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Old 12-29-2016, 10:02 PM   #51
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"If you fail to prepare, you're prepared to fail." ~ Mark Spitz

Today I went to 8th and Broadway in downtown Nashville. That's where the Rock 'n' Roll half-marathon will start. I walked down Broadway following the race route down to 2nd then over to and up Demonbreun back to 8th. In that first mile there are already a few challenging hills. I never noticed those hills when I'm just out driving around. Yesterday I went to the intersection of Charlotte Avenue and 10th Circle North in Nashville. From there I walked about three miles along the Rock 'n' Roll half-marathon course to the finish near Nissan Stadium. I tried to imagine what it's gonna be like to run that section of the course after running the more than ten miles it takes to get there. Yep, that's a half-marathon, first run ten miles, then run a 5k. I'm making mental notes, gonna familiarize myself with that course as much as possible.

Side note: I always chuckle when I hear Waze pronounce the French name Demonbreun as Demon Brawn.
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Old 12-31-2016, 03:24 PM   #52
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"My philosophy on running is, I don't dwell on it, I do it." ~ Joan Benoit Samuelson

Running log (past week)

Sunday: 5.35 miles (10:07)

Monday: 5.29 miles (9:44)

Tuesday: no running

Wednesday: no running

Thursday: 3.19 miles (8:58)

Friday: no running

Saturday: 4.48 miles (9:27)

Week Total: 18.31 miles.

My running goals for 2017 are simple: run faster and farther. Just do it.
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Old 01-01-2017, 12:20 AM   #53
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"I'm not a derby horse. The going is all the same to me whether it be wet or dry. Just keep plodding along, singing a song, that's my motto." ~ Patrick De Marr

Year 2016 Review

Running mileage for the year:—652.3 miles
Most mileage in a month: December—75.2 miles
Most mileage in a week: November 24-30—25.7 miles
Longest run: December 17—10.26 miles

Eight races:
Tom King Classic 5k, March 5—27:44
Mule Kick 5k, April 2—26:08
Purity Moosic City Dairy Dash 5k, April 16—26:02
Race Across the Spectrum 5k, July 23—28:08
Urban Runoff 5k, August 20—26:49
Franklin Classic 10k, September 5—58:31
Grey Ghost 5k, October 1—27:19
Band on the Run ~3.5k, November 19—18:15
Average 5k time—27:02
Average 5k pace—8:43

Stationary bicycle virtual mileage for the year:—863.6 miles

Happy New Year.
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Old 01-01-2017, 09:23 AM   #54
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I wonder, how do you measure mileage and velocity, when you are not in the gym running on the maschine?

I am trying to squeeze my times down, and I find it a lot easier to control my velocity when I run on the band in the gym. But it is clearly more fun to be outside.
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Old 01-01-2017, 12:34 PM   #55
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I wonder, how do you measure mileage and velocity, when you are not in the gym running on the maschine?

I am trying to squeeze my times down, and I find it a lot easier to control my velocity when I run on the band in the gym. But it is clearly more fun to be outside.
I use a Fitbit app that tracks running time and distance using the GPS on my iPhone. RunKeeper and MapMyRun have free apps that work in a similar way.
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Old 01-02-2017, 03:37 PM   #56
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"Run for fun? What the hell kinda fun is that?" ~ Old man in Back to the Future 3

I was an intermittent runner back in the '70s. I don't actually know how far I ran or how fast. I'd just run. I doubt I ever ran more than three miles at a stretch. I'd run daily for awhile then lose interest. I was a teenager, I had other things to do. My parents were unsupportive regarding my running. They felt running to be a waste of time and energy. They felt extra time and energy should be used for something useful—not running. The scoffing old men in Back to the Future 3 actually reminds me of my father.



