Monday, October 18, 2021

Waverly Walk - Complete Half Marathon History


By Time
2:06:47 - 3/6/21 - 10th annual The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, TX - 14
2:11:35 - 10/9/16 - 4th annual Hokie Half Marathon, Blacksburg, VA - 6
2:11:47 - 2/8/20 - 6th annual Katy Half Marathon, Katy, TX - 12
2:12:47 - 2/3/18 - SAGU Half Marathon, Waxahachie, TX - 8 (Adjusted time as course map was printed as 13.25 miles and time was 2:14:12)
2:13:57 - 1/3/21 - 4th annual Canton Half Marathon, Canton, TX - 13
2:16:36 - 10/28/17 - 39th annual Huntsville Half Marathon, Huntsville, TX - 7
2:19:37 - 1/1/20 - Texas Half Marathon, Kingwood, TX - 11
2:20:31 - 1/1/15 - Texas Half Marathon, Kingwood, TX - 2
2:22:52 - 10/16/21 - 42nd annual Huntsville Half Marathon, Huntsville, TX - 16
2:26:07 - 4/10/21 - Blue Bell Fun Run Half Marathon, Brenham, TX - 15 (Ran with Dad)
2:27:24.50 - 8/4/19 - 3rd annual Canton Half Marathon, Canton, TX - 10
2:31:44 - 3/14/15 - Seabrook Lucky Trail Half Marathon, Seabrook, TX - 3
2:33:31 - 4/16/16 - Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Half Marathon, Roanoke, VA - 5
2:35:57 - 8/8/15 - 14th annual Lynchburg Half Marathon, Lynchburg, VA - 4
2:37:16 - 9/23/18 - 6th annual Hokie Half Marathon, Blacksburg, VA - 9
2:54:06 - 1/15/06 - Aramco Houston Half Marathon, Houston, TX - 1

By Date
2:54:06 - 1/15/06 - Aramco Houston Half Marathon, Houston, TX - 1
2:20:31 - 1/1/15 - Texas Half Marathon, Kingwood, TX - 2 (Two minute stop at halfway)
2:31:44 - 3/14/15 - Seabrook Lucky Trail Half Marathon, Seabrook, TX - 3
2:35:57 - 8/8/15 - 14th annual Lynchburg Half Marathon, Lynchburg, VA - 4
2:33:31 - 4/16/16 - Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Half Marathon, Roanoke, VA - 5
2:11:35 - 10/9/16 - 4th annual Hokie Half Marathon, Blacksburg, VA - 6
2:16:36 - 10/28/17 - 39th annual Huntsville Half Marathon, Huntsville, TX - 7
2:12:47 - 2/3/18 - SAGU Half Marathon, Waxahachie, TX - 8 (Adjusted time as course map was printed as 13.25 miles and time was 2:14:12)
2:37:16 - 9/23/18 - 6th annual Hokie Half Marathon, Blacksburg, VA - 9
2:27:24.50 - 8/4/19 -3rd annual Canton Half Marathon, Canton, TX - 10
2:19:37 - 1/1/20 - Texas Half Marathon, Kingwood, TX - 11
2:11:47 - 2/8/20 - 6th annual Katy Half Marathon, Katy, TX - 12
2:13:57 - 1/3/21 - 4th annual Canton Half Marathon, Canton, TX - 13
2:06:47 - 3/6/21 - 10th annual The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, TX - 14
2:26:07 - 4/10/21 - Blue Bell Fun Run Half Marathon, Brenham, TX - 15 (Ran with Dad)
2:22:52 - 10/16/21 - 42nd annual Huntsville Half Marathon, Huntsville, TX - 16

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Wednesday Evening Track; October 6, 2021

 
Always trying to at least stay moving these days.

Went to the track - where I enjoy getting a chance to visit and catch up with Volte's Bill Dwyer - and got another four miles in.

Well, being in lane 5 the entire way really made it 4.244 miles.

