I thought we had karate, but they changed the classes for Halloween. So I'm glad I ran, but not glad I didn't go further. Everything felt fine, an easy run.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
I have three tracking tools for running:
- this blog
- Nike +
Of these, I think this blog, and mapmyrun.com are the authorities of what I’ve done. I still need to get a few runs marked at mapmyrun, but for the most part that tracks what I’ve done. Especially since the Nike+ has proven unreliable at times.
I’ve had sensors break, and I’ve forgotten my iPod, so I can’t count on Nike +, at least not until I can manually enter runs in there. I do like the service, and I like the tracking on the device, but it needs to improve.
I sync my data over from Nike+ to mapmyrun.com every week or so. That reduces the amount of time I spend entering data. However I like this blog since I can note when things feel good or bad, and I have a separate service that lets me track things. It doesn’t total up distances or times, but it helps to keep me focused on paying attention to my progress.
I’d recommend any of these services, just be aware of the Nike + limitations if you use them.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
I did a karate class this morning, and then tried to run before heading home. I went along my short karate route, and it was a struggle. The ankle was slightly sore, but more it was just a struggle to find the energy to run. Glad I had some coffee and a bar before the class.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Nike+ has been improving their service, including adding some things like the ability to delete runs, etc. One thing I noticed recently is that I could include my profile on my own web site, so here it is:
It's a pretty basic profile, but it does allow me to share some information. I'm looking forward to getting a better Google widget to include things here.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
After a pounding outside in the cold in Denver, I flew to Austin, was up until midnight, then up at 6:45am CST for another pouding run on sidewalks. I was at a hotel without a treadmill, and didn't have much choice with a busy workday.
My knee was a little sore, as was the ankle, but I took it slow. It had rained the night before, was warm, and very, very humid, so it felt good and after 10 minutes, the legs loosened up and felt OK.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
I mainly use this blog as the primary means of tracking things. It allows me to see which days I've run (all of them) as well as log things. When I had a spreadsheet and the treadmill, this worked out fine.
I use the Nike + site to store some runs, which are sync'd automatically from my iPod with the Nike + dongle. That works well, but if I don't have the iPod, I can't log things. To me that's a major issue with the system. I know they want me to use their system, but the lack of being able to log things when the Nike + fails, means that it's incomplete.
I use MapMyRun.com early on to track some runs around town before I had the Nike +. It allows me to enter runs, though I think some of the info they want (essentially 3 descriptions of the run) is annoying. Still, it's the most complete set of my runs and it imports from Nike +, so it has all that data plus more. It's missing some early runs, but I'm moving them over there as I can.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
And that doesn't count chores around the ranch.
Lately I've been doing karate one morning a week since it better fits my schedule. What I've been trying to do is then run before I take class. Either I'll jog around town right before class, or hit the treadmill at home before I leave.
As I was running the other morning, I felt awake, ready to go, and was happy to get the run going. I like karate, so my body was feeling amped. I walked for a minute, and then started going, knowing I had 20 minutes before I needed to leave in the car.
So I ran at 5.6mph.
My "normal" pace is 6.2mph, and I run at 6.5 fairly often. A little quicker outside as it gets exciting. I could have shaved off a minute or two, or run a little further in the 15 minutes I'd allotted myself before packing up. But I didn't.
I knew this was the first thing, I had a long day of work and Scouts, and possibly chores. I needed to conserve some energy and remember I'm in this for the long haul. It's not a short training cycle for some race. This is the rest of my life.
Learning to hold back is hard. I find myself starting to overdo it sometimes, but so far I've been able to catch myself within a few days and hold back.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
A nice, easy jog around Parker before karate. It was cold outside, so I had on a sweatshirt and hat with shorts. Not too windy, but a brisk fall day. My ankles were slighly sore, so I just had a slow, steady pace around a few blocks.