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At DWF airport…surviving IH-35 and Metroplex traffic..

Last night I had dinner and an informal outing with my daughter; I drove from Fort Worth to Austin to do this.
Now I am back in the DFW airport; the traffic on IH-35 and in the Metroplex area makes me nervous.

This morning: 4 mile run on the treadmill; there wasn’t much air conditioning in the small room and I was slowed a bit by the heat. I had intended to do 2-3 miles at under 9 minutes per mile but ended up being happy to make it to 42:51 for 4.

Then I drove up from Temple (where my hotel room was) to the airport.

I have some administrative tasks to do (one more week’s worth?) prior to getting back to some mathematics; I have so momentum that I need to capitalize on. Others told me that what I was doing was interesting; I saw others trying out some stuff I had talked about.

I had a couple of interesting personal things happen:

1. While at TCU I was walking to find a place for dinner. A blind lady (young graduate student came out); she asked me my name as I passed her and I asked if she wanted assistance. She said “yes” so she took my hand and I walked her to Fuzzy Taco. (I had eaten there the evening before). I ate at Dutch’s Hamburgers which was good; I had lunch 3 times at Salata; pricy but good.

Psychological note: the graduate student was sort of attractive and wearing very thin (transparent) white pants (reminded me of this). But I felt oddly guilty that I found her attractive; this is a guilt I don’t find when I see an attractive woman at, say, a race or in the gym. It was sort of a “she is blind so don’t look at her that way” sort of thing.

2. When I went to get gas (near Temple), as I pulled into the first station, the lights went out! I wasn’t sure if this was due to a storm or just the place closing.

Then I stopped about 1 mile away; they told me that they were still putting gas into their system form a tanker.

The third try was the charm.

Ok; it is getting time to go to the gate.

One other quip: when I was getting lunch, some young woman was ahead of me; she had legs that appeared to go up to her ears and was witting some snug fitting, non-spandex shorts. They had “lifeguard” on her butt….30 years ago I might have said something like “I am drowning and need assistance!” But alas, I am old enough to be her dad. Time marches on…

June 28, 2015 Posted by | running, travel | , | Leave a comment

Day 2 at TCU

78 F, 84 percent humidity during my run (started at 6:15 am); 47:45 for 4.2 miles; there were a couple of mild hills. Very humid.

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But I should be ready for my talk; one more go over while I drink water.

June 26, 2015 Posted by | running, travel | | Leave a comment

still recovering…

Weather: beautiful outside. Still my legs were sore so I did my running portion on the treadmill/track:
1 mile in 11 minutes (treadmill)
2 miles 17:18 (8:38/8:40) (this is uncomfortably close to the record for the Steamboat 4 MILE)
then 4 mile walk outside; steady. I felt the thighs on the downhill.

More stuff today…

June 23, 2015 Posted by | running, walking | Leave a comment

Steamboat 2015 photos and stories

Workout notes: swimming: 500 free, 10 x 50 fist/free on 1:10, 5 x (25 fly, 25 free, 25 back, 25 free), 300 side/free, 400 alternating pull/free.

Weights: rotator cuff,
pull ups (5 sets of 10; 4 prior to bench),
bp: 10 x 135, 2 x 180, 4 x 170, 7 x 155
military (dumbbell) 10 x 45, 7 x 45, 10 x 40
rows: 3 sets of 10, different machine than normal.

Blood donation: a complete bust; blood clotted; my vein is bruised and swollen. I need to wait a few more days after Steamboat.

Steamboat photos:

Me:


I ran with the lady in yellow for a mile or two; she then tucked in behind me at mile 7 and got me when I went to the side of the course to give T a high 5. Hey, when you are as slow as I am now, a few seconds is like adding a year or two to the age of a mountain (in a geological time scale)

Nipped at the line..though my chip time was a few seconds faster than hers. I checked. :-)

Resignation. I was happy that I didn’t have to walk and that I stayed more or less steady, but am a bit depressed my abilities have deteriorated so badly. Yes, the ultra cost me a few minutes. But hey, all of that cute spandex gave me eyestrain. :-)

My targets


I had thought about trying to catch her..she thought about her kick. Look to the right of the photos, way behind those cones.

