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River Run 2015: tough competition; I fall further back.

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Yes, over 1 minute slower than last year; 53/109, 2/3 AG, 38/57 among the males. But for a change, we had some younger, faster runners show up.

Past years: 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013., 2014

mile 2009 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
1 7:35 8:19 8:08 8:03 7:54 8:07
2 8:43 8:49 8:07 8:01 7:56 8:15
3.1 9:21 9:48 8:47 8:52 8:52 9:21
final 25:40 26:56 25:03 24:56 24:42 25:45
place 82/148 144/283 89/255 71/258 47/146 53/109

Notes: missed 2010 (knee surgery year), 2009 was after the Rockford Marathon (5:14, walking), 2011 was after the Crud 8 hour trail event, 2012 was a week after a 7 hour walking marathon, 2013 was a week after a marathon; 2014 was the week after a hard half marathon powerwalk. All days were reasonable days to run.

Today, it was 64 F, moderate humidity; a “no excuses” day.

I felt slow and tight upon trying to warm up; it took me 13-15 minutes to start feeling good. But then I was ready; as ready as I would be this year.
It seemed as if the entire field pulled away from me; I was tracking Pat and stayed with her for about 2 miles; we chatted some. Afterward she mentioned my “heavy breathing on her neck” though I was not THAT close. I saw Dianne and Jerry up ahead but they were to finish under 25 minutes; roughly where I was last year.

I didn’t feel that bad in mile 1 and at mile 2 I gave some thought to perhaps having a kick; that idea faded at 17-18 minutes into the race. It was all I could do to keep moving forward; my last mile was around 8:34 or so.

It isn’t as if I am not trying; I wonder if I have gained 3-4 pounds over the first part of the year; I was 184 after breakfast last Monday and 186 yesterday morning. But what is unusual is that I am not feeling that on pull ups; my pull ups are actually stronger than they were earlier in the year when I was slightly lighter.

AmusingI stayed at watched the winners of the various age groups go up and get awards. I was amused: in my age group, both guys who were there had to straighten their backs when they got up after sitting; it seems that bad backs correlate with age. :-)

7 March 24:42 for 2.87 miles (about 26:45 for 5K) (recent illness) 39 of 83 (college students)
21 March 25:27 for 5K 71 of 269
28 March 25:50 5K (26 F) 15 of 68
11 April: 26:14 5K (some hills) 42 of 153
18 April: 25:45 5K or 9 of 105 Kidney 5K
2 May: 26:59 Run to Remember (collapse final mile)
9 May: Race for the Cure: 26:14.
23 May: River Run 25:45

This is what last year looked like (through May). I am certainly slower but I am not as far along on training; last year I had more “hard miles” under my belt by this time.

31 May: Family House 5K 26:50 (fell down)
24 May: River Run 5K (certified) 24:42 5K
10 May: Race For the Cure 25:27 5K
3 May Run to Remember 24:17 5K .
26 April: 26:47 5K (Bradley soccer 5K)
19 April: 23:27 2.96 (24:40 5K, or 23:45 3 mile)
5 April 22:31 (2.8 miles) 25:05 5K
29 March CIDA 25:09 5K
1 March: 27:27 for 3.25 miles: 26:10 5K.

5K (or close)

2012 2013
25:47 Yates City. 26:05 Yates City
25:42 Brimfield: 7:56, 8:10, 8:44, 0:51
27:59 Aug. 5: Math Fest 5K 26:56 Rocket Run July 20: 8:27, 8:42, 9:46
26:07 Run for the Health of it July 14 8:28 8:49, 8:49 (AG) 26:32 5K run for the health of it July 13 (AG) 8:03, 8:02, 10:26
27:46 July 4 Firecracker 8:09 8:43 10:53 27:40 July 4 Firecracker
25:03 May 26 River Run 8:08, 8:07, 8:47 24:56 May 25 River Run
25:13 Race for the Cure May 12 (8:25, 7:34, 9:12) (AG) 25:48 Race for the Cure May 11
24:34 May 5 Run to Remember (7:54, 7:45, 8:54) 26:12 (3.18?) May 4: Sam Fan 5K
25:41 Bradley U. April 28 25:29 (hilly) 20 April: BU women soccer 5K
25:14 CIDA March 31 (8:27, 8:17, 8:29) (AG) 25:14 March 23: New Interplanetary 5K
25:08 Interplanatary March 24 (8:14, 8:19, 8:34) (AG) 27:04 (3.25?) 2 March: 5K Jack Kenney (AG)

