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Has Illinois Football hit rock bottom? Lose at home to Rutgers 35-24

Ok, my 4 mile training run prior to the game went ok. But in terms of college football: Illinois State got stomped 42-7 at Southern Illinois, Texas lost 29-24 to Oklahoma (but came back valiantly) and Navy’s rally came up short against a strong Memphis team 30-27. I saw the last quarter of the latter on TV and the last couple of minutes of the Texas vs. OU game.

But I was there for the Illinois vs. Rutgers debacle.

This is the kind of game it was: 54 yard field goal attempt hits the upright:
We had a fluky interception while the game was still competitive (sort of)
We also had a boneheded play on a punt.

But I suppose this blog post summed it up

Ok, how did it go, really?

Well, in terms of stats, Illinois had a slight edge, due to Rutgers sitting on the ball in the 4’th quarter and a couple of late touchdown drives to make the score slightly more respectable. But Rutgers rushed for 274 yards, including 106 in the first 17 minutes of the game.

The game started with an exchange of punts, then Rutgers fumbled the ball away at the 30. The offense managed to lose 7 yards on their drive and Illinois 54 yard field goal attempt hit the upright.

From then on: mostly Rutgers. A long drive (mostly running) lead to the 7-0 score; Illinois countered with a nice drive to cut the lead to 7-3, but then another long drive put Rutgers up 14-3.

The Illini hit some passes to get it down close, then on 4’th and goal, well, upon review..Illinois was given the touchdown..oh-so-close.

No problem..Rutgers with another long drive and they are up 21-10 at the half.

Illinois opening drive in the second half ended with a fluke interception.

But in this quarter, Illinois mostly stopped Rutgers…EXCEPT for this dreadful play on a Rutgers punt (what was the Illinois guy thinking?)

Rutgers punched it in and it was now 28-10 and the fans started to leave in droves.

Some nice passing put Illinois within 11 at 28-17 with about 8 minutes to go…no worries…another long drive put the game away at 35-17, though we did have one garbage time TD with just over a minute to go.

Highlights:

Photos:

Our seats (white box)

The band.

Not a huge crowd at kick off.

Barbara was a good sport.

Click to see the larger panoramic photo of the emptying stadium..

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October 15, 2017 Posted by | college football, football, running, Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Who wants a HUG?

I got caught in the rain yesterday (4 mile walk)
Today; weights; 2 mile run in 22:20 (11:12, 11:08, lane 2)

rotator cuff, hip hikes, toe rases, 4 sets of 10 pull ups, 10 x 135, 6 x 185, 10 x 170 (good), 10 x 135 incline, 10 pull ups, dumbbell military: 10 x 50, 10 x 45, 20 x 40 standing, rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110 machine. Then yoga with Ms. Vickie in the evening.

October 12, 2017 Posted by | running, walking, weight training | Leave a comment

5K on one run a week (Bradley Hilltop)

Ok, since late July, I’ve been running about once a week. I’ve been covering 40-45 miles per week (sometimes as much as 50), but most of that has been walking (I’ve had 4 20 mile walks in my build up, and lots of 10-15 mile walks, etc.)

But only one run, and usually that is on the treadmill. But the 5K is right on campus…

It was warm and muggy (72 F, 78 percent humidity) and so I warmed up just over 1 mile, (jogging), did the 5K, then cooled down with a mile walk.

yes, the course is .07 miles short (about 40 seconds at my pace) and my time:

28:50, which is about 29:30 for the 5K. And THAT was better than my last 2 5K runs (in July) which were done in similar conditions..and very comparable to my Riverrun 5K. And, I was running MORE then; the difference is that I paced myself better this time around.

September 16, 2017 Posted by | running | , | Leave a comment

Not feeling it but…

Workout notes: weights followed by 4 miles in 45:05 “run” on the treadmill. 10 min. at 5.1, 10 at 5.2, then up every .25 miles to get to 3.5, then up every .1 That is what constitutes a “fast finish” for me.

