Sunday, got in an easy 4 mile run with Joseph this morn. A beautiful morning to run for sure. Mowed the lawn and trail mid afternoon. Whew! Getting hot out, already in the mid 80’s. Went for another run in town with Joseph at 4:30 PM. Joseph was still trying to loosen up his legs from yesterday. We got in 5. 4 miles at a 7:24 average pace. Man, it was actually hot, almost 90°! Going to have to start going later in the day or earlier in the morning or both as the summer comes along. Anyway, it was nice to get in almost 10 miles total today for me.
Monday, Another hot day, and the rest of the week looks rough too! Got off work and did some bench press, curls, military presses, pullups, and a few crunches. Then rode my bike with Joseph while he did a fartlek of sorts. First, 1.3 mile easy, then .4 miles harder (5:20 pace), 2 minutes easy; 1000m at 3:13, 2 minutes easy; 0.8 miles at 5:25ish pace, 3 minutes easy; 0.4 miles fast, 2 minutes easy; 1000m (.63 miles) at 3:18, 2 minutes easy; 0.82 miles at 5:12 pace, 3 minutes easy; 1 minute fast, 1 minute easy; 1 minute fast, 1 minute easy; and a bit of a jog and some stretching. Done. Home. Pizza and ravioli.
Tuesday, Another hot one, so we started at 6 pm today! Met Will Kallfelz, Brent, Max, Lucas, and Joseph at our normal meeting spot. This was to be the final run with the group for our fine feathered German friend Max! Well, we may do some goofy run Sunday afternoon, but this is the last real run. After having spent two semesters here at MSU, he will be heading back to Germany. We will all miss that crazy kook. He is a super funny dude and has become one of our regulars!
As we got going, Chad Anderson and Bert Hart joined us for part of the run as they were finishing up their route. For those few minutes, we had quite the group! The run went well, and I did 6 miles at a 7:10 pace. Still figuring out ways to land on my feet without causing imbalance with my legs. Calf felt good today, so, awesome! Max also did 6 miles and finished up behind me today. For the first 3 miles, we were all mostly together, but Brent, Joseph, Will, and Lucas veered off to get in an 8 mile loop. Lucas and Brent also added an 8 X one minute fartlek session on the way back. Joseph, who had done a strong fartlek the day before, did not, nor did Will. When we finished up, I got a couple of photos of the group. In the first one, I was in the picture, in the middle and slightly behind everyone. With all of the tall mugs that run with me, I look like a super short dude! Now, I am not tall or anything, but I am at least 5’9″, and in fact, was measured earlier this same day at 5’10”, albeit with shoes on.
The next picture shows these guys without me in the picture. This makes the guys look like normal people rather than abnormal freaks. They actually are abnormal freaks, so its good that I got the first photo.
Thursday, 4pm easy run with Joseph at a casual 7:30 mile pace. Albert (Bert) Hart joined us for some of the run. Nice to have that trippy bubble dancing joker out there! Pretty nice day, but warm! Followed the run up by heading downtown to the Starkville Area Arts Council sponsored art show entitled “Mississippi.” I had three pieces of art in the show.
Friday, no run today. But, several sets of pullups (10-15 reps), pushups (61-75 reps each set), dumbell curls and military presses (40 lb dumbbells, 10-15 reps), and crunches and other ab things. Not bad at all.
Saturday, Headed to Tupelo, MS with Joseph for the Gumtree 10k. The weather was iffy, with scattered storms in the forecast. As it turned out, the storms moved out of the region quicker than expected and it was basically just hot and humid! Yep. Saw lots of buds there such Bert the bubble dancer Hart, Mad Chad Anderson, Greg Grimes, Robert Scribner, Houston and Meggan Franks, Ian “Mr. Happy” Prester and his family, and many others. Lots of super duper fast folks here today with Kenyans and the like. And, a big crowd in general.
This was a somewhat emotional race, as a serious tornado swept through this area a couple of weeks ago, which devastated parts of town including homes along the 10k route! The race director talked about this as the race was about to get underway.
As the race got going, I headed over to the arts festival to check out the art. Always good stuff here. Chatted with a few artsy jokers. I saw several booths of art that I really liked. I especially like the trippy whimsical paintings of Nicole Gladden (www.nicolegladdenart.com) and works by Chris Warner (www.hcwarner.com), but also liked lots of other art here.
After perusing the art for about 20 minutes, I headed back toward the 10k finish line. We were all hoping that Tupelo native and elite runner Robert Scribner would win today, and having run a 29:45 here three years ago, this was not out of the question. He is undeniably in great shape right now and running well. But, the field was just too deep today and he ended up with 6th place overall with a 30:45 or so, still good enough for some cash. The winner, a Kenyan dude, clocked a 29:49, which was actually probably better than it sounds, given the humidity and heat this morn. Apparently, this feller has run sub 28 recently. According to Coach Houston Franks, most of the elite runners ran at least one and up to two minutes slow today.
Speaking of good running, Houston ran a 34:22 today to win the Masters division (40 and over) beating out former Ole Miss star Bo Boatner who ran just over 35 minutes.
Joseph did not exactly kill it today with his 35:42, but easily won the 15-19 male age group by at least 4 minutes.
Houston’s wife Meggan, an elite runner herself, ran the race slower than her typical time due to be about 6 months pregnant, but still managed to win the 30-34 age group for females! Crazy. I took a picture of her receiving her award, but she was all like, “hell no boy, do not put that online!” And, you don’t mess around when a pregnant momma speaks! Our new running bud Jim Brown, 35 years old, had another nice race and broke 35 minutes this week. He finished right behind MSU track runner Phillip Johnson. Jim is running well, and even ran a 15:50 5k a couple of weeks ago! Last week Joseph was able to beat this Jim, but today the tables were turned in his home town. Jim is running quite well these days. I got to meet his wife and daughter this morn too, and what a nice little family!