Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Lab results

I received a call from the doctor's office this morning to inform me that all the lab tests from my physical came back normal.  That's good news.  I spent much of the day unpacking and checking a zillion trophies for the upcoming Huntsville Half & Quarter Marathon & 5K.  This evening, I worked out at Iron Works and then ran 7 miles on the trails at the park.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Annual Physical

I had my annual physical this morning.  My blood pressure was a little high (the first number), so I have to check it a couple times a week for a while.  My pulse rate was 47 and he said everything else looked good.  Now, I wait on the lab results.
Worked out at Iron Works this evening and then ran 2.9 miles on the streets in town.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Back from Tyler

I ran laps Friday morning before heading up to Tyler for my high school class reunion (class of 59).  Attended a reception Friday night and a men's breakfast Saturday morning.  I visited family most of the day on Saturday, but did go for a 3.8-mile run on a running trail later on Saturday.  Then, I attended the reunion dinner at the country club Saturday night.  Drove back to Huntsville this afternoon and got in a 2-mile run on the streets in town.  Now that the Cowboys stomped the Saints, it is time to catch up on my emails and updating the club web site.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Just Julia and I

Only Julia and I showed up at the park this evening.  James and Curtis had run earlier and were leaving as we got there.  Speedy Julia went around the lake, while I ran 3.5 miles on the trails.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Did not get the word

I went to the church at 6 this evening to run with the group.  They moved the time to 5:30 and I missed it somehow.  Anyway, I ran the 5K course through the campus and ran into them on their way back.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


I looked at my bottle of antibiotics today, wondering how come I had so many left.  I have been taking 2 a day since last Wednesday.  Guess I should have read the instructions.  It says take 2 twice a day.  So, I have been taking half the prescribed dose.  Oh well, the fever is long gone, anyway.
I met up with the group at the park this evening and ran 4.1 miles on the trails.  Cooler temperatures today.

Monday, September 22, 2014

1,800 days

I felt fully recovered today after the race yesterday.  I mowed the yard, worked out at Iron Works and ran 2 miles on the roads in town.  This was my 1,800th consecutive day of running.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Texas Road Romp Half Marathon

It was hot and humid in Waco this morning.  We started the Texas Road Romp Half Marathon in front of the Convention Center, the same place as the Miracle Match Marathon, which I have run several times.  There were about 250 runners for the half event.  The first couple of miles were flat and then the next six miles through Cameron Park and McClennan College were extremely hilly.  I was getting a little dizzy at one point and then made sure I took on plenty of fluids.  I was completed soaked in sweat and had sweat sloshing in my shoes.  When we finally got out of the hills around mile nine, the last four miles was along the road and on the sidewalk along the river, with the sun beating down and virtually no shade.  I was worried about overheating and walked some.  My normal finish time should have been right at 3 hours.  Not surprisingly, I finished in 3:18:30.  I was the only one in the race over 70, so I picked up a nice 1st place in age group plaque.  I then made the 2-hour+ drive back to Huntsville.  I stopped twice to buy and drink more water.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Resting for Waco

I went over to the track this morning and ran laps.  Headed to Waco this afternoon for the half marathon tomorrow.

Friday, September 19, 2014

5K Course

Early this afternoon, I ran the Iron Works 5K course through my old sub-division, Forest Hills.  We used that course for our club run in July.
I was looking for something in the Running of the Bears 5K results from Sunday.  At the race, I was announced as 2nd in my age group and given a 2nd place trophy.  The next day, the online results were modified and I went to 3rd place.  Since then, I have been moved back to 2nd.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

No more fever

I slept better last night and felt better all day.  No fever.  I tried to get back to a normal routine.  Worked out at Iron Works and then went to the park.  It was raining, but five of us still showed up.  I ran 3 miles on the park roads.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Finally went to the doctor

I had a rough night last night with high fever and a sore throat.  I called my doctor at 8 this morning and got an appointment for 9 a.m.  He prescribed antibiotics and to this late hour, they have not kicked in.  I pretty much stayed in bed all day.  I did go to the track this evening and run one mile, but it was not much fun.  I have a half marathon to run on Sunday, so I have 3 days to recover.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fever day two

The fever is still around.  I took Tylenol this morning and was able to mow the lawn.  This evening, the fever was back up.  I skipped Iron Works, but did got out to the park and run 1.2 miles on the trails, mostly in the rain.  I probably need to make an appointment with my doctor.  Half marathon in Waco next Sunday and I had hoped to get a 11-mile run in today.

