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In Daily Exercise Summary, Musings, Rants and Explanations on May 26, 2009 at 3:27 pm

I have been incredibly sick the last couple of days. I plan on running tomorrow and will have two new posts then.

We lost

In Musings, Rants and Explanations on May 21, 2009 at 9:49 pm

Hockey was a blast. We lost 5-3 tonight. I scored a goal, but played ok. It’s funny. My longs were there, but the fast twitch muscles in the leg just would not respond. I think that my legs almost stopped working 5 times tonight.

It’s amazing the difference between skating and running. You can run a good clip for 50 minutes in the morning, but when you play hockey any thing longer than 50 seconds is just stupid. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but I enjoyed it and felt like I could play.

I also ended up playing against a great friend from high school, so now I have a tuesday night hockey game to play with some of those guys too. Pretty sweet night. I’m going to sleep well. No running tomorrow, but a real quick 5k on Saturday morning.

The River’s Edge Bike Path

In Daily Exercise Summary on May 21, 2009 at 4:38 pm

I ran down at the river’s edge bike path today. My mother had told me that it was quite shady. I got there around 9:45 to start out, but there was no shade to be found anywhere. It was very hot.

The 3.5 miles that I went out on were quite nice, but not so nice that I would have to run there. I then turned around and ran back in. When I got to 6.2 miles total, I stopped running and walked in. It was a personal best for me at somewhere between 52:30 and 53 minutes. I really tried to focus on my rhythm and setting my pace without the help of the treadmill.

I had walked the dogs before I ran today, and then had the .8 of a mile walk back in to my car when I finished running. Tonight, I am playing in a hockey game. It is probably my first competitive game of hockey in over 10 years. I’m excited, but I’m pretty certain I will get to spend a decent amount of time in the penalty box.

Couldn’t Sleep

In Daily Exercise Summary on May 20, 2009 at 10:09 pm

I woke up at 6:15 this morning, and couldn’t sleep. My original plan was to walk the dogs, and then go for a run. I was supposed to meet up with my mom at 8am to walk. Instead, I decided to run and then walk the dogs. This was a little weird because I do enjoy getting a cup of coffee before running.

It was real nice weather and the temperature was about 60 degrees. So with the cool air, I set off through the hills and into town. I felt like the first mile was a struggle, but really loosened up for the mile 2 and 3. The fourth mile is the easiest, but mile 5 was tough.

When I hit the home stretch, I knew that I took the proper route and checked back afterwards: 5.04 miles according to It took me 43 minutes and change. I have been using my ipod to keep a rather crude time. This is a good pace for me. Tomorrow, I will slow the pace down and do 10k or 6.2 miles. I plan on running along the Blackstone River. They have a nice bike path that I have never been on. It is supposed to be quite scenic and relatively flat.

On my evening walk with the dogs, I noticed that my hip was quite tight. It was actually painful. A little stretching, massage and a jump in the jacuzzi was what I needed. My feet really enjoy the therapy of the spa jets that are hitting the bottoms in two of the different seats.

Court Street Bridge

In Musings, Rants and Explanations on May 20, 2009 at 9:57 pm

One of the better views when running out the front door of my house is from the Court Street bridge. It’s also the beginning of the flat leg of my run. That is probably why I like it so much.

It has a unique history. Here is a brief write up from

Originally known as the Hamlet Avenue Bridge, the first bridge at this site was a rickety wooden structure built in 1868. The bridge rested on wooden posts imbedded into rocks at the bottom of the Blackstone River. Thoroughly inadequate for the growing level of traffic entering Depot Square, complaints about this bridge led to calls for the construction of a new, more substantial structure in the early 1890’s.

Construction of the original Court Street Bridge began in 1893. Several buildings on the Main Street had to be moved or demolished to provide access to the bridge from Depot Square. In a novel approach, trusses for this 562 foot bridge were placed below the bridge deck to allow unobstructed of views across the river. When completed in 1895, the new bridge contained 100,000 rivets, 40,000 bolts and weighed 1,850 tons.

The Court Street Bridge was dedicated on June 22, 1895 before a crowd of 15,000. Considering that Woonsocket’s population at the time was 25,000, this was a major community event. The centerpiece was a huge arch that spelled out “City of Woonsocket”. Lights were also strung the length of the bridge. Ceremonies included a parade, band music and speeches by Mayor Aram Pothier and Woonsocket historian Erastus Richardson.

In 1899, the Court Bridge was the starting point for Woonsocket’s first Labor Day Parade. The Industrial Trade Union kept the Labor Day Parade tradition alive through the 1940’s and 1950’s. Recently, the Greater Woonsocket Labor Council and the Museum of Work and Culture have reinstated this 100-year-old Labor Day tradition.