Mile 1 - 4:11.77, 4:06.15, 4:06.56, 4:04.57 = 16:29.05 (15:32)
Mile 2 - 4:03.32, 4:04:39, 4:03.42, 4:00.48 = 16:11.60 (15:16)
Mile 3 - 4:03.49, 4:04.43, 4:05.37, 4:04.62 = 16:17.91 (15:22)
Mile 4 - 4:04.53, 4:05.74, 4:06.43, 4:08.61 = 16:25.31 (15:28)
4.244 miles = 1:05:23.87 (15:25 pace)

I really haven't tried running too much because of my left knee.

Sure, walking takes a little longer and doesn't burn as much, but I enjoy just doing something.

Last Thursday night, I got in a little more than five and a quarter on the Spring Creek Greenway Trail.  May head back out there tonight.

I was able to listen to two complete Sports Spectrum podcasts while doing so.

Saturday, I'll be out at Ironman Texas and Sunday will be at Cypress 10.

Hope you have a great Thursday if you're reading this!

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Tuesday Evening Track; October 5, 2021


Still just rocking along or shall I say, walking along.

I'm getting out there and trying to get something done every day.

Nothing spectacular but from between September 25 - October 24, I have the following:

0.0 miles running

29.033 miles walking

21.627 miles walking (Apple Health) "on my feet"

21.5 miles cycling (Air Assault bike)

929 meters rowing

Last night, I went to the track where Bill Dwyer's Volte group gathers.

Mile 1 - 4:09.71, 4:05.00, 4:07.52, 4:06.39 = 16:28.62 (15:47)
Mile 2 - 4:03.81, 4:04.45, 4:01.22, 4:01.38 = 16:10.86 (15:30)
Mile 3 - 4:04.06, 4:05.62, 4:05.41, 4:05.78 = 16:20.47 (15:39)
Mile 4 - 4:05.95, 4:07.43, 4:07.10, 4:08.02 = 16:28.50 (15:47)

All of the miles were in Lane 4 to account for 4.176 miles in total in 1:05:28.45 for a 15:41 pace.

I'll head back out there tonight.

I hope you all are doing well.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Thanksgiving Day Racing


2020 - No Thanksgiving Day racing due to COVID-19.

2019 - Athens Turkey Trot Family Fun Run 5K (Athens, TX) - 30:31.52
2018 - Finish line and awards announcing at Run Thru The Woods 5M.
2017 - Finish line and awards announcing at Run Thru The Woods 5M.
2016 - Ran Lake Jackson Turkey Trot 10K (Lake Jackson, TX) - 59:50.59
2015 - Ran Run Thru The Woods 5M (The Woodlands, TX) - 51:18

2014 - Ran Run Thru The Woods 5M (The Woodlands, TX) - 49:16.23
2013 - Ran Run Thru The Woods 5M (The Woodlands, TX) - 52:44 (52:50 with Waverly)
2012 - Finish line announcing at Run Thru The Woods 5M.
2011 - Covered Run Thru The Woods 5M for the Conroe Courier.
2010 - Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (New York City, NY)

2009 - Promoted the Bill Crews Remission Run 5K at Run Thru The Woods 5M.
2008 - Finish line announcing at Run Thru The Woods 5M. (Confirmed from blog.)
2007 - Ran Run Thru The Woods 5M (The Woodlands, TX) - 49:03
2006 - Ran Run Thru The Woods 5M (The Woodlands, TX) - 51:36.25
2005 - Ran Run Thru The Woods 5M (The Woodlands, TX) - 48:21.3

2004 - Ran Run Thru The Woods 5M (The Woodlands, TX) - 49:45.1
2003 - Ran Run Thru The Woods 5M (The Woodlands, TX) - 1:00:08.8

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Quick Wednesday Evening Post; September 8, 2021


Went to the Knox Junior High track after meeting with some folks from Chase Bank late this afternoon, but couldn't get on the track for awhile because there were a pair of football games going on.

Once I was able to, I only got 1.7226 miles in 27:10.11 for a pace of 15:46.  

I wasn't pushing it, obviously.

All laps were in lane 4.

3:18.30
3:17.71
80% of 0.522 miles

4:08.06
4:08.27
4:05.33
4:05.80
1.044 miles

4:06.64
0.261 miles

I also then got in 10.3 miles on the Air Assault bike in 30 minutes and 42 seconds.

