A little bit sore..and some Chiefs baseball

Workout notes: I started out to go on a purposeful walk; wasn’t into it so came home, took off my pack and just strolled an easy, untimed 10 miles in Bradley Park (Cornstalk, 1.25 loop, .65) and then went 2 more super slow miles with Barbara.

That did the trick, I think.

The Chiefs won their game against the Burlington Bees 4-3; they had a 3 run home run in the 2’nd and added a solo shot to go up 4-1. Their reliever pitched very well into the 7’th inning when he got a relief pitcher, who did his 1 2/3 innings well. So it was 4-1 going into the top of the 9’th when the Chiefs brought in a “closer”, who promptly gave up a single and 2 walks to load the bases with no outs.

Two runs scored on fielder’s choices (attempts at double plays) and a fly out mercifully ended the game.

I am not sure if the Peoria coach did that (put in the final relief pitcher) because he thought that was the best way to win the game, or because the Cardinals wanted to get him some pitches.

But hey, 2 home runs and a minimum of 2 double plays…

June 19, 2017 Posted by | baseball, walking | | Leave a comment

Hills and games…

Nothing much of substance today, though I had a great day, socially.

AM: jogged a mile and met the lovely but “tough as nails” Lynnor for some faster hill walking; total was about 6 miles.

Later, I caught the Sunday matinee baseball game between the Chiefs and the Lumberkings. I joked that my feelings were hurt that I didn’t get carded when I bought a “senior” (55 years old or older) ticket.

The Chiefs lost 9-5 in a game that featured 6 home runs (3 apiece) in the fist 6 innings, plus multiple extra base hits. The Chiefs did well on offense to win the game, but the Lumberkings hit exceptionally well.

Then, later, dinner with a dear friend at Ruchis Indian Restaurant.

June 12, 2017 Posted by | baseball, Friends, walking | | Leave a comment

Chiefs baseball crowds and games

We just watched a couple of Chiefs vs. Lumbekings games. Friday’s game: The Chiefs lost 6-4. Though the Lumberkings did get 11 hits, they got 4 runs in the 3’rd inning. In that inning, the first two batters grounded out. But then the Chiefs made a throwing error on what should have been the third out; that lead to 4 runs. That was the difference in the game. We did see 4 home runs (split by the teams) including a spectacular 450 foot shot over the center field screen.

Tonight’s game went better (from my point of view). The Chiefs starter pitched 7 innings of no hit ball (allowed one base runner on an error) and struck out 10. The two closer pitchers allowed one hit: with 1 out in the 9’th.

On offense, the Chiefs got 3 runs in the first, off of 3 doubles and a triple. They got 3 more in the 4’th, including 1 home run, and added an insurance run in the 7’th. So it was a 7-0 win.

But what was odd is that the fans were not all that excited about the “team effort” no-hitter; that is typical of a Saturday crowd. There were lots of kids, people leaving to the concession stands with exciting action on the baseball diamond going on; I’d say that perhaps 30-40 percent of the crowd really followed the game.

I suppose that pro teams would go broke by selling the sport.

Obligatory selfies: ok, I still have the “I need to focus on this” look when I do a selfie. But I liked the fireworks photo; this time we stayed.

June 11, 2017 Posted by | baseball | | Leave a comment

Chiefs Hang in, win…beautiful day

The Chiefs won 6-5 behind 2 home runs and 8 hits; the key inning was the bottom of the second when the Chiefs loaded the bases and got all of the runners in. They lead 6-3 after 4 innings, but Wisconsin made it close. An error helped them score in the 8’th. In the top of the 9’th, the pitcher walked the first two batters and a sacrifice bunt moved the runners to 2’nd and 3’rd with 1 out, but the pitcher regained his control (breaking balls) to strike out the side.

The Chiefs are now 20-31; a far cry from the last couple of seasons. But that is what happens at class A; the talent moves up. It was still a fun game to watch.

