Rash Ramblings

A runner once, an explorer always!

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New Directions

At this time I seem to be settling into a little bit of a groove. I am still tight and it hurts when I first start off, but after a little while I loosen up and it is not so much a struggle. I am also understandinging that one thing is not going to do it. Everything is integrated. You have to exercise. You have to watch what and how much you eat. You have to make sure you get enough sleep and just enough rest in general. Pressure and stress is put on our mind and body when these areas get out of balance. Everything needs to slow down. The mindset of “MORE” needs to be replaced by getting by on less and uncluttering our lives.

I have been getting double beef hamburgers for so long it is now just a habit. I have realized lately that the single hamburger is no less satisfying. For a long while, I have approached the all you can eat buffet in a different way. I can get as much as I want and mostly enjoy the variety, but it has to be on one plate with no refills. I feel so much better later. We have been programmed to over do it. Before the downturn in the economy, we were working harder and longer to make more money so we could spend more for things we really don’t use.

It is time to rearrange and retool for a much more satisfying and rewarding life. 

Thu  19:11.48     Fri  18:46.10     Sat  44:36.89     Sun  17:36.86     Mon  47:49.72  Tue  47:53.25



The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.

Hans Hofmann


I think people want very much to simplify their lives enough so that they can control the things that make it possible to sleep at night.

Twyla Tharp


Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler. 

Albert Einstein


Frugality is one of the most beautiful and joyful words in the English language, and yet one that we are culturally cut off from understanding and enjoying.  The consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things.

Elise Boulding


Maybe a person’s time would be as well spent raising food as raising money to buy food.    

    Frank A. Clark


I go about looking at horses and cattle.  They eat grass, make love, work when they have to, bear their young.  I am sick with envy of them. 

Sherwood Anderson


How many things are there which I do not want.



Be content with what you have, rejoice in the way things are.  When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you. 

Lao Tzu


Each day, awakening, are we asked to paint the sky blue? Need we coax the sun to rise or flowers to bloom? Need we teach birds to sing, or children to laugh, or lovers to kiss? No, though we think the world imperfect, it surrounds us each day with its perfections. We are asked only to appreciate them, and to show appreciation by living in peaceful harmony amidst them. The Creator does not ask that we create a perfect world; He asks that we celebrate it.  

Robert Brault





Pushing on…

It has been a real struggle here lately to get these runs completed. On the one hand it has been much colder and I didn’t have the extra clothing set out ready for me to use on these colder mornings and then, on the other hand, I am feeling stiffer and hurting more in the morning when I get up. This all makes it harder to get out and get going.

As I run I hear the banshees screaming at full volume. I take off and my legs seem to fil with ballast like a submarine reading for a dive. I again start off pounding down the road like the Incredible Hulk off on a mission. I am sure to be rattling everyone out of bed as I pass. It is a good thing I can escape in the darkness before I am spotted. As I move on down the road, the ballast seems to be escaping as I rise to the top. My leggs are still heavy, but I try to gain as much ground as I can with each step. My goal is to get faster and I must do that with each step I take. Each stride I take must be just a fraction longer and faster. I will add up these benefits as I go, putting them in the bank for use at that future date. I want to reach my goal. I don’t want it to be just a dream.   Tue  45:50.54     Wed  17:21.54     Sun  45:37.58     Mon  18:15.07     Tue  47:22.05


It has been my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly.
Isaac Asimov

All misfortune is but a stepping stone to fortune.
Henry David Thoreau

Look not mournfully into the past, it comes not back again. Wisely improve the present, it is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future without fear and with a manly heart.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The man of virtue makes the difficulty to be overcome his first business, and success only a subsequent consideration.




No way!!!

I woke up this morning and I could barely move. At least I thought that was the case. I went ahead and made the move to get out of bed. After much deliberation, I finally decided even though I knew it was going to hurt, I would make the attempt to run. I would even attempt the longer run like I have done a few other times this week. I started out slow and after a little while I started to loosen up and felt alright to run.