Got a chance to talk a good bit with Bill Dwyer this evening while we waited.  

None of his runners showed up as the majority of his crew is going to run the Tunnel Light Marathon in Washington state on Sunday.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

New Update; September 7, 2021


I haven't blogged in awhile, but I'll try to get back into the swing of things.

So I ran a race a few days after the last time, I blogged.  It went OK; however, the next day I was likely exposed to the virus and shortly thereafter I tested positive for COVID-19.

Thankfully, I had a mild case and recovered fairly quick.

As I pointed out before, a knee issue slowed down my quest to get the miles needed for the Great Virtual Run Across Tennessee and even though I walked some, COVID slowed it down even further.

I ended my July 25 - August 24 reporting period with 41.76 miles walking, another 22.81 miles on my feet and 40.6 miles cycling - a total of 105.17.

May 25 to June 24 was 343.13 miles combined.

June 25 to July 24 was still 274.8 miles.

This is what I've done since August 25:

August 25 - September 24 - 0.0 miles - 33.584 miles walking - 20.802 miles walking (Apple Health) - 28 miles cycling - 0 meters rowing

August 25 (Wednesday) - 4.308 miles walking at Knox Junior High (1:06:11) - 1.992 miles walking (Apple Health)
August 26 (Thursday) - 1.8 miles walking (Apple Health)
August 27 (Friday) - 1.6 miles walking (Apple Health)
August 28 (Saturday) - 10.9 miles cycling on Air Assault bike (32:24) - 2.2 miles walking (Apple Health)
August 29 (Sunday) - 10.1 miles cycling on Air Assault bike (30:01) - 0.41 miles walking (Apple Health)
August 30 (Monday) - 5.97 miles walking in Springwoods Village (1:30:45) - 0.33 miles walking (Apple Health)
August 31 (Tuesday) - 1.4 miles walking (Apple Health)
September 1 (Wednesday) - 7 miles cycling on Air Assault bike (20:38) - 2.01 miles walking in Hannover Forest subdivision (31:02) - 0.39 miles walking (Apple Health)
September 2 (Thursday) - 3.89 miles walking along The Woodlands Waterway (57:46) - 1.01 miles walking (Apple Health)
September 3 (Friday) - 2 miles walking at Cypress Christian School - 3.4 miles walking (Apple Health)
September 4 (Saturday) - 3.6 miles walking (Apple Health)
September 5 (Sunday) - 3.13 miles walking the Run The Woodlands 5K course (46:18) - 1.77 miles walking (Apple Health)
September 6 (Monday) - 8.1 miles walking in Springwoods Village and on Spring Creek Greenway Trail (2:04:00) - 0.9 miles walking (Apple Health)
September 7 (Tuesday) - 4.176 miles walking at Knox Junior High (1:04:21.87)

Running races no longer a big priority of mine, and with my cross country announcing season coming quickly I will less and less time to run them.

I haven't run since July 25, and that's OK.  When I walk, I walk to break a sweat - or be soaked actually.

I'd been out to the track on Wednesday night a couple of times.  

That's different because I used to go regularly, but I needed to take a break from Bill's group for about three months.

I was out there this evening - on a Tuesday - for the first time since early May.

I covered 4.176 miles - 16 laps in lane 4 - at Knox Junior High in 1:04:21.87 - a 15:25 pace.

4:11.85
4:06.75
4:07.72
4:05.95
4:03.91
4:03.47
4:06.14
3:38.34
3:47.90
3:58.14
4:01.60
4:00.81
4:01.99
4:02.17
4:02.51
4:02.62

So pretty consistent.

Those laps in the middle included a little running with Mike Kuykendahl, while catching up a little bit.  Good stuff.

Will probably be back out at the track tomorrow evening.

Have a great Wednesday.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Caught Up A Second Time; July 21, 2021


Wait, I'm still having troubles blogging.  Yes indeed.

And apparently walking or running too.

That's because I started to develop some significant pain in my left knee.  

I think it is largely walking a lot of miles on shoes whose tread had worn out on the fronts of the shoes - and in the effort to maintain speed, I fear that my "racewalking like" gait might even had hyperextended things.

