Treadmill half marathon

Snow. Yuck. It isn’t that bad; I’d say 1.5 inches or so.

So I went to the Riverplex to walk a half marathon indoors. I did it in segments:

1: 5 miles in 1:03:34. I did it “frog boil” style, starting at 3.8 mph and moving up .1 mph every 3 minutes until 48 minutes, then stayed at 5.3 mph for the rest. That put me at 4.68 miles in 1 hour and I used the 5 minute cool down segment to get to 5.
2: 5 miles in 1:10:40. I used 1:04 to get to 4.5 and then did 6:40 to get .5 on the neighboring treadmill. This was a 0-.5-1….up to 5.0 for 4 minutes, back down the same way, then 1 mile plus at 5.
3. 3.1 miles in 43:32 (42:08 for 3); did this one “random pattern”

2:57:46 for the half marathon.

I did some stretching and squats.

I’ll finish watching the Bradley women (who are winning) on ESPN3 and then the men in progress, then dinner with a friend.

February 14, 2016 Posted by | walking | Leave a comment

Saving a bust of a workout


Well, our “fake spring” is over. Back to winter time, though the snow isn’t that bad for this time of year. But any is too much for me. :-)

So I took it indoors. 2 mile treadmill in 21:20, then I thought about trying 4 miles on the track. I was laboring in mile 2 and so I changed my mind and made it 5K (lane 2)
8:57, 8:46, 8:35 (26:19), 27:19. then I walked on the treadmill, starting at 3.9 mph and increasing every 2 minutes then playing between 12:15 and 11:45 mpm (mostly 12 mpm): 38:45 for 3, 40:02 for 3.11 (5K)

That was enough for today; it was far from stellar but …well, not that bad for 1 month after blood donation and for this not being a race.

Now to attempt to be productive.

February 9, 2016 Posted by | running, walking | Leave a comment

Playing too much?

Well, today wasn’t very productive but I enjoyed it.
Morning: bassprocemetery

I was a bit sloppy and I wasn’t very fast. It took me 3:19 to cover this course; it was probably (realistically) about 13 miles (walking). I saw several runners; course was to Bass Pro, back, then to the end of Springdale (via the goose loop), mausoleum loop, back via the gooseloop with 2 extra gooseloop laps.

Then came a Bradley womens’s game; BU lost to Southern Illinois 65-51; SIU had a player from East Peoria who drew many local supporters. They simply shot the ball very well and got open looks.

Tracy met me there for most of the game; walked back to the house with me and we had our own “Super Bowl” party with some Middle Eastern food from Jerusalem Restaurant (highly recommended).

The Super Bowl itself was a defensive slugfest which the Broncos won 24-10; the first Bronco TD came on a strip sack/fumble recovery and the second was set up by a forced fumble inside the 10. A long punt return set up one field goal. The Panthers had a drive for a touchdown; their field goal game via a turnover.

Hopefully I’ll play a little LESS this upcoming week and have something more worthy of being written about. :-)

February 8, 2016 Posted by | football, Friends, walking | , | Leave a comment

Iowa Results…

Workout notes: not that bad. I took it to the track because I wanted a bit more turnover.
Lane 2: 9:48, 9:23, 9:25, 9:13 (37:52) 8:50, 8:29 (55:12), 2:29 (57:41 for 10K), then 27:41 walk (2 miles) on the treadmill, starting at 3.7 mph and upping it every 2 minutes.

Last 2 miles: 17:19, which isn’t that bad given a reasonable first 4 and that I wasn’t killing myself. I really am starting to feel a bit like my younger self..just a bit. I think it is because I am in a better place emotionally than I was at the end of last year. And part of it is that I’ve recovered from my “marathon/trail 30 mile” double (3 weeks apart).

Yes, I know; this 57 minutes isn’t the 45-46 minutes that I was doing 15 years ago. But it is better than I was a few months ago and that will have to do.

Iowa The traditional right winger Cruz beat the “populist right winger” Trump 28-24; high turnout and the fact that the “late deciders” didn’t like Trump helped Cruz. Now will Trump stick around or take his ball and go home?

Among the Democrats: Sanders people are spinning. Clinton people are spinning.

Here is how I see it: IF the goal of the Sanders campaign is to be heard and taken seriously and possibly to influence the platform, then they did very well. They came from nowhere, worked their butts off and got good results.
But if their goal is to WIN the nomination, then it wasn’t good for them. They had demographics (a mostly white state), a liberal Democratic electorate, and it was a caucus where enthusiasm meant a great deal. And with all that, they couldn’t win.

