Monday, October 31, 2011
A good month, however, with runs in Liverpool, UK, Seattle, the beach in California along with quite a few at home.
The month total was 67.02, not bad, and giving me 619 for the year and puts me on pace for 743 for the year. A record year for me.
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
I thought about using the sidewalk along the beach, but decided to enjoy the wide, firm, flat beaches in CA and did a little over a mile down and then back. Great fun, and a treat to get a run at the beach, on the coast on the other side of the country from when I woke up.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
115. 114 people bothered to track and send in their streaks and they'd be ahead of me. What's amazing is that if I complete this year, about 3 1/3 years, I'd only move up to 112. If I ran for 4 years, I'd only get to 106 or 107.
To break the top 100, I'd have to go about 4.6 years.
5 years gets you to the 96th place.
10 years required for 70th.
That's some serious dedication, and perhaps obsession.
Not sure where I'll stop, though I'd like to get through the end of this year. Serious skiing in Jan might make me think about ending it.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
I got asked to fill in a survey from Ted Vickey, for his research and, I assume, dissertation. I don’t know if he wants others to answer, but here’s his site:
The questions on the survey were a little strange to me. I exercise because I enjoy it, want to stay fit, and it’s really my “hobby.” I use various fitness tools, mostly to track what I’m doing. It’s mainly because of this streak that I do it, otherwise I’d really slack off.
I am probably different than others, mostly using the tools to help me know when to taper back my exercise more than motivate to drive forward, but just as I love the feedback on time and distance on the treadmill, the same feedback from Runmeter does help motivate me to push through some days.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Friday, October 7, 2011
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
September was a good month, with my pushing things for a long run every week and 2 miles most weeks. I ended up with 68.38 miles for the month, with a 3 3mi runs and a lots of 2.25-ish runs.
For the year, that brings me to: 552.8 a 730mi pace.
Maybe I will get to a2mi/day average.
Monday, October 3, 2011
I have a Verizon, CDMA phone. I knew it wouldn't work in the UK before I arrived for this trip (I found out in July). However I was sure I'd get wi-fi from the hotel and could plan a route. No such luck, and it was a mistake to count on it.
No problem, I thought. I'll just run a simple route. It worked, mostly, in London, though I did miss a turn and run about 1/2-3/4 of a mile more than I expected. I thought I'd be more careful in Liverpool, but I wasn't. Or, I got confused.
I was traveling for about 24 hours of real time. According to the clock it was closer to 30 hours, but I'd had some sleep, and when I started out at 8pm, I was tired. I left the hotel, thinking I'd stick to one road, but after a half mile I hit a large intersection, one that didn't look like it had a good straight route, so I turned left. I thought I'd stick with that, but 1/4 mile or so that hit a large highway I didn't want to cross and I turned right. No big deal, I thought, thinking I'd recognize both intersections on the way back.
I went 9 minutes out, thinking I'd come back quicker, and not wanting to hurry. However I realized that I was also enjoying the run. When I came back, I think I hit the first turn to the left correctly, but then when I got to the next large intersection and went right, I knew I'd made some mistake. I backtracked a little, still jogging, but things looked funny. I think I looped around in a few circles, blowing past my 20 minutes to about 26 minutes before I knew I was lost and looked for a map. I found one and stopped my run at that point, trying to figure out where to go. I thought I had a route, but once I started, I knew I'd made a mistake again, and stopped jogging again to ask someone outside a pub which way to go.
I got pointed in the right direction, which wasn't the way I thought I should go. I wasn't far off, but I was off, and I'm glad I asked. I jogged back to the hotel, arriving only slightly late. Not too tired, and not an outrageous run since I was going slower than expected the majority of the time. I'd been warned about Liverpool being dangerous, but I never really worried about that while I was running. I stuck to well lit areas, and busy streets and things were fine.
The biggest issue was not really studying a map of the area I was in for 10-15 minutes and noting some large street names. I knew my hotel, but I hadn't even gotten the name of the two streets that crossed by it. A mistake, and one I won't make again.
Definitely an adventure, one I didn't want at 9pm at night, but which worked out OK and I had a good run that night.