 Jennifer Thuotte Maine Racewalkers 58:17.27
8 Erika Shaver Miami Valley TC 59:45.40
9 Molly Josephs Walk USA 59:54.32
10 Courtney Williams Maine Racewalkers 1:00:15.14
11 Nicole Court-Menendez Maine Racewalkers 1:01:42.56
12 Diana Quinde unattached 1:03:07.55
I have a friend who has started the 20K but has injuries from a bike fall. We’ll see how he does.
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