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Term Limits?

@nkrichards wrote:Nice run...again.  Once again I'm impressed with your ability to keep your HR in check and keep your cadence relatively high while steadily improving your pace.  I know that the cooler temps helped but you also made decisions that kept everything within your goal range.

Stay well...

Thanks, Nancy.  Well, I'll tell you.  When I'm not trying to keep a low HR run (which means the cadence suffers), the chirp from the gnome keeps me at cadence, WHEN I'm not overdoing it.  I DO watch the HR, though, to see how it is doing relative to the temp, the cadence, and the effort.  Breathing effort and rate confirms hunches on HR effort and cadence consistency, but is not a decision statistic. 

Cadence is #1 for the brain.  However below the neck, HR is #1 and can overrule the brain.  The legs will (anthropomorphically) whisper or yell in the heart's (anthropomorphic) ears, when to do something.  The brain can sweet talk the legs, if they are on good terms, to go faster or farther or both.

I figured out what makes my stride length shorter than anyone's.  As a result of starting Chi Running 6 years ago, that shortened my stride because my heel doesn't go much past my knee.  Once my cadence is consistent, I can lengthen the stride a bit by lengthening the tail end of the stride before picking up the trailing shoe to start a new stride.  I had forgotten about that, until just now.

Nancy, I marvel that you breathe once for each stride or step (can't remember which).  Sounds like a steam locomotive.

-30-

Okay.  Today's run is from Dr. Pitter Patter's idea on one of the other threads. 

It was 74 degrees and muggy, this morning ahead of a cool front.  After passage, the present temp is 69 degrees with a dew point of 57 degrees and winds north at 15.  Supposed to be in the 50's on Wednesday morning.

I ran when it was 74.  I set the gnome at 170 cadence, instead of 163, for Dr. Pitter Patter's "You, Too, Can Run As If You Are Taking Baby Steps!"  3rd edition.

The goal was a mile or two.
0.37 miles, 5:53, 15:47 pace, 116 HR avg, 124 Max HR, 86 cadence (172 +/- 3 steps)

The first half was going just fine.  My idea to let the lower leg do the striding seemed to be working for the first half of the run.  Then.  Then, the right hip flexor was protesting.  Not whining, protesting.  Then the lower glutes were whining.  I could only see it getting worse, so I stopped.

Then, I reset the watch, slowed the cadence back to 164, and headed out again.
The goal was a mile or two.
0.36 miles, 5:09, 14:16 pace, 117 HR avg, 126 Max HR, 81 cadence (162 +/- 3 steps)

Wasn't that fun.  The body was confused, although I could tell the cadence different.  AND, if you noticed, I set the gnome for 1 step more, 164.  I figured out a few years ago that if I tried a materially higher cadence that didn't work, I could return to the regular cadence +1.

Tomorrow, I will run again.  Dr. Pitter Patter will probably encourage me to try it again.  Suspect
by ounce
on Tue Mar 31, 2020 2:36 pm
 
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2019 Aramco Houston Half Marathon - an accomplished race

This past Sunday was my goal race, the Aramco Houston Half Marathon.  I need to give some context in order for the race report to make more sense.

Over the Summer, I was training for the full marathon.  On Tuesday, August 20, I had a mild heart attack as a result of blockage of the Left Circumflex artery (LCX in medical abbreviation).  A stent was inserted the next day (I was fully conscious, which was fine) and I was released on the 22nd.  The cardiologist released me to run on September 11.  I created a schedule that would give me the chance to run the marathon on January 19, if everything went well and my pace was fast enough to allow me to finish with an official finish (less than 6 hours and 1 minute).

Things were going right along over the next few weeks.  I passed a stress test in October, however during the cool down, I was throwing some PVC's (pre-ventricular contractions or extra heartbeats in the ventricle parts of the heart).  The doctor put me back on BP medicine (3.125 mg, 2x/day of carvedilol).  BP meds have a notorious reputation of affecting performance because it slows the heart rate, but it evidently does favorable correcton to PVC's.  3.125 is a very low dose, from what I understand.

In November, my long runs were starting to get tougher.  15 miles was the farthest I could run, as the times were getting slower, even after skipping a long run week.  My desire wanted something my legs could not deliver.

So, I spent $20 and transferred my entry to the Half Marathon on November 29.

On December 15, I ran ~10 miles and walked 4 of a 30K.  At 162 bpm, I experienced a small discomfort about the diameter of your pinky finger to the right of the sternum.  I slowed down to walk a minute, run a minute.  My August 20 discomfort was the size of the palm of your hand under the sternum.  After the 30K, I decided to do HR training and try to keep my heart rate below 140 early, then let it creep up to 150 in the middle, then 160.

Now, you're caught up as concise as I can make it. The following is from my blog.
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I had no heart pain.  The 178 bpm is the new post-stent HR Max.  Previous was 202 in 2009. 

13.1 miles, 3:03:24, 14:00 avg pace, 147 avg HR, 178 Max HR, 156 avg cadence
1.  14:29, 118 bpm, 146 spm (pee break)
2.  14:02, 112 bpm, 146 spm
3.  13:38, 141 bpm, 156 spm
4.  14:08, 142 bpm, 150 spm (pee break)
5.  13:52, 144 bpm, 156 spm
6.  13:34, 148 bpm, 152 spm
7.  13:33, 151 bpm, 156 spm
8.  14:11, 150 bpm, 150 spm (pee break)
9.  13:53, 153 bpm, 152 spm
10.  13:51, 156 bpm, 156 spm
11.  13:51, 158 bpm, 156 spm
12.  13:48, 159 bpm, 156 spm
13.  12:23 pace, 168 bpm, 160 spm  (based on 0.36 miles recorded)

By doing the math, I figure my avg pace was 14 flat/mi.  I wasn't interested in the average pace, rather keeping the HR reasonable.  Well, that's not quite right.  I'm always interested in average pace, but since the time limit was 4 hours, it's not #1.  HR management was #1, today.  And aside from the strap malfunctioning twice that I know of, it went well.

One thing I found out that I can tell Nancy that doesn't work, if you stop to walk through an aid station or stop to take care of a nature's call, HR doesn't drop more than 1 or 2 beats.  That relates to stops of less than a minute.  I stopped to pee 3 times in the race, all in the first 7 miles.  I need to figure out how to change that.

The watch and strap didn't get with the program in the first couple of miles.  That's due to me forgetting to wet the strap.  Why it burped during mile during mile 12, I don't know.  There was one time during the race where I caught myself going faster, when the HR shot up.  I slowed.  80% of the race was spent at a HR of less than 160.  Mile 11.16 was the first 161 bpm.  The highest HR was 178 during the last two-tenths.  Also during the last two-tenths was the fastest pace and amounted to 1% of the total pace time or 1 minute, 8 seconds.  The other 182 minutes were 13 or 14 minute paces.

Other than the 3 pit stops, I ran the whole thing.  The weather was great in the mid-40s, except the sun.  But the breeze negated most of the sun for the whole race.  I carried a split in half Milky Way bar for mental clarity.  During mile 12, there was one person that had a Tupperware container full of Girl Scouts Thin Mints.  I grabbed one.

I grabbed water only 2 times in the whole race.  I never really got thirsty, but moreso, I didn't want to stop to pee again.  After the race, I chugged 2 pints of water.