"People don't know why we run, but it's the hard work you put into practice, and the reward you get from the race." ~ Courtney Parsons

I joined the Navy in 1979. I was required to run in boot camp. As I recall it was nine laps around a football field. I had no problem running that distance in the required time. Aboard ship there was no place for running except in tiny circles around the helicopter deck. For onboard ship exercise, I'd usually just jump rope.

After I left the Navy I returned to Tennessee. I moved to Nashville in August 1984. I was getting back into running, so I went to the public library to get a book on the subject. I found The Complete Book of Running by James F. Fixx. When I went to check the book out, there were two librarians behind the desk. One asked, "Do you know the man who wrote that book died?"

I shook my head and said, "No."

"Oh yeah, he was out running, being all healthy and all, and he had a heart attack and just dropped dead on the side of the road." These ladies were actually giddy and giggling. Ha, ha, ha. It serves him right, they seemed to believe.

Well, I went ahead and checked the book out, but I didn't read it. I read parts of it, but the very idea that the man who wrote the book on running died from a heart attack while running dampened my enthusiasm. Plus back then I was routinely hearing horror stories about ruining knees and other stuff that made me feel that perhaps running was probably not such a good idea. I have a friend who ran a half-marathon and ended up going around on crutches for several weeks afterwards. I also know a guy who had a heart attack while running in a marathon. I ended up joining a gym and doing miscellaneous exercise activities. I had a bicycle for awhile in the '90s. I'd ride nearly every day. In October 1994 I rode a 106 mile bike ride.

April 2015, I received an email at work inviting me to a meeting. The email was sent to everyone in our company. The meeting was for people interested in running. The email said there'd be a drawing for free entries into a 5k. They were trying to put a team together for a corporate challenge. It didn't matter if you were a fast or slow runner. They just wanted to get people involved.

I wasn't sure I could run 3.1 miles. I was in fairly good shape, but I'd hardly run at all in years. I went to the gym where I was a member and got on a treadmill, I set it for forty minutes. I discovered that setting the speed at four was a fast paced walk, at five I'd break into a slow run. I'd run at five awhile then walk at four alternating. At the end of the forty minutes I had covered 2.87 virtual miles. I went back the next day and did 3.12 virtual miles in forty minutes.

I reluctantly decided I'd go to the meeting. I thought I'd be the only old person there. I was certain people would look at me and wonder what the old bald guy was doing there. The majority of people at the meeting were in their twenties, but there were a few older than myself. Anyway, they held the drawing and I won a free entry to the Firecracker 5000 to be run on July 4.

May 2, I started training for my first 5k. At first I could not run a quarter mile. I'd have to alternate between running and walking. I kept training and then one Sunday morning June 14 it was cooler than usual. I ran 3.25 miles without walking once.

"When you cross the finish line, no matter how slow or fast, it will change your life forever." ~ Dick Beardsley

July 4, the Firecracker 5000 was held at the Opry Mills Mall in Nashville. It was fairly warm and humid, but overcast and looked like it would begin raining at any moment. The race route was a lap around the outer perimeter of the mall parking lot, then it looped back went around the building and circled back to the starting line. I started way back of the starting line because I knew I'd be one of the slowest runners. I knew I was not going to set a record or win a prize. My goal was to run the whole distance without walking and finish in under 35 minutes.

The race was about to begin, they made some announcements, played the national anthem, fired the gun, and we were off. I was trudging along sweating and struggling at a slow but steady pace. In a way it seemed so silly to see hundreds of people running around a mall parking lot, but at the same time it was fun. I felt I was part of something. I felt comradery, a spirit of friendship and community with my fellow runners, but at the same time I was alone in my own personal struggle. I ran the whole distance and finished in 31 minutes 44 seconds, with an average pace of 10:13 per mile. My coworkers were cheering as I ran across the finish line. I was the slowest man on our team. I did manage to finish faster than a few of the ladies.

