April 30, 2012

Added 5 minutes to my rest run/walk

I ran/walked, using my normal 3:10 running and 1:00 walking, for 35 minutes 20 seconds and covered 2.03 miles. This was slightly faster than my rest runs during the past two or three weeks. I didn't push myself to go faster. Instead, I just let my body control my pace. The temperature was in the low 60s (F), and it was a nice day for running. My wakeup heart rate was 56, slightly lower than it has been. I've been sleeping well for the past few days, and the extra sleep should bring my WHR down, although it usually takes two or three weeks of good sleep to bring my WHR down to my "normal" of 48-51.

I saw another garter snake slithering across the path. I stopped and watched it disappear into the bushes. It was about 18 inches long, and about as big in diameter as my ring finger.

Not too long after I arrived back home, a big truck delivered 7 yards of mulch. My wife and I spent the afternoon moving the mulch to our gardens. A neighbor lady and her two teenage children came and helped us. We got all of the mulch moved by 4:30, and I treated us with donuts and soda (how's that for a nourishing meal? NOT) Both my wife and I were really tired when we went into the house. I feel a little better now and hope I sleep well so my body can recover from today's strenuous activities....

April 28, 2012

Walked 2 miles with a grandson

I was tending my two-year old grandson all day today, so I didn't do my normal running/walking. I did, though, push my grandson in a stroller for about 2 miles on nearby streets. Walking is a good exercise for an old guy like me, and it was a nice bonding time with my David, my grandson.

April 26, 2012

Old Man Running made Frugal Dad's List

I was notified this morning that this blog is included in Frugal Dad's list of top fitness sites. That list gives brief descriptions and links to the sites, and I am honored to have my blog included in the list. If you have friends or family who are looking for top fitness sites, please pass the Frugal Dad link to them.

Ran 58 minutes 10 seconds

I ran 3 miles in 58:10 and felt stronger than I did on Monday. I began running 3 minutes 20 seconds and walking 1 minute,  I soon, though, reduced the running to 3 minutes and the walking to 1 minute and 20 seconds. However, it wasn't long before I sensed the need to reduce my running again. At that point, I turned off my timer and ran or walked when my body told me it was time to change. There was a 3-5 mph headwind, and I was glad when I turned around and had that breeze as a tailwind. I did miss, though, the cooling effect of the headwind. The shade temperature was in the mid 70s (F), but the temperature in the direct sun was in the mid 80s. Most of the Parkway path is in the direct sun.

There is a storm front passing through, and that has  caused the temperature to be lower than last week. Rain was forecast for last night and today, but it didn't happen. Showers are forecast for tonight, and we may get a bit of snow as well.

The water flooding the path under the 10600 bridge has been removed, and the path has been cleaned of rocks and alge. Thanks to those responsible for the cleanup.

My wakeup heart rate is still high, so I'm not recording actual values. I am getting more sleep, and my heart rate is slowly coming down.

April 23, 2012

I'm back into running/walking

Spring is here, and the temperature keeps going up and up. It was in the mid 70s (F) during my workout, and the max is expected to be in the mid 80s.

I haven't run for the past 9 days because my wakeup pulse rate has been high. It is still high, but it has started coming down. I ran/walked for 30 minutes and did 1.5 miles. A few weeks ago, I cut my time in half to see if that caused a change in the swelling of my calves. It didn't, and I think I will increase my distance a bit. This week, however, is a recovery week from my not running for the past 9 days. I had my timer set for 3:20 running and 1:00 walking, but I didn't follow the timer. I ran or walked according to how my body felt. Most of the time I ran for about 1:30 and walked for 1:30. I mentioned a few posts ago that South Jordan City installed a water fountain at the 10000 South entrance to the Parkway. The water is turned on, and I made good use of the fountain before and after my workout.

My problem with my pulse rate has been lack of sleep. I'm trying hard to go to bed earlier, but my body is used to waking up earlier than I want it to, and it will take a couple of weeks to get my internal clock back on a good schedule.

I found five golf balls during my workout this morning. They were past the end of the golf course and were over a fence and in a field. That field has been separated from the Parkway by a wire fence, but one of the fence posts is broken and the wire fence is on the ground, making it easy for me to go into the field. If the golf balls belong to the driving range, I throw them back onto the course. Otherwise, I keep them. I have almost two dozen golf balls that I've found in past runs. I don't play golf, so I don't have a great need for the balls, but my wife wants to use them in games when our grandchildren come for a visit. Her latest game is for the kids to bounce the golf balls into a can.

April 14, 2012

Ran/walked for 70 minutes

I completed 2.5 miles in the 70 minutes. I accompanied my wife during the first mile. I would run for 3:10 and then walk for about 1.5 minutes. When I stopped running, I would be about 200 feet in front of my wife, and I would walk back and meet her and then walk with her for a minute. She is a fast walker and walked almost as fast as I was running. After the mile, she went home, and I continued for another 1.5 miles. I didn't have much energy, and I had a hard time breathing. I had a big breakfast of buckwheat pancakes, and even though I didn't go running for about three hours after eating, my stomach was still full of pancakes. I did less running and more walking than I usually do.

We had some rain during the night and a few sprinkles during the morning, but the sprinkles stopped before my wife and I went outdoors. However, it started to sprinkle about 2 or 3 minutes before I went in the house. The temperature was in the high 40s (F). Some of the trees have had blossoms for a couple of weeks, but our fruit trees haven't blossomed yet. Some of the trees in the neighborhood have new leaves. It's been windy, cool, and wet for the past few days due to a storm front that is passing through the valley.

April 10, 2012

Today was a great day for running and walking

The temperature was in the mid 70s (F) during my run, and there was almost no wind. I wore my running shorts for the first time this year. I started the run with my nylon jacket, but I took the jacket off during most of the run. I started out using my usual 3:10 running and 1:0 walking, but about half way through, I did less running and more walking. I did 2 miles in about 35 minutes. It's nice having daylight savings time, because it gives me an extra hour of daylight in the late afternoon. It was almost 5 pm when I left home, and I still had quite a bit of daylight left when I finished.

I saw a group of Scouts and a few adults re-staining four of the benches that are on the Parkway trail.

My wakeup heart rate was high this morning, and it has been high for the past couple of weeks. We've had a lot of activities with our grandkids, and I haven't gotten as much sleep as I need. Yesterday, my son-in-law, three of his four kids, and I visited the new natural history museum at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, and I was on my feet for over 5 hours.

The forecast for the rest of the week is cooler temperatures and rain/snow showers (hopefully a lot of snow in the mountains).

April 2, 2012

A nice 30 minute run/walk

The air temperature was in the mid 50s (F) when I left to go running, but a cold north wind with gusts 15-20 mph was blowing and it was cold. I left the house with the intent to not wear my wind breaker, but I quickly decided I need it, and I returned to the house and got the jacket.  I felt a lot more energetic today than I was on Saturday, but I'm not completely recovered from pruning trees on Friday. I felt great during most of the distance, but I started getting tired during the last half mile. I went 1.6 miles in the 30 minutes.

The Jordan River is still lower than it has been during the early Spring. I saw sand bars in the river that were under water during February.