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Savannah College of Art and Design has a cross country team


Monday, Weights and other upper body stuff. Nice. Joseph got in some stretching and light jogging and loosening up stuff on our trail.

Tuesday, In the afternoon we met Nick Pettit, Lucas Muniz and Ravi Singh at the South Farm for a run. School started up again here at MSU and these crazy muggs were all back in town and ready to go! Joseph and Lucas took off ahead of us. Lucas ended his day with about 10 miles. I think Joseph got in about 7. I jogged 3 with Ravi and Nick (Nick was with us for about half of that and kept going). Jumped on my bike and got in 4-5 miles and rode back in with Lucas and Joseph who make running look pretty easy!

Wednesday, Joseph and I met Brent Wallace, Max, Lucas, and John Mooney at the South Farm. Temps were mid 40s when we started, but windy! Thirty minutes later it was 39°F! I only did 4 miles as we made our way downtown. First two were easy, next two were 6:30s, which was awesome until the last 400m when my calf felt suddenly sore. Oh well, I was surprised that I could even run after yesterday, when it was pretty sore after only 3 easy miles. Moony, Brent, and max did 5.5 miles, and Lucas and Joseph got in 8 miles. Short sleeves, shorts, and 39°. Crazy. I had long sleeves and a hat on myself.

Thursday, Hit the road to Savannah, Georgia for long weekend XC recruiting and art visit to the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). First of all, what? Art School with a XC team? Trippy.  Pretty cool opportunity this opens up for those who like to run and are artistic. Of course, the tuition here is crazy. However, as Joseph is a decent runner, he was asked by the coach to come visit this weekend with some other recruits.  This was a super cool opportunity for recruits to run together and get to know each other and the team. And, you might think that being an art school, their XC team would suck. However, this coach dude, Patrick Reagan, is no slouch himself, as he recently won the Orlando, FL half marathon at 1:06 and change! Sweet Pete, that little bearded joker can run! Not only that, in the short time he has been at SCAD, he has been able to take some average runners and get them relatively fast. As a result, he is now getting in some better recruits and has high hopes. Given he was an all American, I don’t doubt for a minute he knows what it takes. But, whatever, he is a cool little bearded dude with tattoos and he plays music.

SCAD Admissions

SCAD Admissions

Friday, Got up early so Joseph could meet up with the recruits for a run. Saw him later in the morn. He said they did some easy stuff, then a short tempo, nothing crazy. I pretty much walked around this pretty city and ate good stuff. My food intake is outweighing my exercise so far. To get the full “college” experience, the recruits actually get to stay in dorms while here. So, I pretty much was on my own as I wandered the streets talking with various artists.

cool church

cool church

Saturday, Joseph had another early morn run. He saw it might have been 9 or 10 miles. Cold in the morn too, about 29°F with strong winds. Still, that kooky joker wore shorts. Not me, I am taking the weekend off from running. Instead, got up and did a bunch of pushups and ab deals, and walked a few miles. Late morning, we visited the SCAD Admissions building for a special event called SCAD days where the prospective students could learn more about the school, admission process, and actually visit different departments and other facilities. During this time, we ate lunch at one of the SCAD cafeterias, and yes, very good. At 2 PM, Joseph met the coach and other runners as they headed to Tybee Island to explore and hang out. Later, they had a some kind of pasta party and played music at someone’s apartment. Apparently, like Joseph, many of them are musical in addition to being artistic! Another night in a dorm for him, and another cruise thru town for me. Ate a nice steak at some place in the City Market area.

walking toward City Market

walking toward City Market

Sunday, Joseph got in a long run with the other recruits. Said it was cool. About 13 miles or so. He mostly ran with one guy who showed him some of the sights. He mentioned running on the bridge that crossed the river and how he felt like he was going to get blown off by the strong winds. It was again cold, but dufous boy again had shorts and short sleeves on. Its hard for me to wear that when its under 30°. This is a nice place to run for sure. Very scenic. About lunch, we got back on the road toward home. Yeehah. The long drive back!

So hyper from 9 hours of driving that I got in a nice workout when I got home! Ah. Will run tomorrow.

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First Light Half Marathon, Mobile, Alabama, 12 June 2014-Joseph gets 3rd overall


Sunday,  Lifted weights and stuff in the morn . Afternoon, 3.5 mile run, then bike. Joseph 7 mile run.

Monday, upper body stuff only, too cold to run. Joseph did pushup workout.

Tuesday, 4.5 mile run – 7:40 pace, then upperbody workout. Joseph, 7 mile run.

Wednesday, Did not run or bike today. Joseph, 45 minute run.

Thursday, 2 mile bike on south farm gravel, then 6 X 400m on grassy stretch. First one slower, 1:24, then average 1:13. Couple of nice 200s after. Calf was pretty sore, but who cares, it was so nice out! Ran without a shirt. Joseph did an easy 7 mile run.

