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New runners


Sunday, Joseph got back in town, so he got to run with us again. He and I joined Juan, Jorge, Arash, and Will today for a 6 mile jaunt thru town. Not bad at 7 pm, but not easy either. Ended up at 38 something minutes with Joseph and Juan a bit a ahead. Jorge and Will lost us somewhere, but made their way back. Arash only did 4 miles, as he had already done a morning run, so he was waiting when we got back.

Arash - Mad dog runner

Arash – Mad dog runner

Monday, Ran 6 mile fartlek type run with Joseph out here in Sessums. Some parts felt pretty good, but it was rough here and there and I was sweating like a mugg by the time I was thru! One part of the run was a 1.1 mile stretch. Man, that was fun. Just kidding.

Tuesday, did some pushups and ab exercises early morn to start the day. Joseph got in an easy run on our trail. Nothing crazy he said. Later, at 7 pm, we joined up with Will and Thomas for a run thru campus and the Research Park loop. Jorge and Juan both opted for running on the grass around the Sports Plex again. Did not seem quite as humid today at first, but by the end of the run I felt like maybe I was wrong about the humidity! Either way, easy run today. Not sure exactly how far, but I added about a half mile at the end and got in 41 minutes total. We all ran together at first, then after a mile or so, picked it up some. Thomas kept the original pace more or less, but the lanky philosopher stayed with us for probably close to 3 miles before dropping back. And, he did not finish too far behind us. Not bad considering he had run 13 miles the day before in the heat of the day. Same for Thomas, who did some speed work yesterday, and prior to our  run today played basketball for an hour then jogged 1.5 miles to where we started! He was pretty beat!

Thomas, "whew!, that was hot!"

Thomas, “whew!, that was hot!”

Wednesday, Crazy run today with the kid. We ran at noon today, around 95°F. HOT! 5 mile run, with 1.1 warm up, then 2.8 mile run, then 1.1 cool down. Joseph was 15:24 and I was 16:21 for the fast part.

Thursday, met near the South Farm again today at 7 pm. Had a great group join Joseph and I today. Of course, Juan and Jorge were there. The new guys Will and Thomas made it and were fired up, The speedy Steve Shoto joined us as wall, as did new new guys Robert Morgan and Matt Taylor. As we were getting ready to start MSU XC runner Jessica Comer stopped by a chat before joining her one of her teammates on a run thru the South Farm. The rest of us took off like a gang thru the campus, downtown, and Greensboro District before heading back. Not sure how far we went. Some folks either shortened their route, or in the case of Shoto, added a mile or so. Apparently we got got going at a good pace, which, according to Super Shoto was 6:20 for the first mile. We dropped to 6:30’s mostly after that for a while, with Joseph and Jorge later picking it back up. Of course, as we were getting going, various members of the group settled in to their own pace. Not sure what the newer runners’ pace was for the first mile and the rest of the way, but I think they were pretty happy with it.

Will, lean, mean, running machine

Will, lean, mean, running machine

Friday, no run, but did an upper body workout that was split between morn and lunch. Joseph joined me during the lunchtime workout.

Saturday,  Boardtown run! Wow! Bunch of runners today! Surely over a hundred people. Yeah. Some pretty fit people all together in one spot. This never ceases to amaze me. Here we are in Mississippi with 100+ runners getting together weekly for a long run. Yes, Mississippi, the state that leads the universe in obesity and all of the medical problems that are associated with obesity.  How crazy, small town Starkville with people exercising.  Watching some of these people get fitter from year to year is awesome, and everybody there is super encouraging. And, there seems to usually be someone of similar pace to run with. A great group of Air Force folks have turned into regulars, and these guys and one girl (Claire), are in spectacular shape! One of them, Justin, has posted some crazy fast times for the 5k and other races, with his PR 5k time being 13:37! Yes, you read that right.  Several Starkville Striders were there today again with the likes of Arash Taheri, Kamau Bostic, Damian Grady, Ethan Musser, Will Kallfelz, Matt Taylor, and of course, Joseph and I. Today, Arash had not run with this group for a while, so it was good to have him out there. I believe this was his longest run in quite some time, and he did quite well, only fading around the last mile or so. Some of the MSU female runners were here again this morn with Renee Masterson leading the way (actually Renee just finished up her MSU career), and Carmen Brothers and Jessica Comer also cruising along well.  By the first water stop, a nice lead group had formed with Houston Franks, Joseph, David Dycus, Micah White, Jeremy (air force dude, don’t know his last name), and Kevin (tri guy). Arash and I were not far behind them. Thru the next two water stops, Jeremy, Houston, Joseph, and Kevin ran together with David and Micah following, then Arash and me. After the last stop, Renee, who was not too far back, ran with me, Arash, David, and Micah. Joseph and Jeremy were flying on that stretch, and on the last part of the third leg. Houston ran with Kevin between Joseph and our group. Renee and I finished hard with a nice last 400m pseudo sprint, mainly because she was making fun of my elderly state. I showed that blond phenom though and got her at the end;) Finished my 11.4 mile run in 1:17:23 for a 6:47 minute mile pace. Not bad, not great. Joseph and Jeremy were probably under 1:15. I don’t know. We could not see them. Will had a good run and mostly ran with Phillip Young, who has seriously improved over the last year! They said their time for the route was just over 1:26!

