April 30, 2004

April 28, 2004

I didn't listen to my body

It was a big mistake when I added 25% on Saturday. I'm more tired that I realized. It was also a big mistake to have run yesterday. My wakeup HR this morning ranged from 51-53; it wasn't consistent in the readings. I'll rest for a few days, and when I feel more energetic, I'll drop the mileage to what would have been a 10% or so increase.

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April 27, 2004

I know better, why did I add so much?

On Sunday and Monday my wakeup HR was up at 53. Today it came down to 50, and I did a 2 1/2 mile "light" run. I felt tired during the last half of the run and did some walking. I've had pretty good sleep since I added 25% on Saturday, so I think the increase in HR was due to adding too much distance. Thursday is my next day for running, so I'll see how I feel then.

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April 24, 2004

May be heading for a peak!

My wakeup HR was 48. I felt pretty good during my run, so I added a mile (25%), making the run 5 miles. I've felt all week that I might be on a new plateau of body condition. Last Saturday I was on my feet all day and was quite tired when evening came, but I ran my 4 miles and felt pretty good during the run. On Monday and Wednesday I again had good runs. All of this with less sleep than I'd like. I've been getting 6-6 1/4 hours instead of 7-71/2 hours. I've been struggling for the past year to raise my mileage from 1 mile 3 times per week to 4 miles three times per week. I've been waiting for my body to "kick in" and adapt to higher mileage, and that may have happened this week. We'll see.

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April 21, 2004

Nice run down the canal

I wasn't able to measure my HR this morning before I started moving around. I had another nice run down the canal. Water from Utah lake isn't in the canal yet, but there are large puddles in it from the rain we're having. I saw three wild ducks in the canal. I felt pretty good at the turn-around point, so maybe on Saturday I'll add more distance if I feel good then.

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April 19, 2004

A nice run in the rain

My wakeup HR was 47. I had to leave home soon after I was up, so I didn't run until evening. I left home about 7 pm during a slight sprinkle of a rain. However, by the time I had gone 1/4 mile, it was raining pretty good (at least by desert standards :) I didn't check my thermometer before I left, but I would guess the temperature was in the 50s. All I was wearing was a thick long sleeved T-shirt, my running shorts, and my running hat, and I was worried about losing body heat due to wet clothes. However the heavy rain only lasted for about 15 minutes, and the T-shirt was thick enough that the rain didn't soak in until after my body was at running temperature. By the time I reached my turn around point, the rain was down to a light sprinkle, and by the time I reached home, the rain had stopped. I felt fine during the run and didn't feel cold at all. A nice run!

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April 17, 2004

I like morning runs but evening runs are ok, too

I was gone all day and didn't run until 7:30 pm. I had a nice run and got back just as it was getting dark. My wakeup HR was 50.

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April 16, 2004

Less sleep yields a higher heart rate

Thanks to staying up too late, my wakeup HR has gone up. It was 51. My normal sleep is 7 hours. If I get 5-5 1/2 hours, my HR shoots up. Some of this might be due to my age, but I had the same pattern 21 years ago when I ran marathons. It would be interesting to see similar data from people in each decade of age, from say 20 up to the 80s or 90s.

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April 12, 2004

The farmer removed his gate

The canal road is now open to the south, so I ran that direction this morning. I prefer the south road because there are fewer houses along the canal and fewer dogs to bark. In addition there are more fields, more birds, more horses and goats. The problem is that the land for the canal road is owned by farmers (the canal company just has a right-of-way), and one farmer shuts off the road during the winter so his cattle can graze on both sides of the canal. The canal is fed by Utah Lake, so I can run as far south as I want to, because the canal road is probably 20 something miles to the lake. In the past I've run the canal road as far as 6 miles down and 6 miles back (right now I'm doing 2 down and 2 back). My wakeup HR this morning was 47.

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April 10, 2004

My wakeup HR was 47

My resting HR was 47 again. When I left home the temperature was 42 with wind gusts (according to Yahoo! Weather) of 15-25 mph. I'm running out and back, and I had a head wind on the out portion. It was hard to run against 20-25 mph gusts. I was looking forward to a tail wind on the way back, but the wind died down and the gusts were about the same speed I was running. My time was only 30 seconds longer than on Monday, so the small tail wind helped some.

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April 9, 2004

April 7, 2004

April 6, 2004

Wakeup HR was 48, but I was tired

I slept pretty good last night but I feel a little tired this morning. I added slightly more than 10% to my run yesterday, and that has put additional stress on my body. My wakeup HR was 48, 1 higher than yesterday. Dr. George Sheehan, in his book Runner's Repair Manual, said it takes 48 hours to recover from a hard run. Based on that, my feeling a little tired this morning is ok. It will be interesting to see how I feel tomorrow morning.

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April 5, 2004

Wakeup HR down to 47!

It's amazing what two nights of good sleep will do for a runner! My wakeup HR was 47, down in the range where it should be. I had a great run and added 0.4 miles to boost my run up to 4.0 miles. Spring is here in Utah. New leaves are coming out, trees are full of blossoms, robins are drinking out of my wife's fountain, and my lawn mower needs to be checked out for the new season :) It was a great morning to be out.

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April 3, 2004

Wakeup HR was 48 but I aborted my run

I was quite tired today and aborted my run after a mile out and walked jogged back. My wakeup HR was 48. I haven't been sleeping well all week due to waking up early.

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April 1, 2004

Nice run but not ready for more distance

I had a nice run today. I felt pretty good during the run, but not good enough that I'm ready to add more distance. My wakeup HR was 50.