BU women roll over Loyola 72-45

Bradley’s big center was too much for Loyola; she ended up with 26 points (18 in the first half) as Bradley screamed out to a 47-16 halftime lead and then just cruised.



Note: in the action photo, you can see the men’s team in the stands, lending support.

It made for the end of a good day..though my back was still stiff. I was limited to .5 miles of running and 2.6 of walking on the treadmill (last mile was 12:45, with an incline), plus some back exercises.

I’ll take it easy for the next few is better.


February 4, 2017 Posted by | basketball, injury, walking | , , | Leave a comment

Oh my back!

Dang it…back went on me again, though not as bad as it has in the past. BUT I was still able to run on the treadmill and do..headstand.

run: after weights; 2.04 miles in 20 minutes. Froggy in 2:30 increments: 5.2-5.5, then 6.7-7.0.

Weights: rotator cuff, pull ups (5 sets of 10, went well), incline presses: 10 x 135, 6 x 160, 10 x 150
military presses: 10 x 50 dumbbell standing, 20 x 50 seated, supported (back trouble here?) 10 x 40 standing
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 single arm
abs: 2 sets each of 12 twist crunch, 10 yoga leg lifts
headstand (went well)

February 2, 2017 Posted by | injury, running, weight training | | Leave a comment

Slacking on the back exercises

Given: double header in baseball, then a tone of computer workout without teaching classes (I stand during class) plus not doing my back exercises = “restless night” where I had trouble finding the right position.

I did..I got up early and walked this route (6.28) in 1:33:44 (14:55 pace; deliberate pace but not “fast”…obviously. 🙂 )


Lesson learned.


One thing about the Kaepernick “controversy”: I’ve learned to spell his name.


Ironically, the group of people who applauds Trump for saying that our country has gone down hill and needs to be “Made Great Again” doesn’t seem to support Colin Kaepernick’s not standing for the National Anthem.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who has become a public intellectual since his playing days, has a good take on this here.

So, what to make of this “protest”?

1. It is silent, non-violent and non-disruptive. And yet there is a problem? 🙂
2. Trump supporters appear to want a return to 1950’s social values (no more “press 1 for English” and “get THEM off of welfare!” and quit coddling “THEM” when they commit all of those crimes) while those supporting Kaepernick’s “protest” (such as it is) want more equity (e. g. on how law enforcement treats people of different races). So both groups perceive shortcomings, albeit very different ones.
3. Christine Weick, a religious fundamentalist activist (an extreme one) supports denouncing our country for it not being “godly enough”….and says:

The controversy over the football player sitting out the national anthem, actually has me thinking the same.
I can argue that we are no longer a ‘nation under God’.
Even at this point, I wonder what god with all the pagan images associated with that slogan!
As believers, are we to show no allegiance to anyone or anything other than God Himself?
I say BRAVO! He wants a change in this nation as I do.
Maybe we should be thinking twice about honoring a God hating government.
Look at the pic closely. I think I fits well.

4. Ironically, Colin Kaepernick might well get cut…for football reasons (size of his contract is not warranted by his performance or what he can do for his team, right now). I can imagine the reaction….but hey, if he saved even a small amount of the money he made, he is set for life anyway.

Ironically, I’ve seen him play in person, several times (vs. the Rams). I first saw him on TV when he played for Nevada; his team lost to Notre Dame 35-0. That wasn’t a big surprise given the difference in talent on the teams at that time. But he didn’t show me much…but it wasn’t as if his teammates were on a level of the Notre Dame players. So, his talents remained hidden to average fans like me, though I suppose the professional scouts knew what to look for.

August 31, 2016 Posted by | injury, NFL, social/political, walking | , | Leave a comment

New office chair and

I got tired of my back hurting all the time when I sat in my office chair. So I got this one:


Assembly was easy.

Workout notes weights plus an untimed 4 mile run with some yoga afterwards (10 minutes?)

I didn’t feel stable enough to try a head stand.

Run: Cornstalk classic to and from Markin; no stopwatch. I didn’t want to know.
Weights: rotator cuff.
Pull ups: 4 sets of 10
bench: 10 x 135, 4 x 180, 7 x 170
incline: 10 x 135
pull ups: 10
Super set: military (standing with 40 lb. dumbbells), row (machine, 110), pull down (machine, 140)
3 sets of 10 each.

We’ll see.

The run wasn’t as warm as I had anticipated.

Jeb! is running.


Here is my favorite Jeb Bush photo:


As Katherine Harris reminds us, it is white skirt/dress season:

(via: Danny is Back on Flickr) Click on the thumbnail to see on Flickr:




June 16, 2015 Posted by | big butts, butt, politics, politics/social, running, weight training | | Leave a comment

oh my back!

Workout notes: swimming; I did see Ms. Vickie at the Riverplex.

