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Male sexual harassment: counter intuitive for me

I asked a question on Facebook about a hypothetical case: if someone had, say, a syndicated show and told a potential guest “if you reject my advances, you won’t be a guest on my show”, is this against the law? I asked because while I think that this is vulgar and immoral, I don’t know enough about the law to judge if it is illegal. After all, no one has an inherent right to be booked on a show. This question was based on a public accusation made against Sean Hannity.

The discussion got a bit sidetracked and one of my friends mentioned male sexual harassment. And the article had this photo:

Now, I am not a female so I don’t know how females might react to a photo of a male doing this to a female; my guess is that the reaction would be very negative (anger, etc.)

Ok, MY reaction to the above photo? My initial gut reaction was….”damn..wish that was me..I’d be returning the favor…nice skirt butt!” But that is an initial reaction to a hypothetical situation and it is part fantasy..not a part of my day to day life. And I am a senior faculty member.

So while I “get” that sexually harassing a male is not acceptable either, my “gut” response to something like the photo isn’t what I’d imagine a female’s response to the reverse situation. The emotions are different.

As far as my professional life (as an adult), I now realize that I had witnessed sexual harassment but did not realize what it was at the time.

Example: I was friends with some of the enlisted clerks at a Navy recruiting station. One of them told me that when a more senior male walked past her, he “goosed” her. I was taken by surprise. Note: her boss (a warrant officer) had told her to leave ME alone as she sometimes hovered over me when i was at the computer. Sometimes she would go past me and make it a point to walk between me and the computer screen. I really didn’t mind; though I was a young officer, I still thought of her as a friend and it didn’t bother me at all. Then again, I outranked her.

Another time, I saw a young officer grab a young enlisted man by the butt..the way that frat boys sometimes do with each other. The enlisted man told him to stop; he said “you know that you love it”. He was clearly annoyed. But this officer continued to get great fitness reports (and he WAS very professionally competent).

I didn’t know what to do; I was never reacted quickly to anything that I am not trained for.

Workout notes: easy 5 mile run; glorious day for it.

April 25, 2017 Posted by | running, social/political | , | Leave a comment

Running: I’ve gone very soft

Yesterday afternoon, I felt that 5K race would help me out. I did this race before (albeit on a slightly different course) High 40’s, and we started against a headwind. I warmed up about 15 minutes and walked about a mile afterward; call it 5 total miles.

I frequently joke that I’d love to have a pretty spandex woman running ahead of me at goal pace, and today I HAD THAT. And still, all I could do is waddle. Even the last guy to pass me in the final mile ran a time I was looking for. But I didn’t go with him.

Sigh..my watch time was 28:08 9:15, 9:13, 9:39 for the final 1.1 (tailwind on the way back). It is almost as if I have some mental block against making myself hurt. What can I say?

I did walk it off and then come home and then went to Markin to lift:

rotator cuff
pull ups (5 sets of 10: ok)
incline press: 10 x 135, 5 x 150, 4 x 150 (strict hips)
military presses: dumbbell: 20 x 50 seated, supported, 10 x 45, 10 x 45 standing
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110
abs: 3 sets of 12 twist crunch, 2 sets of 10 yoga leg lifts, 2 sets of 10 moving bridge
goblet squats: sets of 5: 25, 45, 45, 55, 55, 60, 65 decent depth..these went well)

Ironically, the weights went much better than they did in 2015, but the running went worse. Maybe I am heavier? Who knows.

April 23, 2017 Posted by | running, weight training | , | Leave a comment

Dropping the ball for baseball…

I’ve disconnected a bit due to..well, baseball games. Tuesday night I saw the Chiefs lose to the Cedar Rapids Kernels 5-0.

The highlights were a couple of great outfield catches; one was just off of the ground and the other was over the shoulder.

Then last night I watched Bradley rally from 4-1 down in the 7’th inning to win 6-4, getting 2 in the bottom of the 7’th and 3 more in the bottom of the 8’th. The 8’th inning was really the key. The first batter singled and the coach put in a fast pinch runner. The next batter made an excellent bunt…but Iowa made a bad throw to first which lead to the fast runner rounding the bases to score and the batter to make it to 3’rd. Then the runner at third was singled in, and another double gave Bradley the padding it needed.

