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.

October 5, 2016

Rain showers and then 1.0 mile in sunshine and clouds

The rain and thunder stopped about 2 pm, and I went to the Parkway trail head at 100th South and went south for a total of 1 mile. I had the trail to myself and only saw two other runners; one was ahead of me, and the other was passed on my way back. No cyclists or walkers. The shade temperature was 49 (F) when I left home. Wind gusts were about 2-5 mph, just a breeze.

October 3, 2016

I ran/walked my 1-mile route going south from 100th South. I'm still using the 80 seconds:60 seconds ratio of running:walking. Today was a cloudy day, and there weren't many people using the path. I only saw two other runners and one cyclist. The temperature was in the low 50s (F) with north-wind gusts of about 5-10 mph.

September 29, 2016

Ran/walked 1 mile but with a different route

I went south from the trail head at 100th South, and did 1 mile. The sky was a mixture of clouds and sunshine, and the temperature was a pleasant mid 70s (F). I made a mistake and ate a relatively big meal about an hour before I went running, and I felt tired and my stomach was upset during the run. If I eat before a run, I need to allow more time for the meal to get into my intestines.

I've been taking a digestive enzyme supplement at night, and I've switched to taking it in the morning, with the hope that it will help my digestion during the day instead of during the night while I'm asleep.

September 26, 2016

Ran and walked 1 mile on the Jordan River Parkway

My wife and I drove to the Parkway, and we went north from the trailhead at 100th South. She enjoys seeing the houses being built, and I enjoy the smooth asphalt trail. I'm a natural shuffler, and I have problems with rocks and other obstacles, like uneven sidewalks, on the trail. I had my timer set for 80 seconds running (actually, a jog) and 60 seconds walking. These are the settings I used before my pacemaker was installed, and I used the settings today. I felt pretty good at the end of the run. Going from 0.62 miles to 1.0 miles is a big jump, bigger than I usually make. Since I'm going back to my distance before the pacemaker was installed, I thought I'd make a big jump. The temperature during my run (in the morning) was in the mid 60s (F), and it was a great day to be out!

It was nice to be on the Parkway again. One advantage of not running around my neighborhood is that if I go out and back, I have no choice but to return all the way back. For today, for example, I turned around at 0.5 miles and had no choice but to go 0.5 miles back to my car. If I'd gotten tired on the way back, I would have walked the remaining distance, but I still had to go 0.5 miles back. If I run around my neighborhood doing shorter loops, if I get tired, I can abort the run and go home, thus doing less distance on the way back. Of course, if I get really tired, I may be happy to abort the run. One "problem" that I'm encountering is that I feel fine when I reach the turnaround point but get tired on the way back, and I have no choice but to walk back to my car. If I feel tired before I reach the turnaround point, I abort the run by going back prior to reaching the turnaround point.

September 24, 2016

It was dark, but walked 0.62 miles

I went out about 8 pm and did my usual 0.62 miles, alternating walking and jogging (this was my first attempt at jogging since the pacemaker was installed).

There is one section of the walk that is without street lights, but I carried a cane-light and used the light on that section of the course. There are a lot of trees along that sidewalk, and the roots of the trees have caused the sidewalk to be uneven, increasing the likelihood that I might trip. Since I'm getting old, I have to be careful about things that didn't bother me when I was younger. I do remember, though, tripping on the sidewalk when I was younger, so accidents can happen at any age. One time in Massachusetts I started a run, and my feet got tangled in a bunch of coat hangers that were on the road, and I went down and skinned my knee. I wasn't far from the plant where I worked, so I went back and had the nurse put a bandage on my knee.

The following picture, taken from the web, shows a  cane-light that is similar to my cane. I've been carrying the cane with me, even though I don't use it while walking. I just have the cane with me in case of emergencies. The light isn't very bright, but it is sufficient for my purposes. It is a LED light.