All in all, I was pleased with the race and the outcome.  Starting at mile 7, I noticed that SO  MANY  PEOPLE walked.  I think only 3 people past me in the last 2 miles and I wasn't pushing until the last 3/4ths. Others were just walking.

I found the 5K splits on the app
5K   14:15 min/mile
10K  14:06 min/mile
15K  14:25 min/mle
20K  13:55 min/mile
finish 12:07 min/mile (7 tenths of a mile)

The battery on my metronome failed at the start, so the 156 average cadence was all muscle memory.  162 was the target cadence with a working metronome.

No niggles.  Thanks for getting this far!
by ounce
on Wed Jan 22, 2020 7:24 pm
 
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Sliding toward my goals...

@nkrichards wrote:
@ounce wrote:Those are some good split numbers!  Even if you walk the last mile of the Half, you're golden.  I'll be tickled to death if I can produce that HR with your splits +90 seconds each.  And I'm on flat ground!

As much as you do in a day or week, just a little adjustment can help a girl out.

And the muscles used in the snow probably rests something else.  Congratulations and hang in there.  Have fun with YE close and reporting.

I'll have to admit that those splits are pretty disappointing compared to where I was last year.  But it's not last year.  It's this year and this is where I am today.  And...I don't think I was running at that HR last year...probably closer to 160...so that's a good sign.

Marty and I both had some niggles that we were slightly concerned about so we skipped Beachbody on Saturday.  Marty had a long day planned doing some carpentry work for my brother.  I relaxed most of the morning and then spent some time in the office.  It was sunny out and not terribly windy.  I needed a break so I headed out for an easy run.  3.0 miles @ 12:01 HR 145

Sunday we made up the workout we skipped...it was a tough one.  It was a gorgeous day and my ribs seemed to be healing well so I headed out for a 5 mile run @12:06 HR 143.  We had planned on doing the Beachbody recovery/stretching workout that was scheduled for that day before it got to late.  My ribs started to bother me and Marty wasn't feeling great either so we skipped it.

Monday we set the alarm but both still we feeling like we needed some recovery time.  Janice and I planned to swim...fortunately Janice requested an easy 500 yards.  We made it a nice recovery/social swim.  Not sure what's going on with the ribs.  They seemed to be healing nicely until Sunday evening.  Uggh!

Meetings all day tomorrow so the most I'll have time for is Beachbody early morning if we're feeling up to it.

Great analysis in your first paragraph of recognizing where you is, not where you was.  Yeah, poor grammar.
That's not to say you won't get back to last year's splits, but I think you're doing enough other things that this year is the reality because running isn't #1.  And there's nothing wrong with that.  But just think how you're prepping your body, should you want running to be #1 again.

Good to read that you're doing when you can and not when you can't!  Myself, I'm looking forward to my legs telling me to turnaround, like it did in 2018.  We were very much in sync on when to turnaround.

Ribs will heal.  Any history of osteoporosis?
by ounce
on Tue Jan 21, 2020 11:03 am
 
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Term Limits?

By doing the math, I figure my avg pace was 14 flat/mi.  I wasn't interested in the average pace, rather keeping the HR reasonable.  Well, that's not quite right.  I'm always interested in average pace, but since the time limit was 4 hours, it's not #1.  HR management was #1, today.  And aside from the strap malfunctioning twice that I know of, it went well.

One thing I found out that I can tell Nancy that doesn't work, if you stop to walk through an aid station or stop to take care of a nature's call, HR doesn't drop more than 1 or 2 beats.  That relates to stops of less than a minute.  I stopped to pee 3 times in the race, all in the first 7 miles.  I need to figure out how to change that.

The watch and strap didn't get with the program in the first couple of miles.  That's due to me forgetting to wet the strap.  Why it burped during mile during mile 12, I don't know.  There was one time during the race where I caught myself going faster, when the HR shot up.  I slowed.  80% of the race was spent at a HR of less than 160.  Mile 11.16 was the first 161 bpm.  The highest HR, as mentioned in an earlier post, was 178 during the last two-tenths.  Also during the last two-tenths was the fastest pace and amounted to 1% of the total pace time or 1 minute and 8 seconds.  The other 182 minutes were 13 or 14 minute paces.

Other than the 3 pit stops, I ran the whole thing.  The weather was great for that, except the sun.  But the breeze negated most of the sun for the whole race.  I carried a split in half Milky Way bar for mental clarity.  During mile 12, there was one person that had a Tupperware container full of Girl Scouts Thin Mints.  I grabbed one.

I grabbed water only 2 times in the whole race.  I never really got thirsty, but moreso, I didn't want to stop to pee again.  After the race, I chugged 2 pints of water.

All in all, I was pleased with the race and the outcome.  Starting at mile 7, I noticed that SO  MANY  PEOPLE walked.


13.1 miles, 3:03:24, 14:00 avg pace, 147 avg HR, 178 Max HR, 156 avg cadence
1.  14:29, 118 bpm, 146 spm (pee break)
2.  14:02, 112 bpm, 146 spm
3.  13:38, 141 bpm, 156 spm
4.  14:08, 142 bpm, 150 spm
5.  13:52, 144 bpm, 156 spm
6.  13:34, 148 bpm, 152 spm
7.  13:33, 151 bpm, 156 spm
8.  14:11, 150 bpm, 150 spm
9.  13:53, 153 bpm, 152 spm
10.  13:51, 156 bpm, 156 spm
11.  13:51, 158 bpm, 156 spm
12.  13:48, 159 bpm, 156 spm
13.  12:23 pace, 168 bpm, 160 spm  (based on 0.36 miles recorded)

I have a couple of other notes on the race, but this is the lion's share.  Thanks for reading.  My race season for 2020 has been completed.
by ounce
on Sun Jan 19, 2020 5:02 pm
 
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Term Limits?

@nkrichards wrote:
@Mark B wrote:
@ounce wrote:YES, MA'AM!!!!!  People's exhibit #1 from late July:
My first hill work at the garage...
"Wednesday was hill training by running in a parking garage.  It's about a mile and a half to the garage.  I ran up there at a 13:39 pace and back at a 15:04 pace.  The sad thing was I could only do 1 level.  I think I've never ran the parking garage in the Summer.  That's okay, though.  It was 76 degrees with a dew point of  75."

I remember this effort like it was yesterday.  I ran out of gas, thinking it was the heat.  We all know better, now.

I ordered a $30 wrist Fit Bit like device, with HR.  Hopefully, I can upload the data to the phone.  I'm not so stupid to think my stented LCX will make up for 4 weeks of lost training, but maybe 1 or 2?

I'll keep on plugging away.  Also, need to get over to that parking garage.

What do y'all think of stairs as a replacement for a parking garage?  Easier to sell the idea of 'flights of stairs' than a parking garage because they are not all the same.  Certainly more effort required.

Or a Stairmaster?  Thanks, y'all.


I think Nancy's on to something. But I don't think you need to find a perfectly understandable equivalent to make the doctor understand. Just lay out the comparison between the late July attempt and the post-rootered triumph. That'll get their attention. And if that's not enough, and they're bending conservative, ask for a test to help get an objective sense of where you are in an controlled environment. That's probably going to be the only test they *really* want to pay attention to, anyway.

But dang! What a difference. It says a lot.

