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Well, that was awful (personal and trivial)

A couple of things:
1. I am not fully recovering between workouts…the walking on off days might not be gentle enough to allow for recovery.
2. This is a busy, “stressful” (by academic standards) time of year; I have to take that into account.

So my attempt of 10 treadmill miles was a bust; I tried 5.2-5.5 going up every 5 minutes…it was strain going past 5.5 so I dropped down and tried the cycle again. I was walking at 3.8 miles..so with walking breaks I got to 5.25 miles in 1 hour, and 5.5 in 1:03:30. Then I walked to 6.0 (about 7:30-7:45 more) and I thought that I was finished.

But I went to the track, walked in lane 3 and made 4 miles (plus) in 56:01; 14:25/14:09/13:47/13:39 (all slightly longer than 1 mile); still, 10 miles is better than 0 miles. But what this means is that I am going to have to change Wednesday’s workout to a steady state 8-10 miler outside, when possible, if I am to be credible at the Steamboat 15K.

Oh well, time for dinner and perhaps a little bit of play after I pay bills. It seems as if I am getting bit by a bunch of gnats at the moment (metaphorically). Nothing serious but I have to be savvy.

April 30, 2017 Posted by | running, walking | | Leave a comment

Pet Peeves on Social Media..

First, workout notes: I had trouble kicking myself out the door. Finally at 8:30 I walked 2 miles, lifted : rotator cuff, 5 x 10 pull ups, bench: 10 x 135, 5 x 185, 4 x 185, 10 x 135 incline, dumbbell military: 20 x 50 seated supported, 2 sets of 10 x 45, 3 sets of 10 x 110. Then 2 miles on the treadmill: 2-2-2-2 then 6.7 from about .7 to 1, then up .1 mph every .25 to 2, then 7.2 (10:38, 8:39, 2.09 in 20 minutes).

Tracy treated me to nachos; that was lovely..friendship lunch dates are among my favorite things…then grading. Ugh. The students did well though.

Social media I got a reminder that I don’t always “get” what someone else is doing when they post something on Twitter or Facebook. Sometimes they want to vent or express sans feedback of any kind. Someone posted an article that said a poll showed that the White House was more trusted than the political media (37 percent to 29 percent) and I replied that I’ve seen evidence of that in the “letters to the editor” section of the paper. I got a series of angry tweets in response. So..I unfollowed the person though I put no ban on them seeing my stuff.

That got me to thinking about MY pet peeves.

What others do on their walls: That is basically their own business; if I like it I read it and follow it; if I don’t, I won’t. It only becomes my business if they tag me. Some have a green light to tag me because I almost always like it when they do. Others have become a nuisance which I why I have “timeline review” for tags; I remove the ones I do not like.

The tricky stuff is knowing who wants discussion from me and who doesn’t. If I find the person doesn’t want discussion from me, I will post the link to their article on my own wall and talk about it there. That appears to be a good work around.

What others do on my wall Ok, here is what I don’t like:

1. Sanctimonious finger wagging: often this happens when a “friend of a friend” follows them onto my wall and proceeds to tell me that I am being XXXist or violating some rule that they think should be imposed on everyone. This appears to occur when a conservative friend comes onto my wall but sometimes comes from a social justice warrior. z

Now there is a short list of friends that I permit to call me out, but it is a very short list, and they have to be someone that I have deep respect for. I’d say about a 2 dozen people fall into that category and you can tell who they are because they either have a photo with me or they are frequent guest.

2. Attempting to play with me without knowing me well: my online persona is a socially hapless, very dumb billy goat. So many of my online friends insult me and I take it..I even have a meme set called “you’ve been dissed”. Sometimes someone I do not know well attempts to join in and I delete their comments. This play is for certain “special friends” that I’ve established a friendship with; they have to be people that I already like quite a bit.

3. Jumping in inappropriately into some thread that is not for them. For instance: I have many friends who like to either run or walk long distances. So I might say something to my running friends and some jackass will jump in “you wouldn’t catch me running even if…” or they might say how they don’t like football, baseball or something else. I delete those comments too and if someone becomes insufferable, I boot them off for good. Exception: I do allow a handful of selected friends…ok, make that one selected friend, some leeway here.