A crowd of 571 enjoyed the game.

I also came to notice that Bradley uses the third base dugout as the home dugout whereas the Chiefs use the first base dugout. It has to do where the respective clubhouses are.

I’ll really OD on Bradley baseball, as there are 5 home games from Friday to Wednesday. I should make 4 of these (Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday).

Workout notes: PM: walk with the group; 3 miles. We lollygagged on the way out (27 minutes or so) and then on the way back, Tammy wanted to turn it up a bit; that only took 24 minutes for us.

AM: I slept in (Bradley games are usually about 3 hours; more scoring than in pro ball) So I worked out after my 9-10 class. I’ve got some catching up to do.

Weights: rotator cuff, pull ups (5 sets of 10: good), bench press: 10 x 135, 4 x 185, 9 x 170 (empty gym, basically), 10 x 135 incline, dumbbell military: 20 x 50 seated, supported, 10 x 45, 10 x 45, 3 sets of 10 x 110 machine rows. Then run: 20 minutes on the treadmill: 2-2-2-2-2 (5.2-5.6) then 2-2-2-2-1-1 (6.7-7.2) 10:57/8:40, 2.04 miles total.

Bodyweight: 195.7 before, 193.8 after.

April 21, 2017 Posted by | baseball, running, walking, weight training | , | Leave a comment

Not giving up on a workout too early

I decided to try to run outside. And my first .25 miles were TERRIBLE; it was almost as if I could barely breathe and my legs felt like lead. I even walked a few steps.
But I stayed with my shuffle and made it to the first downhill section (Bradley Park) and by then, I had started to sweat and all was good from there out.
For some reason, there are days when the first mile feels like death.

The weather was pretty and I did my “jog, then run up the hills “hard” (say, 1 mile race intensity), walk a few steps to recover, jog and repeat. So I did 6 “hard” repetitions total and I even timed my final hill: 2:10 (better than any of my repetitions a week ago). This was from the gate in lower Bradley park to the parking lot entrance in upper Bradley Park. The whole workout took 1:02 to do (5.1 miles) and I am glad I stuck with it.

By the way: in statistics class, I am teaching about ANOVA. I used my own 5K run data from 2012 to now; my slowdown is about 20-25 seconds for the 5K per year. That adds up and seems to fit back to the late 1990’s.

Grading on a curve
I joked with my wife about the following: if she posts that she, say, finished a 4 mile walk at, say, an 18-19 minute per mile pace (she is, well, “elderly”..though it is hard for me to think of her that way), get gets 100+ “likes” and tons of complements (“you go girl”, etc.). If I post that I finished a marathon, MY FB friends critique my time and give consolation if it is worse than expected, kudos if it is better than expected.

Why I mention this: I have a FB friend that I’ve grown quite fond of. But she has serious injury history; I jokingly referred to her as “Humpty-Dumpty”. She finished a mile walk and I was genuinely overjoyed; I like her and love it that she is working toward taking care of herself and pushing through some pain to do so. So my praise WAS genuine, even if it was less than what my wife can currently do.

And we had a talk about having a “1 mile body but a 6 mile mind”; pre-injury she could easily walk 14 miles (albeit many years ago).

April 19, 2017 Posted by | Friends, running | | Leave a comment

Introspection: good medicine, though not everyone agrees…

A book called Shattered has caused a mini-sensation in some Democratic circles:

Donald J. Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton in November came as a shock to the world. Polls, news reports and everything the Clinton campaign was hearing in the final days pointed to her becoming the first female president in American history.

In their compelling new book, “Shattered,” the journalists Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes write that Clinton’s loss suddenly made sense of all the reporting they had been doing for a year and a half — reporting that had turned up all sorts of “foreboding signs” that often seemed at odds, in real time, with indications that Clinton was the favorite to win. Although the Clinton campaign was widely covered, and many autopsies have been conducted in the last several months, the blow-by-blow details in “Shattered” — and the observations made here by campaign and Democratic Party insiders — are nothing less than devastating, sure to dismay not just her supporters but also everyone who cares about the outcome and momentous consequences of the election.

