Thursday, March 27, 2008

Strongsville 5K

There was a big snowstorm the night before, but it was mostly over for this race. Even so, we'd have to put up with gobs of slush, snow, ice and cold. And I'd need to get back home in a hurry - we were heading off to Europe.

I ran very poorly. 20:30+ or so. If it wasn't for a much slower mud run in Broadview Heights, this would be close to a PW.

I didn't stick around for the awards because a) I ran so poorly and b) I had to get home for our flight, but I later learned that I was 3rd in my age group. Oh and I also did well in the ohiochallengeseries points department.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

More on running

For some reason I lost posts - they were not published. So I'll have to be brief. Monday, 3 slow tired miles.
Tuesday: 8 outside @ 8:45 pace followed by 14 inside including 13 @ MP. Not as good as it sounds.
Wednesday: 12 on the mill including 10 x 1200 @ 9.5mph/4:45. Much better.
Thursday: 11-mile new subs route in a solid 85.5 minutes. This includes 3 @ MP.

Weight was 161 at start of week, but is now down to 156!

Trip coming up - very busy. But it's fun.

Another Solid One

Today I ventured outside into the cold, windy, icy morning darkness. I didn't have much time so I had to run fast. And I did" the 11-mile new subs route in 85.5 minutes, including a 3-mile tempo. Other good news: my weight is back to 156.

This is all with the trip coming up. Lots to do to prepare. But it's fun. I hope I don't get too fat and out of shape.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

running yesterday and today

Yesterday I did 8 outside and then 14 inside with 13 at MP. Not the greatest though. Some holding on, and the weight was 161!

Today I did 10 x 1200 at 4:45 on the mill. This WAS a very good one. And the weight was back down to 157!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

another wild wacky weekend, and I even did some running

Went out with Iris and Mike Friday - Sokoloski's again. Yeah, it's kinda good and kinda fun, but on the whole, Debbie and I "don't get it". This time we had more traditional fare - sausage and sourkraut and stuffed cabbage, and this time I, at least, enjoyed it more. And of course we had some laughs with Mike and Iris. Stopped by their place after dinner for a bit.

Veronica and Barry came in for the weekend. Barry needed to research something for his master's thesis in Sandusky. We all drove to the Sandusky library Saturday, but he found nothing. Debbie and I may be able to find something at the western reserve historical society later this week. We got Pita Palace carry out and also visited Kathy and Mike.

We're about to head down to Medina to meet up with Jill and Dave and their kidlets for dinner at Fiesta Jalepenos. We are dining out and eating too much - but we're usually good during the weekdays.

Running wise, I ran Friday - see post, skipped yesterday, and then ran today. I did 11 at 8.5 pace, and then headed back in to see Veronica and Barry off. Around noon I got out again for 3 more at 7.5 pace. It is so hard to get out for those 2nd runs of the day.

Friday, March 14, 2008

This Week's Running

I did 12 lousy miles on the mill on Monday and took Tuesday off. But Wednesday was a good one. I did the 16-mile course in 2:11, then, because traffic was getting bad, stepped on the mill and did 6 more - 5 at MP. All in all a good day of running. I never slowed down.

Yesterday I did 6 around the hood, including some hills. Today it was 7 the same way, then 3 more on the mill at 10MPH - another good one.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

today's long run

The storm is over, but I still stuck to the mill because it's still a mess out there. I did do better today - 20 miles with 15 at MP in groups of 5. Some holding but not as much.

Saturday, March 08, 2008


About a foot and a half, and still coming down. We used the snowblower once, and Mike came down and did it again with his big one. And now we need to do it again. Kinda fun. Kathy, Jessy and Mikey are coming to celebrate Jessy's 16th B-Day here in a bit.

Because of the ongoing snowstorm, I ran on the mill today. Needed 17 and did that, but it was quite lousy. Maybe I'll do better tomorrow. Correction. I'll do better tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Fighting a Cold

It came on suddenly yesterday. I'm fighting it with Zicam.

Possibly as a result - terrible running on the mill today. I did manage 12, but way too much holding on.

Monday, March 03, 2008


Been trying to get more hills in.

Yesterday it was the 11-mile Rocks run in Connecticut - plenty of hills there.

Today it was 13 in the morning: my usual 11 plus 2 extra hilly miles on Sleepy Hollow. And then 3 more at lunch. It was nice for a change so it was good to take advantage. It won't last.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

More on the Mill

I did some more speedwork on the mill during the week. This included the 2 3-mile tempos at 10mph one day and then 10 x 1200 at 9.5 mph the other time. Finally I did 20 on Friday before driving to CT. Those 20 included 13 at MP.

Weekend Visit with Veronica

We had to drive through a snowstorm, but managed to get ahead of it after an hour or so. The rest of the trip east was fine. Mexican food and then "last of the mohicans" that night.

Then came the big day in NYC. We drove in for a change. Makes more sense than the train when traffic isn't bad (as in a Saturday), and when there are more than two people. We bought all-day subway passes and made good use of them.

We hit the Museum of Modern Art. It was pretty neat - we saw lots of interesting stuff, including lots that had us scratching our heads. Good impressionism works too.

Barry needed a book at Columbia U. Library so we walked around the impressive campus a bit. Then it was down to Greenwich Village for lunch/supper at the Bamboo Cafe. Good place for vegan food that looks and tastes like meat. Very good.

Magnolia Bakery has world-famous cupcakes, and you could tell by the 1-hour line outside. I personnaly didn't think they were that special - pretty standard stuff. Veronica had made some lemon vegan cupcakes that were *MUCH* better.

Then it was over to Times Square to see the movie "Persepolis". I thought it was ok - just ok.

Finally it was the 1-hour drive back home. It had been a long long day.

Hinckley is Back

Okay, okay. Hinckley never really left. But a lot of us did; we hadn't been meeting there for our Sunday morning runs for quite some tim...