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Biggest Loser 5k/Half Marathon coming up in Jackson, MS April 6th, 2013


Biggest Loser 5k/Half Marathon April 6th in Jackson, MS

Nice, someone from the Biggest Loser TV show contacted me this week and asked me if I would participate in their Biggest Loser 5k/Half Marathon race coming up on April 6th in Jackson, MS and if I would provide a review of the race on this here blog. Well, they are comping both Joseph’s  and my race fees, so yeah, why not? Should be fun. Looking forward to it. And, this is probably the most appropriate state in the country to have this race, although they do have them elsewhere. Mississippi leads the nation in obesity and all of the other associated problems that come with that. Anything we can do to motivate people to lose weight is certainly worth trying. So, I am all for this race! Come join us on April 6th! Registration info at: http://www.biggestloserrunwalk.com/Jackson_MS_half_marathon

But, enough of that for now, here are the highlights of our running so far far this week.

Sunday.  Brent Wallace, Kamau Bostic, Steve Shaffer, and Joseph ran with me. Ran through town, with Brent doing the 6 mile route, but the rest of us doing the 10.4 mile loop. Pretty nice afternoon at 3 pm with the temp about 60°F. No shirts today. Lots of folks yelling at us from cars, but mostly positive yells! Pretty good run. I kept up with Kamau and Joseph for about 5 miles, then they sped up until about 7 miles where they stopped at McKee Park to get some water. This is a normal stop for us. Sometimes get in a quick stretch. In that two mile stretch Joseph gained about 1:15-1:30  on me and Kamau was about 30 seconds ahead. We took off together from there, but they soon were ahead again. Caught them at a light. Then we again took off with probably 2 miles to go. I hung with them pretty good, except the last half mile when Kamau almost sprinted in. Joseph and I finished up together pretty well. I could not sprint, because my hamstrings were cramping. Not enough water this weekend and maybe too many beers the night before!! Joseph’s calves were tight. The new Sauconys Progrid Ride 5s I bought him are not working for him. The heel to toe drop is 8 mm and apparently that is too much. Also, the shoe just seems to have too much sole, too thick everywhere. He does not do well in “big” shoes. The last version, the Ride 4, was awesome, but they have redesigned the shoe. I have also been getting used to shoes with less drop and my new Saucony trainers also have an 8 mm drop and they bother me. Weird. It used to be the other way around. The higher heeled ones did not bother me and the lower ones did. So, yeah, I ran in my Brooks Pure Flows yesterday, which basically are a zero drop shoe. I think I will order him a pair. Anyway, I ending finishing the 10.4 mile route in 1:06:34, and Kamau and Joseph both finished in the high 1:04 area. Pretty good, for me that was about 6:23 per mile and for them around 6:13-6:14 per mile.

Monday. No run today:( Stuff happening, work, etc. Also, the Starkville Public Schools Parent Teacher Organization had some art/writing contest deal for grades kindergarden through high school and the awards ceremony was at 5:30 pm. Five categories: Graphic design, drawing/painting, photography, poetry, and creative writing. Joseph entered all five categories with some pretty nice entries. He ended up winning first place in the first four and 2nd in the creative writing. Pretty cool.

Tuesday. Cool day, and windy. Of course. So, Joseph, Arash and I did a nice little workout on the mile loop around the Research Park. After a mile warmup, we did an interval type fartlek run of one minute hard/one minute easy and did 15 total, then a cool down mile. I don’t have any idea of how fast we were doing the hard parts really, but even with the easy jogs, we were well under 6:30 per mile. Of course, Joseph was ahead of us. Felt really good. Could have done a lot more, but that was good for today. MSU’s Coach Franks was also at the Research Park running with his distance girls. Pushing them on a tempo run! That guy is 38, but still running like a beast. Their tempo is an easy run for that joker. Go Bulldogs! Renee Masterson, as per usual, was leading the way.

Back to it tomorrow, will be meeting at the MSU South Farm for a beast 7 miler.

