Marathon thoughts..

Well, cool weather for Sunday. What to do? I am signed up for the marathon but there is a 6 hour cut off and, frankly, I probably cannot walk sub 6 hour. But with some jogging…possible? This course is 2 loops and if I am dead after loop 1, I can drop. And it also goes past my house …as in, right past the front door. So my guess is that I will try. We shall see.

Workout notes: yoga, then a 4 mile jog (very easy). Not a care in the world pace. If I can do that 6 times in a row then I could walk it in and beat the time limit.

say what?

Genuine quote. He is unhinged.

Workout notes: weights only: pull ups 5 sets of 10, 1 of 5, bench: 10 x 135, 3 x 185, 4 x 155 (pause), decline; 10 x 165, military: 5 x 50 standing, 10 x 40 standing, 2 sets of 10 x 180 machine, rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110. Goblet squats (good depth): 6 x 30, 50, 60, hex dead: 6 x 175, 4 x 225. plank, etc.

My back felt better and I felt just a bit stronger.

North Dakota State Visits and a 5K

Saturday: I did a small university 5K; finished 43 of 69 (lots of students) 39/37 among the males and 1’st over 60 (not many older people) with a time of 28:26. It was a good day to run but I gave up for a couple of minutes after the second mile; I attempted to pick it up but, well…the legs were a bit heavy, again.

I got to meet up with Mike oldtime rival. I first met him when I chased him at the Crime Stoppers 5K in 1996; he was under 22 and I was just over 22 for that one. We were a bit slower this time around.

Then I picked up Mat for a trip to Illinois State to watch the North Dakota State Bison; they have won 7 of the last 8 FCS Championships. They were in championship form and won 37-3 in a game that was reflected by the final score. ISU made a first down early but then fumbled; and it took NDSU little time to cash in. Next drive: same thing.

To see how it went:

This call was reviewed…and stood..knee down just prior to the ball breaking the plane. So first and goal at the half yard line; two running plays got stuffed..then a sack..and then an incomplete pass. Zero points from this drive.

Yes, they had a good crowd initially, but it dwindled.

Oh, Illinois got creamed by Minnesota 40-17 and gave up 480 yards plus, mostly on running.


I did get a nice sunset though

And this morning..a lazy day and a 10 mile walk to and from the goose loop. It went ok.

Enjoying the outrage….

Ah, good old Schadenfreude. From time to time, I do enjoy is part of my dark side.

This little meme has angered some..and it is easy to see why. Life is full of issues and they tend to be complex ones. And if you are blessed enough to not see the complexity, you can come up with simplistic solutions that the “nose in the book experts with no common sense” fail to see. But alas, no one listens to you…even though you KNOW that you have it all figured out.

In reality, often there is no single optimum solution; just “less bad” options, each of which has an upside and some downsides. Ah…but realizing that means that, well, you are just one of the many that do not see the big picture.
And yes, that especially applies to ME, too many times. I have to watch for that.


Here is the deal: Trump supporters KNEW this about him…they just see ALL politicians as corrupt with Trump just being more upfront about it. This will not hurt him with the base; there is evidence of a slight erosion of support (can’t say if it is definitive or just noise). (Real Clear, Fivethirtyeight….but are we seeing this in the swing states?

Football: the weird

Illinois State is hosting FCS powerhouse North Dakota State this weekend; NDSU has won 7 of the 8 last FCS national championships. And ISU is ranked. Yes, I have tickets. The only thing available from the school are lawn tickets.

On the other hand, Notre Dame is hosting…Bowling Green (no, ND did NOT play teams like that in the old days)

Who knew that an Illinois State ticket is a hotter item than a Notre Dame ticket? (ok, I know…size of the stadium, ND is a 45 point favorite, etc….still it is counter-intuitive)

Workout catch up: my favorite workout tracking site appears to be down for the count; I’ve used it since 2003 but figured it had little time left. That doesn’t really matter as I have a paper back up until 2005 and then I have my blogs. Still, it really doesn’t matter as what worked years ago is no longer relevant. Just look at this sample of race results from 1998-1999, 2008-2009, 2018-2019. The formulas have changed on me, and what worked 20 years ago is no longer relevant.

