May 31, 2005

Ran 6 miles yesterday

I ran my 6 miles yesterday. We had a lot of rain during the night before the run, and it was still sprinkling when I left home. The drizzle stopped after I'd gone a couple of miles, and I removed my rain jacket. I felt pretty good during most of the run. I started getting tired during the last mile. I should have stopped at that point, but I had my brain in the driver's seat, and it kept telling me, "You've gotta make your goal of 6 miles". I took it slow during that last mile. You have to be careful when you let your brain do the driving, because it's easy to push yourself too much. The good news is that I'm not tracking my pace. If I get tired but decide to continue, I slow down and many times jog/walk to finish my run. By doing this, I'm always running at my comfortable pace, where my comfortable pace yesterday was around 12 minutes when I started and probably 14-15 minutes when I ended.

I had another surgery today for skin cancer. This one, and the one two weeks ago were for big cancers. If I feel ok in the morning, I'll go for a run; otherwise, I'll take a rest day.

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May 26, 2005

Canal water is in!

The farmer I talked to on Monday was right, our canal water came in yesterday. The wild ducks are really enjoying the water. I ran 3 miles along the canal. My wakeup HR was 57, indicating I'm still recovering from my sleepless nights after the surgery nine days ago. If I feel ok on Saturday, I'll run 4 1/2 miles on Saturday and 6 on Monday. If I don't feel quite that energetic, I'll take a bit more time getting my distance back. I slept well last night.

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May 23, 2005

Wakeup HR was 59 due to surgery

My surgery last Tuesday for a large skin cancer affected me more than I had expected. I didn't sleep very well last week. I did get a lot of sleep Saturday night, a long nap on Sunday, and Sunday night. My HR was 59 this morning, and I just ran 1.68 miles to loosen up my muscles.

While on the run, I talked with a local farmer, and he said our canal will have water on Wednesday. That is about two weeks later than normal due to all of the rain we've been having.

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May 20, 2005

Nice run on Monday, surgery the next day

I had a nice run this past Monday. I didn't do any walking and felt ok at the end. Still no water in the canal. There are three canals in the valley. I drive past another of the canals, and it is full of water. A year ago, in mid summer, there was an earth slide that blocked the canal. They fixed the blockage, but by then it was time to stop the water. I'm starting to think that there might be a problem again with the canal.

On Tuesday I had a big skin cancer (Basal Cell) removed. When the doc was finished there was a hole 3 inches in diameter and about 1/8 inch deep. The doc was able to stretch the skin over most of the hole, and he ended up with a hole about the size of a nickel. My head has a lot of pain and I'm not sleeping very well. So, it will be a few days before I run again.

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May 14, 2005

Saw a hawk today, motionless in the sky

I just returned from my 6 mile run. I started to get tired during the last half mile, but not as much as I did on Monday. My wakeup HR was 50.

I saw three sets of ducklings swimming with their mother. The canal water hasn't come in yet, and the ducklings were swimming in runoff pools from the rain we've been having. There were 10 or so ducklings in each set.

Last week I saw a hawk flying stationary above the canal. It was facing into a 6 or so mph headwind, and it would flap its wings every 8-10 seconds, just enough to keep itself stationary above the canal. I guess it was waiting for a mouse or something to run across the dirt bottom of the canal. It was about 50 feet above the ground.

I saw the herd of buffalo again. Those guys are big.

I'm thinking I'll run the 6 mile course for another month, maybe two months, until I feel comfortable with it. Then I'll start to add distance again. I'd like to be up to 10 miles by Christmas, three times per week.

The sky was sunny with a few clouds when I left on my run. The temperature was in the 50s. A great day!

My grandkids are here visiting, and we're thinking of taking them to Thanksgiving Point and walk around the gardens. If we do that, I'll get another couple miles walking.

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May 9, 2005

My father-in-law passed away

I ran my 6 miles again. I was tired from lack of sleep last week, and I walked about half of the last mile. My father-in-law passed away Saturday evening, and I was up late visiting with family members and helping plan the funeral. He was 87 and had a good life. He was the ideal father-in-law, not controlling but available when needed.

My wakeup HR was 53.

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May 8, 2005

Playing catch-up with this blog

I forgot to post my running on Monday and Wednesday of last week, so I'm doing that in my posting for yesterday.

I ran my 6 miles on all three days last week. I didn't do any walking, and I can tell my strength is returning. During my Saturday run, I felt as strong as I did before the hernia surgery.

While out on Saturday, I saw a red winged blackbird in a tree. A beautiful bird, dark black with a bright red blotch on its wing. The canal water isn't flowing yet, but there are a lot of rain drainage puddles in the canal, and wild ducks are enjoying that. We're really getting a lot of rain this spring.

Earlier in the week, my wakeup HR was 51, and on Saturday it was 53.