Good job on the cheapo HR device. If it has a web application, you might be able to harvest HR data out of it. Weird about the strap issue with three straps and two Garmins (Garmi?). Did a HR strap *ever* work for you? If you're a hairy sort of guy, which I kind of got a sense you might be, maybe that interferes with the sensor. Time to manscape! affraid

Definitely go prepared with any data you have but don't be surprised if he wants his own data.  Even Dr. B who I consider a very open minded MD (ie willing to go against general recommendations and treat his patients as individuals) wasn't convinced he could do that until he measured my HR in his office.  No way I could fake/fudge/exaggerate  that.  When his assistant checked my HR multiple times and the ECG confirmed it, then he had the necessary evidence to support his decision to go against the recommendations and he took me off the Beta Blocker early.  He needed the cover that the in office data provided.

Manscape...nah.  El Cheapo HR device is just that, but I will give it another week for the operator to get used to it, rather than chunking it over the 8th floor of the parking garage.  After all, I do have 30 days to return it.

Nancy, I totally agree on doctors wanting to use their own trusty tools to make them warm and fuzzy.  Yeah, Dr. B needed to carefully document going against the Standard of Care.  I hope my doc will see that I'm worthy of being allowed to run.  Otherwise, he will be playing catch up.

-30-

As mentioned, I did have El Cheapo on my wrist as I went out this morning.  The task was to walk to the garage again and walk the 7 flights of stairs, hopefully 3 times. 

4 miles, 1:20:37, 20:07 pace
1.  17:49
2.  17:22 pace
Return--
3.  18:19

I was able to do 3 sets of 7 flights of stairs. The 3rd flight was hardest, of course.  After the 1st set, I quickly looked at El Cheapo to see what the HR was.  102 bpm.  As hard as my heart was beating, there was no fricking way it was 102.  I quickly spun my Garmin around so I could do a self-count of the 10 second pulse x 6.  138 bpm.

2nd set - 150 bpm.  I didn't take the 3rd set pulse because I was pretty gassed.  No pain.  No semblance of pain.  Both quads in the upper part were whining, just like when I walked the parking garage.

Then I walked home, changed clothes and lifted weights at the gym.  At this point, El Cheapo is not long for this world, but I did sync the data and it claimed the highest was 136 bpm.

That's the story!  Things are looking up.  I appreciate y'alls wonderful comments.  Thanks.
by ounce
on Thu Sep 05, 2019 9:58 am
 
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Term Limits?

@Mark B wrote:
@ounce wrote:YES, MA'AM!!!!!  People's exhibit #1 from late July:
My first hill work at the garage...
"Wednesday was hill training by running in a parking garage.  It's about a mile and a half to the garage.  I ran up there at a 13:39 pace and back at a 15:04 pace.  The sad thing was I could only do 1 level.  I think I've never ran the parking garage in the Summer.  That's okay, though.  It was 76 degrees with a dew point of  75."

I remember this effort like it was yesterday.  I ran out of gas, thinking it was the heat.  We all know better, now.

I ordered a $30 wrist Fit Bit like device, with HR.  Hopefully, I can upload the data to the phone.  I'm not so stupid to think my stented LCX will make up for 4 weeks of lost training, but maybe 1 or 2?

I'll keep on plugging away.  Also, need to get over to that parking garage.

What do y'all think of stairs as a replacement for a parking garage?  Easier to sell the idea of 'flights of stairs' than a parking garage because they are not all the same.  Certainly more effort required.

Or a Stairmaster?  Thanks, y'all.


I think Nancy's on to something. But I don't think you need to find a perfectly understandable equivalent to make the doctor understand. Just lay out the comparison between the late July attempt and the post-rootered triumph. That'll get their attention. And if that's not enough, and they're bending conservative, ask for a test to help get an objective sense of where you are in an controlled environment. That's probably going to be the only test they *really* want to pay attention to, anyway.

But dang! What a difference. It says a lot.

Good job on the cheapo HR device. If it has a web application, you might be able to harvest HR data out of it. Weird about the strap issue with three straps and two Garmins (Garmi?). Did a HR strap *ever* work for you? If you're a hairy sort of guy, which I kind of got a sense you might be, maybe that interferes with the sensor. Time to manscape! affraid

Definitely go prepared with any data you have but don't be surprised if he wants his own data.  Even Dr. B who I consider a very open minded MD (ie willing to go against general recommendations and treat his patients as individuals) wasn't convinced he could do that until he measured my HR in his office.  No way I could fake/fudge/exaggerate  that.  When his assistant checked my HR multiple times and the ECG confirmed it, then he had the necessary evidence to support his decision to go against the recommendations and he took me off the Beta Blocker early.  He needed the cover that the in office data provided.
by nkrichards
on Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:35 pm
 
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@ounce wrote:YES, MA'AM!!!!!  People's exhibit #1 from late July:
My first hill work at the garage...
"Wednesday was hill training by running in a parking garage.  It's about a mile and a half to the garage.  I ran up there at a 13:39 pace and back at a 15:04 pace.  The sad thing was I could only do 1 level.  I think I've never ran the parking garage in the Summer.  That's okay, though.  It was 76 degrees with a dew point of  75."

I remember this effort like it was yesterday.  I ran out of gas, thinking it was the heat.  We all know better, now.

I ordered a $30 wrist Fit Bit like device, with HR.  Hopefully, I can upload the data to the phone.  I'm not so stupid to think my stented LCX will make up for 4 weeks of lost training, but maybe 1 or 2?

I'll keep on plugging away.  Also, need to get over to that parking garage.

What do y'all think of stairs as a replacement for a parking garage?  Easier to sell the idea of 'flights of stairs' than a parking garage because they are not all the same.  Certainly more effort required.

Or a Stairmaster?  Thanks, y'all.


I think Nancy's on to something. But I don't think you need to find a perfectly understandable equivalent to make the doctor understand. Just lay out the comparison between the late July attempt and the post-rootered triumph. That'll get their attention. And if that's not enough, and they're bending conservative, ask for a test to help get an objective sense of where you are in an controlled environment. That's probably going to be the only test they *really* want to pay attention to, anyway.

But dang! What a difference. It says a lot.

Good job on the cheapo HR device. If it has a web application, you might be able to harvest HR data out of it. Weird about the strap issue with three straps and two Garmins (Garmi?). Did a HR strap *ever* work for you? If you're a hairy sort of guy, which I kind of got a sense you might be, maybe that interferes with the sensor. Time to manscape! affraid
by Mark B
on Wed Sep 04, 2019 9:44 am
 
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Term Limits?

YES, MA'AM!!!!! People's exhibit #1 from late July:
My first hill work at the garage...
"Wednesday was hill training by running in a parking garage.  It's about a mile and a half to the garage.  I ran up there at a 13:39 pace and back at a 15:04 pace.  The sad thing was I could only do 1 level.  I think I've never ran the parking garage in the Summer.  That's okay, though.  It was 76 degrees with a dew point of  75."

I remember this effort like it was yesterday. I ran out of gas, thinking it was the heat. We all know better, now.

I ordered a $30 wrist Fit Bit like device, with HR. Hopefully, I can upload the data to the phone. I'm not so stupid to think my stented LCX will make up for 4 weeks of lost training, but maybe 1 or 2?

I'll keep on plugging away. Also, need to get over to that parking garage.

What do y'all think of stairs as a replacement for a parking garage? Easier to sell the idea of 'flights of stairs' than a parking garage because they are not all the same. Certainly more effort required.