Joseph

Joseph

Will be running again as a group this week at 7 pm on Sunday and Tuesday meeting at the entrance to the South Farm. Not sure about Thursday, since its the 4th. I know some members of the group will be running in the Watermelon Classic 5k in Jackson that day. Good luck to them!

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Arash is granted the gift of a Camry


Sunday, got up and ran at 7 AM with Arash. Hit the streets of Starkville for an easy 40 minute run. Arash had run 7 miles the evening before with Steve Superstar Shoto, so this was at an easier pace. Beautiful morn, not hot, a bit sticky of course! After the run, I went home for some pullups, pushups, and the rest of the routine. Great start to the day!

Arash and his new Camry!

Arash and his new Camry!

Monday, ran with Jorge, Arash, and Juan today at 7 pm. Not as brutally hot today, but very humid! Went about 6 miles and hung with Jorge most of the way. Somewhere near the last mile he got ahead of me. I was feeling it! Tired and probably not enough food today, coupled with the humidity. That last mile or so was hard! Jorge looked good though. That suave joker is getting in better and better shape every day. Juan did around 5 miles today and said he felt good also, as did the crazy Arash, who more or less followed Jorge and I. After, I did six strides with Jorge. Maybe a hair too fast trying to keep up with that speedy custard eating punk. Could feel my thighs getting tight! Since he has started back running more seriously, Jorge has lost about 20 lbs and is now around 152! Same for Arash. At this rate, they will be back in top running form by this fall, and the only time I will see them will be at the beginning of runs!

Tuesday, got up in the morn to some light rain. Planned on getting up earlier for an easy run, but stayed up too late. Slacker punk. Instead, got in an upper body and ab workout.

At 7 pm I ran on the South Farm with Kamau, Arash, Juan and Jorge. Had not run out here in a while, so it was nice to get back out here on the gravel and hills! Got in 44 minutes. Nice easy run. Not too hot today either!

Arash, Jorge, me, Kamau, and Juan

Arash, Jorge, me, Kamau, and Juan

Kamau

Kamau

Wednesday, got up and jogged 25 minutes super easy on my trail. First time around involved knocking the spider webs down! Got done and did 3 sets of pushups, showered, and headed to work!

Later in the day, a bunch of kids from Bug Camp came out to my property for some afternoon insect collecting. Found some good things! That was fun. Later, at 7:30 pm, I ran a 5 mile course out here in Sessums. First half mile to mile was rough, my thighs were still sore from trying to keep up with Jorge during the strides the other day. Obviously, I did them too fast for me!! Also, my right knee is still sore as hell from a hiking trip three weeks earlier in Tennessee. Twisted it walking down a rocky trail. On the inside part of the knee is where I feel it. To be honest, it does not overly hurt when running, but hurts the most when driving, or even sitting at my desk!! I have been wearing a tendonitis band while I run the last couple of weeks either way, and I think that helps. I hope I did not do anything serious. I have done crazy stuff to that knee in the past while playing basketball and volleyball, so I am not really sure what is left in that knee. Really,  I guess I could say the same about both knees!  The run went pretty well once I got going and I averaged 6:23 per mile. So, cool enough for this old guy!