But here goes:
Wednesday: 4 mile walk (Cornstalk classic), 5 sets of pull ups, goblet squats: 6 x 35, 6 x 50, 1 x 60 (sore)
Thursday: yoga, 5 mile walk (just didn’t feel like running; right now walking is more pleasant)

Friday: (today): weights: rotator cuff, pull ups (5 sets of 10, one of 5..good..little body swing), bench: 10 x 135, 1 x 185 (strict but it anyway), 5 x 155 (pause), decline: 10 x 165, military: 2 sets of 10 x 40 dumbbell standing (strict), 2 sets of 10 x 180 machine (seated), rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110, goblet squats: 6 x 25, 6 x 50, 6 x 65 (good depth), hex dead: 6 x 175 (very easy now…should be), 4 x 225 (getting easier..really)
plank: 2:30, lots of back stuff.

Toward a boutique society

Workout notes (back feels better): yoga, then 4 mile treadmill run in 42:01 (22:20 for 2; picked it up 25 minutes into it).
The back is less sore and the legs have more life in them. They were a bit fatigued from my stepping it up with goblet squats. I started the squats (and hex dead lifts) to build up my weak legs.

Result: I’ve gotten a bit stronger but haven’t run any faster.

Post It seems that in this day and age, many people expect society to conform to them rather than having an expectation that they will have to adjust to society. Some of this, of course, is, in my opinion, good (e. g. cut outs and ramps for the physically handicapped). Some of it, though, is extreme (e. g. a genetic male who “identifies as female” wanting to compete in a female division in sports) or people becoming enraged when they don’t get addressed by one of the new pronouns.

I believe that there is a balance, and if one is sufficiently different from the rest of society (say, is 7 foot tall, or was born with 6 fingers), the individual will have to do some adjusting.

That isn’t the new way though.

I wonder if this is a consequence (millennials are lonely). Yes, one can “blame” social media, and I suppose that can be a factor though perhaps not for these reasons.

On social media, one can screen out unwelcome opinions and avoid unpleasant personality types; there isn’t a need to adjust. Ok, yes, I do use the “mute” and “block” features..

But when it comes to having friends: one needs to make allowances for friends, and the friends have to make allowances for you too.

I might think that X talks too much; I might get annoyed that Y walks so damn slowly; Z might be tired of my messiness and W might get irritated that I like arriving to events so early.
I might even vote differently than my friends do. But, paradoxically, I think that I am happier when I make allowances for others (within reason, of course). Not every friend will enjoy math/science, not every friend will enjoy spectator sports or will want to hike, walk, run, lift, swim, etc. Maybe some can’t stand Mexican food…maybe some are religious.

It is all good..if I enjoy their company and they enjoy mine.

And I think this applies to society, on the whole. Not every experience will be perfect and others will not be constantly thinking about your preferences and wishes. It is probably best to not go around with a chip on one’s shoulder.

Back on the way back

Woo hoo…back is nowhere near as sore today:

weights only: rotator cuff, pull ups (5 sets of 10, one of 5)
bench: 10 x 135, 1 x 185, 5 x 155 pause (hard)
decline: 10 x 165
military: 2 sets of 10 x 40 standing (gingerly), 2 sets of 10 x 180 machine
machine rows; 3 sets of 10 x 110
goblet squats: 6 x 35, 6 x 50, 6 x 60, 4 x 70 (all good depth)
hex dead: 5 x 175
head stand, 2:30 plank (tough)
lots of back stuff.

Posts: When I go off on political correctness, I mean: I get sore when people place sensitivity about truth. Here, Professor Coyne discusses an article on Bill Maher.

And yes, part of my anti-PC-ness means taking in outrageous stories with skepticism. No, that African American girl did NOT have her hair cut off by white boys.

Fun: these ibex are incredible: