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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Mmm... That's Good Squishee

quickie-e-mart1.5 miles easy

Wind: NE at 7 mph
Humidity: 100%
course: Wheaton College campus

What if a party was held and no one showed? Such was tonight. Mike Demerrit came by in street clothes to pick up socks, and Jim came by to deliver them, but otherwise, I ran alone. I almost skipped it, feeling lazy, but feel better for it.

Snow was especially wet and sloppy. Mike pointed out his car was covered by 'squishee'.

Another, better run tomorrow I hope. Tonight was not a loss. It will be getting out on the dreadful days that will make all the difference.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Looking for a Few Good Miles

3 miles run
.5 miles walk

3.5 miles total

Wind: NW at 0 mph
Humidity: 45%
course: Illinois Prairie Path

Today's run was an easy three. Maybe not that many. Pace was 9:30-10:00/mile.

The IPP was wet, but tolerable. Tomorrow has a chance of ice and a high of 38, a drop from today's balmy weather.

Key was getting back out there, doing it again. Tomorrow will be my workout with the Spivey Club, so I needed to be loose today. I am relaxed, though tired from poor sleep last night. With tomorrow, I also want to run Friday, getting three days in succession - maybe a 5-6 miler?

Saturday, March 22, 2008

It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (For a Three Mile Run)

Bloomington-Normal Constitution Trail3 miles easy 26:59 (9:15, 9:07, 8:36)
1 mile walk

total: 4 miles

Mostly Cloudy
Wind: N at 7 mph
Humidity: 46%
course: neighborhood half mile loop

My base was largely, if not entirely, lost over the winter. Now, I need to pile the miles on safely. Hitting the road today was not planned but it was such a nice day that denying the run was no good.

It started slow, but picked up. I was still slower than most of my JSRC warm-ups, but, then again, those often feel too fast. My last mile was merely me feeling better, looser. I think I had a couple more miles in me, but I am saving those for Monday.

I have fat to lose, muscle to gain, and a mileage base to gain. In fact, JSRC running pal Margaret suspects that's what kept me from breaking 20:00 last summer. I agree, and now, I have 1.5 months extra to get it in, plus the reckoning of its necessity.

Time for me to begin thinking about upcoming race options, and how to run through April. I would love to enter May ready, at around 3o miles per week.

pictured: Bloomington-Normal Constitution Trail
I used to run here when I lived in central Illinois

Friday, March 21, 2008

Will China Ruin the Beijing Olympics?


With Haile Gebrselassie likely skipping the Beijing Olympics because of pollution caused by errant Chinese policy, the gold medal winner will have an asterisk next to his name. The only way to supplant this will be to break the world record. But, outside of that unlikelihood, a win in the marathon, a key event, will be about as official as a 1980 medal in the 100 meters. Who wants to say, "I won, but..." Distance runners aren't in the same low integrity category as, say, Major League Baseball's Barry Bonds.

Tiananmen Square.
Site of protests that ended in the Chinese military murdering college students, in an event that made the USA's Kent State Massacre look like an Amish gathering. China is considering banning Tiananmen broadcasts. They fear protests:
The communist government's resorting to heavy-handed measures runs the risk of undermining Beijing's pledge to the International Olympic Committee that the games would promote greater openness in what a generation ago was still an isolated China. If still in place by the games, they could alienate the half-million foreigners expected at the games.
The fear of protests is reasonable. China's citizens did not forget 1989's killings, or the white washing the Chinese government did. They have not forgotten the continued oppression demonstrated through the shutting down of internet cafes, and otherwise inhibiting dialogue between China's average person and the free world.

Now, by killing protesters in Tibet, and blocking YouTube access, lest the rest if China see, and lest the Chinese citizen freely post videos for you and I to see, China must fear protests. Nothing unexpected by me.

So for those of us who remember how Presiden Jimmy Carter ruined the 1980 Moscow Olympics, we will endure Hu Jintao, President of China make a shameful mess of what could have been great public relations.

Then again, nine years after the Moscow Olympics, the Communist walls fell. Maybe there is hope after all?

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Unfocused, Slow, But Complete Workout

2 mile warm up
6x100 striders
800 (300)
800 [400]
400 (300)
400 [400]
800 (300)
600 warm down

total: 6.3125 miles

50°F (dropped to 41°F)
Wind: N at 8 mph
Humidity: 29%
course: Wheaton College track

Jim was home with the flu, but a decent crowd made it out for a few laps, including newbie John Christiansen. He held his own, and, in fact, seemed to be holding back.

I went into it knowing I was not feeling my best. Not that I was sick. My mind was squirrelly. Unfocused. Add to that my tired showing last week, and a tough night was ahead.

I forgot my watch. No times as such, then, on my intervals. I'm guessing I hovered near 2:00 for the 400s, 4:15 for the 800s. I really did not care tonight what my times were, but that I broke a hard sweat, burnt a few cheeseburgers into caloric oblivion, and completed the workout.

On the agenda will be to get my diet into gear. Better fluid intake, watch the fatty stuff. Not too complicated, but hardly a breeze with my coffee-happy taste buds and love of bad Chinese food.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Horse's Hooves and Muddy Waters

2 miles, slow loping
400 walk

total: 2.25 miles

Wind: E at 14 mph
Humidity: 81%
course: some park I don't know the name
Just a park off Roosevelt, west of here.

The plan was simple: a park I drove past a lot. Did that. Parked. Ran. The smell of wood-burning fireplaces took me back to central Illinios at fall.

The snow began belting down moments after I stepped out of my car. Muddy, flooded paths slowed my pace, and, ultimately, kicked me off course. Horses ran through there, compromising the paths, making it all difficult to navigate.

My pace was maybe 10:00/mile.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

8 (plus 6-6-6) Times 1000: First Track Workout of the Season

3200 warm-up
6x100 striders
800 (300)
600 (300)
600 (300)
600 (600)

total: 4.9375 miles

Wind: SW at 13 mph
Humidity: 51%
course: Wheaton College track

The weather was pretty good. I was not. My pace was around 7:45-8:15 for the 600s and 800. I had faster in me, but felt tired enough in the warm-up to know it was going to be a month before I found my sea legs again.

2007 CARA Runner of The Year Suzanne Ryan joined us for a while. Rudi, Michael, John and Jay Duffy, Lee, Margaret, Linda, Brad were all there, with Coach Jim on the watches.

Tomorrow, I hope I walk it off like coffee for a running hangover.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Misery Has No Time: 2.5 Miles of Timeless Agony

2.5 miles run (time: unknown)
0.25 hard walk

total: 2.75 miles

Wind: S at 21 mph
Humidity: 46%
course: neighborhood half mile loop

No clock on today's run. Presume slow. Why? Look at the dates of my posts. Not many workouts. My watch was hiding, and I left it hid.

Right out my door I have a half mile loop with minimal traffic. Given how little expected to run, it made little sense to drag myself to a running path or track. The journey would been longer than the run (though this run was long despite its length).

Each step was laborious, like slogging through sludge while wearing a backpack. Every part of me defied my kind request for movement. Wearing tights, running pants, and a t-shirt, mock tee, and a running jacket, all topped with a knit hat, I was hot. Not in a good way.

Tomorrow I'll do it again. Maybe farther. It will be more enjoyable soon.

I'm committed to run the 200-mile relay. We meet Sunday to talk about who gets which legs.