Monthly Archives: May 2013

gettin’ hot


Sunday, Easy run with Brent. Steve Shaffer also came by, but he walked today. Went about 6-7 miles, chillin. Joseph ran on his own earlier.

Monday, did not get to run, as at work we hosted the North American Dipterists Society Field Meeting, and I was out catching bugs and stuff! Fun though. We also saw several snakes over the weekends. Folks saw a pygmy rattlesnake, a couple of timber rattlesnakes, some cotton mouths, copperheads, a rough green snake, and a ring necked snake.

Tuesday, ran at 3:45 pm and it was pretty dern warm!! Kamua, Arash, and Brent joined Joseph and I as we did a 5 miles route thru town after starting at the South Farm. After the first mile, we picked it up and ran pretty fast for much of the rest of the way. I started us, then Kamau and Joseph pulled me the last couple of miles and starting pulling away, but I caught those punks at a light and we finished up together. Brent and Arash dropped off a bit after about a mile and a half, and actually took a short cut back! We ended up catching them and finishing up a good bit ahead. It was hot! Did I mention that? Yeah. Even so, I was just over 31 minutes for the run.

Kamau and Arash

Kamau and Arash

Wednesday, Chad the wild drummer man Anderson joined Joseph and I today for the first time. This crazy art professor joker started running somewhat recently and has lost 60 pounds since he started! We are about the same height and now he weighs less than me! Showoff. Chad has been running some 5 and 10ks here and there with his 5ks somewhere around 26 minutes. Today, he kept up with us for about two miles at a pretty easy pace for us, but a very good pace for him. If he had made one more mile at that pace, he would have had a fantastic 5k PR! Way to go dude!

Thursday-Saturday, No running! Believe it or not. Well, ok, maybe a little here and there on some trails. Hiked some nice trails up in Big Hill Pond State Park, TN and Tishomingo State Park, MS. Probably 11 or 12 miles on Friday in TN and another 5 or 6 at Tishomingo. Beautiful weekend! Collected a few ants here and there.

Sunday,back in town and ready for a nice run. Will start going later in the day now that it is turning into summer here in the deep south! Meeting at 7 pm at the South Farm for those crazy muggs who would like to join us.

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Kim Gee 5k Run for Awareness


Results of the Mississippi High School 5A state meet are in, and several of the kids from Starkville that have run with us in the past did quite well. Damian Grady was the 5A state champion in the 1600m (4:40) and 800m (2:00) events, Kate Mattox won the state titles in the 3200m (11:13) and 1600m (5:15), WalkerMattox was 2nd in the 3200m race (12:23) and 3rd in the 1600m race (5:38),Alex Ross was 2nd in the boys 3200m race with his PR of 10:11, and Ethan Musser was 6th in the 1600m state championship race with a 4:58. Nice job!

Sunday, Snagged a late afternoon run with Joseph, Kamau, and the wily Arash Taheri who just returned from a family trip to the Dominican Republic! Lucky duck. He and Kaman only went about 5 miles or so, and Joseph and I went 7 miles today. Would have done more, but it seemed about right after the 10k race on Saturday, which, with warmup and cool down ended up being a long run for us anyway! Today was pretty nice. Started slow and gradually picked it up. Nothing crazy, but ended up just over 47 minutes.

Monday, planned on doing some 400’s at the high school track, since they just finished track season with the state meet being held on Saturday. Unfortunately, at least for us, XC practice started today and so all the wannabee distance buggers were out there gathered about and running and stuff. So, instead, Joseph and I did a fartlek workout in the neighborhood across the street from the school. Kamau apparently showed up to run with us at the school, but we missed him. Darn. Workout was pretty steady, especially considering we had a nice race 2 days earlier. After a 10 minute warmup jog, we did 6 X 2 minutes fast with 1 minute jogs between and then 6 X 1 minute fast with 1 minute jogs between. Followed that with a cool down jog, and followed that with some pizza! The run was pretty good today. Started out feeling stiff, and hey, I am 48 years old, so that ain’t surprising! Joseph was also a bit sore from the other day. We felt more sore today than yesterday! Haha. Anyway, it was a grand day, beautiful! I mostly was able to keep up with Joseph today. I do better on these short deals with jog breaks, but then I remember how much faster he is than me when he beats me by almost 5 minutes in a 10k (on Saturday). Punk.  The one minute fast ones were nice. So short! I actually worked on my form as much as possible today. Moving arms faster, snapping them a bit as they lightly brushed the sides of my hips. Thought about my breathing once in a while too. But not too much! Don’t want to be a freak about it. Basically – breathe in for count of 3, breathe out for count of 2. I love how for each time you count, a foot always lands. Count fast, run fast. Well, enough of that. But, I will say, there were a couple of moments where I felt really strong today, like a crazy runner beast. Then, I would look ahead a bit, and see Joseph in front of me going slightly faster and not looking like he was trying. Punk.