4. Stupid discussion. Yes, I am a liberal but am open to different points of view, so long as they are competent points of view. I don’t permit from SFB to attempt to refute a climate scientist with some jerkoff’s youtube video, or for creationists to spout their bullshit or someone to compare Obama’s “57 states” (he meant “states and territories”) slip of the tongue to the outrageous bullshit that Trump spouts almost daily. And I do not entertain Fox News/Breitbart fantasies on my wall.

If you want to quote some conservative University of Chicago economist, or some respected mainstream conservative jurist, that is ok.

But I refuse to entertain arguments that I rejected back in high school.

April 30, 2017 Posted by | Friends, running, walking, weight training | , , | Leave a comment

End of the semester..

Yeah, I got some work done at home, but will quit for the evening. Grading tomorrow: some one Sunday as well.

Lunch with a friend tomorrow; maybe a baseball game in the evening if the weather holds up.

Workout notes: 5K walk, then goblet squats: 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 45, then abs, headstand. It all went ok. Legs were stiff when I woke up though.

Other stuff: social media is interesting, as is discussion. I like to put stuff out there, but feedback from some people is, well, unwelcome as what they say is often uninteresting. I get that.
And some of my posts are “play” and some do not get it.

But something interesting happened on twitter; a person I followed posted a link to a poll which showed that the White House was more trusted (37 percent) than the political media (29 percent). I mentioned that I had seen evidence of that in a “letter to the editor” section of our newspaper; that Trump’s lies were working that group. I got an angry string of tweets back:

I found that odd because I was supporting this person’s point of view. Oh well, I suppose that sometimes someone just wants to vent sans comment. So I did the right thing and unfollowed that person.

Yes, I know, people can grow tired of arguments but …oh well, social media is for the user to use any way they see fit, I suppose.

April 29, 2017 Posted by | social/political, walking, weight training | Leave a comment

A (new to me) workout

I’ve gotten a bit behind in keeping up the workout logs. I also enjoyed the Bradley vs. Illinois baseball game (though BU lost 8-6, it was a very entertaining game featuring towering home runs, good fielding plays and yes, even good pitching (2 innings anyway; first inning saw 5 strike outs between the two pitchers).

3 of the home runs (2 by Illinois, 1 by Bradley) went further than the white fence in the distance; 1 was actually over it.

Workout notes Yesterday: it was pouring rain so I went on the home treadmill: 20:38 for 2 miles. then 4 x (2 minutes hard, 6 minute walk), 2 x (1 minute hard, 3 minute walk) which got me to 3.5 miles (past the original 2) so I walked for 10 minutes outside.

Those 2 minute repetitions just about killed me; I didn’t look at the pace, but these were “knee lift” runs at, say, “mile run” intensity. Those hurt; in the second minute I felt the heavy legs. Those 6 minute recovery walks felt shorter than they were.

Today: I slept in and worked out after my 9-10 class:

rotator cuff
pull ups (5 sets of 10)
incline press: 10 x 135, 5 x 150, 4 x 150 (very strict)
military: 20 x 50 seated, supported (dumbbells), 10 x 45, 10 x 45 standing
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110 machine.

Then a 2 mile run: 2-2-2-2 warm up; then I went to 6.7 (at 8 minutes) to .75 miles and then every .25 I went up: 6.8, 6.9, 7.0, 7.1 then 7.2 for the final seconds.
10:37/19:17 were the mile splits. I finished with 2.08 miles; last 1.367 took 12 minutes (8:46 pace, 8:37 for mile 2)

Note: the back is still a bit sore.

April 27, 2017 Posted by | baseball, running, walking, weight training | | Leave a comment

Physical check in

My back has been somewhat sore…too much sitting? About to walk to the office; I’ve done some note writing at home.