By training for and running that first 5k I discovered running is fun, even for old people. One of my coworkers who is in his sixties finished that race in around twenty-five minutes. An eighty year old man finished faster than me. I also came to realize running is not the risky activity I had once thought. I now realize that those horror stories are actually rarities rather than the norm. They're usually the result of inadequate training and/or poor running form.
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Old 01-03-2017, 10:06 PM   #57
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"A lot of people say they love running because of how they feel afterwards. Not me. Well, I love that, too, but it's also so much fun while I'm out there." ~ Dick Beardsley

I went back to 8th and Broadway in Nashville. This time I turned west, walked to 12th, crossed over to Demonbreun, walked up Demonbreun Hill to the roundabout. From the roundabout I walked down Division to 12th and 11th into an area called the Gulch. This section of 11th runs parallel to railroad tracks, and it's mostly level with a gentle mostly downhill slope to Charlotte Avenue. From there I walked up Charlotte Avenue to 10th Circle North. Now I've walked about half of the Rock 'n' Roll Nashville half-marathon course, the beginning two miles, and the final four and half miles. My friend is definitely correct about the course being hillier than what I had originally thought.
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Old 01-07-2017, 01:59 PM   #58
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"Make friends with pain, and you will never be alone." ~ Ken Chlouber

Running log (past week)

Sunday: 7.28 miles (10:03); I usually run in a relatively flat and level park that's built on a flood plain. I need to prepare for the hills of the Rock 'n' Roll Nashville half-marathon. Today I ran past the park to a country road. I ran about four or five miles up and down paved and gravel hilly roads. I plan to include this route at least once each week in preparation for the race.

Monday: 3.32 miles (9:23)

Tuesday: no running

Wednesday: no running

Thursday: no running

Friday: no running

Saturday: 5.20 miles (9:18); a beautiful sunny day, 15 degrees F, 60% humidity. It was so nice to have the whole park all to myself.

Week Total: 15.80 miles.

Week total stationary bicycle virtual mileage: 41.3 miles

I'm registered for the Hot Chocolate 15k in Nashville February 11. Running this 15k should be good preparation for the Rock 'n' Roll half-marathon in April especially considering it's run on some of the same streets. This will be my first 15k. My planned race day pace is 9:40, finishing in roughly an hour and a half. I also plan to run the half-marathon at that same pace, finishing in roughly two hours, and six minutes. I have some friends who ran the Hot Chocolate last year when the temperature was about 20 degrees. Well, I'd personally rather run in the cold than when it's hot.

I'm also registered for the Mule Kick 5k in Columbia Tennessee to be run on April 1. I ran the Mule Kick last year. As I recall the first two miles are quite hilly. The final mile is a relatively level run along the Duck River. My time last year was 26:08. My goal this year is to finish in under 26 minutes.
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Old 01-08-2017, 07:57 PM   #59
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"The best pace is a suicide pace, and today looks like a good day to die." ~ Steve Prefontaine

I watched the 1997 movie Prefontaine. The movie tells the life story of Steve Prefontaine who was a great American runner back in the '70s. At one time Prefontaine held the American record in seven track events from 2,000 to 10,000 meters.

The movie begins with Prefontaine's childhood in Coos Bay, Oregon. The movie showed that he was very competitive in sports, but often not allowed to play mainly because people kept claiming he was too small or too slow. He took up long distance running and was competitive in that field setting several high school records.

Prefontaine went to the University of Oregon and trained under coach Bill Bowerman. Prefontaine was a great athlete, but much of his celebrity was due to the way he played to the crowds and the media. In his bravado statements to the press he would make claims like, "I'm going to run the last mile in under four minutes and I dare anyone to stay with me." or "When I make my move with a mile to go, it's gonna be whoosh! And those guys are gonna think they hit a brick wall." In the movie one of his classmates said when Prefontaine would win a race it would be on the front page; however, when this classmate would win two events at the same meet, it would be barely mentioned in the sports section.

