Sunday, May 28, 2017

Getting ready for tomorrow

Tomorrow, we are having our club's annual Memorial Day 5K & 1-Mile, starting and finishing in my driveway.  We usually have about 100 runners, plus family members and breakfast is served after the race.  So, there is a lot of work getting ready today and then a lot of work before the 8 a.m. start tomorrow.  There is a 60 percent chance of thunderstorms at 8. so that is a worry.
I took a break at 2 this afternoon and ran 2 miles on the roads around the campus.  Another hot and humid day.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Run the Woodlands 5K

For the 84th time, I ran the Run The Woodlands 5K.  Hot and humid and I finished in a slow 39:45.  It was the first time ever after about 175 or so races I ran in The Woodlands that I got attacked by biting horseflies.  I thought they were only at Huntsville State Park.  I got bit twice and they hurt.

Friday, May 26, 2017

New orthotics arrived

I picked up my new orthotics late this afternoon.  They feel much more comfortable than the old ones I have been wearing for the last 3 weeks or so.  I immediately went to the track and ran one mile to break them in for a 5K race tomorrow morning.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

7-7-7

My running streak reached a minor milestone today.  With my 2.5-mile trail run at Huntsville State Park this evening, I have run every day for 7 years, 7 months and 7 days.  More importantly, I get my new orthotics tomorrow.  It has not been comfortable running in the real old ones I have been using the past few weeks.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Long day

I got up early this morning, picked up my son and drove down to Sugar Land for the first game of the Southland Conference Baseball Tournament between Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin.  They called the game after 7 and a half innings on the 10-run rule.  Sam won by a score of 13-1.  We stopped in Houston on the way back and had lunch with another son.  I finally got around to running this evening, but then I ran short of time due to a family dinner.  I managed to get in 2 miles on the park roads.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Trails in good shape

Even after the heavy rain yesterday, the trails at the park were in good shape.  The trails were so dry before the rain, it soaked in quickly.  Anyway, I ran 2.5 miles.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Heavy rain today

We had a much needed heavy rain this morning.  In fact, my 4-inch rain gauge was overflowing.  Later this afternoon, I worked out at Iron Works and then ran a completely unplanned course around town and the campus.  It turned out to be 2.8 miles.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sunday morning run

My wife and I went to church yesterday evening, so I had my Sunday morning free.  I went out to the park and ran my normal 2.5-mile loop.  Usually, by this time of year the biting horse flies are out.  So far, they have not bothered me.  Maybe I am just running too fast.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Five-0 5K Color Run

I ran the Five-0 5K Color Run in Huntsville this morning.  I'm normally not into color runs, but it was put on by the Huntsville Police Department and I sure want to support them.  It was hot and humid and a hilly course and about 3.3 miles.  I finished in 42:15.  This was my 955th race and my 2,771st consecutive day of running.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Short Friday run

It's Friday and I have a race tomorrow.  I ran 1.3 miles on the roads in town this afternoon.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Back to the trails

I ran my 2.5-mile loop on the trails at the park this evening and carefully avoided the root (really a knot) that I tripped on day before yesterday.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Road run at the park

I was tired today from doing some plumbing work at the house.  All that up and down and back and forth to the tool box and to Home Depot.  So, I went to the park this afternoon and ran 2 miles on the park roads.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Took a fall

I ran my usual 2.5-mile loop on the trails at the park this evening.  I tripped on a root, took a fall and cut my left knee in the usual place.  After falling, I realized that I tripped on the same root that I tripped on about 3 weeks ago and cut my knee, which just finished healing.  I wonder how many times over the years that I cut that knee in the same place.  It keeps on healing.  I also wonder if some point it will not heal anymore and I have to get a skin replacement.

Late post

Here it is after midnight and I forgot to post.  After Iron Works this afternoon, I ran 2.5 miles on the trails at the park.  I did not see anyone else on the trails - nor any creatures.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Sunday at the park

I had family coming in this afternoon for Mother's Day, so I went out to the park late this morning and ran 2.5 miles on the trails.  The trails were crowded with people taking their mother for a hike.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Run the Woodlands 5K

I ran the Run the Woodlands 5K this morning and finished in 38:38.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Laps

As usual for many Fridays, I went to the track and ran laps this afternoon.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Missed the group run

I had to make an unexpected trip to Houston this evening, so I missed the group run at the park.  However, I went out there about 3:30 p.m. and ran 2.5 miles on the trails.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Solo at the park

I went out to the park alone this afternoon and ran 2.5 miles on the trails.  I learned later that a lady from Houston drowned at Raven Lake at the park about 10 this morning.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

New runner

Melissa joined the trail running group at the park this evening.  She recently changed shifts at work, so hopefully she will be a regular.  She and I ran 2.5 miles on the trails.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Ran short of time

I had to take the family out to dinner this evening and had a club meeting after that.  I got off to a late start and ended up working out at Iron Works and then running laps at the track.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Sunday Night 5K

I ran the monthly Sunday Night 5K in The Woodlands this evening.  I finished in 37:26.  It was my 25th race in 2017.  Last year, I was at 28 by this time.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Cinco de Mayo 5K