I also chased the woman in the purple tights and her friend in the bright orange shorts. Those around those two are people doing the “2 mile” event which was designed to be accessible to those with special needs or physical handicaps.

My Building Steam group (Run to walk group) :

Vickie pacing Ellen who finished the 4 mile in 55 minutes, 5 minutes under goal.


Cathie pacing Katherine to a 51:41 finish; also well under goal.

Bradley (in the blue shirt) finishing in 50:31.

His wife Julie crushed her goal by running 48:13, but she was obscured by other runners; I could find no photo.

Friends

Jason. He beat me by 31 minutes (not an exaggeration) but..when we swim together; I eventually lap him. At least that was true last semester. Go figure. If he improves his form a bit, it won’t stay that way.

My department chair (Mat). He beat me by 9 minutes and then gave me a ride home.

June 23, 2015 Posted by | Friends, running, swimming, weight training | | Leave a comment

The stages of the Steamboat 15Km….

Denial: “ok, this year will be different” (68 F, 78 percent humidity…reasonably good for this race, though the 59.9 miles of walking 2 weekends ago did leave me a bit tired)

Bargain: “well, if I take it easy on the two large uphills I can push it on the straight away.” Yeah, right.

Acceptance: “well, running slower than 10 minutes per mile isn’t too bad” (Ok, it sucks.)

So here are the facts: (5K splits) 30:49, 32:49, 30:50 for 1:34:28. No walking. (really) I tried to keep an effort which allowed for steady forward motion. I was chasing a woman in purple spandex leggings and couldn’t quite catch her at the end; I have no “kick”. I had a “back and forth” with a short haired middle aged lady between 5 and 7.5 miles. We complained about the downhills.

I was able to gain some places back on the final straight away, but I never do as well on that stretch as I think that I should.

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This is one case where I knew that my performance sucked, but my effort was..well..not “easy” but “steady…don’t walk”; call it “moderate but not racing”. My body and legs didn’t have any energy.

Curious fact: I drank 2 large thermal mugs of coffee and 1 bottle of water. After the bathroom, I weight 188.0. When I got home after the race, I weighed 179.5. I think that I was very hydrated prior to the race.

Notes:
Mat and I started together; he ran 1:25. Larry (who is in his early 70’s and recovering from a brutal accident in 2013) ran 32:49 for 4 miles.
My “Building Steam” group did very well: they were in the “run to walk” group and finished between 49 minutes and 53 minutes; all were well under goal and set PRs for the race.

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
2012: run 15 km 1:36:55 679/835
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

June 20, 2015 Posted by | Friends, Peoria, Peoria/local, running | | Leave a comment

Steamboat Eve…

I remember a time when this race excited me because I wanted to do well; that was basically the first two years I did it. Then, it more or less became an afterthought to races that were more important to me, but I still liked the atmosphere.

This year: it would be incorrect to say that it bores me; I do feel the excitement for others. But that 24 hour walk (59.9 miles, coming in unprepared) did take something out of me, so this 15K will be a “jog through”. And the forecast is for 67 F, with 80 percent humidity. So realistically, this will be a 10-10:30 mpm “jog through”, I think. I might even walk it like I did in 2011 (which was also 2 weeks after a 24 hour event).

Once again, I participated in the “Building Steam” training program, as I have every year (save one, 2011) since 2003 (when I didn’t even do the race); even in 2010 I helped for part of it.

This year, I liked the people I worked with (Cathy and Vickie) and I liked the students I worked with; they were determined and reasonably dedicated.

As far as the leadership of the Building Steam program: I have great respect for Pam and Jim Jim McIntyre, Phil Lockwood as well as for many of the other group leaders. I’ll just leave it at that. I would be interested to see what other group leaders thought. Numbers were down (participants) but that meant that we had a bit more room on the paths.

