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Chicago Rock and Roll Half: acceptance

It wasn’t hot, but it was humid.

Splits:

11:00, 11:28, 11:34, 11:33, 12:16 (57:53), 12:38, 12:24, 12:40 (1:35:36), 12:53, 12:42 (2:01:12), 13:07, 13:29, 14:40 (2:42:29) (13:20 last mile).

You can see what the issue was: I started out too fast. My final 5K was pretty awful though I didn’t look that bad; I might have had more oomph toward the end with a more reasonable start. I’ll have to work on that.

In terms of age grading: this was similar to the walk I did in 2011 (Mobile, Alabama)

I started in Corral 16 which meant that my wave left about 31 minutes after the start. There was very little crowding early; that was a very good thing. Yes, eyestrain..lots of very tight, pretty spandex to chase. And perhaps I chased too much of it early. Somewhere around 4-5 miles (I was taking s-caps every 3-4 miles or so) I realized that my pace was unsustainable; after a sort of bad mile 6 (see the photo), I recovered somewhat and just walked.

Notes:

1. We did have a brief stop to let an emergency vehicle through.
2. There were several signs held by spectators: one said “free motivational butt slaps” (lol); the other said “you smell great”. I bellowed: “I don’t think so” and people chuckled.
3. I liked the course; in the last 2 miles or so we went past McCormick and Soldier Field and the Museum campus.
4. At about 11.5 a racewalker passed me. She told me that I had inspired her for “13 miles”. Her form looked great..and oh, what a cute rear end in shiny spandex. But alas; I tried to go after her and could not reel her in.
5. Event was well organized; I can recommend it. The lodging is pricey but the event was fine.

I did have some longing for days past when my body worked better, but I had the health and the means to do this race, and that is something to be grateful for; something to savor.

But I do have to face reality: a good marathon pace for me would be 13-13:20 or so. I need to practice walking at that pace.

Photos:


The pre race ritual…


View from my corral.

The start line is in the distance! 6 more minutes!

Ankle inflammation kept Barbara from doing the 10K. But she was a good sport and cheered me on. Here I am at mile 6; kind of rough sledding (perhaps breaking form for a water stop?)

These next 3 show me between 12 and 13; my form is MUCH better here (even legal) though I was focused on “walking as well as I could” as I knew my time was not going to be a fast one.

July 17, 2017 Posted by | travel, walking | , , , | 2 Comments

Chicago Rock and Roll Half (eve)

Aside from a construction related traffic jam on I-55 near the MLK exit, getting to the Expo was no big deal. It was large and, well, not particularly crowded; there wasn’t much that I wanted.

I put in a “seed time” of 2:35 for the half marathon (which I am planning to walk) and while it appears that we’ll have a good day for it, ok, it will be a bit humid, I might well be a few minutes slower than that. I am better rested though.

Still, it was somewhat humbling to realize that my anticipated time is over an hour slower than my masters PR (as a runner) and 18 minutes slower than my masters PR as a walker. And seeing all of those 30 to early 40-somethings and realize, well, the “midpack” is starting to advance away from me.

BUT, on the other hand, I can still play and I have the health and the financial means to participate (yeah, I splurged for a hotel near the start line; this is what I saved from not going to FANS 24 hour this year (much shorter drive too).

And I am looking forward to having some fun tomorrow. I want to try my newish walking shoes in a race (wore them for training walks) and do some “faster than anticipated marathon race pace” walking in a supported setting, and to see some of downtown Chicago!

Workout notes: easy 2 mile walk in the neighborhood.

View of downtown Chicago from a McCormick pedestrian catwalk.

Last two: Barbara trying out a massage device. 🙂

July 16, 2017 Posted by | travel, walking | , | Leave a comment

To Baldwin Wallace and Back…

And my daughter graduated college.

In front of her new apartment building…

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Parents with new graduate

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Where we ate dinner after graduation. Yes, it is on “Professor Street”

We sat in the overflow section for the chair backs; we had a seat in the side sections but moved.