As a Clinton supporter: I am relieved but not in a celebratory mood.

How this affected the betting lines: she slipped a bit in the overall going from 5/6 to 10/11, but still remains “better than even money”. And Trump has slipped and Rubio moved up ahead of him!


I admit that, as a Democrat, Rubio worries me more than the other candidates.

February 2, 2016 Posted by | politics, politics/social, running, walking | , , , , | Leave a comment

Longish walk (personal and trivial)


13.3 mile walk in 3:16 (14:45 pace); 1:37 to the end of Springdale and 1:39:30 back (extra loop around the mausoleum. Great day for it; 49…damp but then sunny at the finish. This was like an April day! This is one of the best winters in a long time.

Note: I have 173 miles (running/walking) for 2016, but this is due to having the last weekend in the same month (two “sort-of” long walks).

While I was walking:


Yes, this is so true for me, for a number of reasons. I’ll list a few:

1. Ideas that “just popped into my head” aren’t even “half baked”…they are still raw dough. :-) Yeah, I am idiot, but I’d rather not provide extra evidence for it!

2. If it is a personal situation, the vast majority of the time, I don’t have all of the relevant facts and context.

3. And, IF it is a case where I am angry, it is almost always essential that I “zip the lip”. This especially applies in situations where we are joking around and someone says something that just irritates the **it out of me..and this can happen when the person saying it is merely joining in. Often it isn’t *what* is said, but *who* is saying it and my history with that individual. Two people can say essentially the same thing; in one case I’ll give an honest laugh but in the other case, I want to say F**K YOU.

January 31, 2016 Posted by | walking | | Leave a comment

Feeling better by putting others down..

I sometimes to some thinking during my longer workouts.
Today, I wanted to run a “faster” pace and then walk a bit and get some sun.

Frog Boil: start 5.2 mph for 3 minutes and increase by 0.1 mph every 3 minutes.
I was at mile 4 in 41:03 and mile 6 in 58:36 (17:33 for final 2 miles), 10K in 1:00:30
3 mile walk on the track (to dry off my shirt) 43:21 (lane 2, Riverplex)
3 mile walk outside (Hooters to the start of the Marina and back; mostly snow/ice free) and some nice sun.

Total: 12 miles, or 23 miles for the weekend, or 38 running/walking for the week. 3100, 2200, 2650 yard swims, and 3 lifting sessions.

It isn’t much but it is a start, and my body is starting to perk up again.

Treadmill note: the gym was mostly empty and almost all of the treadmills were empty. So someone gets on…Right. Next. To. Me.
Ok, it was a very nice looking bespandexed younger woman so it wasn’t all bad…but why right next to me?

Title of the post I critique ideas and will continue to do so. And yes, I put my own ideas out there for critique; and sometimes they get published.
I’ll continue to critique ideas.

However I have an internal mean streak that sometimes surfaces and I get the urge to make a mean spirited “joke” at someone’s expense (e. g. via a meme, etc.)
That is almost always as sign that I am frustrated with my own life..and there is only one way to deal with that. I need to focus on my OWN shortcomings…and there are a LOT of those.


January 24, 2016 Posted by | running, walking | | Leave a comment

Back indoors to run

I got started too late this morning due to last night’s basketball game.
Yes, Bradley lost to Illinois State 55-52, but BU was down 41-27 with 12:xx to go and rallied to cut it to 4 with 3:xx left in the game. The team IS looking better; I see clear progress. There were fewer turn overs and the big players held their own this time.

Yes, it WAS an ugly game with not much scoring early on.

Now about the run: lane 2 of the track: 10:02, 9:36, 9:30, 9:21 (38:21), 9:11 (47:43), 8:57 (56:40), 59:03 for 10K (50 laps). I had a few people to chase from time to time.
Then 14:55 walk on the treadmill (1 mile) to cool down.

Outside: 17 F, but the roads are still mostly snow/ice covered.

January 21, 2016 Posted by | basketball, running, walking | | Leave a comment

Social Media data mining and 2 F walk


Wunderground had it at 2 F with 10 mile per hour winds. There was a dusting of snow on the ground. I bounded and walked 5 outside; footing was ok. But I finished with 3 in 38:40 on the treadmill to give me 8 for the day.

I was too cold to think of much.

