April 17, 2017

Did 1.5 miles again

My wife and I went to the Jordan River Parkway again, and she went north so she could check out the new homes being built, and I went south. In the way back I got really dizzy. I don't know if was from lack of food (not much eaten for breakfast and lunch) or was my heart acting up again. The temperature was in the mid 70s (F), so it wasn't heat exhaustion. I got dizzy while walking not while running, actually jogging.

April 12, 2017

Did another 1.5 miles

I finished the 1.5 miles, but I was tired and glad the run was finished. The temperature was in the mid 60s (F), and it was a nice, sunny day for running. I saw quite a few cyclists on the path but only one or two other runners. Lots of dogs walking their masters.

April 10, 2017

Up'd distance a bit to 1.5 miles

The temperature this afternoon was in the mid 50s (F), and the direct sun felt nice. My wife and I went south from 100th South to take advantage of the sun. I've been running 1.1 miles for several weeks, and I felt good today and increased my distance a bit to 1.5 miles, using the same route as the cadets from the Police Academy. The path was pretty busy with walkers, dogs, and cyclists, but not many runners.  One cyclist passed me  and the rider said, "You're amazing!" I guess he isn't used to seeing old men out running.

I'm still using an 80/60 seconds ratio of running/walking. My running is pretty slow, more like a jog, but I like to call it running....

April 8, 2017

Did another 1.1 miles of running and walking

It rained during the night and morning, but the sky cleared in the afternoon, and I put on my running clothes and headed to the Jordan River Parkway. I went south to the bench that is just past the 1/2 mile marker and returned to my car. There was a small breeze, but it didn't amount to much. The air was cool, though, probably in the mid 50s (F). I saw several walkers and dogs, two skaters, and several cyclists, but only one other runner.

I mowed my lawns yesterday, and I still need to rototill my two vegetable gardens. They are small gardens, and the rototilling doesn't take long. The machine is big and heavy, though.

April 3, 2017

Ran and walked 1.1 miles today

The temperature was in the low 50s (F) with wind gusts of 10-15 mph. It was nice weather for younger runners, but I was a bit cold during my run. My wind breaker did a nice job of stopping the wind gusts, but my face and hands were cold.

March 29, 2017

Walked 0.62 miles

Rain is forecast for tomorrow, so my wife and worked in the yard today. She mowed the grass (1st time this year), and I fertilized the grass. Not only does the grass and flowers need the water, but I need the water to dissolve the fertilizer.  In the evening, my wife and I walked around the block for 0.62 miles. I was on my feet for an hour fertilizing the lawn, and I walked about 0.25 miles, but I didn't count that in the 0.62 miles I got going around the block.

March 18, 2017

It was a struggle, but I did 1.1 miles

Today was not a good running day. The weather and temperature were fine, but I was tired and struggled to finish the 1.1 miles. There were wind gusts of about 20 mph, but I went south so I would have a tail wind on the way back. I did get the tail wind, but it didn't help much. The temperature was in the low 70s (F), and I took off my wind breaker on the way back. Tomorrow is Sunday and thus a rest day, and we'll see how I feel on Monday. Today, I saw a lot of cyclists on the path and two skaters, but I didn't see many walkers or runners.

March 15, 2017

Ran and walked 1.1 Miles Again

My wife and I drove to the Jordan River Parkway and went south from the trail head at 100th South. It was a beautiful day with lots of clouds and sun. There were several people on the path. I have one more running day this week, and I will do the 1.1 miles again. Then next week I will increase my distance a bit.

March 13, 2017

Did 1.1 miles today

My wife and I drove to the Jordan River Parkway. She went north and I went south. I ran/walked to the bench that is just south of the 0.5 mile marker. I took a sitting rest stop for about 30 seconds, and then I returned to my car. After reaching the big Parkway sign at the parking lot, I did my normal stretches that I use at the end of a run, and I walked to my car. My wife got to the car about a minute before I got there. Today was a warm day (temperature in the low 60s (F)), and the sky was cloudy with lots of sun. I didn't see many people on the path, though. Today was another Green day.

