Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Did a heavy run of 2.6 miles

The snow that was predicted for last night never came. Today was a warm day, in the low 40s (F), and I jogged/walked to the bench that is about 0.3 miles south of 106th South. The ice that was under 106th South was all melted, but there was a big puddle of water under the street. I bypassed most of the water by walking along the west side of the tunnel, but I did go through about 10 feet of water. The water wasn't deep, and my feet stayed dry.

On the way back, I talked with a man who was taking his daughter's dog out for a walk. He is 70 years old and goes about 5 miles twice a week. I told him he was still a youngster. He said that compared to me, he was a youngster. I saw several other runners and walkers on the path. Except for the part under 106th South, the path was dry, and there was no wind blowing. A great day to be out!

I had my beeper with me, and I added a bit of time to the jogging phase. I'm now doing 105 seconds jogging and 70 seconds walking, alternating. I felt pretty good during the run.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Still another light run of 2.0 miles

I left in mid afternoon for my run, and the air temperature during my run was in the low 40s (F). There was still quite a lot of ice under 106th South, so I made this a 2.0 mile run and went back to my car. The path was free from ice and snow, and the path was dry except for snow-melt along the edges. There was a south wind, about 10 mph. Snow flurries are forecast for tonight.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Another light run of 2.0 miles

I had planned on running and walking a heavy run of 2.9 miles, but the tunnel under 106th South had a lot of ice on the path, so I turned around and went back to my car. Also, a south wind of about 5-10 mph was blowing, making it hard to go further south. The path was dry, and the only water on the path was a small amount of snow-melt along the edges of the path. More snow flurries are predicted for tonight, Sunday night, and Tuesday night, with highs in the mid 30s (F). The temperature during my run today was in the low 30s.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Did another light run of 2.3 miles

I left home in the late afternoon (spent most of the day doing income tax return), and the temperature was in the low 50s (F). There was a 15-20 mph gusty wind blowing, and the wind made running and walking difficult. It was nice, though, on the way back to have the wind pushing me. The sun was out most of the day.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Did another 2.9 mile heavy run/walk

I'm still using the 110 steps running and 70 steps walking, corresponding to 90 seconds running and 70 seconds walking. The temperature during my run was in the mid 50s (F). I saw a couple of cyclists, and one or two runners and a couple of walkers on the path. Since it is a work day, most of the younger people were at work, and just us oldies were on the path this afternoon.

The following picture was taken from the web.

Happy Valentine Day!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Added a bit and did a light run of 2.3 miles

When I left home, the temperature was 41 (F), and the sky was cloudy. However, the sun came out during my run, and the temperature when I finished was in the high 40s. I enjoyed myself and felt pretty good during the run. I saw several runners on the path, and I also saw two men with dogs walking the dirt road that parallels the asphalt path. In addition, I saw two or three cyclists. A 5-10 mph south wind was blowing, and I was glad to have a gentle push on the way back. In addition to the 0.1 miles added to the run, I increased the steps during my walking phase to 70. That is, the actual number of steps was 140, but I only count when my left foot hits the ground.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Another heavy run of 2.9 miles

When I first got up from my night's sleep, there was a light snow falling, but it had stopped before I started my run. When I started my run, (using my usual south-bound route) the temperature was in the high 30s (F). By half way through my run, the clouds disappeared and the temperature was warmer (mid 40s). The snow was melted when I ran, and the path, though wet, was not a problem. I saw quite a few runners and walkers on the path. There was a 5 mph north wind, and this made running more difficult on the way back. I felt better during this run, indicating I'm starting to get used to the new distance. I used my new running:walking ratio of 110 steps:60 steps throughout my run.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

I added a bit of distance and did a light run of 2.2 miles

The temperature during my run was in the mid 40s (F), and I enjoyed being out. I continued with my new running and walking phases, doing 110 steps of running and 60 steps of walking, or about 88 seconds of running and 60 seconds of walking. I saw quite a few walkers with their dogs, and, strangely, they were all on the dirt road that parallels the Parkway path. The dirt road is slightly softer than the asphalt path, and I guess the walkers didn't have the more expensive shoes to cushion against the impact of their feet and the asphalt path. I do all my running on the path, and my wife does all her walking on the dirt road. My shoes do a good job of cushioning my feet.

I took my nylon running jacket off on my way back, because I was starting to sweat. However, as soon as I stopped doing my stretches after my run, I put the jacket back on while walking to my car. My body didn't create much heat while walking to my car, and I felt the cold. The wind was still blowing, and my nylon jacket acted as a good wind-breaker.

People following this blog will realize that all of my 44 years of running have been with relatively small increases in distance or speed. This is the major reason I have been relatively free of injuries during the 44 years. I try to give my body sufficient time and rest to recover from a stressful run. Today was about a 4% increase in distance. I used to do 10% increases, but as I get older I'm doing smaller increases. I'm also running heavy and light runs to give my body more time for recovery.

Today is a new high for the month in my solar-power generation. The longer days and lack of clouds are showing up in more solar power

The following picture was taken from the web but shows what the sky was like today. A nice, Spring day, although trees and bushes haven't gone green yet.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Did another heavy run of 2.9 miles

The temperature was in the mid 50s (F) during my run. I got tired on the way back but made it. On my way back, I added 10 steps to my running phase; this amounts to about 8 seconds. The tiredness was not from the addition of 10 steps; it was due to the increase of distance before I was used to the lower distance.

It is nice to get to the end of my run and to do a few stretches before entering my car and driving home.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Added a bit and did a light run of 2.2 miles

The temperature was in the mid 40s (F) during my run. I continued with the 110 steps of running and 60 steps of walking, and I enjoyed my run. There was a slight south wind, and I was glad on the way back that the wind was pushing me.

Note: I found this entry in my Draft folder, and I'm not sure of the date of this entry. I've given it a date of 2/3/2018 to show that my light runs are increased a bit.

Did another light run of about 2.1 miles

The temperature was in the mid 50s (F) during my run, and it was like Spring, only a few weeks early. We are, though, expecting rain and possibly snow on Monday. A lot of walkers were on the path with their dogs and young children in bicycle carts. A few runners and skaters were on the path, too. I felt pretty good during my jog and walk. I'm still using the 80 seconds/60 seconds ratio that I've been using for quite a while. The 80 seconds pertains to jogging, and the 60 seconds pertains to walking. Actually, I count steps of my left foot, 100 steps running and 60 steps walking. I've adjusted the number of steps to give the 80 seconds and 60 seconds that I quote in this blog.