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Beautiful weather, but not running – strained calf!


Sunday, 5 PM run with Joseph, Kamau Bostic, Arash Taheri, John Mooney, Juan Villarreal, Brent Wallace, and Zach Marsh.  My calf, oh boy! Wrapped it and made 1.5 miles before sudden pain! Ouch. Of course, we were going at 6:35 pace, which for some of those guys was warmup pace, but for me today, probably a bad idea. I turned around and headed back. Whew, very painful. I adopted a run on my toes and quickly lift my legs approach and was able to keep up about a 7 minute mile pace on the way back. But, it was sore afterward! Sore as in hard to walk by the time I got home. Should be alright by Tuesday, or not. The others got in between 5 and 6 miles with Joseph and Kamau flying in first, followed by Juan. Those 3 all ran 6 miles with at least 3 at 6 minute and under pace. John (who added some at end for a 10k, plus already ran 6 miles earlier), Brent, and Zach were not too far back, nor was Arash, who stopped at exactly 5 miles, then walked the last bit. He is very precise about this sort of thing.

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John Mooney

John Mooney

I got some Starkville Striders shirts made the other day with skull and crossbones in the center. This was mostly to celebrate our run through pain and generally idiotic behavior. Also, because it reminds of pirates, and pirates are cool. Well, maybe not real pirates, but you know. Anyone, nobody is a better or more exuberant model than Arash. So here he is!

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Arash sporting his new Starkville Striders tank

Monday, After work, I picked up the kid and we headed home out in the country in Sessums.  Then, I grabbed my bike and rode along as he did 3 X 1 mile tempo type repeats after a mile warmup. He has not really done much in the way of speed work at all lately, but honestly, I think for the races he does, his speed is pretty good. However, since he has not been in any races really since August, he has not had much opportunity to keep up a sustained decent pace. So, we thought getting in some mile repeat the next 2 or 3 weeks might be good, starting with 3 today. He was a bit tired, and still had a cough, but average 5:29 for the 3.

Tuesday, I got home and did a pretty good weight, pullup, pushup, ab workout. Felt good afterward. Since I am trying to force myself not to run with strained calf, I have to do something different to burn some energy. Biking along with Joseph or whoever is running helps, and maybe a bit of extra time in with the workouts.

Wednesday, At 4 PM, Joseph and I headed to McKee Park, then I jumped on my mountain bike and he ran as we headed to Longmeadow neighborhood. After jogging for about 10 minutes, he then ran a 3 mile tempo type run averaging 5:50 per mile. That joker was about as tired as a person could be while still standing before he started the run, and after he got home, he immediately took a nap! Somehow, he needs to find a way to get some more sleep! Fortunately, he has the rest of the week off for Fall Break!

Thursday, Again out in Sessums, Joseph did an easy 5 mile run as I biked along with him. He eased into it with the first two miles at 6:38-6:44 pace, then as he relaxed picked it up running the last three at 6:18, 6:14, and 6:16. Looked really easy today. I think he finally got enough sleep for a change!

Friday, Got in a workout at the house about 6 PM. Nothing crazy, bench press, curls, pullups…

Saturday, We planned on getting up and running with Boardtown, but it was cold and dark, and Joseph seemed to be coughing, so we both went back to sleep. He had considered doing  the Run for Education 5k this morn, which he has won a couple of times.  I have won the master’s division the last few years and it seems like I might  have won this race too a long time ago myself.  For some reason, I never broke 16 minutes in this race, but did run some low 16’s (long ago!). Either way, I have run it many times, and he has run it or the 1 mile fun run quite a few times himself.   But neither of us felt overly enthusiastic this year with all the negative crap from the SHS XC coach and the SHS AD, and their working diligently to keep him out of MS XC races this fall. So, skipped that. Guess someone else won. Also, there was a 4 mile race in the delta this morn that we thought about driving too, but skipped that too. However, Meggan Franks did go, and she dominated as usual. First female, almost won over all, and she took home $400! Way to go.

Later at about 2 PM, we headed to the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge so Joseph get in a decent run while I biked along. It was truly beautiful out today, and the 65° was a far cry from the 36° earlier that morn! Joseph started out semi slow, picked up on the 2nd mile 6:12 (too fast probably), then miles 3-5 were 6:45 pace, then the last 5 miles were pretty good: 6:30, 6:29, 6:06, 6:19, and 6:08.  Much better 2nd half than first half and overall average pace of around 6:30. On the way back to the truck, we passed Will who was starting out on a 20 mile run! Crazy joker!

