Thursday, December 31, 2009

Goal #2 Complete – I ran every day in 2009

I set a goal last year of running every day for a year. I reached that goal on Sept 9, 2009, and then needed a new one. I looked around for awhile and finally decided to try and complete 2009, running every calendar day.

I did that today, finishing my 478th day in a row, and completing at least a mile run every day of 2009!

Next up, getting to 500 days.

Day 478

A nice easy one, my standard 16 min run.



Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Day 477

After skiing I took it easy. Plus I was hungry. The right ankle was slightly sore, so I didn’t push things too hard.



Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Day 476

A nice run today. I was talking with my wife earlier about running and how I was going slower. I had gone up to 6.6 last week and felt pretty winded after a few minutes. She asked if I was trying to go faster, and if I’d want to run a race. I said no and yes, so we might do one soon.

However that had me thinking today and 6.4mph, which is usually where I peak, is slow. I used to start there in my 20s and go to 7.0 or 7.5 and cruise along. Finishing a 5k in under 24min was a given, and while I’m slowed, I don’t think I’m that slower.

Today I tried to go faster, coming up quicker on this pace:

0:00 – 4mph to start

1:00 – 5.6mph

2:00 – 6.2mph

4:00 – 6.5mph

7:00 – 7.0mph

14:00 – 6.5mph

18:00 – 4.0mph

It actually felt OK, and I wasn’t overly winded. My right ankle is slightly sore now, but just a little. Maybe I can still do a 24:00 5K.



Monday, December 28, 2009

The running streak application is off!

When I hit one year I downloaded the membership application from the US Running Streak Association and filled it out on my laptop. It asked for a total of miles run, and I didn’t have a good total since I had tracked things all over the place. So I started to compile things, but got distracted with machine issues.

When I sent off my laptop recently, it struck me that I might need to do a new application. Fortunately I found it synced up on my desktop and finished filling it out and compiled my mileage. It was over 500 miles for the year, which was cool.

Today I finally got a stamp and mailed it off. I’m not expecting to get on the active streak list until Feb since it’s so late in the year, but look for me there.

The Active streaks – I should be 220 when I go up, with my streak starting on 9/10/2008.

There are also retired streaks, where I hope not to be for some time.

Day 475

A nice run, a little longer than normal, but not too long after the 3mi yesterday. I know that pushing too hard can catch up to me after a week or so.



Sunday, December 27, 2009

Day 474

No skiing, so I went for a longer one today, jogging through 3 miles.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Day 473

A nice easy jog on the treadmill with it being 24F outside and taking it easy after a longer one yesterday. Looking to try and go for 3mi tomorrow or Mon.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Day 472

My second Christmas Day run in a row! The kids were playing, things were relaxed, and I was hungry, having only eaten a little. I wanted to enjoy Christmas Day after this with a beer or two, so I went for a nice run to earn it.

Everything felt great, but I moved up to 6.6mph as part of a pyramid and it was tough. 2-3 minutes there was enough, and I worked my way back down again, through 6.4, 6.2, and then 5.6 to close out.



Thursday, December 24, 2009

Day 471

Christmas Eve, my second one running. A nice one, again short in time, but a little faster than the rest of this week.



Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Day 470

The streak continues through another snow storm. A nice run this afternoon, everything felt great, and no pain. I didn't push things since my neck is still sore and we skied a long time yesterday.


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Day 469

We're going skiing, so a morning run on Christmas week before we head up. Felt great, back to my mile and a half.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Day 468

Late at night, a 9:40pm run after a long day. Everything felt fine, but a minimal run since I’ll probably run in the morning before we go skiing.



Another Vote for Cho-Pat

After running for 4 days outside up in the mountains, and having my son hit my with his snowboard a couple times in the knee (he was playing around), my legs were sore. I wrapped up the knee at karate, but it was sore below the knee to the touch and I had to really modify things.

It felt OK while running, but it was still sore. I let it go for about 4-5 days, but it didn't seem to get better. Then I noticed the cho-pat straps I have down by the treadmill. I haven't worn them in a few months, but I slipped one on for a run. Didn't change anything that day, or the next, but the 3rd day things started to feel better.

I know time passed, and maybe I was just healing, but I think those straps really work. In fact, after a week of wearing one I noticed that the other leg didn't seem as strong. Good thing I have two straps.

