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Spartan Race: Mississippi Sprint coming up on 8 November 2014


Yep, for you crazy semi athletic to super athletic types out there that like to do obstacle type running races, the Spartan Race is one of the more popular ones out there. In about three weeks, we will have one near the Mississippi Gulf Coast at Muddy Joe’s in Kiln. This race, like others in this series will be held in waves of 200 entrants every 15 minutes. Crazy race, crazy times. I have not done one of these races, but everyone who I know that has done one has greatly enjoyed them. Of course, these races cost money, and its almost last minute, so that does not help. But, guess what! I have a 10% off discount code here that will work for any Spartan Race. Cool, yeah! Here it is: SPARTANBLOGGER.  Further, I have a code for a free entry (thanks to Dan the Man) to any Spartan race in US, including the MS Race. This is a great deal worth up to $100 depending on when you register! Want it? Write a reason why you want it and include it in a comment here or email me.  I will pick someone to give the code to.  I would prefer giving it to someone doing the Mississippi race, but that is not a requirement. More info about Mississippi Sprint Spartan Race is at http://www.spartan.com/events/?event_id=168/mississippi-sprint#. More info about the Spartan Races series is at http://www.spartan.com/.

Whew, back in town after my collecting trip and got in an awesome run on Tuesday. Did not get one Monday because we had crazy storms with high winds and hail that downed numerous large trees, damaged lots of houses and cars, and knocked power out of much of downtown Starkville. So, Tuesday at 5:15, I met the awesome fit dudes Brent Wallace, Jay McCurdy and John Mooney for a 6.5 mile run. Cool weather helped of course, and having Jay out there didn’t hurt either. First mile, 7:27, then picked it up. Averaged 6:32 for the entire route and it felt pretty easy. Finished last mile about 5:45. Cool.

Got a solo 5 mile run in at 5 PM on Wednesday. Another nice day, cool temps, still shirtless weather though! Easy run with first mile 7:10, then 6:50, 6:49, 6:47 and finished with 6:34. felt good.

Thursday was such a beautiful day that I decided to take most of the day off from work. Went in for a while, then took my mountain bike to the awesome trails at Tombigbee National Forest in Winston County. Nobody there but me! Rode the hilly trails for about 2 hours, then threw a hammock up on a ridge overlooking a creek. Ate a snack, then fell asleep for an hour. Cool. Got back on the bike and headed back a slightly different way. Good day!

JoeHammock1 joebike creek bikehammock Armadillo

Got home in time to get a run in with Brent. Six miles at an easy 7:07 pace today. Started out quite slow as my legs were still in mountain bike mode!! By halfway we were doing fine though………

6 AM! Pushups, pullups, curls, abs, shoulder presses and Nirvanna! Yeah Baby!

 

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Garmin Forerunner 10 watch band could be designed better!


Tuesday, As per usual now, split workout into morning and lunch. Body is used to doing something regularly! 6:30 pm run with wild man Brent Wallace thru town and campus. Only 5 miles, but pretty fast, averaged 6:50ish. Nice.

Wednesday, more of the same. Four mile solo run at 6:30 PM thru campus and research park at 6:39 average pace. Felt good!

Thursday, yep, 500 + pushups for breakfast, other stuff at lunch. Not a ton, just some stuff. Cha. Ran with Brent  at 5:30. Nice easy run, averaged about 6:50. First mile was 7:40, then the next was around 7, then a couple of nice 6:40s, and the last two miles we averaged under 6:10! Actually, the 5th mile was 6:16 and we killed the last mile even hitting parts of it at 5:55 pace. Pretty good for a nice easy run in this crazy humid weather.

Friday, just some easy workout late in the day, no run.

Saturday, well, part of the band came off of my Garmin watch this morn. Dang. Really? You would think an expensive watch like this would not fall apart. No watch today on my long run. Actually, it was kind of nice, like the old days. And, of course now days, almost everyone else has one anyway. But, I felt free without it. Had a good run of 15.2 miles. It was hot, but I had company most of the way with Micah White, Drew Anthony, Jay McCurdy, Brent Wallace (for part of the way), and a new feller, Daniel McKeller or something. He was built more like Micah and I, not like a runner. And, at first, I was like, what is this guy doing up here. He had  black colored long warmup pants on and a black t-shirt. The rest of us were all shirtless and wearing short shorts. I mean, its freakin’ hot and 100% humid in the morn. But, that crazy cat did fine. Apparently, we hit the first water stop, which is about 3.5 miles out, at a 6:40 or better pace. Daniel did not stop for water, but kept going. That, to me, was crazy, because, hey, its fucking hot! Even if you can do it, I think it strains the body too much. If there is some water along the way, I am getting some! Also, that crazy joker did not know the route and ended up at WalMart on the other side of town later! His bud had to go get that trippy dude! Probably ran 20 miles with no water. Anyway, I got water at every stop and still was 6-7 pounds lighter when I finished! Awesome run though. And thanks to Drew and the others for keeping me going.

