Friday, December 31, 2010

A Review of 2010

Thankfully, I reached my 69th birthday in May and made it through 2010 without any serious injuries or illnesses. I ran every day during the year and completed a personal record of 59 races.* This included completion of the Texas Marathon Triple (Kingwood, Surfside Beach & Seabrook) for the third year in a row, completion of the Marathons of Texas (Dallas, Houston & Austin) for the first time and completion of the Texas Marathon Challenge (any five Texas marathons in a season) for the fourth year in a row. In February, I completed two marathons in one weekend. I continued to write my running column in the local newspaper and hopefully the column influenced a few people to start running. Since I am starting 2011 with a marathon tomorrow, I ran laps at the track this afternoon.

*Races in 2010
50K (31 miles) – 2
Marathons – 15
25K – 1
10K – 4
5 Miles – 1
3.85 Miles – 1
3.50 Miles – 3
3.30 Miles – 1
3.20 Miles – 1
5K – 30
TOTAL – 59

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Back on Track

Today was actually Thursday and I met up with the group to run trails at the park. Small crowed, Jacob, Jan and I. We ran a 3-mile loop on the trails. The temperature was in the 70's, but it is suppose to cool down this weekend. The weather looks good for the marathon in Kingwood, Texas on Saturday.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Mixed Up

I went out to the park this evening to meet up with the group for our Thursday run. It was raining and nobody else showed up. I said to myself that they were a bunch of wimps. So, I ran 3 miles on park roads alone. About half way through my run, I realized that it was Wednesday. These holidays have me mixed up.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Late Run

I drove to Tyler today for a family get-together and did not get back until late tonight. So, my run today was a mile + run on the treadmill at Nautilus at 11 p.m.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Another 3 in Town

I ran another 3 miles on the roads in town this evening. Sorta boring, but I have to rest up for my marathon on Saturday. With all this eating during the holidays, I know the marathon will be slow.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Light Traffic

With the university on Christmas break and it being a holiday weekend, traffic in town this afternoon was very light. I ran 3 miles on the roads this afternoon and nearly felt safe.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas at the Park

I went out to the state park this afternoon with my visiting son and ran 7 miles on the trails. Even after all the rain yesterday, the trails were in good shape. Merry Christmas.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Sluggish Run

I ran 3 miles on the roads in town this afternoon, but felt sluggish. It must be too much Christmas food.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Good News and Bad News

The good news is that my foot is much better today. I ran 4.6 miles on the trails this evening with no problem. My good friend, Bridgette Collins from Dallas, was in Huntsville today and joined our group on the trails. It was her first time on the trails at the park and she enjoyed the experience.
The bad news is the Collin County Marathon in Allen, Texas that I signed up for 2 days ago has been cancelled. My understanding is that they could not afford what two cities on the course were going to charge them for traffic control. Seems like that should have been considered before they opened registration.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Another Recovery Run

My foot was not any better today, so I ran laps at the track this evening and took some ibuprofen with my dinner.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Signed up for Collin County Marathon

I signed up for the Collin County Marathon today. This is a new marathon in Allen, Texas (north of Dallas) on March 6, 2011. If all goes as planned, it will be my 8th marathon in 2011 and 16th for the 2010-2011 season.
My foot was worse today. I met the group at the park this evening, but I ran about a mile and a half on the road while they ran trails. Hopefully, it will start getting better soon. Luckily, I do not have a marathon until January 1.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Foot Pain

I woke up this morning with pain in my right foot. It seems to be the plantar faciitis and I am not sure what set it off. I suspect that it is the new custom orthotics made by the Army. The process did not seem too "custom." I ran a mile on the track this evening. The pain seem to lessen as I ran, but I will see how it is tomorrow. Pain and minor injuries are frustrating.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Sunday Trails

It was sunny and cool this afternoon, perfect for running. After church and lunch at an Italian restuarant, I went out to the park alone this afternoon and ran 6.6 miles on the trails.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Willis Wildkat 5K

I drove about 20 miles down I-45 this morning and ran the Willis Wildkat 5K. I helped them get the race started 5 years ago and have run it all 5 years. I finished in 32:37 (1st in age group). I was also given a $20 gift certificate at a Mexican Restaurant in Conroe for being the oldest runner in the race. That's better than a senior citizen discount.

When I returned home and checked my mail, I found my finisher medal and age group award from the Marathon 2 Marathon last October 16. Guess things work at a slower pace out in far west Texas.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Got Busy

Got busy today and did not get around to running until just before dark. I went to the track and ran laps and then worked out a Nautilus. I normally skip Nautilus on Friday, but I missed yesterday.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Jingle Bell Run

I went down to The Woodlands tonight and ran Woodlands Fit Jingle Bell Run along the lighted waterway near the mall. Nice 3.5 mile non-competitive run and a beautiful course. I finished in 40:50. After the run, most of us had dinner at Berryhills down the street.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

New Course

After a workout at Nautilus this afternoon, I drove to the track and ran a new course on the roads in town. I measured it later and it turned out to be 3.5 miles.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Signed up for Seabrook Trail Marathon

I signed up for the Seabrook Trail Marathon to be held in Seabrook, Texas on March 20. This will be my 4th straight year for the race. It is the last leg of the Texas Marathon Triple (Kingwood in January, Surfside Beach in February and Seabrook in March). I have completed the Triple for the last 3 years. So far, that makes 8 marathons that I have signed up for in 2011 and I still need to add 4 more to give me 20 for the season. I'm a little apprehensive about the 50-miler on the trails at Huntsville State Park on February 5. That will be a new distance for me and I know that I will be running the last few hours in the darkness. I have a hard enough time not tripping on roots during daylight. Then, being a streaker, I have to get in a run the following day.
In the meantime, I worked out at Nautilus and then ran 3 miles on the roads in town today. It was rather warm after freezing last night. Tomorrow, it is suppose to get up to 75. Usually, the group runs trails on Tuesday evenings. However, beginning this week, the park is closed for Bambi killing during the week for five consecutive weeks.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Feel Recovered

I feel fully recovered from the 50K on Sunday. Back to my normal knee pain. I worked out at Nautilus this afternoon and then ran 3 miles on the roads in town.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Laps

It was cold and windy today and I went to the track and ran laps. Still a little sore from yesterday.

Texas Trail 50K

I ran the Texas Trail 50K (31 miles) at Huntsville State Park yesterday. Of the eighteen 50K's that I have run, it was my slowest. I'm not sure why. I finished in 8:50:40, compared to 7:59:05 in the Rocky Raccoon 50K at Huntsville State Park just last month. The courses were different, but I assume both are accurate. It was unseasonably warm yesterday, but I was comfortable. I never looked at my watch until I had a mile to go, but I never felt like I was running that slow. My sinus's were stilled clogged from the sinus infection from last weekend. Maybe that had something to do with it. Or, maybe I'm getting out of shape. In any case, they had a 10-hour time limit and there were several runners finishing after me.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Back on the National Streak List

I just received my copy of the U. S. Running Streak Association (http://www.runeveryday.com) new streak list as of December 1, 2010. Now that my 4th running streak is over a year now, I'm back on the list (Number 257, at the bottom). There are four guys over 40 years and they are all younger than I, so I do not aspire to be Number 1. I only aspire to stay healthy, enjoy life and help deplete the Social Security system.
Since I am running the Texas Trail 50K here at Huntsville State Park tomorrow, I went to the track and ran laps this afternoon. This evening, I went to packet pickup at Margarita's Mexican Restaurant and had the pre-race dinner at the same place. Are there a lot of carbs in refried beans?

Thursday, December 9, 2010

John is Back

John Cook, one of our trail running buddies, was back at the park this evening. He has been out several weeks, recovering from knee surgery (not related to trail running). His doctor gave him a release today to start walking. He and Hans did a short walk on the roads and then started getting hydrated early, while Jacob and I did a 3-mile trail run.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Feeling Better

I felt better today and got back in a routine. Worked out at Nautilus this afternoon, ran 3 miles on the roads in town and went to the Sam Houston State - North Texas basketball game tonight.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Nobody Else Showed Up

I did not sleep well last night and think that it was due to lingering fever. The antibiotics and decongestants seem to be working and I felt better this afternoon. I worked out at Nautilus and then went to the park to meet up with the group to run trails. However, nobody else showed up. I know that people have other things to do, but what could be more important than running. I ran 2 miles on the park roads and then had a beer by myself.

Monday, December 6, 2010

White Rock Marathon

I ran laps in Huntsville Friday morning before leaving for Dallas for the White Rock Marathon on Sunday. Friday night, I came down with a sinus infection and high temperature. On Saturday, I went to the Expo at Fair Park in Dallas to pick up my packet, Then, I got in a run on the roads in Wylie (northwest of Dallas) where I was staying. That night, my temperature went up over a 100 and I got little sleep. On Sunday, I got up at 5 a.m. and got to the race about 7:15 a.m. It was cold (high 30's) and windy and I was obviously not very comfortable with my sinus problem. However, I met up with Dee, who I met and run with at the Tyler Rose Marathon and subsequently at the Fort Worth Marathon. Tyler was her first marathon and she has really improved. Dee and I were in one of the last corrals to start. The first corral started at 8 a.m. and we started about 45 minutes later. We ran the first couple miles together and then she left me in her dust. I knew that I was running slower and when I checked my time at the half way mark, it was confirmed. My half way time was 2:59 and it is usually about 2:40. I never walked any of the race and finished in 6:14:18 (37 minutes slower than my last marathon in Fort Worth on November 14). I was disappointed in my time, but at the same time glad that I did not wimp out. Dee and her friends were waiting for me at the finish line and I appreciated that. I was really beat after the race and my high fever came back Sunday night. I returned to Huntsville this afternoon and had an appointment with my doctor late this afternoon. I finally went to Nautilus about 9 p.m. tonight. Worked out and then ran 1+ miles on the treadmill. I should be back to normal tomorrow. Next is the Texas Trail 50K at Huntsville State Park this Saturday. I will still be on antibiotics, so I will be infection-free.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Trail-Road Mix

I met the group at the park this evening and ran 1.5 miles on the trails and another 1.2 on the road. Afterwards, I sacrificed some of the ice in my cooler and put it on my sore knee and, at the same time, cooled it off internally.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Improving

Not much to report. After a workout at Nautilus, I ran 2 miles on the roads in town. My knee was better, but still hurt. I always wonder how much is physical and how much is mental.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

My New Trail Running Gear


Since I can't seem to stay on my feet when running trails, I bought some new trail running gear. Hopefully, it will help.