Thursday, 7 pm, ran with Juan and a couple of new jokers Will Kallfelz and Thomas Cermack. Jorge also came, but his shins were a bit sore this week, so he ran on a grassy area. Will is a professor in the Philosophy Department here at MSU and has too many degrees to count! He is a tall gangly dude who ran cross country way back in high school, which was a while ago as he is only a couple years younger than me,  and he was on a collegiate cycling team as an undergrad. Still in great running shape and can run 7 minute miles for some distance. Thomas is another tall feller who is a junior at state majoring in chemical engineering. In high school he ran XC and pole vaulted at Pontotoc High School! He ran a mile and half or so before getting to our starting point, than ran the 5.5 mile loop, hung out with us a bit as we stretched, then ran home! Pretty easy run today, mostly just ran along with the guys for the first 3 miles or so, then Will and I picked it up a little (or maybe Juan and Thomas slowed down). With about 1.5 miles to go, I picked it up further and finished really well. Felt awesome! Best part was my knee actually felt better today.

Friday, my birthday today, 49 years old! Got up and instead of going to work, took the kayaks out to Tibbee Creek with the fine Audrey Sheridan. Not too hot early! The rest of the day we were lazy slackers!

Saturday, got up early and ran with the Boardtown Running Club. Today’s route was 10.9 miles. Not many of my usual running partners around today. But, Will Kallfelz, who ran with us Thursday showed up. Apparently, when he heard we were running with the Boardtown group he thought we meant meeting at the Boardtown Bike Shop in downtown Starkville. Finally figured it out and showed up basically running his own route. Said he thought he got in about 13 miles total! My running bud Renee Masterson was there today, and I basically ran with her the entire way finishing up in 1:16. Not a hard run today, did not push it at all, just barely averaging a sub 7 minute mile pace. On the other hand, Houston Franks was cruising today! He ran with us periodically, then added a couple of loops here and there probably doing about 13 miles total. He said he was averaging 6 minutes per mile, except the last one, which he did around 5:10 or so. Man, that crazy skinny joker has still got it. I think he is around 39 years old. When he hits 40, he could do some damage on the Master’s running circuit around here!

Headed back over to the South Farm at 7 pm on Sunday if anybody wants to join us for a 6 or 7 mile run.

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Starkville Striders, running like a gang of wildmen


Sunday, off and on rain, but by 7 pm it was awesome! Joseph and I headed to the South Farm area and waited to see who would show up. First one to make it was Damian Grady, who had won the state meet titles in the 1600m and 800m this year for the 5 A division.  Damian was slightly injured during the season, so took some time off. This was his second day back following his run with us on Saturday with the Boardtown group when he ran 8 miles. He said that was probably too far for the first day, as he was sore today! Steve Shaffer was next. His plan was to mix it up with some jogging and walking. Then Kamau Bostic and Juan and Jorge Villarreal showed up and we headed toward campus. We have been running a route thru campus and downtown a good bit lately, primarily because at least two thirds of it has sidewalks. Sidewalks are a rare commodity in Starkville. As it turns out though, this route is not busy at all late Sunday afternoons, so I often find myself running on the side of the roads, which seems softer. 

Jorge Villarreal

Jorge Villarreal

Good run, after the first mile to mile and a half, Kamau, Joseph and I picked it up and ran together for the loop. I managed to stay with them until the last mile, when they picked it up further. Their last mile was 5:30ish; I was probably 12-15 seconds back. They averaged 6:20 something per mile for 5.5 miles and I was not over 6:30 per mile average. Not bad considering that we started off slower. Juan, Jorge, and Damian ran about 4.5 miles together at a 6:48 pace. I think everyone had a decent run. When we got done we did some stretching, some folks also did some pushups, and Jorge threw in some strides, which he seems to really like.

Juan Villarreal

Juan Villarreal

Monday, Whew! 90 sumpin’ degrees out! Got home around 4:30 and jogged the trail with Joseph. Then we did 8 X 400m with about 40 seconds rest between each on the back loop. Thought about doing more, but too hot. Then jogged the trail for a while. Nothing crazy.

Tuesday, Some pushups, pullups, and curls to start the day, then off to work. Hot today (and all week), about 96°F. Headed out for a run with the guys at 7 pm. Me and Joseph, of course, and some other crazy jokers including the likes of Jorge “the Colombian Heart throb”, his bro Juan (Mr. Juan-derful), Kamau “superstar” Bostic, Damian “the Kenyan looking Menace” Grady, and Arash the scary Taheri. Headed toward campus all together and mostly ran the first three miles  as a group with Kamau, Joseph, Arash, and I leading the way somewhere under a 7 minute mile pace. Kamau, Juan, Jorge, and Damian opted for about a 5 mile route, and Joseph, Arash, and I got in 7.5-8 miles at a pretty steady, but not hard pace. So hot, we did not even think about pushing it. Felt good though, and we even had several young ladies yelling at us!