After hitting Lowes for some stuff, I went home and did pushups and other things. Yep. Outside. Hot. Kind of hard because I had not eaten since 5 AM and that was just a breakfast bar and a banana!

Sunday, Workout here and there in the morn. Then a 6 mile run with Brent in town at 6 PM. Ravinder Singh joined us for part of the run. Cool. Had not run with that mug in a while. Anywhoo, took it easy today with a 7:10 average pace with the first part slower and the last couple of miles faster. Not bad. Fixed my Garmin watchband with a paper clip. Much better design than the simple pin they use. I looped it through the holes, then tied it off with needle-nosed pliers. Does not look as elegant, but it should stay on there. Geez guys. Hire an engineer or something. Find McGyver and hire that guy.

Monday, Morning workout. Stuff. Lunch time, 8 X 400m plus 1 X 800m on my trail. 50 pushups between each set of 400s and 100 pushups after the 800. 400s were 1:24-1:28 and 800 was 3:02. Hot! With the pushups thrown in, this was a pretty decent workout.

Tuesday, woke up, did 600 pushups and some ab stuff. Work. Whohoo! Some ab stuff at lunch. Then a close to  6 mile run at 5:30 pm with Brent Wallace. We did alright today averaging 6:35 per mile.

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Some cooler weather makes for faster running!


Monday, 6 AM run in Sessums with Joseph. He got in about 5 miles easy, and did 3.5 super easy! At 7 pm, we both repeated the same run, although this time I went faster.

Tuesday, 6 AM upper body and core baby! 7 PM tempo run in Longmeadow with Will Kallfelz and Joseph. First, 2 miles easy paced warmup. Then Joseph started his 5 mile tempo. Will and I were shooting for a 2.5 mile tempo, and we ran the first 1.5 miles together at about a 6:37 pace. Today was cooler than normal, and I was feeling good as a result, so was able to pick up the pace a bit. Ended up doing 2.7 miles at 6:27 pace. Will ended up right around 6:40 pace for almost 2.5 miles. Not to mention that in addition to the 2 mile warmup and 1.65 mile cooldown, he had already run 8 miles earlier that afternoon! I jogged around after for a bit, then 5 easy miles on my mountain bike.

Wednesday, No run this morn, stayed up too late. In fact, did not even go to work. Beautiful day though, about 20° cooler! Worked out on my art studio porch. Awesome pump today. Curls, pushups, pullups, shoulder presses, shoulder flies, and some oblique shrugs. Butterflies everywhere, cicadas singing, flowers blooming. Gorgeous.

cool double day lilies in the yard

cool double day lilies in the yard

I did a 5 mile run through town at 4 PM. This early start time was a lot easier because of the cooler temps! I averaged 7:15 per mile with the first being the slowest and the 5th the fastest at 6:46. Not bad, felt good. Yeehah!

Thursday, Before lunch, I was hyper, so I did a few sets of pushups and various ab things. For some reason, pushups don’t tax me like weightlifting does. I could probably do them every day. My reps varied dramatically depending on how much I rested between the sets. The rest consisted of doing ab exercises. So, I did sets of between 51 and 130 reps of pushups.

At 7PM, I met Joseph, Jorge, Juan, Trevon Strange, Robert, and Gabe Muniz who was in town visiting his brother Lucas. We started at our usual place, the parking lot near the MSU tennis courts. We headed downtown on another relatively cool day! Awesome. As usual, our first mile was slowish at 7:30 pace, then gradually everyone picked it up. Next mile was about 6:51. At 2.3 miles, Robert, Gabe, Juan, and I split off for a 5.3 mile route. The other three did the 6 mile loop, although, at least today, everyone pretty much ran the same or close to the same pace between 6:47 and 6:50 average pace. My last 1.3 miles were under 6:25, so that was nice! Great day for running!

