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Bumbling out of the Thanksgiving break (still a bit whiny)

No, the break was not a total loss; I got a lovely long walk with Lynnor, a Turkey Trot, (best 3 mile/5k of the year), no weight gain,

a basketball game (vs. an overmatched opponent) and an exciting NFL game.
I also got, well, a very long drive home which was “sort of normal rainy weather) for 170 miles, sucky snowstorm for 30 miles, and dreadful for the final 10 (blizzard, white out)
I was a bit like Mr. Magoo and drove about 20 mph for stretches. I was lucky it was 11:30 pm and hardly anyone else was on the road.

Oh yes, prior to the NFL game, I got in a nice 4 mile run (42:07) on the treadmill, even though the weather was good outside. And I treated myself to a nice burger at a gourmet burger place, though it was not as good as “Smokey Burger” in Peoria.

The Basketball game:

Bradley won 86-70; aside from early moments when Chicago State hit a few three point shots, it wasn’t that competitive. BU’s lead built up to the mid 20’s (and yes, the spread was 25).

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Chicago State at Bradley. CSU up early.

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Then came a long drive to Indianapolis that I talked about in my previous post…

The next day: NFL.

Dolphins at Colts

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Colts rally from 24-14 down to tie with 4:25 to go.

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Seats: section 529; not bad seats. Not quite as good as we had for the Bills game (one level up) but this section had two entrance and exits; very little bother with people coming and going.

The game: interesting; the Dolphins opened with an excellent drive; Colts responded and it was 7-7. Then came a punt, Colts fumble, then an exchange of punts until the Colts drove for a touchdown. But 2 plays later, the Dolphin wide receiver found single coverage with no deep help; made an excellent play on the ball and ran it in. 14-14 going into the half, though the final minute saw THREE turnovers: Colts threw an interception, Dolphins fumbled, Colts another interception.

Second half: a Colt punt was partially blocked which set up a field goal. The Colts drove but then what looked like to me as a partially blocked field goal (after a sack) put the Dolphins in business again and they took advantage, scoring a touchdown to take a 24-14 lead with 13 minutes to play.

But then the Colts rallied for a field goal off of a drive, and the Dolphins went conservative and got stuffed. A punt lead to a Colt touchdown drive. But on the touchdown pass, the Dolphin defender hit the Colt receiver late (after the end zone catch was secured) and drew a key penalty. So it was 24-24 and now the Colts kicked off from the 50.

They did a “pooch” kick that pinned the Dolphins at their own 6. They played it safe (4 minutes to go) and got nowhere and had to punt. The Colts drove it, hitting a key pass and the Dolphins had only 2 time outs left. So the Colts were able to run the clock down to 3 seconds before winning the game on a short field goal on the final play of the game.

So the game WAS exciting.

The drive back…ugh…been through that though.

And so today…I did not do much; too tired and sleepy; did some shoveling and taking the hostage to the doctor for a procedure (senior citizen’s date?)

November 27, 2018 Posted by | basketball, family, football, NFL, relationships, running | , | Leave a comment

Slow Mother’s Day walk

10.6 course (no goose loop), 15:20 pace…all ok with me (2:42).

Along the way, I saw a charming goose family and did NOT get dive bombed by red wing black birds.

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Goose family along the Illinois River

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Yes, it is Mother’s Day.

She spoke Spanish fluently (it was her first language) and helped the Clinton Campaign out in 2008. 2016 would have been heart breaking for her.

She started me on math; she always told me that EVERYTHING involved mathematics and that if I learned it, I could do anything. I remember her cutting up paper to teach me how to add fractions (common denominator) well before I got to first grade.

She was also a realist; when she saw a class graduation photo, she felt a twinge of anguish for some of the pain the young people were going to face.

And there is a sort of long winded story I want to tell.

Way back in 1974, I started for the Yokota High football team as a sophomore ..the only one to start (and only 1 of 2 on the team). We dominated league play and finished undefeated; we shut out our final 4 opponents and had only one game closer than 20 points. So we filled up the “post season all conference team” with “first team” and “honorable mention”. Exactly ONE starter on our team did NOT get post season honors. Guess who?