Kamau said he did get a short run in with some of the high school kids, and Arash and Jorge ran a few miles on the South Farm, so all was right with the world!

Tuesday, Had a nice run with Jorge Villarreal, Juan Villarreal, Arash and Joseph on the South Farm. Did just over 6 miles, 7 minute-ish per mile pace. It was awesome to see Juan out there again! Had not seen him in a while! Both he and his brother Jorge used to run for MSU, so having them out there with us is always motivating! Juan is coming off a hamstring injury, so is mostly taking it easy right now. Today he did about 3-3.5 miles, but he looked good.

Wednesday, Ran thru the MSU campus and beyond with Jorge, Juan, Joseph, and Kamau today. Probably around 5 miles. Jorge and Joseph finished just ahead of me. I ran at a 6:30 average pace, which after the first slower mile, meant that we were going along pretty well! Kamau and Juan did not go as far today, but were also running well.

Thursday, Jorge, Juan, and me today. Ran 5.6 – 5.7 miles on the South Farm. Not fast, a bit over 7 minutes per mile.

No run on Friday!

Saturday, Joseph and I participated in the Kim Gee 5k this morning at 9 AM. We have done this race on and off for a few years now. Fun run for a good cause. The crazy and wildly enthusiastic Holly Wiley is the race director for this event, which is a fund raiser for Ovarian Cancer research. It is done in honor of Kim Gee, a local lady who died of this type of cancer a few years back. You can read more about this cause at http://www.kimcgee.org/  Her husband and kids are always at the race, and the kids are quite the speedy runners!

Some running Gees!

Some running Gees!

The weather this morn was very iffy, with storms threatening, but we lucked out and the storms ended up being earlier and later. Of course, this meant it was humid!!!!! WOW! But, hey. We were not here to go crazy or anything, but mostly here to run the race for fun. Even so, and not surprisingly, Joseph was the overall winner with a 17:07. He ran pretty well with nobody near him. I thought I was doing ok, but ended up running 18:51, which was good enough for second place. Third place went to 14 year old Joe Gee! So, the top three spots went to Joes!

Joseph rounding the corner to the finish

Joseph rounding the corner to the finish (photo by Melanie Dobbs)

Me about 100 m from the finish

Me about 100 m from the finish (photo by Melanie Dobbs)

Joe Gee, 3rd place finisher

Joe Gee, 3rd place finisher

Our buddy Arash was at the finish line, so that was nice! That crazy joker. Didn’t run the race, but came out to help! Nice.

Joseph and Arash

Joseph and Arash

Whew. Lots of people there we know! So many. And met some nice new folks as well. A big running party for eccentric weirdos who want to run in ridiculous humid conditions! Following the 5k, there was a 1 mile fun run for kids up to age 13. Some of those kids were not much over 2 feet tall! They had lots of fun for sure, with their parents running with them or rooting them on! Anyway, good day, I think everyone enjoyed it!

Start of the 1 mile fun run

Start of the 1 mile fun run

Back to it this afternoon at 4 pm, meeting at the MSU South Farm Parking area.

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Gumtree 10k – Tupelo, MS


Sunday, Most of our college buds are out of town after the semester ended last week. Figured, Joseph and I would be on our own Sunday afternoon, especially with it raining. But, surprise, surprise, our tall artistic running friend Kamau Bostic showed up just as we were starting. We ran about 7 miles today, at just under 7 minutes per mile thru downtown, the Greensboro District, Cotton District, and back thru the campus to finish.

