Friday, June 08, 2018

PODCASTING ABOUT PHILOSOPHY? A TRYOUT

I've got a Ph.D. in philosophy, interpretation and culture earned at Binghamton University in upstate New York (considered State Ivy and a rigorous place to study). I find myself turning back to this study, listening to podcasts in this realm, and wondering whether I have a voice in this. I'm going to try it out, in a relaxed and unsystematic and unpolished podcast-like way. Below is a kind of into. Link will take one to a post that contains the sound file. Click on the file to listen. Very casual and soft 12 minutes to endure. Comments on this beginning effort are certainly welcome





SPINE INJURY ENDS MY RUNNING EFFORTS.

At age 81, in late January, I seriously injured my lower spine (again), causing a period of extreme pain that ended when I had surgery (microdiscectomy) that eased the pain from a herniated discs in lumbar4 and lumbar5 (L4-L5, L5-S-1) that painfully squeezed the root nerve from L5 and resulted in neuropathy in my right leg and condition know as drop foot.
Since then, the nerve compression has eased a little, helped by my walking and bicycling. More to say about this, maybe. But it looks like now that I can't seriously run again without re-injuring this region, making it worse than it was.


Thursday, July 27, 2017

SET TENNESSEE 2-MILE AGE 80 RACE RECORD

Picking up speed like a Model T. Set Tennessee's 2-mile road race record for 80-year-old men (no record there before) in Chattanooga Track Club's Scenic City Scorcher event. Not a great pace but enough to do it - overall net time 23:10, pace 11:33.





Friday, July 07, 2017

REGISTERED FOR TWO 2017 HALF MARATHONS

Registered for 2 half-marathons this year, adapting a 10-week plan to train for the 1st in September. I'll also attend a 4 evening Front Runner camp the next 2 weeks, intrigued by that. It's clear I need to be moderate, turning 81 next month, my 2nd year back at it. Running's been redeeming in my life, and I'm grateful to still be challenged by it. Other runners feel this way, too. #runningandredemption #RunningAgainAtAge80 #buildingabasehopefully




Monday, July 03, 2017

TRIATHLON: RESURRECTING 1985 PEUGEOT BIKE

Want to resurrect my 1985 Peugeot Triathlon bike, which helped me win and place 2nd in an intermediate and sprint triathlon when I turned 50 in 1986, the only tris I competed in. The sprint was in Tioga County NY, and the other at Dorchester Park in Whitney Point, NY, a 3/4-mile swim, 18-mile hilly bike, and a 10K run. Not that I'm thinking of a Triathlon at age 80 #nononononotriathlon Changes took me off the road and bike afterward.



Friday, June 30, 2017

FEEL IS GOOD BUT NEED RUNNING TRAINING PLAN

Decided to keep an eye on the high intensity 3PLUS2 running program from FIRST in "Run Less, Run Faster." Three days of run types, two of cross training. I don't feel I'm ready for it at this time, though. 
 I think I'm more fit to do the RW beginner 10 week half marathon training plan, maybe adapting in a higher intensity workout from the 3PLUS2 now and then. Yet keeping in mind "feel" training, with a plan to catch me when I'm slacking off. 
Continuing confusion on how to proceed when #RunningAgainAtAge80.
FIRST is the Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training. 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

BOOSTING CADENCE, TESTING QUALITY RUNS

Reflecting, I've been influenced in my running goals by others I know, how I matter in a club context, and as well in a competitive one. Too many cooks, I think. I'm losing the joy in the feel of it. Help helps, for sure. But ultimately only I see the star that guides. Plus how my age may limit me. Okay. 

Working now to boost running cadence from 165 steps per minute to widely recommended 180 spm. Ran slow 3.28 miles in hollow at that cadence, hard to do now, yet did it. Happy underused fast-twitch muscles. Other metrics: 46:05;14:03;124;.64;187^. 
Also, I like how this four-day a week running plan sounds: Speed, tempo, long run, easy, with "feel" the measure. More about quality than volume training. I'd gear it to the next upcoming race, the Scenic City Scorcher 2-miler, with others I might do in mind. 

So, cadence boost and quality runs, limited to four days a week. I can test this. #RunningAgainAtAge80 


Friday, June 23, 2017

OLD RUNNING BODY CONFUSES ME


6/23/17- Been training and running for a year and a month now since back at it after a 30-year hiatus and know I haven't "hit my stride" yet. Took a couple of years three decades ago and in college. 
More rain and storms soaking the day. Segmented sleep again overnight. Unsure if I should run today, or rest and add another recovery day after last weekend's 10K. 
Reality: My 80 year old body confuses me. Do I need another recovery day, or is it mental? Hungry a lot too. 
Maybe an intermittent strength workout is the tonic. Push-ups: planks with leg lifts; curls to overhead presses and under-armpit curls with dumbbells; and squats with dumbbells. On and off during the day, satisfying my ADD, too. See how that works out. 

Selah.