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.


September 18, 2016

September 14, 2016

0.62 miles

Today was a busy day, but I managed to get my walk in for 0.62 miles. My wife and I went out in the dusk of early evening. We saw some neighborhood kids jumping on their trampoline, but we didn't stop and talk with them.

September 12, 2016

And still another 0.62 miles

Yesterday (Sunday) was my 5-week anniversary of my pace maker. After 6 weeks, I'm supposed to be completely healed from having the pacemaker put into my body, and I'm getting tired of going around the block for my 0.62 miles. I still feel tired after finishing the 0.62 miles, but running first thing in the morning instead of last thing in the evening may help me to feel better. As I recover from the minor surgery involved with the pacemaker, I'm feeling stronger and am about ready to return to the Jordan River Parkway and begin to increase my distance. I make relatively small increases in distance, and it will take a while to return to 2+ miles.

September 9, 2016

Another 0.62 miles

I didn't go out last night, so I went this morning. Also, the temperature is going up and will be up to 90 (F) by Sunday, so I went this morning to avoid the heat. My wife and I completed our walk without stopping to talk with neighbors.

September 6, 2016

Walked 0.62 miles again

My wife and I walked around our block for 0.62 miles again. We stopped to talk for 15 minutes with a neighbor. I carry my cane but use it only if we stop and talk to somebody. I'm feeling stronger as I walk.

September 3, 2016

Walked about 0.3 miles

This morning, my wife and I completed an assignment to help clean our church building. I pushed a big vacuum around the hallways. I didn't walk a big distance, but I was on my feet for 1 1/2 hours. During the evening, I walked about 0.3 miles in the neighborhood. I'm feeling more energetic as I recover from the minor surgery of having a pacemaker put into my body. I still, though, like a cane for stability when we stop and talk with neighbors while walking around our block. I don't use the cane while moving, but I carry it with me in case we stop and talk for a few minutes.