Sunday, February 28, 2010

Day 537

This was one of those days I realized late in the day something was missing. I got up late, went to breakfast with my wife, then spent the afternoon fixing stuff at a rental. About 7:00pm at night I realized I hadn’t run, so I headed downstairs and knocked one out.



Saturday, February 27, 2010

Day 536

A long day on my feet at a work event, but I managed to get a good run in today. Cruised at a good pace.



Friday, February 26, 2010

Day 535

A short one. Tired, up a lot last night. The legs need a break as well.



Thursday, February 25, 2010

Day 534

It has been a long week. I was tired, but as usual, the run surprised me and felt great. I ran a little longer and faster, knowing that I wasn’t going to karate tonight.



Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Day 533

Still a sore right knee, but mostly when I bend. A short, but quicker run today.



Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Finding a Day Off

Running every day, while great mentally, doesn’t give you a day off. I could just not run for a day, but I like this streak, and I feel good.
However I do need to manage light and hard days. With snowboarding, baseball, karate, a little weightlifting, and other activities, it’s hard to find an off day. For example, here’s a recent week for me.
Sunday run 1.5mi
Monday run 1.5mi karate
Tuesday run 1.5mi
Wednesday run 1.5 mi karate
Thursday run 1.5mi snowboarding
Friday run 1.5mi
Saturday run 2.0mi

That’s a pretty typical week, and while I don’t run specifically 1.5 mi (could be 1.4, or 1.7), that’s an “easy” day for me. A good workout is 2+ mi, and going to 3+ is hard. Not necessarily physically hard at the time, but too many of them wear on me.
I could build up to more distance, but I like my other activities.
My current plan when I go to run is “see how I feel.” and then think about what else is going on. If I feel good, I run a bit more, but temper that if I have karate or something else later that day.
If I snowboarded yesterday, even if I feel fine, I know that my body is tired, so I limit how much I might normally do. If I have nothing today or tomorrow, I’ll usually look for a longer run.
For today, no karate set up, and none tomorrow, but a couple double workouts already in the last few days, I’ll take it easy.
But tomorrow, a long run!

Day 532

The right knee is sore again after karate. Another light run.



Monday, February 22, 2010

Day 531

The neck as better, but I took it easy.



Sunday, February 21, 2010

Day 530

My neck really hurt this morning when I got up. The nerve was pinched and angry. I knew I wasn’t doing damage by jogging, so I tried in the afternoon, but I was miserable. Ran with one arm tucked up around my shoulder to minimize pain.



Saturday, February 20, 2010

Day 529

Jogged through an easy one today.



Friday, February 19, 2010

Day 528

Longer, but slower today. Legs were a little achey this morning, so I decided to take it easy.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Day 527

Feeling good, I cruised through a quicker one today, most of the run at 6.5mph. Slowly getting back to the speed I used to start with when I was 25.



Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Day 526

Karate tonight, and a busy day. I pushed out a short one before a work call. Everything felt great.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Day 525

No karate, but the legs were tired after skiing yesterday. No pain, but took it easy.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Back on Nike +

My laptop died in December, and I didn’t think much of it. However when I got to 3 weeks with it not fixed, I decided to move iTunes to my desktop an at least sync up the Nano and Nike+ runs.

That didn’t work, owing to an x46 bug with large USB devices. The technical details didn’t matter for this blog, and I couldn’t experiment with one working computer.

As a result for the last couple months I’ve been manually tracking data, though the Nano has been storing it. Finally the other day I got my new laptop, rebooted and unchecked and checked the Nike + sync a few times in there and finally my runs are being recorded at Nike+ again.

The Nike + system is cool, but the hassles of getting this working with iTunes as well as some of the hassles in getting my workouts up there make me unsure of depending on it.

Day 524

A short early morning run before heading to the slopes.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Day 523

A nice early run with a fundraiser today for Scouts. Hurried through things at a good clip.



Saturday, February 13, 2010

Day 522

An easy cruise today, moving easily despite standing outside in the cold for a few hours with Girl Scouts.


Friday, February 12, 2010

Day 521

Went a little harder than I meant to. I felt fine, but after 20 min yesterday, I should have taken it easy.



Thursday, February 11, 2010

Day 520

A slightly longer run today. I thought about pushing further, but I’m tired and I’m thinking with a couple light days I’ll go with a 3 miler on Sat.



Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Day 519

Took it easy, tired, karate tonight. Ran instead of a nap :)



Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Day 518

A little crunched for time.



Monday, February 8, 2010

How Far You Running These Days?

Someone asked me that recently. A friend noticed that I was over 500 days and wondered if I was pushing out more mileage.

I’m really not. Still a fairly steady 1.5mi a day, but I am trying to get over 2mi at least once a week.

Why? It’s really because that feels good and fits in my life. I did try to go over 2mi a day average last summer and I think I did it too fast. I noticed that my legs were tired, and I was more tired overall, exhausted some days.

The thing is that I run, and it’s what I do, but it’s not ALL that I do. If I ski for 4 hours, I still run. That day as well as the day before and after. If I play baseball for 3-4 hours, it’s not constant exercise, but it’s tiring. If I travel for most of a day, or have karate, I still run.

And I end up doing some other exercise 3-4 times a week. Which means that my off days are usually a 1.5 mi run. A busy day is a 1.5mi run with more exercise.

I might increase some, especially as the weather gets better and a 3 miler outside is easy to do. Once a week I can probably handle that.

Day 517

Hungover, tired, but with a greasy lunch in my belly I went for a run. Actually felt slightly better while running, but my stomach is complaining a bit now.



Sunday, February 7, 2010

Day 516

Feeling better, but I didn't push it. A steady normal run.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Day 515

I nice steady run, despite having a cold slowing me down.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Day 514

Felt great, kicked it up a notch for a long run at 6.5mph



Thursday, February 4, 2010

Day 513

Cruised along on an easy one this afternoon. Later than I wanted, and I was a little full from lunch, but the legs felt good.


Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Day 512

Easy jog today



Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Day 511

A nice, easy run today. Nothing sore, nothing hurt.



Monday, February 1, 2010

Day 510

I cruised along at a nice clip today. Felt great.