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Spartan Race Entry Give Away Winner, Nice hill workout, good ten mile run, and great weather…

Me and the Brent dude got in a nice 6 miler on Tuesday afternoon around 4 pm. Through town and campus, so had to put up with some lights of course, but mostly hit them pretty good. Run started easy as usual, 7:22, 6:36, 6:32, 6:36 (some hills on this mile), then 6:11, and finished with a 5:41. Sweet. The 6:30 paced miles are feeling pretty danged easy right now. Likin’ dat!

Man,  busy, missing some runs! Did not get to go Monday or Wednesday. Ah well, probably need the break. Just me and Brent again on Thursday. We went early because I needed to be at the local “Holiday Showcase” group exhibition at 5 PM. I needed to be there because I am a cochair of arts in public places and I had art in the show (read it about the show on my art blog). So, we started our run at 3 PM. Nice, but very windy today! Started easy as usual and picked it up along the way. Only did 5 miles. Here are the splits: 7:20, 6:25, 6:18, 6:19, and 5:40. Overall average was 6:24, the four miles after the “warmup” mile were 6:10 average.

Friday at 4 PM, I got in 6.5 awesome miles with Brent, John Mooney, Patrick Bell, Armon Borzjani, and Patton Little. Patton and Armon are the top two XC runners at SHS and Patrick is about 4th. Good to have those speedy jokers with us.  Today, we hit the hilly University Estates neighborhood. Mooney wanted to do 8 X 1 minute hills, so we did. I could not believe it, but other than Brent, no one even knew about the cool hills over there! Anyway, in our 6.5 mile run, we hit the hills pretty good. Felt good to me anyway! Awesome run. Chilly though, I actually wore a tank top! Mooney was the only one crazy enough to go shirtless.

Saturday, I was in Jackson, MS with coworkers Audrey Sheridan and Lois Connington giving a bug presentation at the Mississippi Food Summit and Agricultural Revival. So, no run today. While I was there, Joseph was running in his XC conference meet in West Palm Beach Florida. His team ended about where they figured in the Sun Conference with a second place finish. Joseph did not have a great race, but I think that was due to high temps down there and an attempt to go hard early hoping for a remote possibility of beating the very strong Embry Riddle team out of Atlanta. Anyway, they finished up the season as runner up champions in the conference, and their girls won the conference championship. Good job. The guys team is super young with the best runners being sophomores and freshman, so that bodes well for their future. Not to mention that apparently Embry Riddle will be moving to the NCAA next year, meaning, at least theoretically, that the SCAD boys have a great chance of being number one in the Sun Conference the next few years and a much better chance of winning the conference meet. Winning the conference meet gives automatic selection to the national meet.

Sunday, 2 pm run with Brent “space cadet” Wallace, John “Moon Man” Mooney,  and Drew “Secret Agent Man” Boyles. We hit the campus, research park, and north farm then returned to the south farm entrance for a 10.2 mile loop. We ran a very comfortable easy average pace of 7:13. After getting some water, Drew and John headed out on the south farm for a few more miles, but that was enough for me and Brent today. I had stuff to do and needed to head out. Otherwise I probably would have ran another 5 or 6 miles. The weather was a perfect 60° F and after some of our faster runs that we have had lately, this “easy” 7:13 minute mile pace was a piece of cake. We chatted back and forth the entire run. Super Cool.

John Mooney, Brent Wallace, and Drew Boyles

John Mooney, Brent Wallace, and Drew Boyles

No run Monday, had some meetings interfering with that. Bummer.  Of course I did some workout stuff at home.

Worked out a couple of times on Tuesday beginning with about 500 pushups, 50+ pullups, some curls, crunches, and a few other things and finishing up at lunch with a few sets of curls, military presses, and pushups. At 4 PM, I met Patton, Armon, and Patrick for a run in Longmeadow. Since their XC season is over now, I am working with them as they prepare for the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics XC South Regional Meet coming up in Clinton, MS on November 22. They all three looked good today. We started with a 2000m easy jog, then some light loosening up. Then  2000m (one nice loop around the neighborhood) at 5k race pace or slightly better. Armon and Patton both ran together doing the 2000m loop at a  5:12 mile pace. I ran with Patrick most of the way, but finished slightly ahead of him with a 5:34 pace and he finished with a 5:42 pace. About 5 minutes rest, then another 2000m loop. This time, Armon and Patton, who again stayed together, averaged 5:20, I was 5:36, and Patrick was about 5:45. A shorter rest, then a quicker, “lighter” 800m run with Patton and Armon at 2:28, and me and Patrick at 2:32. Short jog, then 1 minute pretty fast (sub 5 minute mile pace), then a 30 second jog, then 30 seconds fast uphill. We followed that with a 1.5 mile cool down jog at an easy pace, then some leg swings and light stretches. In total, about 1 hour was needed for the entire workout including warmup and cool down. Great job guys!

