Wednesday, July 30, 2014

1,746 days

Today was my 1,746th consecutive day of running.  I am getting close to matching my second longest streak of 1,811 days.  I did yard work most of the day and then ran the 5K course with the group tonight.  It was hot, but it usually is in Texas in late July.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


We had a good group at the park this evening.  I ran 4.6 miles on the trails.  It was actually my longest distance in a couple of months.  I usually start stretching my distance in August for the longer fall races.  With no more marathons to run, it will be an easier transition to half marathons and such.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Park on Monday

I usually go to the park to run on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  However, Jacob and Sara were going to run trails this evening.  While they were on the trails, I took to the park roads for my 3-mile course.  One part of the course was barricaded, so I had to detour.  I probably ended up running 2.9 miles.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

High 90's

Even though it was in the high 90's today, the summer has been relatively cool - and, more rain than usual.  I ran an unplanned course in town this evening.  Even ran a street that I had not run before.  The course turned out to be 2.7 miles.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Dog Days 5K

I never got around to running our club's Dog Days 5K this morning.  I got up at 6 a.m.and got to the race at 6:45.  Unloaded stuff and then put out the signs for the 1-mile and 5K courses.  Since the courses are new, I decided to lead the race in my truck, rather than run.  We had 80 runners and walkers.  Then, I started taking photos for the club web site.  After the race, I picked up all the signs, took them back to storage, had breakfast at IHOP and then went home to type up the race results and put them on the club web site.  After that, I started editing photos and developing a photo gallery.  I finally finished that late tonight and put it online.  Click HERE for the photo gallery.  Oh yes, late this evening, I did get in a 2.9-mile run on the streets in Huntsville.

Friday, July 25, 2014


I mowed and did a lot of other yard work today, so this evening I went to the track and ran laps.  This evening, I went over to the running club storage place and loaded up all the signs and other stuff for the club run tomorrow morning.  Tiring day.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

3.5 at the park

I ran 3.5 miles on the trails at the park this evening.  Still hot and humid and deep sand in parts of the trail.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Hot 5K

After Iron Works this evening, I met up with the group at the church and ran the hilly 5K course around the campus.  Darn, it was hot.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

High humidity

I ran 3 miles on the trails at the park this evening.  While the temperature was about 93, the humidity was extremely high.  I was completely soaked in sweat at the end of my run.  While running past the park superintendent's house, he had just returned home and we had a nice visit.  He confirmed the good news that the construction on the south perimeter road and dam, scheduled to start as early as next month, has been delayed until March 2015.  That means that all the races held at the park this winter will not have to alter their courses.  My son was released from the hospital this morning.  Hopefully, his arm will heal quickly from the surgery and the anti-biotics will completely rid his arm of the infection.

Monday, July 21, 2014


I visited my son in the hospital once today.  Hopefully, he will be released tomorrow.  This evening, I worked out at Iron Works and then ran an unplanned course on the roads around town, which turned out to be 2.6 miles.  Bubba was in his pickup and stopped me during my run.  I thought he needed directions.  He asked me if I needed a ride.  I assured him that I was okay and felt great.  I must look bad when I run.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Measured new courses

After church and a visit to my son in the hospital, Steve Bickford and I measured new 10K, 5K and 1-Mile courses, to be used for our club runs in September and November.  They start and finish at Physical Therapy Associates, behind the hospital.  They are really nice people.  While normally not open on Saturday, they are going to open up for our club runs, so the runners can use their restrooms.  It was hot this afternoon and we walked the course with an engineer wheel for an accurate measurement.  Afterwards, I went to the track in town and ran a 2-mile loop on the roads from there.  Then, back to the hospital.  He is hoping to get out tomorrow.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Watermelon 5K

I got up real early this morning to the one-hour drive over to Hempstead to run the Watermelon 5K at 7 a.m.  Too early!  It was sorta nice running in temperatures in the mid-70's, though.  I finished in 36:36 and was second place in the 60 and over age group.  First place got a watermelon in addition to a medal, so I missed out.  I made a couple trips to the hospital today to visit with my son.  They say he should be released on Monday or Tuesday.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Back and forth to the hospital, again

The doctor checked my son's arm early this morning.  While the swelling was down some, it was still badly infected in the elbow.  So, they operated on him at 9 this morning to removed the bursa sac (padding on the elbow) from his elbow.  He will continue on the strong anti-biotics for a while and hopefully they will take care of the rest.  I made several trips to the hospital today.  I did get in a 2-mile run out and back on Veterans Memorial Parkway this afternoon.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Two trips to the hospital

I made two trips to the hospital today.  In between rain storms, I mowed and trimmed the grass and during another break in the rain, I worked out at Iron Works and did a 1.3-mile run on the streets in town.  The anti-biotics that my son was on were not working, so today they put him on the strongest and most dangerous stuff they have.  The swelling in his arm was down some this evening.  I suppose that is a good sign.  I am not sure when he will be released from the hospital.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Hectic day

My wife went down to Houston to spend the day helping my son, who has been recovering from a serious infection in his elbow and arm.  I went down to Conroe early this afternoon for an appointment.  While there, I received a call from the fiancee of my son in Huntsville that he was admitted to the hospital with an serious elbow and arm infection.  What's the deal?  Two sons with an elbow and arm infection.  They have not even seen each other in a couple months.  I got back to Huntsville and went to the hospital.  They never got around to starting anti-biotics with an IV until 5 p.m. this evening.  I left the hospital about 5:15 and met the group at the church to run.  I cut my run to 2.7 miles, part of it in the rain.  I picked up a pizza on the way home, showered, ate and then went back to the hospital until visiting hours were over.  Hopefully, he will be better tomorrow.