Or a Stairmaster? Thanks, y'all.
by ounce
on Tue Sep 03, 2019 11:40 pm
 
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Trails for Two

Well, keep at it #1 and may the Schwartz be with you.
by ounce
on Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:44 pm
 
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Your Week in Training Sep 10 - 16

Taper Week #1  (And I would kill for a temperature under 73F)

Monday - Day off (1st one in a long time)
Tuesday - Swim 2900 yds, Bike 24 miles, Work with trainer
Wednesday - 11 mile Easy Run with fast finish
Thursday - Bike 25 miles with intervals; 3.1 mile Brick Run
Friday - Easy 4.5 mile run; Swim 2900 yds
Saturday - 2200 yds OWS followed by 6.5 miles with 2 x 10 min @ 7:40 pace
Sunday - Easy 35 miles

WTD      Swim    8000 yds
             Bike      84 miles
             Run      18.6 miles
by Michele "1L" Keane
on Mon Sep 17, 2018 3:50 pm
 
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Term Limits?

@Mark B wrote:
@ounce wrote:
@nkrichards wrote:
@ounce wrote:
@nkrichards wrote:
@ounce wrote:
Michele \"1L" Keane wrote:Happy Birthday, Doug!

Thanks, Miche1e.  Best of luck on Monday!
@nkrichards wrote:
Michele \"1L" Keane wrote:Happy Birthday, Doug!


+61! and congrats on still doing the pushups.

That's some pretty big life changes...glad to hear that you were able to find a job that suits your skills.  I give you kudos for trying Voice Cat.  Sorry it didn't work out.  Better to have tried it than to wish you had and wonder if you could make it work.

Take your time adjusting to your new schedule and your commute...running will be there when you have time.  I think that it will be as much a part of your life as you want it to be.  Good luck.

Thanks, Nancy.  I want to get back to running. 

I've never driven so long for a job in Houston.  It's about a 3 month gig or maybe longer.  I told the firm that I want them to keep me busy, so we'll see what happens.  I enjoy it, but the client has conflicts with GAAP.

I worked mostly in tax preparation rather than actual accounting.  I do have enough training to do the accounting for the farm.  I am a very black and white type person.  I think you have to be to enjoy accounting.  My favorite job was when I sat in the back room and reviewed tax returns prepared by other employees.  My job was to find their mistakes.  I loved it!

Hope you continue to enjoy the job and that they keep you busy...and that you can find time to commute and run a bit.

Yeah, I'm a bean counter.  I liked Tax as well, but the conveyor belt I found myself on wasn't tax, unless it was payroll taxes or sales taxes.  After my first sales tax audit by the State of Texas, I adored being involved in audits to see where the skeletons were and leading the auditors in a different direction.  I had a North Carolina auditor doing one.  There was a $17,000 potential finding in the closet, so I led him in a different direction to where he found and collected $700.  He was happy.  I was happy.

Regarding Barbara Bush, below is a picture from the late 70's of her running in Memorial Park.  Her husband also ran in Memorial Park, even as Vice President.  After tomorrow's funeral (11 a.m. CT) at their church near Memorial Park, the procession will leave the church and drive through Memorial Park before heading out to Texas A&M in College Station to be buried adjacent to the George H. W. Bush School of Public Policy in a small family plot, next to their daughter, Robin, who died at age 3 in 1953 from leukemia.

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It's interesting to hear the stories about famous people and realize that they are just normal people.  It's especially fun when they have a connection to your area.  I would imagine Houston was an interesting place to be last week.

Funny how people are so different.  I'm definitely a math/science person and the rules are quite black and white.  I'm not very tolerant of bending the rules.  Mark is obviously a word person...I couldn't do what he does.  We always laugh...when our kids were young we entertained them during long drives with questions like "If there were 5 ducks on Grampa's pond and 2 flew away how many would be left."  We have friends who played word games with there kids in the car...that never crossed my mind.  I hate social situations where word games or trivia games are suggested.  I did well in school and was often picked early for the spelling bee...I couldn't spell to save my soul!!!! 

Hope Houston settles back down this week and that you're able to find time to run a bit.

The Secret Service and Mrs. Bush started planning her funeral some 15 years ago and it seemed to go on without a hitch.  White pearl necklaces and blue dresses were the style here, last week.

When 41 went in to the hospital on Sunday with sepsis, I was thinking, 'Here we go again.' because it takes 41 a few weeks to get over bronchitis.  Septicemia is not an easy thing for a non-93 year old to shake, let alone a 93 year old.  So that caused some concern in the town.  But according to son Jeb, he's supposed to get out Friday.

It seems one of the first things a new president does is to get with the Secret Service to plan his funeral.

One interview of the two of them that I saw had the reporter ask why she likes pearl necklaces so much.  Mrs. Bush replied, "Because it hides the wrinkles!"  To which Mr. Bush added, "She's Wrinkle-stiltskin."

-30-

Yesterday morning, I ran 3 miles in a new pair of Kinvara 8's.  My Garmin was not charged, so I don't know the time.  Probably a good thing.  I do know my cadence gnome was keeping a better cadence than I was, but I managed to be somewhat bull headed and finish.  It was 62 degrees with 100% humidity.  No bad effects afterwards.

I plan on running in the morning.  Enough days have gone by to where I have to start building my base, now.  I should be running more frequently and posting more frequently.

Local weather people (on and off of TV) say that we have actually had a seasonally average Winter and Spring with many days below average and even snow.  I think our first 90 degree day averages to May 6.

Thanks for coming by.


I imagine the Bush family are pretty much royalty in Houston, aren't they? Glad that H.W. is bouncing back, but after such a long and close marriage, I'd be surprised if he makes it all that much longer. Sad, but sweet.

Glad you're back to trying morning running, though it's annoying about losing base. It'll come back. 

Surprising about the forecast. Our summer outlook seems to be warmer and drier than usual. Fire weather. Ugh.

We got up to 86 today, I think. It'll be in the mid-50s tomorrow, with rain. Gotta love spring.

Yes, Mark, 41 and Barbara are #1 in Houston.  After she died, the Houston mayor dubbed her the First Lady of Houston.  She has many elementary schools in the Houston area named after her.  41 has a high school named after him in the adjoining county and the big airport (IAH) was named for him.  

#2 in Houston is Jim McIngvale, also known as 'Mattress Mack."  He received nationwide kudos after Harvey, but we already knew he was that type.  You might read his Wiki entry.

#3 would be  J.J. Watt, who plays for the Texans.  Again, J.J. was already known as a very nice person and a helluva football player, but his initial tweet to HOPE to get $200,000 for Harvey help ballooned to $37M.  A lot of the money stayed in the Houston area, but he also distributed to Beaumont area (90 miles east) and down in the Corpus Christi area, where it made landfall in Rockport which is across Corpus Christi Bay from Corpus.  He's back from a season ending leg injury, this season.  But even if he gets hurt again and retires, he'll still be much beloved.

As far as running, it is what it is, but I believe I can attain my 20 mile per week base by mid-July.

86 degrees up there?  Wow.  We hit 86 degrees yesterday, too!  Hottest day so far, this year.  It was 57 degrees, this morning, so that was nice.

I ran 3 miles, this morning.  The watch was working and I ran 3 averaging 13:58, which is okay.  It is what it is and I will either get the stamina in that pace range or faster.  During the summer mornings, heat increases my pace by a 60-90 seconds/mile.

