Running update

Okay, I don’t really have time for anything but a running update. I got 6.52 miles in on Saturday. S, a friend of mine from high school, and I ran the loop at Iroquois twice early on Saturday. It was a good run and it was good to see him as well. The run went smoothly because we had a lot to catch up on. Anyway, check out the map…I’m more than halfway to Corydon, IN. Also, I have decided to set a goal for my run because surely I can run the 570…the point of it is to make it interesting. So, I plan to finish before July 1, 2008. That leaves me a little less than 550 miles in the next 5 months. That would be 110 miles a month, or roughly 27.5 miles a week. That’s a lofty goal and I know that I’m going to be running more than that some weeks, but I’m behind thus far, so I need to get moving.


See you in the funny papers!

Hot and Cold

Okay, so my run last night was lackluster. I think I was dressed too warmly for the gym. That’s the problem with it being about 16 degrees outside and about 80 degrees in the gym. I have to dress well for the trip into the gym and then figure out how to be warm on the way out as well. There were a couple times during my weightlifting sets where I thought I was going to pass out from the heat…but I think I was just dehydrated, so a quick trip to the water fountain was in order. So I’m 15 miles in to the Melisa Memorial 570, check out the map.

In other news, I think I’m over the funk from yesterday. It lingered a little longer than I care for, but it was a seriously nasty funk. I’m usually a pretty easy going guy without much care in the world, but occasionally I get mired in some evil mood that manifests itself in some ugly stuff and that was yesterday (and most of Monday and Sunday as well.) But I’m better now.

That’s about it really. Work is crap, school is slow at the moment and church is heading into Lent…so that about covers it for me.


See you in the funny papers!


A deep solemn bellow from the depths of soul;
Cry out from within the hollow of a darkening heart.
Like a bitter rain,
a seething rage boils within.
Lightning liquefied sloshes against the greater goodness of
inner humanity.
A white-hot fire burns like a billion suns
rampaging across the universe of the mind.

I feel the eclipse of sadness overtake.

Copyright 2008 – Aaron Vowels

Over the river…and through the woods

Well, the exercise program is going well. I’ve pushed into Indiana on my “virtual” run in memory of my friend Melisa Augustson. I ran off 5.22 miles last night which leads to the title of this post. The map below shows my progress. I’m also down to a svelte 214 according to the scale at the gym. My blood pressure is also right on target. They’ve added a LifeClinic blood pressure machine at the gym so I can take my reading on a regular basis, rather than relying on going to the doctor which I almost never do. So things are going well on that front.


In other news, I got a little good news with my thesis yesterday. A friend hooked me up with a number for someone in Whitesburg who has offered to help me get acquainted with the town and introduce me to some folks. I’m starting to have a good feeling about the whole process. Which is much better than how I was feeling.

I hate work at the moment. It’s all just too much B.S. with budget cuts and crazy people flying all over the world. You would think that with a 3 percent budget cut that people would stay home…but they find the money somewhere and are headed to Seattle, Brasilia, and Poland. One of these days I’m going to be a professor so I can wander the globe aimlessly.

And, since my calendar says its Friday, it’s time for 55Fiction:

They lay on the soft warm sand side by side.  The small cool breeze wafted through the day, rustling the giant palm leaves overhead.  He listened to her soft breathing as they relaxed to the shifting ocean tide.  He blinked as a snow flake interrupted his dream.

“Hey, the bus is coming” she said rudely.

See you in the funny papers!

Running update

So, I finally got back to the gym last night and ran off another 4 miles. I nearly made it out of the city…as you can see from the image. I wish I could run about 4 miles a day, which even then would mean 5 months of running. It’s slow going, but it’s meaningful and it helps my blood pressure, stress level, and overall health. And that’s a good thing. One other thing to note about this little “virtual” run is that it’s all running. I will not be adding cycling or other exercises to the distance of this run. Also, I mentioned this “virtual” run at the bar last night to some friends of mine and my friend B said…”I virtually run, too” which absolutely cracks me up. Anyway…

Second Run

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Where’d it go?

Often times I find myself wondering where things go…money, time, pocket knife, tape dispenser, etc.  The same would apply to the last week.  I think back and I barely remember any of it which is disheartening, because that almost assuredly means I didn’t get most of the stuff done that I wanted to and I spent a lot of time doing crosswords in the living room and watching television.  That is unfortunate.  Plus…I neglected you, Intertubes, and apparently for no good reason.

I do, however, have some RANDOM THOUGHTS:

  • Budget cuts suck!
  • I have nearly zero table manners, and I’m okay with that since the Queen rarely comes over.
  • It’s less cold this winter, and yet bike rides are still fairly painful below 20 degrees F.
  • I think that winning the lottery would really be helpful.
  • I still don’t know who to vote for in the presidential election, although I’m leaning toward Obama.
  • is wonderful.
  • One month til Spring Training!

See you in the funny papers!


