Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Some days I run to get stronger, I push myself, I have a specific goal.
Some days I run as a release, remove stress, work the body, knowing I'll feel better.
Some days I run just because I have a streak.
I was worried about running on my trip to the UK, especially the travel days. Anytime I'm out of my routine, I worry about how and when I'll get things done. Running on the trip over was a challenge when my flight got canceled and I was stranded in Chicago. On the way back, I had a 9am flight out of Heathrow, getting in around 7:30pm Denver time. That means that I'd get up at 6, or that's when I had a wake up call scheduled, was going to try and run, but if I didn't, 21 hours later I'd be home and could run then.
Or would I?
Flying all across the world and then trying to run was a recipe for disaster. I had planned on packing a shirt and deodorant in my bag so I could run in DC when I had a layover, but that was iffy.
So after tossing and turning, my internal clock still a mess, I got up at 5:36, shook off some tiredness, walked downstairs and was running by 5:41.
I'm proud of myself for getting up and moving, something that most people might not do, and I was tempted not to do myself. I'll still pack a shirt since you never know what could go wrong, but I'm confident that I'll figure out a way around it.
Even though Nike+ shows Monday the 26th, it's actually a Sunday run. My last run was 5:45am on Saturday in Heathrow, today it was 5:00 in Denver, which is midnight in London. I forgot to reset my time on the computer.
This was a bit of a struggle as I had a big burrito at 2:30 and still felt full when I started running. I noticed that the Nano was a bit behind the treadmill here. I need to recalibrate things here again and see how far off the treadmill is.
Yesterday's concern wasn't needed. I ended up getting to the hotel by Heathrow with plenty of time to run and they had nice, new LifeFitness treadmills. I was worried about things this morning, having an early cab to the airport, so I was up at 5:30, running at 5.45.
Friday, January 23, 2009
A quick one this morning before leaving the hotel. I'm heading to London tonight and wasn't sure I'd have a treadmill or time to run. Especially with it raining pretty good outside.
I meant to run more, but I accidently popped the headphones out and then stopped the run on the Nano before I realized it. Rather than starting it up, I decided to head out since I was already late for work.
I actually ran last night, but I had to rush out the door right afterwards for a lecture and then didn't want to buy another 24 hours of Internet since I was leaving in the am and posting this was all I had to do.
I felt pretty good, running faster than I have in any of the other Nike + runs I've tracked.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
I heard about the Nike + system early in my running streak and set myself a goal that I wouldn't buy one until I hit day 100. Then at day 100 I decided that I was doing OK and didn't need it. It took a trip to England, where I wasn't sure I'd find a treadmill or be able to map things to get me motivated. So one day I went to Sports Authority and bought some new Nike Pegasus 25 running shoes, which I needed, and a Nike+ system. Then I hit Best Buy for a new iPod Nano to go with them. I'm writing about it, experimenting, and so it was a good business expense for me.
The system consists of a small sensor that fits in your shoe. There's a space underneath the liner in some Nike shoes, but there's also a $5 or $9 pouch you can attach to the laces of any other shoe. I figured I needed new shoes, so I'd get some Nikes.
From there you have two choices. There's a wristband and USB sensor that receives information, or you can use a Nano or iPod Touch, 2nd Generation. My iTouch is the first generation, so I grabbed a new Nano. It's small and there's a small sensor that plugs into the docking port on the bottom. I was slightly worried about it coming out, but it's proven secure.
Once you plug that in, you see a Nike+ option on your menu in which you can choose workouts and music to go with them. You do need playlists, as you can't just pick songs, so I learned the hard way one time that I needed a playlist to do a workout.
As you run, the pace, time, speed, and calories are recorded and then when you sync you iPod with iTunes, it automatically sends information to NikePlus so you can track your progress. It gets loaded up there and I usually grab the code to put that workout onto this blog. However it's also on the Nike+ site.
Do I like it?
I do. It's handy, and in places where there isn't a treadmil, or worse, the treadmill doesn't register well, it allows me to track progress. Not that I'm concerned about how far or fast I go (other than meeting the mile), I do like knowing. It's motivating, and fun.
The downsides? It's a little expensive, not the sensor ($29), and Nike+ is free as a site, but the iPod if you don't have one is $150 or more. I don't know how closely it registers. I calibrated the sensor, but it seemed a little fast to me based on my treadmill. It matched up pretty well, slightly behind the newer LifeFitness treadmill in the UK.
Overall I'm pleased and I'd recommend it to anyone that wants to track runs and likes the technology. It works well and simply, and I don't have to mess around to get my data recorded.
I had a longer run, but was slightly more annoyed. There are only two treadmills that you can run on and both were in use for about 15 minutes while I stretched and waited. Finally one came free, the Precor that is old and doesn't work well, but I jumped on it. I wanted to get done before it was too late.
