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running is feeling good again!

Monday, 4 PM, headed to the refuge. Joseph got in a 10 mile semi lazy run in at 6:12 mile pace while I biked along. Barely got back before the rain got us. Was dark and ominous looking, but warm, about 67°F!

Tuesday, Joseph and I parked at the South Farm parking area and met a few folks for a run. We had nine total today including Lucas Muniz, Max Roethig, Nick Pettit, Thomas Cermack, Ravi Singh, Zach Marsh, and a friend of Nick’s named Ryan.

Nick Pettit

Nick Pettit

As soon as we got started, it started raining! Felt good though, about 65°F at 3:30 PM when we got going. Headed downtown and kind of split into groups with Joseph, Zach, Lucas, and Thomas leading the way. With my injured calf deal, I hung back with Nick and Ravi and listened to their crazy commentary. They could probably say the same thing about me! I ended up with 6 miles, my longest run since the New Orleans Half back in October when I really screwed up my calf. Felt fine after the run. Promising! Joseph got in about 7. Thomas and Lucas got 8 or more.

Lucas and Thomas - who knows?

Lucas and Thomas – who knows?

Wednesday, Joseph and I headed over to McKee Park and Longmeadow at 3:30 PM. I biked along with him as he did a few 400s with jogs between (short jogs) and intermingled them with a 5:11 mile. He was pretty sluggish today for sure. First workout in a while I guess. I ran two miles easy afterward. Got home and did 10 sets of 50 pushups, 6 sets of 10 dumbbell curls (40 lb dumbbells), and 3 sets of 50 dumbbell military presses (40 lb dumbbells).

Thursday, Met Joseph and Lucas at the Rose Garden at MSU’s North Farm. Headed out on the gravel for an easy 4 mile loop (more like 3.8-3.9, but can add a bit to make it 4). Another BEAUTIFUL day! 80°s or so! Lucas had jogged over and with today’s run was going to hit about 80 miles for the past week. He was pretty happy. That might be his highest mileage week. Cool. Joseph set off and maintained about a 6:25 pace. He had also run a few easy miles earlier in the day. Lucas and settled back at about 7:20 pace, which felt pretty good on the gravel. At about 2.5 miles, we spotted some of the MSU track guys, so Lucas ditched me in favor of his old teammates, and I headed back. Was glad to get another easy run with so calf pain. Joseph was done loosening up by the time I got back. We left there, changed, and headed to the MSU Art Dept. Faculty art show. Cool.

Lucas Running

Lucas Runningr

Friday, Joseph ran some early today. I did not get a chance, and probably didn’t need to anyway. Checked out the Magnolia Independent Film Festival later that night. Watched a couple of very interesting documentaries and a short film.

Saturday, biked with Joseph as he did 3 X 1 mile repeats with jogs between. Also threw in an 800m. Miles were 5:26-5:28 area, 800 was 2:30ish. Finished up, ate quickly, and went back to the film festival for the afternoon, and later that evening. Pretty cool to talk with the directors and various actors who came to the festival.

Sunday, We both got in a pretty good upper body workout in the morn. Nice. At 3 PM, we met Lucas, Thomas, Max, Brent, and Steve Shaffer. Steve had not be out with us in quite some time, so it was awesome possum to see that happy smiling joker out there again! He has been a big help to the SHS XC and track programs the last couple of years. I am sure they are glad to have him.

Steve Shaffer

Steve Shaffer

Lucas had already run on the South Farm, but joined us for a bit as we headed downtown. Started out together, but Steve and I hung back and took it easy. Thomas, who had also run over to join us, was with us for a while, but then headed back to his place. By the time Steve and I got done with our 5.75 mile loop at 7:45 pace, the other guys were pretty much done stretching and were discussing important matters of global concern. Fortunately, I arrived in time to tone that down.

