Monthly Archives: January 2011

Monday afternoon exercise soothes the hyper beast


I always find it hard to go back to work on Mondays, not that I don’t like working, but I just like not working better! I get so darn hyper after typing on the computer or looking through the microscope! It probably doesn’t help that I drink a coke with breakfast and munch on candy during the day. People often assume that all of my habits are good, and that my diet is very strict. NOT. I do eat good stuff, but I also eat bad stuff.  I suppose as long as I can exercise, this won’t be a problem. Anyway, on Monday, the kids run on the track, which means I can go to the gym and lift weights.  Had a good workout today. Lots of dumbbells again, some cable tricep pulls, dips, and pull ups.  Talked to a couple guys who are going to do a Warrior Race in Louisiana some time in March. Man, those races look like fun!  I am going to have to do one of those.  I got done lifting around 4:30 and headed to the SHS track to get the kid. They had been doing some 1000m intervals. Joseph said his were between 3:06 and 3:15ish.  While he was doing a cool down run, I ran a couple miles at a 6 minute pace on the track, then did a quarter at 1:10.  Jogged back around and Joseph was back, so we stretched, met a few new kids who came out for track, then headed on home.  Tomorrow could be an adventure, or maybe not. The weather is supposed to be stormy tomorrow afternoon, so we may not be able to get a group run in. We will probably get up early tomorrow morning and try to get a few miles in out here in Sessums.

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Starkville Striders get Soaked at South Farm


We went for a crazy run this afternoon at the MSU South Farm. It was pouring as we left the house, but the temps were in the upper 50’s, so we figured what the heck. When we arrived at the parking area near the farm where we run, Steve Shaffer was already there! We really did not expect anybody to join us, given the weather, but Steve is an iron man for sure.  A bunch of college girls were also out there practicing ultimate frisbee! They are hard core and don’t let the weather stop them either. As we were stretching, Ethan Musser and his 10 and 11 year old sisters rode up on their bikes! Are you kidding me! These kids are awesome. They rode from their neighborhood in the rain to come run with us! These guys on not even running track, they just come to stay in shape.  The girls only ran for 2o something minutes, as they needed to leave early, and because they are very young. The rest of us ran for an hour. The gravel roads were unbelievable wet, and of course, it rained most of the way, but not too hard. We went at a pace in which we could talk the whole way, so not too hard.  The roads had obviously just been graded, and with the rain, they were soft, gravelly and very wet. Ethan, Joseph, and I were plastered with mud when we finished! However, Steve was barely dirty. Amazing. He has a cool way of running where he glides along without lifting his feet off the ground very much. But, he has such a good stride rate, that he can go pretty fast even so.

Joseph and Ethan - Muddy legs!

Joseph MacGown, Steve Shaffer, and Ethan Musser

 

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Beautiful day for a tempo run in Starkville, MS


Wow! January 29th and it is 72°F outside. The weather here is always crazy.  Snow one week, and then this. We took advantage of it. Me and the kid just ran a 3.5 mile tempo run out near where we live in the Sessums community just outside of Starkville.  We did a mile warm up and cool down as well. There are a bunch of gravel roads out here, but we try to run on the paved ones. We both felt a little sluggish today, which may have had something to do with the fantastic eggs I made for breakfast. I scrambled up a bunch with salsa, cheddar cheese, and chorizo sausage. I also added some habanero sauce to mine. Coupled that with some mixed strawberries, pears, and cherries. Ate too much, but it was so good. Even so, the run was not terrible. He ran his at a 5:40 per mile pace and I followed up with a 6:06 per mile pace.  It was a little windy today, which made it harder on the way back on this out and back route. I am really lazy now though.  Think I will skip volleyball today and just work on a weird painting I started back a couple of weeks ago.

