Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Number 67 & 68 and the 100 Races/Events


The 100 race/event goal is still in place - but happening ever so slowly at this point...


I really got lazy with the blogposts on the 100 race goal part.  Although the main goal was for walking a bunch of miles, after awhile I came up with a secondary goal of completing 100 races/events.  I've been stuck in the mid 60s (races/events) for a while.  I've noticed a pretty steep rise in what they charge to participate in the races, especially the half marathons (and greater) distances.  I just do not think the "value" is reasonable for a lot of the half marathon races anymore.  I certainly get it if a person is doing one for a bucket list thing, or even a few, but for 100, different story.  The half marathon distance is my favorite distance so I'll probably still do a few more of these.  But to reach the 100 races I need to consider other options.


Catching up on races from last year...

Number 67 - PurpleStride Atlanta 5K, November, 2016, Atlanta, GA

My son organizes this race for us each year as it supports research for pancreatic cancer research and support.  Pancreatic cancer impacted our family, my dad suffered from it.  I'm proud of my son for doing this each year.

We gathered at Centennial Olympic park in a sea of purple (t-shirts, hats, balloons, streamers,...) to do this race.  As always - a great cause!!!


-----  Race #67 -----

It's a small thing but the number 67 has always been 
a special number for me, memories from long ago...

1972 season - senior year




Number 68 -  Atlanta Half Marathon, November, 2016, Atlanta, GA

This was the 6th time doing this race.  It has become somewhat of a Thanksgiving Day morning tradition.  After doing this race six times and blogging about it, there really is not too much more to write about.  I do like seeing Atlanta this way and suspect I will probably continue doing this race as long I am in the Atlanta area for Thanksgiving.  The absolute best, best, best thing about this race - since calorie consumption will be significant later in the day - you sort get the feeling you are getting ahead and justifying the overeating that will take place by burning a significant number of calories before the feasting even begins!  :)

If I'm going to do this race in November, need to sign up soon as they do have a tiered pricing scheme:

$65 through 5/30/17
$70 through 7/31/17
$75 through 8/31/17
$80 through 9/30/17
$85 through 11/15/17
$90 at number pick-up

sigh...


Sunday, May 21, 2017

New Goal: Walk 24,901 Miles


I was up early (even on vacation), still dark outside, on a walk, about half way between Rotten City Pizza and Emeryville Public Market heading for a coffee at Peet's and the thought just kept in coming into my head - need another walking goal...  Just would not go away.


Having just reached a goal of walking 10,000 miles a fews days earlier, I already missed having a walking goal.  Part of me actually believed that I would be content with reaching 10,000 miles and that would be it.  It was not.  So, it just made sense, make a new goal.


The 10,000 was arbitrary so I kicked around other numbers but nothing seemed to fit.  Out of the blue, the idea of the circumference of the earth popped into my head.  So I looked it up, turns out it's about 24,901 miles.  That will work!  So building on the 10,000 miles just completed I will continue to add to that to reach the circumference of the earth, 24,901 miles.


Earth - Source: nasa.gov





Monday, May 15, 2017

10,000 Miles Completed


So after six years, four months, and 15 days, reached my goal of walking 10,000 miles.  Somewhere between boredom and a desire to set up some type exercise program I made up this goal up to give me something to do with my ever longing desire to retire from full time work.  Only problem is, not ready to retire from full time work just yet.  Think it will be about one more year - well that is the current thought on that.




10,000 miles  :)



So after a Garmin and two Fitbits, not sure what to do now as far as tracking miles.  I will continue to distance walk, that is one thing that came out of this - enjoyment from walking, especially long distances.


Next goal....  thinking of rowing 1,000,000 meters on the indoor rowing machine.  Sort of took that up as a lunchtime workout habit recently.  Have 144,543 meters logged so far on the  Concept2 Log Tracking site.  Should be able do this with a year.  Hmmm....


So This Llama Walks into a Bar


Okay, it wasn't a bar, it was a park.  Nonetheless we had no expectation of seeing Llamas at the park, we just wanted to go for a Mother's Day hike and decided on Redwood Regional Park in Oakland.


The park has about 36 miles of trails, not that we thought we'd do anything near that distance.  It did provide us with options though.