Now this has been tough to talk about in public. IF you dare bring this up and your list of “social media” friends includes followers of liberal/Democratic politics, you’ll get the following:

1. Some will tell you how unelectable HRC was from the get-go and how we should have rallied around BERNIE (no, I am not making this up)
2. Some will bring up the very real factors of Russian collusion (a fact) and the Comey letter (another fact) and mention sexism/misogyny and say that was IT, period.

Many are simply not open to the fact that, even given that a woman is going to have a tougher time of it than a man, and given the Comey letter and Russian collusion, the Clinton campaign WAS a disaster; they neglected areas were Obama campaigned hard. Evidently, HRC and company learned nothing from the 2008 primary. If one remembers: the 2008 primary was essentially tied after Super Tuesday. But the Obama campaign had set up field offices in the next 10 states; HRC did not and she got creamed and fell hopelessly behind in the delegate race. When she recovered, it became even from there on out (more or less) but she was in too deep of a hole to catch up.

So, Clinton campaign incompetence is all too easy to believe.

And one wonders: where was OUR Cambridge Analytics “get out the vote” operation?

I liken it to a football team that goes on the road, gets a few bad calls and loses a close game. Sure, the bad calls matter, but so do the unforced fumbles and missed field goals. It is several things, and the race should have never been close enough to lose to begin with.

And yes, the loser of the election (with perhaps the exception of Walter Mondale, who had zero chance against Reagan) gets raked over the coals. That comes with the territory.

Sure, Hillary Clinton has had an outstanding career; she not only won a major party nomination, but was a Senator and a Secretary of State. That is awesome. She is a success. But she is NOT a natural politician (as she admitted) and her final two campaigns still stunk.

And this leads to the concept of introspection: I’ve found that, at least on a personal level, I benefit from looking at my failures and asking myself: “what could I have done better”? “what will I do differently next time?”

No, this is NOT the same thing as “self loathing”; after all, beating myself up for not being as smart as Stephen Hawking or being a professional athlete is useless (not that I don’t do it anyway, from time to time). But what I am talking about is my critiquing myself when I fall short of MY potential.

And, frankly, I am surprised at how many do NOT see this as a valuable thing to do. So many times, I see people blaming everyone else but themselves (other people, society for not appreciating them, etc.). I’ve never seen that turn out well, but people do it all of the time.

Workout notes yesterday, weights and a 2 mile walk.
Weights: rotator cuff, pull ups (5 sets of 10, easy), bench press: 10 x 135, 5 x 185, 4 x 185 (no spotter), incline: 10 x 135, military (dumbbell): 20 x 50 seated, supported, 10 x 45, 10 x 40, rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110, abs: 2 sets of 10 yoga leg lifts, 12 twist crunches, head stand , goblet squats (sets of 5) warm up, 45, 45, 55, 55, 60, 65.

today: easy 5 mile run after dropping Barbara off.

Better get to grading: I want to watch baseball tonight!

April 18, 2017 Posted by | politics, politics/social, running, social/political, walking, weight training | , | Leave a comment

Opening training for the Steamboat 15K: I’ve gotten soft.

I slept in a bit and didn’t start my run until 9 am. That was ok; the Steamboat 15K is almost always run in heat and humidity so I need to get used to it. It was 69 F at the start; 75 F at the end but the humidity went from 68 to 55; in other words, not that much.

I chose a “Steamboat simulation” course: behind the Riverplex ..NO goose loop, NO ball field wall. I did pass an interesting looking accident; there was a wrecked automobile across the railroad tracks near the ball field. That altered my route just a little bit. Then up Abdington to the path along Perry into lower Sprindale. I went the normal route, turned left at the bridge and hugged the right turn path up the hill to Prospect then went down the other direction. Once down, I went to the entrance, back on the regular path and past the bottom of Soldier hill, turning around and doubling back at the sidewalk; the map says that this was 3.95 miles or so. It was 48 minutes when I started the double back.

Once I got to the Rivertrail again I noticed a 5K race in progress. I sped up (return leg was 45 minutes, or 3 minutes faster, most of it on this stretch) and I went back and forth with one of the 5K runners (a younger male). I had spied a MILF rocking a pair of granny panty lines but she got away. Then I walked enough of a cool down to get to 8 miles total.