March 12, 2017

Walked about 1.25 Miles

I had an early-morning church meeting at 7 pm, and I walked to and from the meeting, about 1.25 miles round trip. It was dark going down but light and nice coming back. Today is the first day of daylight savings time.

March 11, 2017

Home Show

I didn't go running and walking today, because my wife and I went to the Salt Lake Home Show yesterday. I didn't get a lot of distance during the show, but I was on my feet for 4 hours, and I needed today as a rest day. I used to run Marathons in four hours, and I think I was as tired yesterday as I was after a Marathon. Such is Marathon training and such is getting old....

March 2, 2017

Did 1.1 miles

Even though last week and this week so far were Green days, I haven't run or walked during the past week, because I have a sore on my right leg (not related to running), and I've been busy with doctor's visits, scans of my leg for blood clots, etc. Today, I thus reduced my running when my wife and I went to the Jordan River Parkway; I did 1.1 miles, and she walked her normal 2.0 miles.

Today was a great day for running. Lots of sun, path free of snow, temperature in the low 40s (F), only a slight wind, and I felt pretty good! I've had the sore on my leg for the past month, and I have an appointment with the "injury clinic" at the LDS hospital next Monday. I went to an IHC InstaCare place day before yesterday and got three prescriptions, two for pills and one for a salve. My sore was getting worse, and I'm hoping the three prescriptions will help me control the liquid-discharge. The prescriptions seem to be helping, because the amount of liquid and the yellowish color of the liquid are reduced.

February 20, 2017

I'm keeping the same distance this week -- 1.64 miles

Today was a Green day, and my wife and I drove to the Jordan River Parkway and went north. There was a 10-15 mph wind blowing, with gusts of 25-30 mph, and on the way back I did more walking due to the wind being a head-wind. The air temperature was in the low 50s (F), and it was a nice day for running. Although, due to my age I'm going slower, and I felt cool during my run.

February 18, 2017

Ended this week with another 1.64 miles

Judy and I drove to the parking lot at 100th South and went south on the Parkway.  I stopped at the bench, as I've been doing all this week, and she went to the tunnel at 106th South. She walks faster than I jog or walk and thus goes farther. The sky was overcast and a slight wind was blowing, but the temperature was in the mid 50s (F), and it was nice to be out. We left home in the late afternoon but finished our exercise before it got dark.

Today (Saturday, and the forecast for Monday) was a Green day. We went from a Green day last week to Yellow days, indicating an inversion with bad air was beginning to form. However, instead of progressing to an Orange day and then a Red day with bad air, we went back to a Green day. This change was caused by warm air that came into the valley during day times. Inversions require cold air on top of warm air. On Green and Yellow days, I go outside to run and walk. On Orange and Red days, I go inside at the rec center to run and walk. I check the air quality each day before I run to help me make a final decision about going outside or going inside.

February 15, 2017

1.64 Miles Again

Today was another Yellow day. It was a great day for running. The sky was cloudless, our solar panels are generating lots of energy, there was no wind, and the shade temperature when we left was 51 (F). Nice!

My wife and I drove to the Jordan River Parkway parking lot at 100th South, and we went south.The path is relatively flat during that part of the Parkway, and we had lots of sunshine. There were quite a few people on the path.

February 13, 2017

Did 1.64 miles

Today was a Yellow day, and my wife and I drove to the Jordan River Parkway. She went north and I went south to the bench that is near 106th South. She likes to go north, because she enjoys the new houses that are being built, and we got back to our car at the same time. It was a beautiful day: no wind. Temperature in the mid 40s (F), and several people were on the path.

February 11, 2017

1.5 miles finished the week

It was late afternoon when I drove to the Jordan River Parkway and ran south for 0.75 miles and then came back. The temperature was just above freezing, and there was a slight north wind blowing. I put on a long-sleeved t-shirt to give me another layer to offset the cold temperature. My body felt fine, but my hands and face were cold. As I'm getting older, I'm slowing down and am less able to withstand cold temperatures.