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faster training started!


This week’s blog is short, so for those of you who actually read it, I imagine you are happy! Its been a busy week, not much time for blog writing!

Sunday, Me and Joseph-10.4 miles, 1:09.  Brent and Steve -6 miles, Kamau and Lucas got a late start -10 mile.

Monday, amazing winds from South. Joseph, Arash, and I did a workout on grass at the South Farm. Warmup, then 6 X  200m/200m jog, 200m/200m jog, 400m/400mjog. This was very hard today with the wind, which was over 20 miles per hour. We split up the workout with half of the 200s and 400s into the wind and half with it at our backs. Joseph’s best 400 in the wind was 1:11, the three in the other direction was 1:06-1:07.

Tuesday, 7 miles with Kamau, Lucas, and Joseph, pretty fast considering, about 6:30 pace.

Wednesday,  Joseph and I at Research Park, warmup, then 3 X 1 mile, then cool down. Threshold pace. He was 5:35, 5:29, and 5:10. I was 5:40, 5:54, and 5:55.

Thursday, dark and stormy – no run!

Friday, Joseph and I got in a 4 mile run on the South Farm. First mile was around 7:30, then 6:30, 6:19, and 6:20. Felt pretty good.

Saturday, We got the day started with a good upper body workout. That afternoon, me and the kid did a fartlek workout out in Sessums. First, 1.1 mile warm up, then 2 minutes hard, 1 easy, 1 minute hard, 30 seconds easy, 30 seconds hard, 30 seconds easy, then repeat 4 more times and followed by a cool down jog. We felt like we could have done a couple more, but were pressed for time as some of our running buddies were coming over for dinner and a movie.

Will be doing a 10+ mile run Sunday afternoon, meeting at the South Farm Parking area at 3 pm.

Foggy Friday Morn!

Foggy Friday Morn!

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rain, rain, rain


Sunday, yep, rain!! Planned on a 10 mile run, but it was simply too nasty out. Storms. Luckily, we did not get the tornadoes that devastated parts of Hattiesburg, MS, which is about 3 hours south of us. We did get in a great pushup type workout though!

Monday, rainy, chilly, windy. Even so, Joseph and I did 5 X 800m with 2 minute jogs between, and a warmup and cooldown jog. Ran over on Spruil Rd. near McKee park. Nice little 1/2 mile road that is relatively traffic free. Nothing crazy. I was between 2:37 and 2:43 on mine; Joseph was between 2:31 and 2:40 on his. Time to get back after it!

Tuesday, yeah, rain, rain, rain. This place is saturated! Did not run. I did see some folks running, but when I got off work at 4 pm, it was simply to wet for me to run. Pouring rain, and standing water on the ground. We are flash flood warnings in the area. Indeed, I had to take the back way home, because the gravel road I live on was flooded. Of course, had to do something, so me and the kid did a pushup/pullup/curl/tricep/ab/shoulder/leg extension and leg curl/etc. type workout. Not bad. Not exceptional either. Too freakin dreary out to get overly excited.

Wednesday, cloudy all day and in the mid 40’s, but at least it was not raining. Planned on doing some mile cruise tempos at the research park, but without the recovery run following the 800’s on Monday, my legs did not think it was such a good idea. Instead, Joseph and I did a 10k loop at a 6:40 pace. First mile was super slow, needed to get our legs moving. But the last 3 or 4 miles felt really good.

6.1 miles Thursday afternoon with Joseph and Lucas; 40:06. Joseph ran first mile with us, then stopped to stretch, then did 3 X 5 minute pretty fast with short jogs, then a 3 minute fast, then jogged back at average pace. Beautiful day! 58°F when we started at 4:50 pm, a bit cooler when we finished. Ran in my Brooks pure connects for the 3rd run in a row. Starting to get used to them. But, one thing, they are not comfortable to run very slow in. Like today, we dragged the first mile along, very slow, getting the legs going and all. Just not much cushion in them. But once you get going, with some decent rotation of the legs, they feel great.