Then to the weight room. On one hand, my weight workout was low energy. But on the other hand, all that sweating made me lighter; my 5 sets of 10 pull ups went very, very well.

pull ups, rotator cuff
bench press (sucked) 10 x 135, 2 x 185, 5 x 170, incline press: 10 x 135
military presses (dumbbells) sucked: 5 x 50, 10 x 45, 10 x 40
rows: machine: 10 x 90, 140, 140.
There is usually some “hot babe” doing squats and this time was no exception; very tight “Los Angeles Laker purple” spandex leggings.
Then came a diet Dr. Pepper; lady …more eyestrain.

Oh, the workout summary: very low energy in the weight room; the 5K race runners sped me up a bit. Perhaps I was doing low to mid 9’s on the way back?
But the “bottom” line…LOL…is that I’ve gotten very, very soft. My run started off badly; I even thought about modifying it but told myself “STFU you big baby..quit being such a whiner”.

Then came pre Easter dinner with the family. Good stuff.

Thursday: I participate in a walking group; we are now up to 2.25-3 miles

April 15, 2017 Posted by | family, Friends, running, walking, weight training | Leave a comment

One problem with being utterly cocksure…

This article about Mitch McConnell is quite good. Yeah, he is a shrewd politician:

ProPublica’s Alec MacGillis, author of a McConnell biography, “The Cynic,” reports former Republican senator Robert Bennett’s account of what McConnell told fellow Republicans after Obama’s election: “Mitch said, ‘We have a new president with an approval rating in the 70 percent area. We do not take him on frontally. We find issues where we can win, and we begin to take him down, one issue at a time. We create an inventory of losses, so it’s Obama lost on this, Obama lost on that.’ ”

And that’s what he did. By 2013, for example, 79 of Obama’s nominees had been blocked by filibusters, compared with 68 in the entire previous history of the Republic.

After Justice Antonin Scalia’s death was confirmed last year, it took McConnell less than an hour to say that the vacancy should be filled by the next president. He called keeping Obama’s nominee off the court “one of my proudest moments.”

He is also a loathsome scumbag and embodies much of what is wrong with our political system. He is about “power for us first and foremost”..presumably because he is so sure that what HE thinks is, well, must be what is best for the country. And in a country where one of our legislative bodies, in theory, can be controlled by the will of a small percentage of the population, that can be terrible.

I much prefer the pragmatists that see “country over party”. He is NOT one of those.

Workout notes: weights then 2 miles of running on the treadmill:

weights: rotator cuff
pullups (5 sets of 10: not that bad)
dumbbell bench press: 10 x 70, 9 x 80 (ran out of gas)
inline bench press: 2 sets of 10 x 135
military press (dumbbell, standing) 10 x 50, 10 x 45, 10 x 45
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110
Hammer Machine incline: 2 sets of 10 x 140
abs: 2 sets of 12 crunch, 10 yoga leg lifts, 10 moving bridges

Run: “every 2”: 5.2-5.4 first 10, 6.7-7.1 second 10. 10:56/8:40 and made it to 2.04 miles

I noted, with amusement, the young man who handled way more than he was capable by…only going 1/2 to 2/3 of the way down. Not sure if that was intentional (only working prior to the sticking point?)

April 13, 2017 Posted by | republicans, republicans politics, running, social/political, weight training | | Leave a comment

Enforced humility

Well, the workout didn’t go that poorly. It took me about 1:20 to “run” 6.5 miles; (10.4 km) I jogged 1.6 miles (to Bradley Park, down the hill and round the median to the bottom of the hill from Lower to Upper Bradley Park) then did 5 hill repetitions: from the gate to the entrance of the parking lot. 2:20, 2:22, 2:15, 2:17, 2:20. In the final 3, I focused on knee lift and turnover rather than on effort. I walked around the parking lot and jogged downhill; it took about 7 minutes total (4:40 rests, more or less). Each loop was about 0.56 miles, with about .23-.25 per uphill rep. I was hurting at the end of each one.

Then after finishing a complete rep (downhill too), I ran past the median and did the West part of the lower Bradley park loop (without dog park hill) then back home; warm up and cool down were about 3.75 miles.