***Spartan Race Entry Give Away Winner***

Eric Wisniewski is the winner for the free entry to a Spartan Race. Eric will be participating in the Fenway Park Spartan Sprint on the 15th. This guy is hard core and loves these races. Good Luck Eric and Congrats on winning a free entry to the Spartan Race!

 Eric Wisniewski


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Thanks to Old Venice Pizza in Starkville for providing water in the summer!!!

Tuesday, Morning 400s on my trail. Only did 8, and for the rest between each one I did 30-50 pushups. Nothing crazy fast, 1:22-1:30. Later, I got in a good workout at lunch, basic routine plus random flies and stuff. I need to be careful with some of those weird shoulder dumbbell flies, I may have strained some muscles doing one on those crazy weird exercises. Not too bad though.

Wednesday, worked out in morn, some abs, pushups, pullups, curls, and what have you. A few more things at lunch. Then, a 6:30 PM run with Joseph and Brent. HOT! We are in the midst of a heat wave so they say. But, whatever. Joseph had already run 6 plus miles at 10 AM. Then, we did our 6 mile route thru town. We met Ian Prester at the mile mark and he joined us for maybe 1.2 miles or so. We started out slow as we normally do to warm up. Warm up. Ha! It was pretty warm. But, for sure when it is this hot out, its good to start out slow and not push the pace. Our first mile was 7:25, then second mile (with Ian) was about the same, then the rest were all under 7 minute pace ranging from 6:54-6:40 (last mile). This was Joseph’s last run with us as he will be running on his own tomorrow and moving to Savannah Friday morn. I should mention that during our runs thru town, we often stop briefly at Old Venice Pizza for a water break. This restaurant actually puts two water coolers with cups out on the sidewalk every day for walkers and runners or whoever to quench their thirst! Starkville is a strange place, and basically we have no fountains anywhere other than at McKee Park. Thanks to Old Venice for being so freakin’ awesome! They are the only business I know that does this!

Thursday,  I did a little easy 4 mile run out in Sessums about 6:30 AM. Already warm, but not bad. The one Sessum’s dog that does not seem to like me, or maybe she is just playing a game with me, came barreling toward in her attempt to take me down from the side. I was ready though! As she came running full force (this is a young labrador retriever looking dog) at me growling intently, I stopped and scooped up some loose gravel, which I tossed at her while using a few choice words. The owner was drinking coffee on her porch and she also yelled at the dog. Anyway, I escaped without injury. When I got done, my giant friendly dog bud came by to visit. Wow. Two dogs. One awesome, one a punk. Finished up, stretched, and went home for a few abs deals and slow pushups.

At 11:30 AM, I got into another run. This one thru town, maybe 4.5 miles or so. pretty warm, about 100°F plus humidity, but I felt ok most of the way. Averaged 7:16 per mile. Went home and did some ab stuff, a few more pushups, a few light curls, and a couple of other minor things before calling it quits. Definitely feeling in better shape the last few weeks. Running easier, maintaining a weight of 163-167 lbs, eating better, and sleeping better. This is obvious in how I look physically now too. I am pretty happy to still physically look like I did 30 year ago!

50 year old punk!

50 year old punk!

Friday, Not much exercise today, just a minor workout in the AM. No run. Joseph headed to Savannah today, so I will be on my own for a while.

Saturday, Boardtown run. First one without the kid in a while. I started out in the front of the horde of runners with Houston Franks, Micah White, Brent Wallace, Will Kallfelz, and Drew Boyles on this relatively hot morn. After about a mile, Houston and Micah picked it up and I was content to run low 7’s with the other three posers. Stayed with them until about 5.7 miles at which point Brent turned left, opting for the 11.8 mile route. The rest of us headed straight for a 14.7 mile loop with lots of gravel and lots of hills! At around 8 miles, Will decided to slow down, so it was Drew and I for the rest of the way running together. We actually picked up the pace some and finished strong on the last mile or so. We averaged about 7:08 per mile. Not bad for basically 15 miles in August in Mississippi.