Friday, just me and Brent today, just under 40 minutes with our campus/research park loop. Some of the other jokers ran earlier. Beautiful today.

Did not run Saturday. Instead, yard work,which spilled into Sunday. I did get up and do my pushup/core/etc. workout, so not all was lost. And digging in the strange chalky, claylike soil out here is always and adventure. Was working on my walkway to my art studio adding some step. Also, lots of mulch to unload from my truck.  Along the way I seemed to have made my right knee sore! Hope that does not last. Not sure exactly how. Yard work for me tends to be more dangerous than running.

Will be back running Sunday afternoon meeting at 3 pm at the South Farm parking lot.

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Tupelo Muddy 5k


Sunday afternoon, 60°F, but strong winds from the north at 3 pm. Beautiful day though. Brent Wallace and Steve Shaffer joined us as we headed downtown. Steve runs with some of the SHS track kids during the week, and he said they about wore him out with a 5 X 1 mile workout the other day and something else another day, so he said he was going to take it easy today! So, we headed out, pretty slow pace to start with, as usual, but with Steve behind us. Gradually picked it up. We saw lots of folks running today! Interestingly, most of the people that we saw running were female. We had a theory that all the guys were being slugs sitting around drinking beer in anticipation of the Super Bowl, which gave their girlfriends a chance to get out and run together. I don’t know for sure of course. I do know this, 30 years ago, I did not see many girls out running, but now it seems that more girls are running than guys. Ironically, here in Mississippi, the fattest state and place in the universe, we have loads of very fit girls. Actually, it is strange to see what seems to be happening in our country. More fat people at one end of the spectrum and more ridiculously fit people at the other end, with less “normal” people in between. But, back to the run. Brent stayed with Joseph and I for about 3 miles, then we parted ways. He did the “almost” 6 mile loop, and we did the 10.4 mile loop. We used to do this loop on Sunday mornings when I was involved with coaching the SHS XC team. The serious boys would come run it with me for a longish run. This loop is easier in the morning for sure, as the traffic can get a bit annoying at times. For whatever reason lately, neither Joseph or I have been getting many runs in over 7 or 8 miles, so we needed something longer. The first half was for sure slower, but even so, finished up in just over 1:07, around 6:30 per mile. Not bad, especially considering I had not had lunch, and it was windy as, well, you know.

Monday afternoon, I ran with Joseph and Lucas through the 5k course for the upcoming Glow Run on Thursday.  Pretty hard course, as it winds through the hilly MSU campus. We were not trying to kill it or anything, but Joseph was thinking about doing the 5k race on Thursday, so we thought we would check it out. I looked at the map to see where the mile splits were. If accurate, we were 5:58 at mile 1, 6:02 at mile 2, and finished up in 18:34. Actually, Lucas picked up the last mile and finished about 15 seconds earlier. Pretty busy at 5 pm on the campus, and we really had to pay attention to the traffic. Ironically, the closest call we had was on the cool down jog back to the cars. Apparently, people in cars don’t like runners in crosswalks. Then again, it is hard to cross the crosswalk when cars are pulled up and stopped in them! Punks.

Lucas Muniz, who is apparently part monkey

Lucas Muniz, who is apparently part monkey

Tuesday, cloudy, but about 60°F. Several crazy jokers showed up to run today at 4:30 PM. When I got to our usual meeting place, Nathan and JoVonn were just finishing up their run. They got an early start on us. The rest of us, me, Joseph, Arash, Brent, Lucas, Ian, and Kamau headed toward the campus and research park area. Pretty crazy group of people, all of whom are pretty good runners. Most of us ran together doing a 6 mile loop, but Kamau and Lucas broke off at some point and went back to the South Farm to run on the dirt/gravel roads. Actually, we about gave up on them, so we started out without them, but they showed up after we had only been about a minute. So, Lucas parked his toy Miata and they joined us. I started my watch over from there, so, I ended up timing 5.5 miles (according to mapmyrun.com), although the route was 5.76 miles. At some point, Joseph, Arash, and I got a bit ahead of Ian and Brent, but they ran the opposite way around the Research Park and rejoined us for a while. Joseph and I ended up with a time of 35:50, which averaged out to 6:31 per mile if the distance was right. Here is a map of the loop for those interested. I thought we had a pretty good run overall either way.

