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To Baldwin Wallace and Back…

And my daughter graduated college.

In front of her new apartment building…

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Parents with new graduate

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Where we ate dinner after graduation. Yes, it is on “Professor Street”

We sat in the overflow section for the chair backs; we had a seat in the side sections but moved.

Ah, thanks to a colleague who covered a final exam for me so I could attend. Now, I have one more final to give, and three to grade. LOL.

The day: pretty misty, rainy…but it is now over.

I am not all gushy, but, while I can say “well done” for a number of reasons, this accomplishment was well within her abilities. I see this as a “good start”. 🙂 Yeah, I am proud of her as she did what she was supposed to have done.

Workout notes:

Before leaving: 4.2 mile walk in 58:47 (Cornstalk classic)
While there: 4.2 mile run (turn left on the Big Creek Bike Path to the Cemetery) in 49:24
5.0 walk in 1:08:40 (sunny, cool, nice)

So, I wasn’t a *complete* couch potato.

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May 8, 2017 Posted by | family, running, travel, walking | Leave a comment

Opening training for the Steamboat 15K: I’ve gotten soft.

I slept in a bit and didn’t start my run until 9 am. That was ok; the Steamboat 15K is almost always run in heat and humidity so I need to get used to it. It was 69 F at the start; 75 F at the end but the humidity went from 68 to 55; in other words, not that much.

I chose a “Steamboat simulation” course: behind the Riverplex ..NO goose loop, NO ball field wall. I did pass an interesting looking accident; there was a wrecked automobile across the railroad tracks near the ball field. That altered my route just a little bit. Then up Abdington to the path along Perry into lower Sprindale. I went the normal route, turned left at the bridge and hugged the right turn path up the hill to Prospect then went down the other direction. Once down, I went to the entrance, back on the regular path and past the bottom of Soldier hill, turning around and doubling back at the sidewalk; the map says that this was 3.95 miles or so. It was 48 minutes when I started the double back.

Once I got to the Rivertrail again I noticed a 5K race in progress. I sped up (return leg was 45 minutes, or 3 minutes faster, most of it on this stretch) and I went back and forth with one of the 5K runners (a younger male). I had spied a MILF rocking a pair of granny panty lines but she got away. Then I walked enough of a cool down to get to 8 miles total.

Then to the weight room. On one hand, my weight workout was low energy. But on the other hand, all that sweating made me lighter; my 5 sets of 10 pull ups went very, very well.

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bench press (sucked) 10 x 135, 2 x 185, 5 x 170, incline press: 10 x 135
military presses (dumbbells) sucked: 5 x 50, 10 x 45, 10 x 40
rows: machine: 10 x 90, 140, 140.
There is usually some “hot babe” doing squats and this time was no exception; very tight “Los Angeles Laker purple” spandex leggings.
Then came a diet Dr. Pepper; lady …more eyestrain.

Oh, the workout summary: very low energy in the weight room; the 5K race runners sped me up a bit. Perhaps I was doing low to mid 9’s on the way back?
But the “bottom” line…LOL…is that I’ve gotten very, very soft. My run started off badly; I even thought about modifying it but told myself “STFU you big baby..quit being such a whiner”.

Then came pre Easter dinner with the family. Good stuff.

Thursday: I participate in a walking group; we are now up to 2.25-3 miles

April 15, 2017 Posted by | family, Friends, running, walking, weight training | Leave a comment

Not much

Still in the “family stuff” mode. I did get in my first “real workout” in quite a while: full weights then 5 miles in relatively warm weather along the river (1:21 for 5.1, easy)
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pull ups; 5 sets of 10..tough until I rested.
bench press: 10 x 135, 4 x 190, 9 x 170
incline press: 10 x 145
military: 10 x 50 dumbbell standing, 20 x 50 seated, supported, 10 x 180 machine.
rows: 3 sets of 10: machine (machine weights)
abs: headstand (not good), 2 sets of 10 yoga leg lifts, 12 twist crunches, headstand (much better)

Then the walk. I saw Bob, Rich and Nancy and got to chat some.

Then off for some Christmas brisket..am sleepy.

December 26, 2016 Posted by | family, walking, weight training | Leave a comment

674 miles plus a bit more…

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674 miles, 9 am to 9:12 pm, with stops for lunch and dinner. Barbara took a couple of hours of it; that helped.

Then came Christmas dinner: Barbara, Jacob and I went to the Indian restaurant, and saw Terri Brink there (with friend) too.

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Workout notes: I had a 4.5 mile walk on the old golf course on game day,
4.0 treadmill run (41:00) via: 1 mile easy, alternate .25 at 6.7, .25 at 5.6 for 1.5 miles, .6 miles at 6.7, walk to 3.25, 5.6 and up to 3.75, 7.0 to 4. Then rotator cuff, 20 x 50 military (dumbbells, seated, supported)
4.0 Cornstalk classic slow run (wet, 37 F) outside prior to the dinner.

December 25, 2016 Posted by | family, running, travel, walking | , | Leave a comment

To Baldwin Wallace and Back..again…easy this time

My “back and forth” trip to Baldwin Wallace and back was a bit of a whirlwind. But the driving was easy (for a change) and the visit rewarding, at least for me.

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I took the southern route as there is less truck traffic on it, save the stretch between Dayton, OH and Indianapolis, IN on I-70. A LOT of trucks on that stretch! And beware: going from I-70 to I-74 can be tricky; I use the Sam Jones Expressway.

While Olivia was here we took her to a ball game: Bradley vs. Texas-Arlington. BU fell behind 12-0 but rallied to take a 1 point lead…and ended up losing by 5. But they looked better than they did against a similar Delaware team earlier in the year.