Joseph, Max, Brent, and Lucas

Joseph, Max, Brent, and Lucas

Brent, Lucas, and Thomas

Brent, Lucas, and Thomas



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Frostbite Half Marathon update, and I am done with the stupid Nike GPS Watch

Sunday afternoon, “the ridiculously crazy military man” Brent Wallace, Joseph “the scroungy monger” MacGown, Steve “the happy dog-loving ladies man”  Shaffer, Richard “wingeater extraordinaire” McCrory, and I did the 6 mile route through campus, downtown and beyond. Beautiful day, about 68°F! No shirts today.  Decent pace, about 6:40 average for me and the kid. Brent hung tough for the first 3, took a shortcut, caught back up, then dropped back a little. Good run for him though. Steve and Richard ran together.

Steve was using today as a recovery from yesterday’s Frostbite Half Marathon here in Starkville. Steve ran the race in his black dress pants, complete with belt, wallet, and keys, proving that you don’t need the latest in fashion running gear to be awesome! 58 years old and kicking butt, and happy the entire way. He ran most of the Frostbite race with  Awesome Anna Jackson, an SHS senior who just finished up a  great cross country season.  Steve said they both PR’ed running the course in 1:41:33 (Anna) and 141:41 (Steve), so there you go!

Steve "Wildman" Shaffer, who ran the 13.1 miles in his dress black pants with a belt, wallet, and keys. 58 years old, kicking butt!

Steve “Wildman” Shaffer, who ran the 13.1 miles in his dress black pants with a belt, wallet, and keys. 58 years old, kicking butt!

Anna Jackson, near finish of Frostbite

Anna Jackson, near finish of Frostbite

Anna was 28th overall and the 4th female, and  Steve was 29th out of the 264 fit folks who finished.  Anna, who ran XC, but does not run track, was the only SHS runner to participate. Over the last few years there have been quite a few of the Starkville High School XC and middle distance track kids (same people, essentially) run this race, but not this year.  The XC and track teams no longer do long runs (sustained runs of 90 to 120 minutes depending on your fitness level, or 10 to 15 miles), so they don’t want the runners doing races of this length. And, since they don’t do long runs, they really are not prepared for this race length anyway. Different philosophy I guess. Joseph is not planning on running for the school any more,  so is no longer constrained by those rules. However, he did not run the race either, but, for different reasons.  One, he was busy as a beaver working on some school projects.  Also, he wants to do a few select 5k and 10k races this spring, and decided against doing any half marathons right now. So why pay for them when we can run some miles for free. His time of 1:19:45 last year was two minutes faster than the winning time for this year’s race (1:21:48).  Also, the team time of 1:18:04 that Joseph and Kamau ran last year would have bested this year’s winning time of 1:19:00, but, of course, a race is a race, and you never know. For whatever reason, many of our other fast local runners, such as Meggan Franks, did not run this year. I guess it just did not work in to their race schedule. Although, apparently, quite a few of them helped out with the race. Meggan’s time from last year, for example, also would have won this year’s men’s division!  This year’s overall men’s winner was Brad Atkins of Columbus, who  ran a respectable time of 1:21.48. Tupelo High’s fastest female and this past year’s 6A XC state champion, Christina Daniels,  showed up for the Frostbite and smacked down a time of 1:30:11 to easily win the female division besting the 2nd place female by least 10  minutes! I believe she is a freshman. Pretty dang fast running for this distance for someone of her age. Peyton Allen, who runs sprints for the track team at Starkville Academy, also participated and ran a 2:15. Peyton is a versatile young lady with great character.  Our super happy running buddy Ian Prester also ran placing 20th overall with his time of 1:38:33.  Jim George, who must be in his mid 50’s, came into town and smashed the Grandmaster’s course record with his time of 1:27:18, which was also good enough for 3rd overall! I will be 50 in a year and a half and hope to challenge that record in 2015! Look out Jim! Wade Jones, a local fireman, also did well, coming in 2nd place overall with his time of 1:22:19.  Nice running Wade!! Rod Simmons, owner of Rod’s Racers, was present for the race, and he posted on FaceBook  probably close to a thousand photos that he and Meggan Franks took of runners in the race! I grabbed a couple of the ones of some folks that run with us, and posted them here. Thank you Rod! Rod is the a force who is promoting road racing in the state like you would not believe. Visit his web site at: http://www.rodsracers.net/ and his blog at: http://rodsracers.wordpress.com/  Full results of this year’s race can be viewed at http://www.och.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=282&Itemid=282

Ian Prestor!!