The weather here is great.  A light, long sleeve fleece was needed especially when walking in shaded areas, which there were quite few.  Only to role up sleeves when you find yourself in sunny areas.


As we approached a playground area, noticed a crowd gathered just to the left of it.  Getting closer all did double takes focusing on these fairly tall furry things.  Not sure what we were seeing but knowing that it was out of the ordinary.


Llama at the water fountain

Have never seen this before, llamas taking turns at the water fountain!  They were quite friendly llamas, eating grass, letting people pet them, very easy going.


We continued on with Ellie with her stopping frequently picking as many rocks, flowers, pine cones, and sticks as she could hold.




Great day for a hike!


This hike brought my 10,000 mile goal to 9,996.


Four more to go :)


Saturday, May 6, 2017

For Love of the Game


Baseball.

“ And they'll watch the game and it'll be as if they dipped themselves in magic waters. The memories will be so thick they'll have to brush them away from their faces. People will come Ray. The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it's a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good and that could be again. Oh...people will come Ray. People will most definitely come.”


― James Earl Jones, Field of Dreams



Baseball has always been a huge part of my life, from playing Little League in Succasunna, NJ in the 1960s, to countless sandlot games (why don't kids do this anymore?), to my Grandpa taking me to see the Mets at Shea Stadium, to playing catch with my son more times than I can count, to watching my son play in youth leagues, travel ball, high school, college, and minor leagues.  It has most definitely been a constant in my life.


But just as everything else in life, things move on, chapters close, and new chapters begin.  Leaving fond memories behind, as one grows older, seems to become the norm.  And baseball, for the most part for me now has basically been relegated to watching the Atlanta Braves a few innings here and there.


However, my son, who now works full time in a career not related to baseball at all, recently decided to join a men's baseball league.  He plays for the Atlanta Dragons and last weekend played in a tournament at the Gwinnett Braves Minor League Stadium - Coolray Field.


So last Saturday afternoon, baseball once again was front and center and I loved every minute of it!  As James Earl Jones said "and they'll watch the game and it'll be as if they dipped themselves in magic waters".








He had a great day on the mound, pitching six innings and striking out 13 batters!  We'll take that any day!


Guys playing in this league do not do it for the money (they actually have to pay money to play), they do not do it for fame, they simply do it for love of the game.



Saturday, April 29, 2017

10,000 Mile Goal, Almost There


A long time ago I set a goal to walk 10,000 miles before I retire.  Hard for me to believe, but I'm almost there.  I should hit 10,000 miles next month.


Yikes!  Of course in hindsight, that went by fast.


Does this mean I have to retire now?


Well just like virtually every plan I've ever put together, adjustments were always part of the process, and this one is no different.  Think we're going to keep at it for another year.  However, once I do hit the 10,000 mile mark, I'll have to come up with another goal.  :)


A visual for 10000 miles.




Saturday, November 5, 2016

Number 66 - 2016 White Mountain Milers Half Marathon


Sunday October 30, 2016 - North Conway, New Hampshire


For number 66 I did the White Mountain Miles Half Marathon with my daughter Jen.  What I really like about this race (third time doing it) - you can sign up to do it as a walker, and they have an early start!  As a walker, I do appreciate that.


A few months back, Jen and I did the Great Saunter (32 mile walk 'saunter' around the island of Manhattan) and truth be told, neither of us walked any substantial distances since.  So basically we were not prepared as much as we should have been for this race.  Oh well that just basically meant that we would not break any records and we would both be much more sore the next day, and the next day, and the...  You get it.  And that is exactly what happened.


We had a nice morning with temps around 50 and a 10-15 mph wind.  Except for the wind it was great.

Early Start for the half marathon

The first four miles were the best because we were still fresh, no pains anywhere yet and the runners had not caught up to us yet with the early start.  After that, as expected, getting passed by everyone.  It got a bit crowded at times as the race was on the side of roads with traffic.  There was only one port-o-potty at the half way point so I was queued up for that - wish they would have had more port-o-potties.


They had a nice spread at the end - pizza, bagels, root beer (in a keg - was really good), and more.  It was a good race and I am glad I got to do it with my daughter!