Ah, thanks to a colleague who covered a final exam for me so I could attend. Now, I have one more final to give, and three to grade. LOL.

The day: pretty misty, rainy…but it is now over.

I am not all gushy, but, while I can say “well done” for a number of reasons, this accomplishment was well within her abilities. I see this as a “good start”. 🙂 Yeah, I am proud of her as she did what she was supposed to have done.

Workout notes:

Before leaving: 4.2 mile walk in 58:47 (Cornstalk classic)
While there: 4.2 mile run (turn left on the Big Creek Bike Path to the Cemetery) in 49:24
5.0 walk in 1:08:40 (sunny, cool, nice)

So, I wasn’t a *complete* couch potato.

May 8, 2017 Posted by | family, running, travel, walking | Leave a comment

New Year 2017: Colts vs. Jaguars, Pacers vs. Magic (and I used up “spouse points”)

We celebrated New Year’s Day in Indianapolis. First, we made the Colts vs. Jaguars game (1 pm ET). Then we made the Pacers vs. Magic NBA game (6 pm ET). Lucas Oil Stadium and Bankers Life Fieldhouse are about an easy 10 minute walk apart.

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The football game: The Colts won 24-20 with the winning score coming with 9 seconds to go. The irony is that the Colts won in almost exactly the same way they’ve lost this season; they were outplayed for the first 58:20 of the game, but had one last good drive. They threw an interception, lost a fumble on a “t-formation” snap from center and got a punt blocked. In fact, the Colts were outgained 470-384.

But…after getting pushed all over the field for most of the first half (and getting booed), they were down 17-0 prior to driving for a field goal. The Jaguars drove but then missed a 30 yard field goal; so the half ended 17-3.

The Colts held their own in the second half, getting a drive to cut the lead to 17-10 The defense got some stops and some turnovers, and so the Colts made it 17-17 in the 4’th. But with 2 minutes to go in the game, the Jags blocked a Colts punt; there was a delay in the game to see where the ball should go, as the punter made a desperation throw (forward)…so the ball went to the scrimmage lines.

The Jags tried three runs to force the Colts to use their time outs. They kicked a 41 yard field goal, and a touchback on the kickoff placed the Colts at their own 25 with 1:32 to go…and no time outs.

They drove it to the 20 using passes and “spike to stop the clock”. Then the Colts threw a pass that ended on the 1; a quick spike stopped the clock at 14 seconds. Time for perhaps a shot in the end zone, but they couldn’t afford a sack or a stop in the field of play. They got the TD with 9 seconds to go…on a short pass. I really thought that the Colts were finished.

The Jaguars reminded me of the Browns against the Chiefs last year; they had a bad record (and of course, still do) but came in and played hard.

My photos:

Barbara with the Bill Hudnut statue (former Mayor of Indianapolis)

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Random fan.

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Colts enter the field.

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The action from our perch in the first row of the upper deck; I sat next to the same two ladies that I sat next to last year (for the Texans game)…4 seats over.

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We then walked to the Pacers game; we had to wait a few minutes as they let people in 1 hour ahead of time. I did see a few Colts jerseys there. Note: they had a nice crowd (17,500); there were a few empty seats in the “non-luxury” sections.

The Pacers won 117-104, getting 35 points in the second quarter to lead 62-51. They shot 40.9 percent (9-22) from 3 point range; or put it this way: the Magic made 10-38…one more 3 point basket made but 16 extra attempts to achieve that! Also, the Pacers were 22-24 from the free throw line; the Magic were 10-11.

My photos

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The cheerleaders

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The massive scoreboard

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There is someone rappelling down…hard to see but look at the center.

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Pacers enter

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Tipoff

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The Turner Block Rowdies

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January 3, 2017 Posted by | basketball, football, NBA, NFL, travel | , | 1 Comment

Armed Forces Bowl 2016: Navy loses a heartbreaker to Louisiana Tech 48-45

One of our mini-vacations was to go to Fort Worth to see the Armed Forces Bowl between Navy and Louisiana Tech. Navy came in with losses to Temple in the AAC Championship game (34-10) and to Army 21-17. Louisiana Tech lost a shootout to Western Kentucky in the Conference USA championship game, though they had defeated WKU in the regular season. I saw this bowl in 2013.