Was going to workout when I got home (after hitting the farmers market and store), but ended up changing the blades on my riding mower (no easy task!) and doing some mowing midday. Hot!

Sunday, Started the day with an easy run thru town and campus. Super humid early! Lots of folks running and walking. Coolness. Got home and did a quick workout. Got some light swimming in later with some friends at Choctaw Lake. Followed by a pleasant horseback riding session that afternoon.


After the equine excitement, I went home and did some semi serious cleaning. Crazy. Mopping, dusting, scrubbing, etc. Of course, I super-setted this with a nice workout of pushups, pullups, abs, curls, shoulder stuff, etc. A weird but effective way to workout. Basically, I was cleaning and working out for about 3 hours. When thru 4 CD’s. At some point, I needed food, as I had not eaten much today. Basically, some fruit and organic trail mix bars here and there. Supper was awesome though – leftover grilled steak, a big salad, and farm fresh milk!

Monday, Morning workout for about 45 minutes while putting away clothes. Nice breakfast followed with eggs from my bud Gentry’s chickens, sausage, banana and milk from the Miller’s cow Rosy. Seriously! Cool.

Got in a nice 5.8 run at 6:30 with Commander Salamander Brent Wallace. It seemed slightly cooler, only about 90°F, which made the run much easier today. We started out slowish with a 7:25 first mile, then were sub 7 the rest of the way averaging 6:44 per mile for the entire route! Nice.

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Humidity, Cicadas, and smoothies

Sunday, I finally got to sleep some time after 2 AM, and woke up a couple of times before getting up a 5 AM. Got up and ate breakfast on the deck – some yogurt, a peach, and an orange. It was pretty nice out. After a while I went back to bed and slept maybe another hour. Got back up and did various ab exercises. Headed to town and goobed around on my mountain bike for 90 minutes cruising the campus, downtown, research park, north farm gravel roads and some of the bike trails near the research park.

At 7 PM, Joseph and I met some scrubs including John Mooney, Brent Wallace, and Drew Boyles. Mooney was doing a two hour run, but joined me for 4.6 miles. The rest of them bugs did 6 miles at 6:50ish pace. My pace was 7:21.

Monday, Morn, Joseph and I ran out here in Sessums. I did 4 miles easy, and he got in 6. Later, at 7 PM, and right after eating pizza, I ran 3.1 more miles at 7:10 pace, then worked out some. Joseph also added 4 miles.

Tuesday, Rode my bike some with Joseph this morn as he attempted a tempo run. First a 2 mile warmup run at easy pace, then he got in 3 miles at ok pace, but not really very good, so he just finished up with a jog and we called it a day. He was not feeling it this morn for sure.

Later, I met Joseph, Lake, Brent, and Jorge for a 6 mile run thru town. They all went faster than me, although I kept up for the first couple of miles. I ended up with a 7:14 pace. Pretty hot, pretty humid. This will be our last run with Brent for a while, as he is heading to England for a month! Some or another. He does know how to pick the right classes!

Wednesday, Went home for lunch and worked out. A good one, got all pumped and hyper! Simple things: pushups, pullups, ab stuff, bicep stuff, tricep stuff, shoulder stuff. Yep. Throw it together with little rest and it really works. Later, got in an easy 4 mile run (near 7 minute pace) after work. Pretty hot at 5:30 PM! Joseph ran somewhere on his own today.

Thursday, Joseph started the day with a Fartlek run. I started the day with work. Yippie. At 7 pm, afternoon run with Robert Morgan, Morgan Henry, Jorge, Villarreal and Will Kalfelz. Changed our route up some today and hit some road south of old Hwy 82. Nice change of pace. Morgan, Robert, and I did 5.35 miles, and my average mile pace was 7:22. This week is killer hot and humid. All runs have been crazy! Joseph again ran on his own today.

Friday, No run for me today. Did some upper body and core stuff from 3-4PM. Starting to get those abs back. Also did some plyometric type  jumps and skips out in the yard. In fact, I did the entire workout in the yard. Super hot! Have not done the frog type jumps in a long time. I will probably regret this in the morning! Joseph did an easy loose 5k type jog on the trail.

