Sunday, March 3, 2024

Sunday Night 5K

 This was a bad day for my lower back, but I made it down to The Woodlands this evening for the Sunday Night 5K.  It was probably my slowest 5K ever and I finished in 56:15.  

Saturday, March 2, 2024

The Woodlands 10K

 I ran The Woodlands 10K this morning.  It is held in conjunction with The Woodlands Marathon and Half Marathon.  I finished in 1:47:25 and was 3rd of 3 in the 75 and over age group.  This was about 7 minutes slower than the last time I ran it (2 years ago).  Got to visit with a lot of good friends.

Friday, March 1, 2024

To The Woodlands for Packet Pickup

 I went to The Woodlands late this morning to visit the expo and pick up my packet for The Woodlands 10K tomorrow morning.  Gotta get up real early in the morning for a 7 a.m. start.  While I was down there, I ran 3.2 miles on the waterway.

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Fass Brewery 5K

 As usual for Thursday, I went down to Conroe tonight and ran 5K with the Fass Brewery Running Club.  I finished up February with 112.8 miles  Combined with January, it's 236.8 miles for 2024, including 13 races.

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Much cooler

 The temperature was in the 50's when I went to the park late this morning, much cooler than yesterday.  They were still doing the prescribed burn on the south side of the park.  I usually run on the north side, anyway.  I ran 3.4 miles, mostly on the trails.  Had my second rehab appointment at physical therapy later this afternoon.  So far, no improvement in my lower back.

Tuesday, February 27, 2024


 It was in the mid-80's when I went to run at the park this afternoon.  Somewhere in Texas, it was at least 90 degrees.  The news reported that it was only the 9th time in 124 years that the temperature reached 90 degrees in Texas.  In any case, I ran 3.8 miles, mostly on the trails.  The only challenge was retying a shoestring with my sore back.

Monday, February 26, 2024

Smoky park

 They are doing a prescribed burn on the southern side of Huntsville State Park today.  I ween out there this afternoon after running elsewhere for four day and ran 4.2 miles.  I ran the trails on the north side, but it was a little smoky.

Sunday, February 25, 2024

Late run in town

 I spent much of the day visiting family in Conroe .  It was after 5 pm when I got a chance to run.  It was almost too late to drive to the park to run, so I ran 4.1 miles on the roads in Huntsville.

Saturday, February 24, 2024

The Woodlands 5K

 I ran The Woodlands 5K this morning.  This is an event of The Woodlands Marathon, which is next Saturday.  I finished in 50:40 and was 2nd of 3 in the 75 and over age group.

Friday, February 23, 2024

Run the Ramps 5K

I ran the Run the Ramps 5K at Kyle Field in College Station tonight.  This was only the 2nd time the race has been held at night.  Three trips up the ramps, around the top of the stadium and down again.  Really nice at night with the field lit up.  My GPS showed the course to be 3.2 and I finished in 53:43.  This was the 15th time I have ran this race, starting in 1997.  It was not held many times because of work on the stadium and COVID.  My back did not bother me too much, except going down the ramps.

Thursday, February 22, 2024

First therapy appointment today

 I had my first appointment at the physical therapist this afternoon.  They think the back pain is from arthritis in my spine.  The therapist also concluded that my hip and butt was weak.  I told her that I had only missed 31 days of running in the last 27 years.  Guess I have to start doing a series of exercises every day.  So, I took my weak parts down to Conroe tonight and ran the Fass Brewery 5K

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Lower back issue

 I have not mentioned it before, but I have been fighting lower back pain for over a month now.  I have been though doctor visits and medication, but it seems worse now.  It is affecting my running.  Tomorrow, I start physical therapy.  I have no idea what they are going to do.  In the meantime, I ran 4.4 miles on the trails at the park this afternoon.  The last mile or so was a challenge.

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Trails I have not been on in a while

 I started out on the  trails this evening and included some trails I have not been on in a while.  One was the trail along the lake - muddy as heck and standing water.  No rain in a week and a half.  It must have really been bad for the Rocky Raccoon 50.  In any case, I ran 3.5 miles, most on the trails.

Sunday, February 18, 2024

All trails

 I got out to the crowded park later this afternoon and ran 4.5, all on the trails.

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Law Week 8K

 I ran the Law Week 8K (4.96 miles) in downtown Houston this morning.  It is one of only 2 races I have been running in Houston in recent years.  It was cold and windy this morning, but still good running weather.  I finished in 1:18:11 a little over 2 minutes slower than last year.  I was 4th of 4 in the 80 and over age group.  Got to visit with some good friends.