Trying to get back in it…

Well, no swim today. I did walk 5 miles on the treadmill in 1:03:30 (12:42 mph) which was reasonably brisk; enough to get sweaty.

Still, I have a slight, sporadic cough and some “warmth behind the eyes”; not quite 100 percent.

Comeback: Friday: 2 walk, Saturday: 5K run, Sunday: 4 mile run, Monday: 4 mile run. Tuesday: 5 mile run. Wed. 5 mile walk.
I hope to hit some weights tomorrow with a 3-4 mile jog afterward.

Comebacks after illnesses are oh-so-slow; it just takes a while.

I should be fine for the 5K runs at the end of the month; maybe I’ll even “participate” in an on campus 5K this weekend, if the streets aren’t icy.

Sorry for the low-quality posts
Though I am taking my teaching seriously and thinking about math, I can’t get excited about national and world events right now. I do like goats though:

March 4, 2015 Posted by | walking | , | Leave a comment

Women’s Basketball: Southern Illinois 72 Bradley 66: turnovers and perimeter defense

Good news: I walked TWO MILES on the treadmill this morning. I didn’t die; maybe a bit more tomorrow morning.

27:54; I did enough to get warm.

Women’s basketball
Though Bradley stated out well, BU allowed SIU to hit 7 of 14 from 3 point land; two SIU guards just killed us: no. 10 with 25 points (8-15, 2/5 from 3) and no. 13 had 21 (6-13, 4/6 from 3). We also gave up 20 turn overs; rebounding (BU 33-30) kept us in it.

It was mostly back and forth with SIU not starting to get away for good until about 2 minutes were left; they stretched it to 7, though BU cut it to 3 a few times in the very long last minute.

Note: I blistered my mouth with too many cough drops; Barbara got me some ointment that really helps.

February 28, 2015 Posted by | illness, walking | , | Leave a comment

And my withering continues (at the Riverplex)

I was supposed to go to lunch and a basketball game with a friend. But she got the flu; she didn’t have to wait for the basketball game to get sick.

So I went to the Riverplex, changed, ate lunch and went to the game from there. I’ll talk about the game in another post.

Prior to the workout (after breakfast): 179.0. After the workout: 174.5 (lots of sweat). This is as light as I’ve ever been as an adult. My muscle mass is deserting me, though I did get 190 in the bench press earlier this year and 185 yesterday.

Treadmill: started at 5.5 mph, 0.5 incline and sped up 0.1 mph every 5 minutes; that got me to 5.6 miles in 56 minutes and 6 in 59:37.
Then 4 miles of walking on the Riverplex track (7 7/8 laps per mile): 56:36 total; 15:05 mile 1, 14:21, 13:54, 13:14.

Larry came by to say “hi” while I was on the treadmill; I lamented my slow pace and he said “you aren’t 21 anymore.” I saw Rich on the track; he was walking prior to his run. Evidently he has up and down days too; it is funny but on the down days, it is as if your blood is sludge. This wasn’t a down day for me and I felt pretty good…it is just hard for me to accept that 10 minutes per mile is no longer a “super easy, slow” pace for me any longer…and hasn’t been for years. Same for walking; right now 15 mpm or faster has to be intentional. I once averaged 14:12 mpm for 100 walking miles in a row…no longer. Right now my super easy, “slow running” pace is 11-11:30, and my “slow walking” pace is 16 mpm. That is reality.

But I left the gym having covered 10 miles and felt good about it. I could have done without the 4 F temperatures though. :-)

One thing that appears to be helping: the PT for the back and doing “progressive squats” after running: squatting as low as I can for sets of 5-10; the first few are shallow and eventually I can get all the way down..well…almost to baseball catcher’s depth. But that loosens the legs and back.

