Monday, June 30, 2014

Short run

The day started off bad with my AC going out.  I wrote my column for the paper this morning, while waiting for the AC guy.  He came late this afternoon and it turned out to be the fan motor in the attic unit.  Cost me just under $1,000 for a replacement.  Sure glad it was noting serious!  Then, I had some inflammation in my left knee.  Maybe it was from the AC repair bill.  Anyway, I worked out at Iron Works and then ran 1.3 miles on the roads in town.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Back to Houston

I loaded up my riding lawn mower and other stuff and went down to Houston this afternoon to mow my son's lawn.  I think he is now recovered sufficiently to do it himself.  When I got back this evening, I ran 2 miles on the roads in town.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Polish Pickle 5K

I ran the Polish Pickle 5K in Bremond this morning for the 19th consecutive year.  They had over 800 runners in a town with a population of 900.  I finished in 36:02, which was good enough for 3rd place in the 70-74 age group.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Usual Friday

As usual, with a 5K tomorrow morning, I ran laps at the track this afternoon.  Gotta get up early tomorrow.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Just me and Nicole

It was just me and Nicole who showed up at the park this evening.  Hans and John were there biking, so they stayed with her for 4.5 miles.  I ran 3 miles on the trails.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Wet 5K run

We had a light rain for our Wednesday evening 5K run from the church.  Surprisingly, there were more runners there than usual, including a couple of new guys.  The cooler temperature (80's) and the rain made the run much more comfortable.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Steamy park

It rained this afternoon, so the park was hot and steamy this evening.  After working out at Iron Works, I ran 3.5 miles on the trails at the park  Sara Seale (now McCullough), who use to run with us about 10 years ago until she graduated from SHSU, was back and ran with us tonight.  Great to have her back.
I heard that there was radio news today reporting that a girl was bitten by an alligator at the park yesterday.  She was swimming in the lake at night after being warned not to.  And, I see the main threat at the park as biting horse flies.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Avenues 5K

I ran the hilly Avenues 5K course this evening.  I suppose it was the heat and humidity, but I felt very sluggish.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Run with Jason

One of my old friends, who moved from Huntsville about 10 years ago, was back in town today to run the Gator Bait 15K Trail Run at Huntsville State Park.  Today was his 100th consecutive day of running.  He asked me to run part of the course with him this morning.  I did that and then ran some on the park roads.  He ended up getting 3rd in his age group.  He and his friend came over to the house for showers and then we all went out for lunch.  We had a nice visit.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

June Bug 5K

I got up early this morning and put out the signs for the club's annual June Bug 5K and 1-Mile at the Spring Lake Sub-division in Huntsville.  We had 60+ runners and hot and humid weather.  I finished the hilly course in 37:13, a little slower than I expected.

Friday, June 20, 2014


I loaded up my lawn mower and stuff this morning and went down to Houston to do my son's lawn.  He is recovering from a serious arm infection.  On the way down, I stopped at several places to drop off race entry forms for our Huntsville Half Marathon in October.  After I got back to Huntsville, I had  to get some signs and other stuff ready for our club run tomorrow morning.  I finally got to the track this evening and ran laps.

Thursday, June 19, 2014


Only speedy Jacob and Jason showed up at the park this evening.  I ran 2 miles while they ran 3 and I finished only minutes ahead of them.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Church 5K

After working out at Iron Works, I met up with the group and ran the church 5K course.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Tuesday at the Park

As usual on Tuesday, I worked out at Iron Works this evening and then went to the park.  I ran 3 miles on the park roads.  Also as usual in mid-June, it was hot and humid.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Iron Works 5K course

I spent the morning working on my running column for tomorrow's Huntsville Item.  The column is already on the Item web site.  Click HERE.  I wrote on hydration and got more technical than I usually do.  I always think that some doctor or other professional is going to contact me and tell me that I don't know what I am talking about.  None have done so in the nearly 9 years that I have written the column.  In any case, hopefully I have made a difference.
I worked out at Iron Works this evening and then Clayton and I ran the 5K course starting and finishing at Iron Works that I measured last Friday.  Clayton complained that it seemed to be all uphill and that we should reverse the direction.  If you start and finish at the same point, the course is flat.  To reverse the direction, you will have to run on the other side of the road; that will require remeasuring the course.  Ugh.