My knee felt a little better today. I went out to the park this evening and ran 1+ miles on the park roads. I'll try a longer run tomorrow. I'm still confident that I will be okay for the marathon in Dallas on Sunday.

Monday, November 29, 2010

It only hurts when I use it.

I continued to treat my knee today. The swelling is not too bad and it only hurts when I am using it. I went over to the track this afternoon and ran a gimpy mile. I am pretty confident that nothing is broken and that I will be recovered sufficiently for the marathon on Sunday.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Knee Injury

I went out to the park alone late this morning to run 8 miles on the trails. At about 3 to 4 miles into the run, I tripped on a root and caught myself on a small tree. Somehow, I hurt my left knee. I tried to continue running, but ended up walking most of the way back in. It is swollen around my left knee cap. When I got home, I put ice on it and treated it with some stuff. Hopefully, it will be okay by the marathon next Sunday. It is frustrating. I have been addicted to trail running for about 16 years, but trails have been the source of most of my injuries.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Leftover Turkey 10K

Our running club's annual Leftover Turkey 10K, 5K and 1-Mile race was this morning. All three courses were out and back along Veterans Memorial Parkway. I got there early and put out the three cones to mark the three turnaround points. Darren directed the race, so I got to run the 10K. We had a total of 32 runners for all three races. A half mile into the race, I noticed that some SOB had stolen the cone for the one-mile turnaround point. I managed to get some one-milers turned around a little past where the cone had been. Why would anyone steal a traffic cone with the club name marked on the side? As I continued, I was worried that the 5K and 10K cones were also taken. Luckily, they were not. In any case, I felt my running was sluggish. Maybe it was from eating too much on Thanksgiving. I finished in 1:12:05 on this very hilly course. This was about a minute slower than the last time I ran the same course. After the race, some of us had breakfast at the Cafe Texan on the downtown square.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Signed up for Mississippi Blues Marathon

Today, I signed up for the Mississippi Blues Marathon in Jackson, MS on January 8. So far, that is four marathons in January that I have signed up for. That should be good training for my 50 miler on February 5.
It was unusally quiet on the streets in Huntsville today. I worked out at Nautilus this afternoon and then ran 3 miles on the roads in town.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Run Thru the Woods

For the 9th straight year, I went down to The Woodlands this morning and ran the Run Thru the Woods 5-Miler. Finished in 55:35 (4th of 6 in my 65-69 age group). I spent the rest of the day with family and ate too much.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Quiet Streets

With the university being closed for Thanksgiving, the streets of Huntsville were quiet today. I worked out at Nautilus and ran 3 miles on the roads in town without getting run over.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Almost Summer Again

I suppose the temperature was in the 80's today. Felt like summer again. The forecast is for 31 degree this Friday night. My, how things change in just a few days. My son, Ben, and I re-cleared a trail in the woods behind my house this afternoon. Finished just in time to meet the group at the park to run trails. We did our regular 4.2-mile loop. Afterwards, Ben and I went to the basketball game at Sam Houston State to watch the girls play North Texas U. Sam won.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Headache

I had a headache all day today, but am not sure whether it is from hitting a tree yesterday with my head or sinus blockage. In either case, I ran laps at the track and then worked out a Nautilus.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Trails on Sunday

With all these marathons lately, I have not had a chance to run trails with the group on Sunday morning. So, I went to the park this morning and ran 7 miles. I thought about doing a second loop, but my knees were really sore. With about a quarter mile to go, I tripped on a root, fell and hit my head against a tree. That really convinced me not to do another loop.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Ran my 500th Race Today


I went to College Station today and ran the Texas World Speedway 5K at noon. It was my 500th race since I started racing in 1983 at age 42 (I'm 69 now). My first race was the Night Fighters 10K on May 1, 1983 at Fort Hood, Texas. It was an event of the 2nd Armored Division, which at that time was the Army's night fighting division. The race started at 3 a.m. and 2,500 runners participated. We all carried glow sticks for light. I figured that if I could not finish that I would fall off into the darkness and no one would see me. I finished in 1:03:00.
Today's race was on the speedway track. I finished in 32:21, which is my fastest 5K this year. I guess running a bunch a marathons is good training for a 5K. Also, I suppose if you are running on a race track you are expected to run faster. The banks were a little difficult to run on, but the straightaways were nice. It was a small race and I got 2nd in the 51 and over age group.
I rushed back to Huntsville to attend the Sam Houston State-Texas State football game. I made it to the game in the 2nd quarter.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Completed the Texas Marathon Challenge

With my completion of the Rocky Raccoon 50K on November 6, I completed the Texas Marathon Challenge (TMC) for 2010-2011. The TMC is operated by Roger Soler Sports in San Antonio. Complete any five Texas marathons (or longer) between October 1 and May 31 and you meet the challenge. This was my third straight year for completing the challenge. The first year, you get a medal, singlet and you can buy a TMC jacket. After the first year, you can buy the jacket.
There is no 5K in Huntsville tomorrow, so I will run the 5K in College Station. This evening, I skipped working out at Nautilus and only ran 3 miles on the roads in Huntsville.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Reducing the Race T-Shirt Pile

Periodically, I have to get rid of race T-shirts. Since I have been racing since 1983 and completed just under 500 races and volunteered at many others, I have accumulated a lot of shirts. It was time to get rid of some more. Many are so ugly I have never worn them. Others I have worn out. Those 100 percent cotton shirts turn yellow around the collar. Some may be salvagable. Of course, I have to keep the Tyler Azalea 10K shirt with big yellow azaleas (there is no such thing as an yellow azalea). Some I threw in the trash. Others I set aside to take to the mission. Others I saved for a quilt, in case I ever have one made. Now, when I pick up my packet at a race, I look at the T-shirt and try to decide which member of my family might like it. Then, I get their size. Sometimes, I guess right.
Anyway, I put on a nice T-shirt and ran 4.2 miles with the group on the trails at the park this evening. James, a workout buddy at Nautilus, joined us this evening. He has been working on his distance. He was previously up to 3 miles and I talked him into doing the 4.2 mile course with us. It was a new distance for him and he completed it without any problem. In fact, his GPS said the course was 4.4.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Marathon Withdrawal

After running marathons the last six weekends, I feel like I should be doing one this weekend. I'm tempted to go to Tulsa for the Route 66 Marathon, but I'll probably stay in Huntsville. I was planning on running a 5K in College Station (50 miles from here) on Saturday, but I just found out today that there is a 5K race on the Sam Houston State University campus this Saturday. I will run that instead. It will be my 500th race since I started racing in 1983.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Staying Trained

I do not have another marathon until White Rock in Dallas on December 5. With marathons the last six weekends, I have two open weekends before then. I suppose that long training runs will be in order. In the meantime, I met up with the group this evening and ran 4.2 miles on the trails. Cannot ask for better running weather.

Monday, November 15, 2010

The Day After

I slept in this morning. Well, at least to 9 o'clock. I worked on my column for the Huntsville paper, which was due by 2 this afternoon. I always try to include the race results of local runners. I spent most of my time today trying to find the local runners in the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon and Half Marathon in San Antonio yesterday. Unfortunately, the race results are not searchable by hometown. I tried to manually screen all 27,000 finishers, but ran out of time. So, I left them all out and will include them in my next column. I hate that I was not able to recognize them in tomorrow's paper.
I worked out at Nautilus this evening. The weather was cool with a light rain. I wimped out and decided to run the treadmill at Nautilus instead of a road run. As I recall, it was my first run on a treadmill in over a year. We went out for pizza this evening and then Ben and I went to the Sam Houston State basketball game. Monday Night Football after that.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Fort Worth Marathon


I ran laps at the track in Huntsville yesterday and then headed north for the Fort Worth Marathon today. We started at 7:30 this morning and ran an out and back course on the walkway along the Trinity River. The surface was mostly concrete, but some asphalt and crushed gravel. The course was scenic and the temperature in the low 40's at the start and probably 60's at the finish. I ran much of it with Dee, who ran with me at the Tyler Rose Marathon a few weeks ago. She is from Fort Worth and this was her second marathon. She finished in 5:33:49, knocking about 12 minutes off her Tyler time. I finished in 5:37:11 (1st in age group), my best time since the Yuma Arizona Marathon last January.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Short Course

I went to the track this evening with the intention of running my 3-mile course. I ran into some friends who were leaving the track and got to talking to them. Before I knew it, it was almost dark. I ran some roads I have not been on lately. The course ended up being 1.8 miles. Oh, well, I need the rest for the marathon on Sunday.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Routine Thursday

Worked out and Nautilus and then ran 4.2 miles on the trails at the park with the group.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Adjusting to the Change in Daylight

Now that it is getting dark so early, I am running first and then working out at Nautilus. I ran my 3 miles on the roads in town. My ankle seems normal now and I am ready for another marathon this weekend.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Breaking Them In

After working out at Nautilus, I met the group at the park. I decided to go ahead and break in new shoes and new orthotics. I ran 3.2 miles on the trails and another 1.2 on the park roads, for a total of 4.4.