Ian Prester!!

Monday, another great day to run. Joseph and I met Lucas (Mr. Happy) in Longmeadow neighborhood. About 68°F and not much wind. Very nice. Lucas had his convertible top down on his red Miata as he drove up grinning from ear to ear. Basically, we ran about 5 miles, more or less through the neighborhood, into McKee Park, down Industrial Park Road and back. First mile and a half was easy, did not look at the watch. Then, we ran 2.5 miles pretty fast, then another mile easier. The 2.5 miles felt good, first mile was 5:25, then slowed down, at least according to the Nike watch, which I no longer really trust at all. If a cloud pops up, you go around a curve, or squint, the watch seems to have problems. Like today, according to the watch, my second mile, which felt fast (for me), was the same pace as my last cool down mile, which was much easier and obviously slower. Same for Joseph. Basically, I am 100% unhappy with these watches. All they do is give me a rough idea of distance, which I can get on Mapmyrun.com or elsewhere. Using them for a tempo or any kind of run where you want to know your pace and mile splits is useless. Sorry Nike, watch sucks. I am sure some folks like them. They do look cool and have big numbers for the time display. The fun ends there in my opinion. The run was good though, and maybe I just need to go back to not wearing a watch. Technology, techsmology.  Just a little energy left by the time we got home, so did 3 quick sets of pushups, pullups, and ab stuff. That was it for today!

Tuesday, JoVonn Hill, Nathan “He-Man” Gaudin, Joseph, and me at the South Farm. Windy! 15-16 mile winds from the south. Ran into the wind, but on the way back it was pretty smooth sailing! JoVonn ran a 5k, Nathan did 6 miles, and me and the smack dog ran 7 miles. Not fast. Oh, and did I mention that Nike watches suck? Either I have become the most inconsistant runner in the world pace-wise, or my watch is schizophrenic! Useless piece of garbage. Blah. Got home, packed our watches up, and sent them back. Hopefully, I will get some money back.

Wow! Wednesday afternoon was crazy windy! Had some crazy weather come in early in the morn with a cold front and temps dropped throughout the day. By the time we ran this afternoon, it was 30°F colder than the same time yesterday. And with the over 20 miles an hour wind, it felt much colder. Since it was so wet and cold and windy, we decided to do some 400’s on the trail at my house. I have a nice loop that I measured out. With all the rain, its pretty muddy! Figured it would be just me and Joseph, but Ian Prester and his buddy Louis Montesi decided to join in on the fun. Louis is a sportscaster for ABC in Meridian, MS, and was here visiting Ian. Don’t know if he knew what he was getting in for. Well, we jogged a bit, then hit the loop. Basically, Joseph lead the way, then me, Ian, and Louis. I did not time mine, but they felt pretty good. It was crazy muddy! Every lap got more muddy as we slopped up the trail. One corner was particularly bad, and you had slow down a lot to avoid going down. Even so, both Ian and Joseph hit the ground at least once! We only did 8 400’s, but on this muddy, slightly hilly course with the wind, that seemed like a good number. And, because running 400’s is so easy, we did a set of pushups after each one! Not bad. After, we jogged back toward the house, then did some high skips, long skips, and bounds. They guys needed to go, and Joseph was done, so they did not join me in the rest of the workout: 6 sets of pullups, a bunch of abs, shoulder presses, and dumbbell curls. Good day! If we had not run out of daylight, I had planned on doing some kayak sprints in my pond. Another day perhaps.

Louis Montesi, Ian Prester, and Joseph MacGown. Joseph and I were the muddiest.

