Friday, January 25, 2008

Training log

I've kept a training log since I started running. Why do I run? Quick answer, its "me time". Really started off as a new years resolution for 1989, the year Darrell was born. I quit smoking on December 11, 1988 after my last exam of the semester at MTSU. Dad was a runner, so why not.

First couple of years, my log was just the daytimer or calendar where I wrote my appointments. I'll need to dig through some boxes to find those books to record the mileage for the years 1989 through 1992. I've got the logs from 1993 all in one place. Found the entry from my first race. "Rudolph Run" December 1993. I ran a 22:40. Still have the stocking hat from that race. Speedy makes fun of it all the time. I like the ablility to thumb through the old logs to see what's worked and what hasn't.

During my marathon obsession, I had a spreadsheet with times, dates, and other tidbits to try and get the "boston qualifier". Boston Dreams has a blog that chronicles his attempt to get to Boston. My ramblings will never approach the level of writing from that site. Very talented young man, just hasn't hit the right combination to punch his ticket. But, what's going to happen to his blog when he does get his time?

Speedy suggested I start using running2win's website, started January 1. I'm impressed, almost tempted to give up my paper log. Almost.

Post script, I did indeed stop using the paper log. To much time to put in to r2w and the paper log. Cool thing about that website is the ability to track others logs with the log tracker. I use the name "oldman" and follow speedy's log "jlcar74".

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Cold !

Coldest day of the year. Depending on which weather service you believe, 10 or 14 degrees plus wind. Putting the wind chill in the single digits. Thermometer on the car said 12 degrees at the start and 13 degrees when I finished.
I planned on going 15 miles at Spain Hill. Paul was supposed to meet me, but I couldn't get confirmation. Sure enough he didn't show, that sealed the decision to only run 11. First 2 miles were brutal cold, but really only felt it in my thumbs. Everything else was pretty warm. Did the Grady duct tape trick on my shoes and it worked like a charm. Feet stayed toasty warm the whole way. Saw a coyote just at the 2 mile mark, right before I stopped for a duece. Next couple of miles felt great and thumbs warmed up. 3 big dogs on the rise up to the 4 mile hill. Luckily?, the owner was out. I stopped to pick up some rocks, because they didn't seem to be to friendly. The owner kept them at bay as I passed. He didn't seem to be to thrilled about it. Complete opposite of everyone else out here in the country. Seems like more dogs were out today, but some of the regulars slept in.
At mile 6 it took a while to break the ice off my water bottle to get a drink. Stopped on the top of the first of the "dolly hills" to pee and drink. Water bottle opening was frozen solid, had to open it up and drink "slushy" water. Even though I was feeling good, not cold, the frozen water confirmed my decision to do 11 miles and not make the left to tack on 4 more miles. Last mile I was really tired and glad to be done, but not cold. Duct tape toes, ski mask and double tights were the answer.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

tractor 2

Bob and Tim went and looked at a Kubota L3010 this morning and ended up buying it. Here's a couple of pictures.

Friday, January 18, 2008


Week 3 of my increase to running 6 times a week and increasing my mileage. Actually feel pretty good. Stopped doing speed work. This actually gives me more energy for the daily runs, and the average pace has dropped. I still go real slow on the golf course by myself. If need be though, I am able to keep up with speedy and Pointzone on their easy or recovery days.
Next week I'll cycle down on mileage, a little. 3 more weeks and then I'll start back with the speed training. Probably just hills to start. Then some tempo one day and 200's another day.(Allen Ethridge workout)
11.2 race at Percy Warner Park, tomorrow. This is just a fun run. Be cool to see how the fast folks attack the hills, probably just the once as they zoom by on 3 mile hill. Going to be cold and windy, with a chance for snow. Love running in PWP. Just need to have a little left to do 15 miles at Spain Hill with Paul on Sunday.

Sunday, January 13, 2008


Going to look at a tractor this afternoon. I know zero about tractors. Bob, would like to have a small tractor for the farm. He's been looking, but doesn't really know if the small compact tractors will get the job done. Talked with his cousin last night and thinks the John Deere 755 will work. Think that't the one we're going to go see.
The farm has lots of rocks that need to be moved, a pile of tobacco stalks to be reduced and a pond to rebuild. The compact tractor should work. Only difficult thing will be to get someone to deliver it and all of the implements.
Well, change of plan. Bob has decided he doesn't want a wieny tractor. He wants a 30-40 hp tractor, bigger than the compact tractors. Oh, well. I think the compact tractor would have been adequate.
Stopped and made a pitstop at Cannonsburg this morning in the middle of my run. Forgot about all of the old tractors behind the chapel.(Paula and I were married there in 1985) They have a collection of unrestored tractors from the early 20's through 1950. Pretty cool, basically just a giant engine hooked to a giant differential with a seat on top.