I got up at 5 this morning to drive down to Houston to run the Cinco de May 5K.  The course was out and back on a very flat asphalt street and the temperature was in the 50's.  I finished in 36:52 and was 6 of 7 in the 70 and over age group.
After getting a short nap in Huntsvlle, I drove up to Tyler for a family thing and got back to Huntsville late tonight.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Friday short run

As usual for most Fridays, I took it easy today.  I ran 1.3 miles on the streets in town late this morning.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Broken orthotics

I did not mention it before, but while in California, the hard plastic part of my orthotics broke in half.  In fact, I ran the 10-mile race on Monday with them broken.  I put on a very old pair when I got back to Huntsville and it is hard to run in them.  I went down to Conroe this afternoon to see a podiatrist to have new ones made.  I was amazed that he never examined my feet and had a substitute start casting.  I'm not sure what I am going to get in 5 weeks.
After Iron Works this evening, I ran 2.5 miles on the trails at the park.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

It was suppose to rain

We were suppose to have thunderstorms all afternoon, so I ran this morning.  I ran a completely unplanned route through the hilly avenues.  It turned out to be 2.2 miles..  No thunderstorms, but a short heavy rain in town late this evening and a little rain at my house.

Late post

My computer konked out late tonight and I just now was able to get it restarted.  Other than that, it was back to normal after the trip to California.  I worked out at Iron Works this evening and then ran 2.5 miles on the trails at the park.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Back from California

I just got back from California tonight.  On Friday, my wife and I flew out to Palm Springs to attend the 3-day Stagecoach Country Music Festival in nearby Indio. We stayed in the Marriott Resort in Palm Desert.  The festival started at noon each day and was over at midnight.  There was a mix of old and new country singers, including Willie Nelson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Shania Twain, Kenny Chesney, Cody Johnson from Huntsville and a bunch of others.  I was really impressed with the Jerry Lee Lewis performance.  While watching, I look over and Prescilla Presley and Tom Jones were standing in the audience a few feet from me.  Anyway, the festival was quite an experience, but there were there was a lot of walking involved.  It was about a mile from the shuttle bus to the festival, which itself covered at least a square mile.  Someone said there were 80,000 attendees.  Incidently, I won the all expenses-paid trip.

More importantly, here is my running report:  The Texas 10 Series Sienna (Houston) was on Sunday.  It was the first one I missed in the series since I started the series in 2013.  That was a bummer.  However, I ran it virtually this morning in Palm Desert.  For some purposes, I will get credit for it.  The sidewalk around the perimeter of the Marriott Resort we stayed in was 3.8 miles, including the driveway to and from the front door.  I got in shorter runs on the sidewalk on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  This morning, I ran the 3.8-mile loop twice and an out and back to get in 10 miles.  The challenge was getting enough water for the dry and hot weather.  I carried water with me for the first loop and the doorman gave me a couple bottles of water for my second loop.  They were out of water at the door after my second loop.  I gutted it out for my out and back.  I finished in 2:23:56, about 10 minutes slower than usual for 10 miles.

After the 10 miles, we had a late breakfast in Palm Desert and then headed to Palm Springs for a 1:20 flight this afternoon.  It was an over-booked United flight and they were offering $1,000 for volunteers to get off the flight.  I was tempted.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Only one

I was the only one who showed up at the park this evening.  I got in 2 miles on the park roads.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Hard fall

While running 2.5 miles on the trails at the park this afternoon, I tripped on a root and took a hard fall.  Besides a bloody knee, I'm okay.  I thought I knew the roots on that course.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Park roads

Today was very busy, but I managed to get in a 3-mile run on the roads at the state park.  Just as I was finally going to Iron Works about 9 tonight, two high school girls from the neighborhood showed up at my door to asked me to cut out some things from plywood for their science project.  Of course, I showed up at Iron Works with sawdust in my hair.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Ran out of time

I ran 2 miles on the park roads this evening.  I should have done more, but I had to be somewhere this evening and ran out of time.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sunday at the park

It was relatively cool this afternoon and a great day for trail running.  I had to attend an affair this afternoon, so I got out to the park a little later than I had hoped.  I still go in 3.5 miles on the trails.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Spring Fling 5K

I ran our club's annual Spring Fling 5K in at Elkins Lake in Huntsville this morning.  The steepness of the hills is reflected in my finish time of 40:41.  In any case, it was 950th race.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Short trail run

I went out to the park this afternoon and ran 2 miles on the trails.  The temperature was near 90 and tomorrow night it is suppose to get down to 49.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

In-town run

I was short of time this afternoon, so I squeezed in a 2-mile run on the roads around the campus.  The traffic reminds me of why I run at the park most of the time.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Started the second half

I started the second half of my 8th year of streaking with another 3-mile road run at the park.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

7.5

With a 3-mile road run at the state park this evening, I reached the 7.5-year mark on my current running streak.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Full to empty

After the park was full yesterday and I was not able to get in to run, it was virtually empty this afternoon.  I ran 2.5 miles on the trails and only saw one rabbit.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter

Today was Easter and I had a lot of family visiting.  After church and lunch, I slipped away and went to the state park to run.  When I got there, it was full and cars were waiting for space a mile from the entrance gate.  In the 25 years or so I have been going to the park on a regular basis, it was the first time I have seen the park full and cars being blocked from entering.  I made a u-turn on Park Road and then drove back into town and ran laps at the track.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Texas Big Star Half Marathon


I ran the Texas Big Star Half Marathon in Frisco (north of Dallas) this morning.  There were 1,068 finishers, so it was a big race.  They had another 640 finish the 5K.  It was my 90th half marathon and they gave me bib 90 and I was interviewed on camera for a video they are doing on the race.  Nice weather, but it got hot the last hour.  I finished in 3:02:00 and won 1st place in the 75 and over age group (I was the only one).  That gives me 17 half marathon for this season (October - April).  My goal is to run 101 at the Love.Run Half Marathon next February.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Friday laps

Since it is Friday and I have a race tomorrow, I ran laps at the track this morning.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Only me and Glen

It was only me and Glen who showed up at the park to run trails this evening.  I ran 2.5 miles on the trails.  Glen ran 3 miles and we finished about the same time.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Short trail run

Easy day; I ran 2 miles on the trails at the park this afternoon.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Solo park run

After Iron Works this evening, I went to the park, but no one else showed up  We had heavy rains today, but it had cleared up about 4 p.m.  It was day 2 of breaking in the new shoes, so I ran 3 miles on the park roads.

Monday, April 10, 2017

New shoes

I put on a new pair of shoes today and ran 2 miles on the roads at the park, partly in the rain.  Looking toward half marathon number 90 this Saturday.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Vintage Park Half Marathon

We had nice sunny and not too hot weather for the Vintage Half Marathon in northwest Houston this morning.  Obviously, being in Houston, it was a flat course, mostly on concrete.  I finished in 3:01:18 (as usual, I had hoped to break 3 hours).  I was 2nd of 4 runners in the 70 and over age group.  Half marathon number 89 done.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Blue Bell 5K

I ran the Blue Bell 5K in Brenham this morning.  I usually run the 10K, but with a half marathon tomorrow, I opted for the 5K.  Nice weather and a hilly course.  I finished in 38:48, which was good for 1st place of 2 runners in the 75-79 age group.  The award was a medal and a gift card for a pint of Blue Bell Ice Cream.  This was my 947th race.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Short road run

With two races this weekend, I rested today with a 1.3-mile road run in town late this morning.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Streaker article


This is an article about streaking in Texas, published in the April issue of Texas Runner & Triathlete Magazine.  Hope it inspires others to start streaking.  This evening, I ran my 2.5-mile loop on the park trails.  Nice weather continues.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Dog attack

After working out at Iron Works this afternoon, I went out to the park to run trails.  About a half mile out, a loose pit bull mix dog came at me in a vicious manner.  The owner grabbed him by the collar just in time.  I reminded the idiot that its a $500 fine for having a unleashed dog in the park.  Anyway, I finished my run, which turned out to be 4 miles.  Beautiful weather; clear and in the 60's.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Nice weather this week

After a stormy weekend, the weather has been nice this weekend.  Hopefully, it will continue through this weekend.  I have a 5K on Saturday and a half marathon on Sunday.  I do not need any more cancelled races.  I met up with the group at the park this evening and ran my "normal" 2.5 miles on the trails.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Back to Monday

After a disappointing weekend with the cancelled half marathon yesterday, I worked out a Iron Works this afternoon and then ran 3 miles on the trails at the park.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Sunday Night 5K

Yesterday, I ran laps at the track and then drove to San Antonio for the AlamoFest Half Marathon this morning at the AlamoDome.  We were lined up at the starting line at 7:20 a.m.  They had a prayer and some lady sang the National Anthem.  No starting gun.  After a few minutes, they announced that the race was cancelled due to a heavy storm approaching San Antonio.  I headed back to my truck and drove back to Huntsville.  It was suppose to be my 89th half marathon.  So, I drove down to The Woodlands this evening and ran the Sunday Night 5K.  My friend, Jon Walk, ran the whole thing with me and we had a nice visit.  Our time was 37:43

Friday, March 31, 2017

Trails on Friday

I usually have a race on Saturday and run laps at the track on Friday.  No race tomorrow, so I went out to the park and ran my usual 2.5-miles on the trails.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Zoo

I took my wife, daughter and grand daughter down to the Houston Zoo today.  I think that it was my first visit there in about 25 years.  Perfect weather; sunny and the temperature in the low 70's.  My recollection of the zoo was that it was a long walk between exhibits.  I suppose that many more exhibits and animals have been added and now it is just huge.  I got back to Huntsville just in time to go out to the park and run 2.5 miles with the group.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Spider webs