Louis Montesi, Ian Prester, and Joseph MacGown.

Thursday-Kamau, Lucas, Joseph, and I did a 5.5 mile loop on the South Farm. Felt like a good pace today. I no longer have a GPS watch. Kamau had his Garmin on and Lucas had his Nike watch on. I timed some sections to compare. Lucas’ watch said we did mile two in 7:03. Whether it was a mile or not I don’t know, but my stopwatch said we did the distance in 6:40. There you go. Last two miles were about the same pace. Cool.

Did not run Friday, too much work stuff going on. We did a rather awesome core/upper body workout though! Yep, sweet. Typical deal: pushups, pullups, dips, curls, shoulder pressess, ab stuff, etc.

Saturday, just Joseph and I, 3:00 pm on the South Farm. Chilly, about 47°F and wild north winds! It rained on our way back and we were pelted with icy pellets. Did the 5.5 mile loop. No Nike watches today, but I timed the distance using a normal stop watch. I know this course well, including where the mile splits are. I checked the first three and got 6:28, 6:32, and 6:27. Finished the run at 36:11. Not bad.

Two upcoming races this week. The first is called the Glow Run and takes place on Thursday starting at 7 pm at the Amphitheater on the MSU campus. Register before on site. More info at: https://www.facebook.com/events/352544048186068/?fref=ts

The other race is the Tupelo Muddy, which will be held at 10 AM Saturday on the cross country course at Tupelo Preparatory School (https://www.facebook.com/events/329741293799888/ ).

Running at 3 pm today, meeting at south farm.


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run happy and do lots of pushups

Sunday, awesome weather-65°F, sunny, no wind.  We took advantage of this and had a great run. Joseph and I met Arash Taheri, Brent Wallace, Lucas Muniz, Kamau Bostic, Steve Shaffer, and JoVonn Hill at the South Farm at 4 pm. Steve had already run a few miles, so added another 7 miles to get in a practice half marathon before the real one this Saturday. Yes, time for the Frostbite Half Marathon again.  The rest of us did only did the 5.5 mile loop, except for JoVonn who went with the 4.3 mile loop choice. JoVonn’s first time with us, and really he just started running a few weeks ago. Pretty good run considering! I am sure he will be back after seeing how very incredible it was to run with us. A very relaxed and easy run today, cruising along together talking the entire way. Nice.

So, according to NikePlus.com, here is what I have done the last two weeks so far (see below). It is interesting to see how I compare to men my age (48 years old), at least on NikePlus.com.  Only 63 miles for 2 weeks, but missed some days because of rain and stuff.

Nike Screen Capture Nike Screen Capture2

Monday morn, me and the Joseph got up and did an awesome workout with some Rage Against the Machine fueling the burn. Ok, so Joseph was not quite as into it as I was, but he did pretty well even so. I decided that I wanted to do at least 1000 pushups and 150 pullups/chinups during the workout. So, it was goal oriented today. I have never done more than about 1150 pushups in an hour long workout, so. Today was good though. I did a total of 1518 pushups in 10 sets and 200 pullups/chinups in 9 sets (3 side grip, 3 reverse grip, and 3 front grip)! Sure, I imagine if you looked at every single pushup, some might not have passed every military definition of the perfect pushup, I was doing them pretty quick. But, I was pretty pumped up, so it worked very well. First a set of pullups, then a set of pushups, then abs, repeat. Also did at least 12 sets of 4 types of ab exercises and 5 sets of dumbbell curls with 30 lb dumbbells (12-15 reps each set). After 9 sets of pullups, I did the remaining pushups between curls. My best set of pushups was in the middle somewhere when I did 255 in a row. Worst set was near the end when I only got 60! Man, my arms and chest were burning!!!  After that, I had to eat something! Anyway, new record for me in a workout for both pushups and the pullup deals. Pretty sweet.

