Thursday, October 1, 2009

I ran 2.5 miles & felt fine

I had a better run today. I added to my distance and felt pretty good during and after the run. I didn't have as much energy as I had a couple of weeks ago, but I had more than I did last week.

One thing that needs improvement is my meals. I got up this morning thinking I would go out running soon thereafter. But I got side tracked and didn't go running until five hours later. In the meantime I had no breakfast or lunch, only a few handfuls of dry cereal after my stretches.

We had our second frost last night, and it took some time for the temperature to rise to a reasonable value. The shade temperature while I ran was in the low 60s (F). The sky was sunny with a few clouds. Tomorrow will be a few degrees warmer.


  1. I sometimes fail to eat right too!! I power walked a 3 1/2 mile mountain trail yesterday (10-01-09), and it was beautiful. Nice weather, fall leaves, couldn't have been better. I really enjoy changing my routine. I go to a flat track when I want to run, and the mountain trail to power walk. The walk is actually more strenuous than the run!

    Here's some positive motivation for you. The mountain trail where I walk, a woman in her 80's or 90's runs it. She runs a further distance than I walk, and I am in total awe. She is amazing. She swims laps, and lifts weights at the YMCA on alternate days!!

  2. I do something very similar - up the mountain to power walk, flat to do my walk/runs. Today I went up Sunset, a mountain behind my house. It's about a 3.5 mile loop that I have measured off, heading up and then back down. I walk that when I want a good "walking" workout, and sometimes my heart rate gets higher than when I run/walk one of the flatter routes.

    It was beautiful today, and the dogs loved it. It's all on paved roads, but you feel like you're hiking. The scenery is amazing. I live in the mountains of western NC, so not a whole lot of flat to be found around here, just flat-"ter." :)

  3. Deborah, wow, that woman is amazing! In 10 years from now I'll be in my mid 80s, and I hope I'm still running. I read about a 96 year old guy who runs marathons.

    BB, I lived in Marysville, TN for a few months, back in 1957. I never got into the Blue Ridge Mountains, but they were beautiful from a distance.

    I did hike 10 miles on Skyline Drive in Virginia, and I did lots of hiking in New Hampshire, including two jaunts up Mt. Washington with my scouts. Eastern mountains are very different from the western mountains we have in Utah, but the Eastern mountains are beautiful! Our earth is beautiful no matter where you go!

  4. Don't know if you'll find this comment, since it's now Tuesday. But I'm just now back on blogspot and finding this. Wow!! It really IS a small world. I used to live in Louisville TN, a mere stone's throw from Maryville! Sort of past Alcoa, but before you get to Knoxville. :) That was where I first fell in love with the mountains (I'm originally an Atlanta gal). Used to drive over to Townsend and Cades Cove - beautiful! Been out west too, on vacations - the Black Hills, the Rockies, Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons - that area. Very beautiful too, but different. Rockier! I guess that's why they call them the Rocky Mountains... ;) Never been to Utah though. A friend has talked about.. is it Provo Canyon? Have I got that right? Sounds very beautiful.

    Anyway, back to Deborah's initial comment - there is a guy here, last name Dotson. I'm blanking on his first name - he is in the paper sometimes when different running events are featured. He runs all the time and just a few weeks ago he did the Asheville Half Marathon. I've wished I could tell him how much of an inspiration he is to me. He's in his late 70s or early 80s. I did the Half Marathon in 1999, when I was but a mere child - 36 years old, and it kicked my butt!! I whined all 13.1 miles of it, my poor companions, lol!!! A very hilly course and just SO hard. Whew. Of course I was happy when I finished, but that day I decided that distance running is definitely NOT for me. I am happy with my shorter distances (and this was when I was running with no particular aches or pains), and decided that was okay - not everyone is cut out for marathoning!! I got my black belt a few years later, so I guess that was my adrenaline rush. :) Anyway, Deborah talking about that woman in her 80s/90s running that mountain trail reminded me of Mr. Dotson here who is such an awesome runner - he gives me such inspiration that "age" does not equal becoming "sedentary" and out of shape!

  5. BB, I found your post as soon as you did it; I get them all via email. One of the perks of being moderator.

    Marysville and Alcoa were known at that time as the twin cities. I wasn't able to do any sightseeing while there, but I have fond memories of the area.

    I spent three weeks in Nashville before going to Marysville, and I still remember the Nashville bus system. All bus routes went in to the center like spokes on a wheel. A whole block was dedicated to bus stops. You could ride into the center and then walk around the block looking for the next bus to take.

    I guess there are quite a few older persons who are active in running or other sports. Gives me hope...

    Utah has a lot of beautiful places. Look in the left side-bar of this blog and scroll down to pictures of the Jordan River Parkway. They give you some glimpses of the Wasatch Mountains, home of the Utah ski resorts. In northern Utah you have mountains and the salt flats. In southern Utah you have both mountains and desert: Bryce and Zion National Parks, four corners, Arches National Monument, and others. Oh yes, the North Rim of Grand Canyon. Actually, that is in Arizona, but we Utahns think of it as ours since you get there by going through Utah.

    Here is a link to some photographs I've taken in the past, and they will give you glimpses of Southern Utah.