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|Saturday, August 29th, 2015|
|Nineteenth and twentieth runs of 2015
I ran on Thursday and forgot to blog it; I did 28 laps in 81:54
. This morning I went out again, and went a little slower, finishing in 82:29
While I was running, three guys came out carrying a few hurdles, and I thought, "Aw, they are going to take over a couple of lanes for hurdling and I might have to move." But then they started taking pictures of each other; mostly one guy was taking shots of another guy, with the third guy kind of helping out. They would pose with the athletic equipment. The "model" would even pose as if he was running, though he never actually ran. He didn't look very athletic. He was tall and a little overweight and had curly hair but was way too young to be Weird Al. But thinking "photo shoot for a goofy album cover" made the whole scene make sense to me, so that's my guess.
|Saturday, August 22nd, 2015|
|Eighteenth run of 2015
I did seven miles in this morning in 84:10
, which is a big improvement, but I did it by mostly ignoring my heart monitor, which persistently read higher than I have been historically comfortable with. I didn't feel bad, though; it was a very pleasant run. No fiddlers or talk-show hosts, though.
|Wednesday, August 19th, 2015|
|Seventeenth run of 2015
This morning as soon as I started running, my heart monitor started freaking out. I think it's running out of batteries or monitronium or something. Anyway, I decided just to run at a "reasonable pace", and I finished in 88:58
, almost ten minutes faster than Saturday. Maybe it's my monitor that is holding me back.
|Saturday, August 15th, 2015|
|Sixteenth run of 2015
I sucked only slightly less than Wednesday on this morning's run, doing my 28 laps in 98:02
. I am comforting myself with the thought that this might be real improvement, not just random variation, because I have now run three times in eight days, which is way better than I have been doing recently.
While I was running, there was a young man at the track in a green Tulane tee who was multitasking in the most peculiar way I have ever seen, if everything was as it seemed. He was running laps, considerably faster than I was, while loudly talking on his cell phone. Not just talking, but giving advice. Not just any advice, but advice about how to live, how to reconcile one's family life with "Josiah", who after a few examples I deduced to be either Jesus or someone like him. And not just giving godly advice, but occasionally yelling out, "Cut to commercial!" Yes, he was conducting an evangelical call-in program over the phone, while running laps. Most of the time I could hear him, he was talking to somebody he called "Joe in New York", whose side of the conversation I would have liked to hear, because Joe seemed to be getting a bit hot under the collar. "Yes, yes," said the jogging radio preacher. "We understand
that you are angry." At one point he remonstrated with the caller, saying, "No, Joe, I'm not in Chicago. I'm right outside your fucking office!" For one thing this could not have been true, because the evangelist was running on a track in Watertown, Massachusetts, with no offices in sight. For another, I hope that the host's producer kept his finger near the bleep button, because this guy was pretty salty for a Christian.
|Wednesday, August 12th, 2015|
|Fifteenth run of 2015
I ran on a weekday morning! Yay. But I was very slow. Boo. 98:51
for seven miles.
On my last few laps I was astonished to hear a fiddle being played near the tennis court. When I was done running I walked over and found a woman playing a few tunes for a little girl who I think was her daughter; they were part of a small gaggle of adults accompanying their children to tennis lessons. She introduced herself as Ellie Buckland, a member of The Wiles
, a sort of folky trio whose stuff I will certainly be looking at soon.
|Monday, August 10th, 2015|
|Fourteenth run of 2015
I forgot to mention that I did get out on Saturday, and did 7 miles in 89:36
. I continue to flounder on the same plateau because I have only been running once a week.
|Saturday, August 1st, 2015|
|Thirteenth run of 2015
Pretty awful. I'm proud I finished, because it was pretty hot out, but my time was horrible, 99:50
. I didn't ever drop down to a walk, though. But wow, slower than 14 minute miles.
|Twelfth run of 2015
Last weekend I actually did get out to the track, and I ran seven miles in exactly 85:00
, but I neglected to blog the achievement right away, and then forgot about it. I only discovered my lapse just now, a week later, because I was getting ready to go out to the track this morning and discovered that my watch's stopwatch function was still displaying my run time from then.
I'm headed out again now, and will post about my thirteenth run when I get back.
|Saturday, July 11th, 2015|
|Eleventh run of 2015
I did my seven miles this morning in 86:53
, which isn't terrible. I have decided that I need a new heart monitor; do either of my readers have a recommendation? I've been using a chest-strap Polar.
|Wednesday, July 8th, 2015|
|Tenth run of 2015
Extremely slow, 28 laps in 94:34
. I don't think it was the heat; no idea what the problem was. At any rate, I'm declaring victory because I managed to get out there on a weekday.
|Friday, July 3rd, 2015|
|Ninth run of 2015
It's a fairly warm day, so I expected to have a terrible run, but it wasn't bad: 28 laps in 84:20
, my third best time of the year.
