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Starting to feel more like myself: Whiskey Daddle 5K and half marathon

Saturday: it came up sticky; 69 with 100 percent humidity to 70 with 93 percent.

And so I adjusted..so I thought. Mile 1: 9:07 (some uphill) and used the little downhill for 8:52..18:00 at mile 2 with a chance, so I thought..to finally break 28. Nope..exhausted up the small hill and gave into it a bit on the last 1.1 miles (some walking) 28:43.

I lost places. Yes, my overall finish was better, percentage wise than last week’s 5K, but last week’s 5K featured a LOT of students versus this older crowd which had a ton of newbies.

Today’s half marathon featured overcast skies at a starting temperature of 57..and it stayed cool.

I was a bit worried at first as I had gotten ahead of the 2:30 pacer for a bit..but she (and her 5:00 marathon pacer companion) soon got a bit ahead of me. At 4 miles I was starting to worry..but I was holding a mid 11 minute pace. That was to remain true, save the uphill mile, and the mile 10-11 where I took a quick “slower walk” break..then got back into stride.

This felt a bit like my old self; and OMG…massive eyestrain….lots of incentive to keep going.

There were some slippery spots heading toward the cemetery and the Main Street hill hurt, but nevertheless, I managed to hold it together..realizing I was not going to collapse.

11:56 (with bathroom)
20:38 (next 2) 32:35
23:25 (56:00 at 5)
11:08 (1:07:08 at 7)
11:44
11:43 (1:30:37 at 8
11:17
11:20 (1:53:10 at 10)
12:24 (break)
11:53
11:50 for the final 1.1: 2:29:23 for the final.

I needed that; this was my fastest half marathon walk time since 2014, which was the last time I broke 2:30 for the half marathon walk. No, my knees were NOT “racewalk legal”.

What was weird: It was almost as if my slow marathon 2 weeks ago (6:14, walking) was training for this half, which was a maximum effort. I did that marathon VERY conservatively.

After I got home, I sat out on the sidewalk and cheered the marathon runners (who were almost at mile 23); this included a few that I was with on the first loop.

October 7, 2018 Posted by | running, walking | , , , , | 1 Comment

Real progress

I think that I showed progress with the marathon finish (not a fast one) last week. I showed a bit more progress with an on campus 5K (an accurate course this time) …I didn’t start my stop watch and finished in a chip time of 28:02.

The key error: I was tracking another professor (who is better than I am..he finished in about 25:30) and I was a bit too close to him at mile 2; I had to walk a few steps and then finished too slowly. I should have relaxed a bit more earlier. But I can get this back next week, and this was the best I’ve done since March, 2017.

One reason: I am now 190.5, down from a high of 207 earlier this year. That makes a difference.

BUT, to be fair…I am still 10 lb. more than I was when I last broke 8 minute miles for the 5K (2014) and, yes, 190 NOW is different than 190 20 years ago. I do not have the same muscle mass that I had then.

So, while I’ve made progress, I am still have quite a bit to go. At this age, I should probably be 15 lb. lighter.

September 29, 2018 Posted by | running | , , | Leave a comment

Zoo run run gag…

It came up 72 F, 93 percent humidity at the start. It was gagging. I’ve never ran well on this course, and well, once again, I didn’t run that well. Part of it: I over-estimated what I was capable of on lap 1. Lap 3 was too slow, period. It was slippery in spots. BUT, I’ve always been just a bit slower on this course than on others (2-3 minutes, on the average).

But it was still a good time socially. And, Tracy had a great day, beating one rival and besting someone else who usually beats her.

Previous attempts on this course:

2016 30:01

201528:55

2011 27:45

2010: walk: 32:47

August 25, 2018 Posted by | Friends, running | , , | Leave a comment

Watch your step!

For the first time since 2014, I took a tumble in a running race (on the roads, no less)

I had about 800 meters to go and I tripped over a support for some temporary fencing along the side of the course and went down. It didn’t hurt that much (I did a rough approximation of a judo front break fall) but it was a bit embarrassing, and it probably cost me 20 seconds or so.

