Bridge to Bridge: 2018 version (nice race; gagging heat though)

Strangely enough, the highlight of my day was my teaching schedule. That went well. But I got up early to take Tracy to the Bridge to Bridge 4 mile (6.4 km) run; it was 72 F with 97 percent humidity. It was tough.

My race: I don’t know how accurate the splits were. I started out gently going up the small hill to the Bob Michael Bridge to East Peoria…trying not to get too caught up into it. I did chase a magenta leggings lady who was to beat me. 2 miles came about 18:58; then came the up ramp and the looooong uphill on the Cedar Street Bridge. That hurt. Still, no walking (though many thought that I was) until, ironically, I attempted to pick up the pace on the long flat stretch. I did that twice, briefly. I realized that I didn’t hurt THAT much so I kept aiming for landmarks ahead of me (stop sign, parked car, cone) and was able to keep going; the second half took 20:59 which I’d assume about a 10:20/10:40 break down? It was enough to get me in at 39:58 by the chip, my worst time ever.

BUT…I did get that cold last Wednesday and the heat, objectively, probably added 2 minutes or so.

Tracy got 1’st in her AG…picked up her award early and we made it back in plenty of time.

More photos of my friends (and the course, and me) are here.

2012 35:29 (4.2 miles)
2013 33:38
2014 34:37
2015 36:18
2016: 35:15 (easier course, very humid, long workout weekend)
2017: race not held
2018: 39:58: head cold plus 72 F, 97 percent humidity.

I do not like this trend. 🙂

September 4, 2018 Posted by | Friends, illness, running | | Leave a comment

Do we have an obligation to socialize with the unlikable?

Holidays: ok, if you know that someone doesn’t like you, are you still offended if they don’t show up to the family function? If so, why? If you knew that they didn’t like you, would you want to stay at their house or socialize with them?

Do you have an obligation to like someone else (family or not, or in-law?) Are you a bad person for not liking someone?

I think that these answers are not always that clear. And as to what makes someone “likable”…it isn’t always what we might be tempted to say on a survey, is it? Much of it has to do with..yes, physical attractiveness, health, wealth (enough to do stuff), etc. though I supposed we’d swear up and down that this isn’t true.

But it is my *guess* that we can look at someone’s photo and determine how easy it is for that individual to find people to socialize with (on the average; there will always be a few “exceptions to the general rule”).

Workout notes: weights, 4 mile walk in 54:40 (28:00, 26:40); increased the speed from 3.6 to 4.5 mph at an incline of 0.5 (15 min. first mile) then did 1-0-2-0-3-0-4-0 then 1 mile at 5.0, then a pyramid of sorts again.

weights: pull ups 15-15-10-10, (good), military (10 x 50 standing, 10 x 45, standing, 10 x 140 Hammer), rows: 2 sets of 10 x 70 dumbbell (that hurt), 10 x 110. Bench: 10 x 70 dumbbell, inline: 10 x 140, decline: 7 x 170.
abs (usual: 2:30 plank, boat, side plank, leg lifts, twist crunch).

Note: scratchy throat; burning nose; came on this afternoon…with sneezing at times. Allergies or cold coming on?

August 30, 2018 Posted by | Friends, social/political, walking, weight training | Leave a comment

Zoo run run gag…

It came up 72 F, 93 percent humidity at the start. It was gagging. I’ve never ran well on this course, and well, once again, I didn’t run that well. Part of it: I over-estimated what I was capable of on lap 1. Lap 3 was too slow, period. It was slippery in spots. BUT, I’ve always been just a bit slower on this course than on others (2-3 minutes, on the average).

But it was still a good time socially. And, Tracy had a great day, beating one rival and besting someone else who usually beats her.

Previous attempts on this course:

2016 30:01


2011 27:45

2010: walk: 32:47

August 25, 2018 Posted by | Friends, running | , , | Leave a comment

Chiefs/Distillers defeat Timberrattlers 3-2…minor league type game!

Now this was a game where it being minor league mattered. The Timberrattlers started a major league pitcher (Brewers) who went for about 2.5 innings and was throwing “I am glad that I am not trying to hit that” stuff. He struck out 4 and retired the first 7 batters he “contact” was a fly out. But he had his set number of pitches as was replaced …by a reliever who promptly gave up the tying run (Wisconsin hit a home run in the 3’d). Wisconsin took the lead in the 4’th thanks to a single, wild pitch and throwing error and sacrifice fly.