Monday, November 8, 2010

New Orthotics

I went to Fort Hood in central Texas about a month ago to be fitted for new custom orthotics. Being retired military, I can get them there for free. They called last Friday to tell me that they were ready for pickup. They would not mail them, so I drove 155 miles to Fort Hood this morning to pick them up. I stopped in Killeen near Fort Hood and visited with John Lllewlynn, who I worked with and ran with in the early 80's while I was assigned to Fort Hood. After the visit, I picked up the orthotics and drove back to Huntsville. Got back just in time to get in a 3-mile run on the roads in town before it got totally dark. Then, I went to Nautilus for a workout. I need to break in a new pair of running shoes and at the same time, start wearing the new orthotics. I am trying to decide where to do one or both before my next marathon this Sunday.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Sunday Night 5K

I went down to The Woodlands this evening and ran The Woodlands Running Club's monthly Sunday Night 5K. After the 50K yesterday, I was a little stiff for the first quarter mile, but after that I was okay. I finished in 34:02

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Rocky Raccoon 50K


I got up at 4:15 this morning for a 6 a.m. Rocky Raccoon 50K (31 miles) start at the park. For over an hour, it was totally dark. I wore my head light and found myself focused on the trail in front of me, trying not to trip on a root. I am very familiar with those trails, but at times I did not know where I was. I even made some turns without realizing it. You just do not look up ahead. There were nearly 500 in the race, but most were doing the 25K. The weather was ideal and the trails were in good shape, except for the roots, of course. My ankle was sore, but never became worse and was not a problem. I finished in 7:59:05.

Friday, November 5, 2010

I'm going for it

My ankle is still a little swollen and sore, but I am running the 50K tomorrow. If it does not get significantly worse during the race, I should be okay. The temperature is suppose to be in the high 30's at the start and get up into the high 60's during the race. No rain. I am a little anxious about the trail running in the dark for about the first hour and a half. My goal will be not to trip and fall or re-sprain my ankle. I ran laps at the track this afternoon and then met Phillip and Mary at the park lodge after picking up my race packet. Then, we loaded up the canopy and other stuff for the aid station our club will be operating and then drove on a jeep trail to the back side of the park and set it all up. Then, I attended a birthday party Mariah was having for James at one of the park campsites.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Ankle Better

I treated my sprained ankle today and it felt better. This evening, I went to the track and ran an easy mile without too much pain. If it continues to improve tomorrow, I will run the 50K on Saturday. The race starts at 6 a.m., so we will be running trails in the dark. I have never done that. This should be interesting.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Darned Ankle Sprain

I went out to the park alone this afternoon to run the 7-mile loop in the cold rain. At 3.5 miles, I stepped in a hole of some sort and sprained my left ankle. It was my first ankle sprain in 16 years of trail running. I did a combination of running and walking the last 3.5 miles. I have been treating it since. The swelling is not too bad, but it is painful to walk on. I will do short runs for a couple days and hopefully it will be okay for the 50K on Saturday.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Signed up for the Texas Trail 50K

Today, I signed up for the Texas Trail 50K on December 11. This is the replacement race for Sunmart, which was held at Huntsville State Park for 19 years. I ran the Sunmart 50K for 13 straight years and then the Texas Trail 50K last year. That will give me 17 marathons or longer for 2010. In the meantime, I mowed my grass this afternoon (hopefully for the last time this season), worked out at Nautilus and ran with the group at the park. Melissa Boone was back after a month-long bout with Mono. We ran about 4 miles, mostly on the trails, but partly on the road.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Back to Monday Routine

After a workout at Nautilus this evening, I ran 3 miles on the roads in town. No blisters or lingering soreness from the marathon on Saturday. Next race is the Rocky Raccoon 50K (31 miles) this Saturday at Huntsville State Park. Since I have run the trails at the park for 16 years and this particular course many times, I am not as apprehensive as I would be going off to a city to run a marathon course that I have not experienced. Also, the current weather forecast is for no rain and a high of 67. Can't ask for more than that.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Marathoning for Miracles Marathon

I ran laps at the track Friday morning before driving out to Abilene in West Texas for the Marathoning for Miracles Marathon on Saturday. The race started at 7:30 a.m. at the Taylor County Expo Center and finished at the same place. It was cold at the start, but the temperature during the race got up to around 80 degrees. The humidity was very low, so it was comfortable running. The course was outside the city and generally on ranch roads. There were a few hills, but the course was mostly flat. We had a very strong headwind from about 9 to 15 miles, but enjoyed the tailwind from about 15 to 21 miles when we needed it the most. I finished in 5:39:23 (1st in age group). Rather than a trophy, age group winners won a Marathoning for Miracles bag and cap. This was my 60th race of a marathon or longer and my 4th marathon finish in 4 weeks. After the race, I drove 4 hours to Wylie and spent the night with my son and his family. I drove back to Huntsville this afternoon and ran laps at the track this evening.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Ready for the Next One

Sure nice not to have to do those long marathon training runs. As long as I keep doing another marathon every weekend, I can goof off during the week. I will run the Marathoning for Miracles Marathon in Abilene, Texas this Saturday. I have been to Abilene many times; it should be a flat course. These evening, I met a small group (me, Hans and Mary) at the park to run trails. Mary did not feel well, so we ran a 3-mile loop. She sure ran fast for not feeling well.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Morning Trail Run

Paul Stone of Tyler, who is the race director for the Rocky Raccoon Trail Run, 50K, 25K and 10K, at Huntsville State Park on November 6, contacted me last night and asked me to do an interview with Channel 7 on the race. So, I met them at the park at 10:30 this morning and did the interview. Afterwards, I ran 3.7 miles on the trails. I left Huntsville at 2:40 p.m. and drove to Tyler for a family get-together. Got back about 10:30 tonight. Five hours of driving today; sorta tired.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Dry Trails

It has been a long time since we have had rain. The trails at the park are very dry and sandy. I met up with the group at the park this evening, ran our 4.2-mile loop and then got hydrated.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Track and Roads

After working out at Nautilus this evening, I went to the track with the intention of running the roads from there. Leah was there finishing up a run on the track and wanted to me to run with her for her last mile. I did that and we had a nice visit. After that, I ran two miles on the roads.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Recovery Run

Even though I had no aches or pains today after the marathon yesterday, I only ran two miles on the roads in town this evening.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Frankenthon Monster Marathon

I ran the Frankenthon Monster Marathon this morning in Cedar Park, Texas. The race started at 7 a.m. in Brushy Creek Park. It was 3 loops on a 8.75-mile course through the park. Most of it was on concrete trails, but about a third of it was on crushed gravel. Hot and humid and occasional light rain. I finished in 5:56:33 and picked up a nice 1st in age group trophy. Yes, I was the only one in my age group. My time was about 10 minutes slower than my last two marathons and I attribute that to the humidity. The race was well-organized. The course had two out and back sections, so we got to see the other runners several times. I left Cedar Park at 1:30 p.m. and got back to Huntsville at 4:30. Then, I went down to Conroe for Curtis and Debbie's wedding at 5:30. Congratulations to them.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Laps

Being that I have a marathon tomorrow in Cedar Park (just north of Austin), I went to the track this morning and ran laps.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Normalcy

My achillies is much better today and I have reached normalcy. After attending a retirement reception for an old co-worker this afternoon, I worked out at Nautilus and then ran 4.2 miles with the group at the park. I am ready for another marathon on Saturday.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Achilles Better

I had to get up early and make a trip to downtown Houston in rush hour traffic this morning. I would hate to do that every day. My achilles was still sore today, but better. At least, it hurt less than the normal pain in my knees. I ran 3 miles on the roads in town this evening, after working out at Nautilus.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Achilles Problem

I woke up early this morning with a very sore achilles. It must be a "delayed injury" from the marathon on Saturday. I treated it a couple times today with some icy-hot stuff. This evening, I met with the group at the park, but cut my run short to 2.5 miles. Immediately after the run, I took some ice from my "medicine chest" and iced it, both externally and internally. The pain is bearable and I am sure it will be okay for another marathon on Saturday.

Monday, October 18, 2010

New One Year Streak Completed

With my 3-mile road run in town this evening, I completed a new running streak of one year. If it had not been for those four days I missed last October due to a misdiagnosis on my knee, the streak would be 7 years, 9 months and days. Oh well. Now I can get back on the National Streak List (http://www.runeveryday.com/) - at the bottom, of course.

Photos from Southwest Texas

Big Bend









Judge Roy Bean's House, Courtroom and Tavern in Langtry, Texas

Pecos River

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Marathon2Marathon



After I got in a run in Huntsville last Thursday morning, Marilynn and I made the 560-mile drive to Alpine in southwest Texas. That night, we drove further west to Marfa to see the Marfa Lights. They are mysterious. We drove nearly 100 miles south on Friday and spent the day in Big Bend National Park. It was the only part of Texas I had never been to. Beautiful place. I will post some photos here tomorrow. We came back up a different way to get to the town of Marathon. I picked up my race packet, got in a run around the town and then headed back to the hotel in Alpine. The marathon start point was a couple miles outside of Alpine on Hwy. 90 east toward Marathon. Marilynn dropped me off and stayed until we took off. Our friends, Charlie and Ruth Fields from Montgomery, Texas were there and we had a nice visit with them. The race started at 8 a.m. and we ran 26.2 miles on the shoulder of Hwy. 90 to downtown Marathon. Not a building or a crossroad the entire distance. Mountains on both sides and rolling hills. With less than 60 runners and all spread out, there were times when I seemed to be there all alone. In places, you could see the highway for miles ahead. No spectators, except for the aid station volunteers every two miles. There was a train track on the other side of the highway and several train engineers blew their whistles and waved as they drove by. The temperature was about 50 at the start and got up to about 80 during the race. Really ideal weather. During the first mile, I tripped on a chunk of asphalt, fell and cut my left knee. Blood ran down my leg. It was not a problem, except for having to explain it at each aid station. I gave them a different story at each one. I got hit by a 18-wheeler, a mountain lion got me, I was attacked by a bobcat. One lady at an aid station said that being attacked by a havalina would be more plausible. I finished the race in 5:46:02. That's 12 seconds slower than the Tyler Rose Marathon last Sunday. It took me about 12 seconds to get my butt off the asphalt, so I will call it a tie. I took 2nd place in the 60-69 age group (there was 3 of us). While I enjoyed this unique race experience and had a great time, I doubt that I will do this one again. It is just too far to drive to get there. After the race, we drove down to Del Rio and spent the night there. We stopped and visited Langtry, Texas (pop. 19). That was the home of Judge Roy Bean back in the late 1800's ("Law west of the Pecos"). There use to be a TV series about him many years ago. They have a nice museum next to his home and tavern. Nice place to visit if you are in that very remote part of Texas near the Rio Grande and Pecos Rivers. We drove back from Del Rio today and had lunch in San Antonio. We went to church this evening and I had my running clothes on underneath my church clothes. I went to the track afterwards and ran laps. Annie was there and I ran a couple laps with her. She use to run trails with us and ran the Tyler Rose Half Marathon last Sunday.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Signed up for Fort Worth Marathon

I signed up today for the Fort Worth Marathon on November 14. I have done the February Cowtown Marathon in Fort Worth three times, but never the November race. I also learned that Dee, my running buddy at the Tyler Rose Marathon last Sunday, also signed up for Fort Worth. That's good news; maybe she will run with me again. I still have four more marathons to do before then, next being Marathon 2 Marathon this Saturday. With 26.2 miles along Hwy. 90 from Alpine to Marathon in southwest Texas, I will surely use my MP3 player. The temperature is suppose to be in the low 80's. That's okay, as long as there is a strong wind from the west.
After a workout at Nautilus this evening, I went out to Huntsville State Park and ran 3 miles on the park roads. Curtis was just finishing a trail run when I got there and we visited for a few minutes. I also interrupted my run and visited with Chris, the park superintendant, who was biking on the road.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Small Group at the Park

After working out at Nautilus this evening, I went out to the park to run trails with the group. Small group today, only me, Melissa, Jason and the new guy, Jonathan. I talked Jonathan into going on the 4.2-mile loop with us. It was a new distance for him and he finished it with no problem.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Back to Tapering

I have another marathon on Saturday, so it is back to tapering. I worked out at Nautilus this evening and then ran 3 miles on the roads.

