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Old 08-15-2018, 05:24 AM   #176
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Re: Slop in the Wind

”I’m just like anybody else. I’m not a machine.” ~ Björn Borg

I watched a movie on Hulu called Borg vs McEnroe. It’s about Björn Borg and John McEnroe competing for the 1980 Wimbledon tennis championship. That match is often said to be the best Wimbledon final ever played. Although this isn’t a running movie, it’s inspiring to watch these actors’ reenactment of the drive of two of history’s greatest athletes. I played tennis many years ago but never beyond the level of a beginner. I enjoyed the movie and found it exciting; however, I’ve read that true tennis aficionados find the movie lacking. Borg vs McEnroe dwells primarily on Borg’s psyche and his upbringing as a child prodigy, but comparatively little of McEnroe. A large percentage of the movie is in Swedish with English subtitles.

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Old 08-18-2018, 10:51 AM   #177
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"Quit making excuses, putting it off, complaining about it, dreaming about it, whining about it, crying about it, believing you can’t, worrying if you can, waiting until you are older, skinnier, richer, braver, or all around better. Suck it up, hold on tight, say a prayer, make a plan & just do it.” ~ Nike

Training log (past week)

Sunday: 4.10 miles (9:53); ran in the park, sunny, 84° F, 57% humidity.

Monday: 3.22 miles (9:23); ran in the park, sunny, 84° F, 50% humidity.

Tuesday: 4.20 miles (9:34); ran in the park, sunny, 84° F, 53% humidity.

Wednesday: rest.

Thursday: 3.21 miles (9:58); ran in the park, partly cloudy, 84° F, 69% humidity.

Friday: rest.

Saturday: 6.20 miles (10:35); ran the hilly country road training route, cloudy, 73° F, 95% humidity.

Week total running: 20.93 miles.

Week total stationary bicycle virtual mileage: 0 miles.
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Old 08-25-2018, 08:25 PM   #178
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”Every time I stand at the starting line, I give myself a pep talk by saying, ‘Be a shining star.’’’ ~ Jordan Hasay

Training log (past week)

Sunday: 3.21 miles (9:34); ran in the park, sunny, 81° F, 76% humidity.

Monday: stationary bicycle 10.22 miles.

Tuesday: rest.

Wednesday: stationary bicycle 10.10 miles.

Thursday: 3.20 miles (9:43); ran in the park, clear, 78° F, 44% humidity.

Friday: rest.

Saturday: It's Just a Nashville 10k 6.21 miles (9:38); cloudy, 70° F, 70% humidity.

Week total running: 12.62 miles.

Week total stationary bicycle virtual mileage: 20.32 miles.
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Old 08-27-2018, 07:16 PM   #179
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"Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence." ~ Vince Lombardi

I watched a program on Netflix called Chasing Perfection. The series stars Olympic gold medal-winning sprinter Michael Johnson interviewing leading high performance experts and sports scientists. The show explores what it takes to become a sports champion and demonstrates how sports science technologies are being used to improve athletic performance. The program is supposed to be a series, but it appears there's only two episodes.

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Old 09-01-2018, 08:08 AM   #180
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"qaStaHvISwa' ram loSSaD Hugh SIjlaHqetboghloD."
("Four thousand throats may be cut in one night by a running man.") ~ Klingon Proverb


Training log (past week)

Sunday: stationary bicycle 10.12 miles.

Monday: stationary bicycle 10.38 miles.

Tuesday: stationary bicycle 10.29 miles.

Wednesday: rest.

Thursday: rest.

Friday: rest.

Saturday: 4.09 miles (9:55); ran in the park, sunrise, 71° F, 91% humidity.

Week total running: 4.09 miles.

Week total stationary bicycle virtual mileage: 30.79 miles.
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Old 09-08-2018, 08:35 AM   #181
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"Endurance? You've only got to get out there and do it. Face up to it: man was meant to run." ~ Percy Cerutty

Training log (past week)

Sunday: rest.

Monday: Franklin Classic 10k 6.21 miles (10:03); sunny, 74° F, 86% humidity.

Tuesday: stationary bicycle 10.39 miles.

Wednesday: rest.

Thursday: stationary bicycle 10.22 miles.

Friday: rest.

Saturday: 4.09 miles (9:58); ran in the park, sunrise, 70° F, 100% humidity.

Week total running: 10.30 miles.

Week total stationary bicycle virtual mileage: 20.61 miles.
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Old 09-08-2018, 08:21 PM   #182
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”I believe in what I am doing. To run a big marathon and win takes five months. When I’m on the starting line, my mind starts reviewing what I have been doing the last five months. I believe in my training, and I treat myself as the best one standing on that line.” ~ Eliud Kipchoge

I watched a video on YouTube called The Science of How Nike Nearly Cracked the Two-Hour Marathon by WIRED. It’s a short, but very interesting video. Prior to seeing this I was under the impression that the pace car used in the Breaking2 experiment had provided a significant wind break for the runners. According to this video the effect was negligible.