Prefontaine competed in the '72 Olympic Games in Munich. He witnessed the terrorist attacks that interrupted the games. At age twenty-one, Prefontaine went to the Olympics as an underdog. He ran in the 5000 meters and finished fourth. Some people believe Prefontaine would have won a gold medal in the '76 Montreal Olympic Games if he had not died May 30, 1975 in a single car accident.

Prefontaine is an inspirational movie, but it contains inaccuracies. One reviewer called the movie a "pseudo-documentary film" due to it getting facts wrong and the movie's inaccurate and exaggerated portrayal of the characters.
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Old 01-10-2017, 11:47 PM   #60
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"That's what's holding you back—the pain. You've gotta learn to overcome it. You've gotta embrace it. You've gotta run through it. Then you can let it go." ~ Coach Coleman in 4 Minute Mile

4 Minute Mile is a fictitious movie about Drew Jacobs, a high school kid with natural running talent from a rough background; and Coach Coleman, Drew's mentor, a retired track coach who trains Drew to run a four minute mile. It's a good movie and inspirational. It's somewhat similar to The Karate Kid, and seemed cliché in that sense, but the movie had several unexpected twists. Although, there's running and training, the movie is actually a drama about Drew's conflicts with his older brother, life struggles, and overcoming adversity.
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Old 01-14-2017, 01:29 PM   #61
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"The best runner leaves no tracks." ~ Tao Te Ching

Running log (past week)

Sunday: 6.29 miles (9:42); ran in the park, sunny, 26°F, 46% humidity.

Monday: no running

Tuesday: no running

Wednesday: no running

Thursday: 3.31 miles (8:39); a beautiful night, ran in the park by the light of the full moon, cloudy, 65°F, 83% humidity.

Friday: no running

Saturday: 4.30 miles (8:56); ran in the park, mostly cloudy, 53°F, 100% humidity.

Week Total: 13.90 miles.

Week total stationary bicycle virtual mileage: 51.73 miles

I didn't run the hilly country road training route this week. Maybe next week.
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Old 01-16-2017, 11:56 PM   #62
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"Water is medicine. If you can get water, you get rid of 80 percent of our diseases. That's why water is the song I am going to sing for the next five years. I'll get money from the government. And I'll put as much money as possible in water projects. But it won't be enough. That's why I will partner with people. Every dollar people give us in our area, I'm going to match it." ~ Wesley Korir

I watched a documentary on Netflix called Transcend. It's about Wesley Korir who has been a top finisher in many marathons. He won the Los Angles Marathon in 2009 and 2010. After he won the Boston Marathon in 2012 Korir announced he was going back to Kenya to run for political office. He was elected a Member of Parliament for Cherangany Constituency. It's an inspirational story of a man born in poverty, he comes to American to become an elite athlete, then returns to his native land to help his people.

I personally enjoyed the documentary; however, it's not as interesting as some other documentaries I've watched on Netflix. The documentary is educational in that I learned something about Wesley Korir, running, and life in Kenya. It contains footage from races, training, and Korir's political campaign. Other than providing information and raising awareness, the documentary does not seem to have a clear objective. Another problem is that the documentary is difficult to follow because of the accents of many of the speakers, and parts of the documentary are in a foreign language, I assume Swahili, with no translation or subscript provided, so I have no idea what was being said in those portions. Netflix has the documentary rated 1-1/2 stars out of a possible five.
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Old 01-21-2017, 04:43 PM   #63
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"Any day I am too busy to run is a day that I am too busy." ~ John Bryant

Running log (past week)

Sunday: 7.14 miles (9:43); a beautiful day, I ran my hilly country road training route, cloudy, 64°F, 74% humidity.

Monday: no running

Tuesday: no running

Wednesday: no running

Thursday: no running

Friday: no running

Saturday: 8.29 miles (9:39); a beautiful day, I ran in the park, sunny, 63°F, 74% humidity.

Week Total: 15.43 miles.

