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Long and lonely

The top is me at mile 20 at the 1998 Quad Cities Marathon (hot day…) and the latter is me at about mile 8 of the 2018 version. Former finish time: 3:55 (my course PR is 3:45). This year: 6:14 as a walker. That is basically a 2 hour and 20 minute difference or a degradation of 7 minutes per year (ok, different forms of locomotion).

Both versions of the course take you off of Arsenal Island and across the Mississippi River and very close to the finish line (perhaps .25-.3 miles or so) and out on a looooong out and back; the 1998 version had you doing a 9 mile out and back. The current version: “only” 6 miles.

But this enables you to see those who are finishing.

Interestingly enough, I would not have seen my younger self as I exited the bridge at 4:40 or so. I might have had a glimpse of my 2002 self (4:44 walking marathon) but my 1998 and 1999 running self would have been finished 45-60 minutes earlier. I did see the 5:00 pace group and most who finished between, say, 5-6 hours.

But as for me and my journey..total loneliness! I checked the results: I passed exactly THREE people in this stretch (3 people in 6 miles!) and ZERO passed me.

Yes, I was well under the published cut off (7 hours) and even under the more recent cut off (6:30) but the course was mostly deserted, save some very patient aid station volunteers, police and course monitors (who I WAS grateful for).

The course got somewhat empty in spots when I walked in the 5:13-5:35 range, but wow…after the half marathoners split off from the course, I was mostly by myself, save a few runners who had crashed.

I think that my training alone is good practice for this.

Workout notes weights, 1 mile on the AMT, 2 miles in lane 2 of the track (10:22/8:56 for 19:19).
rotator cuff pull ups 15-15-10-10, bench: 10 x 135, 3 x 185, incline: 10 x 135, decline: 5 x 170, military: 10 x 50 dumbbell, 10 x 45 dumbbell (both standing), 10 x 180 machine, rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110. Then , plank (2:30), side plank, then the AMT/run.

Weight (prior) 191.9. First time under 192 in a while. BUT I cannot kid myself; my muscle mass isn’t what it once was; I have more blubber at this weight than I did, say, 10 years ago. I should be a bit lighter (10-15 lb.?)

September 26, 2018 Posted by | marathons, running, weight training | Leave a comment

Why I’ve slowed…

This Sunday’s marathon (walking) took me 1 hour longer than the Rockford Marathon took me in 2009 (similar course, similar conditions). And it was about 24 minutes longer than the Peoria Marathon took me in 2015 (walking)

What is the deal?

I see my slowdown as a factor of:

1. aging.
2. weight gain (I am 192, up from 185 or so)
3. less mileage; I am doing about 80 percent of what I did in 2009 and 67 percent of what I was doing in 2004-2005 (body simply cannot handle more)
4. body changes; I am stiffer in some areas and cannot walk as efficiently as I once did.
5. Surgery: I had my 5’th knee operation in 2010 and I really haven’t been the same since; the body really nosedived in performance after that.

BUT: I am still happy with how I paced myself; this is perhaps the smartest marathon I’ve ever walked. I really stayed steady throughout.

Slow and steady doesn’t win you anything, but it can get you a finisher’s medal.

Note: my “half marathon walk” to “marathon walk” ratio appears to be a “more or less constant” 2.25. To get my predicted marathon time, double my half marathon time and add 25 percent.

Workout notes: still sort of sore (right hip especially); 15:30 on the AMT, 21:46 for 2 miles of running (11:30/10:16). That was enough. 192.7 before.

Current “Marathon and Beyond” list:

1980
Maryland Marathon: 3:33

1981
San Antonio Marathon 3:48

1983
East Lyme Marathon (CT) 4:24

1998 (2)
Quad Cities Marathon 3:55 (hot: 207 out of over 1000)
Chicago Marathon 3:46

1999
Quad Cities Marathon 3:45

2000 (2)
Lake Okoboji (IA) 4:25
Indianapolis Marathon 3:38

2001
Lake Geneva Marathon 3:40

2002 (4) (13 total)
San Diego Marathon 3:57 (run)
Fairfield (IA) 50K 6:22 (walk)
Quad Cities Marathon 4:44 (walk)
Rocket City Marathon 4:04 (run)
(injured going in; had to run/walk)

2003 (5) (18 total)
McNaughton 50K (run) 7:04
Ice Age 50K 7:18 (walk)
Park City Marathon (UT) 5:17 (walk)