Time: 29:23 (chip), 268/608 overall, 161/275 males, 8/17 among 55-59.

Weather: gag. By Wunderground, it was 80 F, 87 percent humidity during the race. I was drenched with sweat PRIOR to the race starting (walk/jog)

The course goes slightly uphill, then slight downhill then straight away. I weaved in and out a bit in mile 1 (9:30), maintained for mile 2 9:12 (18:42) and was in control heading toward the end before I took the tumble. I got right back up but the legs were heavy and I was not in the mood to sprint. (10:41, or 9:42 for the final mile). So, all in all, if I factor out the fall, I probably averaged 9:20 a mile. (my pace worked out to 9:28 anyway).

It was better than last week under similar conditions. Ok, it was 80 F, 94 so last week was slightly worse, but today I was a minute faster. Improvement.

I don’t want to speak too soon, but things appear to be headed in the right direction.

July 4, 2018 Posted by | running | , , | Leave a comment

The hottest one yet…

I thought that last year’s Run for the Health of it was humid.

I thought that Steamboat was tough:

But this was downright absurd.

80 F, 94 percent humidity. This was San Antonio, Texas stuff. And I died.

place: 40/80 overall, 28/42 male, time: 30:55 (9:43, 9:51, 10:23 (2 walk breaks; brief), 0:56; realistically, I might have been able to squeeze 20 or so more seconds out. But I was drenched.
Tracy hung in there and finished looking better than I did.

My race: just tried to keep it steady and was reasonably successful for 2 miles before giving in before I started to feel bad. I did have some banter with others.

Past:

1997: 20:33 6:30, 6:25 (12:44) 7:38 (2016 age grade: 23:26)
2002: 22:04 6:54, 7:01 (13:55) 8:09 (age grade: 24:18)
2003 31:15 walk (9:28, 10:26, 11:20
2004: walked the 5K with Olivia.
2005: 23:08 7:22, 7:31 (14:53) 8:14 (age grade: 24:53)
2012: 26:07 8:28, 8:49 (17:18) (?), 8:49 for the last 1.1 (70, 88 percent humidity) 30 days after blood donation (ag 26:18)
2013: 26:32 8:03, 8:12 (16:15) 10:17 for last 1.1 (cool) 26 days after blood donation (ag 26:32)
2014: 27:41 8:39, 8:39 (17:18) 10:22 for the last 1.1 (73 F, 87 percent humidity) 12 days after blood donation. (ag: 26:44)
2015: 27:06 8:26, 8:40 (17:06), 10:00 for last 1.1, 65 F, 89 percent humidity. 30 days after 24 hour race. (ag: 26:58)
2016: 27:12 8:48, 8:53 (17:43), 9:29 for the last 1.1 66 F, 83 percent humidity; 30 days after 24 hour race.
2017: 30:07 9:00, 9:40 (18:40) 11:26, 64 F, 94 percent humidity.
2018: 30:55 9:43, 9:51 (19:34) 11:19, 80 F, 94 percent humidity.

July 1, 2018 Posted by | Friends, running | , , | Leave a comment

Too fat, too slow, too hot

Yes, it was 70 F, 91 percent humidity at the start. I died at mile 2 (which came at 18:50 or so) and ended up with 31:16 for a “too long” 3.17 mile course. I didn’t bother with my watch. I followed two ladies for the better part of 2 miles prior to losing contact and walking a bit. I was dying.

Yeah, I’ve done this race a few times before. Though my performance was terrible, it was an effort, and it was good to spend time with Tracy, meet up with friends, and yes, even clown around with Crystal (who joked that I was right behind her at the finish line…as I was when we took the photo. She was 5 minutes ahead of me on the course during the race though.