Tyler Rose Marathon


I completed the Tyler Rose Marathon in Tyler, Texas on 10/10/10 with a time of 5:45:50. That was good enough for 2nd place in my age group. Of course, 10 hours would have been good enough too, since there were only two of us in my age group. While the weather was nice at the 7:30 a.m. start, the temperature got into the high 80's during the race. For the most part, we were going up or down hills. I ran with my new MP3 player for the first time. I turned it on at the 5-mile point. The first group up was the Texas Tornados, then Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline and Johnny Horton. At mile 9, I started running with Dee DiFonzo (above photo) of Fort Worth (her first marathon) and I turned off the MP3 player. Dee was fun to run with and we had a good time visiting for the rest of the race.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Wiener Fest 5K

I ran the Wiener Fest 5K in College Station this morning in 32:49, one second faster than the 5K race last Sunday. There was no age group competition and it was not much of a race, but I got to visit with some College Station friends.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Laps

After a periodic sharp pain in my left knee while running the last few days, I ran easy laps at the track this afternoon. No sharp pain. I am getting up early tomorrow for a 5K in College Station. Hopefully, my knee will not fall apart.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Orthotics

I got up early this morning and drove nearly 3 hours to Fort Hood to be fitted for new custom orthotics. Four years ago, I had them made by a doctor in Houston and it cost me $500 out-of-pocket. Since then, the Army is making them for retirees, so there will be no cost to me. However, I am not sure what I am getting. In Houston, I stood on a plate hooked to a computer and this showed the doctor the pressure points. Then, he made a cast of both feet. This morning, the Army technician took a photo of my left foot with a 3-D laser. I asked about the right foot and he said that they would reverse the image for my right foot. The orthotics will be ready for pick up in about 4 weeks. I asked if they could mail them to me and he said no. I have to drive over there to get them. I appreciate the benefit, but it is sorta dumb that I have to drive back over there just to pick them up. In any case, I made it back to Huntsville about 4 this afternoon. I worked out at Nautilus and then met the group at the park. I have some sharp pain in my left knee, so I ran 3 miles on the roads at the park, while the group ran trails.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Tapering

With the marathon on Sunday, I will take it easy for the rest of the week. I ran 3 miles on the roads in town this evening. My plan is to do short runs tomorrow and Friday and a 5K race in College Station on Saturday.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Car Switch

I took our new used 2010 Ford Taurus back to the dealer in Tomball, Texas today and switched to a new 2010 Ford Taurus with the same exterior color and a few different extras. I got back in time this evening to run trails with the group at the park. We did the regular 4.2-mile loop. Gosh, this cool weather feels great. The high temperature in Tyler for the marathon on Sunday is forecasted to be 85.

Monday, October 4, 2010

New Car

I spent much of the day down in Tomball buying a new car. Bought a used 2010 Ford Taurus with 13,000 miles. When I got back this evening, I worked out at Nautilus and then ran 3 miles on the roads in town.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Sunday Night 5K

I drove down to The Woodlands this evening for the monthly Sunday Night 5K put on by Coach Bill Dwyer of The Woodlands Running Club. I ran the course in 32:50. It was one of my best times this year and I contribute that to the cool weather.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Nice Sunny Day

I got up early this morning and went to the university campus to set up and operate the finish system for the CASA 5K. Obviously, I did not get to run the race. The weather was cool and sunny. Then, I went to the state park and ran 10 miles on the trails alone. I suppose that is a taper run for the marathon next Sunday. After that, Marilynn and I went downtown to the Fair on the Square, where we walked a lot and bought a few things. It also gave me a chance to visit with a lot of friends. Good day, but I am beat tonight.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Weather Forecast for Tyler

I looked at the weather forecast for Tyler, Texas (135 northeast of Huntsville) on October 10. That's the location and day of my first marathon of the season. The high temperature for that day is suppose to be 84 degrees. Knowing the accuracy of 10-day forecasts, it will probably be 30 and snowing. If the humidity is low, 84 will not be bad. For being retired, I had a busy day today. In between a lot of things I had to do, I ran 3 miles on the roads in town.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

MP3 Player Loaded

I mentioned a couple weeks ago that I bought an MP3 player. I have never run with music, but with so many marathons coming up this season, I thought that it would be worth a try, especially for those closed to traffic. For sure I will try it when running the Marathon 2 Marathon on October 16. The 26.2 mile race starts just outside of Alpine, Texas and runs along Hwy. 90 to Marathon, Texas. From what I can see on Google Earth, there is not a single building along the route and no cross streets. My playlist reflects my age, my East Texas upbringing and the years that I lived in Germany. Here is what I loaded: Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Freddy Fender, Texas Tornados, Patsy Cline, 50's rock 'n' roll, Hank Williams, Ray Price, Marty Robbins, classical and lots of polka.
I ran trails at the park this evening with the group, but not with the MP3 player. We had a new runner, so we only did 3 miles. Mary parked at the parking lot just outside of the park and rode in with me. Unfortunately, her car was broken into while we were in the park. That's a bummer.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Shots in my Knees

In July 2009, I received a series of 3 shots of Synvisc in both knees. This is the stuff from a rooster's cone. I have arthritis under the knee caps and Synvisc lubricates it and eases the pain. It works for up to 18 months and there is no down side of its use. Since it has been nearly 18 months since the shots and I have been having knee pain again, I went to the doctor today for more shots. They have a new version out now and only one shot is required, rather than three. Knowing that I would be getting the shots late this afternoon, I ran 3 miles on the roads in town earlier today.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Signed up for Dallas and Austin Marathons

I just signed up for the White Rock Marathon in Dallas (December 5) and the Austin Marathon (February 20). That's 12 marathons that I have registered for this season. Sure hope I do not get sick or injured. If all goes well, I plan to sign up for about 8 more before the end of March.
I went to a funeral in northwest Houston this afternoon and got back to Huntsville in time for an appointment with the podiatrist about getting new custom orthotics. Then, I went to Nautilus for a workout and then to the park for a 4.2-mile run with the group. One of our regulars, Lara McCain, was in an auto accident in Dallas over the weekend and has a broken leg. I wish her a speedy recovery and hope she can join us again soon.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Cooler Weather, Finally

It got down to 54 degrees last night and was only in the 70's today. If only it was here to stay. I mowed my lawn, changed the oil in my truck and did some other things outdoors. This evening, I worked out at Nautilus and ran 3 miles on the roads in town. Running seemed easy, for a change.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Course Measurement

I measured a 5K course this morning for a race next Saturday. I did it by walking with an engineer wheel. Walking is hard; running would have been easier. Got that done and then ran 2 miles on the road in a new pair of shoes My old pair lasted 2 and a half months.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

20 Miles


Even though it was split into two runs, I ran 20 miles today. I ran the Fall Fun Run 10K (6.2. miles) here in Huntsville at 8 this morning. The course was out and back and hilly. I finished in 1:11:21, a little over a minute faster than the same race last year. It was an interesting race. ROTC at Sam Houston State University sponsored a 5-mile military ruck march, which started at the same place at the same time. They had several hundred marchers, who turned around at the 2 and a half mile point. So, when I got to their turn around point, I was running through their marchers for the last 2 and a half miles. I ran past a lot of marching friends, including the local Texas Ranger, the Sheriff and several of our running club members. Also, there was a bike race using the same road, even though they started and finished at a different location. Needless to say, Veterans Memorial Blvd. in Huntsville was busy this morning. I went home, took a shower and posted the race results on our running club web site, and then went to the park to run trails. I did 13.8 miles on the trails, giving me a total of 20 miles for the day. Tonight, I went to the Sam Houston State football game here in Huntsville. Long day.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Early Run

I thought I was going to have to go to Houston this afternoon, so I ran laps at the track this morning. I have a 10K race tomorrow morning and plan to do a long run after that. Two weeks before the marathon, you know.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Thursday Trails

Nice weather for trail running this evening. I did 4.2 miles with the group. Misty Stone joined us for her first run on the trails. She seemed to enjoy the experience and hopefully she will become a regular.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

800th Post

This will be my 800th post in about two and a half years. I know that none of them are very interesting, but I found that posting my running activity each day helps me stay completely involved in the sport and is a source of motivation. Thanks to Jon Walk for getting me started. While I have a Facebook page, I do not do much with it. However, it does help me connect with friends.
I ran the Avenues 5K course (very hilly) at 10 a.m. this morning before heading for an errand in downtown Houston (70 miles south). Then, in rush hour traffic at 4:30 p.m., I drove up to Cypress to visit a friend at the hospital there. I got back to Huntsville about 9 p.m. and was thankful (after driving in all the heavy traffic) for making it back safely and for having already gotten in my run for the day.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Trails with the Group