WEEKLY WORKOUT SUMMARY

Sunday, 3.1 miles at 7 minute pace; Joseph did 6 miles with first two at 6:30-6:40, then last 4 faster 6:15 down to 5:50.

Monday, biked easy 6 miles; Joseph did 3 X 1 mile tempo repeats averaging 5:29 mile pace

Tuesday, weight/upper body/ab workout

Wednesday, 6 mile easy bike; Joseph WU, then 3 miles at 17:48, then cooldown

Thursday, 5 mile bike; Joseph 5 miles at 6:25  average pace

Friday, PM – upper body workout.

Saturday, PM – 10 mile bike; Joseph 10 mile run at about 6:29 pace.

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rest week, kind of…and, MSHAA continues policy of personal exclusion


Sunday, Whew, fairly worn out from the race, lack of sleep, and driving. Figured it might be good to start the day off with a good breakfast. So, 3 fried eggs each, fried potatoes, sausage, toast, and orange juice! Good. UM. UM. Then, I got to mowing the lawn and trail. It was so high in some places, I had to mow the same place twice. Cleaned up my garden area a little in prep for some fall/winter stuff I need to plant. Finally got done, ate some fruit and took a nap!  Joseph also took a nap!

We were both sore from the race and all that, so, we figured an easy recovery jog might be in order. We met Juan, Arash, Brent, Max, Will, and Nick at the South Farm and did our easy 5.2 mile downtown loop. Surprisingly, my calf was not overly sore, so I thought, mistakenly, that it would be ok to run without wrapping it. Well. It was fine for the first 2.2 miles, almost precisely when I started going slightly faster, ouch! Slowed back down to a 7:30 mile pace and hobbled back to the start. On my last mile, I hit an incline wrong with my left foot, and boy, that pulled! Anyway. Averaged about 7:25 mile pace.

Had not seen Nick in week or two, and man, that joker has been lifting hard and is now about 200 lbs. Crazy gung-ho ex football hotdog said he was not happy about the linebacker play for MSU recently and was thinking about bulking back up and trying out for the team next year! Ha. That’s freakin’ awesome. Hope he does. You often hear fans complain about the play of teams, but seldom do you see them actually say, “hey, I think I am going to do something about it!” I imagine that MSU would be happy to have a dude like Nick. Heres a guy who can go out and run 26 miles, then swim 5 miles, then workout with weights. One crazy joker!

Monday, Decided not to run today. In fact, I may take a few days off to actually rest this leg a bit. Ideally, I would rest it about 2 good weeks, but I can guarantee that I will not be able to make myself do that. Also figured Joseph should take some time off after the hot Saturday race. He is a slight fellow at maybe 125 lbs, and that kind of run is probably harder for him to recover from than me. To be honest, I felt really good by Sunday night and if my calf was not killing me, I probably would have been fine.  Of course, one could easily argue that my calf being sore is a good indication that I am not recovered! In lieu of a run, we headed home for a nice upper body and ab workout. That was good, because the last few have been abbreviated due to time constraints!

Wednesday, Got another upper body type workout in after work. Not as good as on Monday, but not bad. Getting in lots of art time this week after work. Not going running frees time for that of course. But, when I don’t get to run, I am in a bad mood.

Thursday, Decided to go for a run at 5:15 PM. Met Joseph, Nick, and a friend of Nick’s named Ryan. Well, my leg was still sore as hell. Even slightly painful to walk on, but better than Sunday night. So, of course, I thought running would be a good idea. Since I was going to run, might as well run on the hilly gravel roads of the South Farm so I could really feel the pain! Before starting, I did at least tape my leg up. Nick and his bud Ryan jogged over from their dorm, then they probably ran another 5 miles at least on the farm with us. Nick had already run 13 miles about 3 or 4 hours earlier. Crazy beast. On Sunday, Nick will be running his first ever marathon in Chattanooga, TN. Good luck Nick! Back to the run, started out together, but Joseph soon was out of sight. I ran with Nick for almost 3 miles, with Ryan gradually dropping back. Nick headed back, but I waited for Joseph who had added an extra mile loop. He was sneezing and congested, but seemed to be running ok. We ran over to the XC course, then back to the car. My last couple of miles were so slow and quite painful! Argghhhh! Joseph, who was not really running fast, was again out of my sight, even with his snotty gooey head.  I ended up with about 6 and a half miles at 7:41 pace. Joseph got in closer to 8 miles at a much better pace. Bummer man. Hate when stuff keeps me from cruising along. Everything gets out of whack.