5.75 mile Campus-Research Park Loop

5.75 mile Campus-Research Park Loop

Kamau, Arash, Lucas, Joseph, Brent, and me

Kamau, Arash, Lucas, Joseph, Brent, and me

Arash really wants to be a pirate!

Arash really wants to be a pirate!

The cheese man, Lucas

The cheese man, Lucas

Kamau is starting to look more and more like Arsenio Hall...

Kamau is starting to look more and more like Arsenio Hall…

After the run, we went home for some pullups, pushups, and stuff like that. Audrey Sheridan came by and couldn’t resist joining in herself. As you can see, she is not only very serious about exercise, but also very stylish as she exercises.

Audrey Sheridan

Audrey Sheridan

Wednesday, 4:30 PM, met Kamau, Joseph, Arash, and Lucas as we did the 7 mile loop around the South Farm. Easy day. Of course, nothing is easy if I want to keep up with these mugs! Did alright though. Stayed with Kamau and Joseph for first 2 miles, then they left me. Waited for me at 3.5 miles and we waited for the other two, then took off. They soon were well ahead, but waited for me to catch them at the 5 mile mark (both of these stops were at gates we had to climb). Then, they left me again. Somehow, Lucas had found a shortcut and was in front of us, but we caught him again. He was cruising along at a more leisurely stroll today, as was Arash. I finished in 45:32. Take off about 45 seconds for Kamau and Joseph. After the first mile or two, they were hitting a pretty good pace for the following 5 miles, especially considering the difficulty of this course!

Thursday, we opted to not do the Glow Run for tonight. Joseph was wavering until the last minute, but he decided to just do the Tupelo Muddy on Saturday instead. And, I really don’t like running at night. My astigmatism and lights at night make it difficult for me. If it were a closed course, such as maybe through the Research Park area, I would probably do it. It looked like it was going to be a really cool race though, and there was even entertainment after with DJ Glowtron! No, I did not make that up. Tim Irvine from Meridian did the timing (TimIrvineRaceTiming), so I am sure that part of the race went well. Apparently over 300 folks ran the 5k, others walked, and another 100 or more did the fun run. The male overall winner ran a 17:47, so not bad.  Full results for the race are here [link]. Anyway, instead of that run, Lucas, Joseph, Kamau, and I did a 6 mile loop through downtown, starting from the South Farm parking lot. This is one of our standard loops we do. Nothing crazy, although, at 3 miles, Kamau and Joseph picked it up running at a 5:30 pace for about 1.5 miles. I hung with Lucas, and we were happy. Those two long legged rascals turned around at 4.5 miles and rejoined us, and we all finished more or less together. I was just over 39 minutes. So, not too bad, about 6:35 per mile for me. Here is the route (thanks to Mapmyrun.com).

South Farm parking lot, campus, downtown, Louisville St., Gilliespie St. and back (5.98 miles)

South Farm parking lot, campus, downtown, Louisville St., Gilliespie St. and back (5.98 miles)

Got home and did another good upperbody/core workout! Lucas and Kamau were planning on doing one too.

Took off Friday. Nice day for a break.

