July 2, 2015

Ran 2 miles this morning

Judy and I were on the trail at 8:30 this morning. There was a lot of shade, but it was hot coming  back, and I drank one quart of water during my run (I took a swallow of water each time I walked). We went north from the trail-head at 100th South. I only made two brief rest stops of about 1 minute each, one at the turnaround point, and 1 on the way back. There were a lot of cyclists and walkers on the trail but not many runners. I had good sleep last night and felt strong during my run.

June 30, 2015

My wife and I walked about 0.6 miles

We didn't get to do a longer distance, but we did manage to walk around the block from where we live, about 0.6 miles. This was late in the evening, after dark.

June 25, 2015

Walked about 0.7 miles to feed ducks

My granddaughter was with us this morning, and she and I went about 0.7 miles to feed the ducks that were in a nearby irrigation canal. We saw two groups of ducks. A mother and two ducklings were there, but they showed no interest in the bread we fed them. The ducklings were small, meaning that were born about a month ago. Another mother and two ducklings were anxious to get the bread that we threw in the water. These ducklings were larger, meaning they were probably born the latter part of April or the first part of May. We did this in mid-morning, and it was hot. I was glad to get home and to take a big drink of water.

June 24, 2015

Did 1.9 miles

My wife and I did the Jordan River Parkway again, starting at 9 am. She walked 2 miles and I ran/walked 1.9 miles. It was hot, but because we were out relatively early, the heat wasn't bad. I carried water for myself and my wife, and that really helped. One lady saw me sitting on a bench in the sun, and she asked if I were OK and if I had water. I found out later that she had a close call a few days ago with the heat and was sick afterwards.

After we returned home, I took a nap, ate breakfast, and then spent two hours spraying weeds in my lawn. The bigger weeds take a couple of sprayings to die.  I sprayed them last week and again today, so it will be interesting to see how they are doing next week. I'm using a broad-leaf spray.  I would prefer to not spray, but I haven't found a good way to control weeks without using chemicals. If I do nothing, the weeds will take over the lawn, so doing nothing is not an option.

We saw quail in our back yard, two parents and several newborns. Quail like bushes, and we have lots of bushes in our yard.

June 18, 2015

Did 1.8 miles in a HOT afternoon

My wife was busy today, so I went by myself to the Jordan River Parkway and ran the 1.8 miles that I did on Tuesday. This time, however, I carried two bottles of water in my Fuel Belt; each bottle holds one cup. I was glad to have the water, but I need to carry three bottles instead of two. My theory is that I sweat continuously and should drink water frequently. I thus took a swallow of water each time I walked.

The air temperature was 92 (F) when I left home, and it was HOT while I ran. I went slow and took frequent rest breaks for a minute or so. I knew I would run out of water before I completed my run, so there were a few times that I walked but didn't take any water. I ran in the early afternoon, and there wasn't much shade on the path. Early morning or late evening is the best time to find shade. I felt pretty good during my run. I had mowed my lawns earlier in the day, so my body was tired, but I took an hour nap before I ran. The run:walk ratio of 20 seconds:40 seconds seems to work fine for me. I passed several cyclists, one skate-boarder, a few walkers, but no other runners.

June 16, 2015

Did 1.8 miles today

My wife and I drove to the Jordan River Parkway, and she walked 2 miles and I ran/walked 1.8 miles using a run:walk ratio of 20 seconds:40 seconds. The temperature is getting hot (about 90 F)) today, and I need to start carrying water. We hit the trail about 9:30 this morning, and there was quite a lot shade going out but less shade coming  back. There were quite a few cyclists and walkers on the trail but not many runners.

June 11, 2015

Walked with my wife around the block -- 0.6 miles

We've had some grandchildren here all day this week, so I haven't been doing as much yard work as I usually do. Even though I ran yesterday, I walked with my wife for 0.6 miles this evening. The temperature has been in the high 70s (F) for the past several days, and it was nice and cool while we walked around the block.

June 10, 2015

My wife and I did the Jordan River Parkway again

She walked 2 miles, and I ran/walked 1.8 miles. I increased the run/walk ratio to 20 seconds running (actually jogging) and 40 seconds walking. The temperature was in the high 70s (F), and the sky was cloudy. I thought it would rain, but the dark sky lightened up during the late afternoon and evening.

June 4, 2015

Ran 1.7 miles again

I started running about noon, going south from the parking lot at 100th South. I forgot my 2-phase timer, so I estimated my run/walk cycles. I felt pretty good, and I ran longer than the 15 seconds I've been running. The temperature was in the mid 70s (F), and it was a nice day to be out. My wife and grand daughter stayed home, sewing, and didn't go out; they walked a mile later in the evening.

Yesterday, I was replacing a head on my water sprinkler system, and I saw two quail come across the street and walk into the bushes in front of my house, My wife saw the quail a few days ago. This is the first time we've seen quail near our house. My neighbor a few houses way feeds the birds, and she has several wild ducks who like to come to her lawn.