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Old 09-09-2018, 04:45 PM   #183
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”Mental fitness plays a big role during competition. If you don’t rule your mind, your mind will rule you. That’s the way I think about this sport.” ~ Eliud Kipchoge

This is another YouTube marathon science video by WIRED: Why It's Almost Impossible to Run a Two-Hour Marathon. This is an older video; it was produced before the Nike Breaking2 experiment.

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Old 09-12-2018, 06:58 AM   #184
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”The 2018 Barkley Marathons will be my fourth attempt. I’m feeling the most prepared I ever have both physically and mentally, but I will soon find out that means absolutely nothing to the Barkley.” ~ Jamil Coury

I watched a video on YouTube called The Year The Barkley Won. It’s about Jamil Coury’s attempt at the 2018 Barkley Marathons. I’ve blogged about the Barkley Marathons in the past. It’s an annual ultramarathon held at Frozen Head State Park in Tennessee. The course is so difficult that no one finished the 2018 race. The video is interesting and has some amazing footage. Most of the video seems to have been recorded with a GoPro, as a large portion of the video is of Jamil Coury looking down at his feet as he’s hiking the race course. The Barkley Marathons look exciting, but as I’ve said before I will not be seeking entry into the Barkley marathons.

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Old 09-15-2018, 04:41 PM   #185
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"My Mama always said, 'You've got to put the past behind you before you can move on.' And I think that’s what my running was all about." ~ Forrest Gump

Training log (past week)

Sunday: stationary bicycle 10.29 miles.

Monday: 3.27 miles (9:13); ran in the park, cloudy, 66° F, 79% humidity.

Tuesday: stationary bicycle 10.09 miles.

Wednesday: 3.23 miles (9:23); ran in the park, clear, 80° F, 62% humidity.

Thursday: rest.

Friday: rest.

Saturday: rest.

Week total running: 6.50 miles.

Week total stationary bicycle virtual mileage: 20.38 miles.
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Old 09-22-2018, 12:55 PM   #186
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"People will rust out quicker than they’ll ever wear out, and I’ll be darned if I’ll ever rust out." ~ Colonel Sanders

Training log (past week)

Sunday: rest.

Monday: 2.06 miles (9:23); ran in the park, partly cloudy, 71° F, 93% humidity.

Tuesday: 2.57 miles (9:36); ran in the park, sunny, 72° F, 92% humidity.

Wednesday: rest.

Thursday: stationary bicycle 10.05 miles.

Friday: rest.

Saturday: Nashville St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer 5k 3.1 miles (9:15); cloudy, 73° F, 89% humidity.

Week total running: 7.73 miles.

Week total stationary bicycle virtual mileage: 10.05 miles.
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Old 09-29-2018, 09:02 AM   #187
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”Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up, it knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn't matter whether you're the lion or a gazelle—when the sun comes up, you'd better be running.” ~ Christopher McDougall

Training log (past week)

Sunday: stationary bicycle 10.31 miles.

Monday: stationary bicycle 10.56 miles.

Tuesday: stationary bicycle 10.53 miles.

Wednesday: rest.

Thursday: stationary bicycle 10.70 miles.

Friday: rest.

Saturday: 3.24 miles (9:06); ran in the park, sunrise, 58° F, 97% humidity.

Week total running: 3.24 miles.

Week total stationary bicycle virtual mileage: 42.10 miles.
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Old 10-06-2018, 11:28 AM   #188
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”Only the disciplined ones are free in life. If you are undisciplined, you are a slave to your moods. You are a slave to your passions.” ~ Eliud Kipchoge

Training log (past week)

Sunday: 3.21 miles (9:14); ran in the park, sunrise, 58° F, 96% humidity.

Monday: stationary bicycle 10.50 miles.

Tuesday: rest.

Wednesday: rest.

Thursday: stationary bicycle 10.35 miles.

Friday: stationary bicycle 10.38 miles.

Saturday: Grey Ghost 5k 3.1 miles (9:43); sunny, 71° F, 98% humidity.

Week total running: 6.31 miles.

Week total stationary bicycle virtual mileage: 31.23 miles.
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Old 10-13-2018, 08:48 AM   #189
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"I was born to be a runner. I simply love to run. It's almost like the faster I go, the easier it becomes." ~ Mary Decker Slaney

Training log (past week)

Sunday: 3.23 miles (9:06); ran in the park, sunrise, 66° F, 100% humidity; stationary bicycle 20.14 miles.

Monday: stationary bicycle 10.32 miles.

