Trying to get back into it…

I walked for 4:03 today; right at 15 miles. I was predictably sluggish, but after 90 minutes, I felt fine. Course: to the goose loop, around, up Abdington, to upper Glenn Oak Park (via right hand hill) to Prospect, right into Springdale Cemetery (a few cars today), took the “every left and turn” path down, then almost up the hill and round that small loop and retraced my steps.

TMI: I took NO water but still needed 3 pit stops and a 4’th when I got home. I may be slow as hell, but I am a champion at flushing my kidneys.

Note: at night, my right knee gets slightly sore.


October 16, 2017 Posted by | knee rehabilitation, walking | | Leave a comment

keep on keeping on..

Well, I haven’t given up on long distance walking…yet, but I have revised what is realistic for me to achieve. I have an idea about my next attempt..or two attempts.

Quad Cities Marathon – Photo by Erling Larson

From the A set of photos by Howell Photographic Arts of the Quad Cities Marathon.

Today: easy 5.2 mile walk in the drizzle. I did yoga last night.

October 12, 2017 Posted by | marathons, walking, yoga | Leave a comment

Who wants a HUG?

I got caught in the rain yesterday (4 mile walk)
Today; weights; 2 mile run in 22:20 (11:12, 11:08, lane 2)

rotator cuff, hip hikes, toe rases, 4 sets of 10 pull ups, 10 x 135, 6 x 185, 10 x 170 (good), 10 x 135 incline, 10 pull ups, dumbbell military: 10 x 50, 10 x 45, 20 x 40 standing, rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110 machine. Then yoga with Ms. Vickie in the evening.

October 12, 2017 Posted by | running, walking, weight training | Leave a comment

DNF again (3 of 4)

No easy way to say it: I dnf’ed at close to mile 17, but I had to walk the “walk of shame” 1.2 miles to the start.
So, in terms of road marathons: 3 dnf’s in the last 4 attempts (2 QC marathons were heat related..mile 20); this one was my going out too fast for my abilities because of the 6 hour time limit.

Reality: I no longer have 2:25 half marathon speed (when I could walk in the 5:30-5:40 range); it now takes me 2:4x to do a half and that is not enough margin of error for a 6 hour time limit. To finish, I need to be trained AND have non-hot weather AND have a 6:30-7 hour time limit so I can take it out at a realistic 14 minute pace.

And I need to lose at least 10 lbs.; 15 would be better.

So, I don’t view this as a failure on my part as much as my taking an challenge that I am no longer up to. The writing is on the wall; my 2012 marathon: got sick; rested 1 hour; finished just under 7 hours. 2013, 2016: run/walks in the 5:40-5:50 range. 2015: walk in perfect conditions: 5:48. The trend is clear.

Splits: 1:02:55 (5), 2:08:14 (10; uphill), 2:50:20 (half marathon), 3:18:34 (15; included bathroom; crashed here) I could not longer even sustain a 17 minute pace at this point, so I told race officials that I was dropping.

Weather: warmed up quite a bit by about half way; first half was nice and cool (albeit humid)

But there was some fun too.

My plan: stay behind the 5:30/2:45 (half) pace groups for the first 8-10 miles, then see what I could sustain. I really needed to hit the half at 2:50 or so to stand a chance..and I did. But by then the legs were gone; I was about 3:03:30 at mile 14 and starting to slow badly. The half marathon had turned off and I was solo, solo, solo.

The 5:30 pace guy was going a bit faster than I wanted to; mile 1 was 12:18 (fine for a half marathon..not a marathon). So I dropped back and walked with Cindy, the 2:45 pace person who was more or less solo. We kept each other company until the hill at 7.5 miles and I let her go; we exchanged names. Chatting with her and some of the others was very pleasant.

Afterward, I waited for Mat to finish (5:07) and chatted with Jennifer and others.

Seeing others along the way was a real treat; Theresa, Barbara and Cassie took photos of me along the way.

I saw this shirt at about mile 2; it made me laugh.

Theresa took this shot of Cindy and me.

Barbara took these four photos near mile 10, near our house.

Cassie got this one of me, between mile 12 and half way; I was starting to crumble.

Mat finishing.

Jennifer and me after the race.

Workout notes: on the road; got a Riverplex workout first. rotator cuff, bench press: 10 x 135, 1 x 185, 10 x 165, incline: 10 x 135. pull ups: 5 sets of 10 (at least, maybe 6), military: dumbbell: 10 x 50 standing, 10 x 45 standing, 5 x 140 new machine, rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 dumbbell. light yoga, including headstand. squats: to the bench: 10 x 35, 10 x 50, 10 x 70.

October 9, 2017 Posted by | Friends, marathons, walking, weight training | 1 Comment

time for talk…over

Marathon tomorrow. I plan to walk the whole way, if possible. Strategy: stay behind and close to the 5:30 pace group, never getting ahead of them and hang on for dear life. If they are still in sight at mile 13-15, I’ll do fine. It will NOT be easy though, even though the weather will be better than 2 weeks ago. The first 2-3 hours look to be cool, next two should be nice..then it gets tough.

