December 7, 2016

On a cruise for the past 2 weeks -- 10 miles of walking

During the past two weeks, my wife and I were on a cruise. We flew to Florida and then sailed through the old locks in the Panama canal to San Diego, CA, and then flew home. While in Florida, we visited the Epcot Center at Disney world and the Kennedy Space Center. We saw a rocket take off carrying a weather satellite. I walked around the ship a lot while were at sea, and I walked a lot during the land tours in five countries in Mexico, Central America, and one country in South America. I think I walked about 10 miles during the two weeks. The following picture shows the cruise ship (MS Veendam) docked at a Mexican port.

The walking path on the ship was 1/13 of a mile, and I tried to walk 1/2 mile in the morning and 1/2 mile in the afternoon. On one of my walks, I was caught in a rain storm with 30 mph winds. I had sprayed my nylon jacket and pants with Silicone before I left, but the wind pushed the rain through the nylon and onto my clothes. But, the weather was warm and I wasn't in much danger of hypothermia. I pushed myself into a cold, because I violated the heavy/light principle of running by doing the mile every day. I didn't walk much for several days while I got rid of the cold, and then I walked the mile every other day and walked shorter days for the light portion of my walking. The following picture show the walking path around the ship. 

The next picture shows a view of the Panama canal from the ship. The lock gates are about 80 feet high. Water from a higher lock fills the next lock and is fed into the second lock via gravity. Six "mules" travel the tracks that go along the sides of the locks and are attached to each ship and guide the ship through the locks. The ships, however, use their own motors to move the ships; the "mules" do not pull the ships. There are two paths though the canal, and a container ship is in the lock behind us in the other path. We went through the older locks rather than the newer locks.

November 10, 2016

Ran 1.2 miles today

A week ago, I had four electrical shocks to get my heart beating normally. I didn't run that week because I was recovering from the shocks. I ran and walked 1.1 miles at the first of this week and 1.2 miles today. We're having abnormally warm days, and it is nice to be outside.

October 27, 2016

Ran/walked 2.0 miles again

Nothing unusual happened. The air temperature was in the high 60s (F), unusually warm for this time of year. A south wind of 5-10 mph was blowing. I took off my nylon wind breaker when I turned around and headed north; the wind was now a tail wind, and I started to sweat, thus removing my wind breaker.

October 25, 2016

Ran and walked 2.0 miles again

I went south from the trailhead at 100th South for a mile and then turned around and came back to my car. It is one mile from the trailhead at 100th South to the tunnel under 106th South. I talked for a few seconds or so with a man who was feeding the cats I've been seeing along the trail. He said there are at least 5 cats.

The temperature was in the low 60s (F), and it was a nice day to be outside. A 10-15 mph south wind was blowing that made it a bit harder to go south, and I was glad when I turned around and went north such that the wind was now a tail wind. Once I no longer faced the wind, I started to sweat, and I took off my rain jacket and wrapped it around my waist.

October 22, 2016

Ran/walked 2.0 + 1.8 = 3.8 miles

I knew that my son, Chad, and his family were coming over for an afternoon hike in Sandy, so I went early to the Jordan River Parkway and ran/walked 2.0 miles, using my 80 seconds:60 seconds ratio. I went early so I would have some recovery-time before the hike. Chad was an hour late in getting to my house, and we decided to walk the Jordan River Parkway instead of the Salt Lake valley trail in Sandy. I walked about 1.8 miles on the Parkway.

There were a lot of runners, walkers, and cyclists on the Parkway this morning. I knew from the color of their T-shirts and running shorts that many of the guys were from the Police Academy. There were a few people using the Parkway this afternoon, but not as many as there were this morning. The weather was warm for this time of year, and I took off my rain jacket during my morning and afternoon runs.

October 20, 2016

2.0 Miles again

It was getting dark when I left home, but I did 2.0 miles again, doing most of the run in the dark. I had no problems seeing the trail, even though it is dark asphalt, because lights from buildings about 1/4 mile away were enough for me to see the trail. I saw a few runners, walkers, and cyclists on the path, although they were finishing their runs while I was just starting my run. The temperature was in the 50s (F) during my run, a nice temperature for running. I used my 80 seconds:60 seconds ratio of running:walking, although I walked the last half mile because my legs were getting tired.

I saw three cats at the 1/2 mile point. I think two were Persian cats and one was a black cat, although it was hard to see them in the dark. I've seen two of the cats before (one Persian and one black) in the same general area, but this is the first time I've seen three cats.

October 18, 2016

I did 2.0 miles on a cloudy day with moments of sunshine

I went south from the trailhead at 100th South, planning to do 1.5 miles, but, when I reached the turn around point, I felt pretty good and kept on going. I did turn around at 1.0 miles and returned to my car, for a total of 2.0 miles. There were a number of others on the trail. The temperature was in the low 50s (F), and it was a nice day for running. I made a big jump today, and I need to repeat the 2.0 miles several times before I increase my distance. I think future jumps will be small, on the order of 5-10% to allow my body to adjust to the increase.

I only ran once last week, because I was on my feet a lot during the week and decided it best to give my body more rest. I was spraying my brick patios with Johnson stuff to keep the bricks from absorbing water during the winter (the water will freeze, expand, and chip the bricks). I didn't walk much distance during this time, but I was on my feet for most of the days.

October 11, 2016

Another great day, and I jogged/walked 1.5 miles

The shade temperature was in the low 60s (F), and the sky was mostly overcast. I wore long pants and a long sleeved T-shirt to keep warm, but I was over dressed and was starting to sweat when I finished. I did 1.5 miles, and I will do that same distance for a couple more runs. Then, I will jump up to 2.0 miles.

There were quite a few people on the path today. Several runners and walkers, and several cyclists. One cyclist passed me going the opposite direction, and said "keep it up" as she passed. A few minutes later she caught up with me and slowed down and asked my age. I told her "81" and she said it was wonderful to see me on the path. I felt pretty good during my run, and I appreciate her kind remarks. Her remarks help me to be motivated to get out every other day.

October 8, 2016

A beautiful day, and I jogged/walked 1.0 miles again

I was on the trail about noon, and there were quite a few people on the path: runners, walkers, cyclists, and one skater. The shade temperature was in the 70s (F), and no wind was blowing. The sky was blue with white Cumulus clouds, and I felt great. I'm getting used to the 1.0 mile distance, and I'm about ready to go for 1.5 miles, another big jump. I'm only going every other day, so I have plenty of time to recover before the next run. I'm getting back to my previous distance, and when I reach 2 miles, I will go back to the 5-10% increases.