I don't know.  I just know that it hurt and it forced me to take a break.

It was that Monday, the 5th, where I really started to feel things pretty bad.

And then after putting down 44.04 miles from July 10 to July 16, I was toast.

Plus I wanted to spend Saturday morning July 17 watching Waverly compete in the Camp Gladiator Games at Concordia Lutheran High School in Tomball.

She did great.  I was really impressed with her effort and fortitude.

It is tough watching your child complete in something that seemed more difficult to her than her running either of the two marathons that she did.

Nevertheless, I shut things down completely last Saturday.

And then I cycled for three days before getting back out and walking Tuesday night at a "just barely count it pace" of 15:55 - per the Strava app.

I will still log miles against the GVRAT, but my goal is not necessarily to finish it.

I rowed some today and felt nothing at all.  In fact, the 10 minutes went by pretty quick.  I was surprised.

I plan to walk again tonight and then I may run a race over the weekend.

I'm actually happy not having a plan at all.

Here's the last seven days' worth of activities:

July 15 (Thursday) - 5.16 miles walking in Hannover Forest subdivision (1:18:34) - 10 miles cycling on Air Assault bike (30:05) - 0.54 miles walking (Apple Health)
July 16 (Friday) - 4.98 miles walking along The Woodlands Waterway and Hughes Landing (1:19:34) - 1.32 miles walking (Apple Health)
July 17 (Saturday) - 2.2 miles walking (Apple Health)
July 18 (Sunday) - 10.9 miles cycling on Air Assault bike (33:33) - 0.73 miles walking (Apple Health)
July 19 (Monday) - 10.6 miles cycling on Air Assault bike (31:36) - 0.56 miles walking (Apple Health)
July 20 (Tuesday) - 3.69 miles walking along The Woodlands Waterway (58:22) - 14.7 miles cycling on Air Assault bike (43:41) - 0.61 miles walking (Apple Health)
July 21 (Wednesday) - 1,894 meters rowing (10:00) - 10.4 miles cycling on Air Assault bike (30:42)

Again, the "miles walking (Apple Health)" is just time on my feet where my phone is on my body in some way.

If you're reading, thanks.  I appreciate your time and interest.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Getting Caught Up; July 14, 2021


Well, my vacation was altered by a dropped phone at the Hampton Inn in Lake Charles Friday night, July 2 and then Tropical Storm and/or Hurricane Elsa that was to make its way to Florida, stopping my run with Robert "Raven" Kraft.

Actually, what changed the course the most was the fact that I had to go to Baton Rouge to get my phone fixed on Sunday, July 4.  It got resolved, but I just decided to stay there Sunday night and begin to move west to my other planned location, San Antonio on Thursday and Friday, for a convention.

So if you see "miles walking (Apple Health)", that's just a result of me being moving with my phone less any time running or walking briskly while having the phone on my person.

It is what I call "Light Walking" to add into a total "Time on My Feet".

My last "reporting period", I had 167.10 miles running and walking and 36.53 miles "light walking" for 203.63 "miles on my feet" - a record.

July 2 (Friday) - 3.04 miles walking in Hannover Forest subdivision (45:15) - 1.46 miles walking (Apple Health)
July 3 (Saturday) - 4 miles at LAR's 4 on the Fourth, Lake Charles, LA (40:50.98) - 0.82 miles walking (Apple Health)
July 4 (Sunday) - 3.1 miles at The SHARK Run 5K, Orange Beach, AL (31:17.09) - 0.89 miles walking (Apple Health)
July 5 (Monday) - 4.42 miles in three Louisiana cities (46:53) - 1.51 miles walking in one Louisiana city (22:23) - 1.77 miles walking (Apple Health)
July 6 (Tuesday) - 3.6 miles walking (Apple Health)
July 7 (Wednesday) - 7 miles walking along or near The Woodlands Waterway (1:45:27) - 0.5 miles walking (Apple Health)
July 8 (Thursday) - 2.9 miles walking (Apple Health)