It took the Chiefs and inning to get it back. (home run). And so it went..though the Chiefs did blow one chance when a runner tried for home off of a shallow hit.

In the 10’th each team started their inning with a runner at second. In the case of the Chiefs: the runner was moved to 3’rd on a bunt and a walk loaded the bases. Wisconsin went to a 5 man shifted infield but a wild pitch allowed the winning run to score.

Vickie and Harry joined us.

Barbara made a new “friend”

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Barbara made a new friend. 😂

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and here is the weird shift:

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5 infielders. Bottom of 10th, runner at 3rd.

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July 28, 2018 Posted by | baseball, Friends | | Leave a comment

Tammy sped me up…without even being there!

There is something about walking with a better walker that stays with you for a while.

Yesterday, I did a slow slog (10.6 miles in 2:15)..allegedly “running”.

Today: decent weather (73 F, 64 percent at the start, 78F, 48 percent upon finishing) and I walked my 10.67 mile course in 2:27:49. The same course was 2:42 on May 16, in easier weather..with about the same effort.
Attitude and paying attention to technique made the difference, I think.

Put another way: today’s walk was 12 minutes slower than yesterday’s “run” for the same distance.

July 8, 2018 Posted by | Friends, walking | Leave a comment

An unusual walk with Tammy and Calvin

I had a real treat this afternoon. Tammy and her family (husband Loren, daughter Grace, son Calvin) stopped by Peoria and we enjoyed a nice lunch and got in 10K along the Rivertrail. Pace: 13:04 mpm. Note: Tammy is fast; she slowed down to walk with me.

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Two more.

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Of note:

1. We were actually offered marijuana on our trip (while we were on Abdington)

2. I got to get glances at her technique (still very good). Sometimes I mimic those around me and I hope a little bit rubbed off.

3. I also understood that I really don’t push myself enough on my walks. But I have to be intentional from the very start. Once I get in a “slow rhythm” it is hard to bust out of it.

July 7, 2018 Posted by | Friends, walking | Leave a comment

The hottest one yet…

I thought that last year’s Run for the Health of it was humid.

I thought that Steamboat was tough:

But this was downright absurd.

80 F, 94 percent humidity. This was San Antonio, Texas stuff. And I died.

place: 40/80 overall, 28/42 male, time: 30:55 (9:43, 9:51, 10:23 (2 walk breaks; brief), 0:56; realistically, I might have been able to squeeze 20 or so more seconds out. But I was drenched.
Tracy hung in there and finished looking better than I did.

My race: just tried to keep it steady and was reasonably successful for 2 miles before giving in before I started to feel bad. I did have some banter with others.


1997: 20:33 6:30, 6:25 (12:44) 7:38 (2016 age grade: 23:26)
2002: 22:04 6:54, 7:01 (13:55) 8:09 (age grade: 24:18)
2003 31:15 walk (9:28, 10:26, 11:20
2004: walked the 5K with Olivia.
2005: 23:08 7:22, 7:31 (14:53) 8:14 (age grade: 24:53)
2012: 26:07 8:28, 8:49 (17:18) (?), 8:49 for the last 1.1 (70, 88 percent humidity) 30 days after blood donation (ag 26:18)
2013: 26:32 8:03, 8:12 (16:15) 10:17 for last 1.1 (cool) 26 days after blood donation (ag 26:32)
2014: 27:41 8:39, 8:39 (17:18) 10:22 for the last 1.1 (73 F, 87 percent humidity) 12 days after blood donation. (ag: 26:44)
2015: 27:06 8:26, 8:40 (17:06), 10:00 for last 1.1, 65 F, 89 percent humidity. 30 days after 24 hour race. (ag: 26:58)
2016: 27:12 8:48, 8:53 (17:43), 9:29 for the last 1.1 66 F, 83 percent humidity; 30 days after 24 hour race.
2017: 30:07 9:00, 9:40 (18:40) 11:26, 64 F, 94 percent humidity.
2018: 30:55 9:43, 9:51 (19:34) 11:19, 80 F, 94 percent humidity.

July 1, 2018 Posted by | Friends, running | , , | Leave a comment

Readjustment of attitude

It was hot again. It was 79 F, 80 percent humidity when I started (close to 9 am, due to a late night) and 87 F, 71 percent humidity when I finished. Whew!
What I did: first 3.37 mile walk on the bike path/sidewalk at 15:30 mpm (went out at 16:15, came back under 15 trying to go a little less slowly) and then I stopped, wondering if I were too tired to do the rest.