Today begins what amounts to a final chapter in my life experience. Today I start my final semester of college for an undergraduate degree. Just typing those words makes me lightheaded. The thought of not having that over my head is at once both awesome and frightening. As many of you know, I started college in 1992 and over the course of the last 16 years, I have started and stopped, changed majors more times than I care to count, and now I’ve finally reached the pinnacle of this journey and I’m scared. I have serious concerns about both my ability to finish this degree as well as my ability to “make it in the real world” once I’m finished. I’m sure that these are mostly unfounded, but that does not mean that they’re not there. So, those of you who are so inclined, I could use your prayers. Those of you who are less inclined, I appreciate positive thoughts during this final 4 months.

In other news, I finally went back to the gym last night and began my trek to Pittsburg, KS. I’ve started a Flickr Photo Set to keep track of my progress, but here’s the first leg that I ran last night. Naturally, I’ll be keeping stats and everything, so I’ll bore you with that later, but for now…here’s the beginning:

That should just about cover it.  See you in the funny papers!

The Real Election

Many of you are caught up in the hoopla surrounding some sort of election happening soon.  This includes my wife who left a night of playing Wii with the Neighbors early to watch the Iowa caucus results.  But, the real election happens today with the results being announced tomorrow.  That’s right…the election to the Hall of Fame.  For those of you not familiar with the ballot, here are the candidates:

  • Brady Anderson
  • Harold Baines
  • Rod Beck
  • Bert Blyleven
  • Dave Concepcion
  • Andre Dawson
  • Shawon Dunston
  • Chuck Finley
  • Travis Fryman
  • Rich “Goose” Gossage
  • Tommy John
  • David Justice
  • Chuck Knoblauch
  • Don Mattingly
  • Mark McGwire
  • Jack Morris
  • Dale Murphy
  • Robb Nen
  • Dave Parker
  • Tim Raines
  • Jim Rice
  • Jose Rijo
  • Lee Smith
  • Todd Stottlemyre
  • Alan Trammell

I would vote for the following if I were allowed to vote: Blyleven, Dawson, Gossage, Mattingly, McGwire, Parker, Rice and Smith.  Now, there are those who would say that I was crazy for voting for/against several of the names on this list…but they probably don’t get to vote for.  I’d vote for the players I picked because of their playing statistics.  Regardless, we’ll know the winners tomorrow and there won’t be a recount or any Supreme Court intervention (hopefully!).  And Spring Training is a mere five weeks away…WOOHOO!

Caucus Haiku

Republican Haiku:

Dateline Iowa:

Republican hopeful is–

Shucks! It’s Huckabee.

Democrat Haiku:

Could Iowa Dems

have picked a new president?

Barack Obama!

An interesting turn of events last night as the drama of the 2008 presidential election began to unfold. Huckabee was chosen overwhelmingly which seemed to churn a few Republican stomachs. This is not without due cause of course, because a quick perusal (and distillation) of Huckabee’s stances on the issues places him well to the right of moderate as far as conservatism is concerned. On the other hand, a strong showing by Obama (Change is a-comin!) whose views pretty much line up directly with mine paired with his desire to make the country work as a unified entity and not a conglomeration of various states with their own agendas makes New Hampshire’s primary all the more interesting.

In other news, my own 55 Fiction for Friday:

Dale stepped down from his tractor near the fence row of his last forty acres. He removed his straw hat and wiped his forehead. He glared across the fields of golden corn waving in the soft breeze and pondered its future.

“It can’t feed the cows and run the cars too. There won’t be enough.”

See you in the funny papers!

Running Numbers

No, I have not joined the Mafia nor am I involved in illegal gambling.  These are statistics for my running and other exercises over the course of my exercise log.

Over the course of the last 3 years or so, I have given my body over to 25,033 minutes of cardio exercise.  That’s 417 hours of exercise, Charles Atlaswhich is eleven work weeks of exercise.  Now that I look at it, that’s not very much at all and I should really get off my lazy duff.  That’s less than 3 weeks a year of exercise, or once every 24 days.

In contrast, over that same period, I have lifted 474,727 pounds.  That’s 433 pounds a day which is pretty impressiveCharles in Charge if you ask me.  And I lifted all of that in 538 exercises, for an average of 882 pounds per exercise.  You figure that I probably average between 8 and 10 reps and that’s 90-100 pounds per repetition.  With lifting like that, I should look like Charles Atlas and not Charles in Charge.

As previously stated in another post, I ran/biked over 900 miles last year.  I’m hoping to reach over 1000 this year and as part of that goal, I’m hoping to reinstate my goal of running to Pittsburg, KS as part of that goal.  I believe that many of you long time readers will remember that I started this a few years back and I never finished it.  That 570 miles will be part of my 1000 miles this year.  For those of you who don’t remember, please refer back to the January 31, 2003 entry.

Since my first race back in December 2005, I have run 514.3 miles over the course of 121 hours.  That’s 5 days of non-stop running.  In that same amount of time, I have biked 1221.5 miles in a little over 110 hours.  That’s just over 4.5 days of non-stop biking.  I’ve also done all those miles on 3 pairs of shoes which cost almost $260, averaging about $0.30/mile.

See you in the funny papers!