February 15, 2015 Posted by | Friends, running, walking | , | Leave a comment

Maintenance training

My maintenance training continues; I don’t feel as if I am ready to push toward any athletic goal as yet.

pull ups: 3 sets of 10 with rotator cuff (pulley exercises)
bench press: weak. 10 x 135, 1 x 185, 5 x 170, 8 x 160 (rotator cuff: dumbbells)
military press: 2 sets of 12 x 50 seated, supported, with
pull ups: 2 more sets of 10 (ok)
military press: 10 x 40 standing
pull downs: 1 set of 10 x 150 narrow, 2 sets of 10 x 130 wide.
rows: (machine) 3 sets of 10 x 110
military press: 10 x 80 machine (deliberate)

I felt ok. Then to the treadmill:
running: 5 x 4 minutes (0.5 incline) 5.5-6-7-8-9 to 20 minutes (21:10 2 miles) then 6.7 for 10 minutes (3 miles in 29:5x) then 6.8 for .5, 6.9, 7 for the last .25
4 miles in 38:36. Then I walked to 4.25 miles on the treadmill, went off to walk .75 on the track (outer lane) and wanted to quit.
So I went back on the treadmill and walked 1 more mile in 15:08, going up in incline 1-2-3-4-5 and stayed at 5 for .5 miles.

I felt good upon finishing.

February 8, 2015 Posted by | running, walking, weight training | Leave a comment

slushy, sloppy snow..

We’ve had quite a bit of it…and it is heavy, slushy and sloppy. Shoveling: have to take it in short bits; this stuff weighs a ton. It isn’t that cold outside though.

Workout: went to the gym; lifted, ran, walked.

Lifting: 5 sets of 10 pull ups (ok); rotator cuff.
bench press: 10 x 135, 1 x 185, 5 x 170, 7 x 160 (sub par) rotator cuff rests
military press (dumbbells): 2 sets of 12 x 50 seated, supported, 2 sets of 10 x 40 standing. Hip hikes and Achilles,
pull downs: 3 sets of (7 x 160 traditional, 7 x 100 low)
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110 (other machine).

Running: slow 2 miles (5.5 for 3 minutes, increased the speed every 3 minutes, 0.5 incline)
20:40 for 2, then 17:42 for 2. I used 6.7 from 20:00 to 25:00, 6.8 from 25:00 to 3 miles (29:30), 6.9 to 3.5 and 7.0 to 4 (38:12)

Then 2 mile walk in 27:10; started at 3.8 mph and upped the speed every 2 minutes.

Then home to shovel snow; I was ready for lunch.

February 1, 2015 Posted by | running, walking, weight training | Leave a comment

slick outside

OMG, I had thought about running outside today but the mix of rain and right at freezing temperatures made it super slick.

Treadmill: 21:17 for 2, then 3 miles at 6.7-6.8-6.9 (couldn’t do 7.0) for 26:36, then 1 walk on the mill, 2 on the track (lane 3, 28:03)

Side notes:

Welcome to my world. Yes, this is a genuine letter to the editor that appeared in today’s paper:

When I was a kid, during springtime it rained and the flowers came up. Summer was hot and humid. When fall arrived, temperatures cooled and the leaves changed colors. In winter it snowed and it was very cold. Sometimes springs weren’t so rainy, summers weren’t as hot as others, and so forth.
Fifty years later, spring is rainy and flowers come up, summers hot and muggy, fall cool, and in the winter there’s snow.
Climate change? Absolutely! Every spring, summer, autumn and winter.

Moral: you aren’t going to be able to discuss the issues with everyone.

January 20, 2015 Posted by | running, social/political, walking | Leave a comment

Staying humble during workouts…

Today: though it was 34 F (1 C), there is a lot of melting snow and the roads were slick.
so I opted to walk 10 miles indoors:

Riverplex track (7 7/8 laps per mile): 1:16:45 for 48 laps (slightly more than 6 miles: 13:48/12:50/12:51/12:49/12:15/12:09). It was getting to be a zoo (crowding) so I took it to the treadmill

4 miles: 55:20, in terms of pace I went 4.2-4.3-4.4-4.5 changing pace very mile. Incline: I changed it every 2 minutes for the first 50 minutes: 0-1-2-3-4 then at 50-55:20 I just kept it at 4.

Total: 2:12:05 for 10 miles.

Humility: well, you might say that my performance was enough to keep me humble. But 10 years ago, I would have gone after the slower runners just to show them up. Not today: I no longer walk fast enough to beat slower runners..during a workout anyway. I had to remind myself: “go slow enough so you can finish the 10 miles”.

January 19, 2015 Posted by | walking | | Leave a comment

Luck evens out (light hearted)

Today’s workout: swimming and running/walking.

Swimming: 500 easy, 10 x 100 on the 2:10; first few were 1:50-1:53, then they migrated to 1:54-1:55.
then 100 back, 100 side, 50 back, 50 side, then 200 yards worth of 25’s: fly drills, kicks and perhaps 3 reps of fly.

