January 20, 2018

No run today

We had about a foot of snow during the night, and a light snow fell much of the day. I decided to skip my run today and to have this past week be a rest week. It wasn't much of a rest, though, because I was outside for a couple of hours, shoveling my driveway and sidewalks. A man and his son came by and helped me shovel snow. I appreciated their stopping to help. Another man stopped his car and offered to help, as I was doing my neighbor's sidewalk. I thanked him for his offer of help and explained that I was almost finished with my shoveling. We shook hands, and he drove away.

January 17, 2018

Did another light run/walk

I did 2.0 miles in mid-day. The temperature was in the low 50s (F), and it was warm and nice. I saw a lot of walkers and dogs on the path. Interestingly, the dogs were mostly small dogs with short legs. One man had let his dog run free, but when the man saw me, he put his leash on the dag. I took several short rest breaks on the way back, because I felt tired. I didn't have much for breakfast, and I lacked energy for the distance.

January 15, 2018

Did another heavy run of 2.6 miles

I just returned from a 2.6 mile jog and walk. The temperature during my run was about 34 (F), and my four layers kept me nice and warm. There was no wind during my run. I left home after the sun had set but before it was dark. By the time I had run 1/2 mile, it was dark. I saw one runner and two cyclists on the path. All three had bright LED lights turned on. I got back about 7 pm.

I like to run without lights, because I can see the path better. There are buildings with lights on about 1/4 mile away, so it isn't difficult to see the path. No motorized vehicles are allowed on the path, so there is no likelihood that I will get run over due to the darkness. Well, I guess there is a slight chance I might be hit by cyclists, but they usually have lights on their bikes and can see me. I can tell they are coming due to their lights shining on the path, and I make sure I'm on the edge of the path while they pass by. The same goes for other runners and walkers. When it is dark, I usually run in the middle of the path where the probability of pot holes is low and I have more room to maneuver in the darkness.

The following picture of darkness was taken from the web. The picture shows what nighttime running is all about.

January 13, 2018

Did another light run/walk of 2.0 miles

My wife and I went to the Jordan River Parkway in the late afternoon. The temperature was in the mid 40s (F), and there was lots of sun. Quite a few people were on the path. I wore four layers on my upper body, and I started getting too warm before the end of the run; I should have word three layers. If I were younger and went faster, two layers would have been sufficient.

January 10, 2018

Did another 2.6 miles heavy run

The air temperature was 41 (F) during our run and walk. It was sprinkling rain when we left home. After about a half-hour, the rain stopped, and by the time I got back to the parking lot, the sun had come out. There were several walkers and runners on the path. I went to the bench south of the 106th South bridge, for a round trip of 2.6 miles. Judy walked her usual 2.0 miles. She is faster than I am, and she has to wait for me; she brought a book to read while she was waiting.

January 8, 2018

Did a light run of 1.9 miles

Rain was forecast for late afternoon and this evening, so Judy and I went jogging and walking about 1 pm, going south from 100th South. The sky was partially cloudy when we left home (the temperature was in the mid 30s (F)) but was overcast when we returned home. I didn't see other runners on the path, and I only saw a couple of walkers.

It's 5 pm now, and the rain hasn't started yet.

During the morning, I took the vacuum pump apart that is used with our freeze-dryer and cleaned the insides of the pump. The small window, that is used to measure the amount of oil in the pump, was cloudy and obscured the level of oil in the pump, and I sprayed the inside of the window and wiggled the pump cover to clean the window. I cleaned the dirty oil from inside the pump, and I put the pump together and put the correct amount of filtered oil in the pump. The pump is now ready for use, and I'm waiting until Judy has prepared the food to be freeze-dried. It takes about 24-30 hours for a batch of food to be processed, and high electric usage happens during that time.