I agree with Daniels that weight makes a big difference however we are "built" differently and where an East African from Kenya or Ethiopia might be 5'6" and 115 lbs another runner from some place else in the world might be the same height but 125-130. I can't imagine Prefontaine finally deciding he needed to be 120 lbs at 5'9" to compete with today's African runners. He might have gone back down to 140 (mnaybe) but that would be it. Some of this is the cards we're dealt. At 140 I often thopught about dropping weight but after a year at 135 I found that my times did not improve so I went back up.
Ditto on the emails ...away for a day and you'd think I'd been gone for a month. I too am getting tired of the login issues.
Had to switch my long run from today until tomorrow. Got back from Fred's neck of the woods (Windsor) early this morning after a family event there yesterday. Only time for an 8 mile easy run @ 9:48 this afternoon. Plan to do a longer run of 13 tomorrow, hopefully capping off another 50 mile week.
I didn't run today. We went to a funeral service for my wife's cousin, Elsa, which took most of the day. Elsa came to family dinner at Mama's house on Christmas Eve. There were about 30 people. Elsa made congri (black beans and rice) and tamales to go with the roast suckling pig, as she always does, and as always people volunteered to take home leftovers. She was in good spirits and happy all evening. Back at home she woke up with a headache and about 5am suffered a massive stroke. She passed away early in the morning on the 26th.
I guess I should explain a little about my wife's family. She was born in Cuba where her family owned and operated a coffee business. It was a good business: everyone went to college, they all had summer homes and life was pleasant. When Castro came into power he confiscated their business and their possessions and life wasn't as pleasant. Mama and Papa were allowed to leave the country with the clothes they were wearing and their two small children (my wife was 4 and her brother was 2 years old). They were taken to the airport in the dark of night and put on a plane to Spain. Eventually they made their way to the US.
Over the years many of the family came to US, including Pacquin, who is a cousin on Mama's side. The transition from capitalist to communist society was difficult for many people. Pacquin, like many people, hid family valuables rather than giving them to the government. His girlfriend reported him to the police. The girlfriend was allowed to finish her college education. She eventually became a physician and emigrated to Spain. Pacquin was placed in prison as a political prisoner and his possessions were confiscated.
Years later he was deported to the US in the initial Mariel boatlift.
Pacquin married Elsa shortly after arriving in the US. Perhaps the years in prison affected his judgment. It is clear that his family was disappointed in his choice. Elsa was always a center of attention at parties. She was loud, witty, vulgar, and entertaining. She told bawdy jokes that people would repeat in whispers for weeks afterward. She said out loud things that everyone was thinking but no one would say, and the crowd would laugh until tears came. She thought Pacquin was a hot hunk and demanded sex from him often until she died at age 70.
Interestingly, Pacquin never stopped being in love with the girlfriend who turned him over to the police. Some years after arriving in the US he located the woman and started corresponding with her. It was an open secret that he planned to leave Elsa in the spring of 2008 and go to Spain to be with the former girlfriend. One of the family conversations is about how her sudden death conveniently avoided what was sure to be a loud and ugly scene when Pacquin told Elsa he was leaving her. In the end, Elsa had the last joke and the family is gossiping one last time. Sometime recently she took Pacquin's passport and hid it. Pacquin is a Cuban citizen and he can't go back to get another passport.
Now that's a family story.
You may have noticed that Dave C posted something giving an update on the CoolRunning Transition. He said that the biggest, unanticipated problem was with logging in. As I posted there, they seem to have fixed things somewhat because this was the first time I've logged in on my first try. I hope others have the experience as well.
During today's run, I decided that I would stick to CoolRunning/Active. I took a look at RunningAhead.com, and it seems like a very nice site. I moved my log there. (If people need to know how, let me know.) RA has a very nice log. And the RA community seems very nice, although there are some tensions between the old-timers and the CR refugees. But I decided that I'll stick here. If I don't spend as much time going thorugh forums, that's fine. I'm limiting myself to this, LetsRun, and periodic checks on sites such as TnFNorth, which mentioned earlier. I'm very glad that Fred is sticking around, and I hope others will stay/be back once the bugs are corrected.
