Wet Run to Remember

Day: 47, rainy, windy. Tells you what you need to know. Nevertheless, Tracy was a trooper and didn’t back out, so we went and I managed about 2 miles or warm up. My legs: felt surprisingly good.
The race: it was smaller than usual and I was surprised to be as close to the front as I was. Then I remembered that the winning time was a time that I had run in the (distant) past. So I got to see first hand how much I’ve slowed.

Nevertheless, I felt ok upon finishing, given that it was a 5K. I did run reasonably hard and did ok, given the win and the rain. I took the first mile in 8:11 (downhill) and held on to finish in 26:04, which was about 14 seconds slower than what I had hoped for on a good day.

I cooled down by going back for Tracy and walking her in. It was good to do a race with her again.

I had thought about trying to compete with Steve, but he is just way to good for me right now; he was exiting the turn around circle as I was entering. I did chase a couple of younger women and got both; a couple of younger guys got me on the last uphill and a couple of kids sprinted past me at the finish.

Tracy got 3’rd in her age group.

Cassie was a few seconds behind me but won her age group; I sort of wish she had set a 25:45 pace 🙂

I hope that the rain clears off for tonight’s Bradley Baseball game.



2016 26:04 8:11, 8:30, 8:30 (25:12) 0:52 place 25 of 177, 20 of 102 men 4 0f 8 AG
2015: 26:59 8:10, 8:24, 9:31 (26:05) 0:52 place: 74 of 303, 58 of 172 men, 4 of 8 AG
2014: 24:17 7:37, 7:37, 8:11 (23:26), 0:50 place: 35 of 343, 30 of 187, 7 of 13
2012: 24:34 7:54, 7:45 8:04 (23:44), 0:50 place: 66 of 272

This year:

Interplanetary March 19: 25:50

April 30, 2016 Posted by | running, Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Bringing it home

End of the semester. My shoulder hurts a bit so I took some Naproxen.

Weights only: rotator cuff, 5 sets of 10 pull ups (done slowly)
bench press: 10 x 135, 4 x 185, 7 x 170 (careful)
10 x 135 incline (slowly)
military: 3 sets of 10 x 40 standing, rows: 10 x 40 (each arm)
side plank, headstand, twist crunches, yoga leg lifts.

April 30, 2016 Posted by | weight training | Leave a comment

Nostalgia and Victimhood

My victimhood and whining: well, it was overcast and sort of cool. I “ran” (slogged?) outside at a bout 11:30 mpm; I chose my Cornstalk 8.1 mile course (1:33 or thereabouts..this was time of day. I didn’t start my stopwatch).

About .6 miles into it (1 km) I turned onto Parkside and a university runner came running by; she had on cropped shorts and it was easy to see how athletic she was. She smiled and said “hi” right about the point where we were side by side and within a minute or so she was already at Main Street and I had advanced about half of the distance she did.

Oh well…what are you going to do? My options: quit or be content to manage the pace that I can manage.

That reminded me of this article: in politics, some politicians pine for a “return to…and earlier era”. Now that did NOT work with my parents; they grew up dirt poor during the depression era. Personally, I wouldn’t mind returning to an era when I was faster, stronger and my mind was a bit quicker, but I don’t think that a politician is going to help with that. 🙂 And I rather like the internet, modern medicine, and more tolerance.

Now, of course, some may really be pining for a less diverse time in US history; e. g. not putting up with accents, people who dress differently and who either worship no god at all, or worship differently. But seriously, what some politicians call “Real America” really isn’t. THAT might be what some are nostalgic for. Not me. 🙂

Example: I like our first black president and am looking forward to electing our first female president this year.

But alas, those who might be on the losing end of an election are…well, “victims”. So they say. Hey, I know that losing an election hurts; I felt like crying after the 2004 loss. But instead I joined the local Democratic party and worked to help make 2008 different.

Another topic This is an interesting article as to why one should…ahem…be skeptical of skeptics.