Saturday, Joseph and I headed to Tupelo for the Tupelo Muddy 5k held at Tupelo Christian Preparatory School. This was a cross country race open to all ages. Apparently, the course is always muddy at this time of year, and with all the rain we have had this year, it was no exception. Weather was around 40°F at race time (10 AM) with 8-10 mile per hour winds. Quite a few runners came for the mud run, probably about 150ish. Being a XC race, some pretty good high school XC kids and even a couple of XC college runners showed up (Josh Lazore and Brian McDonnieal from Blue Mountain College). Also, Eddie Morrow, a solid 33 year old runner from New Albany was there. A bunch of kids from the  5A 2012 state champion team from Saltillo ran, as did some very good Corinth High runners such as freshman Will Crigger. So, plenty of competition! But, yeah, this race was super muddy, and with a awesome hill in the middle of a loop that had to be run twice. This is a great course. A little rough foot-wise with clumpy grass, but cross country is not about easy. There is a reason cross country is not held at this time of year. ITS crazy wet! Seriously, the mud was nasty, sticky, clay that stuck to your shoes in large clumps. It was like carrying around weights on your shoes. The run was very fun though. The course was pretty well marked, except for a couple of places if you happened to be the front runner, which I was not. Times sucked today! Joseph won the race with a time of 19:01. He was running a minute under that in 8th grade, but, believe me, this time was not bad today on this course.

Joseph

Joseph

Josh ended up coming in 2nd place, a kid from Saltillo was 3rd, Brian was 4th, then I believe Eddie was next, then another Salitillo kid. With a about 400 meters left, I was in the group with the 4th-6th place finishers, but they got me in the end. Whippersnappers! I ended coming in at 7th place at 20:23 and won the Master’s division pretty convincingly, so that was cool. That time was a good 2 minutes slower than I ran through a pretty hard 5k course on MSU’s campus the other day, and was harder. Everybody was slower than normal today by a lot! Some of the high school kids that I was able to beat today had run times in the mid 17’s this past fall on XC courses, whereas today, they were over 21 minutes!  Crazy day, crazy mud run. Enjoyed it though, and we met some cool, awesome folks. Great race. Congrats to Lynne Holland for the wonderful job with the race. He has for sure done this before!! Full results are online [link].

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Joseph MacGown (overall winner) and me (Master’s winner)

Josh Lazore, Brian McDonnieal, Joseph MacGown, and Will Crigger

Josh Lazore, Brian McDonnieal, Joseph MacGown, and Will Crigger

me, Brian, and Eddie getting near the finish

me, Brian, and Eddie getting near the finish

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Lynne Holland, race director of Tupelo Muddy and coach of the Tupelo Christian Preparatory School Cross Country Team.

Will be again meeting at the South Farm parking area tomorrow at 3 pm for a run through town and elsewhere.

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Frostbite Half Marathon update, and I am done with the stupid Nike GPS Watch


Sunday afternoon, “the ridiculously crazy military man” Brent Wallace, Joseph “the scroungy monger” MacGown, Steve “the happy dog-loving ladies man”  Shaffer, Richard “wingeater extraordinaire” McCrory, and I did the 6 mile route through campus, downtown and beyond. Beautiful day, about 68°F! No shirts today.  Decent pace, about 6:40 average for me and the kid. Brent hung tough for the first 3, took a shortcut, caught back up, then dropped back a little. Good run for him though. Steve and Richard ran together.

Steve was using today as a recovery from yesterday’s Frostbite Half Marathon here in Starkville. Steve ran the race in his black dress pants, complete with belt, wallet, and keys, proving that you don’t need the latest in fashion running gear to be awesome! 58 years old and kicking butt, and happy the entire way. He ran most of the Frostbite race with  Awesome Anna Jackson, an SHS senior who just finished up a  great cross country season.  Steve said they both PR’ed running the course in 1:41:33 (Anna) and 141:41 (Steve), so there you go!

Steve "Wildman" Shaffer, who ran the 13.1 miles in his dress black pants with a belt, wallet, and keys. 58 years old, kicking butt!

Steve “Wildman” Shaffer, who ran the 13.1 miles in his dress black pants with a belt, wallet, and keys. 58 years old, kicking butt!