This goes to show the very hardest part about making this work is just getting yourself out the door. You may feel there is no way physically that you are going to be able to complete the task, but you have to try anyway. After three 45 minute plus runs this week, I feel totally different. I know there is a point somewhere around 30 minutes of activity that puts you in that zone of actually making a difference in your physical conditioning. I personally have proved that to myself this week through these runs. It is almost like I did more good this week than I  have done in the last four months, but in truth I know that not to be true.

In getting started with this running routine I had to make it attainable. It is very easy to get distracted from the goal when it feels unbearable and you do not seem to be making much progress. This morning I thought of the person who is dieting or exercising to lose weight and has that pervading thought of a candy bar or other such treat that might supposedly make everything better. That thought was generated from my thoughts as I ran in that cool almost cold air for I kept picturing myself in bed pulling the warm covers up under my chin. I knew I was actually in the better situation. It also probably strengthened my conviction knowing I was able to overcome any negative thoughts I had and press on. And…press on, I will.  Sat 49:33.83


Energy and persistence conquer all things.
– Benjamin Franklin

Having chosen our course, without guile and with pure purpose, let us renew our trust in God, and go forward without fear and with manly hearts.
– Abraham Lincoln

Great changes may not happen right away, but with effort even the difficult may become easy.
– Bill Blackman

People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don’t know when to quit. Most men succeed because they are determined to.
– George Allen


More on more…

I think maybe no matter what you are into, your body (and maybe mind, too) always wants more. At least maybe the tendency is to increase what you are getting no matter what you are into. That is where you get into trouble when you are “into” too many things. Some want money, some want food, some want leisure, some want work, some want sports or any number of other things. This can lead to a person being overwhelmed because you just can’t have it all. The satisfaction we eventually find is more about what we have learned to do without. More is a higher level of responsibility or at least it should be. Doing with less allows for more freedom.

All of this comes to us by the path we choose and no matter what path we choose, there are always paths going off in all directions to take us to another place. It is our choice. I find now it was not true that I didn’t have time to run with everything else I was doing. It was me not making time to run. It was not a priority. The double beef hamburger was a priority that I made a habit. It was so much so that even when I wasn’t that hungry I still ordered it because that was my habit. I also got into that mode of, “I’ve done all this so I deserve a reward.’ After a while though you are rewarding yourself even when you don’t deserve a reward. This has become rampant in our society. You hear about people getting these huge bonuses even though there company is failing. Are they getting a bonus because they were supposed to be making the company fail? That is the part of the economic situation we are in right now that I like. It is making people reevaluate their lives and their priorities. We can always do better, but in order to do so we have to be aware of the path we are on.

As I have now stepped up the workouts I find it is not that much more effort for a much greater reward. I expect to finally start seeing some real results. As I increase the workload, I expect to become much more efficient. I will continue right now in the 45 minute range for my runs. By December I will try to increase this to an hour. After I get to that level I can then start working on increasing my speed. Regular runiing for an hour a day will be more than adequate to allow me to compete in a 10,00 meter race and continue on to my goal.   Thu 48:21.83


Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit.  ~Elbert Hubbard

The years teach much which the days never knew.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man begins cutting his wisdom teeth the first time he bites off more than he can chew.  ~Herb Caen




Really right now when I think of my running quest, I can only think of more. That is what I’ve been thinking this past week or so anyway. It was for that reason this morning I started my next level. I will run longer runs in the morning. I am doing this because it is the only way I can guarantee it will happen. Too many things can happen after the day has started that can get in the way and stop good intentions.

I am still running everyday. I was thinking about running a race on Saturday, the Superhero Obstacle Course Race  http://www.247superhero.com/  , but I left too many things to the last minute and decide against it. Then I thought I would run a longer run  Saturday afternoon, but things came up and I ended up not running at all on Saturday. I then decided I would do that run Sunday afternoon, but after I gave blood Sunday morning I thought it might be better if I didn’t. I got back into it Monday after two unexpected days off.