I met up with the group at the park this evening and ran 4.2 miles on the trails. It was me, Jacob, Jan, Lara, Melissa, Mary, Will and Jason.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Orthotics

I think my custom orthotics are no longer working. If I recall correctly, it has been 4 years since they were made and they are suppose to last only 3 years. I have developed a large callouse on my left heel, resulting in pain. I trimmed the callous and made an appointment with a Podiatrist. Since the process will take a while, I bought a pair of over-the-counter orthotics today to use until the new ones are made. I ran 3 miles on the roads with the new ones this evening. They were uncomfortable at first, but after a mile or so they felt great.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Back from Wylie

On Friday, I ran laps at the track in Huntsville and then drove to Wylie (northeast of Dallas) to spend the weekend. On Saturday morning, I ran the St. Anthony's Church Fall Festival 5K in Wylie. I finished in 33:53 (2nd in age group). Yep, there was only 2 of us in the age group. I drove back to Huntsville this afternoon and then ran 5 miles on the roads in town.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Houston Marathon Kickoff Party

I went down to the Houston Marathon Kickoff Party in Houston this evening. Had a nice visit with several friends, including Suzy and Michelle Seeley and Tom and Mary Anne McBrayer. After the party, I ran the 3-mile trail around Memorial Park. Just before finishing the course, I stopped to visit the memorial bench to Houston Police Officer Gary L. Price. Back in October 1997, I was directing the Huntsville Half Marathon. Gary, 45, was running the race and had a massive heart attack and died about 3 tenths of a mile before reaching the finish line.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

New Roads

I ran the roads in town today, starting about 3 p.m. My route was unplanned and I ended up running some roads that I have never run. Luckily, I was not attacked by any pit bulls. The temperature was high, but relatively low humidity made the run tolerable. My course ended up being 7.5 miles.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Back to the Park

We had a nice crowd at the park this evening. Some came early and did the outer loop and myself and others met at the regular time at ran 4.2 miles. Both groups finished about the same time.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Signed up for the Surfside Beach Marathon

Today, I signed up for the Surfside Beach Marathon on February 26, 2011 in Surfside Beach, Texas. This will be my 6th straight Surfside. So far, I have signed up for 10 marathons or longer this season. Sure hope I do not come up with an injury. I ran a new route on the roads in town this evening. It ended up being 4.6 miles. My computer problem over the weekend was a dead battery. I kept getting these security alerts. I printed one out and took it to the computer shop. They immediately told me that I had a dead clock battery on the motherboard. I did not know that computers had a battery on the motherboard. It affects the clock and the security software. Anyway, I opened up the computer today and found and removed the battery. I bought a new one for $3 something at Wal-Mart and now the computer works fine. I learn something new everyday.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Catching Up

My computer crashed yesterday and I was not able to blog last night. I messed around with it today and finally got into my blog. I ran the Bearkat Bash 5K down in Spring, Texas yesterday morning for the 9th straight year. I finished in 33:20. Marilynn had to go to a baby shower in Spring at 10:30. I hung around in the car while she was at the shower. We got back to Huntsville at noon and then at 1 p.m., we drove 135 miles up to Tyler for a family get-together. Got back to Huntsville about 10:30 last night. I met up with the group this morning at the park to run trails. It was very hot and humid and I only ran 7 miles. Hope it gets cooler soon.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Stuck at 3

I seem to be stuck at 3 miles this week. I ran another 3 miles on the roads in town this evening. Race tomorrow morning.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Trails

John, Hans and Lara got to the park early this evening and ran 6+ miles on the trails. I got there at the regular time and ran 3 miles miles with Melissa, Donna and Liz. We all finished up about the same time.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Getting Anxious

I am getting anxious to start the marathon season. I run Tyler on 10/10 and then a marathon for the next 5 weekends. My plan is to run 18 to 20 by the end of March. The first marathon of the season in Texas is on 10/2 in Midland-Odessa in west Texas. However, I cannot run that one, as I promised to operate a finish line for a 5K here in Huntsville that day. I know that I have some weekly long training runs to do this month, but I am still anxious to get going with the marathons. In the meantime, I ran my regular 3-mile loop in the roads in town this evening. With university classes in full swing and heavy traffic, completing the route without getting run over is an achievement.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Rainy Three Miles

We had heavy rains from Tropical Storm Hermine in Huntsville today. I went to the park this evening and ran three miles on the trails in the rain with Lara and Melissa. I am sure many of the trails at the park were covered in water and mud, but the course we ran had neither.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Back on the Streets

After a few days of running elsewhere, I ran a 3-mile loop on the streets of Huntsville this evening. It followed a good rain, so it was rather cool.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Sunday Night 5K

I went down to The Woodlands this evening for the monthly Sunday Night 5K put on by The Woodlands Running Club. Trail running buddies, Hans and John, were also there. I finished the flat course in 33:56.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Long Run

I went out to the park alone this afternoon and ran 17 miles on the trails. Since it was a holiday weekend, there were a lot of hikers and bikers on the trails. That means that the spider webs across the trails were already cleared. The temperature was in the high 80's, but the relatively low humidity make it tolerable.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Tried out the new MP3

I ran laps at the track this evening, just before a heavy rain. I used my new MP3 for the first time. I did not time my run, but I'm sure that Willie Nelson did not make me run any faster.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Only the Hard Core Runners

It was raining this evening and only the hard core members of the group showed up at the park to run trails. It was me, Hans, John and Jacob. We ran the usual 4.2-mile loop. The lower temperature was offset by 100 percent humidity.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Run with Katy

Katy Lampson and I ran trails at the park this morning. We did 4.1 miles in 90 percent humidity. It has been a year or so since I ran with Katy. Good to see her back on the trails.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Annual Physical Today

I went in for my annual physical this afternoon. I'm okay, pending completion of all the blood work. I went straight from the doctor's office to the park to run with the group. We had a new person running with us and she only wanted to run three miles. So, we only ran three. The humidity was very high after a good rain at the park. Three was enough.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Bought an MP3 Player

Chris Wilson called me the other day to tell me about an article he had read in a magazine. The article reported on a study of runners who run while listening to music. Apparently, some music makes runners run faster. He is suppose to loan me the magazine and I will do a story on it in my Running Shorts column in the local newspaper. I have been running and racing for nearly 30 years and I have never worn headphones. I know that there are a lot of devices out there and many runners who run with headphones. However, I have seen runners wearing headphones in situations where they should not be and I think they can be outright dangerous. I remember going to the track at 11:30 at night to run and seeing a girl walking on the track all by herself wearing headphones. Or, people running with traffic on the streets. Mariah Reynolds and I were running trails last week and she told me everything I needed to know about what is available. I bought an MP3 player today. I surprized non-technical self and was able to load some music on it. Now, when do I use it? When I'm running trails, I like to know what is going on around me. Also, I fall once in a while and I would surely break it. When running a marathon with a lot of runners, I like to interact with others and sometimes watch for traffic. Then, I think about the upcoming Marathon 2 Marathon on October 16. We will be running along Highway 90 from Alpine to Marathon, Texas. This is a remote area of southwest Texas and from what I can see on Google Earth, there are no buildings or intersections for the entire 26.2 miles. Also, it is a small race and I can see myself out there by alone for a long time; it may get a little boring. Surely, I will wearing the MP3 player for that race. Maybe for the Surfside Beach Marathon in February, also.
In the meantime, I ran 3 miles on the roads in town this evening. With so much traffic now that school is back in session, I certainly did not use it today.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

20 for the Weekend

Counting the 10K race yesterday and 13.8 miles on the trails at the park today, I got in 20 miles for the weekend. Given the heat and humidity, that will have to do.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Lake Houston 10K

Got up early this morning to get down to Kingwood (northeastern part of Houston) for the Lake Houston 10K. There were 246 finishers in the 10K and at 69, I was the oldest. Even though it was hot and humid, the course was relatively flat. I finished in 1:09:29, slightly off my 1987 PR of 49:49. Actually, it was only my 10th 10K race in the last 5 years and it was my best time in those 5 years.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Run, Beer, Run

I went out to the park this evening and ran the roads. Chris Wilson invited me to a party at the park lodge. So, I ran one mile to the lodge, had a beer at the party and then ran back to the Nature Center. At the party, I got to visit with Anne Domonoske, who use to run trails with us years ago before moving to Kansas. She is now a nurse in Houston. We shared schedules and found that she is also running the Mississippi Blues Marathon in Jackson in January.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Fall Must be Near

I ran 4.2 miles on the trails at the park this evening with the group. The low humidity makes it feel like fall is near. Except for a knee issue, running almost seemed easy.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

No Sweat

While the temperature was still in the 90's today, the humidity must have been low. I ran 3 miles on the roads in town this evening and hardly broke a sweat. Dry socks and shorts for a change. Other than that, I spent most of the afternoon sanding and preparing a used VW fender for painting and taking the old fender off (see the photo from a couple days ago). I bought the used fender in College Station yesterday and ordered a new bumper and tail light assembly today.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Signed up for Marathoning for Miracles in Abilene

Today, I signed up for the Marathoning for Miracles in Abilene on October 30, which will be my fourth marathon in October. The following Saturday, I will be doing the Rocky Raccoon 50K at Huntsville State Park. That will complete the Texas Marathon Challenge (any 5 Texas marathons between October 1 and May 31) for the season. Hopefully, I will be able to do it three more times during the season.
James, a friend of mine who has been working out at Nautilus for years, finally accepted my invitation and ran trails with us this evening. He had previously gotten up to one mile on the track. I agreed to run with him this evening. He ran the first two miles and most of the third. That's good and I am sure he will be back.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Students are Back

The students are back at Sam Houston State and the traffic is heavy again. I ran a 3-mile loop in town this evening. I suppose I need to find some quieter streets for my runs in town. I keep hoping for some cooler weather, but the temperature keeps going over 100. It's hard to do long runs with my shoes full of sweat to train for a October marathon in Texas. Slosh, slosh.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Bad Day


This afternoon, my wife was backing out of the driveway and backed into my 1974 VW Bug Convertible. Besides putting a big dent in the back of her car, the back fender, tail light and bumper were wiped out on my bug. Darn. Right after it happened, I went to the park this evening (in my truck) and ran 7 miles on the trails and another 3 on the roads.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Heat Wave 5K

