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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!”

 

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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.

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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.

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Simmering

It was very still this morning, with only an infrequent breeze that would not move a small feather across smooth glass. It was very muggy and seemed as though that steamy stillness was trying to fill every little crack in your being. I am still in the “hold” mold right now. I walk some and run some. I am trying now to increase the running time and decrease the walking time. The plan is to slowly increase the load. I first aim to slowly get to the 40 – 60 mile a week level and then I will see how much above that I can get. My main goal is consistency.

I also want to lower my per mile time. At this years Capitol 10,000 I finished with an 8:05 per mile average. I definitely think I still have the ability to go below a 7:00 minute per mile for a 10,000 meter. A lot of this is dependent on what I can make myself believe, because there are periods when I feel like I’m on the verge of the old groove. I must find the diligence to focus. Somewhere in this journey, I will find my way to whom I am to become.

Wed  22:22.43 W/R     Thur  20:36.85 W/R     Fri  23:08.82 W/R     Sun  21:12.24 W/R     Mon  19:24.11 R/W     Tue  23:20.08 W/R  Tue  39:00.00 W   Wed  21:23.88 W/R     Thur  18:23.45 R/W


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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

Gary

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Inching Forward

I ran an eight miler back on the sixth of March and the next day a fairly hard six miler and after that I cratered. On top of being tight and achy, my work load has greatly increased and the temperatures are rising. I am glad it is getting warmer. I am so tired of putting on and taking off multiple layers to run. It has been hard to get going for the last week or so. I am back to my longer runs and I hope I can get everything loosened up and ready to run a good race on the 27th at the Capitol 10,000. It is going to be the luck of the draw. I am not at all consistent right now. At the same time, I am so much further along now than I was 10 months ago. I am around twenty pounds lighter now. I am not totally sure where my weight is since my scale broke, but I am back to wearing clothes I haven’t worn in years. All the pain and agony I have gone through has been totally worth it. It always feels so much better after I finish.

Looking at where I was and where I am now makes me feel good, but I don’t know how realistic I was to expect that maybe I had a chance to go from no running to thinking I might have a chance to finish in the top ten in my age group at the Capitol 10,000 with less than a year of training. All this while still trying to maintain my work commitments. I do want to continue this routine, but right now I’m not sure I want to commit to running next year’s Capitol 10,000. I’ll make that decision when it is time.     Tues  36:01.34 Walk     Wed  59:33.21     Thurs  34:29.37 Walk     Fri  20:06.76     Mon  18:51.74     Tues  18:50.21     Wed  60:58.17     Thur  58:53.66.

Gary

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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

Gary

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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

Gary

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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

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Out again this morning…

I guess I was a little inspired yesterday to find some more speed. My aim was to get out again this morning and see what I could muster on my “spider route.” Then my wife woke me up this morning and said, ” If you are not going to run this morning, could you turn the alarm up so I get up on time.” My thought was, “why would she think I wasn’t going to run?”, but then I pushed through this early morning fog and realized the alarm had been going off and I didn’t hear it because it was turned down too low. I got up, got dressed and was out the door. It was still warm this morning – probably mid 50’s. I tried from the beginning to pick up the pace. I don’t think the run to the spider route is much different from the six miler I did yesterday. Then why had I been doing it so much slower? I ran harder this morning, monitoring my pace along the way. I am moving well right now, but I think the biggest anchor I am dragging is my weight. I’m looking skinnier at 195 lbs., but that is still at least 40 – 50  lbs more than I weighed when I was doing my best running. I would have to admit, even then I would have had a hard time turning out the times I was with a 40 lb. pack on my back. With that said, I am not focusing on getting down to 150 lbs. I do think I would have a whole new outlook on this though if I was down to around 170. I’ll just have to keep pressing on and see what improvement I can make. I would even be okay being at 195 lbs and being able to run at 7 minute or a little less per mile pace. This run today I came through the halfway point in 26:38 and was able to carry through and finish in 52:59.91. This was at least three minutes faster than I had ever done this route before. This is good, but I would like to shave another 6 – 8 minutes off before the Capitol 10,000 at the end of March. Until then, I’ll do what I can.     Wed  52:59.91

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