Mine are similar to this one, but I might go ahead and try one of the upper and lower knee straps from Amazon.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Day 467

Pushed a little harder, but not too much. With a 50F day, I had planned to run outside, but it was so windy I bailed.  Everything felt OK in the legs, but my neck was acting up, so I cut things short.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Day 466

I almost went for a long run, but feeling sick, and having leg issues, I decided not to push it, even though I feel fine.

Friday, December 18, 2009


Most of the year I’ve been running outside or in the basement with my shirt off. I’ve found that sweating in cool weather tends to get my nipples sore, so I usually remove my shirt before I get on the treadmill, or outside if it’s nice enough.

However feeling sick the last week, and chilly weather, have had me keeping them on in the basement for treadmill runs. Too cold to run without a shirt.

Adapting to my environment and listening to the body.

Day 465

A nice steady run today, everything feeling good. Almost ran past my time, but feeling sick, so cut it off a little early.
16:00 min

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Day 464

A late run today. Felt OK, sore knee again as I started, but it was fine on the run. Took it slow.


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Day 463

A quiet run today, thinking I'd get karate. The knee is slightly sore, and I took it easy. One hip (left) started to get sore near the end, so I slowed down. Not sure why and it feels fine now.


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Day 462

A full blown cold caught me this morning, so I plugged away slowly at a run, but didn’t press it.



Monday, December 14, 2009

Slowing Down

I tend to run a lot at 6.2mph. It's a good pace and I like that one. When I'm outside, I go a little faster, but for some reason it feels easier. The other day I was feeling good and went to 6.4, and then 6.6 for about 5 minutes and it felt good, but I was working hard.

What's funny to me is that I used to start running at 6.4mph when I was in my 20s and training for 5ks. Then I'd get up to 7.0 or 7.5 for some runs. I even got up there for some of my Body for Life runs at times, cruising along and working.

But I'm older, I'm running every day, and I'm trying to maintain my body for the long hall. Not just for the next few months. So I go slower, and while I can still get up to 7.0 and run, I want to push my body, not strain it too much.

I think if you have a good body you can run every day, but you definitely have to remember that modifications are needed as you get old. I'm sure I'll be down to 5.8mph in the next decade for lots of my runs.

Day 461

Once again I forgot to start the nano as I ran, so I don't have a Nike + update for today. It was an easy run, though the right knee was slightly sore walking up stairs last night, so I put straps on both legs. Stopped early since I was feeling a bit of a cold and didn't want to overdo it.


Sunday, December 13, 2009

Day 460

I wasn’t feeling good today, but I decided to plow along, getting through a decent run on the weekend when I didn’t really have much else going on.



Saturday, December 12, 2009

Day 459

Another day, another run. Went longer with not much else going on today.



Friday, December 11, 2009

Day 458

Still worn out from being sick, despite a lot of sleep in the last 24 hours. I felt OK during the run, but didn't push it, going slow for 5 minutes (5.6mph) and then going faster (6.2mph) to get to 12 minutes, mainly to get things done.


Thursday, December 10, 2009

Day 457

I was feeling sick, worn out, and struggled through a run today. Just tried to run a decent mile and a half and failed. It felt fast as I was moving along, so I backed down the treadmill a bit.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Day 456

Delaney was sick, so I wasn't sure about karate. However I was gassed the other day, and the legs have been tired, though feeling better since the ski trip. So I took it easy.


Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Day 455

No karate tonight, or during the day. Too much stuff going on and it was cold as can be (-2F). So I went a little longer, cruising through a good run that had me up to 6.6mph for awhile.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Day 454

Another day, another run. Felt fine and cruised through an easy one.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Day 453

A nice long steady treadmill run while it's 10F outside. I sped up slowly and then cooled down, a flat pyramid.

2.12 mi

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Day 452

A quick one after the fundraiser for the Scouts and before a little football.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Catching Up on Logging

with the laptop dead and iTunes not syncing on the desktop, I’m back to manual syncing. I assume I’ll have this working at some point, but I don’t want to lose data if the nano dies.

450 days is a nice number, and I’m caught up, hoping to finish out the year strong.

Day 451

The iPod still won’t sync, so I’m capturing the data here. A nice run, despite a sore knee when I woke up. I started out slow, 5.5mph, and after 8 minutes felt OK, so I took it to 6.2. Finished OK, with only a slight ache in the knee.



Thursday, December 3, 2009

Day 450

A sore knee, but I made it through a slow run today.



Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Past weeks’ Runs

Here they are for now. My laptop died and I haven’t tried to sync elsewhere. We’ll see if this works.

12/2 16’ 1.6mi

12/1   16’   1.44mi

11/30  16’  1.65mi

11/29   14:45  1.41mi

11/27   14:53   1.39mi

11/26   13:24  1.39mi

11/25   16’   1.54mi

11/24   16‘  1.45mi

11/23   14’   1.41mi

Day 449

Sore, but not as sore. Didn’t limp on the run today.



Tuesday, December 1, 2009

A New Goal

I was thinking about goals recently after talking with someone that was looking to get back into shape. They had set a goal to exercise every day in December, which I think it pretty good. However it got me thinking about running, especially with some struggles lately to run.

I had thought about setting 500 days, and that’s not bad, but it didn’t have the excitement of a year. 1,000 days sounds better, but that’s a long way away, and I’m not sure I’ll make it that far. I continued to mull it over and came up with this one:

Run every day in 2009

That sounds cool. And I’m most of the way there, having run every day in the first 11 months of the year. I’m close, and it will server until I get to 500 days, but I think that will be another cool accomplishment to add to this streak.

Day 448

After karate last night, the knee was really sore today. I limped around, and even limped through the first few minutes of the run. It number up and I made it through a short one.



Monday, November 30, 2009

Day 447

A quick one today, thinking I might not make karate.



Julia & Julie

I’m not sure why I watched Julia and Julie on a recent airplane trip, but I did. It’s not really the kind of movie I usually watch, but I found myself enjoying it.

What does this have to do with running? The story is of a lady whose life is a bit of a mess. She’s not happy with her job and is looking for something to give her life meaning. She enjoys cooking and Julia Child is a bit of an idol for her.

So she decides to work her way through The Joy of Cooking, the famous cookbook of Julia Child. It has about 540-some recipes in it. Her husband says she needs some type of deadline as motivation, and suggests a year. She’s a little flabbergasted, but she agrees and decides to blog about it.

As you might guess, it’s a struggle, but she perseveres, documenting her journey through cooking something every day. And along the way she discovers what I did:

It’s the act of doing something every day that gives you meaning. It sustains you, and it’s a huge accomplishment. It provides a lot of mental satisfaction and energy.

Julie goes on to a cooking show and some success (it’s based on a true story), and while my running isn’t likely to give me any material success, it’s an accomplishment that I will treasure forever.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Day 446

An early morning run, this time before skiing. Again on the streets of Copper Mountain, where it was cold and the sunny weather, while pleasant, didn’t dampen the 15F temp.



Saturday, November 28, 2009

Day 445

A full day of skiing, another beer, and then a run at the health club. Kendall wanted to swim, so we headed over there. I had no headphones, the wrong shoes (mocs instead of tennies), and Kendall wanting me in the pool, so a quick one.



Friday, November 27, 2009

Day 444

Another outside run, this time in the streets of Copper Mountain Village after skiing. (and eating)



Thursday, November 26, 2009

Day 443

Thanksgiving. After skiing all day and then a Wendy’s Thanksgiving dinner (not turkey), I needed to run. No treadmill in the hotel so I headed out for a cold run around the streets of Frisco. It was very cold.



Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Day 442

Felt good and picked up the pace a little today.



Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Day 441

A good steady run today.



Monday, November 23, 2009

Day 440

Kind of a cool milestone, 440 days.

I was a little rushed to fit this one in, but it felt great. A breeze to run through 1.3 miles.

Listen To Your Body

The best thing about this running streak was that I've learned to listen to my body. I've learned to really pay attention to how I feel, and then adjust my activity as a result. I don't stop running, but I do alter things based on the way that I feel.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Day 439

I didn't have a hard day skiing, but being up on the slopes and moving all day still had me tired. This was a bit of a struggle to get through this one.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Day 438

I wasn't at all rushed today, a bunch of downtime between morning and evening events. So I decided to run a little longer, getting a nice long run before the evening.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Day 437

A steady easy run today. I was feeling a little out of it, so I didn't push too hard.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Day 436

A nice lunchtime run inside, away from the wind and snow.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Day 435

I ran late today, fitting a quick one in after snowboarding and before kid stuff. I was surprised that I wasn't that tired trying to get this one done after a day of snowboarding.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Day 434

I went early to karate and then pounded out a run before around the pavement. It was cold, and I had to work around the snow and ice on the sidewalks, so I went a little slower than usual. It felt good to be outside, and not be rushed to get it done.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Day 433

Just another run on the treadmill.