Gabe Muniz

Gabe Muniz

Trevon and Joseph

Trevon and Joseph

Jorge and Robert

Jorge and Robert

Jorge

Jorge

Friday, Going to be a rainy day! Temps are great though. Started the morn out with bench press, pullups, curls and abs! YEAH!  Great way to start the day. Thought about an early run, but rain was starting, so skipped it. I can run in the rain, but I have a problem starting the run if its already running. If I am already running and it starts raining, I don’t have any problem. Chalk that up to another one of my strange mental issues I guess.

So yeah, rainy Friday! Joseph was at his mom’s the last couple of nights, and he said he managed to get in about 7 miles in Friday morn in the rain.

Saturday, Still some light rain early in the morn, but it seemed to be moving out of here. Me and the kid headed to the White’s for the Boardtown Club run. I opted for 10 miles today, of which I did almost 7 with my running bud Robert Morgan. I was a bit quicker than him on the first 3.3 miles to the water stop, but the rest of the way we ran together. Not bad, I ended with a 1:12:02 for about 7:12 pace. Last mile was the best, about 6:40. Joseph ran with Coach Houston Franks and Jay McCurdy for most of the way until about 13.3 miles at which point they split up with Houston doing 18 miles, Jay 17 miles, and Joseph 15 miles. After an easy first few miles around 6:30 pace, they picked it up with some low 6’s and even a 5:40 and 5:48 section in there. Nice. Joseph ended doing the 15 mile run at about 6:19 pace overall.

Hung out with Laurie Burton Saturday afternoon in the Cotton District for the “Running of the Bulldogs”! Not really sure what the hell this was exactly, but, there was awesome music by some local dudes: Johnny Hollis, then Nick Cruz (sp?), and finally Bill Cook. Good Stuff. Also, a ribeye steak cooking competition, and yes, we were able buy some of that nice beef. Lots of alcohol if you were so inclined, and finally, at 7 PM, the local Roller Derby Girls chased random people from one bar to another and back. Strange, but interesting. The girls are awesome and call themselves the Mississippi Brawlstars.

Laurie with one of the girls

Laurie with one of the girls

Me and one of the Brawlstars, Smarty ....

Me and one of the Brawlstars, Snarly Quinn 

Sunday, Morning run with Joseph out here in Sessums. Nothing crazy, 4 miles, easy. Got done and were greeted by the local dog committee. Dogs like us, and kids. So it seems. Some friendly dogs for sure! Almost every Sunday morn, after our run, these crazy canines c0me by to say hello and receive some petting!

pet me human!

pet me human!

dogs

dogs

meet and greet

meet and greet

Joseph and a friend!

Joseph and a friend!

After the run, I went to town and goobed around on my mountain bike just to loosen up my legs.  A pleasant morning, so why not. Passed Haley Jenkins who was running. She is a happy camper for sure. She was also at the Boardtown run yesterday where she ran 15 miles. That pleasant little joker has sure got the running bug the last couple of years! I ended up mosying over to City Bagel for a nice breakfast bagel. Ate outside and enjoyed the breeze. Some more biking, then back home to work on some art stuff.

Got home and worked on two different pieces, one of which will be included in a book and later in an international show and the other for a local show. Listened to Blur and Nirvana! Loud. Yeah Baby. Got hyper, so occasionally I took breaks from my paintings to do pushups, curls, and shoulder flies. I did about 7 sets of 50+ pushups, probably 5 or 6 sets of dumbbells curls with 35 lb dumbbells, and 4 sets of 10 shoulder flies with the same weight.

Seven PM, yep, Joseph and I headed to town for a run. As we started, Nick Petit showed up and ran with us for about a mile! Have not seen much of that crazy mugg! So, yeah, I ran 5 miles. First one was super easy, about 7:55, then the next 4 were all under 7 minutes each. Averaged about 6:46 for those 4. Nice. Joseph ran on his own and did 6 miles.

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Cane Creek Canyon Nature Preserve ants and running getting better again


Monday, Memorial Day. No work. Played at Choctaw Lake a bit early, paddled the canoe around. After lunch, worked out, and did crazy art.

Tuesday, got in 5 + mile run in with Brent and Joseph at 7 pm. Overcast skies made it nice. We hit the hills of University Estates today, which is pretty much the hilliest place to run around here. About half way through, it became clear that were going to get rained on, and yep, we did. It was welcoming though. Averaged right at 7:30 per mile today. Those hills were tough. Brent and Joseph were nice enough not to run off and leave me.