Friday, Got an email from MS College XC Coach Ard today saying that we should probably skip the drive to Jackson for the MC College XC Invitational tomorrow morning because someone from the MHSAA had called him telling him that Joseph MacGown could not run in his race on Saturday. I had signed him up for the race back in early August back before the MHSAA had decided to not allow unattached people to participate. I would like to thank the higher ups (and whoever has gone to the trouble to specifically look up those races that Joseph is entered in) whose great egos have decided that full control is necessary and that they should exclude people who don’t exactly fit into their way of thinking. It does seem as though someone in particular has a vendetta at this point. When you have someone go to the trouble of calling about a particular runner being excluded, it makes you wonder.  Second time in a row this has happened. First MSU, now here. I actually am about 99% sure who this is at this point, but don’t want to get others involved who have told me, so I will say all the reasons why I think I know who it is. However, I will say that the coaches at one particular high school in the Jackson area (I won’t mention their names here, although I should-feel free to ask me if you want to know) were noticeably pissed when they saw us at the earlier meet at MC this year. Further, one of those same coaches sent me an ugly email 1.5 years ago about Joseph and the fact that he decided not to run track that year for various reasons, mostly revolving around mistreatment of runners by a particular coach at his school . Not ironically, that coach is no longer in our area, but is now one of the two Jackson coaches who was angry that Joseph was allowed to run in the race. In fact, these two coaches were the only ones at that meet who appeared to be bothered Joseph’s presence. Other high school coaches personally congratulated Joseph that day!  This basic lack of sportsmanship and egomaniacal desire to control everybody is pathetic, but seems to be fast becoming the norm.  Way to go guys!! Kill the drive. This stuff is really getting to me. It truly makes you understand why some people are opting out of the “system” and why some kids are discouraged.  This very thing makes me want to get together bunches of kids who like to run who are not on teams, along with home schooled kids who like to run; coach them; put on meets; and request that various college coaches also have “open” races for these kids at the bigger meets. Some places already do this (not in MS of course), such as the Chili Pepper Invitational in Fayetteville, AR. They have a giant meet with college races, high school team races, and open races for everyone else (unattached high school kids, home schooled kids, and adults). So, basically, they add two additional races: one for males and one for females.  Now there’s an idea guys. Golly Gee! But, instead, MS continually chooses the path of exclusion. Nice.

In other news, MSU’s XC team ran today with John Valentine having a good day with his 24:47 8k and our awesome super cool bud Katie Huston leading the MSU women with her 17:34 5k! Way to go! The men were 4th overall and women were 2nd. Full results are at: http://www.hailstate.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=16800&ATCLID=209287036

Saturday, Got up early and it was dark and chilly! It is hard to get up when its still dark out, and harder yet when its somewhat chilly! Headed over to meet the rest of the Boardtown folks for a run. Actually, I planned on biking along with them today instead of killing my calf further with an 11.4 mile run. Joseph was still snotty and congested this morn, but decided to go anyway. When we arrived Arash was already there, ready to go with his crazy grinning self! Meggan Franks was jogging up after already getting in 3 miles, then Will showed up, and of course a bunch of others. Joseph did alright early, but at about 7 miles suddenly seemed exhausted, and he slowed down considerably. He ended up with a 6:42 pace for the entire run. Arash, on the other hand, was so peppy that he had his best long run in quite some time averaging 6:36 per mile. Meggan finished up just a bit in front of him and probably averaged 6:30 or better. Micah White and Joseph pretty much finished together. It was certainly a nice morn to run though, with the temps in the mid 50’s and with slight drizzle early. A little chilly on my bike, but not bad. Ad long pants and jacket on. Forgot bike gloves. Some new Kenyan feller who used to run at Mississippi Valley showed up too and was not far behind Joseph and Micah. He is now at MSU working on a doctorate. Hopefully, he will become a regular.  Arash said that he had raced against him a couple of years ago and he was pretty fast!

Got home and moved some fallen trees and branches off the trail. Stuff that came down in a recent storm, but just now getting to it. Later, we did some pushups, curls, pull ups and ab stuff.

WEEKLY WORKOUT SUMMARY

Sunday, PM – 5.2 miles easy recovery run at 7:25 mile pace

Monday, PM – upper body and ab workout

Wednesday, PM –  upper body and ab workout

Thursday, PM – 6.5 mile easy run, Joseph got 7.5-8 miles in.

Saturday, AM – 11.4 mile easy bike ride; Joseph did 11.4 miles at 6:42 average; PM – upper body/ab workout.

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New Orleans Jazz Half Marathon and don’t prepare like I do!


Sunday, After staying up super late Saturday drawing weird stuff, I found waking up Sunday morn to be a chore! Even so, finally got up around 9 AM and did a few pushups, shoulder presses, curls, pull ups, and ab exercises with Joseph. Not bad.

