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Post  Michael Mitchell on Tue Mar 05, 2013 5:33 pm

Good news. Run is over. Woo Hoo. 52:50 and it was really ok. I did have rash issues ( sorry, TMI), but ok. It was cold in the YMCA and that helped. Good news. Son starts soccer practice today. He is a member of the Houston Dynamo. This is for 4 year olds only. Last year, the YMCA grouped them as 3,4 and 5 year olds. It as a disaster. My son was the youngest on the team. Hated every minute of it. Now, that boy is roaring to go. They have split the 3, 4 and 5 year olds up into different leagues. Now, the bad news. My treadmill was slipping really badly. I thought it was the belt. Turns out, I was right. There is more folks. I have killed the belt, the board and all other parts. The treadmill was purchased in July 2010. I put 3500 miles on it. The treadmill repair guy stated I was too rough on it. Sheesh. I was just running between 7:30 pace and 7:00 pace for most of the miles. Not like I was a speedster. I told him I bought the Pacemaster Silver to take a beating. Sigh. It cost us $600 to repair. He told me to lube it more than I have (once a month) and that should keep it at bay. Oh well. I have 14 miles this week. Tomorrow, run at 4 pm, Thursday at 2 pm and Friday at 11 am.
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Post  Michael Mitchell on Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:35 pm

Yeah, sure...me? Ha ha. If this were track or cross country, ok, I am in. Soccer? Really. I am now an assistant coach for my son's team. Get this, the head coach, he ran track too ( sprinter). We were asking each other about soccer drills. Fun. Smile Thank goodness we have great kids and some with really nice talent ( he mentioned this to me about my kid...well, I do have him do some drills, well I started too....LOL). This should be fun. We were not supposed to have practice next week ( Spring Break), but it looks like our parents want the kids out of the house ( no, really?), so we will have one. We are the Houston Dynamo. Should be an interesting season. They are all four and ready to get out and get dirty. Run at 4 pm today.
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Change of Venue

Post  Michael Mitchell on Wed Mar 06, 2013 5:14 pm

Instead of the spacious confines of the Houston Texans YMCA, we shall go home to the new treadmill belt and board to run. Yep, home. Smile I have two days of the USA Indoor Track Meet to watch. Tomorrow will be at the YMCA. See ya then. Run report at 7 pm.
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Breaking It In....

Post  Michael Mitchell on Thu Mar 07, 2013 1:50 pm

Broke it in yesterday. Shoes, no. Socks, no. Treadmill, yes. New belt and board. It was slipping just ever so slightly. I started at a 7:36 pace for two miles, then 7:30 pace until the 5 mile mark and 7:24 pace until the end of the run (52:30 for 7 miles). It was good. Not great, but good. I am tired and I think my run will end up being at home because I have so much to do. Sheesh. Oh well, at least it will get done. I have 21 miles this week.
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Re: Dissertating And Running

Post  Mark B on Thu Mar 07, 2013 4:37 pm

I was all excited, thinking you'd done a treadmill run barefoot, when I came to my senses. Wink

Oh, and "I was just running between 7:30 pace and 7:00 pace for most of the miles. Not like I was a speedster." Beg to differ, Speedy.

Good luck coaching soccer! Just think of it as X-Country, with a ball.Smile
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Post  Michael Mitchell on Thu Mar 07, 2013 4:46 pm

Yeah, except neither one of us knows what we are doing. If it were track, we would be both in good shape. He would take the sprinters and field event folks and me distance. Easy peezy. Oh well. My goals this year are:

1. Get my dissertation ( all five chapters-300 pages worth) from my committee of two to my committee of four by December 31, 2013. I have each chapter broken up into two month intervals.
2. Run 42 miles a week at a 7:30 pace until the end of the year. Keep my check ups handy with the orthotic and ART folks. Stay healthy.
3. Keep teaching and get more money to my library so I do not have to rely so much on the state.

So far, no races planned. I was thinking of the Candy Corn 1K for my son, but the run is October 6 and it can still be steamy around here. I am not speedy. LOL. I wished I were.
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Man, Sometimes I Hate Running and then Sometimes...

