I remember back in 2001 reporting on a 10K run; I had…horrors or horrors…came perilously close to running over 50 minutes (44-45 was typical for me in those days). It was a hot weather summer 10K race in Wisconsin.
Well, I’ve finished 5K races in over 30 minutes before. Once, I was “running” in a snowstorm. Once, I went out too fast (charmed by Mamma T’s purple spandex) when I wasn’t in shape..and ended up doing the old “walk and jog” toward the end. And of course, I’ve walked them slower than that (judged 5K PR is 30:42; though I’ve gone under 30 in non-judged walks)
But today is the first time I “ran” a 5K, didn’t get sick and have to walk, and still failed to break 30 minutes (30:01)
Yes, I was one behind the median male, and just ahead of the median runner. Yes, conditions were brutal; it had just quit raining, the course was a bit slick in some downhill spots and..71 F with literally 100 percent humidity.
I could go on and on about being physically tired, doing long running/walking training, just getting into the semester routine, etc. But the splits tell the story; I just had no drive at all until the last loop. If I feel good during a 5K run, it means I am not giving it the appropriate amount of effort.
And as far as the fatigue: I think that I’ll try a 3 week taper prior to the Quad Cities…one more “big” training week.
BUT it isn’t all bad. I did see Kevin who used to burn up the local 5K courses; he won my age group with a time under 22 minutes. He still looks super athletic, even though he is my age (I look terrible right now)
More importantly, I had a delightful time with Tracy, especially after the race. The Zoo opened the animal exhibits to the runners and we took advantage …
Workout notes: ugh…legs were sore and …while not dead, did NOT feel good.
So I took it on the treadmill for 10K (6.21 miles), starting at 5.2 mph and increasing speed by .1 mph every 5 minutes until 50 minutes, then 6.2-6.5 for the last 10 minutes (increasing every 2.5 minutes). That got me to 5.75 miles in 1 hour, then to 10K in 1:04:40 (machine gives you 5 cool down minutes).
Then I walked outside. I didn’t time myself nor did I have my smart phone; I figured this was “about 2 miles”: ha ha ha ha!
Academia I applaud the University of Chicago for this. They notify their incoming freshmen that there are no “safe spaces”, “trigger warnings”, etc.
Friendship Yes, a lack of friends can be deadly. Ironically, those who complain to me about loneliness have done their best to make it impossible to be friends with them to begin with.🙂
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1.5 hour department meeting, plus an extra 20 minutes for us older folks…
Workout notes: run on the treadmill (to break in new shoes): 5 minute segments for the first 50 minutes (0.5 incline)
5.2-5.3-5.4-7.0-5.3-7.0-5.3-7.0-5.3-7.00, then walk jog for 4 minutes, 6.7 for 3, 6.8 for 2, 6.9, 7.0 for 1 minute each; 6 miles in 1:00:04
3 mile walk (I think) and it felt good…until I tried to get up after sitting down. It WAS work but work that left me feeling refreshed.
Time: about 52 minutes (by the time of day), or 15:0x ish minutes per mile, which felt like the pace I was walking.
Yesterday, weights only.
pull ups (5 sets of 10)
bench press: 10 x 135, 4 x 185, 8 x 170 (lazy)
inline press: 10 x 135
military press (all with dumbbells) 7 x 50 standing, 15 x 50 seated, supported, 10 x 40 standing
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 (each arm)
squats: lots of sets of 5 free squats (focus on posture), 2 sets of goblet squats with 25, leg press (1 set with 150)
abs: 2 set of 10 yoga leg lifts, 12 twist crunch
physical: got it done; PA said that I need more flexibility in my hamstrings and IT band. Note: I weigh what I did in 2013 (with shoes and clothes).
Today: there was a thunderstorm with threats of hail prior to my going out, so I opted to do a treadmill workout at the Riverplex
first hour: 5.2 mph, 1 mile, then for the next 4, I did .25 hill, .25 at 0.5. 1, 1, 1.5, 1.5, 2, 2, 2, 2
second hour: started at 5.2, 2, 2, 2, 2, and then I started to fall apart a little. I did some 5.3 run, 3.7-3.8 walk to get to 5.1 miles in 1 hour
third hour: 5.2 for one mile, then did run/walk (5.3, 3.7-3.8 for 0:30-1:00) to get to 5.01 miles in 1 hour.
I was a sweaty mess and very tired. While this wasn’t complete physical torture, it did play with my head and make me very tired.
Note: I got new running shoes; I’ll break them in during shorter runs.
Classes start Wednesday. I’ve made up some quiz templates.
Whew. I went on the treadmill to try to get some running at a non-survival pace. 20 minutes of 5.2-5.5 (every 5 minutes), 10 at 6.7, 10 at 6.8, (39:45) then walked to get to 54:55 (5 miles). I was drenched with sweat.
Yes, I shuffled a slow 5 yesterday. Trying to snap out of the “driving a lot” mode is tough; I can feel for the trucker who wants to stay in shape.
I did watch a baseball game last night; the Chiefs lost to Cedar Rapids 4-1.
The Chiefs lost talent to promotion but the new players have some time to jell with the rest of the team in time for the playoffs.