Frankly, I was hurt and bitter at the time; I saw those I whipped on the field getting those honors. Now there was a good reason; they wanted to spread them some and I was only a sophomore. But I was an immature 15 year old.

Now we were all given a nice black and white team photo..which I neglected to pick up. The coach seemed surprised that I was indifferent to it. My mom told me to pick it up and take care of it…”there will come a time when you’ll look back and think “wasn’t I in good shape…then?” ”

It turns out that she was right..at least in principle. I didn’t hit my physical peak until I was in my early to mid 20’s (in terms of lifting and running” and mid to late 40’s in terms of extreme endurance sports (5K swim, 100 mile walk). But yes, I DO look back on my life and think…”dang, was that really me?”

One other mom story I was a pretty self righteous little shit (ok, one that weighed 200-220 lbs) and my mom caught me saying derogatory things about prostitutes. She tried to explain that I really wasn’t fit to make such harsh judgments..and she knew how to talk to me. She assigned me to read The World of Suzie Wong by Richard Mason..to give me some insight into a type of life that I never knew firsthand. It helped.

And so, I will continue to miss my mom’s company, our long talks and her wisdom about the ups and downs of life.

May 13, 2018 Posted by | books, family, walking | | Leave a comment

Cleveland trip..

Workout notes: 4 miles on the treadmill in 46:40; 3 run in 32:50; 33:50 for 3.1 (breaker trip at 2.55 at 28:10; 6.1-6.2 to get to 3.1, then walked.

Later: Rocky River Park stairs (note: 2 minutes per uphill walk, steady, not fast, but deliberate).

Overall, it was a nice visit with Olivia and Barbara was great company as well.

Yesterday: Greater Cleveland Aquarium and Brunos.

Today: Rocky River Nature Preserve and lunch, and Half Price books.

We took a trolley tour of Cleveland afterward. Note the colorful blue paint on the bridge.

They had all sorts of fish.

Note the size of this fish..it could take air from the surface too.

The shark tank was interesting.

Yes, you could put your hand in the water to pet the stingrays.

Handsome toad.

At Brunos.

At Rocky River

The Nature Center has lots of rocking chairs and some animal exhibits.

The Stairs: 2 minute walk up. I did this 3 times, just for the heck of it (some ice still left). Great views from the top.

March 18, 2018 Posted by | family, hiking, running, travel, walking | , | Leave a comment

To Cleveland…

I’ll post a few photos later. But yesterday we drove to Cleveland for a short visit.

Yesterday: weighed just under 199 prior to my workout: weights only; 5 sets of 10 pull ups (ok), bench press: 10 x 135, 4 x 185, decline 8 x 165, incline 10 x 140, military: 10 x 50 standing, 15 x 50 seated, supported, 10 x 45, rows; 3 sets of 10 x 50.
abs: twist crunch 50, 24, moving bridge (3 sets of 10), yoga leg lifts (2 sets of 10), headstand, plank (2:15), side plank.
usual pt.

Today: 3.11 miles on the treadmill: 33:54; 32:53 at 3. Lady helped me see the power strip was not turned on…foot felt ok.

Oh heck, here are Instagram photos:

Coffee

Outside of the city aquarium

Exhibits 1
Exhibits 2
Exhibits 3 (they let us reach into the stingray pond.
Italian food afterward

March 16, 2018 Posted by | family, running, travel, weight training | Leave a comment

Back in Peoria

Drive: ok from Kentucky to the Indiana/Illinois State line.
Sucked from the state line to Peoria; rural parts were ok but Bloomington and Peoria sucked.

Time in Kentucky: ah…more later. The people I spent time with: elderly but mentally fit, elderly, physically incapacitated and mentally unfit, and physically fit but mentally limited.
Not what I am used to.

I did get to watch the Navy vs. Virginia Military Bowl. Navy played great!

More later.

Home: shoveled; going to be frigid tonight.

