Well, our “fake spring” is over. Back to winter time, though the snow isn’t that bad for this time of year. But any is too much for me. :-)
So I took it indoors. 2 mile treadmill in 21:20, then I thought about trying 4 miles on the track. I was laboring in mile 2 and so I changed my mind and made it 5K (lane 2)
8:57, 8:46, 8:35 (26:19), 27:19. then I walked on the treadmill, starting at 3.9 mph and increasing every 2 minutes then playing between 12:15 and 11:45 mpm (mostly 12 mpm): 38:45 for 3, 40:02 for 3.11 (5K)
That was enough for today; it was far from stellar but …well, not that bad for 1 month after blood donation and for this not being a race.
Now to attempt to be productive.
Well, the weekend started on Friday when the Bradley women beat Evansville by 12. That was a great start.
So this morning I start out for a 15 mile run. It was 27 F at the start but it did warm up a bit; it took me 2:56 to do and I had to work through some rough patches at mile 12 or so.
Course: to Bass Pro, back to the trail and then to the “almost 3 mile mark; the little driveway before the angled road crossing and back.
1. While running over the Bob Michael Bridge (ON the sidewalk) I heard one honk. Then I saw a SUV honk a couple of times…and then someone evidently flipped me off (or flipping off another driver? It sure looked like it was aimed at me…) Hmmm.
2. On the trail toward East Peoria a “30-40 year old” woman passed me..not that fast. Perhaps she was doing 10 minute miles or thereabouts? She walked, I caught her, she caught me again and she stopped at Main Street in East Peoria. I kept going.
3. On the way back I had a rough patch or two where I wanted to mentally quit. I didn’t and it was ok.
Later, I shared Indian Buffet with a dear friend. We probably spent 1:30-1:45 there or so, just talking about many things. It was great food and great company.
We both had some professional work to do so both of us went to our respective offices.
I took some photos for “proof” (and to play along with a Facebook “back and forth” ). And Lynn, if you are reading this, yes, it is really that bad, most of the time. :-)
I did get one task done (need to do one more).
They raced out to a 33-23 lead at the half and left to a standing ovation. Indiana State came back to cut it to a 3 point lead. Bradley got it back to 9, but ISU came back again and it was all even with 3:3x left in the game. But BU played with poise, got some stops and hit some big free throws. It was a 4 point lead with 3x seconds to go, then only a 1, but BU held on and ended up winning 63-58.
Now the women go for the weekend sweep tomorrow (before the Super Bowl) and I’ll be there, this time with a friend.
So, I saw none of the Republican debate. Others did, and evidently it didn’t go that well for Marco Rubio. I’ll watch clips in the morning.
Today I ran the first 4 miles in 37:52 and did the final 2 in 17:19.(*) What happened?
1. I had planned to run the last 2 miles harder.
2. At mile 4 I was tempted to continue in this comfortable, cocoon type pace. But I thought: “you aren’t going to get in good enough shape to be checked out by the hot grannies at the races if you don’t go harder than this.”
3. Some college student thought that she could pass the old professor and I wanted to teach her a lesson (and yes, she couldn’t keep up).
(*) yes, I know that this is way slow by good runner standards. But I’m not a good runner. :-)
The run itself: nothing special, other than this is January 30 in Illinois, and the weather was sort of March-April like. It could not have been any better; no snow, very little ice, etc.
I started behind the Riverplex and took the Rivertrail path up to and through Peoria Heights, over the Knoxville bridge then to Northmoor (where Midstate College is) and then the sidewalk to the intersection of Sheridan and Northmoor. That was 7.15 miles (1:24). I then reversed course though I ran along Glenn to go through Tower Park where I could make a pit stop..then back along Prospect where I picked up the path again. It was 7.35 back (1:26).
Total time: 2:50:39. (11:46 mpm)
The emotions (the TL;DR part) Though I am aware of my surroundings (I don’t want to get run over by cars or hit by bicycles), I let my mind go when I run (shuffle, or whatever you call it).
Yes, I am grateful that I have the health and means to enjoy this activity. I was a grand day to be out there.