Post  Michael Mitchell on Thu Mar 07, 2013 8:37 pm

I do hate running. I hate the worrying up to it. I had the first five minutes. Then, I settle down and everything is ok. Today, I did not want to run. I had it in my mind, I am not running. Then I talked myself into a 8:24 pace for the first mile. Then, I stated, ok, I can punch in 5 miles before they get home. Before I know it, I am running at a 7:30 pace rolling home in 39:00. I do amaze me sometimes. I have 26 miles this week.
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Fridays and Mondays Always Work My Mind

Post  Michael Mitchell on Sun Mar 10, 2013 10:40 am

Yes, they are. Smile Friday was tough. I ran two miles to even the number at 28, but I was pooped. I slept and napped the whole day. Saturday, humm. I felt terrible. I really did. I think the allergies are killing me. Well, 53:12 for 7 miles and I was glad to get it over with it. That gave me 35 miles for the week. After the run, I slept for an hour. Again, very weird. Today, I feel a little better. Front came through, so it will be cool today. I will again run a 53:12 for 7 miles and work on a 7:30/7:24 pace tomorrow. Since this is my Spring Break (yep, I am busier this week than last week ), I have lots to do. Tomorrow, we have a meeting with my financial advisor. Yep, my brother in law. It is cool he is a Certified Financial Planner, but I feel lunch coming on, so that kills part of my day. LOL. So, today, 53:12 for 7 miles running to the WGC in Miami.
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Rushed Sunday

Post  Michael Mitchell on Sun Mar 10, 2013 6:25 pm

Yes my friends, life with a 4 year old is fun. I swear there is a book to be written. I love him very much, but goodness gracious the attention span of a gnat. On Sundays, at the YMCA, we leave around 2 pm to get there. That gives me time to run, bike and relax. With the time change, I have been pooped. My allergies have not helped either. I asked him at 2:30 pm, "Ready to go"? No, was the answer I received. I figured ok, I will run at home, no biggie. Oh no. At 3:15 pm, he decides he wants to go. I have to rush ( I forgot my inserts..I had to use my dress shoe inserts), get to the YMCA (15 minute drive), drop him off, dress and get on the treadmill. I told the daycare folks, "this will be really close". It was. I got the run in (52:52 for 7 miles, 7:30 pace after 4 miles), but my achilles started to hurt. Now, I used ART on it and it is ok. I will do it again tonight, but I am pooped. I have 7 miles this week.
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Re: Dissertating And Running

Post  Michele "1L" Keane on Sun Mar 10, 2013 8:44 pm

Your posts are wearing me out, Michael. Much like a 4 yr old. Enjoy it while you can as soon enough they will be 19 and driving your car to concert in downtown Cleveland. Wink
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Monday Monday...:)

Post  Michael Mitchell on Mon Mar 11, 2013 6:58 pm

Yeah, me too Michele. My life wears me out. I got ART done today. It felt great. My hand had been going to sleep on me the past week. ART should fix that ( we shall see tonight, it was in my neck). Also, ART fixed my ankle. I got home after ART. I was pooped. I thought, well, I will just jog some miles. Well, after an 8:24 first mile, I just kept getting faster. Two miles at a 7:24 pace saw me finish at 38:12 for 5 miles. I had to cram it in. Ahh, Spring Break. Oh, at least we are set for our financial future for another year. My brother in law, Mr. CFP, 'You all need to earn more money to put more money away". Ya think? Sigh. LOL I have 12 miles this week.
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Re: Dissertating And Running

Post  Mark B on Mon Mar 11, 2013 9:33 pm

That's quite a financial planner you have there, Michael! Make more to save more? Whodathunkit?

It's nice when the body decides it just has to go faster. Nice job getting the run in!
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Re: Dissertating And Running

Post  Michael Mitchell on Wed Mar 13, 2013 8:58 am

Mark B wrote:That's quite a financial planner you have there, Michael! Make more to save more? Whodathunkit?

It's nice when the body decides it just has to go faster. Nice job getting the run in!

Thanks. Yeah I know about the financial planner. We (wife and I) looked at him and asked, "Really"? LOL Smile
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Just Call Me Coach

Post  Michael Mitchell on Wed Mar 13, 2013 9:04 am

Before I get to that, let us get to the running, shall we? It was ok. It started off at an 8 minute pace and ended with the last two miles at 7:24 pace. 37:50 for 5 miles because I had to rush it. I think, wow, that is good. NOT. My best friend is training for a half marathon this month. He did 7 x mile. When he first texted me, I was in awe and shock. We had not done those types of workouts since college. Second, I am in semi-retirement, so that kind of training is not available to me (insert one hour a day to run here..LOL). Lastly, when he texted me this information, I was just about ready to get the soccer team together for drills. Ladies and gentlemen, here are his splits:
6:18 avg (6:25, 6:25, 6:28, 6:25, 6:14, 6:11, 6:03). Yeah, I stink. LOL. As far as today, 52:30 for 7 miles ( or under. I might do a 7:30/7:24 blend..3 at 7:30 and 4 at 7:24). Oh yeah, it will get hotter. Fun. Now, for the soccer part. I am the assistant coach. I find out from the head coach that he will not be here for the last two games. Guess who is head coach the last two games? Yessir, me. Fun. Oh well, fun times in the city. I have 17 miles this week.
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Catching Way Up