Wednesday, Got up early and did 3 sets of pushups, 70 reps. Came home at lunch and did some more. Three sets of 111, 102, and 101. Also 3 sets of pullups (21 reps), some crunches, a random set of bench press (185-15 reps), military presses (40 lb DB, 3 sets, 25 reps), a couple sets of dips (31 reps), and some DB curls with the 40s (4 sets of 15, 12, 12, and 15 reps). Did not run today, weather was pretty iffy, and I worked late anyway. Joseph ran on his own early in the morn.

Thursday, 5 pm run with Brent and Robert (Morgan). Joseph again went on his own today earlier. We jogged along at a 7:10 average pace for our downtown 6 mile loop. First mile was 7:45, then we picked it up. Overcast day helped a bit.  Robert just got back from a 10 day trip to Italy with a group from the campus here. He was pretty stoked to say the least! So, this was his first run back with us. He felt great early and hung with us for 3.3 miles, but just before hitting the hillier part of the loop, he needed to slow down a bit. He caught up with us later with tales of slow movement. Haha. Yep. I felt ok today, and Brent, who maybe ate a little late, might have even had to work to keep up with me later in the run with the last mile about 6:30. I wore the Saucony Guides today. Still playing with shoes. Thinking that they may be slightly too cushiony for me.

Friday, No run today, but I did get in a workout when I got off work . Nothing super stellar, a few sets of pushups, pullups, crunches, and curls.

Saturday, Got up early and Joseph and I  headed to the White’s house for the weekly Boardtown Runners Club run. We had not been here since basically last October. Some of our buds also joined us including Jorge, Brent, and Dominique! Sweet. We met Jay McCurdy and his wife Vicky too. Jay is a new faculty member working with turf grass. Apparently, this joker was a pro triathlete before becoming too busy with work. Both he and Vicky are great runners, as evidenced by today’s run. Joseph basically ran with him for the 10.7 mile loop. Jorge and Micah White hung with them for the first half, but Jorge turned around joining Brent and I on the way back for a 9 mile run. I believe Micah dropped back and ran with Vicky. Joseph averaged 6:39 per mile today and said it felt easy. First long run in a few weeks, so I expect this pace will be back to 6 minutes or better in a few weeks. Brent was a bit sore today, following our hill run on Tuesday and faster than usual run on Thursday, so he did not want to kill it today. Fine with me, as I have not run over 7.2 miles since mid October. We ended up with 9 miles today at a 7:30 pace. My calf felt tight most of the way, but not bad, and, it was not sore at all after. I guess running at this moderate pace is working okay, as are the Brooks Ravennas that I ran in today.

Went to the Farmers market after the run to pick up some veggies and stuff. Man, it was a happenin’ place with music, demos, food, and stuff! This local community farmers market is really coming along! This also happens on Tuesday afternoons. Took a few picts.

 

Later, Saturday afternoon, I took the rowboat out in my pond for a while. Relaxed a bit under the willow trees that are growing on the levee. Of course, it would be better for my pond if there were not trees all over the levee. But, anyway.

JoesPond

Sunday, upper body workout in the morn with dips, curls, military presses, pushups, pullups, and crunches. Good workout. More or less my typical workout. Later, at 6 pm, Joseph and I met Brent, Lucas, and Brian Laird for a run thru town. Lucas and Brian had already run about 10 minutes to get there. Brian has done a triathlon each of the last two weekends, and he and Lucas will be doing another next Saturday. Crazy dudes. Brian, who is 22, is fairly new to all this, only having started his freshman year of college. When he started, he was 260 lbs. At 5’9″, thats not small. Today, he is at 173 lbs. Pretty awesome. Anyway, warm today, but not bad. Super humid, of course. After the longish run yesterday, I decided on doing only 5 mile today, which I did at a 7:20 average. Felt pretty good. Brent did 6 miles, and Joseph and Lucas did 8 miles. Brian was doing an hour, but finished up at his home, so we did not see him again.

Monday, I headed to Cane Creek Canyon Nature Preserve in Colbert County, AL early Monday morn with my coworker James Lewis. We are doing a quick survey of ants in the Preserve with Paul Davison, that super cool Biology professor at the University of North Alabama. No running while there, but plenty of walking up and down steep slopes!