I ran the Heat Wave 5K in Huntsville this morning. At about 2 miles, my right hamstring started hurting and I assume it was from the fall on Thursday. After a quarter mile or so, it eased up and I finished okay. My time was 34:33. After the race, I joined Ben Harvie, Pam Smithwick, True and Esther Cousins and Barbara Chenette at the Cafe Texan for breakfast. We had a good time. While there, a classmate of mine from Tyler HS Class of 59 came in. She was down from Tyler to get her grand daughter enrolled at Sam Houston. That was a nice surprize; I had not seen her since the last class reunion. Later this afternoon, Marilynn and our son, Ben, drove up to Lake Palestine near Tyler for a family get-together at my nephew's lake house. Just got back.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Recovery Run

I still had some body parts sore from the hard fall at the park yesterday, so I went to the track this afternoon and ran laps. 5K race tomorrow morning; I think I'll be okay, but no PR.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Hard Fall

I took a hard fall while running trails at the park this evening - first time I have fallen in a long time. Darn root. I was about a mile into the run and landed on my right knee and hip. Running was painful and I started to take a shortcut back, but went ahead and completed the 4.2-mile loop - slowly. Rather than ice it, I had a cold beer after the run. It feels better now.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Laps in the Rain

After working out at Nautilus this evening, I went over to the track and ran laps in the rain.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Signed up for USA Fit Marathon

I signed up for the USA Fit Marathon in Sugar Land (near Houston) on January 16. I think it will fill up fast with all the runners not selected by the Houston Marathon lottery system. That will give me three marathons in January, good training for the 50-miler on February 5.
This evening, I met up with the group at the park and ran 4.2 miles on the trails.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Rain, Finally

We finally got rain today, the first in nearly a month. I sat on the back porch and watched every drop come down. Now, I will have to mow the grass again in a few days.
I worked out at Nautilus this evening and then did a 3-mile run on the roads in town. Even though the rain cooled things off a bit, it was still hot and humid.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

10 Miles in 105 Heat Index

I met up with Melissa Boone at the park this evening and ran 10 miles on the park roads. The heat index was 105 when we started. Melissa got in 6 miles on the trails before I got there and she ran 12 on the roads. I weighed 197 when I left the house to run. I drank five 20 oz bottles of water at the park and a bottle of Gatorade on the way home. With all that, I weighed 196.5 when I got back home.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Run the Woodlands 5K

I went down to The Woodlands this morning and ran the twice-a-month Run the Woodlands 5K. I finished in 34:21 When I got home, I took a nap, mowed the yard and then went to the Seven Hills Running Club picnic.

Friday, August 13, 2010

This Year and Last Year

With my first marathon of the season coming up on 10/10, I have been worried about getting my distance up and doing it in the heat. Last year, I ran my first marathon (actually a 50K) on 10/31. During the period 7/1 to 8/12, I ran a total of 122.5 miles. My first training run over 10 miles was not until 9/27, just over a month before the 50K. During the period 7/1 to 8/12 this year, I ran a total of 146.3 miles, a significant increase over last year. With all that said and considered, I am not so worried about being behind in my distance training. I will find days when it is not so hot to do my longer runs. Come early September, though, I'll being doing those long runs once a week regardless of the temperature.
Today was Friday, so I skipped my workout at Nautilus and ran 3 miles on the roads in town.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Signed up for 50-Mile Run

I mailed in my entry today for the Rocky Raccoon 50-miler at Huntsville State Park on February 5, 2011. This will be a new distance for me. I figure that at least 10 marathons and 2 50K's before then will prepare me. I have been running those trails at Huntsville State Park for about 16 years, so I know them well. Besides, they give you 29 hours to finish the 50 miles. I may need most of it.
In the meantime, I ran 4.2 miles on the trails this evening with the group.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Waiting for Cooler Weather

I know that I need to be running longer distances, but it is so hot. I did my 3-mile loop around town at 6 this evening. The temperature was in the high 90's and I suppose the heat index was well over 100. I hope for cooler weather soon.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Crowd at the Park

We had a nice crowd at the park tonight. We split up by speed and distance and all finished about the same time. I did the 4.2-mile loop.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Back to Normal

It was great having family visit this weekend, but they left this morning. Then, I spent most of the day in the garage on a building project. This evening, I worked out at Nautilus and then did a 3-mile run on the roads.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Marathon Training

I visited with Melissa Boone after church this morning. She is the only other Huntsville runner signed up for the Tyler Rose Marathon on 10/10. This will be her first marathon and she is taking her training seriously and getting in some long runs. She even got in a 12-mile run on the treadmill. I don't think I could ever do that. However, I have to get in some long runs soon. It's hard to do when it is in the high 90's with high humidity. I had relatives visiting all day, but I slipped out this evening and ran 5 miles on the roads in town.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Visitors

I did yard work most of the day and then my son, George, and his family came in from Wylie for the weekend. We were all going out tonight, so George and I went to the track about 5 p.m. and ran laps. I did 2 miles.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Late Start

I did not get out for a run this evening until about 7:30 p.m. By the time old slow poke finished with a 5.3-mile run on the roads in town, it was getting pretty dark and I was not wearing anything reflective. And, people driving with cell phones stuck in their ears scare me.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Short Trail Run

The heat index was 105 when we met up at the park for a trail run this evening. We decided just to do a 3-mile trail run and then get hydrated.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Still Hot

After a relatively cool summer and lots of rain, it is really hot and dry in Huntsville. I worked out at Nautilus this evening and then ran 3 miles on the roads in town in the 6 p.m. heat.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Hot

Gosh, it was hot on the trails at the park this evening. The temperature was near 100, with high humidity. We ran 4.2 miles and I was soaked in sweat when we were done.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Marathon Plans for Season

I have been working on my marathon plans for this season (October 2010 - March 2011). Running 13 last season, including 2 in one weekend, gave me more confidence. And, I know how important the mental game is. My game plan includes marathons for 6 consecutive weekends starting October 10 and my first 50-miler in February. I am also thinking about Grandma's Marathon in Minnesota in June, right after my 70th birthday in May. I also plan to add Larry Yeagle Trail Marathon in March, if they schedule on an open weekend. In the meantime, I worked out at Nautilus this evening and then ran 3 miles on the roads in town in temperatures near 100. Here is my list (* means that I have already registered):

October 10 - Tyler Rose Marathon, Tyler, Texas*
October 16 - Marathon 2 Marathon, Alpine to Marathon, Texas*
October 23 - Frankenthon Monster Marathon, Cedar Park, Texas*
October 30 - Marathoning for Miracles, Abilene, Texas*
November 6 - Rocky Raccoon 50K (31 miles), Huntsville State Park*
November 14 - Fort Worth Marathon
December 5 - White Rock Marathon, Dallas*
December 11 - Texas Trail 50K, Huntsville State Park
January 1 - Texas Marathon, Kingwood*
January 8 - Mississippi Blues Marathon, Jackson, Mississippi
January 16 - USA Fit Marathon, Sugar Land, Texas*
January 30 - Houston Marathon*
February 5 - Rocky Raccoon 50-Miler, Huntsville State Park*
February 20 - Austin Marathon*
February 26 - Surfside Beach Marathon, Surfside Beach, Texas*
March 12 - Gusher Marathon, Beaumont, Texas
March 20 - Seabrook Trail Marathon, Seabrook, Texas

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Sunday Night 5K x 2

I drove down to The Woodlands this evening to run the Sunday Night 5K (97 degrees at the start). My time was 34:33. I had so much fun running the flat course, I ran it again alone, before driving back to hilly Huntsville.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Dog Days 5K

We had the Dog Days 5K in Huntsville this morning. I put out the signs, ran the race and then took down the signs. My time on this hilly course is always bad. Today, 35:37. I would probably claim that the course is too long, but I'm the one who measured it with an engineer wheel years ago. Maybe the earth has swelled.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Day Off

It's Friday and I have a race tomorrow, so I took the day off. I ran a mile at the track this afternoon.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Small Group on Trails

We had a smaller group than usual on the trails this evening. It was me, John, Nathan, Peggy, Mary and Lara. We did the 4.2-mile loop and finished just as a light rain moved in.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

New Road Route

I started running from the track this evening and ran a new route on the roads. Afterwards, I checked the course on the USATF Route Finder and it turned out to be 4.2 miles. It's funny, a new route always seems to be longer than it is.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Regular Trail Run

I met up with the group this evening at the park and ran 4.2 miles on the trails. Next week, I will have to break out of my summer routine and start marathon training. My plan is to do at least 7 more marathons, including 2-50K's, by the end of 2010. That will give me 16 total for the calendar year. Of course, this all depends on my knees holding up.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Signed up for Frankenthon Monster Marathon

I signed up for the Frankenthon Monster Marathon in Cedar Park, Texas on October 23. That will give me 3 marathons for October on consecutive weekends.
As far as today goes, I worked out and Nautilus and ran 3 miles on the roads in town. The light rain I caught at the end of my run was rather refreshing.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Three on Sunday

I ran 3 miles on the roads in town this evening. Light traffic was nice.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Run the Woodlands 5K

I went down to The Woodlands (45-minute drive) this morning and ran the Run the Woodlands 5K, a race held twice a month for the last 9 years. I finished in 33:33.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Rest Day

I needed a day off, so I went over to the track in the middle of the afternoon and ran laps. I had the track all to myself. Who else would run the the afternoon heat? Race tomorrow.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Thursday Trails

I ran 4.2 miles with the group at the state park this evening. Hot and humid, as usual.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Run with Willie

I got about a half mile into my 3-mile road run this evening and ran into Willie Fritz, the new head footbal coach at Sam Houston. He asked to run with me, but I probably slowed him down. We had a nice running visit. Nice guy and I really wish him luck with the upcoming season.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

New Course at the Park

After working out at Nautilus this evening, I ran a new (for the group) 5-mile course at the park on the trails. I use to run this course with Katy a couple years ago. It was so hot and humid that I expected to see some snakes, but saw none. Maybe the other runners in the group ahead of me scared them off. At least, they cleared the spider webs. There are advantages to being slow, you know.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Signed up for M2M