Monday afternoon, chilly, but not bad. Joseph and I met Kamau, Lucas, and Steve at the North MAFES Farm for a nice afternoon run. Got in 5.65 miles (according to watch), easy pace. Joseph and Kamau added another mile at the end, ran around the Research Park loop. When we got through, Lucas tried out some of my shoes. He really liked the Saucony Kinvaras! He also tried my Brooks Pure Connects, but did not like them as much, although he did look like a superstar in them!

Lucas trying out the Brooks Pure Connect

Lucas trying out the Brooks Pure Connect


Me, Lucas, Kamau, Joseph, and Steve giving the thumbs up for the run today.

Tuesday, south farm, me, Joseph, Nathan, JoVonn, Lucas, Brent, and crazyman  ARASH. Man, that joker is trippy! Anyway, pretty nice afternoon, but glad I wore longsleeves near the end. Brent and Lucas did not even wear a shirt! Monsters. They did the 5.5 mile loop, as did Nathan. JoVonn slammed down a 5k distance, Joseph did 7, and I got in 8. Not bad, not bad.

Wednesday, just Arash, Joseph, and I at Longmeadow, the nice little neighborhood where we sometimes run. One mile warmup, then Joseph and I ran 4 miles at a decent clip, about 6:10 minute pace per mile, then cool down. Arash ran a more subdued 30 minutes. Got home and worked out for over an hour. Not a crazy workout, just lots of variety.

Thursday, 7 miles miles with Arash on the rolling hills of the South Farm. Very windy on the return of the loop. About a 7 minute mile pace. Richard McCrory also showed and got in just over 3 miles. He has been suffering from some sort of knee malady, trying to get back into it. This was a good day for Arash. He had been only going about 30 minutes, but got in a good 7 mile run today with some decent miles in the middle.

Friday, Joseph, Arash, and me hit the farm roads again. Raining, chilly! Joseph said he was not going very far. Arash and I thought about doing the 7 mile loop. But, Joseph felt better than he thought and by the mile was far in front of us. Arash and I were apparently lacking energy today, and only did 4.2 miles!! Joseph ended up doing 7.

Got up Saturday morn and did a nice workout with Joseph. Pushups, pullups, curls, dips, shoulder presses, lots of abs, some other stuff. No run today. Couple of nice races today, but did not do either. The Frostbite Half Marathon here in Starkville was one, but we did not feel like doing it this year for some reason. Last year Joseph came in second with his 1:19, which I thought was pretty good for a 15 year old.  Don’t know who won this year yet.

Tomorrow, 3 pm, meeting at South Farm for a run. Probably running around campus and elsewhere.

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Back to work, and running in the mud

Been off for Christmas break the last 3 weeks! Nice. But, have to go back to work tomorrow. Ah well. One last decent run in before going back. Sunday afternoon was sunny and in the low 50’s! Not bad. Joseph and I met Brent Wallace, Steve Shaffer, Walker Mattox and Patrick Bell. Walker and Patrick love running. They are like crazy wildebeests and run with that happy abandon that only teenagers can muster. Good to have those mugs out there to enthuse us with their zest for running. With all the rain we had yesterday, it was fairly muddy on the farm roads today. Thought about running downtown, but this was not quite the group I wanted to take on that route. Despite the wet conditions, I opted to try out my new Brooks shoes.  I have to admit, I really liked them. My plan was to use these on the paved roads and to use the new Sauconys on the gravel, but  could not wait. Awesome shoes, even on gravel.


Brent Wallace, Joseph MacGown, Walker Mattox, Patrick Bell, and Steve Shaffer

The run was not bad. Joseph and I got in 7 miles at a 6:45 minute pace. Brent did 5.5 miles, and the others all finished up with 5 miles. We all started together. Joseph started out faster, running the first 3.6 miles at probably a 6:25ish pace. Brent and I ran together for a couple miles, then he faded a bit, and I gradually caught up with Joseph. He ran the last 3 miles with me. The others all ran together for their 5 mile route. Pretty steady run. Was planning on doing more, but I guess we were semi lazy!