I suppose that it is getting to be that time of the year.  There are spider webs across the trails at the state park.  Now, I have to run behind bikers.  I ran 2.5 miles on the trails this afternoon and had to break a few webs.  This weekend, I have a half marathon on Sunday in San Antonio.  The course includes a run through Fort Sam Houston, where I was stationed in the Army in 1961.  This should bring back some memories.  The weather forecast for Sunday in San Antonio is 100 percent chance of thunderstorms.  Ugh.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Trails, again

After Iron Works, I met up with the group at the park.  I ran 2.5 miles on the trails.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Park roads

Instead of running trails this afternoon, I ran 2 miles on the park roads.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Texas 10 Series College Station

I made the on-hour drive over to College Station this morning to run the Texas 10 Series 10-Miler at 7 a.m.  About 15 miles from Huntsville, the road was closed due to an accident.  There were flashing lights for a quarter mile or so.  While waiting, I had thoughts of being stuck for so long that I would miss the race.  As it came out, I was only held up for 20 minutes and made it to the race with time to spare.  I finished the 10 miles in 2:16:06.  I think it was my 2nd slowest of the 25 Texas 10 Series races that I have run.  Maybe it was the heat and humidity.  I'm not sure, but I need to do better.  I did place 2nd of 3 runners in the 70 and over age group.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

American Legion 5K

This morning, I drove down to Jersey Village, a city on the northwest edge of Houston, to run the American Legion 5K.  The race did not start until 8:30, so I did not have to get up too early.  I had never run this race before, nor have I ever run in Jersey Village.  I finished the flat, double looped course in 36:53, which placed me 2nd of 3 in the 60 and over age group.  Race number 944.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Regular Friday

With two races this weekend, I made it a regular Friday with laps at the track - and a lot of yard work.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

3.5 miles of yard work

This afternoon, I had to broadcast fire ant killer on my whole lawn (1 acre lot).  Just for the heck of it, I put on my GPS to see how much walking back and forth with the spreader I had to do to get it done.  It came out to 3.5 miles.  Then, I went to Iron Works and met the group at the park for a 2.5-mile trail run.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

3003

Just realized that I have posted on this blog just over 3,000 times since my first entry on April 19, 2008.  Today is 3003.  I realize that the blog is probably the most boring online, but it is part of my "system of motivation."  It helps keep me accountable for my running and streaking.  If it helps anyone else, that is great.
This heat wave in March continues; it was in the 80's again today.  I went to the park this afternoon and ran 2.5 miles on the trails.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Hot

I'm not sure what the high temp was today, but my truck thermometer said 93 degrees when I went out to the park to run.  I met up with the group and ran 2.5 miles on the trails.  This weekend, I plan to run a 5K on Saturday and 10-miler on Sunday.  Then, half marathons the next three weekends.

Monday, March 20, 2017

New trails

After Iron Works this afternoon, I went out to the park and ran 2.2 miles on the new trails adjacent to the park.  Feels like summertime.  I have three more half marathons to run this season; hope it cools down a bit.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Club run at the park

We had our club's annual 3.5-mile non-competitive trail run at Huntsville State Park this afternoon.  I worked as a course guard and photographer, but I ran 2.5 miles on the trails this morning.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Seabrook Lucky Trails Half Marathon

I got up at 4:30 this morning to drive down to Seabrook to run the Seabrook Lucky Trails Half Marathon.  Rather warm (up to about 80) and humid.  The course is two loops on a gravel trail.  I finished in 3:01:58 and was 1st of 2 in the 75-79 age group.  Last year, my time was 3:08 something.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday at the track

Usual Friday.  I am running half marathon number 88 tomorrow, so I ran laps at the track early this afternoon.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Park is still crowded

We have had beautiful clear and cooler weather all week and the state park is full of spring breakers.  I'm not use to seeing that many people on the trails.  After Iron Works, I met up with the group at the park and ran 2.5 miles on the trails.

Another late post

Gosh.  Here it is after midnight and I have not posted for Wednesday.  I worked out a Iron Works this afternoon and ran 2.5 miles on the trails at the park.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Late post

I forgot to post before midnight, but I did not forget to run today (Tuesday).  I ran 4 miles on the trails at the park, dodging a lot of spring break bikers and hikers.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Circus

I took my wife, daughter and granddaughter to the circus in Huntsville this evening.  I suppose that was the first time I have been to a circus in nearly 50 years.  They had some nice acrobat acts, but were a little light on animals (2 elephants, 4 horses and 1 dog).  So, earlier in the day, I worked out at Iron Works and ran 3 miles on the trails at the park.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Back to Houston

Later yesterday, I drove back down to Houston to watch my son and daughter perform in a club last night.  I spent the night in Houston and got back this afternoon.  I went out to the park and ran 2.5 miles on the trails.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Law Week 8K

For the first time ever, I ran the Law Week 8K in Houston this morning.  It was the 32nd annual, so I have missed a few.  After I got into a parking garage, I realized that I left my wallet at home.  I had friends at the race who offered to bail me out of the garage, but I pushed the call button and a nice lady opened up the gate for me for free.  I finished the race in 1:04:52 and got a nice framed artwork for 2nd place in the 75-79 age group (there was only 2 of us).  I also won a door prize, which was 5-$20 gift cards to Tiff's Treats, which I understand is a cookie store(s) in the Houston area.  I wander how many calories in that door prize.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Minor milestone - 2,700 days

