Rash Ramblings

A runner once, an explorer always!

Category : Daily Run

Still Here

I am still here. I just haven’t been in the mood to write. There are too many distractions right now. There are so many things to finish and so many to start. I guess it is good to have so many things in front of you. It keeps you pushing forward. I hope that never ends.

The running has been somewhat of a struggle this year with the drought and intense heat. I guess it is a good thing I signed up for the Capitol 10,000 back in October. I received a new scale for Christmas. It was nice, but what I saw when I stepped on it was not. I was a half pound heavier than when I started all of this. I knew this was the time to step up the intensity of my workouts and get to doing runs instead of run/walks. It was kind of disheartening that just after I started this push I gained an extra pound four days in a row, so now I was three pounds heavier than when I started. That is not good psychologically. You just have to use it to push you harder. It is getting better though. I am at least ahead by three or four pounds and, hopefully, by mid-February I’ll be back close to what I was when I raced last year. It would be nice to be back somewhere in the 180’s and even better to be back in the 170’s. I probably did as good as I did in college because I was willing to run a lot and I didn’t have enough money to over eat. We’ll see how it goes. The legs and body feel good. My endurance needs to be tweaked and all of it is going to have to come together for me to get the speed I want. Anyway, as they used to say, “Onward through the fog!”



Avoidance Averted

I had decided the last day of 2011 that since it was Sunday on the 1st I would wait until Monday to get started on my training to the 2012 Capitol 10,000. The only thing is I woke up Sunday morning knowing I was just putting off the inevitable. I needed to get going or forget it. Every day you don’t do what you know you should be doing you are getting behind. If you wait long enough, you might find “too late.” I have mostly only been walking since I finished the Capitol 10,00 last year and between that and too many breaks, I am here about eighty something days away from this year’s Capitol 10,000 weighing more than I did when I started all of this. Physically I am in a better place than I was, so hopefully I can rectify this fairly quick. I must increase the time and intensity of my training on a much steeper degree to get where I need to be by then. So far anyway, I’ve been out every day this year. If I can keep that up and be more diligent about keeping this up, I’ll be making progress.


Stumbling Blocks

It is easy to let things get in the way this time of year. Work is very busy, lots of travel or travel coordination and the heat has been very oppressive lately. Yesterday it was 106° F and most of the last week and a half have been over 100° F. My gut was not treating me well into this last weekend and I didn’t feel very well, which meant I just wasn’t going out on the road and I didn’t for a few days. This is just not the time of the year to make a statement, especially as far as running goes. Right now I am content to make my allotted time, even if that time is spent in a brisk walk instead of a run. I enjoyed this morning. It was very breezy and made for a very pleasant time. There may be rain in the next few days, which we desperately need. I will alter my schedule as needed.


One Year Later

It has been a little over a year since I first started back running and recording my thoughts. Although this has mainly been about my running progress, I didn’t start out or do I continue to think that this would be my only subject here. It will be the main focus for the near future.

This morning I opted not to go out the door. We were out until about 9:00 pm last evening getting the chicken coop add on completed in a way so that we could get the other three “girls” outside. They are not quite to the size that we can add them to our original four…too much pecking going on. Their new pen is attached to the end of the other pen so they can get used to being around each other and maybe be put together in the next month or so.

As for the running, I am at a much better place one year later. At this point last year I was still trying to make it through a two mile walk. I have since run eight miles in a single run. I have slimmed up and lost a significant amount of weight. I am still stiff and sore when I go out to run, but that may be a constant thing. I may be more surprised if that does go away. What has mostly gone away are the pains in my muscles and knee and hip joints that feel like they might be or on the verge of being an injury. I think there was a period of re-alignment that occurred as the muscles and tendons strengthened. I have done all of this in the same pair of shoes and they are showing significant wear. I know I am past due on getting a new pair. It is high on my list of things to do. For now I press on and when my schedule slows down to normal, I will again push to increase my mileage.