April 28, 2016 Posted by | political/social, politics, politics/social, running, social/political | Leave a comment

The FAILS of desperation and other nonsense…

Workout notes: sore right shoulder so I took it sort of easy:

Weights: 5 sets of 10 pull ups (slowly)
rotator cuff
incline press: 10 x 135, 7 x 150, 10 x 135
military press: 2 sets of 10 x 40 standing (dumbbells), 10 x 45
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 40
head stand (sort of unsteady)
twist crunch (2 sets of 12), yoga leg lifts (2 sets of 10)

Walking: 52:10 for 33 laps of lane 1 on the track (just over 4 miles) 12:57/12:55/12:30/12:15/1:30

Later: 2 miles with the group.

Posts and FAILS

Dennis Hastert: former Speaker of the House and convicted child molester. Note his wheelchair: an attempt to garner sympathy?

On less severe levels
Ted Cruz: syas that Carly Fiorina would be his running mate if he is the nominee. This helps…how?

Our Republican friends: some of them are claiming:


So, now cartoons “prove” things. No wonder so few scientists are Republicans.

But some Sanders supportersare equally delusional:

Imagine, if you will, a vocal and disenfranchised block of voters disgusted with their party’s primary process and the anointed nominee, after watching the man who embodied their hopes and dreams being cast aside.

Imagine their calling for him to run as an independent, to stand for them and against an establishment that has been in the driver’s seat far too long and does not represent their interests.
I give you independent third-party candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

“Disenfranchised”? So, your candidate losing an election is called being “disenfranchised”? LOL. 🙂

Now for some WIN


Hillary Clinton: 1/3; those are the best odds yet. Yes, she had a good night, losing only Rhode Island and piling up massive margins in Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland. She padded her lead by 53 pledged delegates and now leads by 297. We are now at a place where Sanders needs to win on the order of 65 percent of the remaining pledged delegates to draw even…not going to happen.

Donald Trump: crushed Cruz and now has a massive lead.

April 28, 2016 Posted by | political/social, politics, social/political, walking, weight training | , , , | Leave a comment

Time to carry Sanders out on his shield?

If polls or demographics are a any guide, Hillary Clinton stands to pad her pledged delegate lead by another 40-50 (or more!) tonight, and she seems to poised to win at least 4 of the 5 states (possibly lose in Rhode Island). Even more telling: there will be far fewer delegates left for Sanders to catch up with:


Nate Silver’s graph shows the percentage of the remaining pledged delegates that each candidate must win to secure a majority of pledged delegates. And after tonight, that number could well shoot to 65 percent for Sanders.

It may not be a knockout, but it is poised to be another 10-8 round for Clinton.

April 26, 2016 Posted by | political/social, politics | | Leave a comment

Bernie Math Joke

Workout notes: beautiful day so I took it outside for my hilly Cornstalk 8.1 mile running course, followed by a 1 mile walk.

1:26:13 (44:12/42:01); last 1.03 miles was done in 9:06 (8:50 pace…THAT is picking up the pace? 🙂 )

the 1 mile (plus) walk was untimed.

There are a series of primary elections today. One poll came out that showed Sanders ahead in Rhode Island, so perhaps I should walk back my prediction for a sweep? Still, Maryland should be blowout and Pennsylvania should be more or less like New York, so I see Hillary Clinton adding 40-50 pledged delegates to her lead..and more “delegates in play” will come off of the table.

It is getting time for us to carry Senator Sanders off on his shield. Yes, he fought hard, and I respect the campaign that he has run. But today should be yet another 10-8 round for Clinton.

Don’t expect the more hard-core Sanders supporters to accept it though:

April 26, 2016 Posted by | politics, politics/social, running, social/political | , , | Leave a comment

Obama’s approval exceeds Reagan’s (slightly, at this point in their respective administrations)

It is clear that President Obama’s job approval ratings exceeds those of President George W. Bush. But did you know that, at this time in their respective administrations, Obama’s approval ratings slightly exceeds Reagan’s? (yes, President Reagan’s average numbers were higher, but not at this point in their respective administrations)


(from here)

Show this to your favorite Republican and watch their head explode. 🙂

By the way, THIS is why Secretary Hillary Clinton is running so close to President Obama. She knows what she is doing. 😉

April 25, 2016 Posted by | political/social, politics, politics/social, social/political | , , , | Leave a comment

Tomorrow’s Primaries

Going into this primary season, I really thought that I’d be more interested in the Republican race. And there is something going on. Nevertheless, I am still interested in the Democratic race; that is a credit to the Sanders campaign.

