Sweatin’ with the oldies, or It’s still summer!

Call me wet. For today’s Sunday run, the temperature was, well, temperate, in the mid-seventies. The humidity, though, was closing in on the 100% mark. Almost everyone was running with a water bottle today, even though we have water fountains along our route. Staying hydrated was paramount, as the shorts, shirts, socks and hats got thoroughly soaked with sweat.

The crew have been cranking up the miles. Tony ran 15.86 miles today, totally ignoring the Garmin master telling him to do the extra 0.14. I give him credit for not being a slave to the Garmin. Steve and Bryan also upped the distance, but I didn’t get their totals for today. My own approach has been to get the long runs in earlier in the training plan so I did 19 today, and glad to say, it was a good run, averaging a 9:15 pace.

We now have only ten weeks until Steamtown. Having run five marathons, I’m starting to detect a pattern. Sixteen weeks seems like a very long time to train. As the event gets closer, time, in spite of known physical laws, compresses, and seems to go by in chunks. I think our group is doing well, getting in the proper training, and each sticking to his plans. I can only wonder what it would be like to run in a dryer place, though. It takes two days for my shoes to dry. Well, that’s the way summer is here.

I hope everyone is enjoying watching the Olympics. London seems to have done an excellent job preparing, and the games are always exciting.


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  1. great post Frank I got a chuckle out of the “Sweatin’ with the oldies…” heading. Hey, now just wait a second I think I was running with you… As compared to you, Bryan, and Steve i found the run a tough go Sunday so like a true marathoner I’ve got to really work on those long distance runs. I’ll do that over the next 1 1/2 weeks on vacation. Keep on truckin’

  2. hey Frank summertime is when you go on vacation and read a classic book. Now here is a list I saw for the top movies it would be fun to knock some of these off the “to do” list also. How many have you seen? I know you’ve seen a number of foreign films.

    The Directors’ Top 10 Greatest Films of All Time

    Tokyo Story (Ozu, 1953)

    2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick, 1968)

    Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941)

    8 ½ (Fellini, 1963)

    Taxi Driver (Scorsese, 1980)

    Apocalypse Now (Coppola, 1979)

    The Godfather (Coppola, 1972)

    Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958)

    Mirror (Tarkovsky, 1974)

    Bicycle Thieves (De Sica, 1948)

  3. Tony, this is an interesting list. I guess directors have their own way of looking at excellence on the silver screen. I’ve seen a lot of these, not all. My own list would have included The Third Man, Casablanca, and A Clockwork Orange. The Bicycle Thief was well done, but a bit predictable, and 8 1/2 was disjointed and wierd. I agree with 2001. It was a movie that really broke rules and was amazing, especially seeing it in 70 mm splendor. I didn’t like Taxi Driver, and i wasn’t that impressed by Citizen Kane. I never saw Tokyo Story nor Mirror. I’ll have to check them out. Thanks for posting this. It will make for good talk Sunday.


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