Monday, ran with Joseph and Nathan Gaudin at 4 pm in Longmeadow. Love this neighborhood to run in. Not too busy, a few decent loops. We ran the main loop today, which is about 1.25 miles one time around. Chilly, but not terrible. Shorts and short sleeves! First did the loop once for a warmup at a 7:15 mile pace. Then ran the loop twice faster. Joseph finished this 4k distance in 14:06, I was 14:50, and Nathan was somewhere not too far back (probably in the 16’s). I felt good for the first loop, then I started to feel my two double cheeseburgers and fries that I had for lunch at Hardee’s!! That second loop was hard! Anyway, then we ran a fast 600m or so. Don’t know the pace, but brisk. Worked on good form and gliding. We all ran together. Then jogged around the loop some more, then did a couple of 300m type fast runs, and a nice little 50m stride, with jogs between and after. On the last 300m run, Nathan decided to fly and finished well before Joseph and I. That kid can move when he wants too. He could probably be a pretty decent 200m or 400m guy if given the chance. One thing is for sure, he looked good today. But, yep, overall, a very satisfying run. When I got home I did 500 pushups in 5 sets and 5 sets of 40lb dumbbell curls in between (15 per set). That was enough for today, feeling a bit tired with this whole back to work thing. I am going to have to start going to bed before 2 AM or something. Topped everything off with a mackerel sandwich (canned mackerel) with hot sauce and mustard, a hunk of habanero cheese, and a Little Debbie snack cake. Tasty.

Tuesday, Brent, Arash, Joseph, and I got in a few miles at the South Farm. Brent opted for the 5.5 mile route, as he needed to lead the physical fitness training for the Air Force ROTC group the next morning. The rest of us ran a 10k distance more or less (I was 6.3 miles). Joseph finished up around 41 minutes, I was 42:05, and Arash came in a bit behind us. Not a bad run.

Got a late start Wednesday, plus it rained a bunch, as it seems to be doing every other day lately. Kept it simple and did an easy 5 miles with Joseph in Longmeadow. Easy.

Thursday. Rained like crazy! I ended up running by myself at my house. I have a cool trail with a 400m loop that I measured with a wheel. After a warmup, I ended up doing 8 of them.  For my rest, I did 60 pushups between each 400. They were not fast. First one was 1:45! Then, the rest were 1:27-1:30. The last few were the fastest. Essentially, I had to almost stop at each corner to avoid sliding into trees! It was pretty fun slopping through puddles and mud. Got done and hit my punching bag a while. Anyway, mud running is all the rage nowadays, and this was free, so what the heck!

Friday, Joseph and I ran the 5.5 mile loop at the South Farm. MUDDY!!! Seven minute mile pace. MUDDDY.  Lots of young calves in the fields frolicking about. They amaze me in their ability to run as fast as they do. They don’t look like they should be able to run fast, but they do. And they do it with such happy and cute abandon. This is about the only age that cows appear to enjoy life. I guess I can’t blame for not being happy later in life. Do they know that they will most likely end up as hamburger???

Saturday at 3 pm it was slightly overcast and 73°F! Breezy too. Supposed to have rained all day, but nope. So, me and the kids and Dr. Steve Shaffer ran the campus, University Commons, and Bardwell Road Route. Added a bit at the end to get in a 10k distance. This is about the hardest loop you could do in Starkville due to the supremely awesome hills in the University Estates neighborhood and along Barkwell Rd. We ran at about a 6:55 mile pace today. Steve cruised in a while after as he was taking it easy today after an interval workout the day before with some of the SHS track kids. Man, it was nice to be able to run without shirts on! Crazy, one day its freezing, then its pouring, then its hot. Mississippi weather is so trippy.

Back to it tomorrow, weather permitting!

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back in the swing of things?