Today was my 2,700th consecutive day of running.  With a race tomorrow, I ran laps at the track this afternoon and then cut up a tree that I cut down yesterday.  I'm tired.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

3+ at the park

After Iron Works this afternoon, it rained on the way to the park.  However, I got in 3.1 miles on the trails without a drop of rain.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Trails, again

As usual for Tuesday, I met up with the group this evening and ran 2.5 miles on the trails.  We had a heavy rain earlier today, but the trails were in good shape.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Back to the trails

After a weekend running on mostly concrete, I ran 2.5 miles on the trails at the park.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Sunday Night 5K

I went back to The Woodlands this evening to run the monthly Sunday Night 5K for the 80th time.  I finished in 37:58, about 2 minutes slower than last month.  Must have been the half marathon yesterday.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

The Woodlands Half Marathon

I ran The Woodlands Half Marathon this morning.  The temperature was in the 50's and there was some light rain in the last few miles.  I finished in 2:59:36 (4th of 6 in the 75 & over age group).  This was my 87th half marathon and 940th race.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Laps

With a half marathon in the morning, I ran laps at the track this afternoon.  Later, I went down to The Woodlands to pick up my race packet.  That gave me a chance to visit with some friends, including Loren Sheffer.  The weather should be nice tomorrow.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Early run

I had to be somewhere this evening, so I went out to the part early this afternoon and ran 2.5 miles on the trails.  Sunny and cool.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

A little longer

After Iron Works this afternoon, I went out to the park and ran 4 miles on the trails.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Third consecutive day

For the third consecutive day, I ran the same 2.5-mile course on the trails at the park.  I have another half marathon this Saturday.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Routine Monday

I worked out at Iron Works this afternoon and then ran 2.5 miles on the trails at the park.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Back to the park

Nice cool and sunny Sunday afternoon.  I went out to the park and ran 2.5 miles on the trails.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Jail Break Half Marathon

I got up very early this morning and drove nearly 100 miles to Baytown (east of Houston) to run the Jail Break Half Marathon at 7 a.m.  The temperature was nice - 50's.  However, it was windy has heck.  At about 8 miles, the course ran a mile up to the highest point on a long bridge and then came down again.  Luckily, we had the wind at our back on the trip up.  I finished in 3:01:01, a little slower than usual.  Slow and steady pace and never walked a step.  I was the oldest runner of 622 finishers and the only one in my 70 and over age group.  Nice trophy.  This was my 86th half marathon; 15 more to reach my goal of 101.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Back to the park

I went out to the park this afternoon and ran 2.5 miles on the trails.  Then, worked out at Iron Works.  Half marathon tomorrow.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Ran with the Raven


Yesterday, I flew down to Miami to run with the Raven on South Miami Beach.  Raven Kraft has run 8 miles on the South Miami Beach every single day for over 42 years.  I have known him through a common friend here in Huntsville and we have stayed in touch for several years.  However, I never met him in person until yesterday.  I ran the 8 miles with him and we swapped a lot of stories.  He has had runners from 88 countries and all 50 U.S. states run with him.  There are many articles written about him and a movie.  A book on him will be out in about 3 weeks.  My flight to Miami was delayed about 2 hours and it was pouring down raining when I got there.  I barely made it to the beach on time.  It was raining hard and I changed into my running clothes next to the beach in my rental car.  By the time I finished changing, it stopped raining.  Raven's web site is http://ravenrun.net.  He is the most dedicated and inspirational runner I have ever met.
     This morning, I got up at the hotel and went for a run on my own.  I ran for about 1.5 miles and then played tourist.  I walked back to the hotel and took photos on the way.  Then, I flew back to Houston and got home this evening.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Tapering for tomorrow

I plan on a special 8-mile run tomorrow, so I only ran 2 miles on the park roads this evening.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Wet run

After Iron Works this afternoon, I went out to the nearly empty state park and ran 3 miles on the park roads in a light rain.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Lot of family in

I had a lot of family in today, starting at 10 a.m.  So, I went to the track early this morning and ran laps.  No lingering soreness from yesterday.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Love.Run Half Marathon

I ran the Love.Run Half Marathon at Huntsville State Park this morning.  Last year, I ran it in 3:23 and hoped to do better this year.  The temperature was in the 60's and 70's and I felt comfortable.  I ran the whole thing, but slower than expected.  The official results are not out, but my time was about 3:42.  I was the only one in the race over 70, so I picked up a nice trophy.  I have an important run coming up this Wednesday, so I probably ran a little slower to avoid tripping and falling or spraining an ankle.  Luckily, I finished with no trips or falls.  This was my 85th half marathon. 938th race and 2,680th consecutive day of running.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Laps at the track

I have a half marathon tomorrow, so I ran laps at the track this afternoon.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Mowed the grass

Here it is mid-February and I had to mow the grass today.  Crazy weather.  I am continuing to take my antibiotics and decongestants and am feeling better.  Looking forward to running a half marathon this weekend.  I ran 2.5 miles on the trails this evening.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Tomball all day