Sun 22:18.93 W/R      Mon 21:36.38 W/R      Tues 21:43.46 W/R      Wed 18:33.41 R/W      Thur 22:23.75 W/R      Fri 20:56.12 W/R      Sun 21:39.77 W/R      Mon 26:23.56      Tue 22:39.65 W/R      Wed 45:16.54      Thur 21:19.90 W/R      Sat 45:41.81        Sun 21:54.67 W/R      Mon 23:04.24 W/R      Tue 21:44.43 W/R      Wed Off



Six Days and Counting…

Here it is six days away and I am less than enthusiastic. I thought I could start running again, there would be a little adjustment period and then I would be back in my old groove, just a little slower. As it has been, I have seen many days where I was stiff or hurting to the point that I either could not or did not want to attempt a run. My performance at the Capitol 10,000 this year will be determined by the luck of the draw. This is the time of year that my work load is greatly increased and that has already held true. I was thinking about how my legs have consistently felt “dead” and the thought came to mind that with the running and then being on my feet and actively moving most of the day, maybe my legs just aren’t recuperating or rebuilding as they would if they were getting some rest. I’ll just have to hope for a “good day” and run relaxed and as efficiently as I can at the greatest effort I can achieve. Right now I’m thinking I’ll be surprised if I am impressed by my time. I didn’t run today to give my legs a little break and that was probably a good thing as I was out working until after 7:00 PM.  I’ll try for six in the morning.     Sat 17:09.10     Sun  46:02.83



03/07/11     Today I wasn’t sure how far or how fast I could run as yesterday I completed a run of a little over eight miles. This was the first time in over twenty years that I covered a distance that long all in one run. I felt amazingly good after the run, but was afraid what I might feel like on waking up this morning. I was stiff and sore and I originally thought I might only do two miles this morning. Instead I decided I would set out on my six mile route and go as far as I could. I made it all the way. I made it to the halfway mark at 28:47 and so I figured I would finish in about 57:30. All through the last part I felt like I was in slow motion, so I was pleasantly surprised when I looked at my watch after I finished and it said I had completed this loop in 56:39. That meant I had run the second half in 27:52…almost a minute faster than the first half.

It is now getting to be crunch time as the Capitol 10,000 is only about three weeks away. I really don’t have a good feel as to what kind of time I can run. I estimated my time at 44:00 on the entry. I WANT to run around 38:00. Thirty years ago I was down around 33:00, but I was also at least 40 pounds lighter. Some of how I do will be determined by how much more weight I can shed before then. A lower weight and my ability to get into a more efficient running form will be the big determiner on how close I can come to my goal. I originally set as my goal to finish in the top ten in my age group at the Capitol 10,000. The question will be…”can I do it this year or will I have to wait another year?” At this point I am not even sure if I will want to run the Capitol 10,00 again next year. So, right now I just push on and wait to see what unfolds.      Thu  56:05.43     Fri  17:31.64     Sat  34:21.39 W  Sun  76:04.00     Mon  56:39.06



In honor  of the 175th anniversary of the declaration of Texas’ independence I am posting a letter my great-great-great grandfather, Samuel T. Allen, wrote upon his arrival into Texas. This letter was written to his brother Caleb back in Stonington, Connecticut. The original letter is on file in THE SAMUEL T. ALLEN PAPERS at THE CENTER FOR AMERICAN HISTORY on the University of Texas Campus at Austin. This letter was transcribed by Gary Rash on April 5, 2003.

San Jacinto Augt 25th 1830

Dear Brother,

This will inform you of my safe arrival in the province of Texas in good health and spirits. I arrived on the 21st of July after a long tedious & rather dangerous passage of eleven days from New Orleans the trip very often made in 4 days – we were blown off the coast and suffered much for water – but I feel thankful that our fate was no worse for on examining the vessel after our cargo was discharged we found her to be completely rotten – so bad that I could pierce my knife through her plank I think therefore that I have been peculiarly fortunate to escape as well as I have I am certain that in the future I shall not put to sea without first ascertaining whether I am in a sea boat or a mere wreck.

I purchased a mule immediately on my arrival and have been travelling ever since in this time I have seen nearly the whole of this province and I must agree with all others who have seen it that it far surpasses any other country I have ever seen I believe this spot to be the Eden of North America I think I have at last arrived at the promised land – the fairest spot on earth.