Later, at 6 PM we met Will, Juan, and Jorge at the usual meeting place at the South Farm entrance. It was a misty, cool afternoon, and Joseph and I actually wore a shirt today. The Villarreals did not though, cause those muggs are serious. After 3 miles, I wished I hadn’t.  We ran thru campus, around the Research Park, and back around the other side of campus. Joseph and I did 5.1 miles, Juan did 6, and not sure what Will and Jorge got in. Jorge’s achilles was acting up on him, as it seems to do irregularly. He seemed fine for a mile or so, then bamm, ouch. Hopefully, he will be fine. Will has been nursing his plantar fascia problem and was running at a slower pace today. The rest of us did ok. My calf was sore from straining it the week before, but I wrapped it up and ran. Several of us  are beat up right now, sounds like it might be time to ease up a bit. Starting next week, I will do just that. Well, as much as possible. I have a hard time resting. And, I wish I could run fast all the time. Too damn old I guess. Or something. Human. Not Kenyan. Whatever. Somebody slap me. I can’t complain, but I do, that’s why I have a blog. Back to the run.  Our first mile was easy, 7:17, then  6:55, 6:30, then Joseph and Juan got a head of me, probably doing 6:20s. My 4th was slower, 6:55, then my 5th was 6:32. Pretty sore after! Stretched, and later put some ice on my calf.

Monday, Met Brent, Joseph, and Arash at 5:30 and we did our downtown 5.2 mile loop. Joseph was freebing out today after drinking some  chocolate milk protein shake thing right before running. By a mile, he did not have any energy and went off on his own. For the rest of us, the first mile was 7:36, 2nd was 7:02, then Brent and I picked it up to 6:21, with Arash dropping back a bit. Next mile was 6:30 (more hills on this mile, plus several stops/slowdowns at lights), and 5th mile was 6:08. Last bit after was under 6 minute pace. I had once again taped up my foot and calf. Really helped. I could not have run otherwise because it was pretty derned sore earlier. As we returned, Joseph was out jogging around and so he finished up with us. Arash came in a couple minutes later. Pretty good run. Afterward, my calf actually felt better. I wore some higher heel to to drop shoes (8 mm) today than I normally wear hoping to put less strain on my calf. While we stretching after the run, sans shirts, several different car loads of college girls yelled nice things at us like:  nice body, etc.  Not sure who they were referring to, but each one of us probably thought the comments were directed at them. Anyway, decent day with two easy miles then basically a 5k at 6:20 pace.

Tuesday, Went early today. Just me and Max at 4 pm. Ran downtown, 5.2 miles. Max is getting in better shape. First mile was 7:38, then 7:10, 6:59, then after about the 5k mark, Max started tiring and slowed down to about 7:45 pace. I pretty much stayed with him until the last 1.3 miles or so, then picked it up. My 4th mile was 7:02, and 5th was 6:16, with last bit probably at 5:50 pace (according to garmin). Calf was still sore before run, so I wrapped it up. Was able to run with it wrapped. It felt better after the run than before. Was slightly sore later.

Wednesday,  Met Brent  at the South Farm entrance at 5:30 PM, we cruised the streets of Starkpatch. Got in our 5.2 or so miles. Trying to make myself go slow with my sore calf and a half marathon coming up on Saturday that I am not ready for. First mile was 7:16. Ok. Then 6:36, 6:41, 6:36, 6:05, and 5:45-5:50 pace for last .2 miles. Well. So much for going slow. Brent’s fault. Again had my calf wrapped, as I probably will for the next couple of weeks. Anyway, felt alright and it was really nice out! Anyway, I am sure this was  a mistake, but there you go!

Thursday, I did not run, but did get in some upper body stuff. Nothing crazy.

Friday, Got up in the morn and we headed toward New Orleans for the Jazz Half Marathon the next day. Slept fitfully the night before, but did actually go to bed at a decent hour for a change. Damn. Drive started with a Monster and M&Ms without which I don’t know if I would have made it.  Two more energy drinks later and with some loud Nirvanna, Zeppelin and similar tunes, we arrived at 3 PM in New Orleans to crazy traffic.  But, I am pretty sure crazy traffic is the norm in N.O.! We checked in the Marriott, got our race packets (no safety pins in packets!), then set out to explore downtown New Orleans.

downtown New Orleans

downtown New Orleans

I don’t how far we walked, but basically about 3 and half hours! Got to see lots of cool stuff and met some crazy jokers! Stopped in a hippie shop somewhere and we picked up a couple of teeshirts (the Doors and Grateful Dead). We got down into the French Quarter a bit.  A lively city!

