February 6, 2016

Walked another 0.6 miles

I walked 0.6 miles in the early evening, using the same route as I've used in the past. Except for a few driveways that hadn't been plowed and had ice on the path, the path was dry.

February 4, 2016

Walked about an hour

I took my car in for maintenance, and I walked or stood standing on my feet for about an hour. I didn't go walking at the rec center, because I felt I had been on my feet long enough. We had snow last night, and there was about an inch on my driveway this morning.

February 2, 2016

Walked 0.6 miles

I walked 0.6 miles around my neighborhood. My left knee felt slightly sore when I finished, but the soreness was almost negligible. On my next outing, I will continue walking this route. Next week I will add about 10% of jogging in the middle of the walk.

My plan for running

During the past week, I haven't run in order to let the stress on my left knee reduce and the knee heal. I don't consider this stress a serious injury, because the knee improved in three or four days. However, I've been thinking about my future running, and here is my plan for that.

1. I'm going to be more diligent in stretching before or after I run/walk. I ran for 40 years with no injuries, because I stretched regularly and my body adjusted to the running. In recent months, I haven't stretched much, although I was stretching (but not enough) when my left knee reacted to the stress.

2. I'm going to start with a distance of half a mile and increase my distance every week or so by about 10%. This will, I hope, allow my body to adjust to the running and become stronger. When I was younger, my body adjusted more quickly, but now that I'm older, my body needs more  time for adjustment.

3. I've been using a run/walk ratio of 60 seconds walking and 40 seconds running (actually more of a jog). That ratio seems good for my body, and I plan on keeping it.

4. I've been running/walking 2 to 3 times per week, and I plan on keeping that.

Time will tell if this plan works for me. The key to running without injuries is to keep the stress level below that which can be handled by ones body. Keeping the stress level low implies keeping the distance and pace below that which would cause injuries, and keeping increases in distance or pace to 10% or less. Also involved is recognition that ones body needs at least 48 hours of reduced stress between bouts of increased stress, thus the limit of running and walking to 2 to 3 times per week.

February 1, 2016

Left knee feeling better

I spent an hour on Saturday and another hour today shoveling snow from my driveway, and my knee felt fine afterwards, although it is still sore when I first get up from sitting awhile.

Today was a very cold day due to a 20 mph or so wind. I made a mistake in not wearing gloves, and my fingers were very cold. I wore my heavy winter coat, and my body was warm. After I finished the driveway and sidewalk, I soaked my hands in cold water for a minute or so, and then I walked around my house while my fingers warmed up. The temperature was in the mid 20s (F), but the wind chill temperature was very cold. The snow was about 4-5 inches in depth, but it was very light and easy to shovel.

January 28, 2016

My knee is improving

My left knee is improving. I can walk with little discomfort, but the knee is still sore when I've been sitting for an hour or more and get up. It takes about a minute of being up before the knee feels OK.

January 23, 2016

Did 45 minutes

My wife and I went early to the South Jordan rec center. She swam while I ran and walked the track. I had planned to go an hour, but I aborted my workout after 45 minutes. All of a sudden, my left knee started to hurt. I used Arnica, Ruta, and Rhus Tox during the day, but my knee was still sore at bed time. It isn't quite as sore as it was this morning. I've been doing exercises to stretch various muscles, but I haven't been doing knee exercises, and I guess my knees had gotten weak. I hope it is just strain on my knee and not an injury. Time will tell.

January 19, 2016

Another 2.2 miles

My wife and I drove to the trail-head at 100th South and went north. She walked 2 miles and I ran/walked 2.2 miles. There was a south-wind of about 10-15 mph, and it was a head-wind on the way back. The air temperature was in the low 30s, but the wind-chill was below freezing, and it was cold! I normally run about 40 seconds and walk 60 seconds, but, to keep warm, I ran for about 80 seconds and walked about 100+ seconds. The sky was partly cloudy in the morning, but during our run it was overcast. There is apparently a storm coming through and thus causing the wind. It rained during the night but might be a dusting of snow this evening. I only saw a few people on the path -- two runners and three walkers plus my wife and me. During my walk phases, I felt the cold on my face, but I didn't notice it during my running phase.

January 16, 2016

Another step to Infinity

My wife and I drove, in late afternoon, to the South Jordan rec center, and I ran/walked for half an hour; my wife walked the same amount of time. Today was a bit warmer (35 (F)), but the sky was cloudy, and it was cold outside. Snow is forecast for tonight.