Regarding weather, there are 3 types of Houston summers, hot, hotter, and hotter 'nell.  So, we'll have a normal season there, too.

Thanks, Mark.
by ounce
on Fri Apr 27, 2018 11:26 am
 
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Homeward Bound...?

Oz - #1 now.  Been there for ~36hr and it's driving me crazy.  I'm just gonna e-mail the RD if I don't get in and ask if I can run it for shits and giggles, unofficially.

---

Small change of plans this weekend thanks to it still being shitty winter (cold) and today being shitty daylight savings time (dark).  Since the race began at 8am after the time change, that meant leaving the house at 6am would really be 5am for my body and that just wasn't about to happen.  Plus it was below freezing at that time.  

For real, DC, it's March.  Where are my AM 40s/PM 60s?  Oh right, they're in April.  Hopefully.

I reaaaaally can't complain too much though, because I PR'ed in the 10k this chilly morning.  The plan was to go out and run 2 miles at 6:45, 2 at 6:30, then 2.2 at "whatever felt right."  After the first mile came in at 6:30, I knew we were in for a quicker day.  Actually, I knew that after my warm-up and strides, since the last one was sizzling and felt really, really smooth.

So I ran 6:30, 6:23, 6:24, hit 3.1 on the watch right around 20min and realized I could break 40, 6:12, 6:10, 6:04(!), 5:42 for the last .3 (I ran slightly long + 1% for the GPS gods) = 39:25.  That's a 39 second PR on what is best described as a 90-95% effort progression run.  10.2mi including warm-up/cool-down.

Pretty stoked about this, pretty stoked about how my legs held up (left shin/calf only very slightly niggly in the last .75), wondering what's in store for Cherry Blossom.  But first, probably that 50k I'm on the waiting list for.
by Mike MacLellan
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Homeward Bound...?

That story absolutely trumps mine.  I may have asked the same.  

Bike commute #2 for the year (hey, it was close to 80 today, couldn't resist) = much better than #1.
by Mike MacLellan
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Voice Cat LLC & voice-cat.com

@Mark B wrote:You Texas people and weather! Getting caught in the rain here just means it's Tuesday. There, it's a life-threatening event!

Good job getting the 14-miler done! And I'm glad the knee settled down after a short break. That's a good sign.

WAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Sad

Yeah, yeah, yeah.  Rain to y'all is humidity to us.  I'll have you know that Houston (or Harris County) reports more tornadoes than ANY other city or county in the You Ess of A.  We're #1!  However, we don't get EF5's (and to use your vernacular, an EF5 is tornadomageddon).  At least we're as competent to drive in the snow as the center of your SMSA is.

And, yes, we're getting rain tomorrow because it's a frickin' holiday.  It seems our multi-inch in a day rainfall tends to fall on a holiday or special day of some sort.  Deal with it, I like to follow weather. Wink Razz

-30-

Thanks, Mark!  Yeah, it seems to be picky about some things like older shoes.

I ran 12 miles on this past Friday in 52 degree weather.  The weather felt good and the run did, as well, for the most part.  The 14 miler was in 64 degree weather.  If you guessed that I ran faster in 52 degree weather than the 64 degree weather, then you get a free subscription to Southeast Texas weather updates. cheers (Mark, you get one delivered to your paper email address and your 5 personal email addresses.  No need to thank me.)

It being President's Day tomorrow, I won't probably run as it's supposed to be running.  Shit melts just like sugar in the rain, you know.

Thanks for stopping by.
by ounce
on Sun Feb 19, 2017 11:30 pm
 
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Long Distance Runner, What You Standin' There For?

Today was VO2max and then a recovery run. Due to my late start I was only able to get in my VO2max run, which to be honest was fine with me.

VO2max workout plan 6x600 with 400 jog between.

I will start by saying this workout really put she's my current limits today. I started to feel the toughness of this workout med way through the 3rd interval and by time I got to 6th one I was cooked hence the slow down. Overall I give myself an A for the workout and very satisfied with it.

Easy warm up for 4 miles

Intervals
#1 1:49 (4:52 pace)
#2 1:52 (5:00 pace)
#3 1:52 (5:00 pace)
#4 1:50 (4:55 pace)
#5 1:51 (4:58 pace)
#6 1:54 (5:06 pace)

Plan for tomorrow double easy runs. Will see if I stick to that or make it Recovery runs with the same VO2max workout on tap for Thursday.
by Schuey
on Tue Nov 01, 2016 10:22 pm
 
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@nkrichards wrote:You're all over the news here!

Do you need to borrow a snorkel and fins...or a boat?

Hope all's well...

Yeah, we're doing our best to keep some political race from taking the #1 spot on the national news, all the time. 

For the most part, Houston proper is in good shape.  Houston's issue is flash flooding when 4" drops in an hour.  Our bayous and creeks can't swallow that much.  In the counties that border Houston's Harris county, flooding from rivers is their devil.  Richmond, Texas has been getting most of the press with the Brazos running 4' above its previous all time record.  But, the county on our east is having river troubles as well.
Topics tagged under 1 on 365Runners Rmot2_hg

Granbury, Texas is up in the Fort Worth area and they've had the video of a Jeep getting carried off and a pickup truck getting carried off by overflowing creeks.  Plus, the Fort Hood soldiers that died is really bad.

Here, we're supposed to have 70% chance of rain tomorrow.  Houston's rain to date is 36" or about twice normal.

Oh, did I mention it's hurricane season?
by ounce
on Fri Jun 03, 2016 11:01 pm
 
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Well, we're going for #1 on the Zika front!  So far, south Florida is #1.   Aaaaaand hurricane season starts on June 1.

-30-

As an update to the two mile run this morning, I give these statistics.
2 miles, 24:47, 12:23 pace, avg HR 142 bpm, 171 bpm max HR during mile 2, 168 avg cadence, 0.77 m avg stride length.
1.  12:31, 122 bpm (haha), 168 spm, 76 sl
2.  12:14, 163 bpm, 168 spm, 78 sl

Yesterday's one mile run was at 13:09.

I think I'll go for 3 miles tomorrow, rest for Thursday, and run 5 on Friday, if the rain in the morning are not storms in the morning.
by ounce
on Tue May 17, 2016 5:51 pm
 
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It's Ounce's Birfday!

@nkrichards wrote:Glad I didn't miss the party!

So how are we celebrating?

  1. Another serving of bacon?
  2. Another helping of cake?
  3. A nice long run?
  4. All of the above??


Whatever you choose I hope you enjoy the day...and the year...

Happy Birthday!!!

You were right on time.  Thanks, Nancy.

I chose #1 and #2.  I am the pastry chef in the family and chocolate cream pie (with a scratch crust) is #1 birfday item.  For mine, I usually make something different.  This year, a pineapple upside down cake from scratch.  It's cooking right now.

I also make a chocolate mint brownies and chocolate fudge.  The fudge recipe I created myself.  I even have taken the fudge recipe and made it vegan, dairy-free, and no added sugar (use xylitol) for Reina.

I enjoy the experimenting part.
by ounce
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@Mark B wrote:Whoa, when you say LC/HF, you're talking all the way. That reminds me so much of Atkins. How does it differ? What veggies do you get in this diet?

Oh, we found out that the cauliflower "mashed potatoes" taste infinitely better when you give up trying to make them seem like mashed potatoes. It's better when you give it the respect it deserves.