Monday, Yep, raining again. Go figure! Joseph and I showed up at McKee Park just as Kamau was pulling in. Two days in a row with wonder boy. Cool After 9 minute warmup jog, we did a structure fartlek workout on the damp roads of Longmeadow neighborhood. Today, it was 2 sets of 4 minute hard/3 min easy, 3 min hard/2 easy, 2 min hard/1 min easy, and 1 min hard. Pretty good workout all in all. Of course I could not really keep up with those punks, but felt like I did ok! Then jogged back to park , stretched a bit, and took off. Did some pushup, pullups, and ab stuff when I got home. Should have done more, but pretty lazy after the running workout!

Found out that some of Joseph’s high school friends who are have run with us in the past and who are running track at SHS did well at the North Half State Meet on Saturday. Our good friend Ethan Musser, who is a senior this year, qualified for the state meet this coming Saturday in the 1600m run placing 4th with a times of 4:43. This was a phenomenal performance by Ethan, who had not run track since the 8th grade. Unfortunately, he did not compete in the 3200m event. Unfortunate, because I think he would have done even better at that distance. This past fall, Ethan made the All-state XC squad as well, and was the third SHS finisher behind Joseph and Damian, so he has proven stamina and good enough speed. Either way, in this 1600m race, Ethan was only 3 seconds behind his speedy teammate Damian Grady, who placed 2nd. Damian won the 800m race with a 2:02. Alex Ross, a junior, put in a stellar performance in the 3200m race placing 1st with a 10:17, which was by and far his best time ever. Of course, the Mattox girls did well as always. Eighth grader Kate Mattox stole the show in the 3200m race running 10:56. Her older sister Walker was 2nd with a 12:01. Similarly, Kate was 1st in the 1600 race with a 5:26, and her sister was 3rd with a 5:41. In her final year of high school, Mary Elizabeth Stringer placed second in the 800m race with a time of 2:31 qualifying for the state meet.

Tuesday, Brent, Kamau, Joseph and I today. Hit the South Farm gravel today. Had not been out here much. Easy run today. Kamau and Brent got in about 6; me and the kid did closer to 8. Probably  about 7 minute mile pace. On the way back, we passed by a feller named Nick Petit who we had recently met. He was running with some other joker, and they seemed to be cruising along well. In fact, we saw several folks running the gravel today. It was pretty nice out at 5 pm, maybe a little warm.

Wednesday, Same crew again today. Did a 6 mile downtown, etc. route. Pretty freakin’ warm today! Started out a regular type pace, then we picked it up. I wanted to go a little faster today. Not fast, but faster than my normal 6 mile everyday run. After about 1.5 miles, I started speeding up. At about three or so, I found myself ahead of the others, who apparently not as interested in going faster today. So, I finished up at 37:57. Kamau and Joseph dragged in about two minutes later, and Brent was probably 3 minutes behind them. Kamau and Joseph were pretty hot! Guess we have to get used to it being warmer.

Thursday, Kaman, Joseph, and I did an easy run thru and around the MSU campus this afternoon. Pretty warm again. Probably around 5 miles. Nothing crazy.

Saturday, Got up early and headed to Tupelo for the Gumtree 10k. Man, did not sleep well last night! Wait, that is every night! Oh well. Pretty nice this morn, about 65°F, but super humid and cloudy. Actually rained during most of the race, not hard, just drizzly stuff. Holy Moly! Some fast jokers here today. Even the old guys! Yeah, first place in the Masters division (40 and over) was 32 flat! The overall open male winner was 30:21! Not bad for a humid morn with slippery roads. Add to that the route was likely a bit long, at least according to folks with GPS watches, which tend to measure courses short. Most I talked with had 6.3 miles. Not significantly long, but that could mean 30 seconds for the fastest person and up to a minute or more for slower ones.

Saw lots of folks we knew, of course, including several Starkvillians. In fact, two of the ladies, Tiffany Dudley and Meggan Franks, placed in the top 8, which scored those fast moving chics some cash! In a race like this with folks coming in from all over the place to run, placing in the top few is major awesome! Tiffany was 3rd overall with her 36:27 and Meggan was 6th with her 38:55.  Pretty sweet.

