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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Exceeding Last Years Total Kilometers!

Even though I had Deb take this picture last tuesday so I could post it on facebook and mock all those painesville ohio snow pictures everyone was posting, it did finally get colder here yesterday and today. Was in the low 50's both days with very cold 20-30 mph winds. Not all that pleasant. That is light glove and stocking cap weather for me!
I ran 44 kilometers for the week over 5 days. I ran 8K on tuesday with 30 minutes of threshold included. Wednesday I did an easy 7K. On thursday I ran 9K with 19 minutes of alternating one minute sprints and recoveries in the middle. Saturday was supposed to be a long EASY run, but with the winds, it ended up beating me up pretty well. Today I finished with an easy 7K. I have run 5 days a week for all of the last 4 weeks averaging 44 kilometers a week.
Last year was a rough year early, but I did manage to run a total of 1746 kilometers, or 1083 miles. Or, at my slow speed in E2 tracking, somewhere around 11,905 minutes! Anyway, with today's run I have reached 1751 kilometers with about 6 1/2 weeks remaining.
As for racing, I plan to race on December 8th, January 18th, Superbowl sunday, and late march. So it looks like, if I stay healthy, will get a race in monthly. That is plenty for this old body. Continue to look for a 15K or 10 mile race to run next year (just can't orthopaedically do a half marathon), but all the ones I could find involve at least overnight travel. So, we shall see......

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Lots Of Running In Nice Weather!

Beautiful day today. Bright sun and a high of 70 degrees. Got out and washed the car (C+ Job Ernie!), washed the front entryway to get rid of the spiders and their webs, and cleaned out a few months of windblown debris. Then spent an hour or so cleaning up leaves and junk from all of my landscaping. My neighbors are smarter, they have an electric blower and just blow all the shit into my yard. The last few weeks have been a mix of low 80 degree periods, and low 60 degree periods. So, have had to wear shirts when I run on occasion (damn!). I see that for next week, all my friends in ohio are going to get to enjoy the first polar vortex of the early winter. Looks like they may have another bad winter like they did last year.
Been running a lot of late. Over the last 22 days I have run 138 kilometers for an average of 6.3 kilometers a day. I will try to keep it up for the next 4 weeks until I taper into my 5K race on December 8th. Feel generally sore, especially my mid back, but I think that my spine and knees are just generally arthritic these days.....probably be that way thru life's finish......

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloweenie!

Nice cool halloween day. I have all my yard stuff prepared and my 5 huge bags of candy. Usually get around 150 kids over about three hours. Little tykes come before sundown, middle schoolers after sundown, and a few older kids an hour or so after that. I do enjoy seeing these kids and giving out candy.
Ran the last three days and hit the gym this morning. On tuesday, I did a longer run of 13K. On Wednesday I did 6K, with the last 2K with alternating 20 second sprints. Thursday I did 9K, with 4 six minute intervals which got my heart rate up to around 142 on the last two. Feel pretty beat up today. Even though my heart wants to do a half marathon next year, my orthopaedic limitations are telling my brain not to do it. I think my brain is right.
Deb gets her spinal shots on tuesday, and I hope that she gets some pain relief. Now that she is getting off these pain meds after many years, some of the pains that were controlled are returning. It is a difficult balance, but we just have to go there.....

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Very Warm First Week Of Fall!

Warm first week of fall! Mid 80's all week and sunny. Next week it is due to normalize to the mid 70's. Got my 40K in this week over four days. 13.5K long run on tuesday, 10K on thursday with the last 2K at 10K race pace, 8.5K on saturday with 4 bye 3 minutes with 2 minute recoveries hard enough to get my heart rate up to 145 for the last two reps, and 8K easy today. Prefer to get my 40K weekly goal over 4 days vs 5. Will race the 5K at the Las Cruces half marathon on december 7th. This is their 5th year, and if I do it, I will have run it 4 of the 5 years. Bye far the only race out west that I have participated in that often. Year one was a slow trail run. Year two was my sub 25 minute 5K just after turning 60, prior to my knee exploding. Last year was the extra long run with the additional half mile to allow the finish on the track. So who knows what we will get this year. Only other race I may run this year is if Chris and AD set up a tinsel trot for christmas at NMSU. Have not heard much on that lately.
The yellow rose of new mexico still thinks it is summer. Lots of buds left to bloom. If we finally get some frost next week at night, it may shut down fast. For now, it is just doing dandy.....
Was on the Las Cruces Running Club web site looking for January races, and found this picture from the 2 miler last august. This was my big sprint to the finish. You can always tell from my face that I am working damn hard.....

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Appreciating The Last Of Something!