I decided to try..and yes, I scaled back the effort. And yes, the rest of the walk (right around 7 miles) was fine..took a long time though. The lower loop of Forest Park Nature Center took about 1:16 (by time of day). There are 5 good uphill sections and several smaller inclines that I don’t notice unless I am fatigued. Today I noticed them. 🙂

One hiker joked that I should be running the hills…I just smiled and said “no, not today..nah nah nah nah…I killed myself yesterday” and he laughed. I was wearing the Steamboat t-shirt.

And that is the deal: I CAN move when it is hot and I am a bit tired…IF I adjust the effort accordingly.

My plan for the fall: do some slow 20 mile walks (5:20-5:30) and do some half marathon length walks in the 3-3:15 range (aiming to do these as effortlessly as possible) and aim for the Quad Cities in September….and drop down if it is another burning hot day. Climate change is playing havoc with my plans..though after looking up history..last year was unusually brutal, even by the standards of the past few years.

Steamboat photos from yesterday

Looking back, I wish I had just lined up at the 13 minutes per mile sign and walked from the get-go. Couda-wouda-shouda.

June 17, 2018 Posted by | Friends, walking | Leave a comment

2018 Steamboat: sweltering, sweet failure (and climate change is killing me)

Ok, I complain about this race every year (MY PERFORMANCE, not the execution of the race, which is always stellar). And today, I did far, far worse that I’ve ever done; more than 20 minutes slower than my walking PB, and I actually ran parts of it.

I’ll get into the reasons a bit later in this post; some are on me (the excess weight I am carrying) and some are unavoidable (injury earlier in the year, age, and the suffocating temperatures)

But I got to spend time with a friend that I don’t see nearly enough of and that made it MORE than worth it. I enjoyed the morning, even with my comically bad performance.

The race itself: I jogged out of the gun easily (so I thought) and was 10:55 at mile 1 and 22:15 at mile 2. Yes, I would have loved to have maintained anything resembling that pace. But I was already sweating and knew I wouldn’t last much longer, so I basically slow walked it (mixing in a bit of jogging here and there) the rest of the way. My 5K splits were a complete joke:


I did talk to a few fellow stragglers. I saw Tracy and Jason before the race, and Vickie handed me water just past mile 7.
But the highlight of the race was the social aspect. Lynnor met me at our house at 5:35 am; we visited and walked 2 miles to the start. We started together; I got ahead, she passed me just prior to mile 3 and it was “see you later”.

We had an ongoing “war of words” on Facebook and she (good naturedly) rubbed it in when she crushed me (2:01). We visited afterward and then walked 2 miles back, stopping at Starbucks for coffee and refreshments (my breakfast).

Bad performance on my part, but a good time nevertheless.

Usual: my feet sometimes hurt; it feels as if there is a rock in my shoe at times, even when there isn’t. But mostly, I kept the effort below the “risk getting sick” threshold. My left heel ached a bit afterward but really didn’t affect me during the race itself.

Reasons for my poor performance: too heavy (199, that is MY fault), too hot (I never did well in heat and I am getting worse), and I didn’t start running (and seriously walking again) until March. Even then, it was short stuff and my longer stuff has been “easy intensity” (16-17 mpm). If I am serious about a fall marathon (7 hour time limit), I need to lose 10 lbs. and to do some walking speedwork ..get comfortable with a 14 minute pace again. And I need to choose a race where the weather is likely to be cool. A day like last year’s Quad Cites: I’ll just drop to the half. I cannot handle heat for any length of time.

Photos: (more will follow)

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Before she kicked my butt!

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Before our warm up walk. Steamboat 15k.

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Lynnor took the finish photo. Note the shirt: I got that at a half marathon in 2014…that I ran in 2:15 (ok, in cool weather).

Climate ChangeThe historical average for this time of years (days within plus/minus 7 days of today) has been: Low 61, high 82, which would translate to about 63-64 at the 7 am start.

But here are the past few years (at 6:54 am via Weather Underground)

2011 70 F, 90% humidity (+6)
2012 74/68 (+10)
2013 68/73 (+4)
2014 56/84 (-8)
2015 68/78 (+4)
2016 67/66 (+3)
2017 73/90 (+9)
2018 76/82 (+12)

Climate change is kicking my butt in this race.