Weight. I've had a long-running issue on this. I've basically been (+/-7 lbs.) at 165 since I was in college. So I figure that I'm at an equilibrium weight. I'm one of those big runners better built for shorter stuff, with big leg muscles. When I was training for NY I got down to 158, but I looked gaunt. I don't think much about what I eat. I tend to avoid red meat and eat lots of pasta. I'm planning on cutting down on sweets; I tend to eat them when they're around but don't search for them otherwise. But "politically," I'll have a major fight on my hands if I lose too much. So, it's a dilemma. I'd like to drop to 150-155 for New York simply as a matter of carrying the weight. But I think there's only so much I can do.
Today was a good effort on the take it easy front. Just 12 miles in 1:26. Over a mile slower than last week, which was my objecive, as it was yesterday. Keep it nice and relaxed. A little tired towards the end, but felt like a jog. So I'm very happy with it. And for the week, about 48 miles, inclduing a bit of speedwork, the most in quite a while and where I need to be for November.
ptbrown - agree with Joe ...that's a story!
Joe - I hope that everyone comes together on one 50+ site. I really enjoy it when you "old timers" get together and talk "running". Btw - nice 'take it easy' 12-miler in 1:26 today ... gotta laugh - "felt like a jog". That'd be a hugh PR for me!
Have a great evening!
Agreed. I'll read a post like that one any day PT; thanks for sharing it with us. Felt like you enjoyed writing it as much as we enjoyed reading it.
Sun, yes of course we all have the "ideal" weight based on body type and good runners know exactly what it is. I can actually get down into the low 140's and feel great. I get ****** off when non-runners say, "Well, you are already so skinny!"
It's taking all my patience to post here, to be honest. This login thing is bizarre. Have you noticed there are four or five different places to login and each sends you down a different rat hole? Spareribs
You are good story teller, ptbrown. If you can hold my attention that long (and you did) you are good.
My feeling on the weight is that if none of it is extra baggage then you are at a good weight. When I graduated from high school I weighed 155 and didn't have an ounce of fat on me. Fourteen years later, just before I started running, I was 170 with at least 30 lbs of flab. Without doing anything diet wise I got down to 138 a year later, which is the lighest I've ever been since I started running. I'm quite sure that last 7-8 lbs was loss of muscle mass. I'd lost most of the explosiveness I had as a basketball player in high school. When I did my best running about 10 years later I was usually in 143-145 range. Now I'm 140 but have less muscle than I did in my 40's.
Friday - 7 miles on grass loop at 8:50 pace. Still sore around groin area, even after 5 easy days.
Saturday - 8 miles on track at 8:25. Much better than yesterday. Rained a lot here in last 24 hrs.
Hey, I'm here to stop the latest rash of e-mails and was able to log in and not get tossed!
Had a great run today, just 5 miles, but a progression run, then 5 X 100 strides the last mile. Tried to stay relaxed, as I have a tendency to tighten up when I run.
Enjoy life, this ain't a rehearsal...
Two very hard efforts this week, and today I was burnt.
I went with a 62 year old guy for the first mile, and then let him go.
70 minutes slow @ 29F.
15.0 mi ... 2:27:06 ... 9:48 pace ... 141 hr. Longest LR in quite some time. The last 2-3 were pretty tough even though the pace was slow. Some good training hills thrown in (long and gradual). I ran this one alone. I prefer doing LRs with my running buddies. The company makes the miles go by quicker.
Have the whole family home for Christmas dinner today. Wouldn't you know .... the hot water heater (brand new) has broken down. The pilot light keeps going out. Had the repair guy out last night ... of course, he doesn't have the one part we need. Hopefully, we can get service before dinner is over tonight and dishes need to be done. I'm looking forward to finally getting my turkey dinner.
Have a great one, gang!
I had a relaxed 7.5 today. I'm trying to gradually increase the length of my basic runs so what used to be a 6 miler is now 7.
It appears that this is the last outpost in the CoolRunning Boomer community. That's fine with me. I find it interesting that virtually everyone else is gone except for quite lively groups in the Newbie threads. Like us, these are sub-communities within the larger ones so they weren't hit-and-miss specific threads and in which people tolerated (and will I expect continue to tolerate) that slings and arrows of the transition. I appreciate those who have stayed.