Friday, Biked 5 miles with Joseph out in the country. Misty, chilly, and slightly windy. He was trying to run easy, but did the first four at 5:55-6:05 pace. Told him to slow down the last mile, so he did for at least some of the way. We were planning on going to Pensacola for the half marathon on Saturday morn, but the weather down there is looking pretty bad. Instead, we will be going to the Servis 1st Bank First Light Half Marathon in Mobile, Alabama on Sunday. Weather is supposed  to better. Lets hope so!

Saturday, Road trip to Mobile, AL. Got there about 3 PM. We hit the streets to check out the area. As with the other southern cities we have visited, the downtown area was very nice with numerous historic homes and building, ancient live oaks lining the streets, and numerous parklike areas. At some point, we decided it was time to eat. We found a pizza/pasta place (Buck’s Pizza or something), which was not bad.

coolbuilding

downtownMobile

cool fountain

cool fountain

After a fitful sleep which was interrupted often by loud voices in the hallway of the motel and an arguing couple next door, we got up around 5 AM for a light breakfast (banana and breakfast bar), then back to sleep for an hour. Got moving and headed downstairs for the upcoming race. Since I was not running, the lack of sleep was only a minor annoyance, as was the pain in my lower back from sleeping on a ridiculously soft mattress. Bummer. Weather was pretty nice, about 46°F and not much wind. Today’s race had both a marathon and half marathon, both of which started at the same time and shared the first 8  miles tother before splitting. Lots of folks. Some of them, quite a few actually, had already run a half or full marathon the day before. Hardcore. People from all over the US were here too, even some from other countries. Awesome.

start

start

Joseph looked good at the start, somewhere up near the front, just behind a couple of pretty fast looking jokers (and of course a couple of hyper high school types unfamiliar with this distance who started out like gangbusters).

After that, I pretty much had an hour plus to kill. At 1:13:53 the first guy finished up, some South Carolinean ex college runner/now working at running store dude. He looked pretty good. He was followed by another dude at sub 1:15. Joseph rounded out the top 3 coming in around 1:18:25. He looked pretty good, not overly worn out. Actually, he did not seem tired at all. He said it was hard though and that he stopped at 3 water stops. He said he twisted his ankle at about mile 7 on an uneven piece of the road, which made the rest of the race a bit more than easy. He was disappointed with his overall and average per mile time, which worked out to right at 6 minutes per mile.  So, a good bit slower than  the pace he has been running his long runs at lately, but still pretty good. If interested,  the full race results are now online.

Finish

Finish

They had specially made awards for the top ten males and females that were hand painted canvas deals with handmade paper on canvas created by members of the L’Arche Activity Center. Cool and very different.

getting an award

getting an award

awesome painting award deal

awesome painting award deal

Met some pretty cool folks while we were there including a nice sized contingent from South Carolina, most of whom placed well in the race (including the overall winner). Also, finally met Mike Thrailkill, an awesome Mississippi runner who is my age. He wins quite a few trophies in these races! Anyway, nice day, but nice to be home too!

post race

post race

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last week of vacation


Monday, Started out the morn with a upper body deal. 5 sets of bench, 4 sets of pullups, curls with the curlbar, triceps with curl bar, side ab shrugs with dumbbells. Cool. Breakfast (banana and breakfast bar).  Joseph and I went to the South Farm at about 12:30 PM for a run. Low 40’sF, gloomy day. I did 3 miles easy, then biked a few fairly quick ones on the soft gravel roads. Joseph ran for the duration. Running was not bad temp-wise and I was comfy enough with shorts, shortsleeves, and no gloves. But, with long sleeves, sweat pants, and gloves while on the bike, I was freezing! Ah well. To warm up, we went to Buffalo Wildwings where I had 12 of the Blazin hot wings.

Starkville is a funny place (not really). Here we are in Mississippi, the fattest place in the universe, and we do everything we can to keep it that way. The roads are not really safe to run on, no shoulders and very few bike lanes. Bike lanes are recent, and often blocked by cars (at least on University Drive). Drivers in our area do not like cyclists and runners to be on “their” roads either, which makes running and biking a fairly adventurous undertaking at times. However, we have the university, which is an oasis in an otherwise morbidly obese land. Lots of students here are in decent shape. We have a very nice intramural center, the Sanderson Center, that was built a few years back, largely as the result of a huge donation from  a millionaire chicken farmer. So that is nice. Unfortunately, when they built the new facility, they  decided that staff and faculty had to pay to use it Formerly, these workout facilities were free for us, as should be the case. Yeah, we are not very progressive here for sure. Some places actually provide gym memberships for their staff, so as to have a healthy workforce. Go figure. Ironically, I know people who don’t work for MSU, but get a stipend from the company that they work at (radical businesses like TVA [Tennessee Valley Authority Electrical group]) that pays for their membership at our university rec center. How crazy is that? I mean, that is great for them. I comment them. Of course, that makes it all the more ironic that actually university employees have to pay to workout here.  I will never understand this place. Anyway, the membership rates have become so high, that I no longer go there. In fact, they are no longer competitive with local gyms. They may have more to offer, but really, when you go to a gym, you don’t usually do everything anyway, so that is somewhat irrelevant. Especially when you consider that they are closed during major holidays, football games, etc. If you want to bring a guest in for an workout, that will cost you a cool 10 bucks! Yeah. Disappointing for sure.  Then, I look around my department and other departments and see the folks who miss the most work. Not even close. Those people who are in the worst physical shape miss the most work. Create a place where you have a healthy work force, and you have a better, more productive work force. This is not rocket science.