Past years: 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013., 2014 2015 2016 2017

mile 2009 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
1 7:35 8:19 8:08 8:03 7:54 8:07 8:26 8:40 9:10
2 8:43 8:49 8:07 8:01 7:56 8:15 8:44 9:25 9:30
3.1 9:21 9:48 8:47 8:52 8:52 9:21 9:35 10:41 12:36
final 25:40 26:56 25:03 24:56 24:42 25:45 26:46 28:56 31:16
place 82/148 144/283 89/255 71/258 47/146 53/109 50/119 97/158 67/106

May 26, 2018 Posted by | Friends, running | | Leave a comment

What sports can teach college students (and their parents)

raceforthecure

Well, I’ve run the Race for the Cure several times. It isn’t what it once was (5500 signed up, as opposed to the 20K plus of yesteryear) and I wasn’t what I once was: 29:00.04 (I am hoping my chip says 28:59.xx); 9:20 pace. Yeah, that stinks but at least I didn’t have to walk, AND this course is one of the more challenging ones. I’ve posted my history with this race below. Here: I did my best though by no means, was I ready to race. I didn’t restart running until early March and I wasn’t confident enough to get off of the treadmill until a couple of weeks ago or so. The foot was fine during the race but ached slightly afterward. Temperatures were in the 50’s.

It had stormed before the race and cleared up..hoping the same happens for tonight’s baseball game.

Yes, Bradley opened its series with Dallas Baptist and frankly, DBU just tore the cover off of the ball. It was 6-0 after 2 innings and in the second inning, every out was a fly ball caught on the warning track. It ended 13-2 after 7 innings; they had 15 hits.

BU tried to fight back; the Braves got a solo home run in the 3’rd and then, while it was 7-1, twice loaded the bases to end up stranding 3 runners in both innings and deriving exactly one run. In this game, BU had no margin of error. The Patriots were simply a lot better last night. Maybe the Braves can right that today.

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These two unrelated things I think provide a nice life lesson. Yes, practice and training makes you better. But when it comes time for the competition, only your performance matters. Yes, you need to prepare and prepare hard..that is what will help you with your performance. But in the end, there is no box score for your practice time, no place on the finish results to record your workout. Your time and place is what gets recorded.

When you watch a game and your team lines up for a field goal: you don’t think about the kicker’s practice sessions. You expect them to make the kick. You expect the pitcher to throw strikes and to befuddle the batters. You expect the batter to hit the ball well and for the fielders to make plays.

In more serious situations: the engineer’s design has to hold up..the doctor has to operate properly and the pilot has to fly the plane correctly. There is no “oh I tried so hard” box to check.

In short, in the eyes of others, you are your results. Now yes, you might have more self peace and serenity if you can become indifferent to outcomes (“let go and let god”) and that is a wonderful thing…just don’t expect that to “count” in the eyes of anyone else. And yes, the vast majority of us (myself included) will never be more than mediocre, though we can possibly improve our degree of mediocrity. But it is the results that count…

And how I wish students understood that their grade on an exam or in a course is a measure of their performance. Performance can suffer for reasons within their control (not enough study) or outside of their control (talent, life circumstances). But the grade is a measure of their performance on the subject material, period. It is possible that a lazier but more talented person will do better than they do.

And again, effort matters to the degree that it enhances performance. But it is the performance that is measured.

Past Race for the cures:

Split 2009 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2018
Mile One 8:15 8:25 8:18 8:18 8:39 8:46 9:20
Mile Two 7:11 7:34 7:56 7:25 8:02 8:28 8:52
Final 1.1 9:03 9:12 9:34 9:43 9:32 10:17 10:48
Time 24:29 25:13 25:48 25:27 26:14 27:32 29:00

Note: in 2010, I power walked it in 32:55. In 2011, I signed up but skipped to rest an injury.

2009

2010
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
Graduation duties prevented me from doing the 2017 race.

May 12, 2018 Posted by | baseball, education, running | , , , , , | Leave a comment

5K on one run a week (Bradley Hilltop)

Ok, since late July, I’ve been running about once a week. I’ve been covering 40-45 miles per week (sometimes as much as 50), but most of that has been walking (I’ve had 4 20 mile walks in my build up, and lots of 10-15 mile walks, etc.)

