Hooray! My shirt is “right side out” today!

Workout notes: ugh…legs were sore and …while not dead, did NOT feel good.
So I took it on the treadmill for 10K (6.21 miles), starting at 5.2 mph and increasing speed by .1 mph every 5 minutes until 50 minutes, then 6.2-6.5 for the last 10 minutes (increasing every 2.5 minutes). That got me to 5.75 miles in 1 hour, then to 10K in 1:04:40 (machine gives you 5 cool down minutes).

Then I walked outside. I didn’t time myself nor did I have my smart phone; I figured this was “about 2 miles”: ha ha ha ha!


Academia I applaud the University of Chicago for this. They notify their incoming freshmen that there are no “safe spaces”, “trigger warnings”, etc.

Friendship Yes, a lack of friends can be deadly. Ironically, those who complain to me about loneliness have done their best to make it impossible to be friends with them to begin with.🙂

August 25, 2016 Posted by | education, running, walking | , , , | Leave a comment

Day one, Fall 2016

Yes, Lynn, I did show up for my first class and taught it…with my shirt inside-out. It was a Bradley polo.

I am doing the usual adjustment to the academic year routine (up early to workout prior to classes)

Weights: rotator cuff, squats (a few with no weights, a few with 25s, then 2 sets of leg presses)
pull ups: 15-10-10-10-5
bench press: 10 x 135, 5 x 185, 9 x 170
incline press: 10 x 135
military: 5 x 50 dumbbell (standing..had trouble), 15 x 50 seated, supported, 10 x 40 standing
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 dumbbell (each arm)
abs: 2 sets of 12 twist crunch, 10 yoga leg lifts
headstand (not so good)

Then 25 laps of lane 1 in 42:12 (1:40 for the last lap): 13:37, 13:26, 13:28. There were some young women lapping me every other lap or so…yes, they were track team members (6:30 pace of so for them).

So my true pace was 14’ish…which was my old 100 mile walk pace. Sigh. No, this didn’t kill me but it was not a super easy stroll either.

August 24, 2016 Posted by | walking, weight training | | 1 Comment

Semester about to start

So for a bit of “mathematical physics” humor:


So go ahead and unfollow this blog.🙂

1.5 hour department meeting, plus an extra 20 minutes for us older folks…

Workout notes: run on the treadmill (to break in new shoes): 5 minute segments for the first 50 minutes (0.5 incline)
5.2-5.3-5.4-7.0-5.3-7.0-5.3-7.0-5.3-7.00, then walk jog for 4 minutes, 6.7 for 3, 6.8 for 2, 6.9, 7.0 for 1 minute each; 6 miles in 1:00:04
3 mile walk (I think) and it felt good…until I tried to get up after sitting down. It WAS work but work that left me feeling refreshed.


Time: about 52 minutes (by the time of day), or 15:0x ish minutes per mile, which felt like the pace I was walking.

August 23, 2016 Posted by | Personal Issues, running, walking | | Leave a comment

Almost there, almost there

The semester is on the verge of starting and I am almost finished with long distance training for the marathons.
This weekend was sort of rough; the treadmill workout took something out of me yesterday and I started today’s walk “on fumes”.

I walked last Sunday’s course, this time in about 4:05. My bottle popped out as I jogged across Knoxville and my bottle was ran over by a car. A replacement is only 10 dollars though.

I did see the lovely Cassie early on during my walk; she was running 7 miles with friends.


This was slower than on the same course as last week. But I had a tougher workout on Saturday.

August 21, 2016 Posted by | walking | Leave a comment

Last weekend of freedom..sort of

Workout notes
Yesterday, weights only.
pull ups (5 sets of 10)
rotator cuff
bench press: 10 x 135, 4 x 185, 8 x 170 (lazy)
inline press: 10 x 135
military press (all with dumbbells) 7 x 50 standing, 15 x 50 seated, supported, 10 x 40 standing
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 (each arm)
squats: lots of sets of 5 free squats (focus on posture), 2 sets of goblet squats with 25, leg press (1 set with 150)
abs: 2 set of 10 yoga leg lifts, 12 twist crunch
headstand (shaky)

physical: got it done; PA said that I need more flexibility in my hamstrings and IT band. Note: I weigh what I did in 2013 (with shoes and clothes).

Today: there was a thunderstorm with threats of hail prior to my going out, so I opted to do a treadmill workout at the Riverplex
first hour: 5.2 mph, 1 mile, then for the next 4, I did .25 hill, .25 at 0.5. 1, 1, 1.5, 1.5, 2, 2, 2, 2
second hour: started at 5.2, 2, 2, 2, 2, and then I started to fall apart a little. I did some 5.3 run, 3.7-3.8 walk to get to 5.1 miles in 1 hour
third hour: 5.2 for one mile, then did run/walk (5.3, 3.7-3.8 for 0:30-1:00) to get to 5.01 miles in 1 hour.