Due to the death of  my Garmin 405 watch, I had a few days without knowing my pace. However, on Saturday, my new Garmin 110 came in the mail. This was  a cheaper model that I thought I would try. This model has buttons, instead of the stupid bezel, but has fewer functions. That’s cool, because I don’t use most of them anyway! Unfortunately, this model appears to lack the ability to save the pace for each mile in the history. It does save the overall pace for each run, but I like to know my splits. It was cheaper though.

Cold again last night, but beautiful by the afternoon. Steve, Brent, and I got in a sweet 5.9 mile run through the campus and University Estates neighborhood. Had so much fun running those hills with Joseph on Wednesday, thought I would share the joy with Brent and Steve. We pretty much ran together for the first 4 miles or so, then I broke away on a nice hill and finished the last 1.9 at a nice 6:26 pace. Ended up averaging 7:05 per mile for the entire journey.

Rained on Monday, but was able to snag a 5 mile run in with Arash “Dance Machine” Taheri on the quite muddy gravel roads. Went out 2.5 miles relatively slow, around 7:20 pace, but the return was significantly faster. I even hit one mile at 5:58.  Was cruising in to finish up feeling like a maniac in the drizzle when Joseph showed up. So ran another 3 miles with him before it got dark. We were running about 6:18 average per mile. Arash took off after the 5 miles.

Stormed for a few hours early Tuesday morn and the temps dropped. Tuesday afternoon was dreary, overcast, windy and chilly. Joseph had something going on after school, so I decided to just do an upper body workout today at lunch. It was a good one. Got all pumped up and hyper while listened to Jane’s Addiction!! Pretty much skipped out on lunch, although I did have a breakfast bar, a hunk of habanero cheese, and some peanut M & M’s. Jorge Villarreal emailed me at about 3 pm and wanted to run, so I ended up running after all. We ran the 7 mile loop at the South Farm (its really more like 6.9 miles). It was cold enough with the wind that I wore a long sleeve shirt! Jorge wore running tights. I figured I would be pretty worn out, but actually felt good. We did the route at a 6:41 pace. Not bad for such a windy day. I was really hyper! The cold, windy weather gets me going.

Thursday, just me at the South Farm today. As I was about to get started, Jessica Comer and Dianna Eddington of the MSU XC/track team stopped by to say hello while they were out running. They asked if I wanted to join them, but I was headed the other way. Got my new Garmin out, and guess what??? It was dead!%@$#! Nothing on the screen!!! Yeah, great. I think its time to try the Nike GPS watch, because these Garmins are not doing the job.  Well, I ran “old school” style today, no watch. No shirt either. Can you believe that? It was 27°F this morning, but warm enough to run without a shirt on this afternoon. Did the 7 mile loop. Pretty easy pace. Who knows.

Got Joseph after school Friday and went back to the South Farm. Why not. Place is beautiful and basically no cars. Of course, if you don’t like to run on gravel, then you would hate the place. As we were getting ready to start, some dude pulled up on his Yamaha scooter, got off and started stretching. Looked like a runner, so I said hello. His name was Daniel Scoggin, and he said he was a recent MSU grad. Anyway, he ran with us for a while. Cruised along easy enough to the first 3.6 mile mark, which we hit at just over 27 minutes, or just over 7:30 per mile. We split off there as Daniel headed straight back northward for the 5.5 mile route, and we took the right/east loop and did the 6.9 mile loop. We ran the next 3.3 miles in 21:07, which was about 6:24 per mile. Felt really nice out again today. No shirts again as it was 62°F when we started, and even though it got colder along the way, we were plenty warm as we moved along. I was actually sweating quite a bit. What an awesome day to run!

Planned on getting up and running the Chinese Restaurant loop with the Boardtown Running Club, but at 5:30 AM, neither Joseph or I really felt like getting up and running in the semi cold. So, back to sleep! We ended up going at noon when it was 72°! No shirts, awesome. Ran steady for 35 minutes. Beautiful day!!!!!

Tomorrow we will be back at the South Farm Parking area at 3 PM if anybody wants to join in for a run. We will be there on Tuesday and Thursday at 3:40 PM also.


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