Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
We raced back. Downhill. Guess who won? Or should I say how badly I lost.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Today was a good reminder of why I run. I spent all day running errands, doing stuff for kids, for the house, missing work, and getting stressed. I finally got home at 8pm, still work to do, horses to feed, kids to get clean, and, of course, run.
I was tired, my lower back was sore, my left elbow sore, and the last thing I wanted to do was feed horses, or even run. If there was a day to miss running, today was it.
However I got kids clean, then fed horses, started work, and about 8:45, I told my daughter I'd get her to bed soon, but I wanted to do a quick run.
So I went downstairs, expecting to just get 12 minutes done. I walked my 1:30, and then got going. My back was sore, and still is an hour later, but I pushed through it. I got to 10:00min and slowed to 4mph, thinking I'd walk the last 2 minutes and then I'd be over a mile. Twenty seconds later I realized I'd walked .1 mi, so I needed to run more. I cranked it back to 6.2 and ran out to 12 minutes, walking to 14. 1.4mi in total.
I got done and felt much better. The tiredness from my eyes was gone, my back sore, but less so. Overall I was invigorated. In other words, I felt great. And I'm looking forward to running tomorrow.
That's why I run.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
This was one of the few times I've been running with someone. Usually I have the TV going in the basement or headphones on. So it was neat that I was able to keep running, at a decent pace, up the hill, and keep a conversation going. Even on the big hill coming back!
We went across the street to avoid traffic with the dogs, cruised down the hill to the corner where Tia thought the street continued. But as we went up a rise, we saw it was a driveway for someone's house. So we turned around and headed back, and hit the big hill coming up to the road by our house. I kept a good pace and felt good.
The Nike + seemed to be registering too much distance, partly because I think I was going uphill and covering less ground on the same pace. Maybe that was made up by the going back downhill since it seemed that it wasn't too far off when I stopped.
I did stop early since Kahli was with us and she was tired. Tia wanted to keep going, so I had to grab her and walk down down most of our road and the driveway.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
So I reset it, tried again, and my run was gone from the day. Not a huge deal since I'd paid attention to my stats, and so I could enter them in MapMyRun.com. But it was annoying that I couldn't add this to my Nike+ account.
There's a fundamental issue with Nike +. Technical issues, loss of power, any number of things might cause your run to not be recorded and you might still want to capture that data. Right now, Nike + ends up showing incomplete data.
And for anyone that wants to track their runs, the idea behind Nike +, this is incredibly annoying. When you start to lose data, you stop wanting to store data in the system.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
That was wrong.
It's 247, and I found I had to "day 241s". So renumbered things. I should hit day 250 by Monday, unless I find more mistakes.
After 5 minutes I moved to 7.2mph for 4 minutes before slowing down. I was a little ragged, and managed a couple more minutes at 7.2, but I was struggling. After 16 minutes, I had to slow down to 5.5, feeling winded. Surprisingly I don't feel that winded outside, so perhaps the biofeedback goes both ways.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
I wondered how long my 7 disc set of Star Trek: The Next Generation would last and now I know. I got this set for Christmas and the other day I finished disc 7, completing season one. I enjoyed it, and a few of those episodes helped me to get time on the treadmill.
I was talking with a friend the other day who runs marathons. Actually he's in his 50s and made it a goal to run a marathon in every state. He's completed 24 and I'm wishing him luck. As we were talking he said he hates the treadmill, and tries to run outside as much as possible. He lives in Cleveland, so some of the year is a challenge.
I, on the other hand, love the treadmill. The majority of my runs are on the treadmill because it's quick, easy, and fun. With a TV, and lots of DVDs around, my wife and I find that it fits our lives well, and allows us to enjoy runs while fitting them into a busy life.
I may change more as summer comes around, but for now I am looking forward to getting Season 2 on DVD!
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
I've blogged about this before, but I set up an integration between this site and Nike + awhile back when I had a few runs that didn't make it on my iPod. I'd like to have a good tracking system, and was annoyed I couldn't edit, or manually add, runs on Nike Plus.
The integration is pretty smooth. You put in your Nike Plus credentials and MapMayRun.com will download the data into your account. Since I can then add runs (and I'd like to add my old ones in), this means I have a good place to track all my running, and get an idea of how hard I've been going on this streak.
As an example, I've put in a few runs that were incorrect on Nike Plus, or missing. Nike Plus shows me with 136mi to date (as I write this) and MapMyRun has 141mi. Only a few of my runs have gotten into MapMyRuns, and I have to manually sync them up, but it works well, and quickly.
Now if I can just find time to put in the beginning runs of this streak, I'll know what my data totals are.