Judy Birthday 50K (walk; informal-Fat ass type)
Quivering Quads (MO) 50K 8:11 (walk)

2004 (7) (25 total)
McNaughton 50 mile 12:46 (walk)
Cornbelt (IA) 24 hour (101 miles), walk
Wandleweekend (NED) 24 hour (88 miles) walk

Fairfield 50K 7:16 (walk)
Quad Cities Marathon 5:13 (walk)
Chicago Ultra 50K 6:20 (walk)

Ultracentric (TX) 24 hour 81 miles (walk)

2005 (8) (33 total)
McNabb (IL) FatAss 50K 6:25 (run, sort of)
Chicago Ultra 50K (spring) 6:42 (walk)
McNaughton 100 34:16 (walk)
Andy Payne Marathon (OK) 5:25 (walk)
Lean Horse 100 (SD), 29:34 (walk)

Quad Cities Marathon 5:34 (walk)
Chicago Ultra 50K 6:29 (walk)
Ultracentric 24 hour 70 (walk)

2006 (5) (38 total)
McNabb (IL) FatAss 50K 6:37 (run, sort of)
Houston Ultra 24 hour 76 mile (walk)
Stigma 8 hour 27 mile (trail) (walk)
McNaughton (100 DNF), got to mile 50 then 20 more.
Ice Age 50K 7:36 (walk)
FANS 24 hour 83 miles (walk)

2007 (4) (42 total)
FANS 24 hour 66 mile (walk) (couldn’t train until 5-6 weeks prior)
FX 12 hour 34 mile (walk)
Farmdale 33 miles 9:27 (walk)
Ultracentric 24 hour 58 mile (walk)

2008 (3) (45 total)
McNaughton 50 mile (staged; 31:37 walk)
Andy Payne Marathon 6:16 (walk)
FANS 24 hour 47 miles (walk)

2009 (5) (50 total)
McNaughton 100 miler (47:45; staged, walk)
(brutal conditions; the drop out rate was astounding: 74 started the 100 and 27 finished; 47 started the 150 and 27 made it to 100 (including the 12 who finished all 150); in total 54 out of 121 starters made it to 100 miles and I was one of these)
Rockford Marathon 5:14 (walk)
FANS 24 hour 66 miles (walk)
Mulshoe 44 (DNF, ran out of time at mile 29) walk
Quad Cities Marathon 5:28 (walk)
McNot-aGain 30 mile 8:55 (walk)
(fought through injuries for these last two; almost no training was possible)

2010 (51)
McNotagain 30 mile 9:52 (knee surgery 3.5 months prior)

2011 (52)
Fans 24 hour: 54.5 miles

2012 (53)
We Walk Lake Wobegone marathon 6:58:58

2013 (54)
River City Marathon (run/walk) 5:44:55

2014 (55)
McNotAgain 30 9:54

2015 3 for the year (58 )
FANS 24 hour 59.9 miles

PNC River City Marathon (walk) 5:49:23

McNotAgain 30 (walk) 11:03

2016 2 for the year, (60 and counting)

FANS 24 hour walk 38 miles (35.9 in 10:40)

PNC marathon (run/walk) 5:52

2017 (1 50K finish and 2 DNFs): 36 Hours of Jack 50K (walk) 8:42:42 (7:15 marathon split)

2018: Quad Cities Marathon (walk) 6:14:11.

September 25, 2018 Posted by | marathons, running, walking | | Leave a comment

Damage control

I admit that I am a bit sore today; I was sore yesterday as well. My right hip is especially sore.

What I think: though I had some long walks, I didn’t have enough training miles to get through unscathed. I also note that my current marathon time it comparable to what my 50K walk time once was.
Life marches on. But: I got the pacing right (for a change).

I am about to do some light lower body work in an effort to overcome the soreness; it won’t be much (light jogging, some elliptical, stretching).

yesterday: weights and yoga class. Weights: full workout, lower intensity: rotator cuff, pull ups (5 sets of 10), bench: 10 x 135, 7 x 170, incline: 10 x 135, decline 8 x 155, military: 2 sets of 10 x 45 dumbbell standing, 10 x 180 machine, rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110. Abs: 2:30 plank. Later: yoga with T. I grunted and groaned my way through.

September 25, 2018 Posted by | marathons, weight training | Leave a comment

Quad Cities Marathon 2018: Improvement as a person

Ok, though I did finish a 50K last year (a very slow 50K on a gavel trail) I did DNF two attempts at walking marathons: Quad Cities and Peoria.

