Well, we had a lunch date with a friend and I got a latish start and, well, I didn’t feel super when I started out. But I went out anyway.
It was sticky (75 F, 84 percent humidity at the start; 85 F, 67 percent humidity at the end. But it wasn’t raining. Out: I was at the 7.91 mile mark in 2:03 (15:35 pace) and I made the return trip in 1:54 (14:25 pace); then I added a 90 seconds out, 90 seconds back along Cooper to get me to a full 16 miles.
1. A couple of young men saw me walking back and said “he is powerwalking like a MOFO”…and it was said in a cheerful way. I remarked that I had 15 down at that point.
2. Along the trail between Affina and Bishop Hill, there are some green frogs (rana clamitans) that were just croaking their hearts out.
3. A couple of cute GILFs were riding their bikes and came up on me and said “on your left” which sort of startled me. One said “I’m sorry; I didn’t mean to startle you” but I was pleasant.
4. The return trip was 10 minutes faster than my out trip, even though I really didn’t have that much of an elevation change advantage.
5. My knees and legs felt great during the walk, but I “felt it” afterward. But yes, this was one of my better “longish” walks over the past 5 years or so.
I think that I’ll do this sort of alternating; maybe 20 next weekend, then 16 the weekend after that and keep that pattern up until it is time to taper for my October marathon (Peoria). I might take on a winter challenge; either a straight 50 mile event (15 hour time limit and a paved bike path course) or perhaps one of those “Saturday/Sunday” marathon challenges. I am not sure; I need to see how my training goes. Or I might enter a 55 hour event with the goal of getting 100 miles in under 48 hours (easy bike path course). Who knows. But I think that for right now I need to focus on walking a “respectable” marathon (read: sub 5:30 in good weather).
Workout notes: I woke up sore and stiff.
TMI to follow (for my own records): I had my first BM since before the 24 hour race started; not sure what that means except that I didn’t eat that much during the race.
Back to not TMI: I figured that I’d do some light exercise. I jogged 2 miles on the treadmill in 21 minutes (11:05 first mile; sped up on the second; first 4 minutes were HARD for me but then I loosened up.
Then I went walking for 22 minutes in the Minnesota Wildlife Refuge just across the street; I made some crows very angry though they did not dive bomb me.
So that was 2 miles of running; 1 of slow hiking.
There is something about my ritual of pressing “reset” on my watch after a race; that means the last race is really over and it is time to think about the next one.
Seeing the Centurions inspired me but I have to remember that isn’t going to happen for me; if I ever want to walk 100 miles again, I should think about a 30 hour time limit and train HARD for it.
A few more photos:
Somewhere around mile 20 (I’ve moved my number to the front); my form has already started to fall apart (over striding, bent forward); that is a conditioning issue from not doing enough long walks. I said that this was “participatory” (and they didn’t judge knees at this race, thank goodness).
Early in the race, coming off of the gravel section.
Early in the race; note my support leg is nice and straight.
Workout notes well, workouts for the next 2-4 weeks will be lighter than normal.
Weights: 3 sets of 10 pull ups
Bench: 10 x 135, 1 x 185, 1 x 195 (hard), 3 x 180, 10 x 155 (rotator cuff)
pull ups: 1 set of 10, 2 sets of 5
military: standing, 3 sets of 10 x 40 dumbbell
rows: 2 sets of 10 x 200 Hammer
pull downs: 2 sets of 10 x 150
That isn’t that much easier than normal, but it is a start.
Then running (pouring rainstorm outside)
treadmill run: 3.11 miles (5K) in 28:56; first mile was 11:04 then 2 miles in 17:00 (.5 6.8, .5 6.9, .25: 7-7.1-7.2-7.3, .11 in 7.4)
1 mile walk on the track (started going the wrong way for Tuesday: I was using Monday’s direction) Ooops!
Afterward, my legs felt refreshed.