Beautiful day for a race. Woke up at 5 A.M. and headed out to Las Cruces at around 6:15. The 5K course is one I have run before.....fine gravel that meanders slightly uphill into the wind, hits the turnaround, and heads back downhill with the wind. Winds were lighter than when I ran this course in the spring, and it was a perfect 62 degree overcast day. There were 60 total runners, including about 20 Army reservists, and about 40 walkers and stroller pushers. I paced perfectly for the leg out to the water table, and was in 10th place overall. I felt strong and relaxed at the turn, and was ready to press on the wind aided downhill return. I first passed two women, and then three reservists. These guys always do 2 mile runs for their fitness tests, and it appeared that they rarely ran longer than that. At the 4K mark, I realized that if I could push that last half mile hard, I could get under 27 minutes...something I have not done this year. I pushed really hard to near gag level, passing one more guy who was having some sort of leg cramp/pull issue, and ended up 4th overall in a time of 26:48. I ran two more kilimeters as a cool down and then came back to the finish line to get a bottle of water and a yogurt protein bar. They had posted the preliminary results on a board, and I was confused at first because there was one guy in the 60-69 age group, and it wasn't me. Then I noticed that they did top three overall men and women, and I was third male. The two guys who beat me were 23 and 40 years old. Now I realize this was a nice fluke that will certainly never occur again, but since I ran a good tactical race in a good time, it was just pure gravy poured over a satisfying performance.
Stopped at Toucan for some specialty groceries and wine, and then the Barnes and Knobles college bookstore for coffee and a chicken pesto sandwich, and then headed home. I unpacked my purchases, and now I am on my back in front of the tv. Back hurts like heck and my feet are buzzing, so I will go easy this week and hope to heal, and then prepare for one more race early in December to close out the year!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Perfect Week Of Weather!

Almost perfect week of weather to run. Got in 5 runs for a total of 41K. Would have run more, but I hurt my back doing some floor washing. I have hurt my back the last 4 times I have done it, so God is telling me that this is another task that will come off my activities list. There was a young hispanic fellow who came bye with a flyer offering to steam clean your floor, among other services, so I will give it a try. If it works out well, will have it done twice a year....
This is a nice picture E2 took of the ceiling in the beautiful lobby of the Bilagio Casino. Looks very similar to the one Kwon took a year earlier. I think even I could get this right........
Gonna do a 5K this saturday, so long as my back holds up. Was chatting with my son yesterday and saying how much my heart wants to finish my career with a half marathon next spring, even though my brain is screaming NO NO NO. I would pick an easy or downhill course in good weather, but since it will now take me more than two hours to complete, it would require at least three two hour training runs, and I would have to space them two weeks apart in order not to destroy my fragile chassis. If I could find a local 10 miler or 15K, that would probably be enough to satisfy me.........

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Pink Boob Race....The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly!

Today was a perfect day to race. I chose to run the pink booby race 10K, as the 5K featured lots of dogs, strollers, people tied together like centipedes, army men marching behind a flag, and all sorts of assorted road clogging pink mayhem. There were approximately 400 people in the 5K, and only 60 in the 10K. There were all sorts of pink boob shirts with different slogans, my favorite being "Saving Second Base". Probably 3 of 4 participants were women. Lot of pretty girls in those almost see thru boy shorts........damn distracting.....Anyway, my goal was to try and complete the 10K under an hour, so below 6 minute per kilometer pace. My garmin was set on kilometer pace on top, and total kilometers on bottom. The course started uphill on geothermal road for approximately two kilometers. I tried to hold back and crested the top with a pace of 6:24. After running downhill for two kilometers, I was at 6:04. The rest of the course was fairly flat and followed the old senior games course. By 8 kilometers, I was happily on 5:54 pace and felt pretty comfortable about getting in under an hour. The weather was perfect....started out at 56 degrees, and ended around 70. When I saw the chute coming, I new something was wrong. I went thru the pink arch at 53:34, and looking at my garmin, it said that we had only covered 9.06 kilometers, or around 6 tenths of a mile short. They separated runners in the chute by moving the 10K runners to the right. As I watched them hand write the runners numbers and their time, I realized that for a race in it's 7th incarnation, they are certainly not ready for prime time. There was only one guy in the 10K besides me who looked old, and I talked to him after the race and he turned out to be 48 (not aging very well!). When I went back to the scorers table, I found out that they were only giving out medals to the first two men and women in the 10K race, so when they put "Awards" on the flyer, they were a bit deceptive. So, beautiful day, I stayed on pace as hoped, but not a race that I would ever do again. I have so few left in me, they have to at least have ten year age groups.
After the race, my friend Matt from run culture gave me a card for 20% off, so I headed to old downtown to see if the store had two shoes I wanted to try on. When I got there, the street was closed for a street fair, so after I bought a much need new pair of shoes (I kid, I now have 15 pairs!), I picked up a lb. of coffee from a new coffee roaster who had a display in front of their shop, a large jar of sour cherry jam from a family that goes all over New Mexico selling jams and jellies, and some roasted and pickled jalapenos that are supposed to be medium hot. Followed that up with some grocery shopping at Tucan bye the university, and headed home. Now I am laying on the couch watching Notre Dame (come on Stanford!), sucking some left over coffee, and contemplating what side dish to serve my bride for dinner to go along with the caribbean crusted mahi mahi I bought at Tucan.....maybe soy and ginger rice?