Saturday, January 5, 2008


Weekend is here. Think I'll try to get some pictures posted to the page. Slept in this morning, that is until Lance woke me up a 5:30 am. Time to get going anyway. I'll take his picture, get one of Paula and find a current one of the boys.

Plan is to post old and new pictures. We've got boxes of pictures that need to be organized. I haven't found out how this page does pictures, size limits and such. This blog thing is all new to me.

Post script: Should any of the pictures on this blog belong to you and you do not want them posted, let me know via email. I google most every picture to add a little color to my blog.

Friday, January 4, 2008


Ok, this thing is a work in progress. I'm slowly changing things, as I figure out how it works. The purpose of this site is a central place for pictures, thoughts and links for my family to use when we use the computer.

Time to head out the door for a run, I've been messing around with this thing to much already this morning.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Resolutions article by Monty

DNJ article

Perkins: Area running enthusiasts setting their sights on the new yearBy MONTY PERKINS Special to the DNJ
I had the opportunity to communicate with some local runners as they reflected on 2007 and goals for the new year. Here is what they had to say:
Dirk Hayes, Murfreesboro
Running Accomplishments in 2007: I had two goals in 2007 and missed them both. I've been trying to go sub 19:00 for a 5K, but it hasn't happened.
Goals for 2008: To go sub 19:00 for a 5K. I am the type of runner who needs a goal, even if it is only a race. That gives me the extra push to get out and run every day.
Favorite Race in 2007: My favorite race this year was the Oktoberfest 5K in Germantown. This was the largest race for my sub 19:00 attempt, missing by 23 seconds. I tried to run the Smyrna Parks race fast, but I don't run well in the heat. I really enjoyed the addition of the mile race afterwards. That gives me a new goal to shoot for next year. My second favorite race in '07 was the Murfreesboro Half. The Tates really pulled off a superb event for the inaugural race. Again, another warm race and my time suffered.
Person Who Inspired Me in Running: I trained with Theresa Peacock in preparation for the Murfreesboro Half and she really helped me battle through the heat on speed days.
Running Gifts Received for Christmas: I received a new running journal and shoes. I've kept a journal from Day One. I really like the ability to go back and look at what has worked in previous years or to try and figure out what lead up to an injury. At the end of this year, I should end up with around 1,850 miles, second most ever and without training for a marathon this year.
Diane Gower, Murfreesboro
Highlights of 2007: When I see my name and chip time in the DNJ running column. A motivator is seeing the seconds ticking off with each race I run. I began running in July 2007 and ran six races through December. That was five more than I thought I could run. After running the Fenton Payne and Fred race every year with a terrible chip time, I decided to get serious.
Person Who Inspired Me in Running: Fred Lovelace, for whom half the Fenton Payne and Fred race was named, encouraged me and became my trainer. He introduced me to tempo runs, fartleks, distance running and hill training. My vocabulary increased faster than my running time! He made it fun for me because he is such an encourager.
Favorite Race in 2007: Oktoberfest 5K in Lebanon. I was within 100 yards from the finish when someone from the crowd yelled at me to run faster and I could break 30 minutes. I ran with more heart than muscle and came in at 29:59. A first! My elation was probably akin to that of the first person to break the 4-minute mile.
Goals for 2008: Make a good showing in the Nashville Striders Grand Prix, to run a 10K and to run that half marathon that Fred keeps pushing.
Running Gifts for Christmas: A gift card from Fleet Feet. I plan to use it to get a windbreaker so I can attempt the Resolution Run on Jan. 1.
New Year's Wish: For everyone to find things that help them grow spiritually, mentally and physically. To find someone who will support and guide those efforts.
Theresa Peacock, Murfreesboro
Highlights of 2007. Helping the high school boys cross country team, occasionally running with them and giving them some workouts. They went to state for the first time in many years and they were just thrilled.
Goals for 2008: Staying healthy in running, with no injuries and just getting to run. It is always a blessing to make it through another year without injuries, maybe not running as fast, but training smart.
People Who Inspired Me in Running: Tommy McAuley and his daughter Mary. Tommy is with the Tennessee Air National Guard, and his daughter Mary, has Cerebral Palsy. They have found a special bonding in doing triathlons together. Tommy pulls, carries and pushes Mary during these events, all the while Mary has a big smile on her face.
Favorite Race in 2007: Smyrna Parks 5K. It is so much fun because all of the high school kids are there having a great time. I ran my best 5K there and then set the mile record for 45s afterwards. Secondly, the Murfreesboro Middle Half Marathon was a great race this year for me which Dirk Hayes really helped me since we did tempo runs together each week.
Running Gift: A very dear friend of mine, Bruce Tanksley, gave me a Boston Marathon 2000 running jacket he searched for and found on eBay. It is very nice and he was so thoughtful in searching for the jacket for me. I was very surprised because he found the year I ran Boston and it actually fits!
Charlotte Young, Murfreesboro
Running Accomplishments in 2007: Completing my first marathon in Nashville in a time of 4:12 and running the Chickamagua 10-miler in 1:21.
Running Inspirations: Jennifer, Nancy, Leslie, Pallie and Sara.
Favorite Christmas Gift: Mizuno therma breath running top and pants from Fleet Feet Sports.
Goals for 2008: To run the 80-mile River to River Relay with seven other friends in April.
Nancy Dill, Murfreesboro
Running Accomplishment in 2007: Nancy ran a 3:54 marathon at Chickamagua in November to qualify for Boston.
Phil Young, Murfreesboro
Running Accomplishments in 2007: Ran the River to River run with a Masters Team in Nashville, coming in sixth place overall. Competed in the National Short Course Duathlon Championship in Cincinnati in August. This is a 10K Run, 40K Bike and 5K Run. I finished 49th overall and sixth in the 45-49 age group. I won the Master's Championship at the Boulevard Bolt in 29:08.
Goals for 2008: Currently training for the Country Music Marathon in April.
Running Inspiration: My wife Charlotte, Caroline, Catherine Ann and biggest fan, my mom, Micki. I would like to be a good role model for my cross country team and students I teach at Siegel High.
Best Christmas Gift. Livestrong dri-fit T-shirt.
Good running and Happy 2008!

