Illinois State home opener and IVS Half Marathon

Yesterday, I was a bit of a slug; I jogged 4 miles (untimed), watched Illinois hold off Connecticut 31-23 and then drove to Normal to watch Illinois State beat Morehead State 42-14.

The game: ISU got the ball and drove for a touchdown; the key play, if there was one, was a long pass. Then on the next drive, pick 6 and with was 14-0 with 12 minutes to go in the first quarter.

It never got better for Morehead; the Pioneer League team (bottom rated FCS conference) was completely over matched, in terms of athletes.

It was 21-0 when an Illinois State fumble gave them the ball inside the 15, and they managed one first down, but were repelled.

It was 35-0 at the half. Second half: ISU played a LOT of people and won 42-14 in a game that really wasn’t that close.

Total yards: 489-252, but even that gap was deceptive; Morehead got much of that vs. the ISU reserves.

This morning: I power walked the IVS half marathon (a very tough, hilly, gravelly course). Sadly, there were only 40 finishers. The course is interesting and well organized. But..well, no bells and whistles…certainly NOT a PR course….it is really “a trail half marathon on the road” so to speak.

And I walked a personal worst: 2:54:21. I’ve never been that slow in a walking half before; it was an ugly positive split: 1:22:30/3:01:51 I had company (sort of) for the first half…second half, the quarter marathon finishers left the course and it was me being left in the dust by Julie.
splits:
1: 11:57 (too fast)
2: 23:47 (way too fast)
4: 48:23
5: 1:01:37 (uphill)
8: 1:41:19
9: 1:55:37
10: 2:09:36
11: 2:23:55
12: 2:38:43
13.1 2:54:21

and it was an effort.

So…I wasn’t really disappointed..it was more that I was taken aback at how age is affecting me. It is the Gompertz law: I am at an age (60) where the downward slide is accelerating. I lose more ability per year than I did 10 years ago; I am significantly worse that I was even 4-5 years ago, and it is not due to excessive weight (I am at 188-190) nor due to a lack of effort, though I cannot train as much as I once did. My abilities are declining, period, and I need to adjust, especially at my upcoming marathon.

Yes, my form became flat footed but that was due to a lack of concentration and fatigue; I CAN do something about that. But even with better form..I am still slower, period.

Past half marathon walks

September 2003: 2:17 (Appleton Fox-Cities powerwalk division)
January 2008: Austin 30K 3:50:56 (about 2:40 for the half marathon split)
September 2008: 2:25:13 Quad Cities
September 2010: 2:39:13 Quad Cities (surgery that summer)
September 2011: 2:40:53 IVS
September 2011: 2:22 Quad Cities
January 2012: 2:34 First Light
June 2012: 2:30:18 Galesburg
September 2012: 2:24:46 IVS
April 2014: 2:25:26 Peoria Heights
May 2014: 2:19:15 Peoria
September 2014 2:35 (IVS)
September 2014 2:24:17 Quad Cities
September 2015 2:38:13 IVS
June 2017: 2:47:24 Galesburg
July 2017 2:42:19 Chicago RR
August 2017 Mahomet Half marathon 2:52:33
October 2018 Whisky Daddle Half Marathon 2:29:23
September 2019: 2:54:21 IVS

Busy busy..

Not much time to write about issues as a math paper has gripped me hard.

But I can keep track of workouts:
yesterday: yoga, 5 miles of running.

today: weights only (190 lb)
rotator cuff
pull ups 4 sets of 10, 3 of 5 (went well)
military: 10 x 50 standing (dumbbells, one 50 in each hand), 15 x 50, seated, supported, 10 x 40,
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 dumbbell (each arm)
goblet squats: 6 x 30, 50 then 6 x 62 “to the sill)
hex dead: 5 x 175, 1 x 225, couldn’t break 250, 3 x 225
bench: 10 x 135, 4 x 155 (pause)
decline: 10 x 135
plank (front 2:30), head stand, knee stretch

slight back soreness

doing better though.

Contrarian nature

Workout notes: weights only today; I had a slightly sore back and did some modifications:
rotator cuff
pull ups: 10, 15, 10, 10, 5, 5 (went well)
bench press: 10 x 135, 1 x 185 (hips solid), 1 x 175, 5 x 155 (pause with each rep on the chest)
inline: 10 x 135
hex dead lift (paid attention to the back: 5 x 175, 3 x 225
military (dumbbell), 10 x 45, 10 x 45, 10 x 40
rows: 10 x 110 machine (3 sets)
goblet squats: 6 x 30 (all the way down), 6 x 50, 6 x 62 to the sill
plank: front and side, head stand

Contrary nature

Comedy: ok, I am interested in Dave Chapelle’s “Sticks and Stones” but…

There is a point here: just because sanctimonious people have angry, dumb takes on it does NOT mean that it is good.
That doesn’t mean that it is bad either.

Trump and Sanders How can someone back Sanders and say “if he doesn’t win, I’d just as soon have Trump” when, say, Elizabeth Warren is much closer to him?