Stuffed Gators were everywhere

Stuffed Gators were everywhere

in some voodoo store

in some voodoo store

random street party

random street party

Lots of art, weird people,  cool architecture, weirdos, neat shops, sculptures, and weird folks, but also lots of friendly people. Met a nice older couple who were planning on running the half. They gave us saftety pins! How assume. The husband, 66 years old, was hoping to win his age group the next day. He did! His wife was 2nd in hers!

cool sculpture

cool sculpture

more sculpture

more sculpture

park

park

At some point, we were getting hungry, and freakin tired of walking! It was hot and humid. Probably a really bad idea to have walked this much the night before the race, but we don’t really get down here too much. This was only the 2nd time, but last time we did not get to explore.  I was completely worn out and my legs were really sore, not just my left calf, but both legs everywhere. I guess with the combo of not sleeping much lately (mostly my fault due to late night painting binges), energy drinks, driving down, and lots of walking, things were adding up! We finally settled on a pizza/pasta joint for supper, which was pretty good and near the hotel. I got a crawfish and shrimp penne pasta deal with some local brew on tap (another stupid idea, don’t drink beer the night before a race), and Joseph got a duck and alligator sausage pizza. Cool. Tried it, not bad. The nice couple who gave us pins came in later and also ate here! Cool.

wall of hot sauce!

wall of hot sauce!

Finally got to our room, which ended up not being what I had reserved way back when. Ah. On an outside wall across from a very loud bar. Maybe this is everywhere in N.O. though. Our night and sleep was constantly barraged by loud music, yelling, automobile horns blaring, and police sirens! I brought ear plugs (Joseph did not use any, but should have) and covered my head with a pillow! Did not help. I thought, surely this will end? My legs were really tired, heavy, not good! I thought maybe a good night’s sleep would help. Seriously, music was still beating at 4:30 AM. I might have got 2 hours of sleep. Don’t know if Joseph got more. I don’t see how he could have. We got up at 5 AM either way and ate a banana, granola bar, and drank some water. Then I spent some time wrapping my foot and calf with sports tape, hoping to minimize the calf strain. To keep the tape from loosening up too much (this happened at mile ten the last time I ran a half, which I also, ironically, strained my calf the week before doing), I put a calf sleeve over the calf. I got it good and tight. That calf was not going to stretch today! My foot might not be the same after, but…

About 6:15 AM, still dark, we headed to the race start several blocks away. Kind of walked/jogged. Dang, it was already hot and humid. Not October weather. On the way, a friendly feller smoking MaryJane said hello! Ah, New Orleans. Jogged around a bit, and realized it was really warm! Pretty much had to wear shirts because we had nowhere to put them. Bummer. Met some cool fast jokers at the race start. One guy was wanting to win the grandmasters category. He did. Easily. Some young guys in their early 20s wearing orange Louisiana Running singlets were planning on winning the race, with 2 in particular thinking of going 1 and 2. They did! The winner, a small, red ponytailed 23 year old joker who apparently has never run track, was planning on running 1:05 or so. His friends said he has done that. But, I suspect they greatly under estimated the heat and humidity today. Last year the temps here were in the mid 50s, but today, well, add about 30 degrees plus 90% humidity! He ended up running 1:13 something and his bud was 1:15 something. Still pretty danged good. The 3rd place stud dropped back at 6 miles and did not do well. Meggan Franks from Starkville was up there ready to go to, but she recognized that today would be more about surviving and was not planning on killing the race. She has much bigger things ahead! I laughed as she told the young boy who later won the race that he should probably tie his shoes better! He did. Smart boy.

Race started, and things went well for a few miles, as I, and Joseph (according to him) ran along nicely. My first 5 miles were about the pace that I typically run this distance. Obviously, 2 weeks ago I got in a 14.7 mile run in at 1:37 only with minimal stops and felt really good. Not today. By 5.5 miles, I was hurting. Not even keeping up a pace that I run easy runs at every day. Wow. Not good. Thighs were sore, foot was sore, no energy, felt dehydrated, blah, blah, blah. The rest of the race was an exercise in simply trying to finish. Questions like, why am here? Where is Angelina Jolie’s house? I kid you not, this was absolutely the worst run I think I have ever had! After the 1st water stop, I stopped at every water stop! No, really. I stopped, drank water and or gatorade, poured water on my head, talked to the water people, then started running again. People passed me, sometimes I passed them back. I completely did not care. I only decided to run this race about a week and a half ago anyway, and only then because I was going to run with Zach. But, Zach got hurt, and I was already signed up. A couple days later I was hurt!!! Dang. Anyway, after getting passed, and repassing some of the same people over and over, but also watching random slower people pass me that would not have normally, I finally finished the race. My time was 1:34 something! Oh man. That sucked. And, I was so tired. It was hot, but nothing compared to this past summer. Too many things wrong. I saw Joseph after. He said his race equally sucked. He was shooting for sub 1:18, but ended up 1:26. He ran 1:19 2 years ago on a harder course. Bummer. Meggan finished just a bit behind him. She has also run 1:19 before. However, many people were running slower than usual today with the heat and humidity, and Meggan ended up being the 2nd overall female even with a slower time than she typically runs!