The bench press (195) was my best of 2015; I am going to have to see when the last time I got 200. In August 2013 I got 205. (August 23). I haven’t seen heavier since then.
Highlights: 3 times around the Goose loop (almost) plus one out and back.
Temperature: overcast, high 50’s, some breeze. I didn’t exactly push but I was very slow; 15:47 pace. The last uphill leg was 39:29.
Reality: my “just walking” pace was 14-14:30 mpm back in 2004-2005. Now it is 15:30-16:00. That pretty much coincides with the increase in my easy running pace. Over the past decade I’ve suffered about an 11 percent slow down.
So I can either accept it or quit. And the latter isn’t an option. :-)
And the good news: I enjoyed the walk.
I went to a 5K run; after I finished I stuck around for the food, the raffle and the awards. They called people up to get medals…by “age group.” Then I noticed that they did not call my name.
I went up to ask why. They told me that the fastest man, the fastest woman, and the fastest person in each respective age/sex group gets an award. The FASTEST.
Now how is that fair? I was out on the course longer than my age group winner (a whole lot longer!). I pointed out how unfair that was!
The race director told me that the age group winner could get like me by gaining weight and reducing his training. That was uncalled for!
Then I saw the race results. They were listed by time….in order of finish…with the fastest runners listed at the top!
Why, that makes me feel bad! Such practices should be stopped immediately!
I can’t use the gym anymore either. In the weight room, they have all of these big plates for the barbells:
And you have guys doing bench presses with 3 (or more!) of these on each side of the barbell.
That makes me feel bad!
I’m writing a petition to the gym to get the excess 45 pound plates removed so that there are only 2 per bar; I am tired of getting shamed.
I’ve decided that the critics are correct: running isn’t good for you. So no more running for me. Instead I’ll sleep in and eat a hearty breakfast:
No football for me this year.
I’d say that I’d boycott gyms that allow spandex to be worn as outer wear, but I no longer work out hard. Perhaps I can find a Planet Fitness somewhere where the weights are light and no spandex is allowed. Besides I am tired of being intimidated. Every time someone bench presses 300+ pounds, it hurts my feelings.
And I am going to quit walking to work and I am going to sell my Prius and buy one of these:
Political and Social
Here is a great article about why the newly passed Indiana law is an excellent idea (via: an op. ed. by Governor Pence in The Wall Street Journal)
We have a Presidential Election coming up next year. I am backing Ted Cruz. Here is why. (via Newsmax)
This is the sort of leadership we need in the Senate: Senator Jim Inhofe exposes the “global warming hoax” very convincingly.
My workout went fine. But …well..
Weights: pull ups, 4 sets of 10, then one “almost 10″ (8 then 5-10 second rest followed by 2 more), hip hikes and Achilles.
bench: 10 x 135, 4 x 170 (weak), 8 x 155 (weak), rotator cuff
incline: 8 x 135 (weak)
military (3 sets of 10 x 40 dumbbell, standing), rotator cuff
pull downs: 2 sets different machine (130), 1 set 7 x 160 traditional, 7 x 100 low
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110 (machine)
I did some back exercises as well.
Note: though the gym was sparsely populated, there were still a few students there, and many (most?) bring their smart phones and just thumb away at it between sets. That is the downside to using the university gym.
But then as I went to run (outside, good day for it)…I got pretty anxious for the first 3-4 minutes; I almost turned around and went home; it was almost a “I can’t do this” panic attack.
I reminded myself that I merely had a recent virus for a couple of weeks and that prior to that, I wasn’t exactly an invalid.
I forced myself to get going and 3-4 minutes later, I was fine. The run went reasonably well (though hardly fast) and on one stretch, I even turned to look at a woman running in shiny red tights.
So I finished fine..but wonder what the anxiety was about. It is almost as if I’ve become addicted to the treadmill and the serenity of just zoning in on my effort.
