November 25, 2013

Didn't Have Much Time So Ran/Walked for 35 minutes

My wife and I went to the 100th South entrance and ran and walked south. We were limited for time and I only ran for 35 minutes. Also, I pushed myself more than I should have, and I was happy to reduce the length of the run. This was supposed to be a rest run, and I shouldn't have pushed myself. However, I wanted to catch up with my wife (she leaves while I'm waiting for my GPS to locate satellites), and I pushed for more speed. My distance today was 1.9 miles.

November 22, 2013

Ran for 66 minutes, 3.76 miles

Today was a cold day (temperature in the high 30s (F)), cloudy but no wind and no rain or snow. We've been having light rain and snow flurries throughout the past few days. The sky is expected to clear tomorrow and for the next few days, and the temperature is expected to warm up a bit.

I felt really good during my run today, and I ran noticeably faster for 66 minutes. This is my current long run. I'm adding about 5% to my distance every week or two, until I get to a time of 100 minutes. At that point I will cap the run for a while while my body adjusts to the distance. My long run is usually on Saturday, but I missed my medium run on Wednesday this week, and did the long run on Friday instead of Saturday. Monday is my rest run capped at 60 minutes. My medium run on Wednesday will increase with my long run, as explained above, and when it reaches 80 minutes, I will cap it and let my long run on Saturday continue to 100 minutes.

I ran in the late afternoon and finished about half an hour before darkness. There were  few other runners on the Parkway, and I saw a family taking pictures of their children and a parent.

Here is a picture (taken from the web) of the playground at the South Jordan City East Pavilion. Today I ran from the entrance at 100th South past this playground about 1/4 mile and then returned to my car at 100th South. You can see a bit of the path I was on to the left of the playground.

The East Pavilion is shown in the next picture (also taken from the web). The pavilion is about 100 feet to the right of the playground. When I drive to the East Pavilion, I park my car directly in front of the camera that took the following picture, and I walk about 1/8 mile to the path and begin my run, usually going south into Draper City.

November 18, 2013

Ran/walked for a 60-minute Rest Run

My wife and I drove to the South Jordan East Pavilion and went south. I forgot my GPS so I'm not sure of the exact distance, but it was around 3.1 miles. I used my regular watch to measure the 60 minutes. When I reached 60 minutes, I still had about 1/4 mile to go, and I stopped my 2-phase timer and walked to my car. I took a one-minute rest stop when I had 0.7 miles left in my run.

My wife walked 2.6 miles.

Today was a beautiful, sunny day with temperatures in the mid 50s (F). During the first half, there was a 20 mph (or so) head wind that made running a bit difficult. I wore three layers. As soon as I turned around and headed north, I could tell it was warmer, and I took off my nylon windbreaker, leaving me with two layers. I could have worn running shorts and been comfortable, but I decided at the last minute to wear long running pants.

November 15, 2013

Ran 64 minutes for 3.25 miles

Went running in the late afternoon. The sky was overcast due to snow flurries this morning. However, during my run/walk, the sky started to clear up, and I had some sun for about half of the way back. I don't remember the temperature, but it was cold, although my 3 layers was fine once I warmed up. My hands were the only things that didn't warm up much. I had the trail to myself for most of the run. Towards the end, I saw a cyclist go flying past me.

November 11, 2013

Ran 3 miles in another great day

My wife and I were out relatively early in the morning for our run and walks. We went north 1 mile from the parking lot at 100th South and then returned. I then ran back and forth going south for 1/4 mile to get my total of 3 miles. The run and walks were uneventful but enjoyable.

November 9, 2013

Ran 3.35 miles (63 minutes) Again

Today was a wonderful day. My wife and I were out in the early afternoon, and the temperature was in the low-mid 60s (F). My run/walk and her walk were uneventful but nice!

November 7, 2013

Ran 3.35 miles in 63 minutes

My wife and I went to the Jordan River about 9 am. She did her usual 2 miles, and I extended my run by 3 minutes and did 3.35 miles in 63 minutes. The temperature was 44 (F) when we left home and 48 when we returned. The afternoon max temperature is expected to be about 60. I've recognized that I do better in the mornings than in the afternoons. When I was younger, I could run at any time of day or night, but as I get older, I'm finding out that my energy-level goes down as the day progresses, and that morning runs are better because my energy level is higher.

We parked at 100th South and went south. There was a strong headwind (10-20 mph) that made running harder, and I looked forward to having that wind as a tail wind on the way back. However, as often happens, the wind died down shortly after I turned around, and the tail wind was about 5 mph. Oh well, running against wind is a good experience, as long as it isn't every run.

Not many people were on the path today. A few walkers and one guy on roller blades. He skated like he was skiing, and he used ski poles to push him on his skates. I assume he is a cross-country skier who is keeping in shape during off-skiing times. He was going fast when he passed me; it seemed like he was going as fast as the cyclists go.

November 5, 2013

Ran 3.26 miles in 60 minutes

Today was a cold day with snow flurries during the night and early morning. I went running at 4:30, and since we're off daylight savings time, the sun was behind the Oquirrh Mountains when I started my run. I was back to my car an hour later and it wasn't quite dark yet. Because of the mountains, the Salt Lake valley has a long dusk period.

I wore three layers, two short-sleeved t-shirts and my long-sleeved nylon jacket. I didn't check the temperature before I left home, but the temperature when I got back was 33 (F). My body felt fine, but my hands were cold because I didn't wear gloves.

I had a great run, my best run in several weeks. I felt strong during the run and took no rest stops. I'm still running and walking for 60 seconds each.

November 2, 2013

Ran/walked 61 minutes and did 3.1 miles

My wife was busy planting tulip bulbs, so I went running by myself. I parked at the 100th South lot and went south on the Jordan River Parkway. Quite a few walkers, cyclists, and runners were out on a beautiful afternoon. The shade temperature was about 58 (F), but the sun temperature was in the 60s. Not a cloud was in the sky. There was a lot of wind blowing from the south. That wind, a headwind, made it harder to run, but it kept me cool. I originally started with 3 layers, but after about half a mile, I took off my nylon windbreaker and tied it around my waist. I had a nice run/walk.