The FAILS of desperation and other nonsense…

Workout notes: sore right shoulder so I took it sort of easy:

Weights: 5 sets of 10 pull ups (slowly)
rotator cuff
incline press: 10 x 135, 7 x 150, 10 x 135
military press: 2 sets of 10 x 40 standing (dumbbells), 10 x 45
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 40
head stand (sort of unsteady)
twist crunch (2 sets of 12), yoga leg lifts (2 sets of 10)

Walking: 52:10 for 33 laps of lane 1 on the track (just over 4 miles) 12:57/12:55/12:30/12:15/1:30

Later: 2 miles with the group.

Posts and FAILS

Dennis Hastert: former Speaker of the House and convicted child molester. Note his wheelchair: an attempt to garner sympathy?

On less severe levels
Ted Cruz: syas that Carly Fiorina would be his running mate if he is the nominee. This helps…how?

Our Republican friends: some of them are claiming:


So, now cartoons “prove” things. No wonder so few scientists are Republicans.

But some Sanders supportersare equally delusional:

Imagine, if you will, a vocal and disenfranchised block of voters disgusted with their party’s primary process and the anointed nominee, after watching the man who embodied their hopes and dreams being cast aside.

Imagine their calling for him to run as an independent, to stand for them and against an establishment that has been in the driver’s seat far too long and does not represent their interests.
I give you independent third-party candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

“Disenfranchised”? So, your candidate losing an election is called being “disenfranchised”? LOL.:-)

Now for some WIN


Hillary Clinton: 1/3; those are the best odds yet. Yes, she had a good night, losing only Rhode Island and piling up massive margins in Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland. She padded her lead by 53 pledged delegates and now leads by 297. We are now at a place where Sanders needs to win on the order of 65 percent of the remaining pledged delegates to draw even…not going to happen.

Donald Trump: crushed Cruz and now has a massive lead.

April 28, 2016 Posted by | political/social, politics, social/political, walking, weight training | , , , | Leave a comment

Time to get off of the fence…

I wanted to see how today’s “second long” workout went (did 20.6 yesterday; 15.4 run, 5.2 walk)


Course: 15.7 3:52:51 (14:50 mpm) plus 8:40 for .61 (14:12) Total: 4:01 for 16.31 or 14:49 mpm.

I was slightly stiff at first but the downhill part of the course (I went in reverse of my usual order) loosened me up a bit. I took it from the house to the Riverplex, around the goose loop, followed the bike path up to the Bishop hill crossing, and then turned onto Bishop Hill, Harmon, and then to Grandview to the Tower; then the reverse of the Boredom to McClure and then to Broadway to Columbia Terrace.

At home, I did a Bradley Markin/Colosseum loop (.61 miles) to get over 16.

April weekends: 18/13, 18/14, 18/15, 20/16. The next two weekend will be “sort of” step back workouts (5K Saturday, long Sunday) though I might go long on the second Friday, or somehow go long after that 5K.

These workouts do not compare to what I was doing in 2004-2005 (when I walked my best long distance stuff, and got 101, 88, 81 for the 24 and finished 2 other 100 milers) they are way better than I did last year.

Therefore I signed up for the FANS 24 hour walk. Goal: triple marathon (a tough goal for me). Last year I managed 59.9 miles with almost zero distance training. So can I get 20 more miles this time around?

As far as this walk: breezy at times, but otherwise great weather. I almost saw a spectacular car crash on McClure; some jackass pulled out of a convenience store parking lot and, with an SUV right behind him, did a quick U-turn. The SUV came inches from crashing into the driver’s side and eliminating him from the “reproduction” pool. Fortunately the SUV driver was alert and stopped in the nick of time.

Later: I got to watch the Chiefs lose in 11 innings 5-1; they gave up 4 runs in the top of the 11’th. In the bottom of the 10’th, the Chiefs got a lead off double and a sacrifice fly moved the runner to 3’rd. So the Timber Rattlers intentionally walked the next batter..and the next batter…hit into a double play. (great defensive strategy!)


April 24, 2016 Posted by | baseball, ultra, walking | , , | Leave a comment

sore shoulder but…

Yeah, my shoulder is slightly sore. I might give in and take some NSAIDS, though I really don’t want to.

And I’ll confess something: I have some mild “anxiety” before my long run attempts; in my head I remember my failures and not my far more numerous successes.

But I got out there:


That took 2:53:47 (1:27:47/1:26:00) Though the return is downhill, I started to fatigue. Pace: 11:15 mpm.
Then I got a drink of water and kicked myself into walking my 5.2 mile West Peoria course (flat); pace was about 15:55 or so (just under 1:23 “by the day” time, which included breaks for traffic, etc.) My legs (calves especially) were like rocks.