My dear Brother you have requested of me to inform you when I found a place where you could do well by your trade I have now found that place a golden opportunity now presents itself for you to accumulate a fortune on a short time by your trade I shall proceed to print out to you the advantages—Common wool hats such as sell in Connecticut for 75 cents are here worth from $2.00 to $2.50 – roram(?) hats that sell with you for $3.00 & $4.00 are here worth $8. to $12.00 & hats of better quality sell proportionatably high – furs are cheaper here than with you wool is about the same – If you become a citizen under the Mexican government (which is a republican government like the one under which you now live) as I have you will receive 1111 acres of land – if you area a married man you will receive four times this amount which is 4444 acres this of itself is certainly a great inducement

A gentleman with whom I now board by the name of Lynch says that if you will come here & commence your business: he wall pledge himself to give you one acre of Land in a very suitable place & convenient for your business as it borders on the San Jacinto river . so that you would never want for water close to your door . I think this place will be an excellent place for your business you can live here and take up your land where you please. —

I do not wish to urge you to come to this country on account of my dear Mother and Sisters who I know need someone to remain with them – but still feeling for you the affection of a Brother. I cannot bear the idea that you should work so hard and so long as you do and will if you remain in Connecticut and barely gain a subsistence after all your toil – when if you were to come to this country you could accumulate property with so much more facility – this argument alone must outweigh every objection – we all wish to make money as fast & as easy as possible, it is what we all strive for in this world – It was for the purpose of accumulating wealth that I first left my native country. the land of my birth. And all those that were near and dear to me – and until I have accomplished this end at least in a measure I shall never cease to strive I think it to be a duty incumbent upon the Brother & Son of the widow & fatherless to strive to make all in their power and endeavor to alleviate their wants

I would advise you my dear Brother as one who feels deeply interested for your future welfare & prosperity to come to this country as soon as possible and be assured that as far as lies in my power I will render you any service which you may want—

Uncle George is here with me and coincides me in opinion in respect to your emigrating to this country he says that I must tell you not to delay but to come on as soon as possible before some one stops you in your place –

Write me as soon as you receive this and inform me of your determination – If you conclude to come out I will write you a letter of instructions – informing you of your route and cheapest mode of conveyance – likewise what will be necessary to bring with you.

Give my best love to all with you & mother & sister when you see them & be assured I remain your affectionate & loving Brother.

Samuel T. Allen


03/02/2011     Apparently a PR for my 2 mile course this morning.     Wed  16:50.45



More Movement

I am finding now that as much as I got tired of the heat, I am finding all of this cold weather much more distasteful. It takes extra time to get all bundled up. You are never sure when you have the right amount of clothes. I took a break in all those really cold days, which put my running off for most of three weeks. I wasn’t sure then whether that would be the right thing to do or not, as far as getting me to my goals. I did know that I just couldn’t be out running in that weather. If I push this to the point I am making myself miserable, I will end up justifying the need to abandon this pursuit for something else. I am now thinking that maybe that time off was beneficial as I seem to be finding a new gear here lately. I am feeling much more optimistict. I may not make the top ten in my age group at the Capitol 10,000, but I am much better equipped to get near that now than I was even a month ago. I don’t know if my weight has anything to do with it. I haven’t weighed myself since before Christmas when my scale broke. There is a little over three weeks until race day. This will be the big push and I’ll try to be better at putting my thoughts down here.     02/20  31:29.35     02/21  34:09.32     02/22  17:57.78     02/23  54:46.32     02/25  17:14.58     02/26  52:41.00     02/28  31:23.51    03/01  17:49.42


I watched the Indy 500, and I was thinking that if they left earlier they wouldn’t have to go so fast.  – Steven Wright

Hold fast to your dreams, for without them life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.  – Langston Hughes

You have to be fast on your feet and adaptive or else a strategy is useless.
– Charles de Gaulle

To fly as fast as thought, you must begin by knowing that you have already arrived.  – Richard Bach

Quotes from: http://www.brainyquote.com/



January 16, 2011

Ever since just before Christmas my running schedule has been out of sync. We went out of town for Christmas and then that next week was spent dealing with what evidently was the flu. This has been followed by cold weather and now rain. I have been doing what I could muster in trying to keep this morning time dedicated to this endeavor, but it is not easy. Maybe I have something to prove and maybe I don’t. I do know I didn’t restart this to try to make myself miserable. It also seems that a little time off helps my body “catch up” as now I do feel stronger and much more like my old running self. I have not stepped out the door this morning as it is raining and I am not sure of the benefits of running in 40 degree rain. I will run tomorrow and maybe even later today if I can make that opportunity.

