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It is getting real…

Workout notes: weights (pull ups, 10-10-15-5), rotator cuff, incline presses (10 x 135, 7 x 150, 10 x 135), military (2 sets of 10 x 40 dumbbell), rows (2 sets of 10 x 60 each arm, dumbbell)

2 mile run: 9:56/8:42 (18:39 line 2 of the track). Harassed Barbara when she was on the track.

Upcoming: I am signed up for the Peoria River City Marathon this Sunday. I am feeling good (no illnesses, not tired, not particularly stressed) and the weather forecast is tailor made for me (chilly). Of course, any finish under the time limit of 6 hours (I am walking 100 percent of it) is ok, but I really want a performance that I can be proud of (by my own standards); 5:39:59 or faster would be respectable for me. Of course I’d love sub 5:20 but I don’t know if I am capable of that anymore (as a walker).

The tough part will be holding back in the first 10-15 miles where I’ll be feeling great and be tempted by the cute shiny spandex just ahead of me. I need discipline in the first 15 miles and heart in the final 10K and mental toughness from start to finish.

Though I am getting to a point in my life when I can no longer take a marathon finish for granted, I really am after performance goals in this one.

Note: the course goes right past my front door and covers much of my usual training courses. This appeared in today’s paper.

peoriamarathon

Speaking of marathons and beyond, here is my complete list: Note that I haven’t had a performance “to be proud of” since 2009.

(Note as the quantity went up, the quality went down; I “peaked” in 2000 and again in 2002-2005 and have gone downhill since then. I’ve put my “quality” efforts in bold; “quality” depends on the course and my abilities at that time in my life)

1980
Maryland Marathon: 3:33

1981
San Antonio Marathon 3:48

1983
East Lyme Marathon (CT) 4:24

1998 (2)
Quad Cities Marathon 3:55 (hot: 207 out of over 1000)
Chicago Marathon 3:46

1999
Quad Cities Marathon 3:45

2000 (2)
Lake Okoboji (IA) 4:25
Indianapolis Marathon 3:38

2001
Lake Geneva Marathon 3:40

2002 (4) (13 total)
San Diego Marathon 3:57 (run)
Fairfield (IA) 50K 6:22 (walk)
Quad Cities Marathon 4:44 (walk)
Rocket City Marathon 4:04 (run)
(injured going in; had to run/walk)

2003 (5) (18 total)
McNaughton 50K (run) 7:04
Ice Age 50K 7:18 (walk)
Park City Marathon (UT) 5:17 (walk)

Judy Birthday 50K (walk; informal-Fat ass type)
Quivering Quads (MO) 50K 8:11 (walk)

2004 (7) (25 total)
McNaughton 50 mile 12:46 (walk)
Cornbelt (IA) 24 hour (101 miles), walk
Wandleweekend (NED) 24 hour (88 miles) walk

Fairfield 50K 7:16 (walk)
Quad Cities Marathon 5:13 (walk)
Chicago Ultra 50K 6:20 (walk)

Ultracentric (TX) 24 hour 81 miles (walk)

2005 (8) (33 total)
McNabb (IL) FatAss 50K 6:25 (run, sort of)
Chicago Ultra 50K (spring) 6:42 (walk)
McNaughton 100 34:16 (walk)
Andy Payne Marathon (OK) 5:25 (walk)
Lean Horse 100 (SD), 29:34 (walk)

Quad Cities Marathon 5:34 (walk)
Chicago Ultra 50K 6:29 (walk)
Ultracentric 24 hour 70 (walk)

2006 (5) (38 total)
McNabb (IL) FatAss 50K 6:37 (run, sort of)
Houston Ultra 24 hour 76 mile (walk)
Stigma 8 hour 27 mile (trail) (walk)
McNaughton (100 DNF), got to mile 50 then 20 more.
Ice Age 50K 7:36 (walk)
FANS 24 hour 83 miles (walk)

2007 (4) (42 total)
FANS 24 hour 66 mile (walk) (couldn’t train until 5-6 weeks prior)
FX 12 hour 34 mile (walk)
Farmdale 33 miles 9:27 (walk)
Ultracentric 24 hour 58 mile (walk)

2008 (3) (45 total)
McNaughton 50 mile (staged; 31:37 walk)
Andy Payne Marathon 6:16 (walk)
FANS 24 hour 47 miles (walk)

2009 (4) (49 total)
McNaughton 100 miler (47:45; staged, walk)
(brutal conditions; the drop out rate was astounding: 74 started the 100 and 27 finished; 47 started the 150 and 27 made it to 100 (including the 12 who finished all 150); in total 54 out of 121 starters made it to 100 miles and I was one of these)
Rockford Marathon 5:14 (walk)
FANS 24 hour 66 miles (walk)
Mulshoe 44 (DNF, ran out of time at mile 29) walk
Quad Cities Marathon 5:28 (walk)
McNot-aGain 30 mile 8:55 (walk)
(fought through injuries for these last two; almost no training was possible)

2010 (50)
McNotagain 30 mile 9:52 (knee surgery 3.5 months prior)

2011 (51)
Fans 24 hour: 54.5 miles

2012 (52)
We Walk Lake Wobegone marathon 6:58:58

2013 (53)
River City Marathon (run/walk) 5:44:55

2014 (54)
McNotAgain 30 9:54

2015 (55 and counting)
FANS 24 hour 59.9 miles

October 15, 2015 - Posted by | running, walking, weight training | , ,

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