Friday, October 20, 2017

1,000 Miles in 2017 - Goal Update #11

Wow, the weather in the afternoon today was perfect for running. It felt like an early summer morning. Summer seems so long ago. Many, many miles ago. But Mother Nature has been nice the last few days. All sunny days, all temperatures in the middle to upper 60s. Not bad, not bad. I see that I just passed 125 hours of running for the year. That's equal to 5.2 days of straight running. And I have 72 days left in the year to run about 140 miles. I know I can do this. I'm going to keep pounding out the miles while the temperatures are doable, and hopefully have enough in the tank to finish mile number one thousand in ice cold winter.

Current yearly stats:

Runs: 207
Distance: 860.43 miles
Total Time: 125h 39m 30s
Avg Distance Per Run: 4.16 miles
Total Calories: 118,277
Avg Speed: 6.8 mph
Avg Pace: 8:46 min/mile

Days Left in Year: 72
Miles Left in Year: 139.57 miles
Daily Average Needed: 1.94 miles

Sunday, October 15, 2017

1,000 Miles in 2017 - Goal Update #10

Not much to say. I'm trying to keep my motivation strong and run at least 2 miles every day. Slow and steady wins the race. I'm still on pace. Only 77 more days, no time to waste.

Current yearly stats:

Runs: 202
Distance: 844.75 miles
Total Time: 123h 19m 00s
Avg Distance Per Run: 4.18 miles
Total Calories: 116,111
Avg Speed: 6.9 mph
Avg Pace: 8:46 min/mile

Days Left in Year: 77
Miles Left in Year: 155.25 miles
Daily Average Needed: 2.02 miles

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

1,000 Miles in 2017 - Goal Update #9

Wow, great run today. I felt mostly pain-free and fast. I ran a 5K in 24:18, which made me feel good, because the last few days I have felt tired and sluggish. Also, it was cold, cold, cold the last few runs, but today was nice and warm with little wind. I hope there are more days like this before the end of the year. I'm really not looking forward to running in the icy cold winds of winter.

Current yearly stats:

Runs: 198
Distance: 834.32 miles
Total Time: 121h 53m 46s
Avg Distance Per Run: 4.21 miles
Total Calories: 114,665
Avg Speed: 6.8 mph
Avg Pace: 8:46 min/mile

Days Left in Year: 81
Miles Left in Year: 165.68 miles
Daily Average Needed: 2.05 miles

Thursday, October 5, 2017

1,000 Miles in 2017 - Goal Update #8

The first five days of October have been mostly cloudy, wet, and chilly, although one day was surprisingly warm. My left hip tendon is hurting again, and my right foot bottom seems to be getting tender. I don't think either injury is too terrible, but they've both been kinda nagging me for months now. As long as both of my feet are facing forward, I'm going to keep running. Only 87 more days.

Current yearly stats:

Runs: 193
Distance: 817.94 miles
Total Time: 119h 35m 17s
Avg Distance Per Run: 4.24 miles
Total Calories: 110,877
Avg Speed: 6.8 mph
Avg Pace: 8:46 min/mile

Days Left in Year: 87
Miles Left in Year: 182.06 miles
Daily Average Needed: 2.09 miles

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Four Scary Stories for Kids - A New Book Available on Kindle and Paperback

Psst...hey kid...want to read some scary stories? You do? Well, that's just great, because I happen to have four beautifully wicked stories for you to check out late at night under your blankets when your parents have gone to sleep. Get your flashlight and prepare yourself for a ghoulish treat.

Four Scary Stories for Kids is available on Amazon in eBook and Paperback.



Saturday, September 30, 2017

1,000 Miles in 2017 - Goal Update #7

Well, I made sure that the last day of September would not be forgotten. I ran and ran and ran. I ended up with my longest distance run and my longest time run. 15 miles in 2 hours 29 minutes. My previous best distance was 13.2 miles, so I improved that by 1.8 miles.

