Saturday, April 10, 2021

Blue Bell 5K

 I ran the Blue Bell 5K in Brenham this morning.  I ran my first Blue Bell in 1996 and today was my 18th.  Most of those years, I ran the 10K.  There were 745 finishers in the 5K today.  I finished in 44:02 and was 2nd of 3 in the 75-79 age group.  I would have been much slower had I not crossed the track before the train got there.  The guard rail almost hit my head as it came down.  While they did not have a post-race park to hang around with friends, I did get to visit with a couple friends that I had not seen in a while.

Friday, April 9, 2021

Definitely getting close to summer

 I ran 3.5 miles on the trails at the park late this morning.  Not only is it starting to get hot, the flying insects and spider webs across the trails were starting to appear.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Snake number one

 I met up with the group at the park this evening and ran 3 miles on the trials.  I encountered my first snake of the year on the trails.  It was a common Rough Green Snake.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Still burning at the park

 They were still doing the controlled burn at the state park today.  However, late this morning, I was able to get in a 3.5-mile run on the trails.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Back to the smoky park

 Today was day two of controlled burns at Huntsville State Park.  I met up with the group this evening and ran my regular 2.5-mile course on the trails.  While the course was not in the burn area, it was a little smoky.

Monday, April 5, 2021


 They had a controlled burn at Huntsville State Park today.  Even though some of the trails were to be open, it would be a smoky environment.  I had some errands to run in The Woodlands today, so while down there, I ran 4 miles along the waterway.  That makes for a lot of concrete running surface the last few days.  Hopefully, its back to trails tomorrow.

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Sunday Night 5K

 I ran the Sunday Night 5K in The Woodlands this evening and finished in 43:42.  Happy Easter.

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Guns and Hoses 5K

 I ran the Guns and Hoses 5K in Bellville this morning.  I have been through Bellville a few times, but never ran a race there.  Am not sure how many runners they had, but well over 100.  I finished in 43:25 and was 1 of 1 in the 70 and over age group.  I would have been a little faster, except  that I had to make a quick porta-potty stop on the course.  After running the ramps last night, I was a little sore and stiff the first mile.  This was my 17th race in 2021 and 1,170th overall.

Friday, April 2, 2021

Run the Ramps 5K

 For the 13th time, I ran the Run the Ramps 5K at Kyle Field in College Station this evening.  This is 3 trips up and down the ramps at the stadium.  I ran it for the first time in 1997.  The date, time, course and the Texas A&M organization putting it on has changed several times over the years.  While the stadium was under renovation several years ago and in 2020, it was not held at all.  In any case, I finished in 44:05, almost a minute faster than in 2019.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Thursday with the group

 As usual for Thursday, I met up with the group at the park this evening and ran 2.5 miles on the trails.  5K races the next 3 days.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021


 I ran 4 miles on the trails this morning.  That gives me 110.6 miles for the month (average 3.57 per day).  Today was my 4,182nd consecutive day of running.

Tuesday with the group

 I met up with the group at the park this evening and ran 2.5 miles on the trails.

Monday, March 29, 2021

Happy National Vietnam Veterans Day

 At noon today, I attended a flag ceremony and luncheon at the Veterans Museum in Huntsville to celebrate National Vietnam Veterans Day.  I served with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam in 1967 and 68.  Hanging around and telling war stories is not my thing, but it was nice to see the recognition of Vietnam Veterans and visit with some friends.  Afterwards, I worked out at Iron Works and ran 3.5 miles on the trails at the state park.

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Texas 10 Series Huntsville 5-Miler

 No long drive for a race this morning.  I ran the Texas 10 Series 5-Miler here in Huntsville.  With a 7 a.m. start, I still had to get up early, though.  The course is on and around the campus, so it is very hilly.  I finished in 1:12:53 and was 2 of 2 in the 70 and over age group.

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Run the Woodlands 5K

 For the first time in over a year, I ran the Run the Woodlands 5K this morning.  It is held twice a month, but was not held for most of 2020 due to COVID.  This was my 99th time running this race, starting in 2004.  I finished in 43:17.

Friday, March 26, 2021

4 on Friday

 I went to the park late this Friday morning and ran 4 miles on the trails.