Sunday, May 1, 2016

Sunday Night 5K

For the 71st time, I went down to The Woodlands this evening to run the monthly Sunday Night 5K.  My friend, Jon Walk, and I ran it together and we finished in 36:52.  That was 1 second faster than last month.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Got up at 9

With no race this morning, I got up at 9 a.m., after sleeping through a storm and 5 inches of rain last night.  I figured that the park trails would be too wet, so I ran 2 miles on the roads around the campus this afternoon.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Different Friday

Tomorrow will be my first Saturday without a race since last January 16.  So, instead of running laps at the track as I normally do, I went out to the park in the mid-afternoon heat and ran 4 miles on the trails.  I ran in a cotton T-shirt that I happened to have on.  Not wearing a tech shirt and carrying some water was a mistake.  I got a little hot and dehydrated, but I made it in okay.  It is nearing that time when the biting deer flies come out and start making things uncomfortable on the trails.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Early trail run

I had to meet an AC guy this evening, so I went out to the park ahead of the group and ran 2.5 miles on the trails.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Climbing over trees

After working out at Iron Works this evening, I went out to the park for a solo run.  I ran 3 miles on some trails that I had not been on for a while.  The storm that came through early this morning knocked over a lot of trees in the park.  My run was interrupted by 5 or 6 brief stops to climb over fallen trees.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Skipped Iron Works today

I had planned on mowing my lawn tomorrow.  I checked the weather forecast for tomorrow and it is suppose to rain.  So, I skipped Iron Works this evening.  Instead, I mowed the lawn this evening and finished just in time to go to the park.  I ran 2.5 miles on the trails.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Laps on Monday

I had a lot of stress today, unrelated to running, and walked a long way behind a spreader to put fire ant poison on my yard this afternoon.  However, I did get to Iron Works this evening and then to the track to run laps.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Texas 10 Sienna

I got up at 4:30 a.m. this morning and left at 5 for the 1 hour and 45 minute drive down south of Houston to Missouri City to run the Texas 10 Series Sienna 10-miler.  It was two 5-mile loops on a very flat 100% concrete course.  It was a little warm for the 2nd loop.  I finished in 2:13:22 and was 3 of 3 in the 70 and over age group.  Best thing was that I got to visit with a lot of good friends.  I also ran into and had a nice visit with Susan Sternberg, who back in the 80's published a magazine in Houston, called Human Powered Sports.  It has probably been 25 years since I have seen her.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

RTW and Buffalo Bayou Brewery Run

I had planned to run one race today, but at the last minute, decided on two.  I ran the Run the Woodlands 5K at 8 this morning.  I finished in 36:40.  Then, I drove down to Houston and ran the non-competitive Buffalo Bayou Brewery Run with my niece, who lives in Houston.  I finished the 3.6-mile course in 46:37.  After socializing a bit and having lunch at a nearby restaurant, I did not get back to Huntsville until about 4:30 p.m.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Hike and run

My wife and I went out to the park this morning and hiked for a while.  I then ran 1 mile+, while she continued to hike. Then, I did yard work all afternoon.  That's more tiring and hiking and running.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Usual Thursday

As usual, I worked out at Iron Works and then ran 2.5 miles on the trails at the park.  While the sun was shining this afternoon, we had more rain this morning and the trails were flooded in parts.  Looking forward to a couple races this weekend.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The sun came out

It was raining when I got up this morning, but the sun came out this afternoon.  After Iron Works, I went out to the park this evening and ran 3 miles on the trails.  Steamy.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Rainy trail run

I got up a little early this morning to drive down to Magnolia to attend the funeral of a runner friend, Lou Wilson.  About half way down the back roads, I was stopped by a Deputy Sheriff, who had the highway blocked due to a fatal accident.  I had to turn around and head back to Huntsville.  There was no way I could make it time for the funeral by going another route.  Lou was a great guy and I hate that I was not able to say a final goodbye.  This evening, I met up with the group at the park  Jacob and Glenn ran 3 miles on the trails, so I ran 2.5.  It rained for most of the run, but nothing heavy.

Monday, April 18, 2016


We had a lot of rain overnight, but it cleared up this afternoon.  I worked out at Iron Works and then went out to the park and ran 2 miles on very wet and muddy (in places) trails.  Today marked 6.5 years (2,374 days) on my current running streak.  I am 3 months and 18 days away from matching my longest streak of 6 years, 9 months and 18 days.  I am still mad at the doctor and myself for causing me to miss those 4 days in October 2009.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Texas Big Star Half Marathon

Friday afternoon, I drove up to Plano (north of Dallas) to pick up my packet for the Texas Big Star Half Marathon on Saturday in Frisco (more north of Dallas).  The race started and finished at Toyota Stadium, home of FC Dallas (soccer).  I had never run in Frisco and the course was unexpectedly hilly.  The temperature was in the 60's and it was very windy for the entire race.  I finished in 2:56:55.  There were only 2 others in the 70-74 age group and I was 3rd.  Nice race, but I never saw another runner who I knew. After the race, I got a free cyrotherapy session being given in a portable setup at the race.  For an initial session, they had the temperature a minus 90 degrees.  It ultimately goes up to minus 276 degrees.  I did not feel much of the cold during the session and did not feel anything different yesterday or today.  Maybe I need the 276.  I spent the night with my son and family in Wylie (northeast of Dallas) and drove back to Huntsville through heavy rains until well south of Dallas.  When I got back to Huntsville, I went to the track and ran laps.