I need to average 13:43 mpm to meet my goal. Yes, they record finish times after 6 hours, though you have to move to the sidewalk. And if they let me, I’ll keep going.

Workout notes: today, 2 mile walk.
yesterday: full weights, light yoga: PT, 4 sets of 10 pull ups, bench press: 10 x 135, 5 x 185, incline press: 7 x 150, 10 pull ups, dumbbell bench 10 x 70, rows: 2 sets of 10 x 70 dumbbell, 10 x 200 Hammer, military; dumbbell 10 x 50, 10 x 45, machine military: 10 x 180 (90 each arm),

October 7, 2017 Posted by | marathons, walking, weight training | Leave a comment

Workout catch up

Somewhat busy time but I want to get caught up:

Tuesday: 4 mile walk (Cornstalk classic)
Wednesday: weights only: usual pt suff, pull ups (4 sets of 10), incline bench: 10 x 135, 10 x 150 (good hips), dumbbell bench: 10 x 70, military (dumbbells) 10 x 50, 10 x 45, machine: 10 x 110. Rows: dumbbell 10 x 70, 10 x 70, 10 x 110 machine. Yoga in the evening; got good corrections in Warrior 2.
Thursday: 3 mile walk (this morning)

Marathon: might be warmer than ideal; less than confident that I can make the time limit by walking 100 percent. So I might put jogging breaks in, but do I go to different shoes? (running shoes)

October 6, 2017 Posted by | walking, weight training | | Leave a comment

Football weekend: Illinois vs. Nebraska and Illinois State vs. Indiana State

workout notes: easy 4 mile walk after we got back from Champaign. Yes, I lifted weights on Friday morning (got 190 x 4 on the bench; pull ups, and even some goblet squats)

The Illinois vs. Nebraska game (Friday night)

Though Nebraska was a 6.5 point favorite (and ESPN gave them a 60 percent chance of winning the game), based on previous results, I really thought this was a matchup of equals that Illinois was going to win. After all, both teams had gotten blown out on the road by ranked teams (Oregon, South Florida) and Illinois won their MAC team game (Nebraska narrowly lost). I thought that the talent level was equal, though Nebraska had more experienced players.

I could not have been more wrong. Nebraska had stronger, faster and more experienced players.

Nebraska scored touchdowns on its first (and only) 3 possessions of the first half, and were to punt twice and turn it over on a fumble once; their final possession ended with the “victory formation” deep in Illinois territory; they passed on trying for “style points”

It was 21-3 at the half and ended 28-6. Illinois drive in the first half ended up stalling inside the 10, and a short field in the second half (from a short punt) also ended in a field goal to cut the lead to 21-6. But after getting the fumble, Illinois went backwards (got sacked) and had to punt; that appeared to take the wind out of the sails.

Total yards: 411 to 199 in Nebraska’s favor. Nebraska had 8 possessions: 4 ended with touchdowns, 2 ended with punts, 1 with a fumble, 1 with a victory formation.


Illinois State 24 Indiana State 13
Though Illinois State came in 3-0 and Indiana State was 0-3, one of ISU-blue’s losses was to Tennessee; the other two losses were a 2 point loss to Eastern Illinois and a 1 point loss to no. 19 ranked (FCS) Liberty.

The first quarter saw most of the offense come from long passes; ISU-B did not get close enough for a field goal, ISU-R did. A strip fumble on a punt return set up the Redbirds, but eventually they failed on a 4’th and 2 from the 4. But never mind; the defense got strip sack in the endzone for the touchdown.

The second quarter saw the Redbirds score on two long passes where they got 1 on 1 coverage on one of their best receivers; it was 24-0 at the half. One touchdown got away when the Redbird runner fumbled while going into the endzone.

The Redbirds had over 300 yards of total offense in the first half.

But then came the second half; ISU-b got a pick 6 and then a drive for a touchdown to cut the lead to 24-13. The Redbirds still had a couple of drives; one ended with a fumble on a bad shotgun snap; the other was a plain old fumble. But the Redbirds got just enough out of a key 4’th quarter drive to flip field position, and the defense played pretty well the entire time. Total yards finished 401-197 Redbirds.


Illinois vs. Nebraska

Pregame band music included the Battle Hymn of the Republic.

Pregame jump

Lots of good seats left, especially in the upper deck.

Some game action shots. From the Champaign Room gallery (lots more here)

Barbara was good company.

Decent lower deck crowd at first

Fans gave up.

Illinois State vs. Indiana State

ISU pregame

First half action. Good crowd: a sell out (over 13K)

Strip Sack for a TD. (from here)

Pretty sunset.

Fans left a bit early; there was some drama in the 4’th quarter to be watched.