Current yearly stats:

Runs: 188
Distance: 806.92 miles
Total Time: 117h 55m 51s
Avg Distance Per Run: 4.29 miles
Total Calories: 110,877
Avg Speed: 6.8 mph
Avg Pace: 8:46 min/mile

Days Left in Year: 92
Miles Left in Year: 193.08 miles
Daily Average Needed: 2.10 miles

Sunday, September 24, 2017

1,000 Miles in 2017 - Goal Update #6

Only 98 days left in 2017. The weather was humid and sunny this weekend, but I still got some good running in both days. My left hip bothered me some, but nothing too awful. I was able to run in the morning before temperatures and humidity reached danger levels. I weighed myself yesterday and today, and both times I was just below 160 pounds, which is the lowest I have been in many years. I'm going to keep at it. Getting closer to my 1,000 mile goal. 98 days is nothing...as long as the weather holds out.

Current yearly stats:

Runs: 184
Distance: 781.20 miles
Total Time: 113h 58m 22s
Avg Distance Per Run: 4.25 miles
Total Calories: 107,317
Avg Speed: 6.9 mph
Avg Pace: 8:45 min/mile

Days Left in Year: 98
Miles Left in Year: 218.80 miles
Daily Average Needed: 2.23 miles

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

1,000 Miles in 2017 - Goal Update #5

Running has been hard for me the last few days. I have to run in the afternoon, since the days are shorter and it is too dark to run in the morning before work. So, usually, with belly full of whatsit, I drag myself outside and try to run something while keeping all foodstuffs in my body cavities. At least I am under 250 miles to go. I'm over three-fourths of the way to 1,000 miles. I hope I can keep this old body together.

Current yearly stats:

Runs: 180
Distance: 760.22 miles
Total Time: 110h 48m 08s
Avg Distance Per Run: 4.22 miles
Total Calories: 104,428
Avg Speed: 6.9 mph
Avg Pace: 8:45 min/mile

Days Left in Year: 102
Miles Left in Year: 239.78 miles
Daily Average Needed: 2.35 miles

Friday, September 15, 2017

1,000 Miles in 2017 - Goal Update #4

It has been unseasonably hot and humid the last few days. So, that has led to some uncomfortable and sweaty afternoon runs. Oh well, at least I have some more miles under my belt. Tough to believe this month is half over. Time is flying.

Current yearly stats:

Runs: 175
Distance: 742.71 miles
Total Time: 108h 06m 19s
Avg Distance Per Run: 4.24 miles
Total Calories: 102,004
Avg Speed: 6.9 mph
Avg Pace: 8:44 min/mile

Days Left in Year: 107
Miles Left in Year: 257.29 miles
Daily Average Needed: 2.41 miles

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Orville - Meh Review

So, we watched the series premier of The Orville on Sunday. The only appropriate response is "meh." I wasn't blown away by any means. The show apparently cannot decide whether it wants to be a funny space romp (you can't really be called a comedy when you only have a joke every five minutes and the actual jokes are not funny) or a campy space homage to Star Trek: The Original Series and Next Generation.

I'm still going to give the show a chance. This was only the pilot. But, I am confused why the producers of The Orville did not go all-out for the series premier. In this day and age of social media, where viewers can give immediate feedback and lambaste a show within seconds of it ending on Twitter, Facebook, and blogs, you would think The Orville would bring its A-game with the first show. You can't leave your best jokes and best story lines for later in the year, because you might be cancelled next week.

If that pilot was their A-game, then this show is lost and that's too bad. The only two characters so far that show promise are Bortus (basically Worf) and Isaac (basically Spock). The others are all standard cookie cutter fare that could be swapped out with plants and you wouldn't know the difference.

I sincerely hope episode two is better. We'll see.

Monday, September 11, 2017

1,000 Miles in 2017 - Goal Update #3

It was surprisingly hot today in the afternoon, which is when I ran. Lots of sweat. Not very fast, though. But every step I can take today is one less step I need to take tomorrow.

Current yearly stats:

Runs: 172
Distance: 733.07 miles
Total Time: 106h 32m 15s
Avg Distance Per Run: 4.26 miles
Total Calories: 100,703
Avg Speed: 6.9 mph
Avg Pace: 8:43 min/mile

Days Left in Year: 111
Miles Left in Year: 266.93 miles
Daily Average Needed: 2.40 miles