I was a sweaty mess and very tired. While this wasn’t complete physical torture, it did play with my head and make me very tired.

Note: I got new running shoes; I’ll break them in during shorter runs.

Classes start Wednesday. I’ve made up some quiz templates.

August 20, 2016 Posted by | running, walking | , | Leave a comment

Too addicted to Facebook and moving…

Workout notes: Monday: weights only. Tuesday: 4.4 mile walk at 14:33 mpm. A runner saw my ultra marathon t-shirt and struck up a conversation; she did 87 miles at Burning River this past spring.

I’ve been on the road helping my daughter move in for her final year of undergraduate education.



I pulled in for the night just 2 hours east of home; I was getting tired and beginning to be too fascinated by the road lights…

So I should be on the road soon. It will be time to prepare for classes, take care of some administrative bull-sh*t, get in a workout and maybe a baseball game, weather permitting.


No, I haven’t gone this far…YET…


But it has gotten to the point where I tell my “favorite half-dozen” Facebook friends (aka: “stalking victims”) when I’ll be on the road, off line, etc.

So, I’ll check out the news and get on the road.

August 17, 2016 Posted by | Friends, travel, walking | 1 Comment

Heat and humidity

Yesterday, under the guise of “running”, I shuffled 15.3 miles in 3:16. It was 74 F at the end, though the humidity was 99 percent.

Today, I walked 15.3 miles on a similar course. It was 83 F when I finished, but only 52 percent humidity.



It felt better, though it was hotter. Yeah, covering the ground took me 40 minutes longer but I felt so much better; going 11 more miles wouldn’t have been that hard, I don’t think. Pace: 15:27; not at all fast but I was ok with it being it was after a long run day.

Humidity makes all of the difference in the world.

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

Fun hike and other topics

I did my 7 mile hike from the Heights Tower with T. Yeah, she took a tumble and I had a momentary ankle twist, but for a couple of old people, we got through it ok. It took us 2:25 but it was done at a “social” pace. It was 77 F with 90 percent humidity at the start; 85 F, 77 percent humidity at the end. Yes, I was soaked and T was also “dewy”. I really, really enjoyed it.


Marathons: The Olympic marathon will be run on the next two consecutive weekends; women this Sunday and men the next weekend. Though it is “winter” in Rio, the conditions will not be ideal for a fast time.

Politics Lessons from previous era: a political campaign is tough stuff and the politicians need to bring brass knuckles …or they will lose. Michael Dukakis found that out the hard way.

And temperament matters, as the 1990 Massachusetts race showed. (thanks Carmen!)

August 11, 2016 Posted by | Friends, hiking, political/social, politics, walking | Leave a comment

And I am a slug today

I am having a ton of trouble with motivation …I just don’t like the math results that I have to write up. But I may have something to perk it up.

Workout notes: weights and an easy two mile walk outdoors.

rotator cuff
pull ups: 5 sets of 10
incline press: 10 x 135, 8 x 150 (lame effort), 10 x 135
squats: 4 sets of 10 (0, 45, 65, 85)…these ARE getting better.
goblet squats: 3 sets of 5 x 50, 5 x 30
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 (each arm)
military press: 8 x 50 standing, 15 x 50 seated, supported, 10 x 40 standing (all with dumbbells)
abs: 2 sets of 12 twist crunches, 10 yoga leg lifts.
head stand: shaky at first.

Then the walk outside.

Politics Much to my surprise, I am losing interest. Oh, yeah, I’ll vote but increasingly, I am having trouble taking Trump seriously. Many lines have Clinton a 4-1 favorite.

But strange things have happened in the past.

August 10, 2016 Posted by | political/social, politics, walking, weight training | | Leave a comment

getting back to it…

The start of the semester is rapidly approaching. Back to my academic routine…ok…sort of. I goofed off and watched some streaming Olympic boxing. The mainstream TV coverage sucks, as usual.

Workout notes: 188 after my workout. The workout:

rotator cuff
pull ups: 15-15-10-10 (strong)
squats: 4 sets of 10: (0, 0, 45, 65), goblet squats: 4 sets of 5 with 50
bench press: 10 x 135, 4 x 185, 8 x 170
incline press: 10 x 135
military (dumbbell), 7 x 50 standing, 15 x 50 seated, supported, 10 x 40 standing
rows (single arm) 3 sets of 10 x 50
head stand
abs: 2 sets of 12 twist crunch, 2 sets of 10 yoga leg lifts.
5K walk afterwards (too pretty not to).

Women’s Beach volleyball:

Wife : “who is winning?”
Me: “I don’t know”
Wife: “who is playing?”
Me: “I don’t know; red bikinis vs. green, I think”.

Why is it so popular to watch?

Yes, Lara Kauss has a Flickr photo spread with lots of photos like these.

August 8, 2016 Posted by | big butts, bikinis, spandex, walking, weight training | | Leave a comment


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