Photos:

The drive

First morning: 4.3 miles on a dark, cold trail



Second morning: 4.3 run on the same trail

Briskets! (and Colts hat)

Haircut. The lady who cut my hair “liked” my Instagram photo.

Eastern Kentucky: I went there because they had a small Barns and Nobel bookshop.

Nothing to add to this one.

Workout notes:

Wednesday: 4 mile walk on a bike path. 4 plus really. It was part of the Artisan Bike Path.
Thursday: 4 mile “run” on the same path.
Friday: 2 mile treadmill run in 21:22 (second mile was 9:22; increasing pace)

December 30, 2017 Posted by | family, running, travel, walking | Leave a comment

My Thanksgiving 2017 post..

TL;DR rambling to follow.

My feelings about Thanksgiving continue to evolve.

1. Eating: yes, I can understand why stuffing yourself might have had an appeal, back in the days of scarcity. But I live in an affluent society and I can overeat at any time. And frankly, the feeling of an overfull belly just has no appeal. I just don’t want to. Now, there are some foods that I might eat that I don’t normally (e. g. stuffing).

2. Time off of work: yes, I do like that, though I spent some of the holiday working (trying to make sense of a calculation that I was doing improperly; I enjoyed having the time to focus). And I plan on enjoying two “live” football games this weekend, though “my” teams are likely to lose.

3. Socializing: well, both of my parents are dead, and my daughter lives a healthy distance away, and she really didn’t “grow up” here, so to speak (I was the non-custodial parent). So, aside from my daughter, I really have no family (aside from a few cousins, a couple who I really, really like but don’t see much of due to distance). The local family is my wife’s. And….she invites her mentally retarded adult nephew to stay with us. So…. well, let’s just say that I got what I wanted two days ago; 6 blessed hours with great company, 4 of those while running/walking. That made the break worth it. 🙂

Side note: I think that smart phones are the old “photo albums”; we had a good old time showing each other our photos on our phones.

But whether I like someone or not has little to do with genetic distance or the genetic distance to others. So, for me, this is more or less a duty.

We ate at a Chinese restaurant (which offered turkey and stuffing) yesterday and we noticed an elderly woman (who appeared to be reasonably well off) who was eating by herself. My wife seemed to feel bad for her, but to me, I *thought* that I saw the joy of “finally, some me time” to her face (possibly caretaking someone else?) Solitude is not bad, when it is optional or a treat.
But alas, loneliness is real and a genuine health risk.

Where I am different is that my remedy for loneliness is the companionship with a small number of people (say, 1-3 others). I love “couples dates” or “1-on-1” outings.

4. Personal prejudice: yes, I have these; I really do not like underachievement. Now, of course, there are many reasons for this, not all of which are under the control of the person. And, some whose company that I now LOVE to hang out with had periods in their life where they weren’t doing so well for one reason or another (abuse, poverty, sickness, among other things). So, things change, and sometimes they change for the better. Looking down on someone while they are down never helps anything, and if I want to enhance my self esteem, I should improve myself so I can have something to feel good about.

5. Others: I do know that there is some pain during the holidays (dead family, divorces, acrimonious family splits, genuine loneliness for some). And there are those on duty (e. g., when I was in the Navy, or when my dad was in the Air Force, first responders, etc.).

Workout notes: yesterday, slow 4.2 mile run on the Cornstalk classic course. Today: weights: rotator cuff, 5 sets of 10 pull ups (first 3-4 went very well), bench press: 10 x 135, 5 x 185 (wanted 6, didn’t risk it in the empty gym), 2 x 170, 1 x 170 (not sure what happened here), incline: 10 x 135, military (standing dumbbell) 10 x 50, 10 x 45, 20 x 40, dumbbell rows: 2 sets of 10 x 50, 10 x 60 (single arm).

November 24, 2017 Posted by | family, Friends, social/political, walking, weight training | Leave a comment

To Baldwin Wallace and Back…

And my daughter graduated college.

In front of her new apartment building…

Olivia and Me

Parents with new graduate

Daughter with mom

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.

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.

pull ups, rotator cuff
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)
rotator cuff
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