The original Court Street Bridge served as a vital link between Bernon and Depot Square for 104 years until it was demolished with strategically placed explosive charges on January 22, 1999. Its replacement was completed in July of 2000, reestablishing this historic crossing over the Blackstone.

Running in Rhode Island

In Daily Exercise Summary on May 19, 2009 at 9:13 pm

Well once again I managed to mess up the directions from I think from now on I’m going to run and mapmyrun for distance afterwards. This time I erred on the side of brevity. When I was sprinting in to the finish, I noticed there was a little more gas in the tank than I had expected. I thought to myself that I had a really strong run. I also seemed to be back five or six minutes earlier than I would have assumed, but I just figured the clock on my ipod wasn’t working correctly.

No, I turned for home a street or two early and this cut off just over half a mile. I finished 4.4 in just over 37 minutes. It was a good run for me nonetheless, especially after the relative inactivity of last week.  With the load of having to take my comprehensive exams gone, I feel like I can focus a little more on my running. I want to get my weekly average for the next four weeks to just over 20 miles.

I also have to start preparing my dissertation proposal for review, so I still have plenty going on, but I think that running can take a higher priority. Since I started almost two months ago, I feel a lot better and am much more comfortable. I feel that if I had a 10k to sign up for I could do it tomorrow in under an hour. Now that I am increasing my distance substantially on a weekly basis, I feel that by next month I should be able to get under 54 minutes. This is my first race goal. I will get a sub 54 minute 10k. I would then like to get a 45 minute 10k about 2-3 months after the first one. Then on to a half marathon in the fall.

Also, it is getting to be time for new shoes. Luckily, I will be at the Saucony Outlet store on Saturday this week. Let’s see if we can make that happen.

Hit the Gym Today

In Daily Exercise Summary on May 15, 2009 at 11:05 pm

Well after a nice 1.75 mile walk early this afternoon, I hit the gym for a run. Instead of running 5 miles, I decided to run the amount of time it would take me to run 5 miles at my target pace of 8 minutes per mile. It was tough for the last 5 or 6 minutes. Really had to push hard to keep going. Then I walked for 12 minutes after that.

The run was 4.73 miles. That means I have just over a quarter of a mile to make my target pace. If you figure it would have taken me another 2 minutes 10 seconds to finish the fifth mile, we potentially could have run the 8k in 42:10 or so. The walk afterward was about .63 miles.

Summer Wishlist:

I have to head to Virginia tomorrow and then on to Rhode Island monday. I will be spending the summer away from school, but I have plenty of work to do. I would like to finish this summer with a 10 mile run that approaches 1:15. I would like to have the first three chapters of my dissertation done. I would like to have my first publication accepted. I would like to have a few options for the following year that don’t involve the state of Alabama.

Getting beat up over a test

In Daily Exercise Summary on May 13, 2009 at 11:56 am

I had a brutal test day yesterday, so when I finished at 5pm I shot over to the gym. I ran out 4 miles on the treadmill in 33mins51secs. Not bad, I then got on the exercise bike and brutalized my quads and glutes for 18 minutes.  It felt good not to be sitting in front of a computer and typing.

I have one more question in an hour and then I am done taking tests for quite possibly the rest of my life…

Finally, 8 mins

In Daily Exercise Summary on May 9, 2009 at 6:08 pm

I had a real hard workout that finished with a progression through the exercise equipment. Before my workout today, we took a 1.5 mile walk in the beautiful weather…







Walk Outside  









Lower Back      



Ab Crunches      



Bench Press      



Hip Abductor      



Hip Adductor      



I finished my run under 25 minutes today, and I was really excited. I felt like this was the speed that I want to build off of for the next 3 months. A sub-8 minute mile is the pace that I want to run at. So now that I did it on the treadmill, I need to accomplish this on the street and then in a race. I will start looking for a quick little 5k to run in the near future. Unfortunately, next week I have my comprehensive exams so I need to focus on studying for these exams more so than running.

The abductor and adductor killed me today. Killed me.

Stretching at Off ‘N Running

In Musings, Rants and Explanations, Running Gear on May 8, 2009 at 6:19 pm

Last evening I went to the stretching clinic at Off ‘N Running that the folks from Fitness Together had. It was informative, and I was introduced to the benefits of the theracane. It is a scary device, yet it made so many parts of your body feel so good.

The smaller the surface space, the more acute the benefit of the massaging action. As compared to the foam roller, which I don’t like at all, the theracane was a welcome relief. We also worked with a roller stick. This seemed to really help on the calves and shins.

They will be having a running specific cross training demonstration next week at 7:15. This time it will be at Fitness Together. Sounds like fun, but I won’t be able to be there because I will be in the middle of a flight.

I would recommend the investment in the theracane…It’s only like 30 dollars.