Joseph got his first running workout schedule from his college coach this week and started that on Monday. For now, much of it is easy mileage, so, basically, he can run with us for many of our runs. Cool.

Tuesday, Got back from my trip onTuesday afternoon, so I had time to get a run in at 7 pm. Ran with Joseph, Brent, Jorge, and Damian Grady, former SHS teammate of Joseph’s and current member of the XC and track team at the University of South Carolina Upstate. Damian had a stress fracture his first year, which is not unusual for incoming freshmen coming out of high school programs that don’t prepare their runners for the mileage needed for running college. Hopefully, this summer he can get in shape and be competitive the next few years. Nice to see that crazy little mug. Got in 6 miles at just under 42 minutes. Not bad. I was about 25-30 behind Brent, Jorge,and Joseph. Damian did not do the entire distance with us, as he ran over to start with and is just getting back into it.

Wednesday, National running day or something. Yep. Joseph did a solo run, 7-8 miles. I went home and did six 400s on my trail at about 5 pm. I did 50 pushups between each set for the rest. Man, it was hot!!!

Thursday, Joseph again ran on his own today. He got up early before work and got in a few miles (6-7). I think he may have added 3-4 more later in the day. I met Brent, Jorge, and Robert at 7 pm for a 6 mile run thru the muggy streets of Starkville. First mile was easy at 7:55, then we picked it up. Brent and Jorge were slightly ahead of us after about 2 miles and finished up about 30 seconds in front of us. Robert and I ended up averaging about 7:19 for the entire route, and 7:12 for 5 miles after the warmup-ish first mile.  This was a pretty dang good run for Robert. Way to go! Brent is in pretty danged good shape right now himself and is easing thru these runs like they are nothing. At about 190 lbs, that is a pretty good deal. In fact, Jorge was the light weight in today’s group weighing about 150-160 lbs. I am still hanging right around 180 + and Robert is an easy 190. But, apparently some of the ladies liked at least some of us, ’cause we got some nice catcalls today!

Friday, Worked out in the morn before heading to work 4 sets of pushups (70-75 reps per set), 3 sets of 15 pullups, 3 sets of dumbbell curls (40 lb dumbbells, 12 reps), 3 sets of military dumbbells (40 lbs, 25 reps), and interspersed those things with various ab exercises. No run today. Joseph did an easy few miles.

Saturday, Morning run with the Boardtown Club. I managed to get in a 11 miles at a 7:32 average pace, which was my longest run since last fall. Felt pretty good, did not push it at all. Ran with Brent earlier, but he only went about 6.6 miles and ending up running faster. Ran the last 5 miles or so with Kelly White who is an awesomely athletic chic. Joseph goobed around in front of us with Houston Franks (MSU XC coach)  and Micah White, who is in pretty dang good shape himself. At some point, Houston and Joseph picked it up in the middle with some sub 6 minute mile splits. Plus, they added a couple of miles completing 13.22 miles at a 6:25 pace overall. And, whew! It was once again super humid, about a 100%. No, really. Maybe slightly cooler than last week.

group shot of the crew this morn

group shot of the crew this morn

Sunday, Raining day! I started out the this dreary day with a upper body workout. My usual mix of pushups, crunches, pullups, curls, and shoulder presses. Then, and awesome mess of scrambled eggs (locally raised). Tasty! Today’s run was looking like it might become a swim! But, at 7 PM, the weather settled down a little and Brent, Joseph, Jorge, and I hit the streets of Starkville! My legs were feeling heavy following yesterday’s long run, so I kept my run at 5 miles today. The other three did the 6 mile loop. Joseph’s Garmin said he only did 5.73, but it was quite cloudy, and he even went farther than the other two by a bit. They were going pretty fast. I averaged 7:08 per mile. Kept up with them for the first mile, but at the second mile they were two blocks ahead, and I finished that mile at 6:59. Joseph and Jorge hit the 4th mile, which is by far the hardest on this loop, at 5:33. Then, they slowed back down to a more moderate pace after realizing they were going that fast. Joseph showed up about 30 seconds ahead of Jorge, but kept going a bit farther trying to even out the distance at 6 miles, which he did not get on his watch. But, I think it was just off today or he did something weird. Jorge’s time was 37:15. Brent was maybe 45 seconds back from Jorge. So, I am not sure of their overall pace, but somewhere around 6 minutes flat to 6:15 per mile. Crazy.

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