I went down to Tomball and spent most of the day selling my old truck and buying a new one.  That is always a stressful experience, but I got it done.  I got home late and only had time to get in a 2-mile run on the roads before having to be somewhere at 6 p,m.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Late evening at the park

Only two of us showed up at the park this evening, me and a new guy, Anthony, who had never been to the park.  He wanted to run 4 miles, so I advised him on an out and back course.  He was much faster than me (everybody is) and I ran the same route out to nearly a mile and a half, figuring I would see him coming back in.  I waited for a while.  He never did and it got to be after 6 p.m. and nearly dark, so I ran on back in, figuring that he came back a different way and would be waiting for me.  It was totally dark when I got back and he was still out there somewhere.  I waited awhile and as I was about to "call out the dogs", he returned.  Even Anthony was not sure how he got back.
      I still have congestion, but feel stronger.  The cooler weather today helped.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Much of the day in Conroe and Tomball

I spent much of the day running errands in Conroe and Tomball and got back to Huntsville this evening.   It was too late to go to the park, but I worked out at Iron Works and ran laps at the track.  I am still taking antibiotics, but am starting to feel stronger.  I lost 8 pounds in the last few days.  My goal now is to not put it back on.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Working run

The Love.Run.Marathon (and half and 10K) at Huntsville State Park is coming up this weekend.  I designed the course for them when they started the race a few years ago.  It has to be changed this year because park of the park is closed for construction.  I modified the course a few weeks ago, but was not sure about my measurement of one segment of the course.  So, this afternoon I went out there and remeasured.  It was 197 feet short, so I moved the turnaround point to make up the difference.  All that took about 7.5 miles with an engineer wheel.  On the way back in, I picked up the wheel and ran about a mile and a half to get in my daily run.  The temperature was in the mid-80's and the park was loaded with bikers, hikers and runners.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Miles for Meals 5K

The inaugural  Miles for Meals 5K was held in Conroe this morning.  They rented our club's clock and inflatable arch and I took them down and set them up.  I had a rough night last night and was up many times.  I had a little coffee before I left the house and my wife gave me a slice of toast to eat on the way down.  I really felt weak, but wanted to try to run the race anyway.  It did not start until 10 a.m., so it was pretty hot by then.  During the last mile, I did something that I do not normally do in a race - walk.  I finished in 44:24.  I had to go sit down.  Then, my vision started to go.  I drank two bottle of water as quickly as I could.  That cleared up the dehydration.  From there, I drove down to Houston to pick up my packet for the Rhythm and Blues Half Marathon tomorrow.  By then, I actually felt hungry.  There was a McDonald's across the street, so I had a hamburger and fries.  Later, I felt like I may lose it, but it stayed down.  I made a decision this evening not to run the half marathon tomorrow.  I have lost too much strength and I have never had a DNF.  So, I will have to add another half marathon to my schedule next year.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Worse

Besides the sinus infection, I was all night going back and forth to the bathroom.  I knew I was getting dehydrated.  I tried to take water, but threw it up.  So, I went to the emergency room this morning and got thoroughly checked out  They gave me an IV and medication for nausea.  They figured the problem with the mixture of the antibiotic and decongestants.  I slept most of the rest of the day, but did go over to the track this afternoon and run laps to get in a mile.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Sinus infection

I hardly slept last night.  Had a fever and chills.  I managed to get to see my doc this afternoon and told him that I was there for my annual sinus infection.  I started my antibiotics and some over-the-counter stuff.  For the second day in a row, I skipped Iron Works and went to the park.  I ran 2 miles on the park roads, but really felt tired.  I have a 5K this Saturday and a half marathon on Sunday.  Several years ago, I had a high temperature due to a sinus infection and ran the Dallas White Rock Marathon.  A friend brought me some of her leftover antibiotics to the start line.  I made it okay, but was a little slower than normal.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Feeling worse

My sinuses were killing me today.  I stayed inside laying on the couch for most of the day.  I skipped Iron Works and went out to the park this afternoon in ran 2.5 miles on the trails.  Looking forward to cooler and wet weather again to stop whatever is blowing around that is giving my sinuses fits.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Sneezing all day

It was 83 degrees this afternoon and I spent much of the day working outside, trimming bushes, etc.  I'm not sure what is in the air, but I have been sneezing all day and my sinuses are stuffed.  I did get my workout in at Iron Works and a 2.5-mile trail run at the park.  I was testing my pulled muscle and took it easy.  No problem.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Summer in February

It is in the 80's this week.  After Iron Works this afternoon, I went to the park and ran 3 miles on the park roads.  The park was rather empty and quiet after the weekend and Rocky Raccoon 100 Trail Rum/

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Sunday Night 5K

I ran the Sunday Night 5K in The Woodlands this evening.  My fellow streaker, Vincent, ran the whole thing with me and we finished in 35:54.  He would normally run it much faster and besides, he had already run 10 miles today.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Idle today