Week total stationary bicycle virtual mileage: 50.57 miles
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Old 01-28-2017, 04:29 PM   #64
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"You must expect great things from yourself before you can achieve them." ~ Michael Jordan

Running log (past week)

Sunday: 5.46 miles (10:10); ran in the park, cloudy, 60°F, 88% humidity.

Monday: no running

Tuesday: 3.25 miles (8:41); ran in the park, clear, 48°F, 60% humidity.

Wednesday: no running

Thursday: 3.69 miles (9:08); ran in the park, partly cloudy, 38°F, 62% humidity.

Friday: no running

Saturday: 8.97 miles (9:31); a beautiful windy day, ran the hilly country road training route, sunny, 48°F, 31% humidity.

Week Total: 21.37 miles.

Week total stationary bicycle virtual mileage: 30.65 miles
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Old 02-04-2017, 12:06 PM   #65
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"Running allows me to set my mind free. Nothing seems impossible. Nothing unattainable." ~ Kara Goucher

Running log (past week)

Sunday: 5.21 miles (10:09); ran in the park, overcast and rainy, 39°F, 71% humidity.

Monday: no running

Tuesday: 3.73 miles (9:04); ran in the park, clear, 52°F, 31% humidity.

Wednesday: no running

Thursday: no running

Friday: no running

Saturday: 6.52 miles (9:56); another beautiful day, ran in the park, mostly sunny, 22°F, 60% humidity.

Week Total: 15.46 miles.

Week total stationary bicycle virtual mileage: 41.29 miles
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Old 02-07-2017, 08:41 PM   #66
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"Racing was a rite of death; from it came knowledge,” ~ Once a Runner by John L. Parker Jr.

I've signed up for another half-marathon. At work they are putting a corporate team together for the Tom King Classic, so I signed up. Since this race is in March, it will be my first half, and the Rock 'n' Roll half will be my second. (Assuming of course that I survive the first.)
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Old 02-11-2017, 10:19 PM   #67
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"So I went for it. It was a race after all. At some point in a race, you're supposed to go as fast as you can, regardless of how relatively slow that might be--you're supposed to push yourself, I thought. And so I did." ~ Marc Parent

Running log (past week)

Sunday: 7.41 miles (9:32); another beautiful day, a bit breezy, ran the hilly country road training route, sunny, 54°F, 62% humidity.

Monday: no running

Tuesday: no running

Wednesday: no running

Thursday: 3.28 miles (9:28); a beautiful night, ran in the park by the light of a nearly full moon, clear, 32°F, 46% humidity.

Friday: no running

Saturday: Hot Chocolate 15k, 9.32 miles (9:03); overcast rainy, 60°F, 65% humidity. The Hot Chocolate 15k begins at Bicentennial Park in Nashville. The route makes a loop around the park, then heads downtown to Broadway, then circles back to Church Street. At that point the 5k people head back to the park. The 15k route goes up Church Street all the way to Centennial Park, loops around, then comes back down Church Street, and heads back to the start. There were quite a few hills, but none seemed particularly severe.

I arrive at the race and right off I run across a guy I know from church. He is an athletic 23 year old, and a much faster runner than me. He will be running in the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in April. He asked if I had a goal time. I told him an hour and a half. However, at that time I was not feeling very confident. It was already 60°F, and I assumed it would get warmer as the day progressed. I felt I would be satisfied with just finishing regardless of my time. Finishing in an hour and a half would require maintaining a pace of 9:40 per mile or better. What actually happened weather wise was that we got a drizzly rain and it cooled down a bit.

This was my first 15k. It was also the first race I've been in that had pace runners. These people run at a specific pace while holding up a sign with their pace written on it. I lined up to where I was about midway between the 9:30 pace runner and the 10:00 pace runner. We get started and before we've gone a mile, a guy runs up beside me and says, "Hi Joe." It was another person I know from church. I'll refer to him here as G. He's in his 40s, he said he was there with his son. His son is a teenager. The son had run ahead, and G said he was going to try to catch up. I said, "See you later."