I fully expect Hillary Clinton to pad her formidable lead in pledged delegates by 44 delegates: (calculator is here)


Democratic Convention Watch gives a nice synopsis of what is likely to go down.

I think that the Clinton campaign is confident; they’ve already turned their fire on Donald Trump.

So my apologies to those who are “already sick of it”; I just …LOVE election season.

April 25, 2016 Posted by | political humor, politics, social/political | , , | Leave a comment

Shoulder ping…dang it…

Ok, in Friday’s swim, I pinged my right shoulder; I could feel it when it happened.

It isn’t bad but it did make me use a LOT of caution today.

Pull ups: 5 sets of 10, done SLOWLY. Wow…that increased the good burn too.
rotator cuff: did the pulley (3 sets), dumbbells (3 sets) and “shrug presses” (3 sets)
bench press: 10 x 135, 4 x 185 (careful), 7 x 170 (careful); I did not push myself
inline press: 10 x 135 (slow)
standing dumbbell military press: 3 sets of 10 x 40
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 each arm
core: headstand (distracted…had to focus), planks: 2 minute front, 30 seconds each side.

I was drenched with sweat afterward; keeping the movements slower and more controlled helped. And my shoulder didn’t hurt.

Swim: felt it a bit.
500: alt 25 free, 25 back (felt the free just a bit)
500: alt 25 drill, 25 swim (fins); 4 were front, 4 were side, 1 was sfs.
That’s it for today.

Such it is with me as an older guy; a bit of hypochondria now can save a month long forced lay-off later. 🙂

April 25, 2016 Posted by | injury, swimming, weight training | , | Leave a comment

Time to get off of the fence…

I wanted to see how today’s “second long” workout went (did 20.6 yesterday; 15.4 run, 5.2 walk)


Course: 15.7 3:52:51 (14:50 mpm) plus 8:40 for .61 (14:12) Total: 4:01 for 16.31 or 14:49 mpm.

I was slightly stiff at first but the downhill part of the course (I went in reverse of my usual order) loosened me up a bit. I took it from the house to the Riverplex, around the goose loop, followed the bike path up to the Bishop hill crossing, and then turned onto Bishop Hill, Harmon, and then to Grandview to the Tower; then the reverse of the Boredom to McClure and then to Broadway to Columbia Terrace.

At home, I did a Bradley Markin/Colosseum loop (.61 miles) to get over 16.

April weekends: 18/13, 18/14, 18/15, 20/16. The next two weekend will be “sort of” step back workouts (5K Saturday, long Sunday) though I might go long on the second Friday, or somehow go long after that 5K.

These workouts do not compare to what I was doing in 2004-2005 (when I walked my best long distance stuff, and got 101, 88, 81 for the 24 and finished 2 other 100 milers) they are way better than I did last year.

Therefore I signed up for the FANS 24 hour walk. Goal: triple marathon (a tough goal for me). Last year I managed 59.9 miles with almost zero distance training. So can I get 20 more miles this time around?

As far as this walk: breezy at times, but otherwise great weather. I almost saw a spectacular car crash on McClure; some jackass pulled out of a convenience store parking lot and, with an SUV right behind him, did a quick U-turn. The SUV came inches from crashing into the driver’s side and eliminating him from the “reproduction” pool. Fortunately the SUV driver was alert and stopped in the nick of time.

Later: I got to watch the Chiefs lose in 11 innings 5-1; they gave up 4 runs in the top of the 11’th. In the bottom of the 10’th, the Chiefs got a lead off double and a sacrifice fly moved the runner to 3’rd. So the Timber Rattlers intentionally walked the next batter..and the next batter…hit into a double play. (great defensive strategy!)


April 24, 2016 Posted by | baseball, ultra, walking | , , | Leave a comment