It can be the urge to “burn it all down”…anger at how things are.

And, let’s face it, some are just fed up with self righteousness. This sometimes shows up as backlash:

Women say they are being subjected to sexism far more than they used to be, according to a new study out of the University of Colorado Boulder Leeds School of Business — even as they report less overt harassment, such as sexual coercion (“sleep with me and you’ll get a promotion”) and unwanted sexual attention (ogling or fondling).

Women are facing a “massive increase in hostility,” said Stefanie K. Johnson, the business professor who coauthored the study. Research shows that people in power feel threatened when other groups rise up, as women have during the #MeToo era, and that men believe their status declines when women’s rises, which could cause some men to lash out.
[…]

Men who don’t want to mentor women or invite them to after-work gatherings can now justify these actions, or lack thereof, by saying they’re trying to protect themselves, and women, from suggestions of impropriety. Beyond being detrimental to a woman’s career, this type of gender exclusion “perpetuates the idea of women as other,” Rikleen said.

Of course, the article I linked to is riddled with old feminist claims (e. g. “need to subjugate women”) but it could be a matter of being sick of the finger wagging.

Bridge to Bridge 2019

Workout this morning: Yoga with Ms. V, then an easy 5 mile walk. Back is a bit sore; had better take it easy in the weight room tomorrow.

Yesterday: Bridge to Bridge 4 mile. I’ll post the history after I bring my old blog back (though I’ll stick with this blog from now on)

The skinny: 60’s, decent weather; picked up Tracy, warmed up just over a mile with very dead legs (20.37 walk yesterday, which included 10 miles in 2:09)

I didn’t get my splits though I do remember being 18:20 at the half way clock..finished in 36:53 (which included the Cedar Street Bridge climb and down).
The key is that I kept it steady until I saw a rival..one I really think that I should be beating. He was way ahead so in the long straight away I picked it up to catch him; I couldn’t (21 seconds) but I had wish I had gotten it in gear earlier. I think that I held back for too long.

Still, I’ve done worse..but still I am sliding.

2012: 35:29 for 4.2
2013 33:38
2014: 34:37 (140/531, 102/249 male)
2015: 36:18
2016: 35:28 (139/421, 96/189 male)
2018: 39:58
2019: 36:53 (148/314, 100/148 male)

I’ve slid from “median male” to “median finisher.”

But..I had fun and here are my photos…all have meaning for me for one reason or another:

Chiefs home season ends, Illini’ football begins

I doubt that this is much of an omen. But on Friday night, I celebrated the end of the Peoria Chiefs season with…well, a loss. The Chiefs have been playing better the last week or two of the season..and in fact, they won at Cedar Rapids today.

But Friday was a 9-2 loss. It was an old story; pitching struggles.

(last photo: via the Peoria Chiefs)

Vickie and Harry were there…I was to see Harry the next day though he was at the baseball game.

Illinois Football
Let me be blunt: Illinois is NOT a strong team, far from it. And the Illini faced a horrible Akron team with a new coach and new players. But instead of the squeaker wins they had against Ball State in 2017 and Kent State in 2018, they dominated the way a Big Ten team should. It was 28-3 at the half, 42-3 at the end of 3, and the reserves took it over in the 4’th. The defense set up 3 touchdowns by getting 2 turn overs (interception and a fumble) and set up a short field by keeping Akron bottled up inside its 5 and ..after the punt and return, the offense had it inside the 30 to start.

The offense was crisp. Defense: did ok, though…to be fair, Akron did have some open receivers and hurt themselves with dropped passes. But the Illini hitting may have gotten their receivers to “hear footsteps.”

Total years: 401 for the Illini, 192 for Akron..even that was deceptive (the game was more one sided than that) as the Illini had 3 aforementioned “short field” drives, and the yard were mostly in the first 3 quarters.

Again, I am NOT scouting out Big Ten championship tickets yet. But this team looks, at first glance, to be better than the previous 3 teams that Lovie Smith had. They might win 3-4 of their 9 conference games…MIGHT.
Remember: getting to “average” is a big step up for this program.

Storm clouds: pass coverage. A Big Ten caliber team with a passing attack would have moved the ball against this defense.

Preparation continues

I had taken some Naproxen for my shoulder…and unfortunately is masked my back pain..so my back in now stiff because I did not stretch it enough.
Still, I got in a couple of workouts: Saturday: 30:40 for my West Peoria “5K” course; 10:25, 20:50 at 2+. Effort: not easy..I’d call it “medium.”

Sunday (today) thunderstorms came through this morning so I did 2 5 mile walks on the treadmill: 1:03:30 and 1:05:30 for 2:09 for 10. Then outside for 10.37:

The course was the basic House to River past Dozer course, with passage in front of the Riverplex parking lot, going around the goose loop plus another full goose loop lap…both out and back (so 2 extra goose loop laps in total). Time was 2:44:40 for what turned out to be 10.37: 1:21:30 out, 1:22:30 back (uphill) for 15:52 mpm.

Or, 20.37 in 4:53:40