Awards

Awards

I have to say, it was really cool to run thru New Orleans and get to see all kinds of awesome old houses, buildings, and all that. Ran thru a beautiful park. Spectators and volunteers were great, and random jazz musicians were scattered throughout the run. Very cool. I like jazz. So, yep.

After the race, I headed to the Aid tent so I could cut the tape off of my leg, as it was killing my foot by now. After mile 9, it was painful to run. Not my calf, but the bottom of my foot from having to run all taped up. No scissors! What kind of Aid tent was that? Sat down, and eventually got it  pulled off. Not easy.  Getting the tape off helped alleviate my foot pain a lot, and we walked back to the hotel to shower. Changed shoes and clothes and felt better. Surprising, other than generally being sore everywhere, my calf seemed ok. We then walked back to the start for the awards. We knew Meggan got 2nd, and as slow as Joseph ran, we still figured he probably won the 0-19 year age group. Those zero year old kids are pretty fast, but you never know! I also wanted to see who won my age group (45-49). Well, Joseph did win his age group, and by almost 2o minutes. Got a cool bowl. Surprisingly, and despite my sucky, pathetic, punk-ass, winy old man performance, I also won my age group, and by several minutes. Cool bowl. I don’t feel like I deserve it really. But, what the heck. What do I know. Over. Done.

Top Three Women, with Meggan Franks winning 2nd overall (center)

Top Three Women, with Meggan Franks winning 2nd overall (center)

Me and Joseph with our 1st place age group bowls

Me and Joseph with our 1st place age group bowls

Post race party with music, food, and stuff. Pretty cool. Eventually, we headed back to Starkville. Since, I still had not really slept, it took 3 energy drinks, a coke, and large bag of M&Ms to make it back. Plus, lots of music. Finally! Home. Chilling out doing this blog, watching a movie and eating supper: chips, orange, ice cream, and dead guy ale. Calf is still good! Did not totally abuse it today after all.

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WEEKLY WORKOUT SUMMARY

Sunday, AM – upper body/ab workout; PM – 5.1 miles, 6:50 pace

Monday, PM – 5.2 miles, 6:40 pace

Tuesday, AM – some pushups; PM – 5.2 miles, 7 minute pace average (1st mile 7:38, last mile 6:17)

Wednesday, PM –  5.2 miles (6:35 pace)

Thursday, PM – upper body stuff and abs

Saturday, AM – warmup jog, then 13.1 miles at 1:34, Joseph at 1:26 ish

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Starkville Striders Running Club


Sunday, I got the day going with an upper body/ab workout. Went pretty well. When I say that I got the day going, it was not at the break of dawn, it was about 9:30 AM! The day before was jam-packed with stuff starting with the Boardtown run. Then, I spent the day with my beautiful girlfriend Audrey Sheridan and her crazy whipper snappers at the Mississippi Modern Homesteading Center with various activities. Joseph and I followed that with an outing at the coffee shop called 929 in downtown Starkville where various artists such as Jude Landry and Lorrin Webb were selling things and some local musicians were playing including the likes of freakin awesome classical guitarist Stephanie Jackson! While we were there, we saw some of our running buddies Will, Phil, and Dominique Belcher! Checked out of there and sampled the new Lost Pizza establishment opting for the Diablo pizza. My favorite part about the place was the decor. The folks working there were nice, but kind of that artificial nice that you have with a new place, and they all had on Lost Pizza tshirts with slogans like “Get Lost”. The pizza was ok, sauce was weird, sweet, ok, nothing remarkable. I probably won’t go back. I much prefer the pizza at CJs and the Darkhorse Tavern. After eating, we went to the late show and watched Riddick. I like the Riddick movies. This was one was not my favorite, but it was pretty good. Too slow for me and not much of a story. I guess its just part of a story that will be shown in parts, but after having seen one of the greatest movies of all time, “The Chronicles of Riddick”, I was expecting more. Vin Diesel, of course, did a good job with his role. Got home, and stayed up a couple more hours. So, yeah, 9:30 AM seemed like a reasonable time to start Sunday. After the morning workout, which was fueled by Beck and Nirvanna, I cooked us up some eggs and spicy sausage! Yum.