Then some yoga at home.

Weights: rotator cuff, hip hikes, toe raises (yadda yadda), pull ups: 3 sets of 10 (not bad) then bench presses:
10 x 135, 1 x 185 (thought about trying to max, but 185 felt “heavy”), 5 x 185, 8 x 170
incline: 10 x 135
2 sets of 10 pull ups
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110
military: standing dumbbell: 10 x 50, 10 x 45, 20 x 40

Ok, you can’t tell that I lift by looking at my body, but my hands do have some cool calluses.

Confession: the state of society and politics has me down. The Democrats are in disarray, Trump is a disaster and the Republicans are incompetent.

It appears that one side wants a boutique society where every single personal nuance is accommodated by society and the other denies anything resembling a scientific fact. Yes, I remain a liberal but one who believes that one is not entitled to a captive audience and who believes that each individual has to make some adjustments to get along with society.

I’ll discuss this in more detail in a later post…but we’ve gotten to the point where a woman’s religious retreat was called out as being “discriminatory” by…the “gender fluid” people.

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

Goat rant 1: long walk…

The first photo shows my actual time. One modification: I did NOT go around the ball field wall, but I did double back to the Riverplex (from the path near the beach volleyball court) to use the restroom. That is approximately the same distance. I was 2:54 at the turn around but managed a Glenn to home 1:13:35. (5 miles). That one minute extra was on the first downhill leg from Glenn to Forrest Hill.

The rant: (ok, whine)

1. I remember my running days. My “20 miler” was about a 2:50 to 3:10 event…maybe 3:20 on a bad day. I often ran without water and just stopped at a nearby fountain along the way. And I didn’t need bathroom stops as I sweated heavily.

NOW: 5 hour event, I pack water, money, salt tablets (they keep nausea away) and yes, nutrition tablets too. And yes, I have to stop for bathroom breaks as not only am I out longer, I sweat a bit less. And my “ok, use the bathroom, gather my stuff, put my orthotics in my walking shoes, lube up, etc. takes 30-40 minutes. Gads…so much for just going. It almost feels as if I am going out for an expedition. Damn.

2. And these walks go through phases. The first part of this walk didn’t go well at all…my attitude got worse the longer I went..I felt sluggish and exceptionally slow. I was almost ready to pack it in early. But I wasn’t feeling sick, nauseated …anything. I just felt sluggish and slow, and that is not a reason to quit.

But somewhere around mile 9, I started to feel better and I actually enjoyed the final 9-10 miles of the walk. The first part of the walk was discouraging..the final part was encouraging. And mind you, it was warming up. Yes, I know that the part from Hooters (on the River) to Sheridan/Northmore (near Midstate College) is a 8.6 mile stretch that is net uphill and the return from the Tower to my house is net downhill. But in the past I’ve felt terrible on the downhill return stretch; not today.

3. I cannot handle the mileage. Yes, this was my 4’th 20, and I also have 2 18’s and 3 half marathon races. But IF I’ve done any speed work in the week, I feel it on my weekend 20. Forget racing/20 on back to back days; that used to be a staple. Not anymore. Ok, once in a while…
Let’s just say that now-a-days, I have to work hard to do fewer miles than I once did.

Is the marathon worth it? Well…I am looking forward to it, but I won’t finish in the allotted time if I don’t train hard. The days of a road marathon being a “train through” or speedwork to build up to something else are over for me. Yes, when I did 24 hour events of 100 milers, walking 26.2 miles at 12 mpm is “speedwork”, at least it was for me.

Oh well, what did I expect. At 58, I should be grateful that I am out there at all. I am debating whether next Saturday’s workout should be a “faster 15” or a “slower 20” as it is two weeks prior to Quad Cities…I want to get it this time!!!! There is a local half marathon on Sunday, BUT the Illinois vs. Western Kentucky game kicks off at 7 and I won’t get home until after midnight…and the half has a 7am start. I suppose that IF I wake up on my own by 5, I’ll just register “same day” and do my best. The last time I tried that, it did not go well.