I also caught some boxing on replay; I watched the super heavyweight quarter finals; though the fighter from Nigeria lost, I think that he has talent that a trainer could bring out. And I saw a replay of the gold medal match in the heavyweight category; I think that the decision was highway robbery.
Yes, I made it home. I left Berea, Ohio (near Cleveland) at 4 pm eastern time, after having helped Olivia move into her new digs.
Aside: if you want a tough as nails padlock, I can recommend this padlock from S. Parker:
Olivia lost her lock keys. It took a professional locksmith, armed with drills, circular saws, bolt cutters and the like THIRTY MINUTES to break this lock open.
So I was on the road and had thoughts to driving straight through. But at 10:30 pm eastern time, I was in Crawfordsville, IN and was starting to see patterns in the road lights. So it was time to pack it in and find a motel.
Workout notes: 5 miles at noon; 84 F, 61 percent humidity. I kept is slow; did some weightless squats later.
Baseball game tonight?
Well, my daughter is here as is her bunny:
And during my run, I got a hug from “Mamma T”. So there is good going on…
But the “run”…OMG.
74 F isn’t that bad..but check out the humidity. 99 percent!!! Ugh…I was soaking wet by mile 8 or so…just drenched.
I added a spur in case the original course was short (it wasn’t).
3:16:33 was the time, 1:36:21/1:40:12 with the extra time on the return leg being due to the .2 mile spur plus…well, fatigue. I held up to it ok, though I felt as if I were running on “missing legs”; no leg strength at all. But that is what I could do today; I would have been in deep trouble had I 11 miles to go. Could I have done them in 2:40? Probably, but I would have had to do a LOT of walking.
Speaking of performance: I talked about having the ridiculous dream of being an athlete. Sadly, many parents push their kids in that direction…and the reality is that very few kids will even be Division 1 athletes, never mind professionals. If it isn’t in the genes, forget about it. But unsavory sports camp operators depend on parents having unrealistic aspirations.
Yes, I am a fan of youth sport and scholastic spots. Yes, I played them. But …your kid isn’t going to be a professional! Ever! (with probability .999). Play hard, have fun, and maybe, just maybe, your kid might find that they can find an activity that they love for life (me: running and weight lifting, which in turn lead to swimming, walking and hiking).
Math Fest: decent conference, but too much driving. Traffic and construction added time to the normally 5:45 hour drive. But my Google maps application helped me around one traffic jam on the way home. I did get some ideas to consider though.
Workout notes: 3.12 miles on the hotel treadmill in 30 minutes; 11:10 first mile then 17:50 for 2 miles. That was enough. I don’t think that I am caught up on sleep; I should dial back expectations for tomorrow’s longish run (maybe 14?)
Math note: I did look up something that I heard about during a talk and thought: “THAT got published?” That gives me more incentive to work on my current paper, which I think is better than some of the stuff I see in print. The editors might not agree though.🙂
Workout notes: day one in Columbus: first 3.12 on the treadmill (30 minutes); 11 minute warm up mile, followed by “barely under 18” minute 2 miles, plus enough to get to 30 minutes.
Later: I did a “sort of tour, sort of walk” to see some of the Ohio State campus.
This route ws 5.67 miles to get to the stadium; the rest wss getting to the car from the stadium.
This morning, I slept in and walked 5 miles over lunch (got VERY sweaty; died when I got into the air conditioned conference building afterward. It was 5.3 miles at 15:11 mpm (clock kept running as I waited at cross walks).
There is something I like about “almost urban” distance walking. I walked with a purpose, but I did stop at stoplights and one does have to watch for cracks in the sidewalk and other hazards.
The Peoria Chiefs lost to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 6-5 on Tuesday night. It was a rough start for the Chiefs. A hit put a runner on base but a pick-off took him off. The next batter was hit by a pitch and the next two batters hit back to back home runs! So, it was 3-0 Rattlers right at the start. Peoria did rally to take a 4-3 lead later in the game. But in the 7’th the Rattlers had three doubles which lead to a 6-4 lead; Peoria made it 6-5 in the bottom of the 8’th but couldn’t get closer.
This game featured a bit of everything including a balk and a spectacular run-down out when the Peoria catcher caught a Rattler runner leading off second base by too much.
Last night, the Columbus Clippers beat the Indianapolis Indians (AAA ball) 9-7, in a game that was delayed by 50 minutes due to rain..and went on for 3:20 or so. Still a crowd of 10,000 showed up.
The pitching was dreadful; between the two clubs there were 16 walks and 22 hits.
The first inning: the Clippers starter allowed hits and walks; he gave up one run and loaded the bases. He was relieved, and the the reliever gave up a grand slam home run on..either the first or second pitch. 5-0, right at the start!
But the Clippers fought back; it was 6-4 after two innings with the Clippers getting 1 run in the first and 3 more in the second. Finally in the 5’th, the Clippers took a 7-6 lead. Never mind that; in the top of the 8’th Indianapolis tied it, but left a lot of runners on base. The Clippers got 2 back in the bottom of the 8’th and then held on.
The fielding was better than class A; the hitting appeared to be better. But the pitching was disappointing; too many walks.
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