I was idle today as far as racing goes.  One of the few Saturdays without a race.  I ran laps at the track this morning and went out to the park this afternoon for a while to watch the Rocky Raccoon 100 Miler in progress.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Same 3 miles

I went out to the park this afternoon and ran the same 3 miles on the park roads.  The park was crowded with runners showing up to run the Rocky Raccoon 100 miler, which starts at 6 a.m. tomorrow.  I saw license plates from a lot of different states.  In fact, when I ran the loop down by the lodge, I ran through a line of runners waiting in a line stretching across the street to get pick up their packets at the lodge.  The weather this weekend should be nice; hope they all finish.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Back to the roads

I went back to the roads this evening at the park.  I ran 3 miles without pain from my pulled muscle.  That's encouraging after the painful run on the trails yesterday.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Darn

Just when I thought my pulled muscle was healed, it started hurting when I hit the trails this afternoon.  It was a continual pain, so I cut the run to something over 2 miles.  If it does not get better soon, I will schedule Cryotherapy sessions.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Could not resist the trails

After a trip to Conroe this afternoon to meet with a group putting on a new race in a couple of weeks and then to the doctor to get the stitches removed from my face, I went to the park to run.  I intended to run on the park roads because of my muscle pull, but could not resist getting back on the trails.  I did 2.5 miles, very carefully.  No problem.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Off the trails for now

Until I am sure that my muscle pull is healed, I am going to stay on the roads.  After Iron Works this afternoon, I went to the park and ran 2 miles on the park roads.  No problem.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Texas 10 Series Boerne


I ran laps at the track on Saturday and then drove over to Boerne, west of San Antonio to run the Texas 10 Series 10-miler this morning.  I was really worried about my pulled groin muscle and did not get much sleep at the hotel last night.  I finally got out of bed at 5 a.m., got dressed and went to the race.  I got there at 5:45 and and the race did not start until 7 a.m.  The course was relatively flat and smooth.  My injury hit me just before reaching the 7-mile marker.  I almost fell, but recovered okay.  It hurt a bit during those last 3 miles but I made it okay.  I finished in 2:09:51 and was 3rd of 3 in the 70 and over age group.  My time in this same race last year was:2:10:11, so I made a slight improvement.  What's more, I won a $100 bill in the door prize drawing.  I look a little grubby in the photo with the bandage over my stitches and no shaving for a week.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Cautious road run

I went to the park and cautiously ran 2 miles on the roads.  My pulled muscle from the half on Sunday starting hurting as I finished going up the steep hill to the finish.  Another short run tomorrow before the 10-miler on Sunday.  There will be no steep hills on Sunday, so I should be okay.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

My bug is gone


I have had this 1974 VW bug convertible for nearly 20 years.  For the last few years, it has just been taking up space in my garage.  I sold it today to a local police officer.  Now I look forward to seeing it again on the streets of Huntsville.
After working out at Iron Works, I went out to the park to run trails this evening.  After a little over a mile, a groin muscle started to hurting, so much that I had to stop and walk a bit.  I finished up what has become my normal 2.5-mile loop, but walked several times when it hurt.  While it has not bothered me this week until today, I think it was a pull at the half marathon on Sunday.  When I got home this evening, I took some Ibuprohen and put heat on it.  I have a 10-mile race on Sunday, so hopefully it will be okay by then.  The next weekend, I have a 5K and a half marathon.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Back to the trails

After working out at Iron Works early this afternoon, I went to the park and ran 3 miles on the trails.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

More surgery

I went down to Conroe this afternoon and had another spot removed from my face with an incision about an inch long.  At least I will not have to shave for a couple weeks.  After getting back to Huntsville, I worked out at Iron Works and then carefully ran 2.5 miles on the trails at the park.

Here it is after midnight

Here it is after midnight and I realized that I forgot to blog.  I went back to my routine.  Worked out at Iron Works and ran 2.5 miles on the trails at the park.  Nice weather.  Clear and temps in the 60's.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

3M Half Marathon

I drove over to Austin yesterday (my first time there for anything for several years) to run the 3M Half Marathon is this morning.  The only other time I ran this race was on 2/1/1998, when I finished in 2:16:50.  The race is point to point, starting in north Austin and finishing in downtown near the state capitol.  Overall it is downhill and generally in a north to south direction.  It was very windy today, mostly from the northwest.  So, we were either running with a strong tailwind, crosswind or headwind.  I felt a little beat up at the finish.  The temperature was in the 50's.  My finish time was 2:53:10, which was 50 seconds faster that my last half marathon 2 weeks ago in New Braunfels.  There were over 5,000 finishers today, so it was a big race.  I finished 3rd of 6 in the 75-79 age group and received a nice trophy.  This was my 84th half marathon and 934th race.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Frost Your Fanny 5K

I ran our club's Frost Your Fanny 5K this morning and finished in 39:11.  A couple minute slower than my normal lately, but the course is very hilly.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Laps

Since it is Friday and I have a 5K in the morning and a half marathon on Sunday, I ran laps at the track this morning.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Dryer weather

Looks like the heavy rains have passed for now.  I went to the park and ran about 2 and a half miles, about half on the roads and half on the trails.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

