Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Different route but did 2 miles

As I usually do, I started on the Jordan River Parkway from the parking lot at 100th South. But, instead of going South I went North (It's been several weeks since I took that route). I increased my jogging by 10 seconds and used a ratio of 60:60 (seconds) for jogging and walking, respectively. I drank some water before I left, but I got thirsty while on my run, and I expect I was dehydrated. I've been assuming that I didn't need to carry water until the temperature was in the 80s (F), but today the temperature was in the mid 70s, and I needed more water. So, I think I'll use the mid 70s for my decision to carry water or not.

On the way back, I stopped and talked with two ladies who were walking and pushing the grand daughter of one of the ladies. I had passed them on my way out, and I was glad to see them on the path while on my way back. They noticed the lower parts of my legs are brown, and they asked about that. I told them it was a natural thing for people using Warfarin for blood clots but that I had stopped Warfarin and was on Eliquis which doesn't discolor ones legs. They were surprised when I told them, in answer to a question, that I was 81 (well, I'm really 80, but I'm closer to 81 than I am to 80). They thought I was in my mid 70s. It's too bad my body doesn't act like I'm in my 70s so I could go faster and farther. Oh well, we each do the best we can. At least, I'm outside getting exercise. The following picture shows the discoloring of ones legs and was taken from the web. In my case, though, the coloring is a darker brown, and the discoloring extends into my feet. Also, the line between the brown color and the natural skin color is more pronounced.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Another 2 miles

I used the same route I've been using and did 2 miles, using my 50:60 (seconds) ratio of jogging:walking. Today was a pretty nice day, and quite a few people were on the path, including babies and grade-school children. The temperature was in the low 70s (F), and there was a slight breeze blowing from the north. I'm seeing mother ducks and her ducklings, but no babies yet for the quail I see.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016


I saw a lot of quail on the Jordan River Parkway during my run this afternoon. Two of the quail ran down the path, keeping ahead of me. After about 1/10 mile, they turned into the bushes. I haven't seen any newborn quail yet. The following pictures were taken from the web.


After I finished my run this afternoon, I sat in my car and nibbled on a high protein energy bar. I saw several birds flying in a circle above the Jordan River; the circle was slowly drifting southward. The birds weren't ducks or geese, and I think they were Pelicans. They were too far away for me to be sure, but they had the color of the Pelicans I saw about a year ago in one of the nearby fishing ponds (white body and black on both wings). I watched them for about a minute, until they disappeared from my site. The following picture was taken from the web.

2 miles today, a small step into infinity

I jogged and walked another 2 miles, using my 50:60 ratio of jogging and walking. We had rain during the night and morning, but the skies cleared some during my run. It was warm (high 60s F) and I took off my windbreaker and tied it around my waist. I wore my blue T-shirt today that says, "Gone Loco" on the back. The word "Loco" actually refers to running shoes, but other runners who see me think of my attitude. Sometimes I think I am loco to keep running as an old man, but I enjoy it, and I assume I have better health because of it. The following picture came from the web, but it expresses my attitude to run and run until I die.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Another 2 miles but more jogging

Today was a beautiful day with temps in the mid 60s. I increased my jogging from 40 seconds per phase to 50 seconds per phase. The resulting jogging:walking ratio is 50:60, and that sequence is repeated for the duration of the run. I felt fine during and at the end of the run. I took no rest breaks on the way out but took two breaks on the way back.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Another 2 miles

I jogged and walked 2 miles today. I left home about half an hour after the rain that had come during the night and early morning. During the cloudy weather, I was the only person on the path, but on my way back, the overcast clouds parted, and there was sunshine and clouds on the way back. Also, I saw several people on the path during my way back. I guess those people are fair-weather people, no activity during a rain storm. I wore long pants and a jacket due to the temperature being in the mid 50s (F). I used my 40:60 ratio of jogging and walking.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Ran 2 miles again with more jogging

I ran and walked my 2-mile course with the 40 seconds jogging and 60 seconds walking ratio of run/walk. There were a few times, though, that I forgot to change my pace and went 50-60 seconds of jogging or 70-80 seconds of walking. For the most part, though, I did the 60:40 ratio.