Monday, September 15, 2014


I worked out this evening at Iron Works and then ran 2 miles on the streets.  I did not feel like running, but I figured it was mental from the busy weekend.  After getting home this evening and having supper, I sat on the couch to watch Monday Night Football.  Then, I felt a fever, which turned out to be over 100.  I'm not sure what it is.  I get a sinus infection every two years and that is the only time I get a fever.  My sinuses feel clear.  Hopefully, I will be okay tomorrow morning.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Running of the Bulls 5K

Marilynn and I got up early this morning and drove down to Houston for the Running of the Bulls 5K, put on my the Houston Texans.  It started outside of what use to be NRG Stadium and finished inside.  Nice weather, about 70 degrees.  There were 6,000 runners and walkers and too many baby strollers.  It was slow going for the first mile until the crowd thinned out.  I finished in 37:42 and got a trophy for 3rd of 9 in the 70 & over age group.  Marilynn walked the 5K.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Gruene 10K

It was 62 degrees this morning over in New Braunfels for the start of the Gruene 10K.  The race started and finished in front of the oldest Beer Hall in Texas, Gruene Hall.  This was my 4th straight year for running this race.  I finished in 1:18:40, which was good enough for 1st of 2 in my age group.  The unusually cool weather felt great; even the light rain during the last mile was welcome.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Rest day

I ran laps at the track this morning.  Well rested for my 10K tomorrow.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Looking ahead to Saturday

It was 96 degrees in Huntsville today.  With a "cool" front coming in this weekend, it may be the last hot day of the summer.  I am running a 10K in New Braunfels on Saturday and the temperature is suppose to be around 70 at the start.  Sounds good, but there is a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms that morning.  We'll see.  In the meantime, I ran 3 miles on the trails at Huntsville State Park this evening.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A little beat

I was a little beat from the trail run yesterday in the heat, but I met up with the group this evening and ran the 5K course on campus.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Ahead of the group

After Iron Works this evening, I went out to the park ahead of the group and ran 6.9 miles on the trails alone.  Nice run, but it was hot and humid and I fell in the dirt during the last mile after I was good and sweaty.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Back to Monday

After doing yard work most of the afternoon, I worked out at Iron Works and then ran 2.7 miles on the streets in town.  Sort of a typical Monday.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sunday Night 5K

Julia Buck and I drove down to The Woodlands this evening to run the Sunday Night 5K.  Donna Fabian and Curtis Barton from our club were there too.  There was a light rain during the race and that helped cool things down a bit.  My friend, Jon Walk, and I ran together and finished in 36:45.  He slowed down some to keep up with me.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

No race today

No good races nearby today.  I did a short 1.3-mile run on the streets in town this afternoon.  I ran past a funeral home and there was a hearse driver standing next to his hearse.  He offered me a ride.  I could just not think of a comeback for that.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Unusual Friday park run

Usually, I do a short run on Friday and race on Saturday.  However, no race tomorrow and this afternoon I had to take someone down to the Houston airport.  So, at 11 this morning, I went out to the park and ran 7 miles on the trails.  The temperature was in the low 90's and, as usual, the humidity was high.

Thursday, September 4, 2014


I went out to the park this evening and no other runners showed up.  That is unusual.  In any case, I ran 3 miles on the park roads and went home.  Today was my 1,782nd consecutive day of running.  The 1,800-day milestone will be reached on September 22.  More importantly, on October 4, I will be at 1,812 days, surpassing my 2nd longest streak.  Then, I will reach 5 years on October 18.  I will be running the Huntsville Half Marathon that day.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

It was not suppose to rain today, but it did

This afternoon, we got a little rain after a forecast of none.  It was still not enough to close the cracks in my yard after a very dry August.  After Iron Works, I met up with the group at the church and ran the 5K course around the campus.  With classes back in session, the traffic on the course is much heavier.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Sad news

After I got home this evening from Iron Works and running 3 miles on the trails at the park, I heard the news that one of our club members, Joan Pickering, was killed today when she was hit by a truck while running here in Huntsville.  I do not know the details yet, but I feel deep sorrow.  Six years ago, we had another runner and a good friend of mine, struck and killed while running in Huntsville.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Unplanned route

Since it was a holiday, Iron Works was closed today.  I ran an unplanned route in the avenues this evening and it turned out to be 2.1 miles.