And more rain

More rain last night and much of today.  Assuming that the trails were probably muddy today, I ran 3 miles on the park roads.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Rainy day

It rained off and on all day and the temperature was in the 50's.  I ran 2.5 miles on the trails at the park this evening.  The trails are starting to get a little muddy in places.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Milestones

I have three major milestones coming up within the next year or so.  One of my goals is to run 1,000 races.  I am at 932 with 68 to go.  I ran 79 races in 2016, so I should reach my goal by next December.  Another goal is to run 101 half marathons.  I will complete this season (thru April) with 91.  That will give me 10 more in the 2017/18 season.  Tentatively, I plan to run my 101st half marathon at the Love.Run.Marathon in February 2018.  That is the race where I ran my 101st (and last) full marathon in February 2014.  The third milestone is my 50th wedding anniversary on October 28 of this year.  That falls on a Saturday, so I will run a half marathon that day.
     In the meantime, I went out to the park this afternoon and ran 3 miles on the trails.  We had a heavy rain earlier today, but there was no water or mud on the trail.  The holiday crowd has cleared out of the park and for the first time in a while, I saw no one else on the trails.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Early morning run

I had to drive up to Tyler today to visit family, so I got up early this morning and ran a little over 1-mile on Veterans Memorial Parkway.  I did not get back until late tonight.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Run the Woodlands 5K

For the 82nd time, I ran the Run the Woodlands 5K this morning.  I finished in 36:38.  After getting back to Huntsville, I went out to the park to adjust the Love.Run.Marathon course for February.  I walked about 3 miles with an engineer wheel and got it done.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Short road run

Since I have 5K in the morning, I went out to the park this afternoon and ran 2 miles on the park roads.  The warm weather continues.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Heatwave

It was 19 degrees when I ran the half marathon on Sunday.  When I went to the park this afternoon to run, it was 84 degrees.  I ran 3 miles on the trails.  My workout at Iron Works and run were earlier than normal.  We had a running club meeting, including election of officers.  I will continue to serve as the Treasurer.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Got the stitches out

Running in the morning is not my favorite thing to do, but this morning I worked out at Iron Works and then went to the park and ran 3 miles on the trails.  This afternoon, I had a doctor's appointment in Conroe to get the stitches out of my face.  The lab results confirmed that it was a cancer spot, but it was entirely removed.  Then, he found another spot on my face that need to be surgically removed.  That is scheduled for January 24.  That will be the 5th surgery on my face.  Maybe all these scars will give me a rugged look.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Same park run

After Iron Works this evening, I met up with the group and ran my usual 2.5-miles on the trails.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Routine Monday

After Iron Works, I went out to the park this evening and ran 2.5 miles on the trails.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Back to the trails

No sore spots or other problems from yesterday's half marathon in the cold.  I went out to the park this afternoon and ran 2.5 miles on the trails, my first time on the trails in a week.  The temp was in the 40's, a contrast to yesterday.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

River Road Half Marathon

I drove over to New Braunfels yesterday to run the River Road Half Marathon.  According to my truck thermometer, the temperature was 19 degrees when I got to the race.  I dressed appropriately and was comfortable during the race.  I finished in 2:54:00 and was 1st of 2 in the 70 and over age group.  Received a real practical age group award - a bottle of wine.  This was my 83rd half marathon and 10th this season.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Cold laps

I went to the track this morning and ran laps.  About 31 degrees and windy.  My face is swollen below the eye from the surgery this week.  The doc said to ice it.  Guess I did it while running this morning.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Getting colder

The temperature is getting colder.  It is suppose to be in the 20's for my half marathon this Saturday.  In the meantime, I ran 2 miles on the park roads this evening.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Surgery today

I went down to Conroe late this morning to have a cancer spot cut off my face under my left eye.  The incision was at least an inch long and was closed with 12 stitches inside and 15 outside.  So, I will have a big bandage on my face for a while.  The rest of the day was routine.  I worked out at Iron Works and then ran 2 miles on the park roads.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Park roads again

I met the group at the park this evening and ran 3 miles on the park roads.

Monday, January 2, 2017

New shoes

I put on a new pair of shoes out of the box this afternoon and ran 2 miles on the state park roads.  That half marathon & 5K on concrete yesterday really did in my old shoes.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Texas Half Marathon and Sunday Night 5K

I drove down to Kingwood (northeast Houston) this morning to run the Texas Half Marathon.  It was two loops on a concrete walkway through a greenbelt.  It was relatively hot for January 1st and humid.  I was soaked in sweat when I finished.  I forgot to start my watch and they have not posted the results.  So, I'm not sure what my time was.  I may have went over 3 hours.  There was no age group competition.  When I got back to Huntsville, I showered and then went to our club 10K/5K at 2 p.m. to take a few photos for our club web site.  I left the race at 2:30 and drove down to The Woodlands and ran the Sunday Night 5K.  I finished in 38:47, a couple minutes slower than my recent 5K times.  It was a good day.  I got a chance to visit with many good friends at all three races.