Running back I decided to pick up the pace, a little. I was feeling good until I reached Renaissance at which point I heard a “good morning” and the women’s track team blew past me as if I weren’t moving at all. And they were merely cooling down! Realistically, their cool down pace is probably in the 7-7:15 mpm range, and I was maybe doing…10:30? Still…I had the feeling of moving a decent clip to the feeling of waddling in place, and it happened very quickly.

Still, it was a lovely day to run and I still feel ok about this workout.

Note: I looked up my old data. When I last broke 25 for the 5K, I did these in 2:08-2:10 in similar conditions. That was in 2014. I’ve gotten slower.

April 12, 2017 Posted by | running | Leave a comment

Dreaming on the treadmill

Today’s workout was a routine 5.1 miles in 1 hour on the treadmill (slow run); this past weekend’s workouts left me a bit sore and stiff. But once I kicked myself into doing the first 10 minutes, I was fine. We had lightning outside so I stayed indoors.

While on the treadmill I daydreamed of hypothetical races to come…many of which I won’t actually attempt.

Funny..I remember the elation of success but rarely the pain of performance and the disappointment of failure. In my daydreams, I push through the pain of the final mile of a 5K, do not get sick during an ultra, do not blister up or get sick in the final 10K of a marathon, etc.

Reality: much different. Much different.

So about making those dreams a reality: that is part of the frustration of aging.

1. What worked 20 years ago…hell, even 5 years ago, doesn’t work anymore. My mix of workouts needs to be different and I need more recovery between hard efforts and races.
2. My capacity has diminished …but to what extent and due to what factors? I know that the extra 10 pounds I am carrying hurts me, but I know that losing 10 pounds won’t get me to a 22 minute 5K of a 3:50 marathon. What is realistic for me? Is walking sub 5:20 for a marathon realistic, at all?
3. I have to choose, now more than ever. Of course, a better bench press means slower running times, but even with that, a focus on an ultra means a slower 5K run, etc.
4. Attitude: I have less patience with the pain of intensity than I once did. I was never mentally tough, but I am even weaker now.
5. Physical reality: I can’t make a potentially muddy trail ultra a goal race any longer; I have to choose events that suit my current limitations.

But part of the fun is finding a winning formula and executing that plan.

April 10, 2017 Posted by | running, walking | | Leave a comment

CIAND 5K

Well, as you can see, my running performance has tanked; it seems as if I had a “rebirth” in late 2011 but that period is ending. OR…perhaps I am too heavy to run well right now?

Today: 27:46. Breezy, but in the 40’s…good running weather. 14 of 46 (no walkers), 11/23 males, 1/2 AG.

I warmed up about 1.5 miles or so and didn’t feel that bad. And I took it out and noted that Jerry got away from me; he finished right about 26 minutes…but looked a long way away from me. That is where I was last year.
We went around the rectangle (parking lot) and then onto the out and back along Perry. The field was small and spread out and the cutie I was tracking slowed ..from then on it was mostly solo though there was a guy in a yellow shirt that I just could not close on. I kept telling myself to “pick it up” but I really didn’t want to. Still, I was heaving when I got done, so it wasn’t as if I showed up and jogged. I simply am not running enough; none of those 8 milers and 10-12 milers I was doing last year. THAT plus the heavy body weight (10 pounds up) makes a difference.

But it was nice to connect with others including Bill and Mike (now in his 70’s)

Well, I certainly do not look fat..but I still have a “double support phase” to my running gait. I can’t seem to “lift” anymore.

Previous years:

2016 (25:59)
https://blueollie.wordpress.com/2015/03/28/cidaciand-5k-relearning-old-lessons/ (25:50)
2014 25:08 (new course)
2012 (old course) https://blueollie.wordpress.com/2012/03/31/cida-5k-run-and-other-inspirations/ 25:09 (rivertrail)

Later: I went and lifted…low energy:
rotator cuff
pull ups: 5 sets of 10 (not easy, but got them all)
bench press: 10 x 135, 5 x 185, 4 x 185
incline press: 10 x 135
military press (dumbbell standing) 7 x 50, 10 x 45, 10 x 45
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 200 Hammer machine

Took about 45 minutes to do…very low energy today.

April 8, 2017 Posted by | running, Uncategorized, weight training | , | Leave a comment