July 9 (Friday) - 1.5 miles walking (Apple Health)
July 10 (Saturday) - 5.91 and 5.00 miles walking along The Woodlands Waterway (1:26:10 and 1:15:19) - 0.59 miles walking (Apple Health)
July 11 (Sunday) - 5.18 miles walking along The Woodlands Waterway (1:16:22) - 1.32 miles walking (Apple Health)
July 12 (Monday) - 6.1 miles walking along The Woodlands Waterway (1:31:05) - 0.6 miles walking (Apple Health)
July 13 (Tuesday) - 2.01 mile walking in Hannover Forest subdivision (29:55) plus 4.09 miles walking along The Woodlands Waterway (1:01:24) - 10.2 miles of cycling on Air Assault bike (30:33) - 0.6 miles walking (Apple Health)

So these were my activities to get things caught up.

I had three zero running or walking days, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

It puts a little bit of pressure on me for the GVRAT, but I'll figure it out.

Through July 13, 2021, there had been 74 days for 380.171 miles running and walking, an average of 5.14 per day.

There's 49 days left and 262.729 miles to go for an average of 5.36 miles per day.

A little daunting, but I've come this far as long as my left knee doesn't stop me.

Sunday, July 4, 2021

My Fourth of July Races (2003-2021)


2003 - Run Wild 5K (Houston, TX)
2004 - Run Wild 5K (Houston, TX)
2005 - Stu's Country Mile 5K (Centerville, TX)
2006 - Didn't race.
2007 - Lander Half Marathon (Lander, WY)
2008 - Stu's Country Mile 5K (Centerville, TX)
2009 - East Montgomery County YMCA Fourth of July 5K (Roman Forest, TX)
2010 - TWRC Sunday Night 5K (The Woodlands, TX)*
2011 - Baytown Bud Heat Wave 5M (Baytown, TX)+
2012 - Baytown Bud Heat Wave 5M (Baytown, TX)+
2013 - Baytown Bud Heat Wave 5M (Baytown, TX)+
2014 - Baytown Bud Heat Wave 5M (Baytown, TX)+
2015 - Baytown Bud Heat Wave 5M (Baytown, TX)+
2016 - Baytown Bud Heat Wave 5M (Baytown, TX)+
2017 - Baytown Bud Heat Wave 5M (Baytown, TX)+
2018 - Old Jo's Firecracker 5K (Saint Jo, TX)
2019 - 50th anniversary West Texas Running Club Firecracker 10K (Brownfield, TX)
2020 - Firecracker 5K (Mexia, TX)
2021 - The SHARK Run 5K (Orange Beach, AL)

*Volunteer +Race Announcer

Friday, July 2, 2021

Spring Creek Greenway Trail Thursday; July 2, 2021


Friday morning here and on the cusp of vacation that is going to be "make it up as I go".

I have to be in San Antonio on Thursday and Friday.

I have signed up for races in Lake Charles (Saturday), Orange Beach, Alabama (Sunday) and Orlando (Monday).

I cancelled my hotel in Orlando for Sunday night.

I think I will wait and see how things are on Sunday morning after I finish the 5K in Alabama and then decide from there.

My goal for the second half of the Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee is to run more miles than I walk.  We'll see.

Tried to start that late Thursday afternoon when I went to Dennis Johnston Park to run on the Spring Creek Greenway Trail.

While it was hot (88-89) and humid (so much so that steam was rising off the trail as it had rained recently before), my challenges were two-fold:  1.) trying to maintain a 5K pace of like 9:45 in those conditions (impossible) and 2.) trying to get my legs used to running more than brisk/power walking (for a workout).

I covered 4.48 miles in 50:19.12 - 24:32.35 out to the mile 11.0 marker and 25:46.77 back.

And after I was done, I was wiped out.

Had dinner at Cotton Patch Cafe afterwards, but fell asleep soon after once I got home.

Could have been the comfort food, but think it was more the draining conditions.

May (31) GVRAT miles = 170.081
June (30) GVRAT miles = 154.25
July (1) GVRAT miles = 4.48
Total GVRAT miles - 328.811
Ahead of pace at 62 days = 315.60 based on 621 miles (6.2 miles = 10K; 1000K)
Slightly ahead of pace at 62 days = 326.72 based on 642.9 miles 

Have a great Friday!