May 23, 2015 Posted by | running | , , | Leave a comment

Slow but sure

Yes, I did something incredibly stupid. You can find out what I did here (a list of “most” of my very long races; the Netherlands 24 and Houston 24 walks are missing)

But this morning, I did a very leisurely 10K run; the day was perfect and the course was pretty. And oh my goodness I was slow.

Last night I did 3 miles with Cathie (no group members showed); I had thought about going with the 9 minute training group, but they warmed up too fast for me to stay with them! Yes, my 5Ks are in the 8:00-8:20 range and I’ve done 4 mile training runs faster than 9 mpm, but my warm ups are ALWAYS slow; 11-11:30 mpm at the fastest. I just can’t move very well when I start out.

Ok, I should go outside and do something useful.

May 21, 2015 Posted by | running | , | Leave a comment

More Krugman…

Workout notes On my own: I did the Cornstalk 8.1 in 1:28:44 (44:34/44:10); slow and it was chilly ….just perfect running weather. It was basically a “no effort expended” run, at least until my last mile.

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I saw the university women’s track team headed toward me; they said “hi” as usual and I just wanted to disappear. The contrast between them and me was stark. :-)

That is another sign of age: 32-33 years ago I WANTED people to see me run. Now I want to be invisible. :-)

But it was very enjoyable…probably due to the chilly conditions.

Later: I walked just over 2 miles with Barbara and Olivia (about 20 minutes per mile).

Krugman

I like these articles mostly because of the reasoning that they display.

First, the main factor in the decline of US manufacturing is NOT trade imbalance.

Yes, cutting spending during a recession stalls growth. Here, Paul Krugman gets exasperated by some being unable to understand the difference between the economy’s level and its growth rate; that is, being unable to distinguish between a function and its derivative.

Now he attacks those who are supporting the TPP “fast track” by using bad reasoning:

And the selling of TPP just keeps getting worse.

William Daley’s pro-TPP op-ed in today’s Times is just awful, on multiple levels. No acknowledgment that the real arguments are not about trade but about intellectual property and dispute settlement; on top of that a crude mercantilist claim that trade liberalization is good because it means more exports; some Dean Baker bait with numbers — $31 billion in trade surplus! All of 0.2 percent of GDP!

But what really annoyed me, even if it’s not necessarily the worst bit, was this:

But today, of the 40 largest economies, the United States ranks 39th in the share of our gross domestic product that comes from exports. This is because our products face very high barriers to entry overseas in the form of tariffs, quotas and outright discrimination.

Actually, no. We have a low export share because we’re a big country. Here’s population versus exports as a percentage of GDP for OECD countries:

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May 19, 2015 Posted by | economics, economy, family, mathematics, running | , | Leave a comment

The BS goes on and doesn’t stop until death…

Workout notes: 4 mile run on the treadmill. I had thought about going outside and started outside, but the knees hurt just a little so I thought that a softer surface would help. And it did.

It took 42:35 which, these-a-days, while not a great run, is, for me, a decent run. I was ok with it.

Today’s BS

One down…one to go. The “one down” is graduation exercises.

Sometimes, I think “ok, the BS finally stops TODAY” but, in reality, it WILL stop one day: the day of my death. Until then; well, it is a principle of life.

The graduation was dreadful; it went on for 75 minutes before they finally got to the students. Our outgoing president took away 16 more minutes of my life; the only saving thing is that I saw a couple of our stronger students (who I was proud of) and I got to give one a “thumbs up”. And some were creative; one had a unicorn horn on her cap; another had her “service dog” which also had a cap.