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At 6 PM, it was misty, half raining, but we went running anyway. It was really nice out! Brent, Will, Max, Juan, and Arash joined us today. We just did the 5.3 mile loop thru town (5.3 mile route), although Juan added some at the end to get in a 10k. First mile was easy, probably 7:10 or so, then we starting picking it up. At the halfway point, it was Joseph, Arash, Juan, Brent and I hanging more or less together, then we gradually got ahead of Arash. Kept pushing along pretty good and Juan dropped back a little (to be fair, he ran 8 miles the day before at 6:20 pace!), and Brent, Joseph, and I kept moving really feeling good on the last 1.5 miles or so. Guessing our last mile was 5:45 ish. We finished the route at just under 33 minutes, which was our best time for this route even with the slower first mile to mile and a half! I guarantee that this was Brent’s best run ever! Dude. And really, this was pretty good for this route, which crosses numerous intersections all of which we have to slow down for, not to mention the random cars that try to run over us. Had another dude today in a giant Ford pickup at a stop sign parked in the crosswalk who did not want us going in front of him. As we were about to enter the bike lane to go in front of him, he pulled out in front of traffic to beat us. Thanks Ford truck guy! I slapped his truck with my hand as I was trying to avoid him, while letting him know he was a pecker head. What is up with these people? Am I wrong? If I am running down the sidewalk with 6 other people, and a car or truck is at stop sign stop (not a a 2 or 3 or 4 way) waiting for the back and forth traffic to break for him to go, is he allowed to try to run over pedestrians or runners in the cross walk, or in this case since he was parked in the cross walk, the bike lane, or bikers in the bike lane? And, cars were coming, the guy had to pull out in front of someone else who had to brake suddenly. We had to stop quickly. Crazy. Now this incident was not as close as the one last week, but it was really rude. The other question is, even if he was right, which he wasn’t, is it really ok to run over people or try to??? Maybe it was our fault for running so fast. Perhaps this redneck miscreant assumed that we were running at pace that he might manage, rather than our blinding speed. And, therefore, he was simply not ready for us to arrive at the front of his ridiculously massive truck so quickly? Could it be that we were running so fast on the warmup part of our run that we were invisible? Well, for all practical purposes, we were invisible. I can’t tell you how many times I have almost been hit by a vehicle who was turning right, but not looking right! Sometimes we yell ahead when we see they are not looking. Sometimes they even hear us! But, back to the run. Juan came thru a couple of minutes back, but kept going for his 6.2 miles, which he said he did at a 6:40 something average. Arash came in a bit later, but stopped at exactly 5 miles and walked in. He always does this if he is planning on doing a certain distance, no more and no less! Max did pretty well, finishing near 40 minutes or so. He is coming along! Will brought up the rear today, as he has been experiencing some plantar fasciatus. Not fun, and Will is not one to rest when he is sore. He ran 18 miles on Saturday and biked 60 or more this morn! Crazy joker.  Yeah, for Joseph, this was an average pace, but for Brent and I, this was a pretty good run, especially with the first part being slower as we averaged under 6:15 for the entire course. I would guess our last 4 miles were just under 6 minute pace. Weather I guess? Who knows, but it did feel great out!

Monday, Met Joseph, Zach, Ravi, and Michael Lee for a run thru the South Farm. Planned on going slow and easy today after the last two days of awesome running. Of course, Ravi and Zach ran over from their respective dorms or apartments, so they did not go quite as far on the farm. Michael was feeling good I guess, as he lead the way today, with Joseph behind him, and me taking my time back behind him. They both finished up a good bit a head of me. And, that was fine with me, as I needed to work out some soreness!

Tuesday, met Joseph, Will, Nick, and Max at the South Farm entrance at 6 pm. We ran around campus, the Research Park loop and back. Will and Max both went a bit further. Nick, who had been having some sort of foot issue, did not go as far, but he had already run some on his own. My plan today was to do a fartlek type run. First mile we were all today and ran it at 7:30. At about 1.5 miles I picked it up running at 5:25ish pace for a half mile or so, then back to about 6:40-6:45. I repeated this pattern, more or less, but sometimes the faster parts were not as long, although about the same pace (between 5:20 and 5:40 mile pace). By the time I started the faster pace, Nick had headed back to his dorm. Joseph, Max and Will also picked it up, but were behind me. At around 2 miles, I got caught by the light on Hwy 82 and Will and Joseph caught me, after which time Joseph and I ran together the rest of the way, soon losing site of Wild Will and Manic Max. Even with the slow parts, the mile splits were 6:08 to 6:18 from mile 2 to 5, so, that was nice! The only negative was that on one of the hills I felt like I might have stretched my left calf a bit too hard.