So, I get up early tomorrow and “join the parade”, so to speak.

By the numbers:

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
2012: run 15 km 1:36:55 679/835
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)

June 20, 2015 Posted by | running | , , | Leave a comment

Past and present

Workout notes
lifting then running.

Lifting: pull ups (3 sets of 10, 2 sets of (5,5, different grips with no rest between)
rotator cuff
incline: 10 x 135, 5 x 150, 4 x 150
dumbbell military: 10 x 40 dumbbells, 10 x 45, 10 x 45 (felt ok)
rows: Hammer: 3 sets of 10 x 200
pull downs (regular machine) 3 sets of 10 x 160 traditional

run: 2 miles on the treadmill in 20:50, 2 miles on the track in 17:38 (4:24, 4:25, 4:23, 4:25) very even…sort of hard.
walked a lap or two with Barbara before heading home.

Past:

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Another shot from the Severn River 10 miler in August, 1980. I ran 1:21 for 10 miles on a warm morning; in December of that year I ran a 3:33 marathon. Ah, to be young again. I was about 25 pounds heavier then than I am now.

Present:

I love to run in Bradley Park. But there is no situation so good that some idiot can’t ruin it: some jerk thinks that having a pit bull off of the leash is ok, and it attacked another leashed dog. And yes, the owner of the pit bull was nasty (what a surprise).

June 19, 2015 Posted by | running, weight training | | Leave a comment

New office chair and

I got tired of my back hurting all the time when I sat in my office chair. So I got this one:

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Assembly was easy.

Workout notes weights plus an untimed 4 mile run with some yoga afterwards (10 minutes?)

I didn’t feel stable enough to try a head stand.

Run: Cornstalk classic to and from Markin; no stopwatch. I didn’t want to know.
Weights: rotator cuff.
Pull ups: 4 sets of 10
bench: 10 x 135, 4 x 180, 7 x 170
incline: 10 x 135
pull ups: 10
Super set: military (standing with 40 lb. dumbbells), row (machine, 110), pull down (machine, 140)
3 sets of 10 each.

We’ll see.

The run wasn’t as warm as I had anticipated.

Politics
Jeb! is running.

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Here is my favorite Jeb Bush photo:

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As Katherine Harris reminds us, it is white skirt/dress season:

(via: Danny is Back on Flickr) Click on the thumbnail to see on Flickr:

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June 16, 2015 Posted by | big butts, butt, politics, politics/social, running, weight training | | Leave a comment

Too many running races?

And the great t-shirt purge…I am KEEPING the outrageous pile on the right, and giving away the bigger pile on the left.

To be fair, I have a few Obama campaign t-shirts, one Kerry-Edwards shirt, and a few math conference t-shirts (2-3, I think), and a basketball t-shirt or two.
The rest are from running or walking races.

PENTAX Image

T-shirt tsunami

June 14, 2015 Posted by | running | , | Leave a comment

A good post about politicians (and why we elect the ones that we do…)

Workout notes: 3.3 mile “run” (4.2 classic cut short by skipping the last Parkside loop), quick meal then weights:

pull ups, 3 sets of 10, then 2 sets of 10 supersetted, rotator cuff
bench: 10 x 135, 2 x 180 (hip cramp), 8 x 160
military: 3 sets of 10 with 40 pound dumbbells (standing)
pull downs: 2 sets of 10 x 137.5, 10 x 130 different machine
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 55

When home and picked up debris from our recent storms (lots of small branches from trees; enough to fill a trash can.

Walking: from last week’s FANS 24 hour event:

median male runner: 68.4 miles (61)
median female runner: 67.9 miles (26)
median walker: 74.5 miles (13)

It was that kind of event. There were a LOT of tough walkers there.

Post:
This is a nice article about why we elect those that we do. Upshot:; we like affinity, we want to be told what we want to hear, and we overvalue confidence.

June 13, 2015 Posted by | political/social, running, walking, weight training | Leave a comment

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