Friday, September 30, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
Talked to the doctor about my knee, he checked it and thought I shouldn't do anything if it wasn't really limiting me. That's the same advice I got over the weekend from my brother, an acupuncture/homeopathic doctor. They did suggest I give glucosomine/chondriton a month or so and I got some over the weekend and started taking that. We'll see how I do.
Otherwise, healthy. Doctor was impressed by the running, said it was doing me good. We'll see what the blood analysis shows in a couple days.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
I felt something was wrong about 3. My day just didn’t feel right and it was because I hadn’t run. My wife invited me to lunch just as I was getting ready to run, so I had to put it off.
Tired, struggling a bit with the day, so I took it easy.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
I’ve been running steady most of the last three years, rarely doing more than changing my speed once or twice during the run. That hasn’t been much of an issue for me, but recently I hurt my knee and decided that I ought to try and vary things a little as I build back some strength.
I used to do the body for life run, which was a brutal 20 minutes.
It’s a pyramid workout, and when you get to the level 9 and 10s, it’s hard. If you’re trying to work at that level, you are exhausted, and not just physically. Mentally pushing yourself is hard.
I decided to try a few variations on my own, not building up to that level, but working harder.
A few days I did a 1:00 at a slower pace, around 6.3-6.3mph and then a 0:30 slice at a faster pace, varying the speed slightly, depending how I felt. Sometimes the faster pace was 6.6mph, sometimes 7.0mph, sometimes 7.2mph.
The other pyramid I tried was a two stage pace. 0:30 at 6.3, 0:30 at 6.7, and 0:30 at 7, alternating. Getting a break, but not a lot of a break.
Those are OK, but they require more thought. I prefer a 1:00 on, 1:00 off, and having a reminder to just change on the :00 time. Easier to handle when I’m running, especially with Runmeter, which gives me an update every minute if I want it.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Friday, September 9, 2011
Today I complete a milestone. Three years of running every day, at least a mile a day. Unlike most of those days, today was a struggle, with me feeling tired, my mind wandering, and unable to get into the zone. Every step was a step to me, and I remember them all. Not a good run.
However I persevered. I wanted to walk a few times, and would plan on walking the next hill, but I never did. I slowed down and kept jogging. I wanted to turn around early, but I didn’t. I went my fairly regular route, and added a few more steps on each of the turnround points (there are two).
One thing I’ve learned in three years is that I’m a grinder. I work through the stuff that I need to, even when I don’t want to. I’ve learned that I like regularity, with just a very small hint of variation once in awhile.
I’ve learned I feel healthier with regular exercise, and that running every day is not only possible, but it helps me monitor my energy level, my happiness, and my effort level. Both in life and work. I can tell when stress is getting higher, when I’m pushing too hard.
I’ve also learned that exercise is my hobby. I sometimes lament that I don’t spend enough time playing guitar, or working with wood, but ultimately I realize that my activities (baseball, snowboarding, running, etc.) are a hobby.
Three years, running every day, has taught me about myself, and at the end of every day, I feel like I’ve accomplished something, no matter what else has happened.
It’s been a good three years and I’m not sure how long I’ll go, but I’ve enjoyed the journey so far.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Tomorrow is 3 years of running, but I had it as day 1092. That math doesn’t add up, so I went back and looked. I realized I had two “Day 841”s and then found two errors.
So I’m renumbering things to get them correct. Keeping track of this daily should be easy, but every once in awhile I mess it up.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Corrected with a mapping and ended up:
Monday, September 5, 2011
Near the end of the month I felt better, and pushed a bit more, trying to make up a little distance. I ended up getting to my 2mi/day average. Barely.
August was 62.27mi. That brings my year total to 484.42, which is pacing me at 60.55 mi/month or 726 for the year. I want to get to 730, so I'm just below the average. A good September and October should get me above the pace, then we'll have to see if I can make Dec 31.
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Saturday, September 3, 2011