Today’s workout: swimming and running/walking.
Swimming: 500 easy, 10 x 100 on the 2:10; first few were 1:50-1:53, then they migrated to 1:54-1:55.
then 100 back, 100 side, 50 back, 50 side, then 200 yards worth of 25’s: fly drills, kicks and perhaps 3 reps of fly.
Then running: treadmill and I got to 30 minutes via the 5.5 mph then increase 0.1 mph every 5 minutes (0.5 grade incline). Then at 30 minutes, I increased the pace every 2 minutes to hit 4 miles in 40:45; walked another mile in 13:45 to get 54:30 for 5 miles.
Luck: good: I got to the pool just as a lane opened up and finished my workout just 5 minutes before I would have had to have vacated the side lane for a swim lesson. 🙂
Luck: bad: when I was running, Mardi (a frequent “opponent” at road races) came by to say hi…she made it a point to look at my treadmill display when I was still averaging less than 10 mpm. She caught me dogging it.
Luck: good: as I get ready to head down the stairs, a well rounded (but still fit) MILF in workout tights goes down the stairs first and stops to read the bulletin board midway down on the landing.
Luck: good: as I walk down the hall, I look in the window at the gym where there is an exercise class just as they were bending over…dozens of feminine spandex butts in the air.
Luck: bad: as I try to drive out of the parking lot, a train comes by and blocks the lot…it was one of those longish trains moving at perhaps 8-10 miles per hour.
It all evens out. 🙂
A bit unbelievable; walking a 5K places me in the upper third of the field, of my age group and the upper half among all males.
I took the metro train from our hotel to the Chicago Half Marathon 5K. The Half started at 7 and the 5K at 7:50.
There were 20,000 in the half, 1500 in the 5K. It took about 20 minutes for the field to leave the chute for the half and about 1 minute for the 5K.
I walked with a “quick, slightly bent kneed” gait as I wasn’t ready to run (knee felt the pavement) nor was I ready for legal race walking.
Total mileage from the train, warm up, race and cool down was about 6 miles.
My splits: 11:05 (1.1), 9:45, 9:36 for 30:27. Note: to make up for the extra, we started .1 miles behind the start of the half marathon so the first mile split was about 1.1.
I have to admit that I had missed these sort of events.
My knee felt ok, but my legs were stiff before and afterward. My shoulder hurt a little last night but not enough to blast me out of bed.
Note: on the train back, some Chicago Bear fans were already getting ready; they were on beer 2 or 3 by 8:50 am (game was at noon). They looked like they were from the cast of a Saturday Night Live spoof on “Da Bears”.
We got back in town after spending a few days in Chicago.
Workout notes Three 5-mile walks along the Lakeshore Path. I’ll post a few photos below.
Injury notes The knee (behind the knee) got sore from too much standing around. The shoulder is feeling better with rest.
NBA notes Celtics win 4-2! Tough series; the Magic didn’t fold while down 3-0.
Trip notes (photos to follow)
We took the Lincoln Service Amtrak from Bloomington-Normal to Union Station.
The good: no driving! No Parking! (expensive in Chicago; 30-40 dollars per day!)
The bad: you can be next to a noisy cell phone user. Also, you have to learn to use the transportation or take taxis everywhere that isn’t within walking distance.
Where we stayed: Affinia Inn, on Superior Street (Near Michigan Ave. )
Day One: arrived around lunch time, shopped at the Water Tower Place, took the Architecture tour by boat.
Did some serious damage at the Borders bookstore.
Day Two 5 mile walk on the Lake Shore, (north),
Saw the Field Museum, took in a play: Billy Elliot at the Ford Center for the Performing arts.
The Field Museum: The had the mammoth exhibit; I also spent well over an hour at the “evolution of the earth” display.
Billy Elliot: we saw this by accident. We were confused on which day our tickets were for the play at the Goodman Theater were for. So we walked past the Ford Center and I noticed that Billy Elliot was going to start; someone had extra tickets and sold them to us for 25 dollars apiece. So we lucked out. 🙂
This was about a boy from a coal mining town in England during the big coal miner strike in 1984-1985 (Margaret Thatcher versus the Union).
Yes, Elton John did the music. 🙂
Day Three 5 mile walk, this time going south to the Field Museum/Shed Aquarium. Then we went to the Shed Aquarium for a while. Then we went to the Goodman Theater for the play The Good Negro.
Shed Aquarium The good: excellent exhibits (I liked the frogs, bigger fish and the underwater views). The bad: waiting to go in, and the Fantasia show was lame; the poor penguins looked scared to death and used the bathroom on the floor. The mixed: this was the “free kids day” so every public school kid from Chicago was there (ok, a mild exaggeration). But if kids bother you, don’t go on this day or wear earplugs.
The play: I enjoyed it, but in the first act, some elderly person’s hearing aide whined loudly. 🙂
Day Four 5 mile walk, then went to Hancock, then shopped. I loved the view from the top! (1000 feet up). Then we returned; long line to get on the train but they got us on quickly.
Hancock from the Lakeshore path.
Barbara Looking North from Hancock
Old Water Tower from the Hancock
Looking North from the Hancock; you can see Lakeshore drive and the Lake shore path where I walked.
Big Shoulders Course from the Hancock
The train trip home was fine, though the sorority girl behind us jabbered on and on and on and on and on…on her cell phone.
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