Workout notes: weights plus a 5K walk.
rotator cuff, 5 sets of 10 pull ups (ok, despite being 198), incline bench: 10 x 135, 4 x 160, 7 x 150, military: seated, supported 20 x 50, standing: 10 x 50, 10 x 40, one armed rows 10 x 50 (3 sets), Hammer incline 8 x 70 each arm), headstand (got up ok; a bit shaky)

May 31, 2017 Posted by | baseball, walking, weight training | | Leave a comment

May baseball?

The Chiefs beat the Beloit Snappers 7-6 on a somewhat chilly day; I ended up putting on an extra sweatshirt in the final 2 innings.

The first photo shows a new Chiefs player; it is an official Chiefs photo. I added an arrow to show where we sit. It was kids day and a “senior special” Sunday (5 dollar tickets for 55 and up). There were a LOT of kids there.

What was unusual is that there were three 3-run innings; 2 for the Chiefs.

<img src="" alt="" width="600"

Workout notes: this morning, easy 3 mile walk after weights:

rotator cuff, pull ups (5 sets of 10), bench press: 10 x 135, 4 x 185, 4 x 185, incline: 10 x 145. military: seated, supported, 20 x 50 dumbbell, standing: 2 sets of 10 x 45. rows: 3 sets of 10 x 200 Hammer.
goblet squats: 5 x (25, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, 75)
abs: 2 sets of 12 twist crunch 10 yoga leg lifts, 3 sets of moving bridges. Headstand: tough to get up but I made it after the third try.

May 22, 2017 Posted by | baseball, walking, weight training | | Leave a comment

College baseball thoughts (and rain)

46 F and drizzly …which was an improvement from the weather earlier in the day. Forget the lovely day we had the day before; start was delayed by 75 minutes.

The stadium was pretty empty with a few in the upper parts, under the overhang. I had on my rain pants and bombproof rain coat and was reasonably comfortable. That is weird for May baseball.

Oh yes, I also had on a thermal shirt, sweat shirt, fleece lined jeans, and water resistant boots too.

Bradley won the teeth-chattering contest 7-2 via 2 runs in the first and 5 runs in the 6’th (at which they lead 7-0); Southern Illinois hurt themselves with 4 errors. The Bradley starting pitcher did very well, getting a shutout for the first 7 innings before loading the bases in the 8’th (no outs). The first reliever had a tough time of it, getting one out prior to walking in two runs. But the next reliever retired the side without further damage.

That is one thing about college baseball: a 7-0 lead in college ball isn’t as safe as a 7-0 lead in professional baseball, due to specialty pitchers, aluminum bats, and the fielding not being quite as sharp.

Why I like it: I’ve rediscovered my love of baseball; I did play up to 2 years of pony league. But I’ve reached a point in my life where I enjoy watching others do what I could not. I’ll give but one example: when I played first base, I remember going after a pop-up. I ran, and ran and ran and ran…seemingly forever..and got to it. I had reached…the grassy part of the infield after all that running.

On the other hand, several times, the Bradley firstbaseman has caught flies that were, say, about 1/3 of the way from the bag to the fence and made it look “relaxed and easy”.

And don’t even talk about hitting; I could hit (barely) some of the younger, mediocre high school pitchers but forget about the good ones. But these guys: no problem.

And, while I enjoy watching the games and seeing the students play, I can also see the difference between the “low A” Chiefs and college ball. There are a couple of levels (“short season”, “rookie leagues”) in between.

Good stuff..I am looking forward to today’s game, weather permitting.

Workout notes: after 3 miles with Barbara last night,

I decided NOT to run though I did some goblet squats, which ARE getting easier.

weights: rotator cuff, pull ups (which felt good) 5 sets of 10, bench press: 10 x 135, 5 x 185, 8 x 170, incline: 10 x 140, military: 20 x 50 dumbbell, seated, supported, 2 sets of 10 x 45, 3 sets of 10 x 200 Hammer Machine rows. Abs: 2 sets of 12 twist crunch, 2 sets of 10 yoga leg lifts, 3 sets of 10 moving bridge, headstand (very tough to get into yesterday…but got it)

Goblet squats: 5 x 25, 25, 45, 45, 50, 55, 65, 70

Bodyweight: 199.5 prior…after a ton of coffee, to be fair. I am going to have to drop 10 lbs. if I want do do well at a fall marathon.