I signed up for the Marathon2Marathon today. The race is on October 16 and starts just out of Alpine in southwest Texas and goes east 26.2 miles to Marathon, Texas. No turns and I am hoping for a west wind. I understand that last year, there was a strong headwind the entire marathon. In either case, it should be fun.
After working out at Nautilus this evening, I did my normal 3-mile road run in town.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Tour de Huntsville

It was a little cooler today and I waited until about 7 p.m. to run. I visited with Kayla Kolafa at the track for a bit and then ran the 5-mile Tour de Huntsville course. I was a little more careful with my hydration after my experience yesterday.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Dehydration

I am not sure why, but I got dehydrated today. While I did some yard work this afternoon, I drank plenty of fluids. At 6 p.m. this evening, I did a 3-mile road run and got dizzy afterwards. Later, I started losing vision. After drinking a lot of water, I feel okay. Guess I need to start drinking more water before and after and taking some electrolyte capsules.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Breaking a Habit

I tend to be a creature of habit. When not running trails at the state park, I tend to run the same 3-mile road course in town. This evening, I ran a different course, which turned out to be 2.8 miles. Oh well, I needed to cut back a little, anyway.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Soaking Wet

I got soaking wet this evening and it wasn't raining. After working out at Nautilus, I met up with the group at the park and ran 4.6 miles. After a couple miles, I was soaking wet with sweat, down to my shoes and socks. And, we have two and a half more months of hot weather.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Regular Three

After working out at Nautilus this evening, I ran my regular 3-mile road run around town.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

4.2 on the Park Trails

We had a large group show up for our trail run this evening, including three new runners. In fact, we had so many vehicles in the parking lot outside the park where we meet, a state trooper stopped and said that we were blocking the view of cross traffic. While some ran a different course, I ran 4.2 miles.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Monday

I did yard work all day, worked out at Nautilus this evening and then ran 3 miles on the roads in town. Typical Monday.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Live, Love, RUN 5K

We got up early Saturday morning to make it up and over to Diboll, Texas to run the 1st ever Live, Love, RUN 5K. Kori Estrada, a teammate of mine from the Texas Independence Relay two years ago, put on this race to raise funds for a little girl who needs a new liver. Kori did a great job and had around 100 runners. My son, Ben, won 2nd place in his age group and I was 1st in mine, with a time of 33:30. I had the opportunity to visit with Edwin Quarles of Lufkin at the race. I have known him for several years. I also met and visited with Mike Burton of the relatively new Lufkin-Area-Pacesetters (LAPS). Click here to visit the LAPS Facebook page.
After the race, we drove up to Tyler for my niece's wedding Saturday evening. We spent Saturday night in Tyler and drove back to Huntsville this evening. We stopped in Trinity and had dinner at Romo's Mexican Restaurant (owned by Tony's family). When I got back to Huntsville tonight, I went to the track and ran laps to get in a run.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Three in the Heat

I ran 3 miles on the roads in town in the mid-afternoon heat today.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Signed up for the Houston Marathon

I signed up for the Houston Marathon (January 30, 2011) today. This will be my 15th Houston. In over 470 races I have run, it is the first time I ever got an entry fee discount for being retired from the military. Thanks, Houston.
I met up with the group this evening and ran trails at the park. Even though the temperature was in the low 80's because of all the rain, the humidity was extremely high. I ran 4.25 miles and was completely soaked in sweat when I was done. I was so thirsty that I drank water after running rather than having a beer.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Breaking in New Shoes

I put on a new pair of running shoes out of the box today and ran 2 miles on the roads in a light rain.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Steamy at the Park

While the rain brought the temperatures down in the 80's (much cooler than NYC), the humidity at the park this evening was very high. I ran 4.2 miles and was completely soaked in sweat when I was done. And, we have a lot more summer to go.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Sluggish Run

For some reason, my 3-mile run on the roads in town was sluggish. I would say that it is the heat and humidity, but we have that every day. Probably a mental thing. Maybe a new pair of shoes will help. I have walked in the new ones for a few days now, so I'll start running in them tomorrow.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Sunday Night 5K



After church, lunch, yardwork and a nap, I drove down to The Woodlands to run the monthly Sunday Night 5K. As you would expect on the 4th of July in southeast Texas, it was hot and humid. I finished in 34:49, a few seconds slower than the 5K yesterday. I had hoped to do a little better on the flat course. Maybe the yardwork did me in. (Photo courtesy of Jon Walk)

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Stu's Country Mile 5K

For the 15th straight year, I went up to Centerville, Texas this morning to run Stu's Country Mile 5K, starting and finishing on the downtown square. I finished in 34:42, one second slower than last year. As usual, a whole bunch of us from Huntsville were there and we met at the Town Cafe for a greasy breakfast after the race and before the 4th of July parade. Luckily, there was no heavy rain during the race. We got some in Huntsville later this afternoon.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Almost Ahead of the Rain

I saw that there was a big storm moving up from the south this afternoon. So, I decided to get in a run on the roads in town in ahead of the storm. I mis-timed it. I ran 2.9 miles, the last half mile in very heavy rain.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Ahead of the Rain

The group was suppose to run trails at the park this evening at 6. I checked the weather forecast and it said 100 percent chance of rain at 6. So, I went out to the park about 4 p.m. and ran 3 miles on the roads. As I finished, Phillip and Curtis showed up. They went out on the trails and got caught in heavy rains. I doubt that anyone else showed up at 6.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Hurricane Alex

As Hurricane Alex approached the Mexican coast today, we got plenty of rain from the northern bands. I had a busy day, I squeezed in a run at the track at noon and a workout at Nautilus this evening before going to Conroe for dinner with some family and friends.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Tuesday Trails

I met up with the group and ran 3 miles on the trails at the park. It was good to see Mariah running trails after a long absence.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Monday Routine

Worked out at Nautilus, ran 3 miles on the road and ate dinner at the Farmhouse Restaurant. That is my Monday routine.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Wild Animal Attack

The day after my encounter with a kitten in Bremond, I got attacked today by a duck. I was minding my own business, running my 3-mile course on the roads. As I passed the Sam Houston Museum, I got attacked by a duck. I will survive. Thank goodness, I will not have to break my running streak.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Polish Pickle 5K


I ran the Polish Pickle 5K in Bremond, Texas this morning - for the 15th straight year. Finished in 33:39. Beer for breakfast was good. As usual, it was hot and humid. The main door prize was a heifer and the second was 20 bales of hay. I won neither - for the 15th straight year. My wife took the above photo of the first place kitty (I passed him (or her) in the last mile).

Friday, June 25, 2010

Friday

Since it is Friday and I have a race tomorrow, I went to the track in the middle of the afternoon heat and ran laps. Early to rise tomorrow.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Lavonne Back on Trails

It was good to see Lavonne back on the trails at the park this evening, after a long absence. Most of us ran the 4.2-mile course, but Lavonne finished on a different trail and did 4.6. After all the rain this morning, it was a little cooler - but so humid.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Felt Better Today

After being light-headed most of yesterday, I felt better today. I worked out at Nautilus this evening and then ran 3 miles on the roads around town.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Did Not Feel Well

I felt light-headed today and spent much of the day in bed. This evening, I had to attend a visitation at the funeral home and then went out to the park. I was late and the group was already running. I ran a mile+ out and back course on the trails and then joined a birthday party in the parking lot for three members of the group. I felt okay afterwards. Hopefully, tomorrow will be more normal.

Monday, June 21, 2010

No More Ramp Romp

I received an email from Drew McMillen in Rec Sports at Texas A&M today telling me that the Ramp Romp will be no more. Sad news. The Ramp Romp was a 5K at Kyle Field and had been held for 18 years. You started on the stadium track, ran a mile around the campus, came back to Kyle Field, ran up and down all three sets of ramps at the stadium and then finished on the track. It was one of my favorite races. I have run it the last 7 years and 2 times before that. Even good things eventually come to an end
After working out at Nautilus, I ran 3 miles on the roads in town this evening.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

In the Heat of the Afternoon

I ran 3 miles on the roads in heat of the afternoon (upper 90's). It is still early in the summer, so it will get worse.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Mud Maxx 5K

I ran the Mud Maxx 5K in Humble this morning. The event was not timed and I did not wear my watch, so I have no idea how fast I completed the race. Lots of mud, water, rocks, tall grass, dust and embankments. I glad I was in the back of the crowd; the runners up front scared off the snakes, I'm sure. Marilynn went down with me and ended up working as a volunteer.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Weight

Last summer, my weight was 208 pounds. I decided that I was not going to run a bunch of marathons in the fall and winter months at that weight. I went on a diet and got down to 193 (I weighed 159 when I got home from Vietnman in 1968). Anyway, I ran 13 marathons and rewarded myself with lots of food after each one. Earlier this month, I checked my weight and I was up to 211. So, for the last two weeks, I have cut back. Three light meals a day and nothing inbetween. I have never eaten anything out of the water and I have not eaten poultry since I was a kid. My diet consists mostly of vegetables, fruit and beef. Lots of Mexican food. If they would only make diet cheese enchiladas!
My running today consisted of a one mile run at the track in the afternoon heat.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Four at the Park

Another hot and humid day in Huntsville. I met up with the group at the park and I ran 4 miles on the park roads while the rest ran trails. I am still having some issues with my left knee and hopefully staying off the trails for a while will help.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Dodging the Rain

It was not suppose to rain in Huntsville today. I drove 3 miles into town to workout at Nautilus and then run. Just as I stepped into Nautilus it started raining. For at least 30 minutes, we had a "gully washer." It stopped raining as I left Nautilus. I drove to the track and then ran 3 miles on the roads around town; water was still running down the streets, but no rain. I then drove home and found that we never got a drop at my house.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Nice Crowd at the Park

We had a nice crowd at the park this evening. The consensus was to run only three miles. Due to an issue with my knee, I did my three on the park roads, while everyone else ran trails.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Another 3

Monday routine, workout and Nautilus and then 3 miles on the roads around town. I did it earlier this afternoon, so it was hot.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Late Run on the Roads