September 3, 2017 Posted by | marathons, running, walking | Leave a comment

Chiefs win regular season finale, Illini squeak by Ball State in football opener

So, this was a game of ends (of regular season, though the Chiefs have a playoff game next week) and beginnings (the Illini who will probably not go bowling this year)

Before I forget, I did start today with a 4 mile run in West Peoria (out and back); didn’t time but it was just under 12 minutes per mile. Ugh.

Baseball

It was a tight 1-1 pitcher’s duel up until the bottom of the 6’th (when Quad Cities put in a relief pitcher) Peoria had runners at 2’nd and 3’rd with one out when the next batter struck out. But then came a double, 2 singles and a walk which lead to 5 runs. Then Peoria added a home run in the bottom of the 8’th to lead 7-1 going into the 9’th. The second Peoria relief pitcher took over and gave up a walk, single, walk, wild pitch, double to get Quad Cities 3 runs to close to 7-4, but the 3’rd relief pitcher got the 3’rd out.

Peoria plays Quad Cities next week in the playoffs; QC has the best record in the league.

Football

Perfect day. The Illini were outgained 375-216 in yards (171 rush, 204 pass) and gave up drives of 80, 77, and 75 yards. But a miscue (fumble after a completed pass), punt return (4’th quarter) and a key sack with under 1 minute to go helped Illinois pull it out 24-21.

The first Illini drive went no where but on BSU’s first possession, they fumbled after a completed pass and the Illini ran the fumble to the 16 where the Illini hit their star wide receiver over the middle for a touchdown. A fancy 2 point conversion failed.

Ball State promptly drove it 80 yards to take a 7-6 lead.

But in the second quarter, it appeared that the Illini were taking control; two long drives lead to a field goal and touchdown and a 16-7 lead at the half.

Then came the third quarter, where the Illini did nothing and Ball state had drives of 70 and 77 yards. It was now 21-16 going into the 4’th quarter.

The Illini did nothing with an interception that was returned to the 30 and they missed a field goal with just over 5 minutes to play.

But late in the game the defense forced a punt and the star wide receiver returned it 52 yards to set up the winning touchdown drive (with 2 point conversion)

Still 2 minutes remained and Ball State drove it to the 33, when the Illini defense made a big sack. BSU got some of the yardage back but had to settle for a 54 yard field goal attempt with 5 seconds to go..the low kick was blocked. (though the refs missed a roughing penalty as the person who blocked the kick did not hit the kicker; it was another player).

The good news: great game between evenly matched teams. Bad news: Ball state won 4 games last year and are toward the bottom of the MAC.

The plays of the game for me were the punt return and the big sack.

Good crowd for the final Chiefs regular season home game.

We had to dress warmer than normal.

Love this fan’s shirt.

Football the next day.

Ball State on a drive.

Half time: high school bands with the Illini band.

September 2, 2017 Posted by | baseball, college football, football, running | , | Leave a comment

How much is too much?

A conversation with a friend got me to thinking about my training, life and long distance events.

She told me that one of her friends is always on her about “overdoing it”; hence when she posts “my feet are blistered” photos after ultra marathons, she excludes that person.

Ok..here is it. I’ve run for most of my life, lifted for most of it, and swam off and on. I started in 1972 to get ready for football.

It is now 45 years later and I can no longer handle significant volume. My knees have a dull ache much of the time (5 operations, mostly due to malaligned patellas and arthritis; these were in 1978 (major), 1979 (major), 1984 (minor), 1984 (minor), 2010 (minor). I haven’t really been the same since the 2010 operation.