I spent a whole week recently at a business conference in Seattle. It was colder than I expected a few days and I was busier than expected other days. As a result I ended up running early in the morning every day and on the treadmill on the top floor of the Sheraton downtown. Not a bad view, but at 6:00am, not much to see.

I thought the treadmills up there were nice, but they must be harder than mine at home, which has impact adjustment. By the time Thur hit, day 4 running, my right knee was throbbing a bit as I walked around. I felt it walking up stairs, and actually started to take elevators where I could for that reason.

When I got home, I decided to take it easy, and spent 3-4 days running less, and slower, on the treadmill here. I also added the cho-pat strap. That has seemed to help, but I'll keep an eye on it.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Day 432

I felt better after a good night's sleep, and ran a touch longer, but didn't stress anything. I'm still trying to make sure the legs are healing nicely, especially after a few hard days at karate last week.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Day 431

All day at scouts, chores outside, and my chest tight from something. Tonight's run was a struggle.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Day 430

Cruising along, a nice run today.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Day 429

A nice easy run, with a beat up body after karate last night.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Day 428

Felt good, but with a karate test, I took it easy. Surprised when I looked down and was 13 minutes in.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Day 427

Pounding one out before karate. I tried to take it easy, but I was beat in karate, so I bet I went too fast. Felt fine while running.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Day 426

Sore legs from the conference still, trying to take it easy. The left ankle and right knee throbbed a little before warming up.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Day 425

The knee is still sore, and for some reason, the left ankle is also sore. That one is strange, but I get the knee from being at the conference for a week. So I'll be taking it easy for a week to try and let it heal.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Day 424

A struggle to run tonight. I woke up in Seattle, couldn't run, flew home, went to the hospital, and then finally ran late at night. A struggle to get it done.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Day 423

Up again early, knocking out the run before leaving the hotel. Another easy one, trying to let the knee heal.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Day 422

Pounding away in the morning before heading to work at the conference. The right knee is a little sore, so I tried not to go too hard.

Day 422

Pounding away in the morning before heading to work at the conference. The right knee is a little sore, so I tried not to go too hard.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Day 421

Felt much better this morning, woke up at 6, and had a nice run on the treadmill again on the top of the Sheraton.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Day 420

I was tired. My legs were tired. I struggled up to the roof of the Sheraton in Seattle, the health club, stretched for 5 minutes while I waited for a treadmill to open up and tried to take up. It was 6:20 in the morning, and after a long day traveling and hosting a party the night before, I was beat.

I got a treadmill, walked for a couple minutes, and then started to run at 6.2mph. A minute later I was ready to call it a day and maybe run later.

It was the first time I've really felt like stopping mentally. I wasn't that tired, and so I forced myself to keep going. It ended up being a good run and I felt invigorated, but this one was tough.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Keeping Motivated

When I was a week away from a solid year of running, my ten year old asked me what my next goal was. He wanted to know if I had something else to shoot for after completing 365 days of running?

I told him I wasn’t sure, but I wanted to aim for 400 days. I had an event that I needed to travel to, and I’d be there for day 400. That was a good goal for me. I had also heard about someone else shooting for 1000 days, but I didn’t want to aim that high.

Now I’m past day 400, aiming for day 500, but it’s not a big goal. Right now running tends to be a day-to-day thing, just seeing if I can do it every day.

I don’t know if that’s sustainable, especially when I start to have busy days. I think that a goal of some sort, trying to get to some level of accomplishment is what really keeps you moving forward.

So I’m searching for a new goal, and in the meantime, I’ve found that this blog, my Nike + and trackers help me to keep pushing forward by looking back at what I’ve done.

Day 419

Up early, getting in a run before leaving for the airport. I had a hard time sleeping, so the run woke me up. Cruised easy through this short one.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Day 418

The Nike + didn't register, or I didn't start it. Not sure. However with a trip tomorrow, and likely a short one, I decided to do 20 today at a good pace. I even did a couple minutes at 6.6mph.