Anna Jackson, near finish of Frostbite

Anna Jackson, near finish of Frostbite

Anna was 28th overall and the 4th female, and  Steve was 29th out of the 264 fit folks who finished.  Anna, who ran XC, but does not run track, was the only SHS runner to participate. Over the last few years there have been quite a few of the Starkville High School XC and middle distance track kids (same people, essentially) run this race, but not this year.  The XC and track teams no longer do long runs (sustained runs of 90 to 120 minutes depending on your fitness level, or 10 to 15 miles), so they don’t want the runners doing races of this length. And, since they don’t do long runs, they really are not prepared for this race length anyway. Different philosophy I guess. Joseph is not planning on running for the school any more,  so is no longer constrained by those rules. However, he did not run the race either, but, for different reasons.  One, he was busy as a beaver working on some school projects.  Also, he wants to do a few select 5k and 10k races this spring, and decided against doing any half marathons right now. So why pay for them when we can run some miles for free. His time of 1:19:45 last year was two minutes faster than the winning time for this year’s race (1:21:48).  Also, the team time of 1:18:04 that Joseph and Kamau ran last year would have bested this year’s winning time of 1:19:00, but, of course, a race is a race, and you never know. For whatever reason, many of our other fast local runners, such as Meggan Franks, did not run this year. I guess it just did not work in to their race schedule. Although, apparently, quite a few of them helped out with the race. Meggan’s time from last year, for example, also would have won this year’s men’s division!  This year’s overall men’s winner was Brad Atkins of Columbus, who  ran a respectable time of 1:21.48. Tupelo High’s fastest female and this past year’s 6A XC state champion, Christina Daniels,  showed up for the Frostbite and smacked down a time of 1:30:11 to easily win the female division besting the 2nd place female by least 10  minutes! I believe she is a freshman. Pretty dang fast running for this distance for someone of her age. Peyton Allen, who runs sprints for the track team at Starkville Academy, also participated and ran a 2:15. Peyton is a versatile young lady with great character.  Our super happy running buddy Ian Prester also ran placing 20th overall with his time of 1:38:33.  Jim George, who must be in his mid 50’s, came into town and smashed the Grandmaster’s course record with his time of 1:27:18, which was also good enough for 3rd overall! I will be 50 in a year and a half and hope to challenge that record in 2015! Look out Jim! Wade Jones, a local fireman, also did well, coming in 2nd place overall with his time of 1:22:19.  Nice running Wade!! Rod Simmons, owner of Rod’s Racers, was present for the race, and he posted on FaceBook  probably close to a thousand photos that he and Meggan Franks took of runners in the race! I grabbed a couple of the ones of some folks that run with us, and posted them here. Thank you Rod! Rod is the a force who is promoting road racing in the state like you would not believe. Visit his web site at: http://www.rodsracers.net/ and his blog at: http://rodsracers.wordpress.com/  Full results of this year’s race can be viewed at http://www.och.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=282&Itemid=282

Ian Prestor!!

Ian Prester!!

Monday, another great day to run. Joseph and I met Lucas (Mr. Happy) in Longmeadow neighborhood. About 68°F and not much wind. Very nice. Lucas had his convertible top down on his red Miata as he drove up grinning from ear to ear. Basically, we ran about 5 miles, more or less through the neighborhood, into McKee Park, down Industrial Park Road and back. First mile and a half was easy, did not look at the watch. Then, we ran 2.5 miles pretty fast, then another mile easier. The 2.5 miles felt good, first mile was 5:25, then slowed down, at least according to the Nike watch, which I no longer really trust at all. If a cloud pops up, you go around a curve, or squint, the watch seems to have problems. Like today, according to the watch, my second mile, which felt fast (for me), was the same pace as my last cool down mile, which was much easier and obviously slower. Same for Joseph. Basically, I am 100% unhappy with these watches. All they do is give me a rough idea of distance, which I can get on Mapmyrun.com or elsewhere. Using them for a tempo or any kind of run where you want to know your pace and mile splits is useless. Sorry Nike, watch sucks. I am sure some folks like them. They do look cool and have big numbers for the time display. The fun ends there in my opinion. The run was good though, and maybe I just need to go back to not wearing a watch. Technology, techsmology.  Just a little energy left by the time we got home, so did 3 quick sets of pushups, pullups, and ab stuff. That was it for today!