Damian Grady, Juan, Joseph, and Jorge after the run

Damian Grady, Juan, Joseph, and Jorge after the run

Kamau Bostic

Kamau Bostic

Wednesday, HOTDOG! It was hot and humid today! Joseph and I were going to do decent paced 5 miler out in Sessums, but soon after starting, we realized it was too hot. So, we had to change something. Opted with doing a 3.45 mile route instead with me finishing in 20:56 and Joseph in front of me somewhere. Hot.

Thursday, Joseph and I met  Jorge, Kamau, and Damian for a 7 pm run thru campus and University Estates. With the combination of heat and humidity, this had to have been the hardest day to have run this year!! After exiting the crazy hilly University Estates neighborhood, Kamau, Damain and I just headed back to the start finishing up our run in 29 minutes. Jorge and Joseph added a loop, and showed up a while, but not too much, later. We all did some pushups as we waited for the impending storm. Finally left, just as some rain came in. The sky was a most fantastic blend of colors and strange lighting!

Friday, Got up in the morning and ran 5 miles with Joseph. Cruised downtown and thru the campus. Lots of folks running, walking, and biking! Wonderful!  Saw our bud Steve on Main Street as he was taking a walk. The weather was much nicer this morn than the previous evening! Joseph’s birthday today, turned 17!!

Saturday, Got up (barely) and headed to the Boardtown Running Club for a run. On my own this morn, as Joseph was on his way to Gulf Shores for a weeklong vacation with his mom and grandparents. Lots of folks were at the White’s this morning though! They said over 90 people showed up for the run! Some of our Starkville Striders were there, such as Jorge, Damian, Kamau, and others! Bunch of awesome Air Force dudes and one Air Force chic as well. Meggan and Houston Franks were there, and as usual, they made the run look easy. I ran pretty good today, so can’t complain. And, felt great after too. Ran to the first water stop pretty much by myself at a decent pace, about 6:20 per mile for 3.5 miles. I should say that the only reason Houston and Meggan were not in front of me was that they went the wrong way. After that first water stop, they were back in the front!  After the first water stop,  I ran the rest of the route with my favorite running partner Renee Masterson at a 6:30 pace. Nice! Renee is awesome! She is a beautiful girl,  with a beautiful attitude, and she can run like the dickens!  This was the longest that Damian, Kamau, and Jorge had run in a while, and they all did really well. My overall time was better, but they ran the last leg pretty fast and finished a bit ahead of Renee and I. One thing is for sure, when they want to, I pretty much have no chance of keeping up with them! Boardtown Runners! Great group.

Going to run this Sunday in the morn at 7 am, meeting at the South Farm if anyone wants to join me. Then Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7 pm. Maybe some other group runs as well, which I will post on our Starkville Striders FaceBook page.

Happy running. Don’t get too hot!

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Running the Streets of Starkville!


Sunday, Got in a bit of an upper body/ab type workout early, then worked in the yard a bunch. That meant digging a drainage ditch, putting some railroad ties down, tilling some soil – stuff like that. Workout in itself!

Later that day, had an awesome run with Kamau, Brent, Joseph, and Jorge. Cruised thru the campus, Cotton District and downtown for 5 miles. Continuing with our trend at this time of year, we started off slower then picked each mile up. The last couple of miles felt really good, and not coincidentally, the temperature was quite pleasant by that point! We took turns picking up the pace at about the halfway point. With 1.5 miles left, I was happy to be even near Jorge, Joseph, and Kamau. They were flying, and making it look easy. Managed to mostly keep up with them, but Joseph and Jorge finished a good 15 seconds ahead of me, although I pretty much was able to hang with Kamau today! Not sure what pace we went for the run, but very decent. Always good to have Kamau out there, he seems to bring some mystical runner energy/passion with him that makes everyone have a good run.

Monday, Jorge, Juan, and Steve Shoto got in a run at the South Farm. This was Steve’s first run with any of us. Steve was an incredible high school runner at Pearl High, and now runs for MSU. He was redshirted with an injury this year (stemming from a basketball incident), but has already run a 1:50 800m race and has 3 more years to improve on that. He is hoping to run under 1:47 this year, and if his conviction and work ethic mean anything, he will do it! Meanwhile, Joseph and I got in 12 X  400’s on our trail at 6:30 pm. Warmer today! Same deal as last Wednesday, every 2 minutes started a new one, so it was a 24 minute session essentially with little rest between each 400. Just trying to cruise thru at a pace that might be nice to be able to maintain in a 5k one day, if I could ever make myself run that pace for the duration of a 5k! Today, I was between 1:19 and 1:23 for each 400, and Joseph was a few seconds ahead of me on all of them. I tell ya, the last couple were getting hard with the limited rest between each 400, but we made it! Got done and shot basketball for about a half hour. Shots were actually going down today!

