Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Did 1.5 miles, going north

I forgot my water bottle again, so I went north 0.75 miles and returned, taking advantage of more shade on the north section of the trail. I carried one energy bar and took small bites of it. It lasted the whole run. I was glad for the water fountain at the parking lot, and I had drinks before and after my run. I took two rest stops on the way back. The north section has fewer benches than the south section. Today is another hot day, but the early morning temperature was lower, and the cool air felt nice. There was no breeze blowing.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Upped my distance to 1.5 miles

I ran 1.5 miles in the early evening as the sun was going down. I only had about 4 hours sleep last night, and I felt tired during the run. Instead of going out 0.75 miles and then returning to my car, I ran 0.25 miles, going south, and then returned to the parking lot. I then ran 0.3 miles, going north, and returned to the parking lot. I finished the run by going south about 0.2 miles and returning to the parking lot. I had forgotten my water bottle, so I kept doing shorter out/back runs to keep close by the parking lot and its water fountain. I had a good drink at the beginning and end of the run, and shorter drinks each time I reached the parking lot. The temperature, even though the sun was going down, was in the low 90s (F), and I wanted to keep the fountain nearby. Also, I felt tired, due to the lack of sleep last night, and if I were to abort the run, I wanted my car to be relatively close by. Even though I felt tired during the run, I continued with it and completed my planned 1.5 miles. I felt weak during the run but didn't get dizzy, thanks to the water fountain.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Finishsed the week with another 1.4 mile run

I was out early to take advantage of the morning shade. I didn't check the temperature, but the temp was probably in the mid 70s (F). There was a lot of shade, and the cooler air felt good. I felt week, due I think to not eating much the night before, but I didn't feel dizzy. I drank a lot of water, and that seemed to make the difference. The temperature later in the day was in the mid to high 80s.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Did 1.4 miles again

I decided to skip breakfast and go running earlier in the morning to get the morning shade. I carried and drank my 1 cup of water, and I took a good drink from the fountain at the beginning and end of the workout. I didn't get dizzy, and I felt pretty good. I was glad to be out earlier in the morning, because it was hotter today than yesterday. The forecast for today is a max of 100 (F). Since I went earlier in the morning, the shade temperature was lower than the max and was in the mid 70s. I was really glad for the shade, because I could feel the cooler air in the shade. I went slow and took rest stops along the way, at the half-mile bench going out and coming back, and the quarter-mile bench on the way back. As I've said many times, I think the summer and winter are for survival, and the spring and fall are for increases in performance.

I will do 1.4 miles again on Saturday, and if I continue to feel good, I will go up to 1.5 miles next week.

I've been thinking of the dizziness I felt a couple of weeks ago, and it may have been from the heat since one of the symptoms of heat exhaustion is dizziness. The extra water I'm getting has been sufficient.

This, so far, has been a good month for power generation from the solar cells on my roof. The longer days during the spring have helped increase my solar power, but starting with today the days are getting shorter, and my solar power during should go down.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Still doing 1.4 miles

I ran and walked my 1.4 mile route again today. I didn't get dizzy, but I was tired while I ran. It was hot, and I discovered I could use my 1 cup of water by drinking a sip every other walking phase and taking smaller sips. I also discovered the fountain at the parking lot at 100th South is working again, and I was glad to get extra water. I ran about mid-day, because I was giving my stomach extra time to start digesting my breakfast.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

And, another 1.4 miles

My wife and I were out earlier in the morning. I did another 1.4 miles and didn't get dizzy at all. The temperature was in the mid 70s (F) during our run. She walked 2 miles, and we got back to our car at about the same time (she walks faster than I jog). There were a lot of cyclists on the path but not many walkers or runners. There was a north wind of about 10 mph, and it felt good even though it made my return a bit harder. The wind helped keep me cool.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

I did 1.4 miles again

I did 1.4 miles this morning, although I didn't feel very well. I felt tired and didn't have a lot of energy. The air temperature was in the mid 70s (F). I had a good breakfast and drank water before and during my run, but I had one dizzy spell about 1/8 mile from the end.  I had been sitting on a bench talking to an 80-year-old guy who was walking several miles, and I got up and started jogging. I then got dizzy. I stopped and drank some water and felt better. I made it to the end of my run and the drive home without getting dizzy. It was not the dizziness that led to my pacemaker, but felt more like a dizzy spell from getting up and jogging instead of getting up and walking. I was glad I had some water left so I could drink it while I was recovering from the dizzy spell.

Tomorrow the temperature is forecast to be 90, and I'm glad tomorrow is a rest day, although I have some lawns to mow.

Monday, June 12, 2017

I felt pretty good during my run and extended it a bit to 1.4 miles. I didn't check the air temperature, but it was cooler than the temperature we've been having. I wore long pants but no jacket. I drank water before I left home and before I left my car for the run. In addition, I carried 1 cup of water (no fuel belt) and drank a sip every other walking phase. I finished the run with one sip of water left. I saw a few other people on the path, but there weren't many. The sky was mostly coudy, and rain and maybe snow was falling in the mountains, but there was no rain or snow in the valley during my run.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

I did 1.3 miles again

Same route as before, going south from 100th South. The shade temperature was 80 (F) when I left home, and it was hot. No breeze and no clouds. I drank water before, during, and after my run, as explained in an earlier post.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Did 0.62 miles of walking

We've had grandkids here during the week, and it was difficult to take time off to go running and walking, but after the grandkids left, my wife and I walked around the block.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Increased my distance to 1.3 miles

I added a bit to my run and did 1.3 miles. I drank 1/2 cup of water before I left home and another 1.2 cup before I left my car and started my run. I carried (without my fuel belt) 1 cup of water and took a sip every time I walked. I had about 1/4 mile left when I ran out of water. I felt fine during the run and was not dizzy towards the end.

There were 48 cadets from the Police Academy doing a timed run on the path. To qualify, the cadets have to finish the 1.5 mile run in 15 minutes or less. The first runner came in while I was talking to the three men doing the timing, and she finished her run in 10+ seconds. I passed the cadets when I had about 1/4 mile left and they were just starting their run.

The shade temperature when I left home was 79 (F) and 81 when I returned home.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Finished the week with another 1.2 miles

The temperature during my run was in the low 80s (F), but there was a light breeze which helped to keep me cool. I drank about half a cup of water before I left home and another half cup before I left my car. I felt pretty good and didn't get dizzy at all. Maybe next week, I'll go up to 1.3 miles. A lot of cyclists were on the path and a few walkers. I didn't see anyone running. I wore my running shorts for the first time this year.