Total workout: 20.6 miles in 4:13, or roughly 12:25 mpm.

The shoulder hurt a little; I had to tell myself to relax. There were a few runners out there including two beautiful middle aged ladies in the Tower Park building.

Now lunch and grass cutting (zzzzz) await…

April 23, 2016 Posted by | running, walking | | Leave a comment

A Deer walk…I nailed it…


Temperature: 54 F at the start, 74 at the finish. Time: 1:49:23 on the way back (14:09 pace).

Course: House to McClure, to Old Boredom to the Tower and then to the intersection of Northmore and Sheridan via the bike path. I screwed up my timing on the way out (32 minutes at McClure/Sheridan and 44 at Bigelow and Forest Hill. But 47 minutes into it (on Knoxville) something stuck in my shoe; it was a rusty nail! Fortunately it didn’t get anywhere near my foot so it is all good. But I had stopped my watch and didn’t think to restart it.

On the way out I saw the usual assortment of squirrels, rabbits and one possum. I didn’t see any of the black squirrels that I’ve seen in Bradley Park.

And..well, though I am a bad athlete, I am a champion at producing urine. I badly needed a pit stop on the way out, and 57 minutes later, on the way back (Tower Park).

Of interest is what I saw at the intersection of Broadway and Columbia Terrace: a good sized, young deer! That is about 3/4 of a mile way (1.2 km) from the nearest park or place you’d expect to see one.

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

Progress on long workouts

Today, I wanted to break in new shoes; my teeth were starting to rattle when I wore my old ones. They are still good for walking, dirt trail running and the treadmill.

So I chose courses that would keep me close to home; no problems though.


Basically, it was my West Peoria 8.1 plus my Bradley Park 5.1; that took me 2:27:41 to do. This included 43:11 at 4.05, 45:12 for the return leg (getting a bit warmer by now), 59:17 for the 5.1. I then walked the 5.1 course in 1:18:26, or 18.3 in 3:46:07, which was 14 minutes faster than last Saturday’s “run 15, walk 3” workout. My time for running 13.2 and walking 2 more was faster than my “run” 15.25 last Saturday by 8 minutes! (2:59). Ok, it wasn’t very fast, at all.

The run portion was interesting. I saw a bespandexed MILF on Sterling; we converged on the same intersection and I moved over. I had zero chance of staying with her. Then I saw a very purple Cassie at Heading and Western.


I didn’t even think about chasing her; I still had 9 miles to run at that point and I wouldn’t have lasted.

Then going up the Cornstalk Hill (on the way back) I saw 3 bespandexed MILFs doing “squat walks” up the hill..

squatwalks. One apologized for almost getting right in front of me; I smiled and said “you are good.” And I smiled for a while longer.

My walk was at a 15:25 pace; a bit too slow but it was ok. If I do FANS (as I expect to), I’ll be walking a lot slower than that at times.:-)

April 16, 2016 Posted by | Friends, running, walking | Leave a comment

Clinton: good leads in upcoming states; Sanders pulls even nationally.

Workout notes weights: pull ups (5 sets of 10, easier than normal), rotator cuff
incline presses: 10 x 135, 8 x 150, 10 x 140
military presses: 2 sets of 12 x 50 seated, supported (dumbbells), 10 x 40 standing
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 dumbbell
planks: 2 sets of 30 seconds: forward, side, side

Walk: untimed, but “quick”: lower loop Bradley Park course (4 miles). Pretty weather; had to get outside.

Later: 2 miles easy with the group.

Baseball The Chiefs lost 2-0 last night; I bundled up to go the game. Quad Cities only got 4 hits but were very efficient and the Chiefs stranded runners. Note: the first inning was interesting; 3 strikeouts and a home run by a first round draft pick. He also made a great throw to get an out when a Chief tried to stretch a single into a double.

Such is the weirdness of a primary election. Nationally, Sanders has caught up to Clinton; the last 4 polls aggregated show her with a 1 point lead; more or less a wash.

But Clinton enjoys comfortable leads in Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania and more modest (but statistically significant) leads in California and Connecticut. THAT, plus her 220 lead in pledged delegates means that she remains a heavy favorite to win the nomination.

April 13, 2016 Posted by | baseball, political/social, politics, politics/social, walking, weight training | , | Leave a comment

Somewhat encouraging

I set out to walk 13-14 miles and ended up with 14.86.


Time: 1:55 out (uphill, with a breeze), 1:42:44 back (15:28 mpm out, 14:29 mpm back, or 14:59 overall). Yes, back is usually faster but I had a wind in my face; I just felt better than normal.
I did make a pit stop in the Tower restroom both out and back.

