August 14, 2017

Increased distance to about 1.85 miles

My wife and I drove, in the late evening, to the Jordan River Parkway and went south. She walked and jogged about two miles, and I jogged and walked about 1.85 miles. We got back to the car about 10-20 minutes before it became dark. There were a few cyclists and walkers heading for home. I felt good, and it was nice to run with almost complete shade and a temp in the 70s (F). I will do the same distance for a couple of weeks to allow my body to adjust to the new distance. My goal is to work up to 2.3 miles.

August 13, 2017

1.25 miles walking

I walked 1.25 miles today, making the round trip to a church meeting.

August 12, 2017

1.8 Again

My wife and I went out in the late evening, and we went south from 100th South. It was almost dark when I got back to the car. She walks faster than I jog, and she was about 5 minutes ahead of me. I didn't carry water, and it was nice to jog and walk in the cooler air. There were a few runners and cyclists heading for home, but the path was almost empty, except for us, of course. There was a strong south wind blowing when we started, but the wind was going down when we ended.

August 9, 2017

Sleep

Not getting enough sleep is a quick path to injury. Running and walking, as well as other forms of physical activity, increase the stress on ones body, and sleep helps our bodies adjust to and remove the stress.

For various reasons, during the past month I've been getting 4-5 hours sleep at night. This is a reduction from the 7 hours of sleep that is my normal. I thought I'd explain my "system" for getting back to my normal of 7 hours of sleep. If I get my normal amount of sleep, I do fine, but I get tired and fall asleep during the evening when I get less than my normal. So, here is how I get back to my normal amount of sleep.

1. I try and remove the factors that caused me to get less than my normal sleep.

2. Even though I may wake up after 4 or 5 hours of sleep, I force myself to stay in bed until I've been in bed for 7 hours; I frequently add 1/2 hour to cover brief interruptions to my sleep, the result being that I'm in bed for 7 1/2 hours. During this time in bed, my bedroom light is off, and I keep my eyes closed and allow my body to go back to sleep. I also don't read or do other activities in my bedroom, so my body associates the bedroom with sleep.

3. It usually takes about a week or two of forcing myself to stay in bed until I'm sleeping the whole time.

We all have different bodies, and it is likely that you may need a different amount of sleep to get your normal sleep. It is also likely that your body may react differently to being in bed.

The good news is that I'm almost back to my 7 hours of sleep. If you have suggestions that I (and others) might try, please leave your suggestions in comments to this post.




August 8, 2017

And, another 1.8 miles

Today is a cloudy day with rain showers possible in the late afternoon and evening. My wife and I drove to the Jordan River Parkway, and I went south for 0.9 miles and then returned. I didn't carry water, but I had a good drink at the beginning and end of the run. My wife went north to look at the houses being constructed.