Our president asked those in the audience not to make noise (whoop, holler, clap) and of course, many in the crowd did. At times, it became a contest.

Afterward, there was a short commissioning ceremony for a couple of ROTC graduates. My feelings are mixed; I wonder if the military stuff ought to be kept separate as we are not a military school. I do wonder about the standing ovation; remember that these guys haven’t actually done anything yet; this is not the case of giving an ovation to those who have served in combat.

As far as faculty: yeah, there was almost half a “faculty row” empty, and yes, when you arrived, there was someone checking your name off of a list (allegedly for security but…)

Well, this is one rock taken out of the shoe and, for me, the semester is finally over.

May 16, 2015 Posted by | Personal Issues, running | | Leave a comment

Misunderstandings…social, political and personal

Workout notes: damp, humid (80 percent), 67 F and it took me 1:33:27 to do my 8.1 mile course; my “pick it up” final mile was 11 minutes! I was about 45:40 half way; this was…well, less than a strenuous effort.

But..this effort is well in line with what the Oregon Pace Wizard has for someone who does a 25:30 5K.

easypace

That is reality. Yes, I enjoyed the run, but at times, well…if I went any slower, I’d be growing moss.

Topics
Final exams: some students have trouble understanding that their grades are

1. something that they earn and
2. reflect their performance and not what they think that they deserve.

Well, I might understand a 18-20 year old having trouble with the concept. Unfortunately, all too often, parents and administrators have trouble with this concept as well.

Misunderstanding

Some conservatives don’t like what Michelle Obama said here:

Or here.:

“You see, there are so many kids in this country who look at places like museums and concert halls and other cultural centers and they think to themselves, well, that’s not a place for me, for someone who looks like me, for someone who comes from my neighborhood. In fact, I guarantee you that right now, there are kids living less than a mile from here who would never in a million years dream that they would be welcome in this museum.”

Then, she went on to laud the Whitney for its efforts at inclusion and diversity: “And with this inaugural exhibition, the Whitney is really sending the same message to young people and to people of every background across this country. You’re telling them that their story is part of the American story, and that they deserve to be seen. And you’re sending that message not just with the art you display, but with the educational programming you run here. You’re reaching out to kids from all backgrounds, exposing them to the arts, showing them that they have something to contribute.”

It was a rather mild, if not flattering way to acknowledge a disparity while also encouraging efforts to counter it.

It is true; sometimes we are “class bound” when it comes to thinking “this activity isn’t for people like me”. In fact, it is useful to inform people that “yes, this place is for you too, IF you want it to be.” As far as the video, I hear what she is saying and I think that her message is positive.

She isn’t making excuses; she is acknowledging the discomfort that some of our neighbors have to push through.

Tribes

gunsign

To me, this is a sign about what sort of people this business wishes to attract and that they wish to keep people like me away; it is a nice signal for me to look elsewhere. I have no problem with it.

May 15, 2015 Posted by | politics, politics/social, running, social/political | Leave a comment

not quite done yet…

AM: hotel elliptical 3.0 miles (picked it up at the end); got kind of sore.
PM: 3.27 miles with the group; 42:53 (13:07 mpm for 3.27 miles); that included 5 minutes of easy walking.

My knees barked at me at first (too much driving) but then loosened up. We had a good time.

I am home with daughter; I still have one set of final exam papers to grade.

Political Fun: Hillary Clinton and yoga pants. really.

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May 14, 2015 Posted by | political humor, politics, running, travel | Leave a comment

Travel thoughts (on the way back)

Workout notes: hotel: 5 minutes elliptical (someone on the treadmill) 22:40 on the treadmill (5 minutes at 11 minutes per mile, then 1 mile in 8:54 (.5 at 6.7, .5 at 6.8), 1 mile in 8:13 (.25 at 7, 7.2, 7.4, 7.6) then 1 mile on the exercise bike to cool down.

Drove to pick up Olivia and we are headed back and holed up for the night.

