October 29, 2005

Did 10 but tired

My wakeup HR was 48, but I could tell during my situps that I was tired. That's not surprising considering the stressful week I've had. I'm having a TUFF barn installed in three days, and on this past Monday my wife and I moved 8 yards of dirt, and on Wednesday I moved 6 yards of road base (gravel & sand). In a few minutes I'm leaving to get another yard of gravel to finish the plot for the barn. The barn, 10' X 20', will be resting on 8 inches of gravel/sand.

I ran my 10 miles again this afternoon, along the canal trail. It had been raining but stopped just before I left. By the time I returned, it was sunny and just partly cloudy. The first part of the run went well, but on the way back I got tired and jog/walked the last two miles.

Training Graphs

October 22, 2005

Happy Birthday to me...

Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me, happy birthday happy birthday, happy birthday to me. I'm 70 today and thus am in a slower category for racing. I don't expect to do any racing for a while, though.

I ran 10.1 miles today. This run was my birthday present to myself. My body felt ok, but my legs tightened up. I walked/jogged the last 2 miles to relieve the stress on my legs. I didn't run the canal road today but ran out and back on a city street. My wakeup HR was 53. This was my first 30 mile week in about 10 years.

I'm still not sleeping very well. I woke up after 5 hours sleep last night and was awake for over an hour before I drifted back to sleep. I'm beginning to wonder if my sleeping problem is due to over-training. I've had two months of great increases in my distance, going from 6 miles to 10 miles. I think it may be time to level off my distance and give my body some rest. So, I'm going to run 10 miles again next week.

Training Graphs

October 20, 2005

Still not sleeping well :(

I'm still having problems getting enough sleep; sorta like jet lag without the travel. My body gets used to a particular routine, and it wakes up at the same time even though I got to bed later. I got 6 hours sleep last night, and my wakeup HR was 53. I'm just leaving for my run and will be back in two hours.

I just returned from my run -- 2 hours 12 minutes for 10.7 miles. I was so close to the Bangater Highway that I went the last quarter mile to get there. Sure enough, the highway blocks the canal road. I looked at the Google satellite maps last night, and it looked like there was a dirt road that went east along the highway to 27th West. There is, but it is blocked by a chain-link fence that protects a large pond of water that is the water supply for the city of Riverton. The satellite maps also showed that a road called 3600 West might go under the highway. If that road is a dirt road, probably not. If it is a paved road, then yes. That road is only half a mile west of were I was standing next to the Bangater Highway, and I could see an underpass for 3600 West to go under Bangater. So, my new route will be the canal trail to 134th South, then west to 3600 West and south on that road. I probably won't be able to get back to the canal road, but that is ok. I'm near the end of the Salt Lake valley, in an area that hasn't been developed much. I should be able to go a number of miles with little traffic and few houses.

I ran my comfortable pace, but the pace changed with my body conditions. When I first left, I ran the first mile at a pace of 10+. Then I ran at 11+ until I turned around. On the way back I was getting tired and I ran at 12+, and at 13+ for the last mile. I enjoyed the run!

Training Graphs

October 17, 2005

Well, the canal water was turned off...

Today was a great run! I added distance and ran 9.8 miles. I felt stronger than I did last week. On Wednesday I hope to run 9.9 miles, and on Saturday I'll give myself a birthday present and run 10 miles.

In the past I've stopped frequently to pick up trash. During the last couple of weeks I haven't been picking up much trash, meaning that I'm running longer before I stop at a light or for traffic. At first I wasn't used to running without relatively frequent stops, but during the past week I could tell I was getting used to having fewer stops. Today I had no stops except for traffic/lights and a brief visit with a lady who was walking her dog to inquire about the condition of the canal road to the south (she said the canal road is blocked by a new highway that was built a few years ago, and I will have to detour to the city streets to get across the highway). I felt fine running mile after mile to get home!

The canal water was turned off over the weekend, and now there are large puddles in the canal. In a couple of weeks those puddles will be gone, and the canal will be dry. With a dry canal I might be able to use the canal itself to cross under that highway. I'll have to see how much room there is in the canal-bed under the highway.

