Monday, January 16, 2017


I have three major milestones coming up within the next year or so.  One of my goals is to run 1,000 races.  I am at 932 with 68 to go.  I ran 79 races in 2016, so I should reach my goal by next December.  Another goal is to run 101 half marathons.  I will complete this season (thru April) with 91.  That will give me 10 more in the 2017/18 season.  Tentatively, I plan to run my 101st half marathon at the Love.Run.Marathon in February 2018.  That is the race where I ran my 101st (and last) full marathon in February 2014.  The third milestone is my 50th wedding anniversary on October 28 of this year.  That falls on a Saturday, so I will run a half marathon that day.
     In the meantime, I went out to the park this afternoon and ran 3 miles on the trails.  We had a heavy rain earlier today, but there was no water or mud on the trail.  The holiday crowd has cleared out of the park and for the first time in a while, I saw no one else on the trails.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Early morning run

I had to drive up to Tyler today to visit family, so I got up early this morning and ran a little over 1-mile on Veterans Memorial Parkway.  I did not get back until late tonight.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Run the Woodlands 5K

For the 82nd time, I ran the Run the Woodlands 5K this morning.  I finished in 36:38.  After getting back to Huntsville, I went out to the park to adjust the Love.Run.Marathon course for February.  I walked about 3 miles with an engineer wheel and got it done.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Short road run

Since I have 5K in the morning, I went out to the park this afternoon and ran 2 miles on the park roads.  The warm weather continues.

Thursday, January 12, 2017


It was 19 degrees when I ran the half marathon on Sunday.  When I went to the park this afternoon to run, it was 84 degrees.  I ran 3 miles on the trails.  My workout at Iron Works and run were earlier than normal.  We had a running club meeting, including election of officers.  I will continue to serve as the Treasurer.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Got the stitches out

Running in the morning is not my favorite thing to do, but this morning I worked out at Iron Works and then went to the park and ran 3 miles on the trails.  This afternoon, I had a doctor's appointment in Conroe to get the stitches out of my face.  The lab results confirmed that it was a cancer spot, but it was entirely removed.  Then, he found another spot on my face that need to be surgically removed.  That is scheduled for January 24.  That will be the 5th surgery on my face.  Maybe all these scars will give me a rugged look.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Same park run

After Iron Works this evening, I met up with the group and ran my usual 2.5-miles on the trails.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Routine Monday

After Iron Works, I went out to the park this evening and ran 2.5 miles on the trails.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Back to the trails

No sore spots or other problems from yesterday's half marathon in the cold.  I went out to the park this afternoon and ran 2.5 miles on the trails, my first time on the trails in a week.  The temp was in the 40's, a contrast to yesterday.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

River Road Half Marathon

I drove over to New Braunfels yesterday to run the River Road Half Marathon.  According to my truck thermometer, the temperature was 19 degrees when I got to the race.  I dressed appropriately and was comfortable during the race.  I finished in 2:54:00 and was 1st of 2 in the 70 and over age group.  Received a real practical age group award - a bottle of wine.  This was my 83rd half marathon and 10th this season.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Cold laps

I went to the track this morning and ran laps.  About 31 degrees and windy.  My face is swollen below the eye from the surgery this week.  The doc said to ice it.  Guess I did it while running this morning.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Getting colder

The temperature is getting colder.  It is suppose to be in the 20's for my half marathon this Saturday.  In the meantime, I ran 2 miles on the park roads this evening.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Surgery today

I went down to Conroe late this morning to have a cancer spot cut off my face under my left eye.  The incision was at least an inch long and was closed with 12 stitches inside and 15 outside.  So, I will have a big bandage on my face for a while.  The rest of the day was routine.  I worked out at Iron Works and then ran 2 miles on the park roads.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Park roads again

I met the group at the park this evening and ran 3 miles on the park roads.

Monday, January 2, 2017

New shoes

I put on a new pair of shoes out of the box this afternoon and ran 2 miles on the state park roads.  That half marathon & 5K on concrete yesterday really did in my old shoes.