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Wednesday Work Done; July 1, 2021


Blogging here on Thursday afternoon about Wednesday's efforts.

During the morning, I pushed away from the desk twice to record 1.01 miles in 15:13 and 15:06, respectively.  Both of these were before noon.

I then posted 11.3 miles on my Air Assault bike in 33:25 before I eventually ended up, after getting a bite to eat at Mod Pizza, up on The Woodlands Waterway.

I needed to get a couple of miles to put more than the halfway point of the GVRAT so I got four miles exactly in 1:00:12.

Felt like I might have been moving a little bit quicker, but it wasn't to be.

May (31) GVRAT miles = 170.081
June (30) GVRAT miles = 154.25
Total GVRAT miles - 324.331
Ahead of pace at 61 days = 310.15 based on 621 miles (6.2 miles = 10K; 1000K)
Slightly ahead of pace at 61 days = 321.15 based on 642.9 miles 

Based on the development of Tropical Storm (and could be Hurricane) Elsa and its making its way to Florida on Monday at some point, I will not be running the 5K in the Orlando area that I've already paid for as well as running eight miles with Robert "Raven" Kraft.

I went ahead and cancelled by hotel for Maitland, Florida, near the race site, for Sunday night.

Therefore, I'll probably head back west after running the 5K in Orange Beach, Alabama on Sunday morning.

Changes.  They're inevitable.

Congratulations today to Jerritt Park's son, Brayden, for finishing second in the 3,000 meters at the AAU Region 17 National Qualifier in Webster earlier this morning, finishing in 11:34.83.  

He will advance to the National Junior Olympics meet to be held in Humble on August 2 - 7, 2021.  

Brayden will also compete in the 1,500 meters on Saturday.  He is the fastest qualifier of the field that is currently registered.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Heading into Vacation; June 29, 2021


Still tracking towards vacation.  Just hope that I make the most of, but sure wish there was somebody to enjoy it with.  Oh well.

Two more nights on the Waterway for my miles.

Monday evening, I stayed pretty contained on The Waterway, but tonight I went over and back the bridge near North Shore Park twice as well as an out and back to Hughes Landing.

6.06 and 6.24 miles each of the last two.

I was telling my daughter, Waverly, this evening that I'm not even sure what the impetus was for me to sign up for the Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee this year.  

I have one theory, but I'm not sure how valid that it really was.

As long as I don't run into an injury, I'm still going strong and should be able to complete the mileage by the end of August.

Here's how things long right now:

May (31) GVRAT miles = 170.081
June (29) GVRAT miles = 148.23
Total GVRAT miles - 318.311
Ahead of pace at 60 days = 305.41 based on 621 miles (6.2 miles = 10K; 1000K)
Barely ahead of pace at 60 days = 316.18 based on 642.9 miles 

Again, Monday afternoon, I hope to be on South Miami Beach to run eight miles with Robert "Raven" Kraft.

Everybody that finishes the eight miles gets a nickname.  I have hope for a certain one.  We'll see.

Robert said in a Facebook comment on a post from Monday that he's given out 3,443 to date.

Could be one of the craziest things that I've ever done other than ... 1.) three races in a day, 2.) three races in three states in three days (AR, LA, TX) and who knows what else.

Sunday, June 27, 2021

On-Call Weekend; June 27, 2021


So I haven't blogged in a couple of days now.  

Let it be known that I dislike the weekends I have to take call for work.  I feel so grounded.

Friday evening, I had to stay close here to the house.  

I started to get out and walk and nature called twice.  

Therefore, my effort for the evening was broken into three separate times.

1.59 miles in 24:14.
1.87 miles in 28:06.
2.00 miles in 30:16.

A total of 5.46 miles in an hour, 22 minutes and 36 seconds.

Saturday, I tempted fate and went to go do Run The Woodlands 5K at Barbara Bush Elementary.

I was able to make it to the race site too far in advance really, but the race got started on time at 8 a.m., I got the race in and then headed back.

Always good to see Vincent Attanucci and Ken JohnsonDavid Keithley from the Seven Hills Running Club was also there and looked to have run pretty well.