Saturday, Joseph and I met with the Boardtown group today for 6:30 AM run. The route was 11 miles. But, wow! Humid and hot! And those plyo’s? Yes, I regretted doing them. Apparently I was not the only one hurting. Jorge had played soccer the day before and Robert was struggling today as well. So, all three of us punked out and turned around at the first water stop, then headed back for about 6.5 miles. My pace was 7:21 per mile. Jorge’s pace was much faster, although he stopped several times and we caught him. Meanwhile, Joseph and Houston Franks ran almost 15 miles and at a very decent pace for this extreme weather. They added a segment thru the campus to get this distance. They basically ran together for about 13 miles, then Joseph said he needed to stop for a minute because he was hot. He came in a couple minutes after Coach Franks with a about a 6:25 average pace for 14.7 miles.

After running, I hung out in and by the pool with Jorge,  Joseph and the other posers.  Played with the kids quite a while in the pool. Crazy little jokers. Times like this always make me appreciate Mike and Marcie White’s amazing hospitality in opening their house up every Saturday for 50-100 people! Their backyard is set up just for guests with beautiful arbors, flowering trees and vines, numerous tables and chairs, a wonderful swimming pool, and even a really cool playground for the many kids that show up including their own grandkids. Every single Saturday is a wonderful happy get together for Starkville’s running and Triathlete crowd, plus walkers and others just trying to stay in or get in shape.


Some Boardtown runners and walkers post run. Marcie White far left and Mike White in all black standing by post on right.

At 5 PM, I decided to do some pace based 400’s on my trail. After warming up for about 10 minutes, I did 10 X 400m with 30 seconds of rest between each. Not much rest, but I was not doing super fast ones. I ran them all between 1:33 and 1:35. After jogging/walking for a cool down, I then did several sets of pushups and various ab exercises. I did this outside, threw an old blanket on the grass for the ab things. Whew doggies! Hot and sweaty. Felt good though.

Eating a lot better lately. No soft drinks candy or really anything super bad. I always eat good stuff, but I have always also mixed the good with the bad. But, these last few weeks I have been trying to change my stupid ways with eating, as well as other negative parts of my life.  Tonight’s supper was grilled salmon with lemon; stir fried eggplant, yellow bell pepper, red onion, and yellow squash; and rice pilaf with orza topped with fresh tomatoes and basil from my garden and lime juice and habenero sauce. This type of meal is not unusual for me, but every time I eat something like this it makes me super happy and appreciative of the fact that I am one of the lucky people in the world who has an opportunity to partake in such a rich feast of the senses. After putting my food on my plate, I typically sit before it for a couple of minutes appreciating the moment, the smells, the colors, and life in general. Good food is good stuff in so many ways!

In other good news today, our running buds John Mooney, Lucas Muniz, and Brian Laird all did well at the Sunfish Triathlon. Mooney was first overall, Lucas was 5th overall, and Brian was 2nd in his age group! Way to go guys!

Brian Laird, John Mooney, and Lucas Muniz – tri guys!

Brian Laird, John Mooney, and Lucas Muniz – tri guys!

Sunday, Ran 5 miles at 6 AM with Joseph. Of course, super humid. I ran really easy, just trying to loosen up from the 400s I did the day before. Got home and made some awesome tasty banana, mango, peach, chocolate protein shakes! Yep, good stuff.

Worked out at noon. My basic but effective combo of pullups, pushups, curls, shoulder presses, dips, and ab exercises. Not bad, not bad. I have even slept more than 3 hours per night the last three nights. Couple that with good food, no crap food, and consistent exercise and I feel like I am in decent shape for a 50 year old artist punk.

7 PM run with Joseph, Drew Boyles, Juan and Jorge Villarreal, and Robert Morgan. Robert and Drew opted for 5 miles, Juan about 4, and the rest of did our standard Sunday afternoon 6 mile loop thru town. Hottt! Humid! I averaged 7:25 per mile, Joseph and Jorge ran together averaging around 6:45, with their first mile slow with us. Their splits were like 7:20, 6:45, 6:42, 6:37, 6:24, and 6:13. Not sure about the other jokers, but I was running with them until they turned back early, so it probably about the same pace as mine. Felt pretty good though.


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