Yes, I'm talking all the way.  I've been doing it for almost 3 years, although I jump off of it after a marathon to have some fun.  I learned that I can't stay off of it for very long, otherwise it'll be much harder to get back on the wagon, due to withdrawals.  I also hypothesize that HIIT and/or weights (building muscle mass) helps keep the weight off due to increasing the lean body mass which burns calories all the time.

And it is a lot like Atkins.  I looked at their website and copied this:

Atkins


How it Works
Control your carbohydrate intake to ignite a fat-burning metabolism.



What You'll Eat

High fiber vegetables, protein (fish/seafood, poultry, beef, pork, eggs, plant-based), healthy fats (olive oil, avocados, nuts, butter), dairy (cheese, Greek yogurt) and low-glycemic fruits (berries, cherries, melon).
If carbohydrate tolerance allows: legumes, higher starch vegetables and whole grains.
Avoid: sugar, refined flour, trans fat.
Why Atkins is Better
The effectiveness and health benefits of a low-carb approach like Atkins has been shown by over 80 clinical studies. The science has demonstrated low carbohydrate diets, like Atkins result in more effective weight loss and improvement in certain health markers when compared to some other weight loss programs.
Atkins can also be personalized to meet individual needs for weight loss and weight maintenance.
-end of their pitch-

So, the major difference between Atkins and LC/HF (specifically the Ketogenic Diet) is the Ketogenic Diet measures total carbs, whereas Atkins measures net carbs.  Atkins 20 is their Phase 1 Induction program where you can have 20 grams of carbs that is not fiber (net carbs).  Fiber is a freebie, which is why 'high-fiber vegetables' mentioned above, is #1 on "What You'll Eat."  So, it's Total Carbs - Fiber = Net Carbs.  I guess after the Induction phase, you can go to Atkins 40 (40 net carbs).

Under the Ketogenic Diet, a carb is a carb is a carb.  You can go as low as you want on carb eating that helps you maintain your Nutritional Ketosis (a blood ketone level of 0.5 mmol/mL - 3.0 mmol/mL).  My carb absolute minimum is 6 grams a day.  6 grams keeps my thyroid working.  6 grams is 2 yellow squash.  I can't tell you how many pounds of yellow squash I eat.

But I've found that I can run a marathon as long as my blood ketone level is greater than zero because I'm usually on the low end of the Nutritional Ketosis scale on most days (0.1-0.8 mmol/mL).
by ounce
on Fri Feb 05, 2016 12:34 pm
 
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Survival of the fittest

@ounce wrote:
@Mark B wrote:
@ounce wrote:
@Mark B wrote:
@ounce wrote:
@Mark B wrote:
@ounce wrote:
confused confused confused confused confused
confused confused confused confused confused
confused confused Suspect bounce confused
confused confused confused confused confused
confused confused confused confused confused


That's quite a situation. Seems odd for this time of year. Hope it fizzles without causing damage.

confused confused confused confused confused
confused confused confused confused confused
confused confused Suspect bounce confused
confused confused confused confused confused
Suspect  confused confused confused confused

It IS extremely odd.  We were having morning temps in the 70's, which is usually reserved for the summer.  El Nino caused it due to the west to east jet stream bottling up the cold air.  The waters in the Gulf of Mexico has not cooled as normal because there hasn't been the Arctic air coming south, so Galveston had a lot of sea fog this past week.  This was all typical Spring weather, except for the blizzards.

bounce confused confused confused confused
confused confused confused confused confused
confused confused Suspect bounce confused
confused confused confused confused confused
Suspect confused confused confused confused

It did fizzle.  Below is the explanation of the fizzle:
"Exit of the cold front will end any remaining tornado threat which never really materialize over the region. Suspect shear values were just too much for the overall weak updrafts (lack of instability), but this is about the third time this fall where severe parameters looked good and actual severe verification has not occurred."

We stay below 60 degrees all week.  People down here will lose the heat acclimatization...it's about time.  Different weather models for the month of January are showing cold and wet.  Of course, those models are usually for the curious and 'what if...' people.


We've been extremely wet in December -- 26 days straight with at least 0.01 inch of rain falling, and I have no idea how long it's been since we haven't had a trace of rain -- but that's likely to change soon with cooler, drier air as the week progresses. We even got a (very) light dusting of snow yesterday.

bounce confused confused confused Suspect
confused confused confused confused confused
confused confused Suspect bounce confused
confused confused confused confused confused
Suspect confused confused confused confused

We would get tired of 26 days straight, unless we're coming out of a drought.  For the year, we broke through 70 inches.  This is our 5th wettest year with #1 being 72 inches. 

By the way, there's a limit as to how many emoticons that can be used in a thread.

What to do.  What to do.  Next game, we might want to do 2 moves in one post, each.

bounce confused confused confused Suspect
confused confused confused bounce confused
confused confused Suspect bounce confused
confused confused confused confused confused
Suspect confused confused confused confused


Yep. That many days of rain gets old. We had a "break" - a cloudy day with only a trace of rain late at night, but today was positively sodden. And about 38 degrees all day. Bleah.

Colder, dryer weather is supposed to be starting tomorrow. We'll see.

Two moves a time might speed things up, for sure.

bounce confused confused confused Suspect
confused confused confused bounce confused
confused confused Suspect bounce confused
confused confused confused confused confused
Suspect confused confused confused Suspect

It's interesting to me the El Nino effect contributed or was causal to the North Pole being 33 degrees, yesterday, for the first time in 10 or 12 years.

bounce confused confused confused Suspect
confused confused confused bounce bounce
confused confused Suspect bounce confused
confused confused confused confused confused
Suspect confused confused confused Suspect

This will all end when Nancy returns.


Lord, yes. When did she say she's coming back? Soon, I hope.

bounce confused confused confused Suspect
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confused confused Suspect bounce confused
confused confused confused confused confused
Suspect confused Suspect confused Suspect

I saw that bizarre displacement at the North Pole. That's even crazier than usual.
by Mark B
on Thu Dec 31, 2015 10:53 pm
 
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Survival of the fittest

@Mark B wrote:
@ounce wrote:
@Mark B wrote:
@ounce wrote:
@Mark B wrote:
@ounce wrote:
confused confused confused confused confused
confused confused confused confused confused
confused confused Suspect bounce confused
confused confused confused confused confused
confused confused confused confused confused


That's quite a situation. Seems odd for this time of year. Hope it fizzles without causing damage.

confused confused confused confused confused
confused confused confused confused confused
confused confused Suspect bounce confused
confused confused confused confused confused
Suspect  confused confused confused confused

It IS extremely odd.  We were having morning temps in the 70's, which is usually reserved for the summer.  El Nino caused it due to the west to east jet stream bottling up the cold air.  The waters in the Gulf of Mexico has not cooled as normal because there hasn't been the Arctic air coming south, so Galveston had a lot of sea fog this past week.  This was all typical Spring weather, except for the blizzards.

bounce confused confused confused confused
confused confused confused confused confused
confused confused Suspect bounce confused
confused confused confused confused confused
Suspect confused confused confused confused

It did fizzle.  Below is the explanation of the fizzle:
"Exit of the cold front will end any remaining tornado threat which never really materialize over the region. Suspect shear values were just too much for the overall weak updrafts (lack of instability), but this is about the third time this fall where severe parameters looked good and actual severe verification has not occurred."