Race data: yes, there was a tiny bump up from last year, which was unusually small, by historical standards.

year 4m 15K 4k/2m big 2 all change 2 % change change all % change
2013 3124 866 98 3990 4088
2014 2613 776 111 3389 3500 -601 -0.150626566 -588 -0.143835616
2015 2443 805 156 3248 3404 -141 -0.041605193 -96 -0.027428571
2016 2347 822 157 3169 3326 -79 -0.02432266 -78 -0.022914219
2017 1781 666 151 2447 2598 -722 -0.227832124 -728 -0.218881539
2018 1859 653 122 2512 2634 +65 +.0266 36 +.0139

Past Results

1998: 15K 1:08:22 183/844 (sticky) Was running just under 20 for 5K in those days. 22:50/23:05/22:27, 29/71 AG
1999: 15K 1:07:53 place was a bit worse; roughly 20:40 for 5K in these days 22:38/23:01/22:13
2000: 4m 27:51 After a 10K/half marathon double and 1:35 half a few weeks earlier.
2001: 4m 29:13 Lake Geneva Marathon 3:40
2001: 15K 1:11:16 (126/381) Fall 15K 23:20/24:04/23:51
2002: 4m 43:15 (walk)
2002: 15K 1:14:33 (run; fall) 167/405 24:10/25:07/25:16
2004: 4m 33:10 (two 24 hour walks in May; 101 and 88)
2005: 15K 1:23:13 (26:40/27:39/28:43) McNaughton 100 in April, Marathon on Memorial Day.
2006: 4M 42:10 (walk), FANS 24 in June (83 miles)
2007: Walk with Barbara
2008: Walk with Barbara
2009: run 1:27:23 (9:22 mpm) Place: 519/726 29:21/29:49/28:43, 34/43 AG
2010: walk 4 miles 39:32.
2011: walk 15 km 1:48:02 37:12/36:24/34:26
2012: run 15 km 1:36:55 29:26/33:54/33:35 679/835
2013: 15K 1:29:04 (29:34/29:53/29:38) 40/50 AG, 552/866
2014: 1:29:57 (29:22/30:46/29:49)
2015: 1:34:28 (30:49/32:49/30:50) (2 weeks after FANS 59.9) 579/804, 376/461 males, 173/219 male masters, 36/43 AG
2016: 1:41:57: 31:40/34:37/35:40 667/822, 413/458 male, 196/221 master male, 30/33 AG.
2017: walk 1:55:52: 37:04/39:41/39:07 Just not in very good shape.
2018: 2:15:55 walk/jog…gave up after 2 miles and mostly walked (22:15). 39:20/48:19/48:16

June 16, 2018 Posted by | Friends, running, walking | , , , | Leave a comment

W. Peoria Jamboree 2018

Past: I frequently missed this due to travel, FANS and other long races.

Last night: 84 F, 63 percent humidity. I “warmed up” just a bit, started out with a 9:30 mile (seemed slow) but it wasn’t slow enough for the conditions. So 4 minutes into the second mile I gave up and went into the old “walk and jog”; I was not exhausted but I could feel the heat building up and my legs getting very, very heavy. So my goal was to avoid feeling bad and little else. I ended up going back and forth with Marty Baker just a bit (he finished 15 seconds ahead of me)

I’d jog, walk, jog, walk, etc. 9:31, 11:11, 11:42, 11:41. 44:07.

I am too fat to handle this heat. Oh well. And the problem is that, at my age, it takes so long to adjust the body. But I am going to try.
Socially: I really did enjoy it: Cassie, Mat, Larry, Crystal, saw Herb helping out as a monitor….Mr. Bill and of course Tracy, who went with me to eat Mexican food afterward. We wore our race t-shirts…and really didn’t coordinate ahead of time.

Trivia: I looked up the conditions on Weather Underground. in 1981 I did a 4’th of July race in the evening in San Antonio, TX. It was 86 F, 64 percent humidity. My time: 26:3x. Age matters.

I’ve done this race (same course) several times. I walked it in 2010 (47 minutes, cool weather)
But as a runner:

1997: 27:55
1998: 25:58
1999: 26:56
2005: 30:53
2012: 33:52
2014: 33:25
2017: 37:21
2018: 44:07 (pm race)

June 3, 2018 Posted by | Friends, running, Uncategorized | | Leave a comment