Saturday, June 30, 2012

Day 1390

A nice steady run on my day off from Body for Life. Felt great, and pushed just a little but never really out of breath.


Friday, June 29, 2012

Day 1389

After lifting, a quick one. Felt good once I got going, but hard to start.


Thursday, June 28, 2012

Day 1388

Day 2 of Body for Life. Combined my run with the 20 min workout. Slow for me, but pacing my wife, and some jogging in place, so probably more than I show as distance, but a decent workout for me. Intervals of a minute, building into 4 min pyramids as per the BFL workout book. Not hard at this pace, but exhausting in the weeks to come.


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Day 1387

Hard run, not too fast or far, but started Body for Life and this was tough. Now need to lift.


12,000 Feet

Last week I was in the mountains camping, and after a 4-5 mi hike up a peak, I decided to run. We were near Grays Peak and there was a bumpy, gravel road from the trailhead that I started following down the mountain. .75mi or so later, I turned, knowing it would be hard to get back.

It was crazy hard.

I had .25mi to go, ran .3, or really slowly jogged, and barely made it. My chest was on fire and I struggled quite a bit to make it that .3 mi. The rest of the way I alternated some walking with some jogging, but it was hard. Definitely a difference running at 12,000 feet.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Day 1386

A late, quick run. All day doing other stuff and 9:30 at night before I could get to this.


Monday, June 25, 2012

Day 1385

An easy run, taking my son along. We cruised up the road, with some jogging in place for me, but not a ton. Estimates here for time.


Sunday, June 24, 2012

Day 1384

A long, hot baseball game, then a workout (chest) and a struggle to knock out a run. Didn't push things.


Saturday, June 23, 2012

Day 1383

A lunch run, after a long week. Cruised along, steady, not pushing.


Friday, June 22, 2012

Day 1382

Easy one tonight.


Thursday, June 21, 2012

Day 1381

Late run, after coming back from the mountains. A tough one.


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Day 1380

Running at 12,000 feet. Actually, starting at 12,200 and running downhill and back up. Tough. There is little oxygen at that height. After a 2kft/2mi hike up Grays Peak.



Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Outside Shortened

I had planned to be at Camp Alexander, running every morning in the mountains. That was cancelled when the camp was evacuated for a fire near 11 Mile Canyon. Add to that a rolled ankle on Sun morning (glad I ran early) and it's been some slower work on the treadmill.

However I head up to Gray's Peak shortly and I'll be up there until Thur afternoon, so a Wed run at 10,000 feet. I expect to be slow and careful, especially after a hike, but it should be interesting.

Day 1379

Quick one, early, before a long drive. Not too fast, but a decent pace.


Monday, June 18, 2012

Day 1378

Sore ankle, knocked out a short one without pushing.


Outside for a week

I drove to Boy Scout camp last night, for a week of outdoor life with my son. No cell service, very little power, and really a week of time outside as he works on his scout journey to Eagle scout.

Meanwhile, with limited duties, it's a time to unwind for me, and a time to run outside in the mountains. I'll run based on time, and then map the routes when I get back, since I'm not sure where I'm starting from. It's high, higher than I normally run, and I expect more hilly, but we'll see.

My plan is early morning runs, before coffee, when it's cool and quiet. Looking forward to the rest of the week after today. Once the boys are settled, I'll run this afternoon.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Day 1377

Quick one before baseball


Saturday, June 16, 2012

Day 1376

Quick one after helping someone move and some chores.


Friday, June 15, 2012

Day 1375

A nice steady run. Pushed for a mile, then let up and coasted a bit.


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Day 1374

A nice steady run, with just slightly pushy intervals, but not too many. Legs were tired today and I was worn out last night.


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Day 1373

A nice, steady run today, pushing harder after yesterday. A mile of 30s on, 30s off paces. Then pyramids: 30s each at 6.8, 7.0, 6.8 and back to 6.6


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Day 1372

All day, standing at my desk and finally I decided to go out at 4:30. I didn't start running until 5, thanks to company, but I did beat the rain.

A nice jog outside, hard at first, but I slowly warmed up.


Monday, June 11, 2012

Aching Feet

I have been wearing my Vibram Five Fingers on and off for a month. I haven't been consistent, and haven't really worn them exclusively most days. I've had regular shoes on quite a few times, especially when at my standing desk.

Not a great plan for getting the feet stronger, and I could feel it. Thursday last week I was in the airport and on planes for a good part of the day wearing them. My feet were slightly tired, and on Friday I was tempted to wear my running shoes, but didn't. Instead I was out all day in them, walking through the National Air Museum, on hard floors designed to support the weight of large airplanes.

By Saturday, when I again didn't wear them because of the rain, I spent all day in college classrooms, on my feet, on hard floors. The run Saturday night was hard, and when I lay in bed, my heels were aching a bit.

I tried to step lightly, but caught myself pounding the floor a few times and realized that I should have worked up to this, with some longer days wearing the shoes. I need to back off a bit, and start wearing them around the house when I get home.

Day 1371

An early run, jogging outside for the first day in Pensacola when it isn't raining. Down along the airport, a nice run.

But sweaty. At 7:30am, it's very humid here.


Sunday, June 10, 2012

Day 1370

A nice one tonight. after a little lifting.


Saturday, June 9, 2012

Day 1369

Slow, short run. I wanted to see the basketball game, but after walking on hard cement for two days in the Five Fingers shoes, my feet hurt. The heels ached, and I was a little full from a poor dinner of some hot wings, appetizers, and a margarita. With lots of water.


Friday, June 8, 2012

Day 1368

A long day walking around on cement floors. Had to take it easy on the run


Thursday, June 7, 2012

Day 1367

A quick run in the am before a trip.


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Day 1366

Nice, steady run today. The legs were tired, and a little store. Anticipating some concrete running this weekend has me taking it easy.


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Day 1365

Lifting with my son and then a short, steady run. Did a few 15s intevals at .1 faster, but just a little push.


Monday, June 4, 2012

Day 1364

Outside, down in town, a bit of a struggle with the wind and tired legs.


Exercise in the Margins

This article about exercising when you can is really interesting. It contains a number of hints about exercising and fitting it in, but fitting it into your life, as you live it.

I love the ideas about the fact that you will lose time, you will have setbacks. That’s one of the reasons I started the mile a day streak. A mile, even jogging slowly, takes no more than about 15 minutes. Maybe 20 if you’re older. I can always find 15 minutes in my day. I’ve done as low as 12.

I know that’s not easy for everyone, but I’d think most people could find 15 minutes to walk every day, whether it’s 5am or 11pm. Time is not a great excuse for a low bar.

However I do know not everyone likes traditional exercise. Walking stairs, walking out of your way on a flat surface, parking further from the door at the grocers, there are any number of small habits you can build.

Picking a sport is a great idea. It’s a commitment, but get a few friends, and try something. Even if you don’t play much, as I didn’t this year with adult volleyball, it’s a habit of movement that you are building.

And have a short memory for sure. If you miss a few days for some reason, forget about it. Pick up some small exercise tomorrow and don’t try to “make up” for what you missed.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Day 1363

After morning baseball, time for a short run.


Saturday, June 2, 2012

Day 1362

An early morning run at Camp Tahosa. It was chilly and the altitude definitely felt high, but I did have a nice easy jog at 5:50am.


Friday, June 1, 2012

Day 1361

A quick one, with a camping trip to head out to. Just a steady run.