Friday, December 9, 2016


With 2 races tomorrow, I went to the track today and ran laps.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Waterway Jingle Bell Run

I took my daughter and granddaughter down to the airport in Houston for their trip back home to Chicago this afternoon.  On the way back, I stopped in The Woodlands to run the annual Waterway Jingle Bell Run at 6:30 p.m.  This is a non-competitive run along the well-lit waterway.  There were a couple course options, but I ran the 2.8-mile course in 35:25.  They had refreshments at Luke's Locker Running Store after the run and I got to visit with some good friends.  My visiting family are gone now; it is quiet for the first time in a week or so.  Three races coming up this weekend.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Visiting family

I still have visiting family.  More flew into the Huntsville airport this morning.  I drove them back to the airport this evening and then got in a 2-mile run on Veterans Memorial Parkway as it was getting dark.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Park closed

The state park is closed for 3 days this week for hunting, so I had to break my winter habit.  I ran a 2-mile loop around campus this evening just as it was getting dark.  The heavy traffic reminded me of why I have been running at the park when the students are in town.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Cold and rainy

It was cold and rainy most of the day.  After Iron Works, I went to the park and ran 2 miles on the park roads in the rain.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Sunday Night 5K

I was suppose to run the Texas 10 Series Katy 10-Miler this morning.  I got up at 4:30 a.m. and left the house at 5 for the hour and a half drive down to Katy.  While backing out of my driveway, I got a call telling me that the race was cancelled due to storms and possible flooding in the area.  I went back to bed, but it took a while to get back to sleep after having downed a cup of coffee.  I did drive down to The Woodlands this evening for the Sunday Night 5K.  The rain let up for the race, but the temperature was about 50.  Jon Walk and I ran together and I finished in 35:30.  It was my fastest Sunday Night 5K since October of last year.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Rain all day

It rained pretty much all day.  My house is full of family (24 at the moment), but I slipped out this morning for a rare 1-mile + run in my neighborhood.  I have a 10-mile race tomorrow morning and it will be cold and rainy, plus I have to get up real early.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Got in a run

I did not get back from the airport until 2 this morning.  After getting up late this morning, I slipped away and went to the park and ran 2.5 miles on the trails.  It is suppose to be a cold and rainy weekend and I have 2 races on Sunday.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Calm before the storm

Today is probably the calm before the storm.  I will have a lot of family at my house for the next few days.  In fact, I have to drive down to Houston tonight to meet an incoming flight at 11:30.  Routine day for running, though.  After Iron Works, I met up with the group and ran 2.5 miles on the trails.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016


Minor milestone.  I hit 2,600 days on my current streak today.  I have a lot of family coming in this weekend and I did yardwork most of the day.  I finally got around to getting in a 2-mile run on the park roads just before dark and then a workout at Iron Works.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Back to the park roads

I met up with the group at the park this evening.  While they all ran trails, I ran 3 miles on the hilly park roads.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Much needed rain today

We got some much needed rain today, although not much at my house.  I ran 2.5 miles on the trails at the park this afternoon.  Obviously, there had been more rain at the park.  No mud, but the sand was packed down and the rain washed the leaves off many of the roots.  Nice running surface.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Leftover Turkey 5K and First Responder Half Marathon

We had our club's annual Leftover Turkey 5K yesterday morning.  I finished the hilly course in 38:14.  Then, I drove to Waco for the First Responder Half Marathon this morning.  The course avoids Cameron Park, so it is flat.  I last ran this race in 2013 and finished in 2:56:53.  This morning, I finished in 2:41:35, making it my fastest half marathon in recent years.  I was 2nd in the 70 and over age group.  The finisher medal was a police car, complete with battery powered flashing lights.  This was my 79th half marathon.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Trails instead of laps

With 2 races coming up this weekend, I would normally run laps at the track.  But the weather was so nice, that I went to the state park and ran 2.5 miles on the trails.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Run Thru the Woods 5-Miler

For the 15th straight year, I ran the Run Thru the Woods 5-Miler in The Woodlands.  I finished in 59:17, my fastest time in this race since 2010.  I was 4th of 4 in the 75 and older age group.