I have to up the ante now to advance to the next level. There has been some stagnation and it seems to carry over into this writing, because I just don’t seem to have anything come to mind when I’m just coasting. I need that additional pressure it seems to get the thoughts flowing. We’ll see how much faster improvement comes now. This morning, I at least doubled the distance because it took almost three times as long and I know the pace was not that much different. I am ready for this new challenge.  thur 17:46.12  fri 18:14.44  mon 17:44.63 tue 18:33.81 wed 48:49.65


The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

How you respond to the challenge in the second half will determine what you become after the game, whether you are a winner or a loser.
– Lou Holtz

The only use of an obstacle is to be overcome. All that an obstacle does with brave men is, not to frighten them, but to challenge them.
– Woodrow Wilson

I try to challenge myself as much as possible, as often as possible.
– Alan Dean Foster



Running uninspired…or am I?

I think the deal about getting up everyday and going out on a run is just as much about learning how to run when you don’t feel like it or just don’t want to. It is saying I am going to get to my goal and nothing will stop me. The last few days the body is just not feeling right and now it has gone from being too hot to almost being cold. It is easier to run in these conditions, but I have not been dressing as appropriately as I could for these temperatures. It was in the mid 40’s out at the airport the last few nights. I am having good runs, but they mostly feel forgettable. I forge onward.     Tu 18:38.71  Wed 17:51.86


“Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.”  – Leo Buscaglia

“One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men, but no machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.”  -Elbert Hubbard

“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.” – Vincent Van Gogh

“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.”  – Walter Elliott

“One of the secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks.” ~ Jack Penn

It is all about consistency

I was thinking the other day about these writings. It may look like I am writing this to others, but this is really me writing to me, myself and I. I am somehow trying to work out all that I am faced with and get some explanation to these things and how they effect me. I do hope though that somehow through these writings others may find some answers to questions they have been faced with. I also hope there is at least a little interest in seeing if I can make it to my goals.

I finally decided that that scheduled day off thing was just a cop out. Would the river still be able to wear the stones smooth if the water was not in constant motion? The stiffness I’ve felt in the beginnings of my runs the past few days was short lived. I am feeling more on my way. The cadence in my run is more rapid and at ease and probably what I need to do more than anything is push harder. It seems as time goes on, I am looking forward to my runs more than I am dreading it. The more I think I have it in control, the more I think I will be able to excel again. I have a much better handle on just how much the different facets of one’s life are interdependent.

I have now started looking at what road races may be available in the near future so that I might be able to test where my abilities are at the current time. It is not so important that I know, but it might give me more motivation.     Sat 18:26.47  Sun 17:18.91  Mon 17:37.44

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.
– Henry David Thoreau

All men dream but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes to make it possible.
– T.E. Lawrence

The question for each man to settle is not what he would do if he had means, time, influence and educational advantages; the question is what he will do with the things he has. The moment a young man ceases to dream or to bemoan his lack of opportunities and resolutely looks his conditions in the face, and resolves to change them, he lays the corner-stone of a solid and honorable success.
– Hamilton Wright Mabie

Victory belongs to the most persevering.
– Napoleon Bonaparte


And who are you?

I fully intended to make an entry yesterday, but I started editing some of my past entries for spelling, etc. and ran out of time. I was feeling a little stiff yesterday, so it took me a little while to get going. After I had run for a while I felt pretty normal and just worked on lengthening my stride and relaxing.

