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.
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;)
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.