But yes, I regret that I am not better at it. On the way back I was passed by a pretty woman in black running tights; they had become quite clingy..but given how quickly she passed me and disappeared (8:30’ish pace?) I told myself “don’t even think about it”. Damn I hated myself for being so slow!
And when I finished ….I realized my time, 2:50, was for 14.5 miles. Back during my last sub 4 hour marathon (San Diego, 2002), I had covered 20 miles in the same amount of time. Sigh…
But as I exited the park, I saw T and some of her crew either getting ready to run or ..perhaps back from one? It doesn’t matter; T never knew Steve or Jerry; they were “before her time” as a local runner, so to speak. She is part of the “new” (to me) crop of running friends. Time for smiling.
Time and Providence is cruel as far as taking wonderful people out of my life, but they are also generous about adding new wonderful people to my life. I can’t help but “smile through the tears”.
Ok, enough of this; I am still stinky and I want to shower before the Bradley game (vs. Drake on ESPN 3).
Workout notes: 8 mile “run” on the Rivertrail to Glenn Oak Park, up Prospect and into Springdale to the Mausoleum and around that small loop. It was windy and just under freezing; not bad running weather though. The footing was mostly good.
Not shown is the small spur I did on the trail which parallels Perry Ave.; that was iced over so I turned around but I did enough to get 8.
Then I did 10 minutes on the elliptical and a few weightless squats to loosen up.
Note: while out on the “run” I found a dollar bill.
Walk of Shame I took a whole stack of books to the library; they were mostly for a project that didn’t work out. But I did check out a new book to look at something else and what did I find in that book?
I put it on social media but that isn’t exactly “like-bait” :-) But seeing that did remind me that I need to get moving. It has been too long since I’ve had one of these.
I am thinking about things and I have a mystery that I don’t understand…yet. For the mathematically inclined: it has to with speeding up the convergence of an alternating series by using Cesàro summation. For the first two examples I’ve tried (one conditionally convergent, one absolutely convergent), the convergence sped up by a constant multiplicative factor. That isn’t very good for computational purposes, but why “that” factor and not some other one?
One thing about today’s treadmill workout: the treadmills were mostly empty. There was ONE guy on one of the walls, using a middle treadmill.
I chose a treadmill at the far end of the other wall, deliberately away from as many people as possible, and away from the “scenic” view.
So when someone came in…they: Chose. The. Treadmill. Right. Next. To. Mine…..at the edge of the line of treadmills…one of the old, beat up treadmills too.
But that isn’t the best part. The best part is that the person who chose to be right next to me was a *very* attractive younger woman, all spandexed up.
Had I done that to her, I would have been accused of being creepy.
I sometimes to some thinking during my longer workouts.
Today, I wanted to run a “faster” pace and then walk a bit and get some sun.
Frog Boil: start 5.2 mph for 3 minutes and increase by 0.1 mph every 3 minutes.
I was at mile 4 in 41:03 and mile 6 in 58:36 (17:33 for final 2 miles), 10K in 1:00:30
3 mile walk on the track (to dry off my shirt) 43:21 (lane 2, Riverplex)
3 mile walk outside (Hooters to the start of the Marina and back; mostly snow/ice free) and some nice sun.
Total: 12 miles, or 23 miles for the weekend, or 38 running/walking for the week. 3100, 2200, 2650 yard swims, and 3 lifting sessions.
It isn’t much but it is a start, and my body is starting to perk up again.
Treadmill note: the gym was mostly empty and almost all of the treadmills were empty. So someone gets on…Right. Next. To. Me.
Ok, it was a very nice looking bespandexed younger woman so it wasn’t all bad…but why right next to me?
Title of the post I critique ideas and will continue to do so. And yes, I put my own ideas out there for critique; and sometimes they get published.
I’ll continue to critique ideas.
However I have an internal mean streak that sometimes surfaces and I get the urge to make a mean spirited “joke” at someone’s expense (e. g. via a meme, etc.)
That is almost always as sign that I am frustrated with my own life..and there is only one way to deal with that. I need to focus on my OWN shortcomings…and there are a LOT of those.
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