Top 8 females at Gumtree 2013. TIffany Dudley (3rd) and Meggan Franks (6th)

Top 8 females at Gumtree 2013. TIffany Dudley (3rd) and Meggan Franks (6th)

A crazy lady we know, Liz Watkins, who won the 70+ female division today, introduced me to a speedy young feller named Josh Whitehead from Huntsville, Alabama. Josh is a rocket scientist! Really. Anyway, he was fifth overall with his time of 30:40, slap in the middle of a bunch of elite African running jokers! Another Alabama dude, Michael Green,  was sixth with a 31:14! Dudes!

Liz Watkins and Josh Whitehead

Liz Watkins and Josh Whitehead

Forty-two year old Bo Boatner from the Tupelo area also also had a good day placing 2nd in the Masters Division with a time of 33:15! Drew Kellum, another Tupelo runner we know, won the 20-24 year old group with his 35:12. Drew was sporting some longish hair, said he wanted to be like me.

Drew Kellum and Bo Boatner

Drew Kellum and Bo Boatner

Joseph was not sure what to expect today, as he had not run a 10k since this one last year when he ran a 35:48 winning the 14-19 age group and setting the Mississippi 15 year old 10k record. Anyway, he felt pretty good today I guess and ran a 34:40 coming in 15th overall, again winning his age group, and this year easily breaking the Mississippi 16 year old 10k record, which was 36:32. He said he felt like he could have knocked off a lot more and did not seem to tired. I definitely think when he figures out how to run this distance, he could easily run under 34.

Joseph receiving award

Joseph receiving award

Whew, one thing for sure, Joseph killed me today! I was shooting for 39, but actually thought I might get just under that. Felt tired, but pretty good. Ended up with a 39:18, which put me 2nd in the 45-49 division and 32nd out of 513 males. A speedy 45 year old dude who runs with the Tupelo Running Club named Israel Melendez won this division with his outstanding time of 35:35! The only way I could beat that cool cat would be to lose 15-20 lbs! Our bud Terrance Owens from Tupelo, who is my age (48), was 3rd with a 42:01.

Israel Melendez, me, and Terrance Owens

Israel Melendez, me, and Terrance Owens

Brad Atkins from Columbus had a good race today with his 36:02, which placed him 2nd in the 35-39 group not far behind the really tall Charlie Dawson! Nice job Brad! Also so our MSU Art buddies Chan Anderson and Bert Hart! These dudes always seem to be happy!

Brad Atkins and Charlie Dawson

Brad Atkins and Charlie Dawson

Charlie Morris, Bert Hard, and Chad Anderson

Charlie Morris, Bert Hart, and Chad Anderson

Anyway, fun day, lots of speedy people, some light rain, and after, we checked out the most amazing art at the festival!!!Full results from today’s race are at: http://www.besttimescct.com/results/Gumtree13.txt

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Will the rain ever stop??


Sunday, Easy run with Joseph and Lucas today.  Cruised around town and MSU. Saw Zach the red bearded wonder boy out running as well. Ended up doing about 6 miles at just under 7 minute per mile pace.

Group shot from our run with Boardtown runners on Saturday. Me, Lucas, Jorge, Joseph, Simone, and Brent

Group shot from our run with Boardtown runners on Saturday. Me, Lucas, Jorge, Joseph, Simone, and Brent

Monday, Joseph and I met  Jorge at the Research Park this afternoon for a fartlek type workout. As we were getting ready to start, Lucas came running by on an easy run. He stopped for a minute, then headed out. Then Joseph, Jorge, and I did about a 10 minute warmup on the North Farm gravel roads, before starting our workout. The pattern today was simple:  5 X  4 minutes hard with 3 minutes easy. Not so easy depending on how fast you go! Gravel and it was warm today! I mostly kept up with them on the first one, which was around a 5:20 mile pace, but the next four, I was probably closer to a 5:45-5:50 mile pace. After, we jogged back and stretched a bit. As we were getting ready to leave, we saw Cleat Morris emerge from the bike trails with his golden retriever who looked beat after their trail run!  Good to see that semi long haired bearded dude!