October 1, 2017 Posted by | college football, football, walking, weight training | , | 1 Comment

If you train for a marathon and your bench press improves, you did it wrong…

Postmortem part 2: yesterday, 5 mile walk, with some “cheat walking” (bent knee shuffle) in case I need to do some of that in my next marathon attempt. Course was Bradley Park (lower, 2 lower loops)

Today; weights plus walking. weights: usual PT stuff, pull ups 15-15, bench press: 10 x 135, 6 x 185, 10 x 170 (good), pull ups 10-10, military (dumbbell) 10 x 50, 10 x 45, 20 x 40. rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110 machine. Headstand. Walk: track, lane 2, 37:14 for 25 laps (5k), 12:29, 11:56, 11:18, 1:29. Yes, the last 2 miles would NOT be sustainable for a marathon (possibly a cool weather half though)

My pull ups and bench press have improved.

Go figure.

September 27, 2017 Posted by | walking, weight training | | Leave a comment

Hot Failure

Upshot: I was doing fine up until mile 16; in fact mile 16 was 15:02, which was only a slight slowdown from my previous pace. It felt very doable though it was getting HOT. The next mile the wheels came off completely; I lost all power in my thighs and legs.

It was 89 F when I bailed. Basically, I took about 20 minutes a mile for 18 and 19, when two ladies passed me. I walked with them (17:xx) and it felt ok; my shirt had been wet down a bit. But then as I dried out and lost shade…BAM …back to a waddle/crawl. So I called it a day at mile 20.

Bottom line: in the past, my digestive system shut down. Today, THAT worked well…it was my legs that just shut down. When it is hot, something will shut down on me.

I hope for cooler weather two weeks from now.

Mat took this photo of Cassie and me at packet pickup.

Note: between mile 9 and 10 we lost several minutes due to a goddamn train. Were I going for a time, I would have been pissed. It didn’t really affect me that much though as I was in it just to finish.

September 24, 2017 Posted by | marathons, walking | | Leave a comment

What’s going on with health care, elections, Democratic Party, etc.

Yes, the Senate Republicans are trying, once again, to strip health care away from millions. Why? Because people like the Koch Brothers said “no more money until you do”. It is really that simple, I think.

The 2016 election: it was perhaps a bit more than “Comey letter plus “she is a woman”” but, well, here are some charts. The conclusion:

What’s most notable beyond that in some ways is all the things that didn’t happen.

Trump did not, for example, discover that the white population was deep down yearning for crude racism. Some people were — he won the GOP primary, after all. But Trump got a slightly smaller share of the white vote than the more normal Mitt Romney. Conversely, whatever black and Latino voters hadn’t already abandoned the GOP during the Obama era weren’t driven away by Trump, who did no worse with these groups than Romney had.

And while Clinton managed to rally educated white women to her side in a way that previous Democrats had not, she was not broadly more appealing to women than previous Democrats. And, in fact, she did worse with noncollege white women than a black man did four years earlier.

Most fundamentally, even though the extraordinary significance of the outcome seems to call out for an equally weighty explanation, it appears in the end to have turned at least as much on trivial matters as profound ones.

Maddening, huh?

And the way forward? This essay points out what is wrong with what the Bern Victims are trying to do:

Sanders has a response to the political question of how to get his ideas through congress. He says that his “political revolution” will increase voter turnout across the board and usher in a wave of new Sanders-agenda-friendly legislators. But this claim doesn’t even make sense. If he believes both Democrats and Republicans are corrupted by money and special interests, is he suggesting his supporters will replace nearly all of congress? Where are these Bernie-friendly congressional candidates going to come from? What is his backup plan if this “revolution” doesn’t pan out? This plan seems more like an afterthought than a coherent strategy. Perhaps because it is an afterthought. Ideology is most important.
Sanders has it completely backwards. He’s trying to quibble over how to spend political capital that he has not yet earned and has no realistic plan of earning. This is the fundamental flaw with his candidacy. Bernie Sanders is a bad solution to the wrong problem. It’s not that Democrats are spending their political capital unwisely — it’s that they don’t have any. By peddling his ideological purity tests, Sanders is instead contributing to the problem by harming the effort to build a bigger Democratic coalition, which is the actual way to increase voter turnout, earn political capital, and advance progressive causes.

And here we go. Oh sure, you can point to this poll or that poll that says that there is “support for single payer” but..well, checking a box in a poll is one thing. PAYING for it is quite another and using an issue to win an election is altogether different.

Workout notes yesterday, weights only, then yoga in the evening.

rotator cuff, hip hikes, toe raises, pull ups (15, 15, 10, 10), bench: 10 x 135, 4 x 185, 5 x 185, incline: 10 x 140, military (dumbbell, standing) 10 x 50, 10 x 45, 20 x 40, rows: 3 sets of 10 with 110, then 2 sets of 10 x 50 goblet squats (sill)

Today: 2 mile walk outside, 26:32 for 16 laps in the outer lane (walking), 4 laps on, 2 off: 6:35. 3:53, 6:15, 3:45, 6:01. Just enough to get the heart rate up.

September 19, 2017 Posted by | Democrats, politics, politics/social, walking, weight training | Leave a comment