Another puzzling hindrance for would be exercisers in our area (other than the general lack of sidewalks and bike lanes) is the lack of any water fountains or public restrooms. The only ones that I am aware of are at McKee Park. But otherwise, forget it. You would think that the campus might have places available where people might get water at the very least. This place is dangerously hot in the summer, and well, why not. We have a bunch of folks who run and walk around here. MSU does actually have a public restroom and water fountain strategically placed near the MAFES South Research Farm and beside the tennis courts and intramural soccer fields. This is a great idea, especially considering the high number of runners, bikers, and walkers who utilize the gravel roads of the south farm. These runners include the MSU, Starkville High, and Starkville Academy XC team members. On the surface, this sounds great, but for some inexplicable reason, the bathroom doors are locked most of the time and the faucet is typically turned off. They do open the doors when we have home football games, so the visitors in their RVs can have use of them, and they open them during those windows of time when there is an actual intramural game, but otherwise, nope. Why? WHY??? Is someone worried about vandalism? Give me a break. Not a reason. Open the bathroom guys, turn the water on, put out more water fountains, and stop the madness.

MSU public bathroom, a wonderful building that is usually locked:(

MSU public bathroom, a wonderful building that is usually locked:(

Tuesday, Another visit to Longmeadow neighborhood with the kid. I biked and timed him while he ran 3 X 1 mile with 2 minute jogs between, followed by 2 X 800m with 800m job between, and of course a warm up and cool down jog. He averaged 5:18 for each mile and 800s were 2:29 and 2:21. Not bad. Pretty chilly.

Wednesday, Leisurely hike at some horseback riding place in Alabama. Pretty place, rocky outcrops and cool stuff. Waterfalls. Some people riding horses too. Some of the people were pretty big, probably would  have been better off walking;)

this is a picture of me

this is a picture of me

closeup of a rock

closeup of a rock

this was the view from below as I peered upward between two large rock formations

this was the view from below as I peered upward between two large rock formations

another waterfall

another waterfall

cool waterfall with the sun shining thru

cool waterfall with the sun shining thru

Thursday, Wow! Super windy today! Cold too. Well, about 37°. But, with that north wind booming at over 20 mph, it was pretty chilly. Joseph and I ran on the south farm midafternoon. We have quite a bit of rain the night before, so the gravel roads were very soft and muddy. I ran about 2.5 miles at 7:20 mile pace. Out and back. Slower back with the wind. Felt good. Then biked around farm roads for about an hour. Coming back was brutal! With the soft terrain and wind, it felt like I was riding a bike with flat tires! Joseph was already back by the time I arrived. Think he did around 7 miles.
Friday, no run or bike today. Got in a good upper body workout though. Bench press (5 sets), curl bar curls (5 sets with 90-95 lb)s, dumbbell militaries with 40 lbs dumbbells (3 sets of 25-40 reps),  ab stuff, pullups (4 sets).  Need some heavier dumbbells, the 40s are pretty easy for most things.
Saturday, Went out to the refuge to bike with Joseph while he ran 10 miles. Got there about 2:30PM. Not many hunters today, so we felt safer as we ran and biked down the road! I am planning on taking Joseph to Pensacola, FL next weekend for a half marathon, so he was not supposed to run overly hard or super far today. He did 10 miles, and slower than he had been running it, around 59 minutes at a 5:52 pace. He seemed kind of tired anyway, so probably just as well. Pretty nice day in the low 50’s, but semi windy with 10-12 mile per hour winds. Supposed to be crazy cold Sunday night through Wednesday, so this will be the last short sleeved shirt run for a few days. Hopefully the weather is cooperative for Saturday’s race. The extended forecast for Saturday in Pensacola is not good: 100% chance of rain. Please change! What a bummer that would be. Joseph has been running pretty well lately, but terrible race weather could negate all that.
I have had the last two weeks off from work, and it has been nice! Going to be hard to go back to work on Monday!

WEEKLY WORKOUT SUMMARY

Monday, AM – upperbody workout, PM – 3 mile run, 5 mile bike; Joseph, 50 minute run

Tuesday, PM – biked 7 miles; Joseph, WU, 3 X 1 mile, 2 X 800m, CD

Wednesday. AM-PM – hiked about 3 hours; PM – upperbody workout

Thursday, PM – 2.5 mile run, 50 minute bike; Joseph, 7 mile + run.

Friday, PM – upper body workout

Saturday, PM – 10 mile bike; Joseph, 10 mile run.

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