Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Back to normal

After that 4-day trip way down south, it was back to normal today.  I worked out at Iron Works and ran 2.5 miles on the trails at the park this evening.

Monday, February 8, 2016

All-America City 10K

Last Friday, I got up early and ran on Veterans Memorial Parkway in Huntsville.  I then dropped off my computer at the shop and then drove 405 miles down to Edinburg to visit my son and his wife for the weekend.
On Saturday morning, I ran the 34th Annual All-America City 10K in Edinburg, put on by the City of Edinburg.  I was totally impressed with this race.  I'm not sure how many runners there were, but last year there were 3,000 running the10K and another 4,000 running the 2-mile race.  There was $30,000 in prize money, so that drew several world class runners.  Two finished the 10K in less than 30 minutes.  What was really impressive was how the race drew so much support from the community, in terms of participation, spectators and sponsors.  The entry fee was only $10 and everyone got a nice T-shirt, finisher medal and plenty of refreshments.  There were several high school ROTC groups running in formation and plenty of other kids and older adults in the race.  The weather was perfect and the course was flat and fast.  The main streets of Edinburg were blocked off for the race and there were spectators and cheering squads lining the streets.  I finished in 1:19:58 and placed 7th of 11 in the 70-74 age group.
I drove back to Huntsville today and stopped to visit my son in Houston.  The first thing I did in Huntsville was pick up my computer.  They told me that it was slow because it was old (or maybe they were talking about me).
I worked out at Iron Works and ran laps at the track as it was getting dark.

Thursday, February 4, 2016


Today was my 2,300th consecutive day of running.  I am about 6 months from surpassing my longest running streak.  We had a couple new runners join the group at the park this evening.  We all ran a 3-mile loop on the trails.  Tomorrow morning, I am taking my PC to the shop and will not get it back until Monday.  So, if you read my blog regularly, I am okay and not skipping a day of running.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

New course at the park

I went out to the park this afternoon and ran a course that I had never run before.  Not a new trail, though, because I have run every foot of every trail at the park.  My course today ended up being 5.4 miles.  Beautiful cool and clear weather, but I tripped and fell twice.  After my run, I worked out at Iron Works.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Nice weather continues

I suppose this has been a relatively mild winter.  As I recall, we only had one night of below freezing weather.  It was clear and in the 60's and 70's today.  After Iron Works, I ran 3 miles on the trails at the park.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Back to the park

The temperature was in the high 70's this afternoon, too nice not to go run in the state park.  So, I ran 2.5 miles on the trails before working out at Iron Works.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Texas 10 Series College Station

I got up very early this morning to get over to College Station for a 7 a.m. start of the Texas 10 Series 10-Miler.  The temperature was in the 60's, a little warm for this time of the year.  My niece, Amie, went with me and ran the 5-miler.  I finished in 2:16:11, fourth of four in the 70 and over age group.  We had breakfast at IHOP after the race and then drove back to Huntsville.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Wild Hog Trail Run 5K

I got up early this morning and drove nearly 100 miles to Bremond to run the Wild Hog Trail 5K.  Very technical and varied course.  It was a loop around a ranch a few miles outside of Bremond.  The course included course gravel, narrow trails through the woods with plenty of roots, embankments, hills and pasture land with plenty of cow patties, fire ants mounds and holes.  I took it easy and managed to avoid a fall or spraining an ankle.  According to my GPS, my time was 42:40 and the distance was 3.17 miles.  I was first of two in the 70 and over age group.  They had plenty of food and drink after the race and I got to visit with a lot of old friends.  After the race, I drove nearly an hour down to College Station to pick up my packet for the 10-miler there tomorrow morning.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Two-race weekend coming up

I have two races this weekend, so I went to the track this afternoon and ran laps.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Reconstruction at the park has started

Reconstruction of the south perimeter road at the state park has started.  They are digging up the road and hauling in gravel (like potato-size rocks).  I ran down that way this evening and even passed some construction barriers.  Hopefully, they will cover the gravel (rocks) with a a finer gravel that you can run on.  That road is part of the course for 7 of the 8 trail races held at the park every year, including the Rocky Raccoon 100 and 50-miler in February.  This evening, I ended up running 3.3 miles on the trails - and on the rocks.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016


It was clear and in the 50's this afternoon.  So, I went out to the state park and ran 3.5 miles on the new trails.  I did not see another person or creature the entire time.  Worked out at Iron Works afterwards.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Suppose to rain

It was suppose to rain this evening, but not a drop at the park.  After Iron Works, I met up with the group ran 2.5 miles on the trails.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Warmer weather

It was short-sleeve running shirt weather today.  I did not check, but it had to be 70 or higher.  I went out to the park this afternoon and ran 3.5 miles on the trails, worked out at Iron Works and went to a Sam Houston State basketball game tonight.

Sunday, January 24, 2016


They told me at the finish line in Willis that my time was 41:00.  I did not time myself and thought that was a little slow, even for cross country.  They put out the official results today and reported my time as 39:16.  No big thing, but that sounds more like it.  Today was pretty much football day after church.  I did manage to get out to the park and run 2.5 miles on the trails.  I got attacked by an unleashed pit bull on the trail.  Fortunately, it was a puppy and just wanted to play.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Volleyball 5K and Buffalo Bayou Brewery Run

For the second year, I drove down to Willis to run the Volleyball 5K, put on by the Willis High School Volleyball team.  The temperature was right at freezing at race time.  The course was cross country.  Here is a photo of the start.  I'm in the yellow jacket and orange cap.  I finished in 39:16.  They did not give age group awards, but I received an award for being the oldest runner.  After that race, Melissa, one of our club members and friend of my niece in Houston, followed me down to Houston to the Buffalo Bayou Brewery Run and run with my niece, Amie.  Me and Melissa and Amie ran 3.63 miles and stayed together.  We had to make a lot of stops to cross busy streets and I ran into an old friend who happened to live on the course.  Of course, we had to stop and visit.  Anyway, it took us 51:34 to finish.  In the second photo, Melissa is to my right and Amie to my left.  After the race, we went to a nearby bar and grill and consumed more calories than burned in two races.