Grumble…crummy weather; still not well…minor exertion makes me cough and my lower abs are killing me from coughing. I do feel better though…a lot better. Tomorrow: I’ll clear the walk for my workout; it is cold, fluffy stuff and shouldn’t be too taxing though it will make me cough, and my wife is worthless when it comes to helping out.
I’m still glad she is home though. Still, it has gotten to the point whenever I am injured or sick, we have two weak people, not just one. And, she is coughing worse than I am due to the lung irritation she got while on her trip.
I wish that stupid jet stream would do its job. Gads, this is ANOTHER “winter that will never end”. Most of the planet is roasting, and we have that arctic air mass parked right over us.
Now about the basketball game:
Before the game, I posted this on the fan board:
Betting line: Missouri State favored by 3.
Sagarin ratings suggest a 5 point Mo. State win.
Jones expected to start in place of Grier.
MSU got hammered 78-43 by Drake; it was 35-14 at the half. Drake blew open an 11-11 game with 61.9 percent 3 point shooting.
Mo. State beat ISU blue in their last home game.
Prediction: Mo. State 50, BU 48
Yeah, it went 3 overtimes and I watched all of it on the TV.
Mo. State shot 50 percent from the field to take a 32-23 lead at the half; BU’s shooting percentage was abysmal (34.5 percent)
Still; Missouri State, mostly on strong put backs under the basket, did get out to a 20-6 lead and so at 32-23, BU had some momentum going into the half.
In the second half, BU challenged MSU’s guards away from the basket and forced the Bears to take some really awful shots. They weren’t going inside as they did before.
So Bradley crawled back into it and even built a 4 point lead with 5 minutes to go. MSU came back to regain the lead but never lead by more than 2, and a jump shot with 20 seconds tied the game.
So, it ended 50-50; BU had fought all the way back.
First overtime: back and forth; BU’s rebounding kept them in it (star freshman forward had 21 rebounds to go with his 15 points); neither team could lead by more than 3 and it ended tied at 58.
THEN came the second overtime. Bradley OWNED the first 2:26 of the second overtime and took a 65-58 lead; I even said “I think BU is going to win this one.”
I spoke too soon; a 3 point shot (by someone who was struggling to hit them) pull them to within 4. A stop, they get it and score 2 and now it is 65-63. Foul, one of BU’s stronger shooters split the pair to make it 66-63.
They FINALLY nail another 3 (late in the game, MSU shot better) and it is 66-66. But BU draws a foul and goes to the line: 1 of 2 again and now BU leads 67-66 with 57 seconds to go.
Then comes the final sequence of events. MSU with the ball. BRADLEY steal and a foul! BU hits both and now it is 69-66 with 18 seconds to go. Missed 3, rebound BU and a foul! Two shots!!! And….
Still, 14 seconds are left in the game and…they….NAIL a 3. 6 seconds are left and that is how that ends.
The go out to a 3 point lead on a 3; BU gets fouled on a 3 and makes 2 of 3. So it is 72-71 Bears. Still BU claws back to take their last lead of the night with 2:28 to go on two free throws at 73-72.
it goes back and forth …and at 73-73
Then starts the turn of events; BU guard gets his pocket picked; lay up plus a foul. Now it is 76-73 with 1:53, and BU starts missing shots.
Rebounding (that Bradley freshman forward again) gets a put back and it is 76-75 with 23 seconds.
BU tries to trap; fouls their best free throw shooter who puts it to 78-75…and ANOTHER down the stretch turn over. It is now 80-75 with 15 seconds to go…a miss, rebound and now there is only 1 second left. Mo. State fouls a desperation 3 point attempt and the BU shooter hits 2 and tries to miss the third as there is no time to do anything else…but the miss doesn’t draw iron.
So it ends 80-77, the 3 point spread that the gamblers predicted.
Well, on one hand, I am proud that the team didn’t quit. On the other hand…second overtime…it was BU’s for the taking.
Oh well…that kind of winter around here…
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