That brings us to this morning. I woke up at my regular time. I Was Really stiff and hardly able to move. I got up and made my way to the alarm clock. I was thinking, “…this is going to be one of my days off this week…” and so I started changing my alarm to go off 30 minutes later, so I could catch a little more shut-eye. Then, all of the sudden, this voice comes up from out of nowhere, “Hey…what the heck do you think you’re doing?” It was the voice of Moe Howard from the Three Stooges coming from this little “Coach” sitting on my shoulder.  It wasn’t quite the devil and angel figures seen in the old movies and cartons, but it was in the same vein. I said, ‘I’m taking the day off.” and he said, “No you’re not.” So, what could I say? I put my clothes on and hobbled out the door. It was kinda hard getting going, but it got better. I have got to go on the assumption that I’m not getting better if I am staying comfortable. It is working through those deficits that maybe I’ll see real change. I know going through this will not be fun, but the results will be fun. And now I have this little guy standing on my shoulder with a frown on his face that I will also have to deal with. Now, I’m looking forward to tomorrow.    Th 18:44.32     Fri 19:24.46


Success depends in a very large measure upon individual initiative and exertion, and cannot be achieved except by a dint of hard work.
– Anna Pavlova

The important thing is to concentrate upon what you can do – by yourself, upon your own initiative.
– Harry Browne


It is the same day as the previous post and I did,as I alluded earlier, put in a second run today. I am ready to get this show on the road. Also as part of this phase two, today when I stopped for lunch, I got a single meat hamburger with no cheese, fries and a unsweetened tea (the only kind I would want anyway). We’ll see about further tweaks to the diet. I know when I was running before, there were things I didn’t eat then that I do now that could go away again. It won’t be a thing either that I am just keeping myself from eating them, but that I just loose the desire to eat them or at least eat them much less frequently.

The run was at a decent pace for me right now. It was very sunny and very warm. I felt good although a little stiff from pushing it some this morning. It was somewhere around four miles and I finished in 34:02.14. I post this even though I am a bit embarrassed in my per mile rate. I am doing this with every intention of getting as close to the times I was getting in my 20’s as I can. I don’t know if it is possible, but at the same time I don’t know that it is impossible. That would mean I would have some training runs with six to seven minute per mile pacing. So time will tell and I can only try to reach as far as I can and see where that leads.


I’ve come to believe that all my past failure and frustration were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy.  – Tony Robbins

Start early and begin raising the bar throughout the day.
— Bruce Jenner

To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.
– Steve Prefontaine

You have to wonder at times what you’re doing out there. Over the years, I’ve given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement.  – Steve Prefontaine



I chose to start my birthday off with a challenge. It is something I have been thinking an=bout for a while. My goal was to run to the Big Spider and then back home. I had two things going against me from the get-go. I had never run the trails to the Big Spider (especially not in the dark) and this was going to be the longest run that I had done in over 20 years. The good thing about this day was we had a little rain last evening so things had been cooled down somewhat.

The biggest problem I had was deciding which fork to take when the trails branched off. It was nice to get away from the streets for a run. Mostly I heard my feet crunch, crunch, crunching on the crushed granite trails, although there were interspersings of concrete. On the way out, about two-thirds of the way to the Big Spider, I did have the thought go through my mind, “I wonder if I will really be able to run all the way out and back. As I was getting closer, I kept thinking the Spider would pop up, but it didn’t. Then just as I was starting to think I missed it, there it was. I ran up and between the legs as I turned to head home. That was fun…halfway done.

Giant Spider Sculpture

This twenty-three foot high giant spider, named Arachnophilla, is located at the Mueller Southwest Greenway in the Mueller development at the old airport. The sculptor is Dixie Friend Gay, an artist from Houston. [Julie Dean, 11/20/2009]

From: http://www.roadsideamerica.com/tip/23592

I felt pretty good on the way back. I did have some pain in the bottom of the wide part of both feet, but not enough to really affect me. I made it all the way back to the house without stopping any. I felt good and I had been running for over an hour (1:03.36). After I got back home, I was curious to see if I had lost a lot of water weight, because back when I was running my best, I could weigh before and after a run and sometimes there was almost a ten pound difference. I weighed in at 204.4, so probably not the case today. Anyway, it was a good way to start my birthday. Now to go find some bacon like I smelled while out on the run.


It takes a long time to grow young. – Pablo Picasso

A birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun.  Enjoy the trip.  ~Author Unknown

Wisdom doesn’t necessarily come with age.  Sometimes age just shows up all by itself.  ~Tom Wilson