Somewhere between mile two and three I realized I had caught up with the 9:30 pace runner and I thought to myself, "I can run faster." So I passed him. Around mile four I passed G. Around mile 5, I caught up to G's son. Around mile 7 I passed the 9:00 pace runner. Around mile 8 I was struggling, G caught up and said he'd been trying to catch me since I had passed him. I told him his son is about 100 feet ahead. G passed and I did my best to keep up. G did not catch up to his son and finished about 30 seconds behind. G told me afterwards it was the first time his son had finished a long distance running race ahead of him. I finished about 30 seconds behind G with an official chip time of 1 hour 24 minutes 16 seconds.

Week Total: 20.01 miles.

Week total stationary bicycle virtual mileage: 41.73 miles
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"Running, for me, is a prayer, a meditation.... I'm not running but flowing. I'm one with the universe." ~ Rashid Naseem

Running log (past week)

Sunday: 4.12 miles (10:13); ran in the park, cloudy, 62° F, 81% humidity.

Monday: no running

Tuesday: 4.22 miles (9:17); ran in the park, cloudy, 43° F, 69% humidity.

Wednesday: no running

Thursday: 3.36 miles (9:29); ran in the park, mostly clear, 45° F, 43% humidity.

Friday: no running

Saturday: 7.18 miles (9:22); ran in the park, overcast and raining, 49° F, 82% humidity.

Week Total: 18.88 miles.

Week total stationary bicycle virtual mileage: 30.59 miles
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Old 02-19-2017, 01:35 PM   #69
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"A part of me has just been ripped
The pages from my mind are stripped" ~
Centerfold by The J. Geils Band

I was looking at the details for the Tom King Classic and discovered this:

"Medals for All Half-Marathon Finishers Presented By Titans Cheerleaders."

Cool. Getting my race on.

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"If at first you don't succeed, then skydiving definitely isn't for you." ~ Steven Wright

I mentioned in an earlier comment that I knew a guy who ran a half-marathon and ended up on crutches for several weeks. I had the opportunity to talk to him today. He told me he had "trained for months." It was the first race he had ever run and he has not run a race since. He said that he ran about half way and began to feel a catch in one knee. He was determined to finish so he kept going. The knee got worse as he continued and by the end he crossed the finish line limping and in intense pain.

IMHO, it seems to me his training was inadequate. He trained for only a few months and didn't run any shorter distance races in preparation. I did not share my opinion with him. I merely nodded my head sympathetically as he told his story. His view seems to be that he worked really hard training and then due to bad luck on race day he had a problem with his knee. I dunno. I just hope I don't end up on crutches after finishing a half-marathon.
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Old 02-25-2017, 12:37 PM   #71
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"You may not reach your goal but the journey is important. Try to make goals that will stretch you. Be around people who are optimistic and who are going to help you with your attitude, because a lot of times attitude is what it’s all about.
We humans have the capacity to do so much more than we think we can do, whether it’s a mental process or physical process. I think we all have the capacity to become heroes. It’s all about balance too." ~ Glen Avery


Running log (past week)

Sunday: 8.28 miles (9:47); ran the hilly country road training route, sunny, 64° F, 70% humidity.

Monday: no running

Tuesday: no running

Wednesday: no running

Thursday: 4.29 miles (8:43); ran in the park, clear, 68° F, 64% humidity.

Friday: no running

Saturday: 11.32 miles (10:12); my longest run ever, ran the hilly country road training route, sunny and windy, 41° F, 57% humidity. Just yesterday in Nashville it was 81° F, what a difference.

Week Total: 23.89 miles.