First mile was pretty normal, 9:44.36, and then it went downhill from there.

I ran 22:06.06 in the remaining 2.1 miles for a total time of 31:50.42.

Sure, it was humid, but I felt like I was moving a little bit better than what the time reflected.

I stopped and got breakfast at Whataburger before I made it home and then once I did get back here, I watched the online stream of Lauren Stroud competing at DekaFit Jacksonville.  Fascinating to see.

Lauren is such a class act.  Great to see her perform on that level playing field and have fun doing it.

Saturday evening, I thought about getting back out and putting some more feet to the pavement, knowing I need 5.25 a day, but decided not to.

Instead, I rode 10.4 miles on the Air Assault bike in 30 minutes, 49 seconds.

And then, this afternoon, I went out again in my subdivision to get some miles in and rain took over my plans.

I got 3.0 miles even on the Strava app in 43:52, but I had to get at least another 0.6 miles to run home for a total time of 51:43.60 on my watch.

I will go with that on my mileage for #GVRAT.

If I don't add any more today, this is where I stand.

May (31) GVRAT miles = 170.081
June (27) GVRAT miles = 135.93
Total GVRAT miles - 306.011
Ahead of pace at 58 days = 295.23 based on 621 miles (6.2 miles = 10K; 1000K)
Barely ahead of pace at 58 days = 305.64 based on 642.9 miles 

All good.  I'm happy.  It is just for me and nobody else.  And am getting excited about vacation.

Friday, June 25, 2021

Thursday Moves on The Waterway; June 24, 2021


Hit the Woodlands Waterway again Thursday night as it will become off-limits for a couple of days while I'm on call.  Will be able to get back out there on Monday evening.

Basically, I go there so I can at least see people while I'm walking.

It was good to see Dan Jordan and Susan Rouse and I think it was Jim and Susan Griffis with them, but am not totally sure as it was just past turning dark.  

I saw some other folks shortly after I got started, but I was down on the sidewalk and they were up on the Trolley pathway.  Probably just as good that they didn't see me.  Three of the four I knew - and they're all training for Ironman Texas - and have no issue with, but it was just better nothing was said.

Hadn't had a good breakfast in awhile so I went to Denny's in Shenandoah before hand.

I've been moving through this book that Waverly got me for Father's Day called The Listening Road:  One Man's Ride Across America To Star Conversations About God.

Easy, yet fascinating read.  Basically a Dallas-area pastor put together a small team of people to ride their bikes from coast-to-coast to have engaging conversations about God despite the divisiveness of our nation today.

Parked my car again near the Riva Row Boat House primarily because it gives me some distance options, and I knew that early on I would have to hit the restroom - which I did less than a mile and a half in.

Basically, I walked 4.33 miles in 1:03:32 for a pace of 14:40 per mile.  

I felt like I was moving at a pretty brisk pace.

May (31) GVRAT miles = 170.081
June (24) GVRAT miles = 123.77
Total GVRAT miles - 293.851
Ahead of pace at 55 days = 279.96 based on 621 miles (6.2 miles = 10K; 1000K)
Slightly ahead of pace at 55 days = 289.83 based on 642.9 miles 

As of almost 12 noon on Friday, June 25, 2021, I'm in 2,262nd place among 5,198 participants.  :-)

I ended my May 25 to June 24 reporting period with 167.10 miles, 41.02 running and the rest walking to break a sweat.

Pretty happy about that.  Also 139.5 miles on the bike.  Really need to increase that.  It is so easy to do, plus I get to read a lot.

I signed up for my races on Saturday (Lake Charles, Louisiana), Sunday (Orange Beach, Alabama) and Monday (Orlando, Florida).

I'm looking forward to meeting my friends Keith and Rebecca Bell Saturday evening in Fairhope, Alabama for dinner.  

It was also really great yesterday to get an unsolicited e-mail, just checking in on me, from TAPPS Executive Director Bryan Bunselmeyer.  

Thankful that God keeps putting people in my path to remind me that my most recent challenge isn't how everybody sees or deals with me.  Pretty thankful for that.  Actually, very thankful.