Tuesday,  Got up early before work and did some pullups, pushups, and ab stuff. Stretched  a bit. Nice way to wake up. At 7 pm, I met Joseph, Jorge, Juan, Brent, and Steve Shoto at the South Farm, and we ran our 6 mile route thru town and beyond. Juan did 4.5 at a 6:48 pace, which was his best run since coming back from his hamstring problems he dealt with when he ran for MSU. Brent cut off a bit early too, ran probably 5 to 5.5 miles? Steve ran with us for about 4 miles or a bit more, then took a short cut back for a 5.5 mile loop. The rest of us finished up pretty good and we caught up with Brent on University Drive. I am pretty sure each successive mile was a little faster than the previous one, at least according to Jorge’s Garmin! First one was 6:50 and the last was 6:04 or so for Jorge and Joseph. I did not keep up with them on the last mile, but finished about 10 seconds back. Hotter today!! But, not unbearable. We were all sweating like crazy mugs! We will be without Brent for a month now, as he is going to the Bahamas for some geology class! Then, on vacation to the Dominican Republic! Punk.

Joseph Joe, Jorge, Brent, Steve, and Juan

Joseph Joe, Jorge, Brent, Steve, and Juan

Wednesday-Friday, Did not get to run! Crazy stormy weather on both Wednesday and Thursday, at least at the time I could go, and just could not fit it in on Friday. Rats. But, I got in a great upper body/ab workout on Wednesday, so it was not all bad.

Saturday, back to it with an 11.4 mile run with the Boardtown Running Club. Joseph did not get to go, as he had an ACT test to take. Bummer. Lots of his running peers were there and several from our Starkville Striders group. Jorge Villarreal, Kamau Bostic, and Damian Grady all ran 8 miles. Jorge kept me company for the first 4 before turning around. I ran the rest of the way on my own today. Beautiful morn, not too hot, breezy! Got done in 1:16.32 for a 6:42 per mile average, then chilled in the pool for a bit! Nice. None of the MSU men were there today, but some of the women were again, as was Meggan Franks. I don’t know what pace she ran, but considering that she just ran and won a crazy mountain trail run last weekend in Canada (The Canadian National Mountain and Trail Championship), she was cruising along very well. Micah White, Renee Masterson, Simone Dominque, and Cornelia Griesche all appeared to be running along effortlessly as well. Nice to see the crazy bearded wonder Cleat Morris again, and several of the SHS runners such as National Houston, Christian Kingery, Nick First, Haley Jenkins, the Musser sisters, Mary Elizabeth Stringer, and some others! This is a super awesome group to run with and I am glad to see these young punks taking advantage of it!

Will be back running tomorrow evening at 7 pm, meeting at the South Farm. Same for Tuesday and Thursday. Come on out!

 

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Summer 400s


Sunday, Awesome 6 miler with Joseph, Jorge, and Brent. Our downtown Sunday route. Since its warming up, we are starting later now, began at 7 pm today. Very nice out! Brent and Joseph were trying out their new kicks, Brooks Pure Flows, and I think they both liked them. I know I like mine!  Brent hung with us for about 2.5 miles, then headed back for the 5 mile route. Although we started out somewhat slow today (normal beginning pace), we ran pretty well for an easy day finishing up under 40 minutes with the last 4 miles being the fastest by far (last mile was fastest). With probably about 2.5 miles to go, we caught Brent, who had stopped to talk to his dad who happened to be out walking. Brent rejoined us for a while until Joseph decided we should pick the pace up further. We  ran the last couple of miles pretty fast. I almost kept up with Joseph and Jorge until the end, but they got a  few yards ahead of me with about .5 miles to go, and I got caught briefly at a stoplight. Still ended up being not too far back, maybe 5 seconds. Brent had dropped off a minute or two by the end, but still ran very well. Especially for a 200 lb joker!  Jorge said that according to his Garmin watch, our last 2 or three miles were at 5:20 – 5:30 pace. Not sure, but it did feel good!

After the run, we all headed home for a quick shower, then checked out the new Star Trek movie. Very action packed! Not much to to the story line, but still enjoyed it.

