July 30, 2014

Another 2 miles

My wife and I just returned from doing another 2 miles, using the same route we used on Monday. The sky was completely overcast, and there were forecasts of thundershowers. We took the north route from 100th South again, because there are more trees than there are on the south route. If lightning should strike, we wanted tall trees to attract the lightning.

I felt and did a lot better than I did on Monday. When I reached our turnaround point (1 mile) I felt about the same as I had felt on Monday at the 0.5 mile marker. I did do some extra walking on the way back, but I continued to alternate running and walking instead of mostly walking as I had done on Monday. Also, I changed my timer back to 40 seconds running and 40 seconds walking instead of the 20 seconds that I had used on Monday.

I didn't see many runners on the trail, but I saw quite a few walkers and cyclists. My wife walked slower, and I was able to keep up with her on the way back. She was ahead of me, though, on the way out, because she went from our car straight to the trail instead of walking down to a different point on the trail that I normally start from.

I did get only 5 hours sleep last night. We were up until 2:30 am finishing a 500-piece puzzle. That was a hard puzzle and took quite a few hours to complete. My wife did most of the work, but I helped during the last two or so hours. My wife has been putting a lot of time in on our yard, and doing the puzzle was a nice change for her.

July 28, 2014

I did 2.0 miles with my wife

My wife and I were out about 9 am and went north from 100th South on the Parkway. I did fine for about 3/4 mile, and then I started to run out of energy. My legs felt fine, but my body was really tired. In fact, I walked most of the mile back to our car. The temperature during our run was in the high 70s (F) and low 80s, warmer than last Saturday but still better than the 90s during mid-day. I only had 6 hours sleep last night, better than the 5-5.5 hours I've been getting but not as good as the 7 hours I need. I'm hoping to take a nap later today.

July 26, 2014

The Early Bird Gets a Cooler Run

I started my run/walk about 8 am. The temperature when I left was in the high 60s, and when I returned it was only 4 degrees higher. An awfully lot of people were out on the path, and it was nice to have  cool run for a change. I ran 1.9 miles for the third time this week. My wife stayed home because our daughter and her family were visiting. I've changed to a run/walk ratio of 40 seconds each.

July 23, 2014

Ran/walked 1.9 miles again

My wife and I left rather late in the evening, and I ran/walked 1.9 miles going south from 100th South. There were a lot of people on the path, mostly cyclists. We finished about 15 minutes before it got dark. By running in the evening, we avoided the hot part of the day, when the shade temperature was in the mid 90s (F). I'll do 1.9 miles again on Saturday, and then do 2.0 miles next week (if all goes well). I'll be busy Saturday evening and will have to go running in the morning.

July 21, 2014

Added a bit for 1.9 miles in the neighborhood

My wife and I left home after dark, and we did 1.9 miles in our neighborhood. She stopped to talk with a friend but soon caught up with me. Before I started running on canal maintenance roads and the Jordan River Parkway, I did all my running on neighborhood streets. I found that by running all streets and cul-de-sacs, I could get about 5 miles. When my distance got bigger than 5 miles, I started running on canal maintenance roads and later on the Parkway. The sidewalks around here are bumpy due to frost heaves and ground settling, but the streets are pretty smooth. My goal is to add 5-10% each week to extend my distance. As my distance gets longer, the amount I add each week gets longer too. Even though daytime temperatures are in the 90s (F), the early morning and evening temperatures are in the 70s, and that helps.

The following picture was taken from the web.

July 19, 2014

Ran/walked 1.7 miles in neighborhood

My wife and I went out in the neighborhood, and I did 1.7 miles. I didn't do very well, because we had supper about an hour before we went out, and I don't run very well while digesting food. I need 3-4 hours between eating and running. The temperature during our workout was in the low to mid 80s (F). We ran in our neighborhood instead of going to the Jordan River Parkway because of the lateness of our going out. It was dark before I finished. Fortunately, nobody chased us while we were out.