Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Informal training for the run, Day 5

Well, I got off my butt again for another 20 minutes of fun on the treadmill. I'm making progress in that I'm running more and walking less. I did a warm-up walk the first two minutes, then ran five minutes, then walked three minutes, ran five, and walked the next five. My calves hate me at the moment. I don't care. I ran for a longer period of time, which is what I've been trying to do for so long.

Thanks to Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit, I found an article by someone who shares my enthusiasm and feels my pain. It's going to be worth it, I keep telling myself. I will keep telling myself this until the I take my last step of Abe's Amble over the finish line.

God help me if I say "Hey, let's do this again tomorrow!" when I finish.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Bowling Night report 4/24/08

I wasn't much in the mood to go shooting tonight, mostly due to the weather. I also wasn't much in the mood to do any running, either. I'll need to rectify these problems this weekend for sure.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Informal Training for the Run, Day 4

I took the weekend off, including Monday. I've been using the treadmill more and more, as it's easier on my legs than the pavement. I'm doing more running and less walking, which is always a good thing. I still have a long way to go, but I think this will help me out with the "formal" running training in "Abe's Army." I hope I don't look too awful on the road course.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Bowling Night Report 04/17/08

I had the opportunity to do very well tonight. On my first run through the stage I did great. Shots on target. I get to the last three targets and start firing, not noticing that the holes hadn't been taped over. The range officer was being generous and said "You engaged the targets and hit before you saw it, you can take the best shots from the targets if you want. Or you can reshoot."

I took the re-shoot. As much as I would have liked to have those perfect shots on my scorecard, it wouldn't have been right. It was three sets of A-Zone shots, too, which are the highest-scoring shots. Yes, the recovery group made an error by not covering those holes, but I didn't want to take credit for someone else's good work.

Honesty pays, folks. I took five minutes to reload, then got back in to re-shoot. After a few more minutes, I went in to do my second re-shoot which I'd already scheduled. I like to go through each stage twice when I can. I shot two of my faster times for the number of targets presented, and got the steel targets (long a bane of my shooting career) in one shot each. Ha! Take that you lousy steel targets! In all, my first run through the stage was good, but the second and third runs were just as good, if not better. I at least earned my A-zone shots on those runs.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

All kinds of things today

First, the first anniversary of the Virginia Tech Massacre. Take time to remember people like professor Liviu Librescu, a righteous man who gave his life to defend his students. Remember that the best defense will always be what's between your ears, but even that needs backup. It's time for colleges to realize that they have adults on campus, and said adults should be treated as such. Allow them to defend themselves by allowing concealed carry on campus.

Second, Pope Benedict XVI has arrived for his first visit to America. Welcome, Your Holiness. Thank you for speaking out immediately about the sexual abuse problems. The faithful expected something, even if we only heard a little bit on the radio. Now, if you can do anything about restoring the Catholic character to our Catholic universities, we'd appreciate the help.

Third, it was another good night for me on the treadmill. I'm not happy that it's not the road, but anything that doesn't cause me to get shin splints is a good thing.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

A year already?

I was surfing the net and started looking through some various links when I was reminded of the anniversary of Cathy Seipp's death. She made southern California seem to be a more inviting place than Los Angeles' usual offerings to outsiders. I'd love to see the fun she'd have with the current crop of presidential candidates.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Informal Training for The Run, Day 3

Yes, I took Friday off. I'm not much for running in cold weather. I consider cold weather to be anything under 70 degrees. What can I say? I like heat. You don't have to scrape heat off of your windshield in the morning, or shovel heat off the driveway. Warm weather is definitely my friend. Anyway, it was cool enough to annoy me, so instead I borrowed my mom's treadmill and did 30 minutes of running interspersed with walking.

Wow. No shin splints! My legs aren't killing me for once. I think I've found a regular exercise helper until such time as I can face the concrete again.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Informal Training for the Run, Day 2

My legs are killing me but I got farther today than Monday. I got a mile in altogether. I haven't done that in years.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Informal Training for The Run, Day 1

Well, at the very least I established a baseline for how out-of-shape I really am. The shoes worked nicely, keeping my legs from killing me immediately after the run was over. I'll have to stick with New Balance from now on. I just have to find the right shoe width is all.

For now, though, getting around the block once without having to walk is the goal. That's half a mile. I got half that if people want to be generous. My goal is to be able to run a 10k race and finish without having to walk any of it. I don't care so much about the time, I care about the distance and endurance necessary to complete that distance.

You may wonder, why do I label this under "comedy?" Because watching me run my fat self around the block is pretty amusing. I intend on being less fat in time for the Amble.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Bowling Night Report, 4/3/08

Tonight's qualifier was the true IPSC classic scenario, "El Presidente." It was designed for revolver shooters at first. You have a maximum of 12 shots in this scenario. You start with your hands raised and your back to the targets. The targets are set close to each other and are 10 yards away from you. When the buzzer sounds, you turn, draw, fire two shots into each target, do a mandatory reload, then engage the targets again with two shots each. As usual, I shot low, missing a shot on two of the targets. So I got 10 hits out of 12 on my first run and on my second run. For some reason, I couldn't see my front sight at all. It's like it was gone. Without a good sight picture, it's tough to get accurate shots.

Yes, I need a lot more regular practice and possibly better sights that won't "disappear" on me.