Travel Thoughts
Large truck traffic is out of control on I-80. Sometimes there are so many trucks that it looks like a freight train….driving is basically moving from one truck clog to another. It is terrible. Even worse: they block your vision of some of the highway signs.

But apart from the trucks …well..there was little BUT truck traffic on this toll road. Remember the song “Convoy” (1970’s, I think)?

Well now, it is the normal situation.

And of course, our highways are a joke; the truck traffic plus shoddy construction means that the IH highways are ALWAYS under repair.

Seriously, I really find long distance driving to be unpleasant and more unpleasant by the year.

Mapquest If it gives you some “short cut” to get somewhere; avoid it. It mapped me over several miles of 35 mph road that appeared to look like multi-lane highways.Ooops, I looked at the map and I turned the wrong way and hence didn’t see the street that it was trying to take me to. If you are like me, it helps to see the local map in advance. *I* was the moron here.

Travel stops Many of these have internet. And at one stop, I saw a large group of Amish people traveling. I didn’t want to stare as they are people and not an amusement part attraction. But I did find their clothes (men and women alike) to be interesting.

May 13, 2015 Posted by | running, travel | , , | Leave a comment

Race for the Cure 2015: stopping the performance bleeding

Overcast, 64 F, 84 % humidity.
8:39, 8:02 (16:42), 9:32 (26:14) Worst as a runner, but I was ok with it. Previous Race For the Cure:

My journey to infinity continues, with a slight “hiccup”

Split 2009 2012 2013 2014 2015
Mile One 8:15 8:25 8:18 8:18 8:39
Mile Two 7:11 7:34 7:56 7:25 8:02
Final 1.1 9:03 9:12 9:34 9:43 9:32
Time 24:29 25:13 25:48 25:27 26:14

2009
2012
2013
2014

If I can take away anything positive it is that I did NOT collapse at the end; I kept running hard. And, I was significantly faster than I was last week, even though last week’s course is a much faster one. I felt better going into the race.

I drove to the Kroger parking lot and jogged almost 1 mile to the Notre Dame high school track, where I met my department chair. We jogged another mile and I was ready to go. Once again, I had mistakenly signed up as a “walker” but I ran with the runners.

Spooked by last week’s bad race and wary of the high humidity (84 percent, though it was only 64 F) I took it relatively easy going up the big hill. I am always slow in that mile; today I was especially slow. The next mile is downhill and it wasn’t fast enough; I was still working. The last part: I let one target get away from me; actually a couple of them. But I kept the pace reasonably steady and had my fasted “final 1.1″ over the past 3 years. But it wasn’t enough to overcome my slow start.

But overall, I am feeling better.

Mat and I walked to the car and I drove him home; ate a quick bite and made it to the weight room:
Start: super set of pull ups (3 sets of 10), rows (3 sets of 10 x 110), machine military presses (3 sets of 10 x 100 each arm), pull down (3 sets of 10 with 150)
Rotator cuff and the final two sets of 10 pull ups (5 sets of 10 total)
bench press 10 x 135, 10 x 145, 10 x 150 (not that easy); rotator cuff rest.

That was 45-50 minutes worth.

Oh well…I knew that there would come a time when I would savor breaking 26 minutes, and that time is here. And, there isn’t a damned thing I can do about it.
But on the other hand, I knew that I paced myself well and I ran hard, and that is all I can ask of myself.

7 March 24:42 for 2.87 miles (about 26:45 for 5K) (recent illness) 39 of 83 (college students)
21 March 25:27 for 5K 71 of 269
28 March 25:50 5K (26 F) 15 of 68
11 April: 26:14 5K (some hills) 42 of 153
18 April: 25:45 5K or 9 of 105 Kidney 5K
2 May: 26:59 Run to Remember (collapse final mile)
9 May: Race for the Cure: 26:14.

This is what last year looked like (through May). I am certainly slower but I am not as far along on training; last year I had more “hard miles” under my belt by this time.