Tuesday: 3.24 miles (9:21); ran in the park, cloudy, 75° F, 76% humidity.

Wednesday: rest.

Thursday: 3.24 miles (9:02); ran in the park, sunny, 65° F, 55% humidity.

Friday: rest.

Saturday: 3.25 miles (8:58); ran in the park, sunrise, 52° F, 84% humidity.

Week total running: 12.96 miles.

Week total stationary bicycle virtual mileage: 30.46 miles.
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Old 10-15-2018, 10:57 AM   #190
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”Analysis revealed that the guilty pleasure of watching a group of exhausted, miserable human beings painfully push their bodies to the limit in a 26-mile race is the primary motivation of every four out of five observers at the event.” ~ The Onion

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Study: 83% Of Marathon Spectators Only Attend For Sick Thrill Of Watching Fellow Man Suffer

CHICAGO—In a new study released Monday by Northwestern University, researchers found that 83 percent of marathon spectators only attend to relish the sick thrill of watching their fellow man suffer. “Analysis revealed that the guilty pleasure of watching a group of exhausted, miserable human beings painfully push their bodies to the limit in a 26-mile race is the primary motivation of every four out of five observers at the event,” said lead researcher Dr. Philip Sharp, noting that a large majority of people who watched marathons were there for the deliciously sinful delight of witnessing the pained expressions of struggling, out-of-breath competitors as they lose all control of their bodies and collapse. “Data found that scores of observers would even bring signs, air horns, and bells to encourage the runners to continue the parade of human misery just for their own perverse entertainment. Even the 17 percent of the audience who are primarily there to support a friend or loved one in the race admit they can’t help but savor the intoxicating, depraved*rush of satisfaction they feel when watching a runner puking on the side of the road as their digestive system shuts down due to the intense level of exercise.” Sharp added that marathon officials were already citing the study as they considered plans to extend the length of races and ban water and carbohydrate-based energy gels in order to improve attendance and the overall enjoyment for spectators.
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Old 10-20-2018, 09:07 PM   #191
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"but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint." ~ Isaiah 40:31


Training log (past week)

Sunday: stationary bicycle 20.30 miles.

Monday: 6.39 miles (10:08); ran the hilly country road training route, cloudy, 69° F, 92% humidity.

Tuesday: stationary bicycle 10.17 miles.

Wednesday: rest.

Thursday: 3.25 miles (9:34); ran in the park, clear, 58° F, 44% humidity.

Friday: rest.

Saturday: rest.

Week total running: 9.64 miles.

Week total stationary bicycle virtual mileage: 30.47 miles.
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Old 10-27-2018, 12:07 PM   #192
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"Running has never failed to give me great end results, and that's why I keep coming back for more!" ~ Sasha Azevedo

Training log (past week)

Sunday: 3.22 miles (9:46); ran in the park, sunny, 55° F, 36% humidity.

Monday: rest.

Tuesday: 9.13 miles (9:53); ran the hilly country road training route, sunny, 58° F, 66% humidity.

Wednesday: rest.

Thursday: stationary bicycle 20.82 miles.

Friday: rest.

Saturday: 10.23 miles (9:57); ran the hilly country road training route, cloudy, 50° F, 95% humidity.

Week total running: 22.58 miles.

Week total stationary bicycle virtual mileage: 20.82 miles.
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Old 11-03-2018, 01:17 PM   #193
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"The human body can only do so much. Then the heart and spirit must take over." ~ Sohn Kee-Chung

Training log (past week)

Sunday: rest.

Monday: stationary bicycle 10.53 miles.

Tuesday: 3.25 miles (9:10); ran in the park, sunny, 72° F, 55% humidity.

Wednesday: stationary bicycle 10.48 miles.

Thursday: stationary bicycle 10.34 miles.

Friday: rest.

Saturday: 10.60 miles (10:21); ran the hilly country road training route, mostly sunny, 45° F, 87% humidity.

Week total running: 13.85 miles.

Week total stationary bicycle virtual mileage: 31.35 miles.
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Old 11-10-2018, 03:05 PM   #194
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“The lesson of running is to train well, and then have full faith in your training and show the proof in the race.” ~ Eliud Kipchoge

Training log (past week)

Sunday: stationary bicycle 10.42 miles.

Monday: rest.

Tuesday: stationary bicycle 10.43 miles.

Wednesday: stationary bicycle 10.45 miles.

Thursday: stationary bicycle 10.34 miles.

Friday: rest.

Saturday: ~11.50 miles (~11:30); ran the hilly country road training route, partly cloudy, 31° F, 58% humidity. My phone malfunctioned on this run so I’ve approximated distance and pace.

Week total running: ~11.50 miles.

Week total stationary bicycle virtual mileage: 41.64 miles.
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