Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Day 721

A strange run today. Tia wanted to go with me, but she wasn’t motivated, and was tired. So she walked a bit, and that had me jogging in place quite a bit. Based on pace and steps, the Nike + listed me at 2.49mi, but a bunch in place. I guess we covered about 1.5-1.7mi linearly.



Monday, August 30, 2010

Day 720

Felt great, hit the treadmill with a very windy day outside.



Sunday, August 29, 2010

Day 719

Tired today, struggling with a run after cutting grass and chores all day.



Saturday, August 28, 2010

Day 718

Stiff back, tired, I did a lunch run to wake up, but tried to take it easy.



Friday, August 27, 2010

Day 717

A nice, steady run today. Most everything felt good.



Thursday, August 26, 2010

Day 716

Felt much better, cruised at a good speed on the treadmill (time crunch)



Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Day 715

Feeling much better. Went outside for a 2 miler and only slightly sore.



Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Day 714

Still trying to heal from baseball and karate last week.



Monday, August 23, 2010

Nike + Reset

When I changed shoes recently, and moved the Nike + sensor from one of my old shoes to the new ones, it didn’t connect. And, of course, I didn’t check before I walked out the door for a run. I spent a couple minutes trying to get it to connect before I just took off without having any tracking.

When I got back, I pulled out the insert, and the sensor, and then clicked the button on the sensor. It’s on the bottom, away from the Nike + logo. When I then tried to start a run, the iPod picked it up right away.

Little trick that made me wish I’d taken 2 minutes outside before the run to try it.

Day 713

Feeling a little sore after the weekend. Took it very easy.



Sunday, August 22, 2010

Day 712

A light one, with my second baseball game in two days coming up.



Saturday, August 21, 2010

Day 711

Shorter run with baseball this afternoon. Still sore, but feeling better. I think I’m finally healing up.



Friday, August 20, 2010

Day 710

Treadmill running today, late in the afternoon. Felt good, but didn’t push it since I was sore from karate.



Thursday, August 19, 2010

Day 709

A quick one, not pushing too hard with a karate belt test tonight. I felt much better today running.



Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Day 708

It’s a busy week. I was a wreck today with lots of work and stuff from work, so I didn’t really have much of a run. No karate, but I didn’t feel like running and struggled through this one.



Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Day 707

Another treadmill with a time crunch happening



Monday, August 16, 2010

Day 706

Back home, hitting the treadmill to get this done quickly with some iffy weather outside.



It’s the Journey

I saw this on the 37 Signals blog as “I’ve already got the prize" and found it to be both true, and a little annoying. It refers to the Nobel Peace Prize, who Richard Feynman is apparently in consideration for.

The speaker comes across a little arrogant, and a bit of an ass, but what he's saying makes sense. He’s not necessarily a fun guy to be around, but I think many brilliant people, especially teachers and researchers, aren’t.
However he’s saying that the journey, the fact that you are learning and figuring things out, is what’s important. It’s not the award, it’s not being a part of some group that recognizes your efforts that’s important.
I agree with that. I’ve run lots of races, and while I’ve never won one (or even been close), the feeling of being able to complete the race, the marathon, etc., pales in comparison to many of the days that I’ve felt wonderful after pushing myself through a run.
Heck, some of the days that I’ve really struggled to run, those days where I haven’t set a personal best, or even run well, but I’ve made a huge effort to just get through it. Those are the runs that often stick out in my mind. They make me feel that I achieved something.
Even when no one else is around.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Day 705

My last day in Baton Rouge. Got up early to jog easy around University Lake for the last time this year. I’ll miss the humidity of running at sea level.

The knee is sore, 3 days in a row of pounding on pavement and cement, and I need a break. Back to gravel next week.



Saturday, August 14, 2010

Day 704

I had to work all day, and then events at night, so I fit this one in between, an early evening run around University Lake at LSU again. I felt pressure to hurry, but I did enjoy the time around the lake.



Friday, August 13, 2010

Day 703

In Baton Rouge for work, with a nice run around part of University Lake at LSU. I like running in the heat.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Day 702

Quick one while my daughter was a volleyball with a sore right knee

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Day 701

A quick one as time got away from me today, but I felt great. Kept up a steady 6.4mph, a slight edge over the 6.3mph I've often run at most days on the treadmill. Trying to work back up to more speed and more mileage.


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Day 700

A milestone! All day in the mountains with the kids, then a nice, easy, steady run for day 700


Monday, August 9, 2010

Running Healthy

I’ve been running every day for almost two years. Someone recently asked me how I managed to stay healthy that long and keep running. My answer surprised them:

“I didn’t”

I haven’t been healthy for two years. As I write this, I have a tight lower back on the left side, and a sore right ankle that I rolled twice in the last month.

If you plan on running every day, you’re going to have to run with some injuries. You are going to run in pain. The sore ankles, tired feet, allergies, colds, headaches, pulled hamstrings, and other maladies are going to afflict you.

That doesn’t mean you run through anything. There are a few times when I have thought I’d have to stop because of injury. I’ve gone out and moved slowly, testing the injury and making a decision every 20-30sec if I should stop. So far none of them have been that severe, and I’ve managed to muddle through some slow runs.

Don’t let injury necessarily stop you, but modify what you do, pay attention, and if you are getting worse, stop. You’ll definitely prolong healing times, but I have been amazed how much more in touch with my body I am and how I’ve run through injuries over a few weeks.

Day 699

My back was sore last night. After the run, and a couple swings at the plate, it tightened up. I had to stop batting during the game because of it. It was better today, but I didn't push things. I had a massage before this, which helped, and then jogged along.


Sunday, August 8, 2010

Day 698

 I was supposed to run with Delaney, but he slept in, so I knocked out a quick one before baseball. The legs were still tired, and the back was tight, but it loosened up on the treadmill as I ran along.


Saturday, August 7, 2010

Day 697

Today was a struggle. After working on fence all afternoon, it started to sprinkle and I came in for a short one before dinner. I pounded in t-posts all day and my legs were tired. I would feel it in each step as I joggd through.


Friday, August 6, 2010

Day 696

I was all set to run with Delaney, but it started to rain, so we took turns on the treadmill. I pushed him and then had a good run. My left calf was a little tight or I would have pushed harder. No right leg pain (yeah!)


Thursday, August 5, 2010

Day 695

A good run, but quick. On the treadmill as I had errands to run.


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Day 694

The knee is much better, an almost normal run today.


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Day 693

Outside, training with Delaney. Slow, but good for him. He ran more, ate better beforehand, and took short breaks. He had a few of them, but they were all 5-10sec breaks before continuing on.

My knee was still sore, and I think I must have banged it Sat since it feels bruised. It was a little tough to start, but I jogged fairly straight-legged and that worked.


Monday, August 2, 2010

Day 692

 A sore knee after a long weekend. A short treadmill run


New Shoes

Got some new running shoes yesterday, which were sorely needed. My old ones were in bad shape, with the heal fabric starting to rip on both of them. I probably should have replaced them months ago, but I had been running a decent amount in my trail shoes, and on gravel, so I kept putting this off.


I switched to try the Nike Pegasus brand last year and I liked them. They were the first shoes I tried on yesterday, they felt good, so I went with them. No need to mess around and try others since these have worked well.

Now it’s time to get Delaney out there and get running before I head to baseball today.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Day 691

A morning run, but a rough one for Delaney. He didn’t eat enough and struggled to get going. He did push on and finish with a good jog. No Nike+, but I jogged next to him and using mapping software, have a 1.46mi run