I did not get around to running until nearly 8 p.m. this evening. I drove to the track and then ran 3 miles on the roads around town.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Greyhound 5K


Got up early this morning and left at 5:30 a.m. for Kosse, Texas and the Greyhound 5K. Talk about a small town race. They had about 60 runners and the race started and finished at the City Park. The course was on gravel and oil roads. Really rough to run on and that slowed me down somewhat. I finished in 33:48 (2nd in age group). My son, Ben, ran also and finished in 30:48 (1st in age group). Really a nice run and I got to visit with old friends and meet some nice people. We left Kosse and then drove up to Tyler to visit family. While there, I drove part of the Tyler Rose Marathon course. There are some long hills on the course - something to look forward to on October 10. Got back tonight and I am a little beat.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Resting Up

Since I have a 5K race tomorrow morning, I only ran 2 miles on the roads around town this evening.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Hot and Humid

After yesterday's rain, it was hot and humid at the park this evening. I was having some knee issues, so I ran 4 miles on the park roads, while the rest of the group ran trails.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Between Storms

Sure nice to be getting all this rain, but I had to get my run in today between storms. I ran a 3-mile loop around town today at noon, which is certainly not my normal time of day to run. Sam Houston State students are back in town for the summer sessions, so the traffic is heavier. Then, I worked out at Nautilus this evening.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Trail/Road Run

I met up with the group at the park this evening to run trails. In the first mile, I turned my ankle. While it was not too bad, I got to a road after one mile and ran two more on the roads.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Fixed the Lawn Mower

I finally figured out how to fix my riding lawn mower. It ended up being rather simple and the only expense was a $7 part. I had imagined taking it to a shop and not getting it back for weeks, while my almost one-acre lawn turned into a jungle.
The Houston Marathon announced today that registration for the January 30, 2011 race will be by lottery for the first time. Obviously, there are a lot of people upset about that. I have not heard of anyone complaining about the new $115 entry fee, though. They also announced that Houston Marathon Veterans (10 or more) can sign up without going through the lottery. This will be my 15th Houston and I plan on signing up. I had hoped to run the Miracle Match Marathon in Waco again in 2011, but it is on the same day as Houston. The number of marathons in Texas is growing each year and that is good.
After the normal workout at Nautilus this evening, I ran 3 miles around town and then took Marilynn out to an Italian restaurant for dinner.

Sunday Night 5K

The blog system was down last night and I was not able to post until now. I went down to The Woodlands last night for the Sunday Night 5K, put on by the The Woodlands Running Club. Mary Turner, one of our trail running buddies from Huntsville, was also there. She had not run the unmarked course, so I stayed with her and we finished in 35:01. There were only five runners; she was the first female finisher and I won my age group. Click here for a group photo and complete results.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Darn Lawn Mower

I mowed my lawn this afternoon. Just as I was finishing, the steering went out. I loaded it up on my truck to take it to a shop. Both shops were closed, so I brought it home and tried to fix it myself. After a couple hours, I gave up. So, Monday, I'll take it somewhere and get it fixed.
Anyway, I went into town this evening and ran 3 miles on the roads.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Fishing

My son, Ben, and I went fishing all afternoon. I was tired when I got home, so I went to the track and ran laps.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Marathon Schedule

I tend to run a lot of the same races every year. You can see my race streak list to the right. And, for the last three years, I completed the Texas Marathon Triple (Texas Marathon in January, Surfside Beach in February and Seabrook in March). This year, I also ran the Marathons of Texas (White Rock in Dallas in December, Houston in January and Austin in February). Surfside Beach and Austin were the same weekend in February, so I had to run two marathons in the same weekend. They announced today that Surfside Beach will be a week later next year, which means it will be a week later than Austin. So no repeat challenge in February. However, one of my streak races is the Sunmart/Texas Trail 50K in December and it will be on the 11th, the day before White Rock. New challenge, 50K on Saturday at Huntsville State Park and the White Rock Marathon in Dallas the next day. I'll have to think about that one. I am also thinking about trying the Rocky Raccoon 50-miler in February.
In the meantime, we had a lot of badly needed rain today. I went out to the park this evening and ran 3 miles on the park roads. The last mile was in the rain. That felt good.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Road Day

The group has been running trails on Tuesday and Thursday, so today was a "road day." After working out at Nautilus this evening, I ran 3 miles on the roads in town.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Tuesday Trails

After working out at Nautilus this evening, I met up with the group at the park and ran 4.6 miles on the trails.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day 5K

The Seven Hills Running Club's annual Memorial Day 5K started and finished in front of my house this morning. I got up early to put out the signs and contacted some people on the course and asked them to lock up their dogs (they were cooperative). I directed the race and we had a cookout at my house after the race. We had 44 official runners and a few unofficial runners. The race started at 10 a.m. and it was already pretty hot. Hopefully, everyone had a good time.
I was beat this afternoon, so I went into town and ran 2 miles on the roads.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Tour de Huntsville

The rain this afternoon cooled things off a bit. I went into town at 7 p.m. and ran the 5-mile Tour de Huntsville course on the roads. It was also nice that there was not much traffic in town.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Another 3

I spent most of my day working around the house, but did do a 3-mile run on the roads in town this evening.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Different Course

Late this evening, I drove to the track and ran a new course on the roads around town. I checked the distance on the USATF route finder when I got home and the course turned out to be exactly 3 miles. I seem to really be stuck on that distance.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Seem to be in a 3-Mile Rut

With hot weather here, I seem to be in a 3-mile rut. It will probably stay that way for a while. However, later in the summer I have to start increasing my distance to train for the Tyler Rose Marathon on October 10 and others after that. Since I run every day, it is physically easier to build up my distance. The mental part, though, is a different story.
After working out at Nautilus this evening, I met up with the group at the park and we ran 3 miles.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Squeezed in a Run

I got busy doing yardwork this afternoon and had to go to a friend's house for dinner this evening. I never made it to Nautilus, but I squeezed in a 3-mile run on the roads this evening.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Trail Three Miler

I met up with the group at the park this evening and ran a 3-mile loop. It is hot and humid and the flying critters were out. However, I have not seen a snake so far this year. Maybe I'm just running too fast.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Avenues 5K

After working out at Nautilus this evening, I went to the track and ran the Avenues 5K course from there. One of our trail running buddies, Annie, was finishing up her run from the track when I finished and we visited for a while.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Sunday Activities

I ran 3 miles on the roads in town this morning. I was running by one of the student dorms on campus and ran into Willie Fritz, the new head football coach for SHSU. He was getting ready to go in the dorm. I have visited with him a couple times before, so I stopped and visited for a few minutes. He is living in the dorm pending his family moving to Huntsville. He said that the students in the dorm think he is a narcotics agent.
After church, eating out, picking beans from the garden and taking a nap, Marilynn, Ben and I went down to the BFE Rock Club in Houston. They were having a fund raiser for a guy that my son, Kenny, works with in Tomball. He is having a tumor removed from his brain next week. Rock music and smoke is not really my thing, but it was all for a good cause.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Run the Woodlands 5K

I ran the Run the Woodlands 5K this morning in 33:35. I did not realize it until I arrived, that they were using this twice a month race as a fund raiser for Sue Van Natta, who has cancer. There were about 160 runners. My prayers for Sue.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Plans Went Awry

Mariah and I were suppose to run the roads at 6:45 this evening after she got off work. My son Ben called me late this afternoon and wanted to go out for Mexican food this evening; I told him that it would have to be about 8 p.m. I went to the track to meet Mariah, but she got off work late and was still in her work clothes. We put off our road run until next week. I ran laps at the track and then went home for a shower. I called Ben and he had an upset stomach. Marilynn had a long day and did not want Mexican food, so I went out to eat by myself.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Signed up for Tyler Rose Marathon

I signed up today for the Tyler Rose Marathon on October 10, 2010 and I am looking at the Marathon 2 Marathon (Alpine to Marathon) on October 16. Tyler is my hometown and the Tyler Marathon is new. One of my classmates of Tyler High Class of 59 agreed to be at the finish line with beer. Since Smith County is dry, he may get arrested. I am also thinking about doing the Texas Trail 50K on December 11 and the White Rock Marathon the next day. And, maybe the Rocky Raccoon 50-miler in February. Or, maybe 3 marathons in 3 days if I can find them.
The group met up at the park this evening and we did 3 miles on the trails. Hot and humid and lots of flying insects.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Run with Mariah

Mariah and I met up at the track this evening and ran an unplanned course on the roads around town. I checked the distance later and it turned out to be 2.3 miles. I spent some time this afternoon planning a 10-mile trail run course at Huntsville State Park. The 10-mile course is done, but now I have to work out a 5K course. The race will be put on by a group from Houston and is tentatively scheduled for January 16.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Hot and Muggy on the Trails

I had a late afternoon telephone meeting with the race director of a new race in Diboll and never made it to Nautilus. I did meet up with the group at the park, but it was so hot and muggy that the consensus was to do only 3 mile. That worked out okay, because I had a Huntsville Half Marathon meeting at my house at 8 p.m.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Routine Monday

My Mondays seem to be routine. Yard work, workout at Nautilus, 3-mile run on the roads and dinner at the Farmhouse. It was a little different today. With classes over at Sam Houston, there was not much traffic on the roads and my run was a little safer.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Gold at Boogie Down 5K

I just got home from Wylie (northeast of Dallas). I ran the Boogie Down 5K while there on Saturday. Finished in 32:39, which was good enough for 1st place in my age group (no, I was not the only one in the age group). It was overcast and relatively cool and the course was flat compared to Huntsville. It was an inagural race put on by the Baptist Youth Group and they did a great job. My son, Ben, also ran and placed 2nd in his age group. This afternoon, I ran the roads again before heading back to Huntsville.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Day Off

I did not feel like running today, so I went to the track and ran a mile. Nice to have a rest day once in a while. With all that rest, I may be the overall winner in the Boogie Down 5K tomorrow.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

New Race

I met with a lady at the Huntsville State Park this afternoon to help plan a new trail race there in January. Tentatively, it will be a 10-Miler and 5K on January 16. We finished up an hour before before I was suppose to meet the group to run trails. Curtis happened to be there, so we ran a 2.8 mile loop.