My biggest flaw in this time since Christmas is also being inspired enough to have anything to say here and then going that extra step of making those lines appear as text. There is actually a fine line between the inspiration and distraction. Take right now for instance, I am being compelled to go make coffee and if this thought overrides everything else, I will have to go make coffee before I can get on with anything else. I will now go make coffee and maybe when I get back I will have something worth saying.

January 20, 2011     07:14 am

Well, here it is four days later and I’m just getting back to this. I again have not had coffee this morning, but it is made, so I don’t have to worry about that. It has been very hard to  get out the door, as I was saying before. That has not changed.  As I was laying in bed listening to the static laced musings from my old clock radio, I was mulling over in my mind whether I should just take today off. I knew that there is supposed to be a cold front coming sometime this morning and that tomorrow it could be in the high 20’s or low 30’s. With that in mind, I thought I should at least do my short route (about two miles) and by the time I had walked out the door I was set on making it to the one mile marker on the trail, which would be about four and a half miles. I set out and somehow during the run I let myself end up around by the spider, which as of right now is my long route ( a little over six miles). Getting out the door is really the hardest part and making sure you keep that time you have allocated dedicated to this effort follows closely behind.

It is only about two months until the Capitol 10,000 and I still have some real work to do. Sometime in the next couple of weeks, I am going to add a new route that will add three miles to my long route. That will give me a route of about nine miles. My aim will be to cover that as many times as I can during the month of February and then carry over into March. All this may be further complicated by the weather, but I’ll just have to do what I can do and then a little more. Now to get to my coffee.     Fri(12/31)  W38:18.90     Sat  W40:04.97     Mon  W38:14.95     Tue  19:12.48     Wed  18:58.59     Thu  59:53.30     Fri  49:14.06     Sat  58:29.18     Tue  58:26.44     Thu  57:25.58     Fri  19:05.30     Sat W40:00.00     Mon  57:50.91    Tue  59:04.73     Wed  18:47.38     Thu  58:16.70



The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places.

~Author Unknown

Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.

~Newt Gingrich

He conquers who endures.


It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.

~Albert Einstein

The race is not always to the swift, but to those who keep on running.  ~Author unknown, in reference to Ecclesiastes 9:11, “I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.”

Quotes taken from: http://www.quotegarden.com


Some days…

 Some days you wake up and you just don’t want to do what you know you need to do. I got up this morning with the intent to go run, but really the last thing I wanted to do was run. I got dressed and sat on the couch mediating and meditating and anything else I might conjure to get my rear out the door. I did make it out and started on my run. They talked last night like it might be raining this morning. I could feel the moisture in the air and when I picked up the newspaper, the little bag it was in was wet. I guessed it might have been misting a little earlier.

I took off on my run with the initial goal of getting to the one mile marker on the trail, which would give me about 4.5 miles. I was really stiff and uncomfortable and not really enjoying myself, but I pressed on anyway. I knew I wasn’t going to break any records today. I did, after a mile or so, decide that as long as I was out I might as well go to the spider which would be more like six miles.

After I made the spider and was about a quarter of a mile into the return trip, I saw a figure coming toward me on the trail. It was a heavy set little man, dressed all in blue and he had snow white hair and a beard. This hit me as a funny image to be seeing here in the early morning darkness of Christmas Eve. Then as he passed me, he says “Good morning!” His voice was dep and robust. I guess it seemed funny because as many times as I had made this run, I had never noticed him out before. I liked the images though, because it took my mind off my discomfort.

I continued on and eventually finished in just under an hour. I walked around the block before I went inside. As I was making my way to my back on to my street, it started misting. It was warm enough I didn’t mind too much. Just after I got back inside the house I could hear a light rain starting. It is funny how things just work out right sometimes. I am glad I went ahead and made the run like I did.     Thu W34:00.68     Fri  59:55.16