October 15, 2005

Felt tired today but ran 8.7

I ran my 8.7 miles again. Even though my wakeup HR was 52, I felt tired. During the first 3 miles, I was running against a 15 or so mph head wind. Then the wind died down. I did some walking on the way back due to being tired. If I still feel tired on Monday I'll run the 8.8 miles again next week; otherwise, I'll add a mile to the course. I didn't have tightening of muscle that I had earlier this week. My new Mojo LOCO shoes are great! I've run 18 miles in them and have walked an additional 2-3 miles with no problems. The big question is will they prevent my supination as well as my Etonics do.

The temperature was in the mid 50s while I ran, and it is a beautiful day and a great time to be outside.

October 13, 2005

Ran in my new Mojo shoes

I ran my 8.7 miles again and felt stronger than I did on Monday. My wakeup HR was 52. I've slept well the past two nights. The muscle that tightened up on Monday tightened up on my way out, but it didn't last long, and I had no problems with it on the way back.

Yesterday, I received my new Mojo shoes from locorunning.com LOCO is a new shoe company in New Hampshire that was started by runners for runners. Their whole product line is four running shoes, the Mojo being their stabilizer shoe. I've been wearing Etonics Stabilizer Pro shoes for about 15 years and have had good success with them, as I mention in the shoe page of my site. My only complaint is that they seem a bit narrow for me. I need a new pair and thought I'd try the LOCO shoes. I wore them all day yesterday, including going to work and walking a mile round trip from the parking lot to the college library building where I work. They felt very comfortable and seem to be wider than the Etonics (locorunning.com says they are D-E in width). I wore them on my run today and had no problems.

October 10, 2005

Getting sleep depraved

I increased my mileage to 8.7 miles. I felt fine, but I was tired coming back. During the past week I haven't gotten enough sleep, due to making a DVD video of my visit on
Grandfathers Day to the school attended by my granddaughter. Lack of sleep is a quick way for me to be tired :) My wakeup HR was 48, which surprised me due to the lack of sleep. On the way back, I had a muscle near my knee tighten up. It was the area where the hamstrings connect near the knee. I stopped and walked a hundred feet or so each time it tightened. When I got home I stretched the hamstrings.

The water-level in the canal is back up, so they haven't turned it off yet.

October 8, 2005

Another great 7.8 mile run!

My wakeup HR was 54 (I haven't gotten enough sleep this week). I'm leaving for my 7.8 mile run and will finish this when I return.

Wow! I had a great run! I had a high energy level, and my comfortable pace seemed to be faster. On Monday I'm hoping to add 0.8 miles to give a 8.6 mile distance.

The canal still has water, so they haven't turned it off yet. It will go off sometime this month. All of the male ducklings in the canal are now full grown and have the beautiful Mallard color. It took about 5 months for them to mature.

October 5, 2005

Lost sleep due to installing new hard drives on computer

I ran my 7.8 miles again. I was more tired than on Monday due to only getting 5 hours of sleep Monday night. My hard drive have been having bad sectors, so I bought two new disks and installed them as a RAID 1. I was up until 3 am getting Windows installed on the new disk and copying my data files from my old disk. Yesterday was a rain day, but today is a nice, warm, sunny day. A great running day!

My wakeup HR this morning was 55, indicating my lack of sleep did affect my body. We had our first frost last night, very light. The water level in the canal is going down, so it looks like they have shut the water off for the winter.

October 3, 2005

Great 7.8 mile run!

I had a great 7.8 mile run. I felt fine during and after the run. Hope I feel fine on Wednesday so I can repeat it. I think I will! On the way back, I felt so good that I lengthened my stride a bit. When I run slow, I shuffle my feet a lot, but when I run faster I take longer steps and don't shuffle as much.

The temperature was about 51F when I left. A cloudy day and great for running. My wakeup HR was 53.

October 1, 2005

7 good miles today

I just returned from another good 7 mile run. My wakeup HR was 50, and I felt fine. There was a strong 15-20 mph headwind, but on my return trip the wind had mostly died down. This happens a lot -- wind in the morning and by 10 or 11 am it is on its way out. I need to get out earlier if I want the advantage of a tailwind :)