Data mining: I’ve openly complained about the Rams moving to Los Angeles. I compared them to an unfaithful spouse. And so I got e-mail


Yes; I got my second “divorce attorney” ad (they came after my online complaints that had words such as “never loved me”, “unfaithful”, “tramp”, etc. And of course, “Vivid Seats” has identified me as a LOS ANGELES Rams fan. :-)

Nope. Either Colts or Bears, depending on which games I can get to and who I can round up into going with me.

Off to watch the Bradley women take on Wichita State; the latter went from “best in the league” last season to “tied for the worst”, due to player attrition and the coach coming under fire for being too hard on the players.

Go figure.

January 17, 2016 Posted by | walking | , | Leave a comment

Having to cut back

I admit that I used break as kind of a training camp to get going on sports. But I’ll have to cut back when classes start, and while this might not limit my volume all that much, it will reduce the quality a bit. The workouts won’t be quite so leisurely paced.

Weights: rotator cuff, pull ups (5 sets of 10),
bench press: 10 x 135, 9 x 170 (strong)
incline press: 2 sets of 10 x 140 (easy)
military (dumbbells) : 2 sets of 12 x 50 seated, supported, 10 x 40 standing
rows: 2 sets of 10 x 50 each arm (dumbbells), 10 x 110 machine
abs: 2 sets of twist crunches, 2 sets of yoga leg lifts, moving bridge, headstand

Walking: 4 miles in 52:08 (14:01, 12:55, 12:49, 12:23), (lane 2), one more treadmill mile in 14:20 (1-2-3-4-5-6-7 then 7 minutes at 8)

I feel very good. I’m sure that will change soon enough. :-)

January 14, 2016 Posted by | walking, weight training | Leave a comment

What makes us good also drives others crazy

Workout notes I made a mistake and didn’t notice that there would be no 11-1 pm swim at the university.
I did get in a nice weight workout and a walk though.

Weights: rotator cuff
pull ups: 15-10-10-10-5
bench press: 10 x 135, 4 x 185, 9 x 170
incline: 10 x 135
military: 2 sets of 12 x 50 dumbbells, seated, supported, 10 x 40
rows: 2 sets of 10 x 50 dumbbell, 10 x 110 machine.
Abs: 3 sets of 12 twist crunch, 2 sets of 10 yoga leg lifts, moving bridge recoveries, headstand.

Walk: 26:47 for 2 miles (lane 2 track; 13:40/13:07) then 28:40 for 2 miles on the treadmill, going 0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7 elevation 3 times plus some more 2-3-4-5-6-7: 4 miles total.

Post: Vontaze Burfict was suspended for 3 games next season. He is a Cincinnati Bengals linebacker. Though he was a star at Arizona State (I was him play against Illinois in 2011), he was not drafted due to teams being scared away by his instability.

And the playoff game against the Steelers showed that. One one hand he was all over the field, making plays that only he could make. And with 1:4x left in the game, Bengals up by 1 and the Steelers with the ball, he made a fantastic interception to all but seal the game.

But the Bengals fumbled it away, and on the ensuing Steeler drive, Burfict drew a 15 yard penalty for a head to head hit on a pass play, well after the ball had passed the receiver. That, plus another 15 yard penalty on the aftermath (against a Bengal defensive back) gave the Steelers 30 extra yards with 18 seconds to go and didn’t cost the Steelers any time. The Steelers won the game with a field goal.

In short, Burfict basically won the game (if it weren’t for the fumble) and lost the game, all within the last 1:45 or so.

His “devil may care” attitude makes him a great, athletic player….and costs his team key penalties.

What a great metaphor for our character defects!

One of mine is that I tend to obsess. Socially, and in other cases, I don’t know when to back off.

This makes me difficult to be around and difficult to live with..and at times, difficult to be friends with.
But my being obsessive helped me lose and keep off 140 pounds …though it may have helped me gain the weight to begin with.
My being obsessive makes me a bore at times. But that is also what got me the Ph. D. in math, despite having subpar talent. It got me 101 miles of walking in under 24 hours despite having no athletic ability.

I might workout too much. But many guys my age look like Jabba The Hut..I do not.

It helps me solve math problems and publish math articles….I keep at the problem …sometimes for too long. But I also have a trouble getting unproductive ideas and thoughts out of my head.

January 12, 2016 Posted by | NFL, Personal Issues, social/political, walking, weight training | Leave a comment


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