Saturday, June 02, 2012
Had a small venue 5K race this morning. This race was very close to home, so we got up at 6:00AM, donned my race clothes, had my coffee and oatmeal and jumped in the car. DW drove me there, she's not been racing but likes to go with me. Got there early, it was already 77 degrees, humidity was 86%. Not ideal for a me, who desires a PR at every race.
Grabbed my packet, and did some warming up.
Here's a group of the runners at the start line. There were only 41 of us. I'm on the right in the red shirt.
The guy in the yellow shirt, in front of me is 55 years old, and in my age group - 55 and older. He looks about 30 years old and was way faster than me - hence, he kicked my butt in the AG. :)
I was able to start slower than usual this time, remembering to not come out so quickly. AT the middled of the race, we took a ramp up which runs over a large street. Down the ramp, then did a U turn - up the ramp, down again, and was halfway there. I train with hills a lot, so wasn't too concerned, but they did take a bit out of me, as I didn't slow down much. The heat and humidity was also not helping. Being a new runner, and having only run in cooler weather, the heat is something I must train myself to accept.
I admit I was feeling pretty raggedy after the hills, but I pushed myself to 187BPM on my heart monitor. I really wanted to slow down, but there was another old coot right in front of me, and I didn't want him to beat me.
Eventually, he did, though. I met him later, and found out he was a running instructor and had been running for 30 years, and was a year older than me. Here we are, chatting after the race.
I did manage a bit of a "kick" at the end, but I paid for it. Took me a bit of time to recover. The clock here shows 26:49, but the website says 26:48:7 as my official time. I call it 26:48 though. :)
It was good enough for a 3rd place in my AG - 55 and older. I took 11th overall, out of 41 runners.
Today was my scheduled long run, and I would've typically done 10-11 miles today. So, once I got home, I went right back out and did another 3 slow miles. It was getting hot out by that time of day, well into the 80s, so I did a lot of walking.
Still later on in the day, and I'm feelin' fine again. No aches or pains, and in a great mood from the endorphins!
Thanks for reading, and have a great weekend, what's left of it!
Thursday, May 31, 2012
I worked on my old 63 Falcon for hours yesterday and today, put on a new carb, lubricated the speedo cable, and a few other things, which required crawling under the dash. Not so limber as I once was, can't wait to see how my back reacts tomorrow.
I rested for a bit this afternoon, then hit the weights for an awesome workout in the Florida afternoon heat. Did an hour of upper body high reps, low weight. After a cold shower, I feel great!
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
This is my grandson, Joe. He's 15 years old and is a fitness freak. When he comes to visit grandpa's, whom he calls G-Pa, he likes to work out with me. Recently, he benched 230 lbs! A pretty good weight for a 130 lb kid who just turned 15. He will soon meet one of his goals - to be stronger than G-Pa.
His mom posted his picture on Facebook, and someone remarked how much he looked like Granddad. This made me think, so I compared these two pictures. Joe even squints like G-Pa! LOL. What do you think?
Thanks for tolerating my brag.
Monday, May 21, 2012
When we were in Florence, SC I got in a nice 8M run. The roads were extremely flat and the scenery was nice. Only a few cars on the road as it was Saturday morning.
Nice fields of new corn growing on the left here.
I kept running and even more corn! This time both sides.
I don't know about this place, but it was old and falling apart. There is a 1955 Ford Victoria, 2 door hardtop rusting away on the side of the house. That car was a very desirable model back in it's day, only surpassed by the 55 Victoria convertible, or the 55 Crown Victoria in value.
I ran by a few abandoned properties - waist high weeds and windows boarded up. I this house made a very cool picture, and was pretty surprised to see it.
After my morning run, we headed south to Savannah, where we parked in the Visitors Center parking lot and even overnighted there. They charge $7 a night for RV parking - what a deal!
Left early Sunday (yesterday) morning. We got home safely around 1PM. I still had enough energy to do a nice ST workout for about an hour.
This morning I went for a 7M run. I have a few routes I do, and this one takes me through our neighborhood.
Then onto a nice running trail.
This guy was posing for me, so I stopped and took his picture.
About half the time I do this run, I see a huge tortoise sunning himself, but he wasn't showing himself today. I really looked for him, too. Maybe when I see him again, I'll get his picture.
Now it was starting to warm up and I had to head back home. Sometimes I continue on to a different return home, but today, I just made a U turn at the end of the running trail.
I went by this tempting spot for the 2nd time. No, I didn't stop here - I most always resist the temptation to take advantage of this bench.
This spot is through a neighborhood which is about 1 mile from my home. I was going a bit slower here this morning. I purposely didn't eat before I left, hopefully to help me burn some fat and get ready to absorb more glycogen when I do eat, soon after my run.
Then around a few bends and I am home and done with my 7M run. A day off to a great start!!
Thanks for taking the time to read!
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