Today: walk 5 miles first (Cornstalk classic plus 1.2 mile loop) then weights:

rotator cuff, pull ups (5 sets of 10; switched grip on set 5), bench press: 10 x 135, 4 x 185, 4 x 185, 7 x 170 (last set sucked)
dumbbell military: 20 x 50 seated, supported, 10 x 45, 10 x 45, rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110, Goblet squats: sets of 5: 45, 45, 45, 50, 60, 65 (good)
abs: 2 sets of 10 yoga leg lifts, 12 twist crunch, 10 moving bridge. Headstand…somewhat shaky and I had to calm down to get into it.

I am embarrassed to say this, but the 5 mile walk affected my weights. Wow.

April 25, 2017 Posted by | walking, weight training | Leave a comment

Male sexual harassment: counter intuitive for me

I asked a question on Facebook about a hypothetical case: if someone had, say, a syndicated show and told a potential guest “if you reject my advances, you won’t be a guest on my show”, is this against the law? I asked because while I think that this is vulgar and immoral, I don’t know enough about the law to judge if it is illegal. After all, no one has an inherent right to be booked on a show. This question was based on a public accusation made against Sean Hannity.

The discussion got a bit sidetracked and one of my friends mentioned male sexual harassment. And the article had this photo:

Now, I am not a female so I don’t know how females might react to a photo of a male doing this to a female; my guess is that the reaction would be very negative (anger, etc.)

Ok, MY reaction to the above photo? My initial gut reaction was….”damn..wish that was me..I’d be returning the favor…nice skirt butt!” But that is an initial reaction to a hypothetical situation and it is part fantasy..not a part of my day to day life. And I am a senior faculty member.

So while I “get” that sexually harassing a male is not acceptable either, my “gut” response to something like the photo isn’t what I’d imagine a female’s response to the reverse situation. The emotions are different.

As far as my professional life (as an adult), I now realize that I had witnessed sexual harassment but did not realize what it was at the time.

Example: I was friends with some of the enlisted clerks at a Navy recruiting station. One of them told me that when a more senior male walked past her, he “goosed” her. I was taken by surprise. Note: her boss (a warrant officer) had told her to leave ME alone as she sometimes hovered over me when i was at the computer. Sometimes she would go past me and make it a point to walk between me and the computer screen. I really didn’t mind; though I was a young officer, I still thought of her as a friend and it didn’t bother me at all. Then again, I outranked her.

Another time, I saw a young officer grab a young enlisted man by the butt..the way that frat boys sometimes do with each other. The enlisted man told him to stop; he said “you know that you love it”. He was clearly annoyed. But this officer continued to get great fitness reports (and he WAS very professionally competent).

I didn’t know what to do; I was never reacted quickly to anything that I am not trained for.

Workout notes: easy 5 mile run; glorious day for it.

April 25, 2017 Posted by | running, social/political | , | Leave a comment

resting and more baseball

I wondered if I was getting rundown so I went to the Forest Park Nature Center (left from the Heights tower) and walked 2:12 (about 7 miles). Normally I don’t doubt the distance but this time Wakerobin was closed. So I took Deer run back to Possum Path to the Valley, then to Bee Tree to Cardinal, back to Valley and then to Wilderness (1:05 which is about my outer loop time) Spurs: 23:16 out, about 27 back (uphill..and tired).

Then it was time for some baseball. Bradley beat Illinois 8-6 to win the series 2-1. Of interest was the fielding. One one hand, 4 errors (3 in a 2 innings 5-6) kept ISU in the game. On the other hand, fielding saved the day. The center fielder made an “over the shoulder” catch on the warning track (near 400 feet) with 2 out and the bases loaded, and the first baseman made some great plays too.

A 2 run home run in the bottom of the 8’th provided the winning margin.

A Political Science professor and his wife (also a Ph. D. in political science) sat next to me.

April 23, 2017 Posted by | baseball, hiking, walking | | Leave a comment

Fun with the mundane….

Yes, I ran a 5K this morning. And yes, I cut the grass for the first time in 2017. That wasn’t fun, though I wanted to get a photo of the tulips for Barbara, who is in Cuba.

But I also saw something more gruesome: there were the remains of a bunny that became a meal for a predator. Nature…

No, the yard was not entertaining. But I did have dinner with a dear friend on Friday, and a different dear friend tonight. THAT was fun.