Wednesday, Easy 30 minute run with Joseph at McKee Park and Longmeadow at 4:30 pm. After about 2 miles, my left calf was suddenly very sore. Ouch! Guess that feeling in my calf on Tuesday was more serious than I thought! Running is funny. You can run along every day and have no problem, then hit one imperfect spot in a road or on a hill and zap, ouch, zing. Of course, I probably over did the faster stuff this week with 3 stupendously, fantastic runs. I can get by with 2 pretty fast runs, but at my age, I seem to have problems with 3 with a week, much less within 4 days. So, I was was setting myself up for this sort of thing to happen.  Also, I was in a hurry Tuesday and did not run through my normal stretching routine. I only do about  5 stretches, and that is including front to back and side to side leg swings, but if I don’t do them all, I usually regret it. Going slow as molasses today, so still a bit weird. Really had to take it easy coming back. Even so, passed a bunch of SHS kids who  jogging thru the neighborhood and park while we were out. Also saw some of them chillin’ at a water fountain when we finished up later.  Guess they had a hard workout the day before with 20 X 400m, which would actually be a pretty hard workout for college runners, let alone 7th thru 12th graders who race between 3k and 5k! Yeah. Whew. They were topping that off with a tempo run today.  They mentioned an upcoming race at Clinton, the Watson Ford Invitational put on by Mississippi College. Yeehah. It was a bit hard to get excited knowing that the elitists in charge of athletic rule making have now pressured our college coaches to not allow unattached runners and homeschooled runners in their meets. Thanks fatheads!  This was one that Joseph could have run in, but now can’t. Mississippi. Sometimes all I can do is shake my head in dismay.

Thursday, I met Brent, Juan, Jorge, Will, Max, Lucas, and Jessica for a easy run thru town. It was drizzly out, but felt great. Lucas and Jessica, who both run for MSU, had some time to run on their own, so joined us. Always nice to see those crazy cats. They had a tough workout the day before with Lucas having done 4 X 1 mile repeats with an 800m and 2 X 400m thrown in for a 5 mile total, and Jessica had done 20 X 200m! So, they had an easy morning run and now were doing a super easy evening run. Here was a good example of how college runners were doing workouts of the same or less duration than high school runners, and followed by super easy recovery runs. Anyway, I probably should not have run today as my calf was still obviously sore. Dumb-ass. But, I was so hyper, I had to go. Fortunately, most of the group was going pretty slow today, and I  basically ran with Max and Jessica. After 15 minutes, I returned with Jessica and Lucas, and we chatted away while avoiding the crazies in cars who seemed intent on running over us in cross walks. Brent returned later after running a slightly longer and faster route and mentioned that another guy almost ran in to him in a cross walk. He said he was already in the crosswalk before the guy, who was going to turn right at a 3 way stop sign had even stopped. People! Don’t run over people. Geesh. But, yeah, the run was nice, but not a good idea for sure. Coincidentally, I just decided earlier this week to do the New Orleans Jazz Half Marathon. Joseph, Zach, maybe Jorge, and Meggan Franks are going, so, why not. I have been running pretty well. But, 2 days later my calf is killing me!  @#$#@*#$!  Resting it on Friday and Saturday (will bike on Saturday), so maybe that will help.

Friday,  took it easy today.

Saturday, Got up and did an upper body/ab workout. Nothing crazy today. Calf still sore. Growl. Later that day at about 5:45 PM, I jumped on my bike and rode along as Joseph ran 6.5 miles out here in Sessums. Pretty humid, but gradually got better as the sun started going down. He averaged 6:17 per mile for the run. Calf felt alright on the bike.

WEEKLY WORKOUT SUMMARY

Sunday, AM – upper body/ab workout, PM – 5.3 miles, mile one at 7:10, then 6 minute pace (33 minutes)

Monday, PM – 51 minutes easy run on gravel

Tuesday, PM –  5 miles, 1st at 7:30, then fartlek type run with fast parts at 5:25-5:40 pace, slower parts at 6;40-7:00 pace (entire route average 6:37)

Wednesday, PM – 30 minute easy run

Thursday, PM – 30 minute easy run

Saturday, AM – upper body/ab workout; 6.5 mile bike ride (Joseph ran 6.5 at 6:17 mile pace)

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