Race #564 - RAD Half Marathon - Asheville NC - 06/09/24

Back during the years when I was doing my best running (2009-2017), the half marathon was my favorite race distance. During those years, I ran as many as 16 half marathons per year, and on an age-graded basis, the half marathon was my best distance. In more recent years I had trouble running long distances, so I cut the number of half marathons down and almost quit running them entirely. When my streak of 120 half marathons in a row under 2 hours ended in September 2022, I considered never running another half. It wasn't so much that finishing in over 2 hours was shameful, but I began having difficulty running the distance.  I turned 71 in February 2023 and had only run two 5k races after the previously mentioned September half marathon. Not being a cold weather runner anyway, I waited until April of 2023 to run another 5k, and by then my 5k times were slower than ever. I wasn't enjoying the races any longer, and when I began having a hard time keeping up with my younger runnin

Race #563 - LSCG Parkrun 5k - Charlotte NC - 06/08/24

The Parkrun is a worldwide race series held in hundreds of locations every Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m., and the Little Sugar Creek Greenway Parkrun in Charlotte is just about a 30-minute drive for me. This was the 100th race since the Parkrun started in Charlotte two years ago, and although I haven't been running it much lately I decided to give it a shot. There were 96 finishers this week, the highest number since the series began in Charlotte. This year I've been concentrating on half marathons when one is near enough to get to, and I'm not enjoying the 5k races nearly as much now that I've slowed down so much. That being said, this was a lot of fun and I got to see some folks I haven't seen in a while. If you're in the Charlotte area, or anywhere there is a Parkrun, I recommend it highly. Best of all, it's completely FREE! I was happy that I was able to keep my pace under 9 minutes (barely). As you can see from the dips on this chart, I walked 13 times

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