February 9, 2017

I drove to the dealer and had the battery in my car checked. It failed the "load" test, so I bought a new battery. Now, I can use the car without worry that I'll get stuck somewhere.

When I was young, cars had an amp meter instead of a volt meter, and you could see the battery condition by the amount of current being drawn. A lot of current was drawn to start the car, but within a few seconds the current was down to a low level due to the battery being recharged. Now, with modern cars, I don't know how to tell the battery condition. Yesterday, my battery allowed the radio and parking lights to work fine, because those items used low current, but the battery didn't give enough current to start the car.

I was reading about testing car batteries, but the procedure was complicated and something not a lot of people can do. What is needed is a simple procedure that doesn't require anything that doesn't come with the car. People need something that is part of the car and shows the battery condition. The driver thus can glance at the meter and know the condition of the battery.

February 8, 2017

Another 1.5 miles

Today is another Green day, and my wife and I drove to the Jordan River Parkway and went 1.5 miles. It was a beautiful day to be outside: temperature in the low to mid 50s (F), lots of sun, a few clouds, and almost no wind.

When we got back to my car, the car wouldn't start because the battery was discharged. My wife walked 3 miles (one way) to our home to get our other car. We tried to jumper the bad battery, but our efforts were unsuccessful, so she drove home and called the car dealer to get help. This dealer offers free help along the Wasatch Front for things like bad batteries or no gas in the car. The car started right up for the guy who came and jumpered the battery, and I drove home. I'm not sure why the battery was discharged, and I don't remember how long we've had the battery. I need to get the battery checked and probably replaced.

February 6, 2017

Another 1.5 miles

Today was a Green day, and I went to the Jordan River Parkway and ran and walked 1.5 miles. There was a 10 mph gusty south wind. Because I was going south, the wind was a head wind on the way out and a tail wind on the way back. I had my 3 layers, including my nylon wind breaker, and I felt comfortable. The air temp was in the mid 40s (F) during my run. The path was all dry but there were a few spots of snow on the side of the path. Due to the slope of the ground, the water from the melting snow was going into the dirt on the side of the path instead of on the path itself. I took only one rest stop during the run, and that break was on the way back when I had about 0.25 mile left to go. It was a short break of about 20 seconds. I used the bench which is just north of the 0.25 mile point.

February 4, 2017

Ended the rest-week with another 1.5 mile run/walk

I've been doing 1.5 miles as a rest distance, and I completed another 1.5 miles this morning. Today is a Green day with no restrictions, and it was nice to see the Wasatch Mountains as I ran and walked along the Jordan River. It was also nice to be back on the Parkway path instead of the rec center. The sky was mostly cloudy, but there were moments of sunshine. While I was completing my run and on the drive home, I felt a few drops of rain, but it didn't amount to much, and the sun was out by the time I reached home, and it has stayed out most of the day. The shade temperature right now is 51 (F). Judy didn't go to the river with me, because she went to Salt Lake City to help a cousin by giving her a ride to the hospital to see the husband of the cousin.

I saw an old man running on the path. I didn't have a chance to talk with him, but he looked older than me.

February 1, 2017

Another 1.5 miles

Today was a Red day, but the forecast was later changed to an Orange day. Red days have the worst smog. My wife and I went to the rec center, and I ran and walked 15 laps. Later in the day I took a 21/2 hour nap. I've been getting a good 7-hour sleep each night, but my body needed more than 7 hours, hence the nap.

January 30, 2017

This is a rest-week: 15 laps for 1.5 miles

It is suggested that runners and walkers take a rest week once a month of about 66-75% of their normal. This is my rest week, and my wife and I went to the South Jordan City rec center.

There are four classifications of air-quality in the Salt Lake Valley, and I go outside for two of the classifications and to the rec center for the other two classifications. Green and Yellow days are for outside running and walking, and Orange and Red days are for inside lap running and walking. The size of the smog particles decides which classification will be in effect for a given day. Today was an Orange day, and I decided to have the week be a rest week because the air is bad outside.