I forgot to blog yesterday.  I ran 2 miles on the road in town in the mid-afternoon 92 degree heat.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Greyhound 5K

I got up at 5 this morning and drove 89 miles up to Kosse to run the Greyhound 5K at 7:30.  There were about 100 runners there.  It gave me a chance to visit with some old friends and meet some new ones.  I finished in 36:08.  I finished 2nd in the 70 and over age group.  My friend, Dennis Alston, who just turned 70, took first (darn young whipper snapper).  There were at least two others in the age group behind me.  On the way back to Huntsville, I stopped at the Town Cafe in Centerville and had breakfast.  Today, was my 1,700th day on my current running streak.  I've been there twice before in previous streaks, so no big deal.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Measured a new course

I measured a new 5K course for the club this afternoon.  We will use it for the first time for our club run on July 26.  It starts and finishes in front of Iron Works.  I walked the distance with an engineer wheel.  After all that walking, I went to the track and ran laps.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

2 Miles

After working out at Iron Works, I ran 2 miles on the roads at the park.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Two lawns and a 5K

I mowed my lawn this morning and then loaded up my mower and drove down to Houston to mow my son's lawn and fix his lawn mower.  He is out of the hospital and at home, but not up to lawn care.  I got back to Huntsville just in time to join the group to run the 5K course on campus, starting and finishing at the church.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Big crowd at the park

Seems like about everybody that runs with us at the park showed up this evening.  I stuck to the park roads and ran 3 miles.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Heavy rain today

There was a forecast of heavy rains in Huntsville this afternoon, so I went to the track this morning and ran laps.  The rains came, but were gone by this evening.  Nice to get the rain.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Sunday evening run

After an afternoon of doing yardwork, I ran an unplanned course on the streets in town.  It turned out to be 3.3 miles.  I also contacted the timing company that timed the race yesterday.  It looks like I was given chip 906 rather than 806.  Runner 906 had my finish time, so they corrected my online race results.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Heights 5K

I got up at 5 this morning and drove down to Houston to run the Heights 5K.  I guess you could say it was a 6-cow race, with 961 finishers in the timed event.  The course was flat and down and back on Heights Blvd. in the northern part of Houston.  According to my Garmin, I finished in 35:41.  The chip-timed race results said 36:51 for my chip time.  I am not sure how that happened, but I am sure about the 35:41.  I will claim that.  In either case, I was 6 out of 9 runners in the 70 and over age group.  The overall female winner was Kaytlynn Welsch (age 13), with a time of 18:44.  Her 11-year old sister, Heather, finished in 20:11.  Amazing.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Friday routine

As usual on most Fridays, I did a short run due to a 5K race tomorrow morning.  I went to the track in the mid-afternoon heat and ran 1.3 miles on the roads from there.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Over 90 today

As expected in early June, it was over 90 degrees today.  I ran 3 miles on the roads at the park this evening, after working out at Iron Works.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Back to Houston

I went back down to Houston this evening to pick up my wife and bring her back to Huntsville.  Before leaving, I got in a 1.5-mile run on the roads in town.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Tuesday at the park

After working out at Iron Works this evening, I ran 2 miles on the roads at the park.  Hot and humid.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Sunday Night 5K for the 50th time

On Saturday, I ran 2 miles on the roads in town and then had to go to Houston to be with my son, who was being admitted to the hospital.  I had to come back to Huntsville on Sunday afternoon to take care of some business.  On the way back to Houston, I stopped in The Woodlands to run the Sunday Night 5K.  I finished in 35:28, which is my fastest time for this monthly race since September 2011.  He was released from the hospital this afternoon, so I drove back to Huntsville this evening.  I ran 2 miles on the roads in town just become it got dark.