500 warm up, 5 x 50 fly/free, 5 x 50 back/free
12 x 50 fist/free on the 1:05
alternate 100: pull, free (5 of these)
75 side, 25 free.

I went to the office to work. That chair just kills my back; so I invested in a better chair. Well, see how it goes; it sure felt comfortable at the store and more comfortable than the best chair we have in our house.

Last night: the pain referred to my right hip; stretching the back made it feel better. I need to be serious about my daily back PT and perhaps 10-15 minutes of yoga a day.

June 15, 2015 Posted by | swimming, yoga | | Leave a comment

Age, and why I don’t call myself a runner.

Workout notes
Usual PT: hip hikes, rotator cuff, Achilles, press ups (back), down/up dog, side plank, abs (3 sets of 10: crunch, v. crunch, twist, sit back)

pull ups: 5 sets of 10
bench: 10 x 135, 1 x 185, 1 x 195, 1 x 205 (so-so; a bit weak), 4 x 185 (body weight: 191, gym scale)
incline: 7 x 150, 8 x 150
pull downs: 3 sets of 10 x 160
curls: 3 sets of 10 x 80 (machine)
rows: different machine, 10 x 70, 10 x 90 (2 sets)
military: standing barbell, 2 sets of 8 x 85, 10 x 75

Left shoulder: sort of wonky in spots; not that bad.

Yesterday, I ran some on the university track. A couple of young guys passed me; one was only doing one hard mile and the other; maybe 2? I was doing 4 (35:14; 9:30 for mile 1; 8:47 mile 2, 8:27 each for the next two.)

Reality: when I was their age 30-35 years ago (!), I typically ran 2-6 miles a day. My typical pace: 6:20-6:30 on a good day (for the 2-3 mile runs); 7:30-7:45 for a slow day on the 6 mile runs. Had my college age self been on the track, I would have lapped my current self repeatedly. Don’t even mention the guys on the track and cross country teams!

It is worse than that; in 1985 (28 years ago), I weighed 225 pounds and ran 3-4 miles a day, 4-5 times a week. I showed up at a 5K race and ran 23:00 (7:25 mpm pace)…and that is STILL about 2 minutes faster than I can do now. I can imagine how insulted I’d be so see someone as fat as I was at that time *easily* lapping me repeatedly.

Nevertheless, I need to force myself to remember that every run, every walk, every hike, every lifting session and every swim is a blessing. I have only a finite number of these left (HOPEFULLY thousands but you never know). I need to savor all of them.

Why I don’t call myself a runner

It is all in the language and in how one grew up, so to speak.

I remember back in my college days, I had a friend who was recruited to run cross country for our track team. Though it didn’t pan out for him, he still won the freshman 3000 “campus” run, the 8.1 mile campus run, and could still run a 32 minute 10K and a 2:38 marathon.

He found out that I had run a 5:33 mile for our PE class and said “wow, that’s pretty good…you’re not a runner!” and I was NOT insulted in the least. I knew what he meant.

In high school, I played football (offensive tackle), wrestled and threw the shot (not very successfully). I still ran to get into shape for these sports; I managed to clock a 5:58 mile and 13:40 2 mile (as a 210 pound offensive lineman).

In college, I wasn’t an athlete but I “won” a freshman letter in crew (rowing) and was on our club judo team; I also lifted weights regularly and, yes, ran. In fact I managed a 41:10 10K and a 3:33 marathon. But I wasn’t regarded as “a runner”; these were typical “in shape young men” times.

Later, while in the Navy, I attended a seminar for the world military XC championship event. Some guys from one of the African countries were there and asked if “I ran”. I told them that I had just broken 40 minutes for the 10K; the response: “oh, so you just run to keep fit”. Again, I wasn’t insulted; these were 29 minute 10K runners I was talking to.

And so it goes with me now. Sure, I run races and I walk races; I used to swim and hope to restart that this semester. I lift as well. But my “sports upbringing” has stuck with me; I still see myself as an ex-football player/wrestler/shot putter rather than a runner; I run, walk, swim and lift because it is convenient and non-time consuming to pursue these activities…and I like measuring myself and measuring the effectiveness of my schemes and plans. And I enjoy these activities.

To me, the fellow on the left is a runner, and the guy on the right is someone who is attempting to run. 🙂


August 23, 2013 Posted by | injury, Navel Staring, running, weight training | , , , | Leave a comment

More back PT and too hard of a workout

Though I enjoyed today’s workout, I probably overdid it, given that I am racing this Saturday. Oh well; I’ll have to take it easy in the first mile.

I woke up with a stiffer back than normal.
Track: 32 laps of the indoor track: 4 miles in 35:14: 9:31, 8:48 (18:19), 8:27 (26:46), 8:27 (35:14). It was too hard to be a tempo run as I was talking myself out of quitting in the last mile. Since the first mile was about 4:50/4:41, call the 5K 25:43 + 1:10 = 26:53. That would have been an ok race time in 2011. But it was perhaps a bit too hard for a workout. I walked 2 laps after.