Some organization had set out inflatable bouncy slides on Victory Field (around the perimeter of which Paul Bartley Track runs), and they had to run power cables for the inflation fans, and a water hose for the wet slide, across the track. This was slightly annoying, since once each lap I had to pay closer attention to my footing than I ordinarily must. But it was a very minor annoyance, and it was fun to watch the kids play on the slides.
I think I may have called Victory Field "Liberty Field" on a few prior occasions.
|Saturday, June 27th, 2015|
|Eighth run of 2015
This was a nice run, continuing the trend of very gradual improvement that is probably indistinguishable from random variation. 28 laps in 85:48
Usually, on Saturdays, Liberty Field is full of kids playing soccer. Today it was comparatively deserted.
|Saturday, June 20th, 2015|
|Seventh run of 2015
Just got back from the run I promised in my last post. Seven miles in 86:19
, a bit better than last week, but I think it was cooler, so it's not a real improvement. I really won't be able to improve, I think, unless I manage to get out more than once a week.
I think modern media is impeding real life sociality. I can't say "good-morning" to people with things in their ears; today that mostly meant I couldn't say "good-morning" to anybody at all.
|Sixth run of 2015
I did go out last weekend, but neglected to blog it for some reason. I think it was Sunday the 14th. It was hottish weather and a slow run, 28 laps 91:17
, but it didn't feel bad. For about 8 laps near the end, a young woman stayed ahead of me, not running, nor even power-walking, but simply walking briskly. I wondered whether I could go faster
by dropping to a walk, but I decided that I was exercising the way I wanted to exercise, and that continuing to run would be better for my training in the long term. Probably it didn't matter.
Now I'm getting ready to head out for another one. I still haven't been managing midweek runs at all; not getting up early enough.
|Sunday, June 7th, 2015|
|Fifth run of 2015
28 laps in 86:48
, which is quite a setback from the last few runs. Obviously I can't expect to improve if I only run once a week, but I've been worrying about some hip soreness, and waited for it to get mostly better before running on it again. I hope it doesn't keep me from running a lot this summer; otherwise I really will have to get it cared for, and my expectations for the kind of care I can expect are not high.
|Sunday, May 31st, 2015|
|Fourth run of 2015
My computer is finally back in working order so I can enter yesterday's run on a real keyboard.
It was a very good run by this year's standards, seven miles in 79:50
. 77 minutes is a kind of milestone, an average of 11 minutes per mile, and it looks like I will achieve that soon if I continue just getting out there.
|Wednesday, May 27th, 2015|
|Third run of 2015
I really have to call Micro Center today to find out what's happening with my computer. This cellphone blogging is the pits.
Today I ran my 28 laps in 84:17, a good improvement over last time but historically terrible for me. Also, my heart monitor was acting up. My theory is that it can entrain itself to the rhythm of my footfalls instead of to my pulse. Anyway, I wasn't able to control my level of effort very well. Have heart monitors improved any in the last few years? Should I be considering getting a new one?
There was no sign of the reincarnation of Julia Child today.
|Monday, May 25th, 2015|
|Second run of 2015
My computer is receiving Last Rites at Micro Center; I am hoping forlornly that my data can be salvaged. In the meantime my cellphone must serve.
I ran my seven miles this morning in 84:39, considerably better than last week. There were two ladies walking together at the track, one of them close to a head taller than me. Her general body shape reminded me of Julia Child, and as I passed her and overheard a few words, her voice was also very reminiscent of Child's. On the next lap I made a point of catching a few words, and (I swear I am not making this up) she was saying to her companion, "... a kind of mushroom salad, with different sorts of sauce ... We tried the scallop empañadas, but they were fried ..." Soul tranference or something. WGBH, she probably lives in Watertown.lauradi7
, I don't dislike running. It's just a matter of time budgeting and sleep schedules. I don't organize my life well.
|Saturday, May 16th, 2015|
|First run of 2015
I managed my seven miles in 94:07
. This is a very poor start; it's longer than my worst run of last year.
("Brief pause," hah.)
|Saturday, August 16th, 2014|
|Brief pause in Project Project Gutenberg
My Nook e-reader is failing to hold a charge for more than three days, even when I'm not using it. It used to last more than a month. So I'll be shopping for a replacement, and taking a vacation from Project Project Gutenberg. When I return to it, the next thing I'll read is etext #208, Henry James's Daisy Miller