I went for 20, 10 with no incline before I realized it and raised it to 1. I was cruising, not wanting to slow myself too much.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
No suitcase, no change of clothes, stuck at an airport hotel with no toiletries, but I knew I needed to run this morning. I have a 4pm flight, will fly all night and there's no time to do much else. My flight was cancelled last night, so I was stuck in Chicago and they wouldn't release my bag.
I suppose I could have searched for toiletries at the airport and then jogged lightly around the airport, but I decided to hit the treadmill here in the hotel first thing. I stripped off my shirt, since I don't have another one right now, ran in my Merrills and jeans, taking a slow jog.
I got through it and immediately got back to my room and stripped everything off the minimize the sweat. I had time, so I washed the socks in the sink with soap to minimize the smell of flying all night. I only did it because I had a hair dryer in my room. So after washing, I stood there, blow drying my socks. They got mostly dry, so I went to breakfast, no socks, and then came back to do more blow drying.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
The sensor was slightly ahead of my today, so I still need to do some calibrating, but it's much closer. 1.38mi instead of my 1.36. Seems like the start and warm up are slow to match up with my pace.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Lowered the incline and went a little longer, trying different speeds to test out the Nike+ sensor. Did a couple of pyramids up to 7.5mph.
After this calibrated the sensor with a .25mi walk and a .25mi run.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
This was my first run with new shoes and the Nike+ system. The iPod didn't seem to register the walking at the correct rate, but running seemed OK on the pace. It showed 1.47mi, 17min, 243cal at Nike Plus. I'll have to try some other treadmills and a track somewhere to see what might be mis-calibrated.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
A nice run
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
I was going to run tonight while Delaney was at karate, but Kendall's coming and we have errands, so I hit the treadmill this afternoon.
Moved the cho-pat strip to the left knee for a few days, see if it helps.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
It doesn't sound like a long time when you write it in weeks, but today was day 119 of my running streak.
I feel OK, a sore knee, slightly tweaked ankle, and struggling after going back to karate last night. This is definitely a bit of a lull for the running streak as I struggle to get down here the last few days and run.
It might be a let down after last week when I had two runs outside, and the week before when I stretched to some 2 milers, but in any case, I don't hate it and I'll keep pushing.
I haven't tracked my totals in a few weeks and don't really want to dig in and do them now, but it seems that I've been averaging about 10.5 miles a week, so I'd be about 170+ miles since September, which is pretty good. Not sure if that's a record in my life since I ran a pretty good amount in college when training for a marathon and I've had lots of weeks where I ran 15-20 miles a week, but I don't know if I've kept it up for this long.
In any case, I feel good overall, and feel stronger in my lungs. The weight hasn't gone way down, but I think that's a function of not great eating, especially with travel and the holidays. I do feel proud I've managed to get this far and to get runs in around snowboarding. Those days are a challenge, but for now I think I could maintain this for another 17 weeks.
Trying to lift right now.
Monday, January 5, 2009
Karate starts back tonight, so I didn't want to get too crazy.
I’ve had a sore knee for a few weeks and recently I was talking with my Mom and, of course, she was worried. She asked me how I was doing, how it felt, etc. and I replied fine. I mean, what else can you tell your Mom?
I did tell her that I felt old, which sounded silly as soon as it came out of my mouth. I mean, how do you complain to your Mom that you’re getting old?
In any case, as I talked through it a bit with her, we agreed that you have to slow down as you get older. She’s not an athlete, but she has had a yoga-like routine that she did every morning for years and has had to change slightly. In my case, I’ve had to re-think how I exercise, especially with a bad neck as I age.
I think we can keep going, and keep strong, perhaps improve some areas of our performance as we age. Certainly we should be smarter, and be able to concentrate better. I think some of the older body builders have more discipline as they age, which is why they get great results.
I’m not in that category, but I have gotten better at some things. Running every day, running smarter, it’s something I couldn’t have done 20 years ago. I’d have pushed too hard on my body, running to a good sweat, but breaking things down. I’ve always pushed a bit hard, and then 3, 6, 9 weeks in, I need a break.
I could probably get back down to a 22min 5K, but I think I’d be hurting myself a bit and I’d damage some of my body in doing so. I don’t want to do that, I want to get my body in great shape, at this point in my life.
That means setting new limits and goals based on where I am now, not where I was 20 years ago.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Friday, January 2, 2009
Thursday, January 1, 2009
1.23mi (guess from MapMyRun)
24:30 (including 2:30 of warm up/cool down)
The Hidden Mesa trailhead isn't on the map, but I guessed and since I ran for 22:00min, I figured I did a mile. I might have been closer to 2mi overall