The Handsome Man with Athletic Thighs
Running In Circles
 
Saturday, September 17th
WARR 2005

Resting Pulse: Not Recorded
Weight: Not Recorded
Course: WARR 5k
Distance: 5k (4 Miles with Warm-up)
Time: 19:25
Other Exercises: None
Weather: Clear, Cold

Comments: I ran my big race of the year today. I was a little disappointed with my time, but I was running at 3500 feet, so I expected to finish slower than my best. I placed higher overall than I did last year, but I only managed to eke out 4th in my age group. My rival from Lufthansa wasn't there, so I didn't have a chance to lose to him. However, I beat a runner from British who placed ahead of me last year and won the 5k overall in 2003. He wasn't in my age group this year, but he will be next year. I'll have to keep my eye on him.

Here's a shot of me leading runners from Delta and Cathay Pacific to the finish line. Did you notice my number? Sixty-nine dude!

WARR 2005

WARR: T-minus Zero
 
 
Thursday, September 8th

Resting Pulse: 48 bpm
Weight: 167 lbs.
Course: 4 x 400 (See Below)
Distance: 5 Miles Total
Time: Not Timed
Other Exercises: None
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 76°

Comments: I ran a 1.5-mile warm-up, 4 x half-mile at 90 seconds hard and jog the rest, followed by a 1.5-mile cool-down. I felt pretty good, once I got warmed-up. I felt slow and sluggish until then.

I watched the NFL opener tonight. I really need to start cutting back on how much sports I watch on TV. I'm starting to spend way too much time plopped in front of the boob tube.

WARR: T-minus 9 Days
 
 
Wednesday, September 7th

Resting Pulse: 46 bpm
Weight: 169 bpm
Course: The Wrecking Yard
Distance: 4 Miles
Time: 36:32
Other Exercises: None
Weather: Not Noted

Comments: I ran four miles at an easy pace today.

WARR: T-minus 10 Days
 
 
Tuesday, September 6th

Resting Pulse: 52 bpm
Weight: 166 lbs.
Course: None
Distance: Zero
Time: N/A
Other Exercises: None
Weather: N/A

Comments: Today was a planned rest day—no workout.

Angie and I had dinner at my parents' house tonight. My dad is leaving on Thursday to spend two months teaching English in the Peruvian rainforest, so it was something of a goodbye party.

WARR: T-minus 11 Days
 
 
Monday, September 5th
Super Jock and Jill Race

Resting Pulse: Not Recorded
Weight: 165 lbs.
Course: Super Jock and Jill 4-Plus Mile
Distance: 4.2 Miles (7 Miles with Warm-up/Cool-Down)
Time: 25:40
Other Exercises: None
Weather: Overcast, Cool

Comments: I felt good after a race for the first time in a long while today. More importantly, I improved on last year's time. I haven't bettered an old mark in more than a year. I hit the first mile in 5:56—and it felt easy—I went through the 5k point in 18:40 (my first sub-nineteen of 2005), and I passed the four-mile mark in 24:33. I slowed a bit in the final mile, but my legs were tired from two weeks of tough training.

WARR: T-minus 12 Days
 
 
Sunday, September 4th

Resting Pulse: Not Recorded
Weight: Not Recorded
Course: North Side West
Distance: 3 Miles
Time: Not Timed
Other Exercises: None
Weather: Not Noted

Comments: I ran three miles at an easy pace today. I have a race tomorrow, and I just wanted to stay loose.

WARR: T-minus 13 Days
 
 
Saturday, September 3rd

Resting Pulse: Not Recorded
Weight: Not Recorded
Course: The Shrieking Shack
Distance: 4 Miles
Time: Not Timed
Other Exercises: None
Weather: Not Noted

Comments: I ran four miles at an easy pace today.

WARR: T-minus 14 Days
 
 
Thursday, September 2nd

Resting Pulse: 50 bpm
Weight: 164 lbs.
Course: 8 x Half-Mile; See Below
Distance: 8 Miles Total
Time: See Below
Other Exercises: None
Weather: Not Recorded

Comments: I ran 8 x half-mile on six-minute gaps today. I ran two miles for a warm-up and two miles for a cool-down.

WARR: T-minus 15 Days
 
 
Thursday, September 1st

Resting Pulse: 50 bpm
Weight: 163 lbs.
Course: Soos Creek Trail
Distance: 4 Miles
Time: 32:32
Other Exercises: None
Weather: Not Recorded

Comments: I ran four miles today.

WARR: T-minus 16 Days
 
Sometimes I feel like I'm breathing underwater.