Sunday, January 31, 2010

Day 509

Went skiing today, a long drive home, so I took it easy. A nice jog, no pain.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Day 508

Easy jog today.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Day 507

Short and quick with things to do.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Day 506

A nice run after skiing all morning. The legs felt fine.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Day 505

A nice run, went a little longer with nothing happening tonight.



Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Day 504

Went a little quicker to get things done, everything felt fine. I skipped karate today, but feel worn out, so I didn't push hard.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Sensor Calibration – Nike +

After replacing the sensor in my shoe, I forgot about it until the next day when I went to run. I started up and realized that the sensor was reading very slow. Much slower than the treadmill, and I’d checked that against real distances outside. The treadmill is a touch slow, so this was REALLY slow.

I didn’t want to interrupt my workout, but I had a long one planned, so I decided to just calibrate the run sensor as part of my run. After going through about 2/3 of my run, I ended the workout on the Nano and set it up to calibrate for running. I was still going on the treadmill, and when I got within .5 mi of the end of my run, I started the calibration.

It continued through the end of my run, I stopped calibration, then started my cool down.

It’s a breeze, and it seems to be working better than the last one. I think because I calibrated as part of my run and not as a separate event.

Day 503

Back on my own treadmill, and with the cho-pat strips on. I felt good and was going to run more, but it was a long night and I have karate tonight, so I wanted to take it easy.



Sunday, January 24, 2010

Day 502

Up early, and knocking out a nice run before heading to the airport for a day of travel. Felt great.



Saturday, January 23, 2010

500 Days

Another milestone, this one passing with less excitement than the others. In fact, I had the day wrong, thinking it was today and not realizing it until I got ready to log that it had been yesterday.

Still, it’s been a nice journey that’s become a part of my life, and it feels great. 500 days done, a lot more to go.

Day 501

Up early, powered through 20 minutes, everything feeling great.



Day 500

I didn’t even realize this was 500. I was thinking it was tomorrow, so I took it easy after the longer workout yesterday. That and a couple drinks earlier in the day.



Thursday, January 21, 2010

Day 499

A nice long run today with Tia. We both hit the gym, and I did 20 minutes, before lifting since she wanted a nice steady 30 minutes.



Not a Running Paradise

When I got up yesterday, I was tempted to go run outside. Tia was almost done with her team building, and I wanted to get down there, so I didn’t want to be gone too long. I also would be running on the street, so I’d have to pay attention, which didn’t sound too exciting as I was slightly hung over.

So I hit the treadmill and I think it was a good idea. We were bussed last night to a restaurant, and watching the bus drive around the island of Saint Marteen, I think this isn’t the place for runners to go. The roads are narrow, and I’m amazed sometimes how vehicles pass each other without scraping off paint. I think a run around the island, especially from where we are, would be an adventure and slightly dangerous.

And I don’t want to get hurt trying to get a run in on vacation.

The beaches aren’t built for running either. Our beach extends from the hotel about 1/4 mile until it hits rocks that run down to the ocean. It’s almost like cliffs as you look around, so a run there would be laps along the beach. That might work as there aren’t a lot of people on the beach, but it might seem a little silly going back and forth. I might try it one of these days, but we’ll see.

Very different from Mexico, FL, VA, CA beaches where you could run for miles along the ocean.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Day 498

Slightly hungover, but I needed to knock this out. Struggled through a short one, but I felt better after.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Day 497

It felt like we traveled all night. I was hungry, but after a half hour in the hotel, my wife and decided to run. So I took a longer, slower one since that's what she likes.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Dead Sensor

I was near the end of a run the other day and saw that my pace was 0:00, I picked up the Nano, but then the Nike + kicked in and I saw my pace. I didn’t think anything of it and finished the workout. My distance was slightly down from what I expected, but not a lot. I thought maybe my phone or something else interfered with the Bluetooth.

The next day I went running, was almost done and checked the distance against the treadmill and saw that my workout was paused because there was no sensor reading. I stomped up and down a few times, but nothing.

Dead sensor, or at least it appears dead.

Fortunately I had a spare I’d purchased last year when I thought the sensor was dying then. It picked up a couple days later, but I decided not to mess with this one and replaced the one in my shoe. It’s been a year, about 600 miles, and that seems a little short, but not enough to worry about.