Tueday, easy run with Zach and Brent today. Mostly around campus and the Cotton District. Lots of folks out today! Pretty day. Managed just over 6 miles at around a 7 minute mile pace. Upper body workout when I got home! More yard work.

Wednesday, Rained all day! Got Joseph after school and we ran through Longmeadow. 10-15 minute jog, then 15 minutes at just under 6 minute mile pace. Started raining too hard, so we cut it short.

Lucas, Brent, and me

Lucas, Brent, and me

Thursday, pretty nice afternoon! I ran 6 miles with Brent Wallace today, as we did our campus, Main Street, historic Greensboro route. Somewhere between 3 and 4 miles it started to rain. Lightly at first. As we hit the Cotton District on our return, the rain became steadier, but felt wonderful. Brent could tell I was getting happy and told me to go ahead and take off. With a bit over a mile to go, I could not help myself and did pick the pace up, greatly enjoying the brick cool rain on my face. I don’t know what my last mile was, but certainly under 6 minutes. Brent came strolling in a bit later. Lucas and Jorge showed up as we were getting ready to leave. They just got thru with their last exams and were heading out for a run in the rain. When I got home, I did a somewhat abbreviated upper body workout.

Friday, a few of us got together and ate lunch at McAllisters before some of our runner jokers left town after finishing classes. Lucas, Jorge, Arash, and Brent joined Audrey Sheridan and me. Lucas was leaving for Atlanta for the summer. He is hoping to run for MSU next fall. Hopefully he will stay healthy and have a great summer of training that will propel him to his goals! Arash was about to set out on a vacation with his family to the Dominican Republic! Jorge was about to head home with his brother Juan to north MS, but will be back this summer and will be running with us again! Anyway, nice lunch!

Did not run today. I was thinking about running the Market Street Festival 5k the next morn, and I usually don’t run the night before a race. Actually, I often take Fridays off in general. Had thought about running the Corinth Coke Classic, but ended up not signing up for that. Both Joseph and I thought two 10k’s in a row were more than we wanted to do, and we had already signed up for the Gumtree coming up next Saturday.

Saturday. Well, I woke up early enough, but really did not feel like running this morning, so went back to sleep until 8 AM! Needless to say, I did not run the 5k! However, Joseph and got a nice workout in with pushups, pull ups, dips, curls, shoulder flies, and ab exercises. Joseph also did some plyometric skips and bounds, and some other drills. I opted for lots of yard work, because that is my way!

Later in the day, about 4 PM, we ran our 4.9 mile route out here in Sessums. Started out slower, but picked it up after the first half mile. Hit the turn around point at 14:15! Never got there that fast before. Slowed down on the way back, but ended up with 29:34, which was the first time I had run this route under 30 minutes. Sweet. Joseph was behind me today, just sort of cruising along.

Saw the results of the Corinth Coke Classic 10k, and our friends Tiffany Dudley and Meggan Franks did not disappoint! Tiffany won the female division with a time of 36:34 and Meggan was 3rd with a time of 37:40! The overall male time was 30:44, 2nd was 30:48, but then the times dropped off a bit. In addition to age group awards, top five overall awards were given. Third was 33:03, fourth was 35:14,  and fifth was 36:30. Kind of wish Joseph would have run this one, as he would likely have placed at least 5th, if not 4th. Actually, Bo Boatner who won the Masters division with his 33:13, was fourth overall, but they don’t duplicate awards at this race, so he took the Masters award. Nice job Bo! Full results are at: http://www.coke10k.com/uploads/result/2013%20Results.txt

In other awesome running news, our buddy at Columbia Academy, Jon Luke Watts, won the 2A MAIS state meet in the 3200m event (and probably other events) and broke the overall MAIS state record in doing so with his time of 9:41! Way to go!

Planning on running tomorrow afternoon at 3 pm, meeting at the South Farm parking area again. Probably won’t be many folks to run with for a while, with the MSU students out fo town, but who knows! Hopefully, the rain will stop for long enough for us to run.

 

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