Week total stationary bicycle virtual mileage: 41.46 miles
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"yInDayajmeH 'oy' yISIQ."
("To understand life, endure pain.") ~ Klingon Proverb


Running log (past week)

Sunday: 3.19 miles (9:22); ran in the park, sunny, 52° F, 25% humidity.

Monday: 3.21 miles (9:16); ran in the park, partly cloudy, 50° F, 90% humidity.

Tuesday: no running

Wednesday: no running

Thursday: no running

Friday: no running

Saturday: Tom King Classic half-marathon 13.1 miles (9:27); sunny, 38° F, 35% humidity.

I'm certain in the future when asked about my favorite race, I'm going to say the Tom King Classic. There were hardly any hills as the race runs beside the Cumberland River. The majority of the race is in Shelby Bottoms Park. After the race we went into Nissan Stadium for a breakfast buffet and awards ceremony. The weather was great. It was 38° F at the start, by the time I crossed the finish line it was about 50° F.

The race began in front of Nissan Stadium on South 2nd Street. We ran down 2nd Street past Shelby Street into roughly a mile and a half through an industrial area. Then we reached a rural area, there was a golf course to the left and the Cumberland River to the right. In another half mile we reached Park Street and then Shelby Bottoms Park. We ran about four miles through the park on the greenway to the turn around point. Head back down the greenway to South 1st Street, Victory Avenue, and Titans Way, circling around the west side of Nissan Stadium and through the finish line. A Titans cheerleader handed me a finisher's medal and congratulated me. Official chip time 2:03:35.

I'm sore and wore out now, but I don't think I'll be on crutches.

Week Total: 19.50 miles.

Week total stationary bicycle virtual mileage: 41.97 miles
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Old 03-11-2017, 01:13 PM   #73
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"Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. Say you’re running and you think, ‘Man, this hurts, I can’t take it anymore. The ‘hurt’ part is an unavoidable reality, but whether or not you can stand anymore is up to the runner himself." ~ Haruki Murakami

Running log (past week)

Sunday: no running

Monday: no running

Tuesday: 3.46 miles (9:57); ran in the park, mostly cloudy, 54° F, 92% humidity.

Wednesday: no running

Thursday: 3.55 miles (9:49); ran in the park, clear, 67° F, 39% humidity.

Friday: no running

Saturday: 6.66 miles (9:55); ran in the park, cloudy and snow showers, 34° F, 69% humidity.

Week Total: 13.67 miles.

Week total stationary bicycle virtual mileage: 41.28 miles
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Old 03-18-2017, 03:54 PM   #74
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Re: Slop in the Wind

"The rewards for those who persevere far exceeds the pain that must precede the victory." ~ Ted Ergstrom

Running log (past week)

Sunday: 4.42 miles (9:42); ran in the park, sunny, 46° F, 28% humidity.

Monday: no running

Tuesday: 3.22 miles (9:44); ran in the park at sunset, cloudy, 33° F, 55% humidity.

Wednesday: no running

Thursday: 4.28 miles (9:26); ran in the park, mostly clear, 50° F, 25% humidity.

Friday: no running

Saturday: 9.13 miles (9:55); ran the hilly country road training route, sunny, 67° F, 23% humidity.

Week Total: 21.05 miles.

Week total stationary bicycle virtual mileage: 30.73 miles
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Old 03-21-2017, 10:12 AM   #75
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Re: Slop in the Wind

"When you have a gun, you feel like nobody can kill you. But when somebody is killed, you will be shocked and think, 'Hey, next is me.' Then you think about anything that can help you to run away." ~ Julius Arile Lamerinyang

I watched a documentary on Netflix called Gun Runners. This is another documentary about Kenya and Kenyan runners. In Kenya, cattle rustlers were offered amnesty for surrendering their guns. Julius Arile Lamerinyang, a main character in the documentary, quit cattle rustling and became a successful marathon runner placing fourth in the 2013 New York City Marathon. Netflix has the documentary rated one and half stars out of a possible five, but I enjoyed watching it.

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