Saturday, October 31, 2009

Day 417

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.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Day 416

After spending a few hours out working on the snow, I came in, a quick bite to eat, and running with wet socks. Not my favorite way to run.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Day 415

We're definitely snowed in for today. It's been snowing all day, and windy, and so I just jogged along, watching Star Trek on the treadmill. Everything felt great, and it was a good run today.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Day 414

Snow coming down all day, the kids out of school, I had the feeling no karate would be taking place. So I went a little longer than otherwise, cruising easily through the jog. My neck hurt a little, but not too bad.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Day 413

After snowboarding, my body tired, I made myself jog through a short one.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Day 412

A good lunchtime run today. Nothing hurt, it was easy to cruise along.

Tracking your efforts

I have three tracking tools for running:

  1. this blog
  2. Nike +

Of these, I think this blog, and 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 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

Day 411

With snow outside, and a cold day, I took the opportunity to have a nice, steady run on the treadmill. Went 2 miles, and then lifted. A good exercise day.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Day 410

Another day, another run. Up early, my eyes hurt, after getting back from Scouts, I just jogged it out.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Day 409

The body felt beat up today. Not much happening tonight, but I still took it easy. The pace was steady, and I even increased speed, but I didn't strain at all. Guess I'm getting in better shape.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Day 408

An easy run. Didn't go too far with karate tonight.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Day 407

A nice, easy run today. Everything felt great!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Day 406

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

Day 404

I slipped a treadmill run in. It's nice outside, but the neck is sore, so I didn't want to strain anything.

Nike + Profiles

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:

Nike + Profile

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

Day 403

A nice, steady run inside. Felt good.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Day 402

A busy day, I slipped this in at lunch. Legs felt good, but I was hungry and distracted.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

DAy 401

Taking it easy on the treadmill today. Felt good.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Day 400

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

Day 399

A rushed run in the am before karate. I went a little longer, around an extra block. I hadn't eaten, but the run felt good.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Day 398

A nice run in the afternoon.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Day 397

A nice, steady, long run. We had talked about going to the high school track to run with the karate group, but it was so cold I decided not to go this week.

Tracking Progress

Someone asked me recently how I was tracking my progress running. Here's my response:

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 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

Day 396

I ate a big lunch, had karate class before it, and wasn't feeling up for running, but we're going over to a friend's tonight and I needed to get it done.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Day 395

A nice, long run on the treadmill with snow outside.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Day 394

A quick one before karate, out in the rain and snow mix. It felt good, and I had a quick one. A mile in under 9 minutes.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Day 393

My neck hurt today, so I took it easy. I alternately struggled to run and felt good as I got through it, but I cut it short to not push too hard.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Day 392

I went slow, but a little longer today. Things are sore, but I felt OK, so I kept going after thinking I might stop at 14:00.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Day 391

A nice easy run today, the knee sore when I started, but loosening up as I went through it.

Holding Back

I'm an active guy, and it's not all running. Despite the running streak, I also play baseball in the summer, snowboard in the winter, and do karate 2-3 days a week. Other than a few months in the fall, I typically have 3-4 other activities every week where I'm working my body. I'm also trying to weightlift a few times a week as well lightly for strength.

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

Day 390

A short one, but a little faster, and it felt good. My knee is a little sore from tiling the bathroom, but overall it doesn't feel that bad when I run. Glad I did it early, though.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Day 389

Took an easy one today, letting the legs take it easy.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Day 388

A nice easy run today, in between chores. Took it easy to let the legs heal a bit.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Day 387

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.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Day 386

A nice, easy run today.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Day 385

I didn't run at lunch, and waited too long this afternoon. I had to hurry one before picking up the kids. However everything felt fine at the hurried pace, no pain, no soreness.

Monday, September 28, 2009

When it ends

What happens? My wife asked me recently how I'd feel when I stop running? I wasn't sure how to answer it. I'd like to say "no big deal" especially as I've gone a full year, but it's hard to answer. I love running, and I think I'd just start again, but will it mean the same thing? Not sure.

She said I could be crushed, or ignore it, but she thought I'd probably feel bad, but shake if off quickly.

I know it will end someday, so I can't worry about it. When I hit about 200 days, I started to worry that if I didn't make a year, I'd be disappointed, but that didn't happen, so I don't think it will be a huge deal if I stop someday.

Day 384

A nice run on the treadmill. My knees were slightly sore when I got up, and it was windy, so I didn't go outside. I'll probably regret this a little in the winter, but for now I was happy to be inside.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Day 383

Another day I almost forgot. Did things with the kids during the day and then we had plans to go out. I remembered just in time to go down and knock out a short one.