We stay below 60 degrees all week.  People down here will lose the heat acclimatization...it's about time.  Different weather models for the month of January are showing cold and wet.  Of course, those models are usually for the curious and 'what if...' people.


We've been extremely wet in December -- 26 days straight with at least 0.01 inch of rain falling, and I have no idea how long it's been since we haven't had a trace of rain -- but that's likely to change soon with cooler, drier air as the week progresses. We even got a (very) light dusting of snow yesterday.

bounce confused confused confused Suspect
confused confused confused confused confused
confused confused Suspect bounce confused
confused confused confused confused confused
Suspect confused confused confused confused

We would get tired of 26 days straight, unless we're coming out of a drought.  For the year, we broke through 70 inches.  This is our 5th wettest year with #1 being 72 inches. 

By the way, there's a limit as to how many emoticons that can be used in a thread.

What to do.  What to do.  Next game, we might want to do 2 moves in one post, each.

bounce confused confused confused Suspect
confused confused confused bounce confused
confused confused Suspect bounce confused
confused confused confused confused confused
Suspect confused confused confused confused


Yep. That many days of rain gets old. We had a "break" - a cloudy day with only a trace of rain late at night, but today was positively sodden. And about 38 degrees all day. Bleah.

Colder, dryer weather is supposed to be starting tomorrow. We'll see.

Two moves a time might speed things up, for sure.

bounce confused confused confused Suspect
confused confused confused bounce confused
confused confused Suspect bounce confused
confused confused confused confused confused
Suspect confused confused confused Suspect

It's interesting to me the El Nino effect contributed or was causal to the North Pole being 33 degrees, yesterday, for the first time in 10 or 12 years.

bounce confused confused confused Suspect
confused confused confused bounce bounce
confused confused Suspect bounce confused
confused confused confused confused confused
Suspect confused confused confused Suspect

This will all end when Nancy returns.
by ounce
on Thu Dec 31, 2015 11:04 am
 
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Survival of the fittest

@ounce wrote:
@Mark B wrote:
@ounce wrote:
@Mark B wrote:
@ounce wrote:
confused confused confused confused confused
confused confused confused confused confused
confused confused Suspect bounce confused
confused confused confused confused confused
confused confused confused confused confused


That's quite a situation. Seems odd for this time of year. Hope it fizzles without causing damage.

confused confused confused confused confused
confused confused confused confused confused
confused confused Suspect bounce confused
confused confused confused confused confused
Suspect  confused confused confused confused

It IS extremely odd.  We were having morning temps in the 70's, which is usually reserved for the summer.  El Nino caused it due to the west to east jet stream bottling up the cold air.  The waters in the Gulf of Mexico has not cooled as normal because there hasn't been the Arctic air coming south, so Galveston had a lot of sea fog this past week.  This was all typical Spring weather, except for the blizzards.

bounce confused confused confused confused
confused confused confused confused confused
confused confused Suspect bounce confused
confused confused confused confused confused
Suspect confused confused confused confused

It did fizzle.  Below is the explanation of the fizzle:
"Exit of the cold front will end any remaining tornado threat which never really materialize over the region. Suspect shear values were just too much for the overall weak updrafts (lack of instability), but this is about the third time this fall where severe parameters looked good and actual severe verification has not occurred."

We stay below 60 degrees all week.  People down here will lose the heat acclimatization...it's about time.  Different weather models for the month of January are showing cold and wet.  Of course, those models are usually for the curious and 'what if...' people.


We've been extremely wet in December -- 26 days straight with at least 0.01 inch of rain falling, and I have no idea how long it's been since we haven't had a trace of rain -- but that's likely to change soon with cooler, drier air as the week progresses. We even got a (very) light dusting of snow yesterday.

bounce confused confused confused Suspect
confused confused confused confused confused
confused confused Suspect bounce confused
confused confused confused confused confused
Suspect confused confused confused confused

We would get tired of 26 days straight, unless we're coming out of a drought.  For the year, we broke through 70 inches.  This is our 5th wettest year with #1 being 72 inches. 

By the way, there's a limit as to how many emoticons that can be used in a thread.

What to do.  What to do.  Next game, we might want to do 2 moves in one post, each.

bounce confused confused confused Suspect
confused confused confused bounce confused
confused confused Suspect bounce confused
confused confused confused confused confused
Suspect confused confused confused confused


Yep. That many days of rain gets old. We had a "break" - a cloudy day with only a trace of rain late at night, but today was positively sodden. And about 38 degrees all day. Bleah.

Colder, dryer weather is supposed to be starting tomorrow. We'll see.

Two moves a time might speed things up, for sure.

bounce confused confused confused Suspect
confused confused confused bounce confused
confused confused Suspect bounce confused
confused confused confused confused confused
Suspect confused confused confused Suspect
by Mark B
on Wed Dec 30, 2015 12:16 am
 
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Survival of the fittest

@Mark B wrote:
@ounce wrote:
@Mark B wrote:
@ounce wrote:
confused confused confused confused confused
confused confused confused confused confused
confused confused Suspect bounce confused
confused confused confused confused confused
confused confused confused confused confused


That's quite a situation. Seems odd for this time of year. Hope it fizzles without causing damage.

confused confused confused confused confused
confused confused confused confused confused
confused confused Suspect bounce confused
confused confused confused confused confused
Suspect  confused confused confused confused

It IS extremely odd.  We were having morning temps in the 70's, which is usually reserved for the summer.  El Nino caused it due to the west to east jet stream bottling up the cold air.  The waters in the Gulf of Mexico has not cooled as normal because there hasn't been the Arctic air coming south, so Galveston had a lot of sea fog this past week.  This was all typical Spring weather, except for the blizzards.

bounce confused confused confused confused
confused confused confused confused confused
confused confused Suspect bounce confused
confused confused confused confused confused
Suspect confused confused confused confused

It did fizzle.  Below is the explanation of the fizzle:
"Exit of the cold front will end any remaining tornado threat which never really materialize over the region. Suspect shear values were just too much for the overall weak updrafts (lack of instability), but this is about the third time this fall where severe parameters looked good and actual severe verification has not occurred."

We stay below 60 degrees all week.  People down here will lose the heat acclimatization...it's about time.  Different weather models for the month of January are showing cold and wet.  Of course, those models are usually for the curious and 'what if...' people.


We've been extremely wet in December -- 26 days straight with at least 0.01 inch of rain falling, and I have no idea how long it's been since we haven't had a trace of rain -- but that's likely to change soon with cooler, drier air as the week progresses. We even got a (very) light dusting of snow yesterday.

bounce confused confused confused Suspect
confused confused confused confused confused
confused confused Suspect bounce confused
confused confused confused confused confused
Suspect confused confused confused confused

We would get tired of 26 days straight, unless we're coming out of a drought.  For the year, we broke through 70 inches.  This is our 5th wettest year with #1 being 72 inches. 

By the way, there's a limit as to how many emoticons that can be used in a thread.

What to do.  What to do.  Next game, we might want to do 2 moves in one post, each.

bounce confused confused confused Suspect
confused confused confused bounce confused
confused confused Suspect bounce confused
confused confused confused confused confused
Suspect confused confused confused confused
by ounce
on Tue Dec 29, 2015 3:57 pm
 
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Building A Better Bumblebee

@Mark B wrote:
@ounce wrote:
@Mark B wrote:
@ounce wrote:I'm glad you found a point of diminishing returns on HR.  I sorta came to that conclusion, as well.  I think it would be a good thing for someone who can't exert a higher HR, but still wants to run (and hope to hell they weren't a speed demon to begin with) or exercise at a comfortable HR.