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

2nd Dirk's Fat Ass 50k

This years event was marked with stiff winds and temperatures in the upper 30's and lots of sunshine. 5 people completed the 50k distance. David Jones, Murfreesboro's own ultra champion was this years winner. David Jones, Chris Maples, Paul Arnette, Rick Caffy and Joe Millichap; all completed the 50k. Amy Reneau did 2 laps, 20+ miles. Her dad Kevin Reneau came out and ran the second loop with her. Bill Alexander did 1 and 1/2 loops. A little more than 15 miles the farthest he's ever run. The race director, Dirk Hayes did 2 and 1/2 loops. Roughly 24 miles. The following did 1 loop, with the exception of Sandy Goodman who added her own loop to gain 3 extra miles. Jason CarpenterSandy GoodmanPallie JonesDavid HoakeMike Moore+ 2 runners, whose names I did not get:( One loop was 10.3 miles.

The course started at the General Bragg HQ's on the Stones River Greenway and went out to Stones River Battlefield and around the battlefield and back to the greenway and on to Cannonsburg and then back to General Bragg's HQ for one loop. The 50k distance was 3 loops. The pavillion at General Braggs HQ's served as the starting and ending point, as well as the aid station. Participants brought coffee, chicken and dumplings, homemade energy bars, bananas, gatorade and other homemade treats to share.

Kinda bummed that I didn't even finish my own race. Starting the 3rd loop I was getting tired and stopped to adjust my calf sleeve and decided to walk a bit. I'd refilled my water bottle with gatorade only a mile back. I continued walking and drinking and started to get dizzy and light headed. Guess I hadn't been to smart by only doing the succeed caps and gatorade at the aid station. Last year I ate heartily at each loop, this year I only got one helping of chicken and dumplings on the first loop. My lack of calorie intake must have caught up with me. I was only 2 miles from the aid station. I really thought I'd start back running but ended up walking the 2 miles back. I was pretty darn cold when I got back to the aid station. Amazing how quickly a coke will get you back after a bonk.