Monday, Hot! Joseph and I did 8 X 400m intervals  on our trail  at noon with the interval between each being 45-60 seconds. This is not an easy 400m loop. The corners are tight, so tight that when wet you will fall if going fast. Even when dry, you have to almost stop to make the corners, especially the one just before the halfway point. The loop is slightly windy, with exposed roots here and there, overhanging branches, dips, and a nice hill for the final 80m or so! Yep. Good loop. So, Joseph was 1:15-1:16 on his, and I was 1:19-1:21 on mine. Not sure what this translates to on a track, but I would guess its several seconds harder per 400. We don’t do a lot of hard speed stuff in the summer, but we like to do some. Otherwise, it gets stale. Yeah. Also, we typically keep the pace and number of reps down.

Later in the day, some of our running buds came out for burgers, since it was Memorial Day and all that. Brent, Jorge, Juan, Arash, and Audrey joined for some beefy fun. After ,we all attempted to shoot basketball.

Tuesday, Joseph, Brent and I had a great run thru the MSU campus and Cotton District today. We meandered all over the place and were cruising along pretty good. Started the run a 7 pm, which really helped. As we were getting started, we met Juan, who just finished his run on the South Farm. Said it went well. Brent kept up with us for first couple miles, then, we started to ease ahead of him and we parted ways. Joseph and I ended up with around 6 miles, and the last couple were awesome possum! Starting to feel like I am getting in shape. Maybe. My knee has been sore this week though since my weekend hiking. Who knows.

Wednesday, my trail again. Today, just me. Did 12 X 400m. The first few were 1:24-1:25, and the last few were 1:23 or so. For each one, I rested until the 2 minute mark and then started again. So the workout took 24 minutes with 35-37 seconds rest breaks. My 400m loop is actually a bit long, so the rest pretty much worked out to me walking from where I finished to where I started. I did have about 10 seconds to actually rest though.

Thursday, another 7 pm run. It was awesome out! Me and the kid, plus Brent, Arash, and Juan. Juan, still rehabbing his hamstring injury from a few months ago, only did about 3 miles, Arash was doing 9, and the rest of us did our 6 mile downtown route. Pretty steady pace, ended up about 39 minutes. Brent took a short cut and did a bit less. He was running well when with us.

Friday, no run…

Saturday, We got up early and headed to the Boardtown Running Club Saturday morning run. Today’s route was 12.4 miles. Lots of folks here today including some MSU runners, a former MSU runner, and MSU’s XC coach! Yep, Matt Cameron, who ran for MSU up until a couple of years ago was in town for a bit. Nice to run with that tall joker. Many folks don’t know it, but this Mississippi native who ran for Madison Ridgeland Academy in Madison, MS, is the best high school miler from Mississippi. When he was a senior, he posted a 4:07 placing 4th place at the Nike Outdoor Nationals and was ranked 6th in the nation at the time! Cameron Vernier, an awesome fast XC dude also ran today, as did our crazy super fit bud Renee Masterson, the trippindicular Katie Huston, and Cornelia Griesche, a freshman from Germany who just set the new 3000m steeple chase for MSU. Cornelia made it to the NCAA National Championships this year and will next be competing in the national championships in Germany in a couple of weeks! Sweet. Then, of course, the regulars, many of whom are so ridiculously fit, it is mind boggling! Coach Houston Franks, who is 38 years old and still running like his collegiate runners, made the run look effortless again! His talented wife, Meggan, was not here today, as she was competing in the Canadian National Mountain and Trail Championship Race, which she won! The run went pretty well considering it was our longest run since last summer! I ran with Joseph and Matt for the first 8 miles or so, but then slowed up, or they sped up. Houston ran the first 3 miles with us, then did some kind of fartlek with his girls, then rejoined us around 6.5 or 7 miles (whatever the 2nd water stop was). Was on my own for a couple of miles until the last water stop, then ran the last mile and a half or with Renee. We kept each other going. I forget to turn my stop watch back on at the last water stop, so not sure exactly what my time was, but my overall pace was decent, under 7 minute miles. So, that was cool. Houston, Joseph, and Matt were probably a couple minutes ahead. Can’t wait to get back out there with these crazy running dudes and dudettes! Sure makes it easier, especially when the humidity is almost 100%!

Will be meeting Sunday evening at the South Farm at 7 pm. Same deal on Tuesday and Thursday, 7 pm. Will pretty much do this all summer, except when out of town.

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