And there was Bradley baseball: it turns out that the starting pitcher and one of the relief pitchers were/are students of mine. Oh the game: that didn’t go so hot; Bradley lost to Illinois State 9-4 based on the first inning (3 runs) and the 7’th (5 runs, all of which came AFTER 2 outs). ISU got 4 hits and 3 runs in the first and were more or less held in check for the next 5 innings. But the ISU starter struck out 7 in 5 1/3 innings.

The day was sunny but windy which made it chilly in the shade; note the fans seeking out the sunny areas.

For a few innings, I had the volleyball team sitting next to and around me (they came next to my seat when I went to the restroom between innings; they were seeking the sunny areas.

So, the loss aside, it was a fun weekend so far.

April 23, 2017 Posted by | baseball, Friends | | Leave a comment

Running: I’ve gone very soft

Yesterday afternoon, I felt that 5K race would help me out. I did this race before (albeit on a slightly different course) High 40’s, and we started against a headwind. I warmed up about 15 minutes and walked about a mile afterward; call it 5 total miles.

I frequently joke that I’d love to have a pretty spandex woman running ahead of me at goal pace, and today I HAD THAT. And still, all I could do is waddle. Even the last guy to pass me in the final mile ran a time I was looking for. But I didn’t go with him.

Sigh..my watch time was 28:08 9:15, 9:13, 9:39 for the final 1.1 (tailwind on the way back). It is almost as if I have some mental block against making myself hurt. What can I say?

I did walk it off and then come home and then went to Markin to lift:

rotator cuff
pull ups (5 sets of 10: ok)
incline press: 10 x 135, 5 x 150, 4 x 150 (strict hips)
military presses: dumbbell: 20 x 50 seated, supported, 10 x 45, 10 x 45 standing
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110
abs: 3 sets of 12 twist crunch, 2 sets of 10 yoga leg lifts, 2 sets of 10 moving bridge
goblet squats: sets of 5: 25, 45, 45, 55, 55, 60, 65 decent depth..these went well)

Ironically, the weights went much better than they did in 2015, but the running went worse. Maybe I am heavier? Who knows.

April 23, 2017 Posted by | running, weight training | , | Leave a comment

Hitting the bat with the ball… (personal and trivial)

My dad introduced me to baseball when I was quite young. I had a toddler bat and he would pitch to me. At first, he would lob the ball at my bat so I could hit it.

I also remember that I was promised a quarter if I hit the ball over the house (a rubber ball). I did that.

But ….when it came to an actual game…I wasn’t so good. I got used to my dad lobbing the ball..trying to hit a ball that was coming at different speeds, different angles…ugh.

I didn’t have the genes to be a good athlete.

So what does this have to do with my life now? I teach college mathematics for a living. And yes, the students need practice on elementary problems before they can develop the expertise to tackle “real world” mathematics problems.

And this is one of the toughest things to do: encourage an appropriate amount of confidence: “yes, your showing that you can solve the canned problems that we ask on exams shows that you have some ability and knowledge, but solving an uncanned problem is several orders of magnitude harder, and you’ll have to work up to that.”

I still remember the day after finishing my undergraduate mathematics program. I thought that I was hot stuff. So I strolled into the library, picked up a mathematics journal, attempted to start a mathematics article…and never made it past the abstract. I understood a few of the words (“compact” was one of them) but that was about it.

Later, just prior to starting my graduate program, I went to the mathematics section of the book store..and perhaps understood the TITLES of maybe, 5-10 percent of the books.
After getting my PH. D., I understood 20-26 of them. 🙂 But by this time, that did not shock me.

Weekend agenda Spouse is in Cuba. So I had dinner with a friend last night (yay!), do a 5K run (plus weights, yay!) this morning, cut some grass (boo…I hate that), see a couple of baseball games (yay!), dinner with another friend (yay!), more grading…boo. I guess that isn’t a bad “yay” to “boo” ratio.

April 22, 2017 Posted by | Personal Issues | Leave a comment