31 May: Family House 5K 26:50 (fell down)
24 May: River Run 5K (certified) 24:42 5K
10 May: Race For the Cure 25:27 5K
3 May Run to Remember 24:17 5K .
26 April: 26:47 5K (Bradley soccer 5K)
19 April: 23:27 2.96 (24:40 5K, or 23:45 3 mile)
5 April 22:31 (2.8 miles) 25:05 5K
29 March CIDA 25:09 5K
1 March: 27:27 for 3.25 miles: 26:10 5K.

5K (or close)

2012 2013
25:47 Yates City. 26:05 Yates City
25:42 Brimfield: 7:56, 8:10, 8:44, 0:51
27:59 Aug. 5: Math Fest 5K 26:56 Rocket Run July 20: 8:27, 8:42, 9:46
26:07 Run for the Health of it July 14 8:28 8:49, 8:49 (AG) 26:32 5K run for the health of it July 13 (AG) 8:03, 8:02, 10:26
27:46 July 4 Firecracker 8:09 8:43 10:53 27:40 July 4 Firecracker
25:03 May 26 River Run 8:08, 8:07, 8:47 24:56 May 25 River Run
25:13 Race for the Cure May 12 (8:25, 7:34, 9:12) (AG) 25:48 Race for the Cure May 11
24:34 May 5 Run to Remember (7:54, 7:45, 8:54) 26:12 (3.18?) May 4: Sam Fan 5K
25:41 Bradley U. April 28 25:29 (hilly) 20 April: BU women soccer 5K
25:14 CIDA March 31 (8:27, 8:17, 8:29) (AG) 25:14 March 23: New Interplanetary 5K
25:08 Interplanatary March 24 (8:14, 8:19, 8:34) (AG) 27:04 (3.25?) 2 March: 5K Jack Kenney (AG)

May 9, 2015 Posted by | Friends, running | , , , | 1 Comment

Workouts: working with others and other stuff

Workout notes: last night, 3 run/walk with the group; we went over the bridge.
Today: after my final exam, walked .3 to the start of Bradley park, 3 “slightly more than 1 mile” loops on the grass (almost exactly 13 minutes each; 39:18 total), 1.7 mile walk back.
In days past, those were 10-11 minute loops.

I felt the effects in my legs; my thighs worked. The knees complained some and the back got a bit stiff.

The night before, I took the group over the Bob Michael Bridge. It was hill work for them as they were not used to it. But this group is more intense than they were last year; they WANT to be challenged and they have told me that they enjoy it.

I did look with envy at the 9 minute per mile pace group: they did some speed work. Of course, the group leaders were younger and slender, as one might expect.
There was a time when 9 minute miles was an easy recovery pace for me…but that has NOT been true for several years now; perhaps a decade or so?

So, I am getting to the age where some of the pace groups are simply too fast for me to even think about leading. And frankly; our leaders are growing grayer each year; we need new blood.

May 8, 2015 Posted by | running | , | Leave a comment

You are not awesome. We are both rather average…

Workout notes
running only; I had set out to do a recovery run followed by my usual weight session. But the legs felt better than expected and so I just ran a moderate 8.1 miles (hilly Cornstalk course)

Time: 1:26:40 (43:29/43:11) which is in line with my previous “modest but not hard” efforts. I need to do more of these.
When I was coming up the upper Bradley Park hill the first time, some women’s track team members were doing hill repeats. I joked that I would “not show them up”.

Also, some young guy was going about the same duration of time that I was; he smiled at me and when we were going in the same direction, he blew past me as if I were running in place. Sigh.

One one hand I hate that I’ve slowed so damned much. On the other hand, I am grateful that I can run at all, at it doesn’t feel that different to me. It is as if all of my courses have been “stretched out”.

Get off of my lawn
Of of my pet peeves is the way that language has changed. I really don’t like the overuse of the word “awesome”. When I grew up, “awesome” meant something awe inspiring; completely out of the ordinary. Now it means “I like that”.

But that isn’t going to change; eventually the convention will change to something different.

May 5, 2015 Posted by | running | , , | Leave a comment

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