May 20, 2017 Posted by | baseball, walking, weight training | | Leave a comment

Lynnor Special training run and Bradley baseball…

I made this into a meme…saying “OMG, you can’t be serious” when I saw my time (1:41:57). It was, by 5 minutes, my slowest time “as a runner”. NOW, I am wondering: “can I even do that time”?

But a friend issued a challenge to stay up with her, and so I am training. Today, in weather conditions VERY similar to last year’s race (72 F 61 percent at the start, 76, 50 percent at the end) I slugged out a 1:49:08 training run on a hilly course, about 30 seconds faster than 2 weeks ago. 47:24, 31:26, 14:21, 15:55 (47:24, 47:22). I didn’t feel that bad at the start, but I was totally without speed, even trying to move on the downhills. I was relieved that I finished upright, but that was about it.

Then I caught a Bradley vs. Southern Illinois baseball game (11 am start, due to a Chiefs game tonight).

SIU won 8-3; they had a 3-0 lead when Bradley got 3 runs in the 3’rd, off of a home run (to start, hit, walk and triple). SIU had 2 home runs as well. SIU got 3 more runs in the 6’th and 2 more in the 8’th to put the game away. Bradley hurt themselves with 2 errors and a couple of baserunning errors (embarrassing pick off, trying to get an extra base that just wasn’t there). But SIU did get 12 hits (BU got 9).

May 18, 2017 Posted by | baseball, running | , | Leave a comment

Photos, a longish walk and baseball outings…

I walked a slightly modified version of the above: Bigelow to Forest Hill Drive directly, rather than the side diversion down Knoxville. The course measured 14.09 and it took me 3:24:31 to walk it (14:32 mpm). This was my best over the past couple of years or so, though I was routinely walking this in 2:57-3:00 in 2003-2005, and 3:16-3:19 as of 2012-2014. Yeah, I’ve slowed. But it is an improvement from recent performances; the goblet squats have helped my walking. I went out reasonably well; I was about 2:26 at mile 10. It was cool and warmed just a bit into a very reasonable “70s”.

Upshot: breaking 6 hours in a cool weather walking marathon, while tough, is realistic. But the days of a 12 minute walking pace for a full marathon are probably over.

Yesterday saw a ball game and graduation:

Graduation featured a delay when the sound mixing system went out.

The ball game: The Chiefs lost to the South Bend Cubs 4-0; most of the damage was done in the first inning (2 runs); they got 1 run in the second and an insurance home run in the 9’th. The Chiefs matched South Bend with 8 hits, but Peoria’s hits tended to be “single with 2 outs”. Tracy joined us.

This was a crowded day as it was billed as the minor league (“low A”) version of the Cardinals vs. Cubs rivalry, the major league version was also being played at this time. THAT attracted many Cubs fans.

May 15, 2017 Posted by | baseball, walking | | Leave a comment

Chiefs baseball…sign that summer is coming

It was chilly and the game was crisp, lasting 2:01. And thanks to a 2 run 8’th inning in which Western Michigan had 3 errors and a passed ball and Peoria had 3 hits, the Chiefs won 3-1.

Early on (2n’d inning) the Whitecaps got a ground ball double and brought the runner home via two “fielder’s choice” infield ground balls. The Chiefs got more hits, but mostly these were the “2 out single” type hits.

For most of the game, the respective pitchers dominated.

A towering home run did tie the score at 1.

Workout notes: weights (rotator cuff, pull ups (5 sets of 10), incline press: 10 x 135, 5 x 150, 10 x 140, military (dumbbell) 20 x 50 seated, supported, 2 sets of 10 x 45, rows (Hammer) 3 sets of 10 x 200, headstand,

then a 5K walk in West Peoria.

Yes, I know about current events; more on that later.

May 10, 2017 Posted by | baseball, 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