I did most of my running in the 1997-2001 window and “serious” walking from 2002-2009; it has been a struggle since then. My walking marathon (best: 4:44, usual: 5:12-5:35) has migrated to 5:50 or so…and maybe not that fast. Running: LOL..I did run 3:38 in 2000, 3:33 in 1980…but my final sub 4 was in 2002 (3:57). That is gone forever.

Again, I am stiff most of the time (a return to yoga is helping that though), and there is the knee ache and tingling feet (soles)…calf/sole stretching appears to help that. And the back, the shoulder (PT for both). so right now, I walk about 40-50 miles a week and lift 3 times a week; 1-2 yoga classes too. I might add swimming later.

How much is too much? I have a friend who is in her early 70’s; she has run 4-5 miles, 4 times a week for years and years. But even she has aches and pains from time to time. And those who I know who do not work out: many are train wrecks, so it is hard to tell how many of my aches and pains are due to excessive activity.

Yes, I know: 100 miles is too much for me. There are people who are better designed for it..I am not one of them. 2009 was my last one. I have not given up on doing another 50 though; 2015 was my last one (in a 24 hour event). But yes, there comes a point at which excess activity harms the health.

My running/walking friends appear to be mostly healthy…but do they do the endurance sports because they are healthy, or does their activity enhance their health? It is hard to tell…

But, as for me, running might be over, at least in anything over 10-15 miles a week.

August 31, 2017 Posted by | marathons, running, walking | | Leave a comment

still ill..sort of

Workout notes: 4 mile treadmill run in 44:15 (5.1 for 10, then up .1 every 5 minutes to mile 3, then up .1 every .25 to the end). And yes, THAT WAS ACTUALLY WORK; I am a bit of a physical wreck. Then 1 mile of cool down walking.
Weight: 201.3 with shoes (about 5 lb. down) so that is headed in the right direction.

Social note: yes, classes start tomorrow, and this will be different as last semester, I taught calculus III (vector calculus), differential equations and Statistics II. I was dealing with the most talented students we usually see. Now, I have larger classes of more inexperienced students, along with one advanced class. The larger classes requires a different mindset from me; I’ll adjust but I am going to have to be very intentional at fist (e. g. get in the habit of explaining things more slowly, including the details that come naturally to experienced engineering and science students).

August 22, 2017 Posted by | education, illness, running | Leave a comment

Corporate America: more responsive than Congress?

Interesting:

Now think about it: the Louie Gohmert’s and Joe Shimkus’ of the Congress really don’t care about what I think; they reflect their own constituencies. But a corporation very much cares about sales; it really doesn’t matter if they sell the item in Oklahoma or California. The profit is roughly the same. So here, the number of people who have money to spend matters, hence the opinion of such people matters. There is no gerrymandering to skew things, at least for national brands.

I know that this is not perfect, but wow…

Workout notes: weights then running on the treadmill:
weights; usual PT stuff (shoulder, hip, feet), pull ups (5 sets of 10; less rest…very tiring), incline presses: 10 x 135, 5 x 160, 10 x 140, dumbbell military: 10 x 50, 10 x 45, 20 x 40 standing, Hammer machine rows: 3 sets of 10 x 200.

Then treadmill run: 4 miles in 45:09. I did 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4 (increase every 10 min to 3 miles) then increase every 0.25 miles. That was my first “run” in a long time; I thought that I had lost the ability to run.

Weight: more or less the same; ok, down slightly.

August 16, 2017 Posted by | political/social, politics/social, running, social/political, weight training | 3 Comments

Misfiring …

Some workouts: well, you did it, and in this case, 4 miles is better than zero. I wanted to run and 1.5 miles into it…I just wasn’t into it (treadmill)
so I walked: 1 lap focus, 1 lap off (34:52, not that bad). Then 3 sets of 10 goblet squats: 50, 60, 60.

Zero energy today…it was almost as if I were perpetually sleepy.

On the good front: it appears that I made some progress on a paper.

August 4, 2017 Posted by | running, walking, weight training | Leave a comment