My knees felt pretty good during most of the run. They did feel a bit tight once in a while, but the minute of walking caused them to loosen up and feel fine.

There was a mixture of clouds and sun in the sky, and there was a 10-15 mph south wind. Thundershowers should occur tonight.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Another 2 miles but more jogging

Today was a beautiful day to be outside. A mixture of sun and clouds. A pleasant temperature and others on the path.

I added 10 seconds more jogging, giving me 40 seconds: 60 seconds walking, repeated throughout the run. I had no problems with the additional jogging. I took one brief rest stop going down, a brief rest stop at the turn-around point, and three brief stops going back. I saw one mother duck with ducklings.

I saw the Persian cat that I've seen in the past. She didn't run from me, but she didn't come over to be petted, either. Last week I talked with a man who was feeding the two cats that I've seen in the past. He said the cats are both female and were born near the path. The cats aren't feral (wild) and they weren't turned loose by someone. They are just outdoor cats.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Did another 2 miles

I was pretty tired on the way back and took several short breaks. I only had about 5 hours of sleep last night, due to staying up late. I laid down for an hour before I left home, but I didn't sleep much. I'm seeing a correlation between my sleep and my performance. I didn't have, when I was younger, problems with sleep deficit, but as I get older, my sleep is becoming more important.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Added a bit and jogged/walked 2 miles

I ran in the early afternoon when the temperature was in the mid 70s. I used my 30 second:60 second ratio and ran 2 miles. There were quite a few persons on the Jordan River Parkway path. I had no problems during the run.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Another 1.8 miles

I started my run about 11:30 this morning. The temperature was in the low 60s. There were quite a few runners, walkers, and cyclists on the path. I used a 30 second:60 second ratio of walking and running. I felt very strong and took no breaks going out and two short breaks coming back. This is in contrast to my previous runs for this distance earlier this week.

It's good that I felt energetic, because I had to mow my lawns after I returned home. The sun was shining during my run and afterwards. However, I fell asleep, and when I awoke the sky was overcast and there was thunder. I knew that rain was coming, so I did the lawn as fast as I could. I finished the last half of the back yard in the rain. I was soaked when I finished, but I did finish the lawn. I put the mower away and came inside to dry out.

Yesterday I was taking care of a grandchild for a couple of hours. We walked about a mile round trip to look at a nearby canal to see if the canal had water. It did, and we saw several ducks in the canal. The canals usually get water during the 1st or 2nd week in May and keep the water until the middle of October. One of the ducks was a mother with 7 ducklings following her. Today, while on my run, I saw two quail near the Jordan River. I saw no babies, though.

The following picture was taken from the web.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

I jogged/walked 1.8 miles again

When I left in the early afternoon to go running, the shade temperature was in the mid 70s (F).  I alternated 30 seconds of jogging with 60 seconds of walking for most of the run, but I did do 40-50 seconds of jogging once in a while due to forgetting to change to a walk. I also carried water for the first time this year and drank my customary 1 cup of water per mile.

I saw a few quail on the path but no babies yet.

Monday, May 2, 2016

I added a bit and jogged/walked 1.8 miles

I ran in the late morning. When I started, my body and legs felt fine so I jogged as well as walked. I jogged for 30 seconds and walked for 60 seconds, alternating this sequence. After I had been doing this sequence for a few minutes, my left knee began to feel tight. I did an additional 60 seconds of walking, and the knee then felt fine. I continued alternating jogging and walking. Later my right ankle felt weak, and I did an additional 60 seconds of walking. Both the tightening of my left knee and the weak feeling in my right ankle were, I believe, indications that my body wasn't fully warmed up. It takes about 2 miles to warm up, and I had gone only about a mile. The extra time for walking gave my body additional time to warm up.

When I reached the bench at the turn-around point I had used last week, my body and legs felt fine, so I continued down the path to a new turn-around point that I had selected. However, after I had turned around and was approaching the bench that was my turn-around point last week, I started to feel tired. But, my legs felt fine, so I continued up the path without stopping at the bench.

Today was a great day to be outside. Mid 60s (F) in temperature, no wind to speak of, and a number of walkers, runners, and cyclists on the path.