December 30, 2012

Walked about 1 1/4 miles round trip to church

This walk wasn't related to running. I like to walk to church when I can to get some exercise, although I'm a slow walker and the walking doesn't raise my heart rate much. The temperature going to church was in the mid 20s (F) and about 31 on the way home. It was nice to be outside for a time, and I enjoyed the walk! The sky was a mixture of clouds and sunshine.

December 24, 2012

Ran 3 miles, ending just as it started to snow

We had rain during the night, but it had stopped before I started my run about 11 am. The low temperature last night was 35 (F), so the melting of snow continued during the night. The ground is mostly bare, but there are still patches of snow on the ground. My wakeup heart rate was 60 this morning, and I felt pretty good.

I went south from 100th South for 1.5 miles and then returned. During the first and third miles, I ran for 1/4 mile before taking a walking break of about 45-60 seconds. During the second mile, I reduced the distance running to about 1/8 mile with walking breaks of about the same amount of time. I forgot my two-phase timer and just ran until the next half-mile marker. I felt good during the run and enjoyed it.

During my run, the sky was cloudy with just a slight breeze. When I had about half a mile left, it started to rain and before I finished the run it was rain mixed with snow. By the time I reached home, it was all snow, and it has been heavily snowing for about an hour.

December 17, 2012

Ran for 2 miles in a stiff head-wind

I forgot to check my wakeup heart rate, but I felt pretty good. The air temperature was about 40 (F). There was a 15-20 mph south wind blowing, and I ran for a mile with that head-wind. At that point I turned around and headed back to my car, because I was getting tired from that head-wind and probably from not being fully rested since my run on Saturday. Having a tail-wind on the way back helped, but I was still tired and ran for shorter phases than I had on my way out. My running phase is normally 2 minutes and my walking phase is normally 1 minute.

December 15, 2012

Ran on an indoor track for 50 minutes

My wakeup heart rate was 57, and I felt pretty good. We had 6-7 inches of snow last night, and it has been snowing lightly during the day. The daytime air temperature is above freezing, and the streets are clear of snow.

I wasn't sure if the cities would have the Jordan River Parkway path cleared of snow, so I went to the local community rec center and ran on the indoor track. I ran for 2 minutes and walked for 1 minute. There were quite a few people using the rec center: swimming, basketball, soccer, weights, various aerobic machines, and runners and walkers on the indoor track. I don't use the rec center very often, but it is nice when the streets are icy and snowy.

December 11, 2012

Ran/walked for 3 miles

I didn't run much last week because my wakeup heart rate was 64-65. Today, however, it was down to 60, and I went running. The temperature was 40 (F) when I left home about 4:30 pm. The sun was still up when I started running, but by the time I had completed the first mile, the sun was behind the Oquirrh Mountains. The run took me about 55 minutes. Due to the height of the mountains we have an early sunset but a longer dusk before darkness. I completed my workout before darkness. During the first half I had a head-wind of about 10 mph, and the chill factor made it colder than I had expected. I had my usual three layers, but I felt cold. However, my body warmed up as I continued my workout, and I felt fine on the way back. The wind was now a tail-wind, and that helped me to be warmer, too. The path was free of snow, but there were wet spots due to melting snow. I waited until late afternoon to go out so the sun could melt the snow and dry the path, and the wet spots weren't frozen and presented no problems.

I forgot my GPS and timer again, so I ran for 1/4 mile and then walked about 45-60 seconds. I've been running this part of the Parkway for several years, and I know where the quarter-mile points are, so it was easy to change my pace every quarter mile. I felt fine during my workout, but I was glad to go home after I had completed three miles. This is the second time I've run longer before I walked, and I'm going to have to set my timer for a longer run-phase.

December 5, 2012

Ran & Walked 2 Miles

My heart rate was 60 this morning, still high but low enough for a short run. I ran 2 miles. I'd left my GPS and timer home, so I ran until I was tired and then walked for a short time. During the first mile, I only took two walking breaks. On the way back, I took three walking breaks. Because I ran for more seconds than I've been doing, and because my heart rate was relatively high, I stopped after two miles. I felt good during the two miles, but I was starting to get tired, and I'm glad I didn't go farther.

We had rain during the night and early morning, and it was sprinkling during my run. The temperature was in the high 40s (F), and it was another good day for being outside. I wore my long running pants and my usual three layers.

December 4, 2012

Resting today

I got dressed to go running this morning, but I decided to wait until tomorrow. I only got 2 hours sleep Saturday night, and I'm still recovering from that. I slept well Sunday and Monday nights and will, hopefully, sleep well tonight.