Higher intensity stuff still can give you not-quite-a-spring-chicken-anymore people that needed validation that you still have something left of what you think you used to have.  Go for it, then take your Metamucil afterwards.  (The phrase used to be take your Geritol, but they don't play those commercials anymore.)


The cool thing about a point of diminishing returns? It suggests there may also be a sweet spot. I hope I've found it.

Adding in higher-intensity stuff means changes in approaches, like running fewer miles and getting more rest, but my reading suggests that keeping the cardiac system stimulated may yield more benefits as we age than simple mitochondrial growth. (To a significant extent, perhaps, the benefits from those adaptations have already been dialed in?)

There's a practical reason for a change-up in strategy, too. I was slowing down so much doing the ultra-low-HR running over the past year that it was becoming clear that I was getting too slow to hit the cut-offs needed to take part in some of the longer trail races I've wanted to do. Back of the pack I can handle (especially as a fledgling geezer), but getting pulled for time and not being able to finish, even on a good day? Yeah, that's just not going to work for me.

Cut off time is my #1 consideration on a race.  That's a lot of the reason why doing JJ was so appealing.

On a completely different topic, how's your cyphering of meteorological terms?  The below was written by a local experienced meteorologist (non-on air) who wrote the following concerning all the cold air bottled up in the Artic in response to some uncertainty about whether it's going to be 80 or 55 for a high on Christmas.  All of the "we" or "us" references are for Houston, so back a few days up for your area.  And this is not a certainty, just an analysis of current data.

"Yes Sir, and I expect this flip flopping to continue as we are seeing changes in the teleconnection indices that are indicating the Polar Vortex that has been firmly anchored over the Artic is taking a beating with the various storm systems emerging out of the N Pacific into the Bering Sea. We likely will see at least two healthy storm systems between now and the week before New Years Day and possibly a flip to a colder regime as the Polar Vortex reconfigures into portions of Canada and a blocking regime with a +PNA/-EPO/-AO becomes established. Also the MJO transitioning into Phase 7 via the ECMWF scheme in the next week or so tends to favor a significant pattern change is lurking as we begin the month of January. There are a lot of -40/-50 and some -60 degree Celsius Temperatures building across Western Siberia/Eurasia and Alaska into the NW Territories of Western Canada. Something we will need to monitor as we head toward the end of the month. Meanwhile, enjoy this weather while we have it. Things could certainly look a lot different when we begin the New Year."


Golly, that's a whole lot of weatherese ya got there. Alas, I lack the time at the moment to research terms like MJO, +PNA/-EPO/-AO and ECMWF... but it sounds like there's an expectation the current patterns may be ready for a shift in a couple of weeks. It'd have to be then, because there's no indication that our rain streak is set to end beyond the 10-day window. We had a paper saying there are now 18-day-old children who have never seen a day without rain. Very Happy

What usually causes a polar outbreak in the Midwest is a rapid gyration in the jet stream, sending it waaay north and then oscillating back south, pulling in the super cold air with it. That doesn't always mean we get cold air in Western Washington and Western Oregon, because the Cascade Range can block the continental air mass. Sometimes. It can also leak west and give us dandy snow, or less ideally, ice. Or, if the jet sends everything north, just cold and dry conditions.


I know the ECMWF is the name of one of the weather models, like the GFS is one model.  Yes on the jet stream in the midwest.  If it hugs the eastern side of the Rockies, then the cold air will go all the way to Mexico, via Texas.  If the jet stream comes more like eastern Montana/west Dakotas, then the citrus trees in Florida will get the Breaking News in the morning.

So how often does a jet stream hug western Alaska, so y'all can get some love?

I'd like to know what makes the jet stream curve.
by ounce
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@ounce wrote:
@Mark B wrote:
@ounce wrote:I'm glad you found a point of diminishing returns on HR.  I sorta came to that conclusion, as well.  I think it would be a good thing for someone who can't exert a higher HR, but still wants to run (and hope to hell they weren't a speed demon to begin with) or exercise at a comfortable HR.

Higher intensity stuff still can give you not-quite-a-spring-chicken-anymore people that needed validation that you still have something left of what you think you used to have.  Go for it, then take your Metamucil afterwards.  (The phrase used to be take your Geritol, but they don't play those commercials anymore.)


The cool thing about a point of diminishing returns? It suggests there may also be a sweet spot. I hope I've found it.

Adding in higher-intensity stuff means changes in approaches, like running fewer miles and getting more rest, but my reading suggests that keeping the cardiac system stimulated may yield more benefits as we age than simple mitochondrial growth. (To a significant extent, perhaps, the benefits from those adaptations have already been dialed in?)

There's a practical reason for a change-up in strategy, too. I was slowing down so much doing the ultra-low-HR running over the past year that it was becoming clear that I was getting too slow to hit the cut-offs needed to take part in some of the longer trail races I've wanted to do. Back of the pack I can handle (especially as a fledgling geezer), but getting pulled for time and not being able to finish, even on a good day? Yeah, that's just not going to work for me.

Cut off time is my #1 consideration on a race.  That's a lot of the reason why doing JJ was so appealing.

On a completely different topic, how's your cyphering of meteorological terms?  The below was written by a local experienced meteorologist (non-on air) who wrote the following concerning all the cold air bottled up in the Artic in response to some uncertainty about whether it's going to be 80 or 55 for a high on Christmas.  All of the "we" or "us" references are for Houston, so back a few days up for your area.  And this is not a certainty, just an analysis of current data.

"Yes Sir, and I expect this flip flopping to continue as we are seeing changes in the teleconnection indices that are indicating the Polar Vortex that has been firmly anchored over the Artic is taking a beating with the various storm systems emerging out of the N Pacific into the Bering Sea. We likely will see at least two healthy storm systems between now and the week before New Years Day and possibly a flip to a colder regime as the Polar Vortex reconfigures into portions of Canada and a blocking regime with a +PNA/-EPO/-AO becomes established. Also the MJO transitioning into Phase 7 via the ECMWF scheme in the next week or so tends to favor a significant pattern change is lurking as we begin the month of January. There are a lot of -40/-50 and some -60 degree Celsius Temperatures building across Western Siberia/Eurasia and Alaska into the NW Territories of Western Canada. Something we will need to monitor as we head toward the end of the month. Meanwhile, enjoy this weather while we have it. Things could certainly look a lot different when we begin the New Year."


Golly, that's a whole lot of weatherese ya got there. Alas, I lack the time at the moment to research terms like MJO, +PNA/-EPO/-AO and ECMWF... but it sounds like there's an expectation the current patterns may be ready for a shift in a couple of weeks. It'd have to be then, because there's no indication that our rain streak is set to end beyond the 10-day window. We had a paper saying there are now 18-day-old children who have never seen a day without rain. Very Happy

What usually causes a polar outbreak in the Midwest is a rapid gyration in the jet stream, sending it waaay north and then oscillating back south, pulling in the super cold air with it. That doesn't always mean we get cold air in Western Washington and Western Oregon, because the Cascade Range can block the continental air mass. Sometimes. It can also leak west and give us dandy snow, or less ideally, ice. Or, if the jet sends everything north, just cold and dry conditions.

by Mark B
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