But only one run, and usually that is on the treadmill. But the 5K is right on campus…

It was warm and muggy (72 F, 78 percent humidity) and so I warmed up just over 1 mile, (jogging), did the 5K, then cooled down with a mile walk.

yes, the course is .07 miles short (about 40 seconds at my pace) and my time:

28:50, which is about 29:30 for the 5K. And THAT was better than my last 2 5K runs (in July) which were done in similar conditions..and very comparable to my Riverrun 5K. And, I was running MORE then; the difference is that I paced myself better this time around.

September 16, 2017 Posted by | running | , | Leave a comment

5K thud

Well, for the second time in a row, I was unable to break 30 minutes for a 5K: 30:07. Once again, I was reduced to walking in the last 1.2 miles. I’d jog, walk; someone in my age group (a retired Marine who looks like he could still bench press 3 wheels) shamed me into keeping going.

I was 9:00 at mile 1 (still a bit too fast for the humid conditions: 94 percent humidity), 9:40 for mile 2 and it took 11:26 to walk/jog the final 1.1. I just wilted in the final mile. I think that yesterday’s squats didn’t help matters.

Reality: the main difference between this year and last year is:

1. About 10 extra pounds of body weight (197-198) and
2. I’ve really bumped up the walking; much more of my mileage is walking this year.

Weight: yeah, I need to readjust my eating for my current metabolism Walking: that HAS improved, but, for me, sports is a zero sum game. If one thing improves, another one gets worse.

I’ve done this race many times before:

1997: 20:33 6:30, 6:25 (12:44) 7:38 (2016 age grade: 23:26)
2002: 22:04 6:54, 7:01 (13:55) 8:09 (age grade: 24:18)
2003 31:15 walk (9:28, 10:26, 11:20
2004: walked the 5K with Olivia.
2005: 23:08 7:22, 7:31 (14:53) 8:14 (age grade: 24:53)
2012: 26:07 8:28, 8:49 (17:18) (?), 8:49 for the last 1.1 (70, 88 percent humidity) 30 days after blood donation (ag 26:18)
2013: 26:32 8:03, 8:12 (16:15) 10:17 for last 1.1 (cool) 26 days after blood donation (ag 26:32)
2014: 27:41 8:39, 8:39 (17:18) 10:22 for the last 1.1 (73 F, 87 percent humidity) 12 days after blood donation. (ag: 26:44)
2015: 27:06 8:26, 8:40 (17:06), 10:00 for last 1.1, 65 F, 89 percent humidity. 30 days after 24 hour race. (ag: 26:58)
2016: 27:12 8:48, 8:53 (17:43), 9:29 for the last 1.1 66 F, 83 percent humidity; 30 days after 24 hour race.
2017: 30:07 9:00, 9:40 (18:40) 11:26, 64 F, 94 percent humidity.

July 8, 2017 Posted by | running, walking | , | Leave a comment

Making choices in sports…River Run shuffle

I love the Chillicothe River Run and we had a perfect day for it. And the competition at the front of the pack was fierce.

But alas…where I enjoyed spending time with Tracy and socializing with some of “the usual” people, I just did not have it today.
My legs felt heavy upon warming up. Then at the start, I did not honor my current state; instead of staying behind some runners I knew would be finishing around my target time, I went ahead and chased an MILF who was rocking some black spandex and VPLS (grannies).

I didn’t feel *that* bad early on but, well, I missed the mile 1 clock; saw the mile 2 at 9:30 (mile 2 going the other way) which meant that I was at about 8:40 for mile 1. Sadly, that is too fast for me, right now.
By the time I got to mile 2 I was fading and had walked a bit (18:15) and then it was run, start to feel good, walk, repeat until I got to the finish in 28:56. My legs felt like cement poles.

What this tells me is that I need to take an easy week prior to the Steamboat 15K or the course is going to butcher me. The good news: last week’s long walk went very well. But I cannot do two things at once; if distance walking improves, short running suffers. That’s reality.

97/158 overall, 63/81 among the males. Sigh…

May 27, 2017 Posted by | running | | 1 Comment