Weather: overcast, somewhat windy, light rain toward the end. Wind: 14-18 mph with gusts in the 20’s; that is tough to walk into. I think that the out portion of the walk loosened me up from yesterday’s 15 run, 3 walk workout.


April 10, 2016 Posted by | walking | Leave a comment

Longish run/walk and Bishop Spong…


I started this run/walk 45 minutes later than planned because I had to scramble to find my winter stuff. It was 27 F a the start! It then warmed into the mid to upper 30’s and there wasn’t much wind. So the day it self was sunny and pleasant.

The workout went fine, though I was disappointed in my return leg: 1:31 out, 1:33 back; both times via Tower Park and the Goose loop. The way back is downhill and I like to do that faster than the way out. Not today; I got very sore and heavy legged. I did run sort of hard on Thursday though.

There were other runners out; one lady told me that she knocked off 18 miles; I also saw Mat.

I finished with a slowish 3 mile cool down walk; that felt a lot like what one feels during an ultra walk.

Later: Barbara took me to Indian buffet and then to the UU Church to hear a lecture by Bishop Spong. He was an entertaining enough speaker and he gave some Bible basics. Most of what he talked about can be found in Rogerson’s book in greater detail. I can recommend the lecture part; he IS worth seeing.

The “questions” session was ..well, what one would expect: a forum for the lonely to have a captive audience.:-) Here Bishop Spong got a bit out of his element; there is far more to Trump than “white male anger” (try: economics). In fact, I’d defy someone to name a constituency that is NOT angry. Everyone is angry and only OUR anger is justified.:-)

He also talked about his “word salad” deity concept; that was rather hollow and unconvincing. Interestingly enough, Spong emphasized the Jewishness of the Gospels and mentioned that the idea of God was that “there is neither Jew nor Greek…” Interestingly, I think that Jews are as exclusive as anyone else; the Jewish Bible is full of stories of Jews killing others for worshiping other deities.

April 9, 2016 Posted by | books, religion, social/political, walking | | Leave a comment

The 2016 Democratic Debate, in one photo

Workout notes: last night, 2 miles with Barbara at Building Steam (I am a “student” this year)

This morning: treadmill: 5.2-5.3-5.4-5.5 warm up (20 minutes: 1.78 miles)
Then 10 minutes at 6.7, 5 at 6.8, then 6.9 to mile 3, then every .25 miles: 7.0-7.1-7.2-7.3, 7.4 for 0.1
(I was at mile 2 in 22 minutes, mile 5.1 in 48:54, so 26:54 for 3.1 miles or 5K; or 28:54 for 3.32 miles)
walk/jog to get to 6 miles; then 1 cool down mile on the track (14:55, walking)


And that is really it for me.

Yes, Hillary Clinton took some positions that I didn’t like (example, example, example) and she has made some embarrassing gaffes and political moves.

She is not perfect. And I think that she isn’t a good campaigner.

But she is intellectual, thoughtful, smart and knowledgeable, which explains why she appeals to me more than Bernie Sanders does.
Unfortunately, “I can do the math” is not an inspiring campaign slogan.

April 7, 2016 Posted by | politics, running, walking | , | Leave a comment

Post Wisconsin primary…

Workout notes: weights then walking.
Weights: 5 set of 10 pull ups (ok)
rotator cuff
incline press 10 x 135, 7 x 150, 10 x 140
military: 2 sets of 12 x 50 seated, supported, 10 x 40 standing (dumbbells, each arm)
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 (each arm)
headstand (easy)
plank: 2 minutes front, count to 30 on each side (stack the ankles)
2 sets of 12 twist crunch, 2 sets of 10 yoga leg lifts, moving bridge recoveries

Walk: treadmill: 26:59/23:55 for 50:54 (4 miles); did the increase the speed with incline at 0.5

Wisconsin primary:

Donald Trump got blistered, but much of this was due to simple demographics. But this does hurt him in terms of his attaining a majority of delegates prior to the convention.

On the Democrat side, Sanders won easily 56.6-43.1 and has, at the moment, a 47-36 edge in pledged delegates, with 3 more to be allocated. So expect his pick up to be between 10 and 12 delegates, with Clinton’s lead now being around 220 pledged delegates. Of course, to be on target, IF the race were tied, Sanders would have needed 48 delegates and, of course, the race is far from being tied.

Of interest to me: Clinton and Sanders essentially tied among Democrats; it was his edge among independents that carried the day for him.

Note that while Hillary Clinton remains a solid favorite, her odds have worsened slightly going from a peak of 4/9 to 4/7, and Sanders is now only a 6/1 underdog to win the nomination (after being a 14/1 underdog).


April 6, 2016 Posted by | political/social, politics, walking, weight training | , | Leave a comment


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