Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
I couldn't. I tried a 1.5incline and 6.2, but had to go down to 1.0 in a couple minutes and 6.0 in another. Still I huffed and puffed my way through it. I felt better by 10 minutes, but was still struggling a bit.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Running at altitude is hard. After skiing for a little over half a day, I changed at our condo in Winter Park (9,000+ ft) and then went over to the Winter Park Athletic Club. After getting access and paying for 2 days, I got on a Bodyguard treadmill, a little lower quality than I've been running on, and got going.
I knew I'd be tired, and the altitude might affect me, so I set a 1.0 incline and tried 6.4, but that didn't work. I huffed and puffed at 6mph for 8 or 9 minutes and then went up to 6.4 again and finished off.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Starting week 12. Legs, especially the upper backs of the calves, have sore muscles. Took it slow and steady again. I like the 6.2mph pace.
Finished Planet of the Apes. Need to search out a new movie for the next week.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
While I was in Seattle, I got to run on a LifeFitness 95T treadmill and it was really nice. It's a large, commercial quality treadmill, and the ones at the top of the Seattle Sheraton had an additional workout screen added to them with interfaces for TV, iPod, and MP3 players.
I was skeptical, but I turned on the personal trainer for my first run. It was interesting in that some virtual avatar was there encouraging me along. That along with the virtual track, showing my progress around (4 laps/mile) and it helped pass the time. Unfortunately the TV wasn't plugged into my treadmill because I got just static when I tried.
The next day I took my iTouch up there and plugged it in. The have an iPod bottom connector, not a 2.5mm plug, and so you get all your playlists and things on the screen. That was cool, but honestly there isn't a scroll wheel, just a series of buttons, so you want to just pick a playlist of artist and let it run. Trying to change things (other than forward/backward) while running didn't work well.
It's an interesting high tech workout. There are other tracks, including a cross country, hilly 5k track that I didn't run, but I used it as a reference during one of my runs, going 2.4k or so.
The deck felt well, the motor kept the speed up well, and overall it was a good treadmill I enjoyed running on.
I've been running for 11 weeks today, 77 days, and I'm amazed. I never thought I'd have a streak this long. I joked about getting a Nike Plus when I hit 100 days, not sure that I'd actually get there.
Now I can imagine actually getting there. If I can get past the skiing days over the next month, I'll get there before Christmas.
Over 11 weeks, I've run through some pulled muscles, including sore ankles, pulled calves (slightly), pulled hamstrings, and a pulled groin this week. By moving slow, steady, and keeping my speed under control.
I can actually imagine getting to a year now, though that's a long way away. Moving through ski season, more travel, and baseball will be a long journey.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
For the first time in Seattle, I didn't have any trouble breathing and felt good when running. The 15 minutes came easy.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
169 cal (?- not sure)
I forgot to check the incline and it was about 3 or 4 minutes in that I raised it. It's early here and I felt it, so I didn't push the run too hard. I struggled through about 9 or 10 minutes before finding my groove and running through it. I went up to 7.4mph for a minute around 10 minutes and struggled.
I'm slightly sick, a check cold, and my chest was tight, so this wasn't a great run at sea level.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
I have to say I've very proud of myself for getting this far. I've heard that two weeks is the time it takes to make a habit, but I still had to force myself to run through some pain at that point. After 3 weeks it seemed I had a nice stretch where it was easy to run, I started to get them done during the day, I figured out how to get it done on the road, and felt good. Then last week I pulled some muscles and was tempted to skip a couple times. But I persevered.
I don't feel like I'm in great shape, but I do feel like I'm doing something every day and combined with karate, I think I have a good plan for lifelong health. I'm not sure I can keep running forever, but finding 20 minutes to go get exercise every day and building that habit is a good one.
I can start to see how people do this. My wife wasn't sure anyone could do this for years and years, but I've had what I considered a pretty good hamstring pull and still could run through it. A lightly sprained ankle probably would not have stopped me either. Without a catastrophic injury, which I haven't had in a long time, I think I could run most every day.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
The cho pat strap appears to be helping on the right. The leg felt better, though when I stretch I can feel it tight behind the knee.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
My knees and hams felt better, but the left ankle seems sore. Have to keep an eye on it and take it easy for another day or two.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
- The Matrix
- The Fantastic Four
- The Matrix Reloaded
- Live Free or Die Hard
- Austin Powers
- and part of Vantage Point.
Having a TV in front of the treadmill is great. Music works at times, but honestly I find that staring at the same scene is hard and it's hard to zone out. I get get lost in a movie at times, even when I can't hear it well, and pass the time. A few of the longer runs have been because I've had a movie going.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tonight would have been the night to stop. Out all afternoon, out with kids, get home at 8:45, tired, a touch of work to do, not good eating, a cup of coffee in my belly at 7:45pm, definitely an easy night to lie down and not run.
I made myself get up and move. The neck is sore, but I’m glad I did it.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
I’ve been running continuously for 8 weeks as of today and it’s been interesting. For the most part I’ve been able to incorporate this into my day without a hassle. There have been a few days where I’ve run late at night or struggled to fit it in between the things in my day. A couple times I had to inconvenience myself a bit to slip the run in, but for the most part, across 2 trips, numerous kids events, and general life here at the ranch, I’ve made it work.
In that same time my wife has started and stopped a few times, mainly since she’s busier than I and has other priorities. Still it’s inspiring to me that I’ve kept it up.
My totals for the 8 weeks:
I left off the calories as I’ve done enough running away from my treadmill that the count is pretty far off. I might just stop tracking them since it’s very inconsistent.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
It was, 1.5mi, as you can see from the route below. I think I was about 18-20 minutes on this.