Reasons: a combination of obesity (over 200 lbs.), too many half marathon races and, in the Quad Cities case, a burning hot day.

And yes, I failed at Quad Cities in 2016 as well (albeit as a run/walker) and dropped to the half marathon in 2014 (due to a head cold).

So, I had not had much recent success at the Quad Cities; my last marathon finish there was in 2009. I had only DNF’s since (and one in 2007 as well).

I felt prepared going in…and this time we had PERFECT weather, just PERFECT. High 40’s at the start and cool but pleasant sunshine the rest of the way. And this time, I was determined to walk a sustainable pace.

Key splits: 1:24:59 at 10k, 3:04:20 at the half (one pit stop that I accidentally stopped my watch for), 4:43:56 at mile 20. Note: my final 10K and final half marathon were BOTH walked at a 14:30 pace; first half was walked at a 14:05 pace. Splits: 3:04/3:10. That is as good as it gets for me, given that I was basically all by myself for the final 10K; save a crashed runner here and there.

I was not the worse for wear upon finishing; tired and my legs hurt, but I wasn’t exhausted, nauseated, overheated, dehydrated, etc. I did eat 3 orange slices, a banana slice and 2 nutrition tablets after I finished.

How I improved Back in 2015, I actually did a bit better (5:49) on a similar day. But I was despondent and exhausted; I went out hard and held on. Yes, I was lighter (by about 7 lbs), 3 years younger and somewhat better trained for fast walking. And my 5K running speed was low 25’s as opposed to the 28-29 I run now.

This time, I stayed within what I could do, and kept telling myself “be content at where you are now”; I deliberately did not wish to be faster or for “mile X to be here by now. ”
It was about as Zen like as I get. Slow as hell, to be sure..but slow and steady; pacing was excellent.

And yes, there was that wonderful stretch along the Davenport bike path where the sun was at our back (and the cute spandex just shimmered and shined…)

But I won’t lie: I really do miss walking them in under 5 hours (or low 5’s) or running them in under 4 hours. I felt “special” to be able to keep the company of so many fit looking, (often younger) people.
Now..well, I am older and a whole lot slower and therefore no longer “fit in” with such a crowd, and I miss that.

Well, ok, when the marathon and half marathon split off, I rarely saw anyone at all; the field is very spread out at that pace.

But today..no matter who was around me, I “stayed with the plan” and just walked steadily and deliberately.

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My paceing (note: pit stop between mile 6 and 8: I stopped my watch and that lead to a discrepancy between my watch and chip, though this DOES reflect my actual walking “speed”.

2: 26:33 (fastest, by far)
4: 28:01
6: 27:27
8: 27:44
10: 28:38 (2:18:24 about 2:20 official)
12: 28:26
13.1 3:02:49 (3:04:20 official due to my stopping my watch at an early pit stop)
14: 15:58 + 13:02 =29:00
16: 28:26
18: 28:18
20: 29:43 (pit stop) 4:42:20 (4:43:56 official chip)
22: 29:18 (by myself here)
24: 28:38
26: 29:20 (very lonely here)
26.2 2:58 (6:12:36 walking time, 6:14:11 official chip time; about 1:35)

My past with Quad Cities:

Quad Cities History
1998: 3:55 as a runner (hot)
1999: 3:45 as a runner
2000: 1:40 for half of a relay
2001: 1:49 for half marathon (week after giving blood)
2002: 4:44 marathon as a walker
2004: 5:12 marathon as a walker
2005: 5:34 marathon as a walker.
2007: DNF at mile 23 (walker)
2008: 2:25 half marathon (walker)
2009: 5:28 marathon (as a walker)
2010: 2:39 half marathon (as a walker; knee surgery in July).
2011: 2:22:27 (half marathon powerwalk)
2013: 2:20:59 as a runner
2014: 2:24:17 powerwalk.
2016 DNF mile 20 (run/walk) heat
2017 DNF mile 20 (walk) heat
2018: Marathon powerwalk 6:14:11.

Marathon finishes: 7. Half marathon finishes (one relay): 7, Marathon DNF: 3 (DNF at 23, 20, 20).

September 24, 2018 Posted by | marathons, walking | | 2 Comments

Taper mode and a way too early check of the weather

A guy can dream, can’t he?

It would be nice, but that is a week from now.

Yesterday: my “almost pi” pre-Chicago-trip run:

Yes, it was work…not super hard work, but work. Today: did a “just over 4 mile” walk; good enough. It was warm.