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Bradley being a 10 point underdog, plus a mild ice storm kept attendance down.

Olivia’s rabbit “Bucky” was a big hit with me:

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Tracy liked Bucky too.

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Workout notes: 4 mile walk on the treadmill yesterday: 50:36. 2 mile run on the Markin track today: 9:50/8:43 for 18:34 (lane 2). That second mile was work (4:24/4:19), though not all out.

December 21, 2016 Posted by | family, interstate highways, running, travel, walking | , , | Leave a comment

I just don’t have it

Well, my daughter is here as is her bunny:

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And during my run, I got a hug from “Mamma T”. So there is good going on…

But the “run”…OMG.

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74 F isn’t that bad..but check out the humidity. 99 percent!!! Ugh…I was soaking wet by mile 8 or so…just drenched.

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I added a spur in case the original course was short (it wasn’t).

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3:16:33 was the time, 1:36:21/1:40:12 with the extra time on the return leg being due to the .2 mile spur plus…well, fatigue. I held up to it ok, though I felt as if I were running on “missing legs”; no leg strength at all. But that is what I could do today; I would have been in deep trouble had I 11 miles to go. Could I have done them in 2:40? Probably, but I would have had to do a LOT of walking.

Speaking of performance: I talked about having the ridiculous dream of being an athlete. Sadly, many parents push their kids in that direction…and the reality is that very few kids will even be Division 1 athletes, never mind professionals. If it isn’t in the genes, forget about it. But unsavory sports camp operators depend on parents having unrealistic aspirations.

Yes, I am a fan of youth sport and scholastic spots. Yes, I played them. But …your kid isn’t going to be a professional! Ever! (with probability .999). Play hard, have fun, and maybe, just maybe, your kid might find that they can find an activity that they love for life (me: running and weight lifting, which in turn lead to swimming, walking and hiking).

August 13, 2016 Posted by | family, Friends, running, Uncategorized | , | 1 Comment

Giving up is sometimes the right thing to do…

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This was absolutely ghastly running weather. I started at the Riverplex with the idea of doing a few treadmill miles toward the end. But then I changed my mind…bad mistake.
1:31 for 7.27 miles out (12:30 pace), throwing in walking every 10 minutes or so. Back: 2 hours, on the button (16:30 pace); I mostly slow walked and did a short occasional jog.

I did see a hawk and a snake.

Anyhow, I do not regret my decision to can the workout midway through.

And 14.5 miles in the heat is better than 0.

Later: we went out to Barbara’s oldest son’s house; as usual the outing was extremely pleasant.

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Yes, I did sneak in that final shot. 🙂

July 24, 2016 Posted by | big butts, family, running, walking | Leave a comment

Day 2 Austin, July 2016

Workout notes: 5K treadmill run in 31:22; did a slowish 2 miles (increase from 5.2-5.9 every .25 miles) then 6.7-7.0 every .25 miles then 7.1 for .11 miles. I got tired (it was warm in the gym)

Then 3 circuits of weights with one set of 5 overhead presses.

The day: Olivia and I saw Swiss Army Man at the Alamo Draft House (food and a movie place), visited the Johnson Presidential Library, a book store and then concluded with Mexican food.

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Rest area going into Texas via 69/75 from Oklahoma.

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The inside of the Alamo Draft House hasn’t changed much, but the surrounding mall has changed a great deal.

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It used to be a simple strip mall with a Handy Andy.

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Bobble head dolls for sale at the LBJ library/museum store. They had past/current Presidents, First Ladies and a future President.

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Olivia with a life sized statue of President Johnson.

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The University of Texas campus, where I spent 6 years of my life from 1985-1991.

July 6, 2016 Posted by | family, running, travel, weight training | Leave a comment

In Austin

For a change, there was no drama in my drive to Austin.

Workout notes: hotel treadmill 4 miles in 38:00 (0.5 incline); 10 minutes of: 3 at 5.2, 3 at 5.3, 2 and 5.4, 2 at 5.5, then 10 at 6.7, 5 at 6.8, 6.9 to 3 miles, then 7.0, 7.1 to 3.5 miles, then down to 5.7 and then back up. I got a bit hot.

I made it into Austin in time for dinner. I got to meet Bucky, Olivia’s bunny.

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July 5, 2016 Posted by | family, running, travel | Leave a comment

It was 20 years ago today….

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March 15, 1996, prior to our wedding (and subsequent pot-luck supper at the UU Church)

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Us, this past November (2015)

So, we’ve made it 20 years. The betting line for the duration of our marriage was, oh, perhaps 1-5 years as I was her third husband and she was my second wife. And yes, we’ve had a few rocky patches and endured a few storm clouds (e. g. deaths of parents, family members facing serious challenges). But here we are.

The most important thing I’ve learned: relationships are inherently asymmetric, especially when people are at different places in their lives. Her kids are grown and have kids of their own; mine is still finishing college. She is retired and likes to travel; I am entering the “silverback” stage of my professional career. We have to make allowances for each other, and the allowances she makes for me are different than those I make for her. But that is the only way it can work.

And so, no, “Love” is not enough to “keep us together”, but it is enough to motivate me to work at it and to make compromises, even when it seems that I am making way too many of them. Yes, it DOES seem that way at times, but I remember that I am NOT an unbiased observer, and I tend to take for granted the compromises she makes for me.

Marriage is one thing where “keeping score” is profoundly unhelpful.

March 15, 2016 Posted by | family | | Leave a comment