Then i jogged (with a walk break) 2 miles in 21:20 to finish with 6 for the day.

Back: at PT I was given the following routine, to be done 3 times a week: adduction, abduction, leg presses, leg curls. That is pretty much what I’ve done off and on…now I have a reason to be very deliberate about doing that. I can’t neglect the leg presses as I am very weak in that exercise.

August 22, 2013 Posted by | injury, running | , | Leave a comment

Like this everyday


No, I didn’t run with her. But do you see the “arch” in her lower back? Mine is flat as a pancake; that is the cause of my back problems. I need mine to be more curved.

So, when I run or walk, I tell myself “arch your back!” and my posture improves a bit.

Today: I didn’t go to the track; I did my hilly 8.1 mile course instead:
10:27 at 1.03, 42:25 half way, 1:24:28 total (42:25/42:03), 9:03 for the last 1.03. Perfect day; one of my “Ollie heaven” days.

I finished with an easy 2 mile walk to cool down.

Other stuff


Languages in the US
Pink: Spanish. Green: Native American languages. Orange: Pacific Island languages. Mustard: German.

Screen shot 2013-08-20 at 10.33.50 AM

Large map: here.

Sharia Law ban
Oklahoma passed it but it didn’t pass Constitutional muster in a Federal court.. Look: US law supersedes informal agreements, period.

Why I enjoyed the book Better off without ’em


August 20, 2013 Posted by | big butts, injury, running, social/political, spandex, walking | , , , , | Leave a comment

Slow walking is painful: One piriformis/back mystery solved

I have at least two more PT appointments for my back, though I was told that my back flexion (32 degrees cold, 35 warmed up) was now well above normal, and well above the 15 degrees that I had at first.

BUT: I had mentioned to my therapist that my piriformis usually ached a LOT more while standing and walking slowly (say, walking with my wife) than it did when I was walking hard/”fast”.

She pointed out that going slowly puts more strain on the stabilizing muscles than walking faster. If this sounds strange: imagine riding a bike. It is easy to stay stable when riding; what happens as you slow to a near stop for, say, a stoplight?

But this also points out that I probably need even more core work.

August 18, 2013 Posted by | injury, walking | , | Leave a comment

68 minutes…

The academic year is getting closer so I decided to time my weight workout. Of course the gym was empty so I might plan on adding 10-15 minutes to this, which means I’d still have time for a 30 minute swim afterward.

PT: hip hikes, achilles, rotator cuff, abs (3 sets of 10: twist, sit back, crunch, v. crunch)
pull ups: 5 sets of 10 (easy?)
bench: 10 x 135, 5 x 185 (tough), 8 x 170 (ok)
incline: 8 x 150, 7 x 150 (ok)
super set: 3 sets of 10 each: rows (Hammer, 200), pull downs (160), dumbbell curls (30), dumbbell military (50).

That took 68 minutes.

Then I did more McKenzie (back), Williams (back), side plank, more abs.

Note: I got a minor tweak in my LEFT shoulder (not the one that I had injured in 2010); it seems to have died down, but I had better watch that, and perhaps do my “pulley” rotator cuff exercises on this side as well.

Also: Barbara was there working with Sue Neff; there was some banter.


Why are goats such good climbers? Note: those who weren’t good climbers…well, didn’t reproduce as well as those who were.

Why are some males more attractive than others?
The male genes get expressed more and the female genes get expressed less, at least in some birds. Or, put another way, the big birds don’t like “girly men”. 🙂

Forgetting humanity
This is an interesting essay from a medical student. He talks about being excited that he got to see a transplant operation. Of course, the operation meant…that someone else had died and it was easy to forget that.


Ok, how does scientific knowledge get refined? The usual way: people come up with conjectures (potential theories) and then they are held up to experimental tests. The conjectures are refined, tested, etc. Yes, when the potential theories are in good shape, they are often discussed and changes/refinements and competing theories are “debated” but not in a “debate” format.

This all takes time.

But most creationists don’t know this; they are swayed by stuff like this:


“Gee, those scientists won’t even debate us because THEY CAN’T WIN!!!! (via: Jerry Coyne)

So, how would you discuss this with someone who might find the above photo persuading?

I’d say try this:

1. “How would you feel if the effective of a medical treatment or an engineering design was decided in a debate format?” This might open the door to their seeing that a debate format doesn’t lead to scientific truth.

2. I’d invite them to surf to the websites of science departments at the major research universities (including those in their home state) and see, for themselves, what is being taught.

These things won’t persuade the hard core religious fundamentalists but it might be effective with the “on the fence” types who haven’t thought about it much.

August 16, 2013 Posted by | creationism, injury, science, weight training | , , , , , , | 1 Comment