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Sanderson Center followed by 40 minutes jog


Back to the Sanderson Center today. Much better results than yesterday! I was working on the computer most of the day and got really hyper. Had to lift some weights before I ran. I didn’t do a lot, but did get in some flat bench dumbbell lifts with dumbbell curls in between sets. Curls felt better today, actually curled some 45lb ones pretty easy! Anyway, finished up the weight stuff, and drove over to the high school where I ran with some of the high school kids for about 40 minutes.  We went pretty easy today following their track workout the day before. I didn’t try to keep up with Kamau or Joseph, who went for 60 minutes,  but felt pretty good at the pace with the other guys. Ethan and Nathan, two sophomores, were just as steady as ever. Those guys are in great overall shape too. Nathan can do over 60 pullups in a row and Ethan is always do some crazy workout or another. Alex, a ninth grader, did really well today too, and kept up with us the entire way. A couple of the other distance boys, Grant and Damian, also did fine, but split off and went a different way. After they got done, they all did some 100m strides, which I skipped.

It was a beautiful day to run for sure, upper 50’s. Tomorrow is supposed to be better with temps in the upper 60’s! Going to go for a nice tempo run tomorrow out here in the country.

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I was a slacker today! and, why do I have to pay to park where I work?


Headed over to the Sanderson Center after work about 3:30 PM hoping to get a good weight workout in, but most of the parking lots were already blocked off for people who would be attending the MSU Men’s basketball game this evening. I got tired of circling the one spot that was not yet roped off and just skipped the workout. Although I do understand that people going to the game need a place to park, I find it more than annoying that 3 and 1/2  hours earlier I can’t park at a gym that I pay a fee to use and in parking spaces that I, as an MSU employee, am required to pay. That in itself boggles my mind. The fact that I have to pay to park at the place of my employment will never set right with me. That I have to pay to use the intramural center is further icing on the cake. We live in the fattest place in the universe,  lead the nation in heart and lung disease, have employees who routinely miss large chunks of work due to health related issues, and yet, at a state university nonetheless, we have not figured out that maybe, just maybe, there is a correlation between exercise and general health. You see, I have noticed that people who stay in good shape tend to be more healthy. Additionally, they tend to be more energetic.  In turn, these people tend to miss work on a much less frequent basis. So, you could ask yourself, do large companies who provide free gym memberships to their employees know something that our university doesn’t? Could it be that the relatively small amount of money that a gym membership costs for each employee is actually negligible when compared to the increased productivity of employees who actually come to work regularly? We could make it easier for our employees to exercise for sure. At the very least, it might put less of a strain on our medical system! To add insult to injury, I even know people who work at  non-MSU companies, which provide monthly allowances for gym memberships for their employees, which they use at the Sanderson Center! How weird is that? We, as MSU employees, have to pay to use the gym, but some people who don’t work on our campus get paid to use the gym! Amazing. Truly amazing. Regardless, I pay to use the gym, and pay to park on the campus. But, if there is an athletic event, I would have to pay again to park at the gym that I pay to use in a parking spot that I already paid to park in because an event of which I am not planning on attending hours away from when I actually need to park.  The fact that universities charge people to park for events that they charge them to also attend seems quite excessive, to say the least. Charging the employees twice to park borders on being unethical.  But hey, at least we don’t have to pay for our own insurance. Wait, do we? Essentially, its part of our pay. And just recently, we started having to pay a small amount per pay period for that insurance. So much for that.

But, I have digressed here with this tangential whining! I skipped the weight lifting today and went to the guitar store for a while. Then I headed to the SHS track to see how the workout was going for the team. Coach Barnett had them doing 300m reps in sets of 3 with 100m jogs between each one and 400m jogs between each set, with a mile warm up an at least a mile cool down. The two faster distance guys, Kamau Bostic and Joseph, ran together, and they both did a longer cool down run, and at a faster pace than the others. But these two have been putting in the miles, so they have no problem with the longer cool down. While I was there, I ran a couple miles on the track at about a 6 minute mile pace, but that was about it.  Yep, I was quite the slacker today!

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