Then running: treadmill and I got to 30 minutes via the 5.5 mph then increase 0.1 mph every 5 minutes (0.5 grade incline). Then at 30 minutes, I increased the pace every 2 minutes to hit 4 miles in 40:45; walked another mile in 13:45 to get 54:30 for 5 miles.

Luck: good: I got to the pool just as a lane opened up and finished my workout just 5 minutes before I would have had to have vacated the side lane for a swim lesson. :-)
Luck: bad: when I was running, Mardi (a frequent “opponent” at road races) came by to say hi…she made it a point to look at my treadmill display when I was still averaging less than 10 mpm. She caught me dogging it.
Luck: good: as I get ready to head down the stairs, a well rounded (but still fit) MILF in workout tights goes down the stairs first and stops to read the bulletin board midway down on the landing.
Luck: good: as I walk down the hall, I look in the window at the gym where there is an exercise class just as they were bending over…dozens of feminine spandex butts in the air.

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Luck: bad: as I try to drive out of the parking lot, a train comes by and blocks the lot…it was one of those longish trains moving at perhaps 8-10 miles per hour.

It all evens out. :-)

January 17, 2015 Posted by | big butts, Friends, running, spandex, trains, walking | Leave a comment

OMG, I forgot to eat…

Yes, I presume that most people have forgotten to eat a meal at one time in their life or another, but remember I used to weigh 320 pounds.

I had one to the gym to run a bit. I ran 6 miles and walked 2; the run was 5 minutes at 5.5 mph then go up .1 mph every 5 minutes; this got me to 6 miles in 59:36) then at 1 hour, I walked for 5 minutes to get to 6.38 miles, then I got on another treadmill to walk 22:50 to finish 1.62 miles to give me 8. 1:27:50 for 8 miles was the total for running and walking.

Then I thought…dang I feel a bit hungry and realize that I had eaten nothing since waking up.

My degenerating mind: I find that when I really focus on something (say, advanced math), I get very forgetful on other basic things. I suppose that I was always a bit that way, but it is getting worse.
But there is an upside: when it comes to reviewing things that were difficult for me a long time ago, they now appear to be pretty easy to understand; it makes me wonder why I ever found them difficult to begin with. I think it is because I now have more context; more professional experience. I now see the need for details and nuance.

So in that sense, my ability to think has improved.

January 16, 2015 Posted by | mathematics, running, walking | | Leave a comment

The value of having walking as an activity

Workout: weights plus a 4 mile walk (55:24 for 32 laps of the outer lane; 14:25 first mile)
Weights: pull ups 5 sets (painful..NOT in an injury way…just sluggish) hip hikes, Achilles
Bench: 10 x 135, 3 x 180, 8 x 160 (out of gas…swimming yesterday?) rotator cuff
military: 3 sets of 12 x 50 dumbbells (seated, supported)
pull downs/Hammer Machine rows: 3 sets of (7 x 160 traditional, 7 x 100 low), 3 sets of 10 x 200 rows.

Then came the walk. I started to jog in the treadmill and it just didn’t “feel right”, so I was about to give up and go home and then thought: “why not walk, if you can?”

So I went to the track; the first 4 laps were 7:18 and mile was 14:25…then I felt better. 13:43, 13:30, 13:45 were my other miles (slightly longer actually).

No, it wasn’t hard, and shouldn’t have been. But it was better than ZERO.

Now: I need to complete my syllabi and to do other chores.

I am teaching a class on elementary topology. I had mentioned what a challenge it will be as I can’t “remember” a time during my professional life when I didn’t know this stuff. And I haven’t taught this course before, nor have I had a conversation about these topics with anyone but an active research mathematician in well over 20 years. But like it was new to me in 1980 (when I had my first course), it is going to be new to them.

And I have an excuse to take time to relearn some of the “fun stuff” that I haven’t used in a while. It is kind of fun to easily understand stuff that used to baffle me.

Oh, I am teaching two other courses; they are elementary by comparison but they are follow on courses to previous calculus courses. These students deserve a professional effort from me, so I can’t get so excited about FINALLY getting to teach something related to (most of) my own research that I ignore these classes.

January 15, 2015 Posted by | mathematics, walking, weight training | , | Leave a comment


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