A morning run so that I could get on with my day. Supposed to get banana splits with my daughter, so I wanted this out of the way.
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
After snowboarding, I made myself get downstairs and run. It wasn't too bad since I only had about 10 runs on the slopes.
The iPod died near the end of my run. From the treadmill, I went 20 min, 1.94mi. Not sure if there's a way to edit Nike Plus runs, but this one is surely off.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Without plans for more exercise, I ran a nice 20 minute stretch today. I had a sore calf from karate, bruised a bit, but after about 10 minutes that loosened up and felt much better. Kept a steady 6.2 for most of the run.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Back on the treadmill. Between a very windy day outside, a limited time since I had to help out a friend, and missing Star Trek, I decided to run insideMy ankles are still slightly sore from the sprinting over the weekend. I need to build up to that, and I shouldn't have sprinted after baseball since that involves a decent amount of sprinting in and of itself.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
This is a smaller treadmill than the Life Fitness one, but still a decent sized device. I got on it for a 20 minute run and overall it seemed OK. The deck had a decent amount of springy-ness, but not too much, and the motor pulled the belt well. However the controls were a little flaky for me. I had trouble getting to the button I wanted and once when I was trying to change from the time to the pace, I ended up hitting the rest button which stopped the treadmill, not a lot of fun.
I don't mind running on the treadmill, especially with a TV and a movie in front of me. Most of my 168 days to date have been on the treadmill, running over the winter, late at night, or just trying to get it done quickly.
However when the weather is good, it's great to run outside. Even my cold run in Steamboat Springs was OK since there wasn't any wind. And today I had my second run in a row outside, even with plenty of reasons to run inside.
Just before lunch, I ran upstairs, changed, and was going to go watch a little more Star Trek: The Next Generation while I did a run before heading back to work. When I came downstairs, however, I saw the wind meter barely spinning and the sun shining, and decided to head outside.
I put on my headphones, sunglasses, shorts, T-shirt, no hat, and started the Nike Plus system. With a playlist running with me, I headed up the driveway, which is always tough, but not too bad today. I had no goals, no aims for speed or distance, I just jogged along, varying my pace as I noticed it. When I felt stronger I ran faster, when I struggled, I slowed.
When I got the mailbox and turned down the road, leveling out, I felt great and picked up some speed. Before I knew it, lost in the music and great day, I was at the second bus stop. I turned around, headed home, and didn't look at the iPod until I was in the driveway and started walking. A great run for Day 168.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
After baseball practice, which wasn't too long, I stuck around and ran a few large laps around the field and then ran some sprints as well. I ran halfway up the soccer field, then jogged across it and ran back to the endzone.
I was winded after the sprints, and I wish I'd have run more, but I was beat and my legs were tired.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
- I try to always warm up. Even if it's just 1 minute, I walk that far, but typically I'm not doing a 1:30 walk, which gets me about .1mi at 4mph.
Picking Up Speed
- The second phase of my workout usually lasts a couple minutes, especially since I've knocked off 30 sec of my warmup. Here I usually go for anywhere from 1-5 minutes. I'll usually start at 5.2-5.4mph and work it up to 5.8mph, which is a good warming up pace for me. It feels a little slow, but on those days my legs are tired or I want an easier way to get started, I'll use this pace.
The Main Part
Since I don't run that far, this isn't a long part, but I try to run at 6mph+. Typically I have been working lately at 6.2mph-6.6mph, jumping up to maintain one of these paces for most of the 5-15 minutes I might run. Typically I'm moving from the 5 minute mark to the 12 minute mark at this pace.
If I don't have a hard night coming (karate or snowboarding), I might add in a minute or two at 7-7.5mph. I'll only do a minute at the high speed, but I might do a couple repetitions of this.
Sometimes I'll reverse the "picking up speed" section, spending a minute or two at 5.8, then a minute at 5.4 to slow down before the cool down.
It's always 1:30 of walking at 4mph here. If I'm outside, I'll walk for 2 minutes since I might go slower.
I work this routine most days on the treadmill. Outside I tend to run at a more steady pace, though I still have the warmup and cool down. Depending on how I feel or how much I have going on, I vary things, so it's not very scientific, but it does allow me to keep going. So far it's worked pretty well for me.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
After a half day skiing, actually just 2 runs, and then a couple hours soaking in the hot springs, I made my way to the treadmill and ran in Steamboat. It was hard to get going, and I had to drop from a 2.0 incline to 1.5 after 4 or 5 minutes, but I made it through. Felt good near the end, but it was getting late, so I stopped.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Put on sweats, two long sleeve shirts, gloves, Delaney's army hat, and run outside. I'm sure I did a mile, 21 minutes of jogging up and down hills, trying to keep a decent pace in Steamboat Springs. My guess:
1.5 miles was my guess. Using MapMyRun.com, I see it was 2 miles.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
This one wasn't great, it felt slow, and the interface was very cumbersome. I had to pull the safety pin out to reset the mileage and get it to start from scratch. It also registered much slower than my Nike+ sensor, which I'd calibrated at home, so I used that for measuring distance.
Overall this felt like a weak treadmill and I wished the weather would have been better for running outside.
It felt good, and I cruised along easily. I did do two one minutes stretches of 7mph to get the heart rate up.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
I felt good, and pushed a little harder, doing most of the run at 6.6mph even though it was shorter.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
Update: After skiing this weekend, code uploaded:
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
Sunday, February 1, 2009
I am glad more and more that I got the Nike + system. Especially after running on some dodgy treadmills while traveling in January. A few were way off, including one older Precor in the UK. I had it up at 12mph while the Nike+ was reading about 7mph. After so many days of that, I started to doubt the Nike+ a bit, especially when I ran on a Life Fitness model in the same club.
However when I got to Heathrow and ran on a very new Life Fitness model with a TV, it matched up almost exactly with the Nike +, which is what the treadmill at home does. I calibrated it one day before my trip, and then checked it again when I got home and sure enough it was very close to reading the same distances and pace.
At this point in my life, I know I can run a 10-11 minute mile easily, under most conditions, and so if I just make sure I run for at least that long I can maintain my streak. However I'll slow up at some point and I do try to gauge how hard I'm pushing myself across days by watching distances. There are days that I know I need to just do a mile to ease up on the body, and there are days I want to push farther, but not too far since I'm not taking days off.
It's a balance that the Nike+ system helps with.
Plus I don't have to remember times and distances now. They're stored on the Nano and at nikeplus.com.
I had things a touch lower since I'm up here at 9200 feet or so of altitude.