Saturday, January 31, 2015

Rest day

I spent some time today watching live coverage of the Rocky Raccoon 100 start/finish line at Huntsville State Park.  I had family coming in this afternoon, so late this morning I went to the track and ran laps.  Up early tomorrow for a 10-miler.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Third day in a row at the park

For the third day in a row, I went out to the park and ran trails.  Ran 3.5 miles.  The weather forecast for Sunday's 10-miler is looking a little better at this point.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Nice weather continues

It was a nice warm day again.  I ran 2.5 miles on the trails this evening.  The forecast for the 10-miler in College Station on Sunday is still 80 percent chance of rain, with the temperature in the 50's.  Not bad if there is no lightning.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Looking ahead to Sunday

I will be running the Texas 10 Series 10-Miler in College Station on Sunday.  The forecast is for a temperature in the 50's and 80 percent chance of rain.  Last year, at this race it was cold, rainy and windy.
Today in Huntsville it was near 80 degrees and clear.  I ran 2 miles around the campus this evening.  First time in a while I worked up a sweat.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Lots of time at the park today

I met 5 ladies of the Love.Run.Marathon race committee this morning at the park to review turn around points and critical turns for the race on February 14.  We all hiked 6.49 miles.  Then, I went back to the park this evening to meet up with the group.  I ran 2.5 miles on the trails.  Nice warm day and it is suppose to get up to 76 tomorrow.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Nice sunny weather again

It was a nice sunny day.  I worked out at Iron Works this evening and then ran 2 miles around the campus.  In the last mile, I ran into 3 friends and had short visits.

Sunday, January 25, 2015


Last night, it was difficult and painful to walk with a sore and swollen left knee.  However, a few hours of rest made a difference.  This afternoon, I went out to the park with the intention of running 1 mile on the trails.  The knee felt much better and I stretched it out to 2.5 miles.  Beautiful weather today and the park was crowded.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Lake Benbrook Half Marathon

I drove up to Benbrook (southwest of Fort Worth) last night to run the Lake Benbrook Half Marathon this morning.  When I went out to my truck this morning, the temperature was 30 degrees and my window were iced.  However, the weather was clear and it warmed up quickly during the race.  Just after the race started, my friend, Jon Walk, from Spring caught up with me and we ran the entire race together.  I did not know he was going to be there.  I finished in 2:57:22, according to the published race results.  My watch said about 2:56:00.  In any case, my time in this race last year was 3:03:53, so I improved my time.  Besides a finisher medal, I received another medal for placing second in my age group (there was only 2 of us).  I drove back to Huntsville this afternoon.  My left knee hurt during the race and is really sore this evening.  I will have to take it easy for a few days.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Wimped out

It was in the 30's this afternoon and raining.  So, I went to Iron Works and ran a mile+ on the treadmill.  First time in a long time I have been on that thing.  Half marathon tomorrow.

Thursday, January 22, 2015


It rained all day.  This evening, the temperature was close to 40 degrees when I went out to the park.  No one else showed up, so I ran 2 miles on the park roads in the rain.  A park police officer pulled up next to me while I was running.  I thought he was going to give me a speeding ticket, but instead he just wanted to say hello and tell me that I was dedicated.  After running, I turned the heater on full blast in the truck and drove to Iron Works to work out, half dried out.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Armadillo Cup

I worked out at Iron Works this afternoon and then got in a 2.2-mile run on the roads in the Avenues.  This evening, I went down to The Woodlands for the 2014 Texas 10 Series Awards Dinner.  Our club tied with The Woodlands Running Club for 3rd place in the club competition and we picked up a $475 check.  I won 1st place in the 70 and Over age group competition.  That comes with an Armadillo Cup and a check for $250.  For completing all 7 races in 2014, I was given a nice backpack.  A first class race series all the way!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Airborne Beer

After running 3 miles at the park this evening, I shared an Airborne Beer with Hans Jaeger and John Cook.
In 1944, the 101st Airborne Division (the unit I served with in Vietnam) was in Bastogne, Belgium, surrounded by the Germans during the Battle of the Bulge.  Private Vince Speranza, who was in a foxhole on the perimeter, was sent into the city to find batteries for the radio.  While there, he went to visit his wounded friend who was in a church being used as a hospital.  His friend ask him to get him something to drink.  Speranza went down the street and found a bar, but it was bombed out.  Then, he found another bar, which had a working tap.  He filled up his helmet with beer and brought it back to the church.  Other wounded soldiers wanted beer too, so he had to make another trip.  The regimental surgeon at the hospital caught him and sent him back to his unit.  Sixty five years later, Vince Speranza revisited Bastogne.  He told someone what he did and they told him that he was famous in Europe.  After the war, the story about the beer in the helmet got out and a local Bastogne Brewery started making Airborne Beer.  They serve it in little ceramic helmets.
My friend, Hans Jaeger, served with the 82nd Airborne Division in Vietnam.  For Christmas, his sons bought him a 6-pack of Airborne Beer, which comes with the ceramic helmet.  They had it shipped from Batogne.  He brought one of the bottles to the park tonight and we shared it and he gave me the empty bottle.  Good stuff.  7.5% percent alcohol.  It costs about $70 a 6-pack, but shipping to the US costs a lot more.
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Monday, January 19, 2015

Looking ahead to Saturday

Next Saturday, I am running the Lake Benbrook Half Marathon, just south of Fort Worth.  I ran it last year and really enjoyed the course around the lake.  The weather forecast calls for no chance of rain and temps in the 40's and 50's.
This evening, I worked out at Iron Works and then ran 2 miles on the roads around the campus.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Houston Half Marathon

I got up real early this morning and drove down to Houston to run the half marathon.  My foot felt better this morning.  I taped it and wore heavier socks.  Surprisingly, it never bothered me during the run and even felt okay after the run.
This was my first time running the Houston Half Marathon.  I have run the full 15 times, but not in the last two years.  When arriving in Houston, I noticed more traffic and an obviously bigger race crowd.  However, I managed to park in the parking garage that I used for the last few years that I ran it.  It is next to the Four Seasons Hotel and I hung out in the hotel lobby until it was time to walk 4 blocks or so to the start line.  My friend, John Slate, happened to be there doing the same thing, so we had a nice visit.  I ran into so many people I knew, at the start line, running the race and others spectating.  I finished the race in 2:55:44, which placed me 31st of 47 in the 70-74 age group.  According to the results, there were 11,758 finishing the half marathon and 7,143 finishing the marathon.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Houston Expo

Later this morning, Marilynn and I drove down to the Houston Marathon Expo to pick up my packet for the half marathon this morning.  I made several stops at other places on the way down and on the way back  So, it was a multi-purpose trip.  We spent several hours at the expo, mostly shopping and visiting with friend.  The place was really packed.  We got home about 4 p.m. and I went to the track and ran laps about 5.  The cut on my foot is very sore and redder than yesterday.  I am sure that I can make the run tomorrow, but am equally sure that I will be shoe-less the rest of the day.