So it was no. 2 Conference USA vs. no. 2 AAC, and it was a great game. Navy piled up 459 total yards, including 300 on the ground; Louisiana Tech got 497, with 409 coming via the air.

Tech won 48-45, but it was quite a shootout, with the winning points coming on a field goal on the last play of the game.

The Bulldogs started things off with a big kick return from half of their two man wrecking crew; that set them up at the Navy 16 and the Bulldogs punched it in. Navy fumbled on their second play from scrimmage and the Bulldogs answered with a field goal to go up 10-0 early. The teams settled down, and aside from a rare punt, it was score, score, score.

Navy went in to the half trailing 31-24.

The second half saw Navy eat up 7 minutes to tie the game at 31. Tech fumbled in scoring position on their next position but Navy had to punt. Then Tech scored to go up 38-31; but the Midshipmen answered.

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Tech scored again in the 4’th to take a brief lead. Then the Mids got the ball back, lost their starting quarterback (who was 3’rd team at the start of the season) only to have the backup run for a touchdown on his first touch. 45-45! But that left 3:46 on the clock, and the Midshipmen had used their timeouts. So the Bulldogs moved the ball and wisely milked the clock, which enabled them to kick the winning field goal on the final play of the game.

Overall, it was wild. Navy complained about some calls. One pass interference call, you can see in a gif file. The Navy defender did tug at the arm..which is a penalty.

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But this hand fighting was overlooked on other plays; my guess is that the Tech receiver, being an outstanding player, got the benefit of the doubt. And no. 5 just killed up; 200+ receiving yards.

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My photos

The game itself

The Bulldog offense lines up

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Navy’s offense

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Navy’s defense regroups

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High drama at the end; 17 seconds to go; the Tech band in the background.

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Before and after the game

Where I did my exercise walk prior to leaving for the game: this old golf course has been converted into a park with sidewalk trails; it includes a dog park.

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Barbara and Jacob near the Davy O’Bryan statue on the TCU campus.

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The opposing band

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The Brigade contingent at the game. This was me 36 years ago (at the old Garden State Bowl in December 1980)

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Navy enters the field!

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Halftime enlistment ceremony

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Selfie at the game

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On the way back to the car: note the purple (TCU’s color)

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Mexican food after the game

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December 25, 2016 Posted by | college football, football, travel | , | Leave a comment

674 miles plus a bit more…

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674 miles, 9 am to 9:12 pm, with stops for lunch and dinner. Barbara took a couple of hours of it; that helped.

Then came Christmas dinner: Barbara, Jacob and I went to the Indian restaurant, and saw Terri Brink there (with friend) too.

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Workout notes: I had a 4.5 mile walk on the old golf course on game day,
4.0 treadmill run (41:00) via: 1 mile easy, alternate .25 at 6.7, .25 at 5.6 for 1.5 miles, .6 miles at 6.7, walk to 3.25, 5.6 and up to 3.75, 7.0 to 4. Then rotator cuff, 20 x 50 military (dumbbells, seated, supported)
4.0 Cornstalk classic slow run (wet, 37 F) outside prior to the dinner.

December 25, 2016 Posted by | family, running, travel, walking | , | Leave a comment

Baymont Inn in Springfield, MO to Fairfield Inn in Fort Worth

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Ok, the drive was fine; we even stopped for food in Stroud, OK at 5-star Barbecue which was excellent, though it appeared to be quite ordinary from the outside.

until we got near Fort Worth on I-35 W…then arrrgh! Things are torn up and confusing; our google maps application had us getting and off IH-35 W (we ignored those rogue instructions), perhaps the usual route was on and off of service roads? It was terrible…until IH-30.

But our dinner with Shirley was wonderful; it was at Istanbul Grill in Arlington, and the food is outstanding, as was the service.