Day 496

Slower today, the knees slightly sore. I felt good while running, however.



Sunday, January 17, 2010

Day 495

New sensor, things felt good, but I realized about 10 minutes in I was pushing too hard. So I slowed down.

A little



Saturday, January 16, 2010

Day 494

My sensor appeared to die today. Used the treadmill #s



Friday, January 15, 2010

Day 493

I felt great, and pushed a little faster to 6.5 today, but not longer. Didn’t want to hurt the knee more. Skiing Sunday.



Thursday, January 14, 2010

Day 492

The body feels a bit beat up after two nights of karate. Shortened the run a little to take it easy.



Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Day 491

Felt OK today on the run, though the left knee was slightly sore when I started.



Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Day 490

The knee was sore last night, walking around in the cold and up and down stairs, so I took it easy. Felt fine today.



Monday, January 11, 2010

A New Goal

I’ve been thinking about the next goal, after 500 days, which will occur shortly. I think 1000 is too many, so I’m going to try for an intermediate one.

2 years.

If I can run through Sept 9, another 8+ months, I’ll hit two years, which is pretty cool. Over 700 days by then, and I’ll be close to 1000. Then I could aim for 2 calendar years, and then 1000 would be short 5 months away.

Day 489

Took it easy, getting in a quick one and expecting karate tonight.



Sunday, January 10, 2010

Day 488

A nice one, everything feeling good.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Day 487

A quick morning run. I took it easy, and the knee is OK, though now it aches slightly. Going to go with short, slow runs for a couple weeks.



Friday, January 8, 2010

Day 486

After karate the knee was sore, so I took it easy today. Ice is now on the agenda.



Thursday, January 7, 2010

Day 485

Took it a little easy tonight with karate on the horizon. I wasn’t sure how hard I’d go, so I did go a little long. The long time is because I accidently started the timer before I was ready to run.



Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Day 484

The knee was sore, but I managed to run slow without too much pain.



Almost Done

I crashed on my snowboard a few days ago, falling on a jump and landing hard on my knees. I had pain trying to turn after that, and stopped at the bottom of the hill. My knee swelled up, and I hobbled through a short, slow run that night.

The next morning I got up, ran again, or lightly jogged, and realized that I couldn’t snowboard that day. I rested, and things were better the next day, and better again today.

However I seriously thought that the streak might end right there, that first night, after a drink at the bar, and hobbling down to the treadmill in the resort. That was the second time on a ski vacation that I almost had to stop because of something.

I don’t know if I was hurt that bad, or if being past my initial goal of a year made it less of a given that I run. Either way, I managed to get through, and we’ll see what happens as I proceed.

Now time for some ice.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Day 483

After boarding all day, I struggled to get going on this run, but the knee was better, no pain, though I was slower than I would have liked.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Day 482

Hobbling through a morning run, I made it, but everything hurt, and I decided that today was not the day to board.

Check Your Settings

I’ve been trying to get the kids into running more, and try to get them in a little better shape. They’ve both put on a few pounds over the last few months with the cold and lack of movement, so I had them taking turns.

And apparently they’ve been minimizing the effort. I told my son to try 1.0 as the incline, not sure about my daughter, but for some reason I checked recently on the treadmill and it was down at 0. For a year I’ve been the only one using it most of the time, so I never check, but I had some easy workouts recently and now I know why.

Need to remember to check the path, the treadmill settings, anything you use when running if you’re sharing equipment. A lesson that I’d forgotten recently.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Day 481

After skiing, after a bad fall, I managed to jog through a little over a mile. My left knee was sore and swollen, and I had to go slow, but I managed to get it done.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Day 480

A quick run before heading off to ski. Everything doing great.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Day 479

Starting the new year out. I was cleaning up around the house, and it seemed a bit muddy outside, despite the nice weather, so I decided to hit the treadmill to start this year out. Quite different than last year.

I realized the last few days the incline has been lower, so that’s why it was easier to run. I went back to 2.0 for a bit, but struggled, so I came down to 1.5. I also sped up a bit, but near the end, my left leg ached a little, so I slowed again.