Plan: lift on Monday and Thursday, with short runs after. Short walks/runs on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Then..showtime. Ok, maybe not showtime but, if the predicted weather holds up, 5:50 if I have the most awesome day, and 6:15 if I just walk ok? 6:30 is a 15 minute pace and that should be doable.

September 16, 2018 Posted by | marathons, running, walking | Leave a comment

It is a cold

Dang it..but at least it is now rather than 3 weeks from now. So I took it easy: 4 miles at 15:30-16:00 mpm walking in glorious weather.

August 30, 2018 Posted by | illness, marathons, walking | Leave a comment

Not quite but

I was hoping to knock today’s walk “out of the park”. I did not. See last week.

I was up and gone right at 7 am or so. 61 F, 87 percent at the start, rising to 77 F, 52 percent and falling to 76, 50 percent humidity (as opposed to 70F 81 percent at the start, 73 F, 81 percent last week).

I did the 18.6 loop followed by a 1.7 loop:

2:45 (2:44 last week) to Northmore/Sheridan (15:18 average), 3:27:08 (3:25:34) at Glenn and Central (5 to go) (14:53) 14:35 to Forest Hill (1 mile), 57:59 (58:33) for the final 4 miles home,(4:40:01 (4:38:44) for 18.6) then 25:34 (26:03) for the final 1.7: 5:05:35 (5:04:47) for 20.33. Hmmm, 48 seconds difference between weeks. This one was a bit tougher and took slightly more out of me; I think it was because I ate very lightly last night and ran out of fuel. But still, I finished slightly faster this time, albeit with a slightly slower overall time?

Today’s walk had lots of little frustrations: convoy of park district vehicles on the bike path, lots of “tour de Krispy Kreme” bike riders out and about, etc.

I was hoping for a big break-through but instead, held my ground.

July 28, 2018 Posted by | marathons, walking | Leave a comment

What to do?

Well, I am at a crossroads with some research. We shall see. I need to rewrite a large section. But the rewrite will be easier than the original.

Workout notes: 3 miles on the treadmill, 3.1 on the track. The track walk came after a break (TMI) and the treadmill run was 10 minute warm up, 10 minutes medium tempo, 10 minutes faster tempo (11:17, 21:06, 29:53; going 6.1 mph for the second 10, then 6.7 for 5 minutes, 6.8 for 3, 6.9 for 2).

Long goal: try to rebuild walking speed then focus on a 2 week cycle with main workouts as follows:

running tempo
walking pacing (sub 13 walking for 4-6 miles)
Then one long workout per week: one week building up to 15 with segments at “marathon walk” pace (say, sub 15 minute per mile walking), the next being a conventional getting in the distance (up to 18-20).
Sprinkle in a 5K here and there for social reasons (and this replaces the running tempo)

Aim for either Quad Cities (late September, 7 hour time limit) OR Des Moines (mid to late October, 7 hour time limit..if QC weather is hot). Tentative goal: 6:20 (14:30 mpm pace).

Now my plan is to get on the road shortly to check out the Normal Cornbelters (independent baseball; Frontier league; roughly low-A level of competition)

June 19, 2018 Posted by | marathons, running, walking | Leave a comment

Starting out grumpy but

This semester: all of my rooms have whiteboards! That means less worry about markers running out, though I might have to carry an emergency piece of chalk for the building next door.

The weight room had people in it again, and no, this wasn’t the “New Year’s Resolution” people; these are the regulars from last year.
Still, I got through my routine with no problems; I can’t ask for more than that. Ok, I could ask to be stronger and faster… 🙂

usual pt
pull ups: 5 sets of 10 (not that bad)
incline: 10 x 135, 4 x 160, 10 x 140 (good hips)
military: 2 sets of 10 x 50 standing, 10 x 180 (90 each arm) machine
rows: 2 sets of 10 x 50 each arm, 10 x 110 machine
abs: 1 set of 24 twist crunches (24 each side), 1 set of 10 yoga leg lifts, 1 minute plank (tougher than it sounds after the previous two sets)
head stand

Treadmill: walked 2 miles in 27:46 (15:00, 12:46) moving from 3.7 miles per hour and up .1 mph every 2 minute at 0.5 incline. Ironically, this was maybe 3-4 minutes longer than it would have taken me to jog this at an easy effort.

Decisions: there is a marathon in Arkansas over the first weekend in March. It does fill up, so I need to make a decision within a week or so. The flights to and from Little Rock work. No, I am not in shape, but there is a walking division and an 8 hour time limit and I’d be walking just to finish under the time limit..nothing else. Do I or don’t I?