Tuesday, JoVonn Hill, Nathan “He-Man” Gaudin, Joseph, and me at the South Farm. Windy! 15-16 mile winds from the south. Ran into the wind, but on the way back it was pretty smooth sailing! JoVonn ran a 5k, Nathan did 6 miles, and me and the smack dog ran 7 miles. Not fast. Oh, and did I mention that Nike watches suck? Either I have become the most inconsistant runner in the world pace-wise, or my watch is schizophrenic! Useless piece of garbage. Blah. Got home, packed our watches up, and sent them back. Hopefully, I will get some money back.

Wow! Wednesday afternoon was crazy windy! Had some crazy weather come in early in the morn with a cold front and temps dropped throughout the day. By the time we ran this afternoon, it was 30°F colder than the same time yesterday. And with the over 20 miles an hour wind, it felt much colder. Since it was so wet and cold and windy, we decided to do some 400’s on the trail at my house. I have a nice loop that I measured out. With all the rain, its pretty muddy! Figured it would be just me and Joseph, but Ian Prester and his buddy Louis Montesi decided to join in on the fun. Louis is a sportscaster for ABC in Meridian, MS, and was here visiting Ian. Don’t know if he knew what he was getting in for. Well, we jogged a bit, then hit the loop. Basically, Joseph lead the way, then me, Ian, and Louis. I did not time mine, but they felt pretty good. It was crazy muddy! Every lap got more muddy as we slopped up the trail. One corner was particularly bad, and you had slow down a lot to avoid going down. Even so, both Ian and Joseph hit the ground at least once! We only did 8 400’s, but on this muddy, slightly hilly course with the wind, that seemed like a good number. And, because running 400’s is so easy, we did a set of pushups after each one! Not bad. After, we jogged back toward the house, then did some high skips, long skips, and bounds. They guys needed to go, and Joseph was done, so they did not join me in the rest of the workout: 6 sets of pullups, a bunch of abs, shoulder presses, and dumbbell curls. Good day! If we had not run out of daylight, I had planned on doing some kayak sprints in my pond. Another day perhaps.

Louis Montesi, Ian Prester, and Joseph MacGown. Joseph and I were the muddiest.

Louis Montesi, Ian Prester, and Joseph MacGown.

Thursday-Kamau, Lucas, Joseph, and I did a 5.5 mile loop on the South Farm. Felt like a good pace today. I no longer have a GPS watch. Kamau had his Garmin on and Lucas had his Nike watch on. I timed some sections to compare. Lucas’ watch said we did mile two in 7:03. Whether it was a mile or not I don’t know, but my stopwatch said we did the distance in 6:40. There you go. Last two miles were about the same pace. Cool.

Did not run Friday, too much work stuff going on. We did a rather awesome core/upper body workout though! Yep, sweet. Typical deal: pushups, pullups, dips, curls, shoulder pressess, ab stuff, etc.

Saturday, just Joseph and I, 3:00 pm on the South Farm. Chilly, about 47°F and wild north winds! It rained on our way back and we were pelted with icy pellets. Did the 5.5 mile loop. No Nike watches today, but I timed the distance using a normal stop watch. I know this course well, including where the mile splits are. I checked the first three and got 6:28, 6:32, and 6:27. Finished the run at 36:11. Not bad.

Two upcoming races this week. The first is called the Glow Run and takes place on Thursday starting at 7 pm at the Amphitheater on the MSU campus. Register before on site. More info at: https://www.facebook.com/events/352544048186068/?fref=ts

The other race is the Tupelo Muddy, which will be held at 10 AM Saturday on the cross country course at Tupelo Preparatory School (https://www.facebook.com/events/329741293799888/ ).

Running at 3 pm today, meeting at south farm.

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