Still Alive and Still Kickin'

So here I am, still pickin' 'em up and puttin' 'em down, although it's kind of in slow motion these days. The last race I posted about was almost exactly two years ago. I didn't want to keep posting about my races as I slow down to a crawl, but it's nice to keep a tally of how many races I've run, and it's not so bad to see how much I've slowed down, so I'm back to doing a blog. I'm not going to write big race reports and will possibly just number the races and give my stats, although I'll make a few comments about things I found interesting about a race. There have been a few interesting changes over these past two years. Most notably, I'm now doing the Jeff Galloway Run-Walk-Run method exclusively in my running. Last year, at age 71, I found that I could no longer keep up with my younger runner friends that I trained with and almost quit running. Then I remembered that I had always said I'd go back to the Galloway method in

That's All Folks!

I'm happy to report that as of now, at least (August 2022), I'm still running and racing at the age of 70. However, I think this blog is ready for retirement so I won't be posting about any more races. I guess I should have stopped at exactly 500 just to keep it nice and even, but who knew? If you're one of the few who have been interested in this blog, for whatever reason, I appreciate it. Just so I can keep track, I'm planning on updating the " My Upcoming Races " page. If you ever take a look at that and don't see any upcoming races, most likely I'm either injured, retired from racing, or dead.  Half marathons have always been my favorite distance even though I'm not running nearly as many now, but I'll keep the " My Half Marathons " page updated as well if and when I run a half. I'll also be keeping all of my race results current at Ujena Fit Club , so if you want to see how slow I am now (or if I'm still running) you

Race #521 - Hit the Brixx 10k - Charlotte, NC - 05/21/2022

Oh wow... this was a disaster. With my first half marathon of the year coming up next week, I thought I should probably run a 10k since I've only done 5k races thus far this year. If these results are any indication, the half marathon will be a disaster, or at the very least I'll be over 2 hours for the first time in the past 119 half marathons. I'm not that concerned, and frankly, I'd like to get that streak behind me and start getting comfortable being over 2 hours in half marathons.  Other than my poor showing, the race was a lot of fun. I met up with my good friend and competitor, Bob Nelson, who finished a couple minutes ahead of me and won the 70-74 age group. The pizza after the race was great.  Race Name:  Hit the Brixx 10k/5k Location:  Charlotte, North Carolina Date:  May 21, 2022 Race Rating:  106 Top 10 (10k): Top 10 (5k): Course: My Garmin measured the course at 6.28 miles -- not enough to take off rating points but enough to put my pace over 9 minutes. The

Race #520 - Leader of the Pack 5k - Forest City, NC - 05/14/22

I had only run this race once before, back in 2016. It's a good one but kind of a long drive from home. This year it seemed like the best local option so a few other Gaston County running buddies and I made the trip and it was fun. My results were nothing to jump up and down about but I did manage to run my fastest 5k since turning 70 (25:51). It was the first time I was under 26 minutes this year so that's at least some minor improvement. The race's first half was almost flat, but the last half was filled with rolling hills. I didn't walk at all for 1.8 miles but once I took one walk break it started the pattern I'd like to get out of. I walked six times in the final 1.3 miles of the race. Definitely room for improvement. As is the case many times, the real highlight of the race was breakfast afterward with friends. Smith's Drugs in downtown Forest City is great. A 3-egg veggie omelet with toast and a bowl of fruit on the side was only $4.99, and coffee was ano

Race #519 - Goat Island Games 5k - Cramerton, NC - 05/07/22

Like last year, this race was again too long by around 0.15 miles. The new 5-mile race was also long by about a quarter of a mile. In addition, there were 5-year age groups, which is good, but they stopped at age 60, which is not so good. Even worse, when they gave out the awards for the 5k they gave awards for the 60-64 age group instead of 60-and-over, so anybody 65 or over was just completely ignored. I was actually 3rd among the 60-and-over runners, but 3rd place was awarded to a 62-year-old who was behind me. This happened for both male and female runners in the 5k, although in the 5-miler they were included. At 70 years old, I think there should be 5-year age groups up to 80-and-over. Does anybody ever wonder how much harder it is for a 70-year-old to run a race than it is for a 20-year-old? Fifty years makes quite a bit of difference. Despite those complaints, I still like the race. It's close to home and Goat Island is a great place for a 5k race. There was also a professio

Race #518 - Cherry Blossom 5k - Cherryville, NC - 04/23/22

With a start time of 10 a.m., there was just enough time to finish the race in Belmont and then drive to Cherryville for this one. I was a little slower in this one (about a minute overall) but felt okay. It was the first time I had ever run two races in different locations on the same morning. Race Name:  Cherry Blossom 5k Location: Cherryville, North Carolina Date: April 23, 2022 Race Rating:  68 Top 10: Course: Elevation by Mile & My Splits: Weather at Start: Click Here for Race Results My Stats: Time:  27:44 Pace:  8:56 Age Group:  1 of 3   Overall:  25 of 78 Average Heart Rate:  156 Maximum Heart Rate:  165 Age Grade Percentage:  63.58% This photo is mostly the folks who ran both races on this morning! *************** * RACE RATING * *************** RACE COURSE  0 - Chip Timing (Start & Finish Mat): (3 points if yes) 2 - Water Stops: (0)none  (2)normal  (5)extras [Gu, sports drink, etc.] 1 - Course Marking:  (0)bad  (1)good 3 - Course Scenery:  (0-5) 1=bad  and 5=fantastic

Race #517 - Belmont Classic 5k - Belmont, NC - 04/23/22

I'm not sure how many years I've run this race, but it's always been one of my favorite local events. This year it was the same day as the Cherry Blossom 5k in Cherryville, which is also a favorite. They're both in the Gaston County Race Series so I and around 20 other runners decided to run both races, which started two hours apart (8 a.m. and 10 a.m.). It was a bit of a challenge for my 70-year-old bones and was the first time I'd ever run two races in different locations on the same morning, but it was a lot of fun.  Race Name: Belmont Classic 5k Location: Belmont, North Carolina Date: April 23, 2022 Race Rating:  77 Top 10: Course: Elevation by Mile & My Splits: Weather at Start: Click Here for Race Results My Stats: Time:  26:23 Pace:  8:35 Age Group: 1 or 4  Overall:  44 of 121 Average Heart Rate: 153   Maximum Heart Rate:  165 Age Grade Percentage:  66.84% *************** * RACE RATING * *************** RACE COURSE  3 - Chip Timing (Start & Finish Mat