Post  Michael Mitchell on Mon Mar 18, 2013 9:51 am

I am way behind in the blog. Wow. Ok, Thursday, five miler. 40:00 for the whole set. The first mile was in 10 minutes. 30 minutes for the final four. Carbon copy for Friday. With the pollen out in force, it was killing me. I just sat back and ran. Almost carbon copy for Saturday, except I just ran an 8 minute pace the whole way. So, it was three consecutive 5 milers for 33 miles for the week. Not what I wanted, but done. Yesterday. It was actually good. Really nice. Cold and nice inside. 52:30 for 7 miles. I just relaxed and ran. That is the formula for today. Relax and run. It will be hot outside ( for March, front is coming to knock it down a couple of degrees), but it should be ok at the YMCA at 4:10 pm. Gotta rush this run in. LOL. I have 7 miles this week.
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Re: Dissertating And Running

Post  Michael Mitchell on Mon Mar 18, 2013 4:29 pm

Thank you Jerry. I will look at this tonight.
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Waiting For The 4:10 PM Train

Post  Michael Mitchell on Mon Mar 18, 2013 4:31 pm

Yep. Just about ready to get out of here. Strangely enough, I ran 2 miles at lunch with a friend whom I am helping with training. I guess that gives me 9 miles for the week. Oh and get this. I just found out I have a meeting from 9 am to 4 pm Thursday, with a doctor's appointment at 5 pm. Yep, no running unless in the morning. Ahhh...
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Re: Dissertating And Running

Post  Mark B on Mon Mar 18, 2013 7:06 pm

I think I've asked this before.. but is there any possibility of you getting up at oh-dark-thirty and running before your insanely busy day begins?
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Nope

Post  Michael Mitchell on Mon Mar 18, 2013 7:35 pm

Nope. Master bedroom is right next to den where the treadmill is. Nope. Also, if I leave the house, that would be the first time I am needed back home. Bad run today. Bad bad run. Hot, disgusting ( it got to 90 today). Did not want to be a hero. Ran a 37:50 for 5 miles. I soaked my shoes, socks, the two treadmills beside me. Tomorrow will be a TOTALLY different day. I have 14 miles this week.
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Hanging It Up

Post  Michael Mitchell on Tue Mar 19, 2013 4:56 pm

That is what I thought I would do today. I felt horrible. I mean horrible. I did not want to go run. Then I got up from my desk and said, ok, let us do 5 miles easy at the sweat tank (Cossaboom). Well, it is a 5 minute drive, so I got over there. Then, I was running and I started speeding up the pace. Ok, so far so good. I get to the two mile mark. I hit 15:42 and was now at a 7:30 pace. I figured, "ok, I am soaked, but let us see what we can do" ( by the way, they have added a thermostat to the workout part of the basement. That is new. It was reading 75 degrees. Humm) By the time I was done, I ran a 53:12 for 7 miles. I was thinking, ok, not bad. How about we try Cossaboom again at 4 pm tomorrow? Well, we will. Humm. I have 21 miles this week.
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Post  Mark B on Tue Mar 19, 2013 6:37 pm

Keep doing those Cossaboom runs and you'll be ready for Badwater in no time. Sweaty
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Post  Michael Mitchell on Wed Mar 20, 2013 10:55 am

Mark B wrote:Keep doing those Cossaboom runs and you'll be ready for Badwater in no time.

Yeah, I know. For 6 years this has happened during the Summer. The thermostat in the gym is a difference. It showed 75. It was still sticky, but not oppressive.
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Post  Michael Mitchell on Wed Mar 20, 2013 10:57 am

Still deciding. Cossaboom? Texans ? Not sure. Cossaboom is easier and quicker to get to. Texans is cooler, but not after Monday. It looks like it might be Cossaboom today. Start time will be 4 pm.
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Rushing To The Beat

Post  Michael Mitchell on Fri Mar 22, 2013 11:37 am

Just how rushed was it. I had just enough time to get a 52:30 for 7 miles in at home. I rushed, and I mean rushed into the bedroom, got dressed ( no shower), got my kid to swimming practice with two minute to spare. Yeah, that close. Fun times. I am debating either to run at the Texans YMCA ( and watch the tournament) or just give up and run at home (52:30). I am thinking that is where it might end up. At least the run will be done. I have 28 miles this week.
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