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Workout notes Prior to the trip, I did 2 miles on the hotel treadmill; 5.2-5.6 every 2 minutes, then 6.7 for .5 miles, 6.8 for .25 and 6.9 for .25 for a total of 2 miles. It was quick enough so that my family didn’t get too upset with me.

December 23, 2016 Posted by | running, travel | , , | Leave a comment

Springfield, Missouri

And we are off to Fort Worth for the Armed Forces Bowl on Friday.
We are stopped in Springfield, MO for the evening.

Workout notes: weights plus a 5K walk on the track prior to leaving; last two miles were 13:43 and 13:21.

Rotator cuff, pull ups (5 sets of 10, so-so), bench press: 10 x 135, 4 x 190, 10 x 170, incline press: 10 x 145, rows: 3 sets of 10 with 50 (each arm), military: 10 x 50 standing, 20 x 50 seated, supported, 10 x 40 standing. head stand, abs (2 sets of 10 yoga leg lifts, 12 twist crunches).

Barbara took this shot while we were on I-44, near Rolla. This doesn’t do justice to how red the sky was:

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December 22, 2016 Posted by | travel, walking, weight training | Leave a comment

To Baldwin Wallace and Back..again…easy this time

My “back and forth” trip to Baldwin Wallace and back was a bit of a whirlwind. But the driving was easy (for a change) and the visit rewarding, at least for me.

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I took the southern route as there is less truck traffic on it, save the stretch between Dayton, OH and Indianapolis, IN on I-70. A LOT of trucks on that stretch! And beware: going from I-70 to I-74 can be tricky; I use the Sam Jones Expressway.

While Olivia was here we took her to a ball game: Bradley vs. Texas-Arlington. BU fell behind 12-0 but rallied to take a 1 point lead…and ended up losing by 5. But they looked better than they did against a similar Delaware team earlier in the year.

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Bradley being a 10 point underdog, plus a mild ice storm kept attendance down.

Olivia’s rabbit “Bucky” was a big hit with me:

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Tracy liked Bucky too.

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Workout notes: 4 mile walk on the treadmill yesterday: 50:36. 2 mile run on the Markin track today: 9:50/8:43 for 18:34 (lane 2). That second mile was work (4:24/4:19), though not all out.

December 21, 2016 Posted by | family, interstate highways, running, travel, walking | , , | Leave a comment

Trump, “Real America” and all sorts of “Political Correctness”

I am on the road and we stopped near Columbus, Ohio for the evening. We are about 6 hours out of Peoria.

I have time for some political posting.

So, Donald J. Trump will be President. Oh yes, there might be a “faithless elector” or two, but that won’t stop him. We need to engage in very basic politics to stop him. That doesn’t mean that we take Russian interference lying down; Sen. Lindsey Gram offers some good suggestions.

Paul Krugman offers suggestions on how to channel that “cool anger”. I agree: we should really make the case that Trump really represents wealthy interests and little else; he won’t help improve the normal lives of the “rank and file” nor will he level the playing field so as to empower the rank and file to improve their own live (which is what most really want anyway).

Though America is NOT the GOP, America is NOT a liberal college campus either. The average American is not going to get the vapors if Trump doesn’t speak according to some approved “PC” script. We can show that Trump is making the playing field more unequal though…he is lying about big manufacturing coming back, he is going to try to take away people’s health insurance and he will do nothing to “Make America Great Again.”

We have to make him pay a political price for that, and that means nominating those with the political skill to do it.

About political correctness: Yeah, I get tired of all of this nonsense that says that “rural, Trump voting” people are the “real Americans” and that the rest of us (close to 3 million more!) are, what?

But, I will continue to call out liberal political correctness, which sometimes can be so pervasive that it actually attacks well established scientific results.

Workout notes: easy 3.1 mile walk (5K) on the treadmill yesterday; 39:10.

December 15, 2016 Posted by | political/social, politics, politics/social, science, social/political, travel, walking | , , | Leave a comment