January 17, 2018 Posted by | marathons, walking, weight training | Leave a comment

Current Marathon or Beyond List, 2017

1980
Maryland Marathon: 3:33

1981
San Antonio Marathon 3:48

1983
East Lyme Marathon (CT) 4:24

1998 (2)
Quad Cities Marathon 3:55 (hot: 207 out of over 1000)
Chicago Marathon 3:46

1999
Quad Cities Marathon 3:45

2000 (2)
Lake Okoboji (IA) 4:25
Indianapolis Marathon 3:38

2001
Lake Geneva Marathon 3:40

2002 (4) (13 total)
San Diego Marathon 3:57 (run)
Fairfield (IA) 50K 6:22 (walk)
Quad Cities Marathon 4:44 (walk)
Rocket City Marathon 4:04 (run)
(injured going in; had to run/walk)

2003 (5) (18 total)
McNaughton 50K (run) 7:04
Ice Age 50K 7:18 (walk)
Park City Marathon (UT) 5:17 (walk)

Judy Birthday 50K (walk; informal-Fat ass type)
Quivering Quads (MO) 50K 8:11 (walk)

2004 (7) (25 total)
McNaughton 50 mile 12:46 (walk)
Cornbelt (IA) 24 hour (101 miles), walk
Wandleweekend (NED) 24 hour (88 miles) walk

Fairfield 50K 7:16 (walk)
Quad Cities Marathon 5:13 (walk)
Chicago Ultra 50K 6:20 (walk)

Ultracentric (TX) 24 hour 81 miles (walk)

2005 (8) (33 total)
McNabb (IL) FatAss 50K 6:25 (run, sort of)
Chicago Ultra 50K (spring) 6:42 (walk)
McNaughton 100 34:16 (walk)
Andy Payne Marathon (OK) 5:25 (walk)
Lean Horse 100 (SD), 29:34 (walk)

Quad Cities Marathon 5:34 (walk)
Chicago Ultra 50K 6:29 (walk)
Ultracentric 24 hour 70 (walk)

2006 (5) (38 total)
McNabb (IL) FatAss 50K 6:37 (run, sort of)
Houston Ultra 24 hour 76 mile (walk)
Stigma 8 hour 27 mile (trail) (walk)
McNaughton (100 DNF), got to mile 50 then 20 more.
Ice Age 50K 7:36 (walk)
FANS 24 hour 83 miles (walk)

2007 (4) (42 total)
FANS 24 hour 66 mile (walk) (couldn’t train until 5-6 weeks prior)
FX 12 hour 34 mile (walk)
Farmdale 33 miles 9:27 (walk)
Ultracentric 24 hour 58 mile (walk)

2008 (3) (45 total)
McNaughton 50 mile (staged; 31:37 walk)
Andy Payne Marathon 6:16 (walk)
FANS 24 hour 47 miles (walk)

2009 (5) (50 total)
McNaughton 100 miler (47:45; staged, walk)
(brutal conditions; the drop out rate was astounding: 74 started the 100 and 27 finished; 47 started the 150 and 27 made it to 100 (including the 12 who finished all 150); in total 54 out of 121 starters made it to 100 miles and I was one of these)
Rockford Marathon 5:14 (walk)
FANS 24 hour 66 miles (walk)
Mulshoe 44 (DNF, ran out of time at mile 29) walk
Quad Cities Marathon 5:28 (walk)
McNot-aGain 30 mile 8:55 (walk)
(fought through injuries for these last two; almost no training was possible)

2010 (51)
McNotagain 30 mile 9:52 (knee surgery 3.5 months prior)

2011 (52)
Fans 24 hour: 54.5 miles

2012 (53)
We Walk Lake Wobegone marathon 6:58:58

2013 (54)
River City Marathon (run/walk) 5:44:55

2014 (55)
McNotAgain 30 9:54

2015 3 for the year (58 )
FANS 24 hour 59.9 miles

PNC River City Marathon (walk) 5:49:23

McNotAgain 30 (walk) 11:03

2016 2 for the year, (60 and counting)

FANS 24 hour walk 38 miles (35.9 in 10:40)

PNC marathon (run/walk) 5:52

2017: 2 DNF, one 50K
36 Hours of Jack Monkey Flunker 50K 8:42.

December 18, 2017 Posted by | marathons, running, ultra, walking | , | Leave a comment