January 26, 2017

Chugging along with 2.4 miles (24 laps)

My wife and I went to the South Jordan rec center, and I ran and walked 24 laps for 2.4 miles. We went in the morning when there were snow flurries occurring. However, the sun was out when we drove home.

January 23, 2017

Started a new week with 2.4 miles

Today is a Green day, and normally we would go to the Jordan River Parkway to walk and run. But, a front is predicted to pass through the area about noon today, and further snow flurries are predicted, along with a drop in temperature. So, my wife and I elected to go to the South Jordan rec center and do laps around the indoor track. I added 2 laps and did 2.4 miles (24 laps). I will continue the 2.4 miles for the rest of the week to allow my body to start to get used to the new distance. There were snow flurries and light rain during the morning, but the flurries  and rain have stopped. The sky is still overcast, though. The Green days are predicted to last during the week, but the temperature is predicted to be below freezing. Thus, I'm not sure if we will go to the rec center on Wednesday or to the Parkway. I have a Dentist appointment tomorrow, so it's good that I ran and walked today.

Later: it's snowing again.

January 21, 2017

2.2 Miles Ended the Week

Today was a Green day (no restrictions), but we had about 9 inches of heavy snow on the ground, so I went to the South Jordan rec center and ran and walked 22 laps around the indoor track. Also, it was late afternoon when I went to the rec center, and it was dark when I finished. I'm glad I was in the rec center, because my wife doesn't like me to be on the Jordan River Parkway after dark. Also, I wanted to give the maintenance people more time to plow the snow from the path.

The daytime temperature was about 36 (F), so there was some melting of the snow and ice. My wife and I scrapped the snow from our driveway this morning and found that there was a thin layer of ice under the snow, because the cement was slippery once the snow was removed. Fresh snow is not slippery, but ice may be under the snow. A few years ago I was running on the Parkway path through a few inches of snow, and all of a sudden I found myself lying in the path. Ice had formed during the night and then snow covered the ice. I didn't break any bones, but I was sore for a few hours.

January 19, 2017

Another 2.2 miles

Today was an Orange day, so my wife and I went to the South Jordan rec center, and I ran and walked 22 laps for 2.2 miles. The air temperature was about 34 degrees, but we had snow or rain flurries most of the day. There weren't many people using the rec center today. We went to the rec center in mid afternoon, and I had a hard time with the last few laps. I didn't have any breakfast this morning, and I think I was running out of energy. I like to run on an empty stomach, but that assumes I'm doing morning runs. I should eat breakfast when I know (like today) that I'm not running until mid afternoon.

January 17, 2017

Did 2.2 miles

Today was an Orange day, and the air is pretty bad. I went to the South Jordan rec center and ran and walked 22 laps on the indoor track. Hopefully, the air inside the rec center is filtered and thus better than the outside air. An Orange day is mandatory regulation of smog-producing activities for those who are sensitive to bad air. As far as I know, I'm not sensitive to bad air, but since the rec center is available, and my health insurance reimburses the full cost of the center, I go there when the air is bad. 2.2 miles isn't quite far enough to get the 10,000 steps that are recommended by doctors, but I'm slowly increasing my distance. By the time I get to 3 miles, I will be getting my 10,000 steps.

Here is a picture, taken from the web, that shows the bad air in Salt Lake City due to an inversion. I'm not in Salt Lake, but the bad air extends the full length of the Salt Lake valley. Inversions are caused when a layer of cold air is on top of warmer air, keeping the air in the warmer layer from going into space. The trapped air thus gets worse and worse. Snow is predicted for Thursday and Friday, and that should cause the inversion to disappear, although it will be back in a few days. Later in the Spring, the temperature will be warmer, and the inversions that caused the bad air will stay away until next winter.

January 14, 2017

Did another 2.0 miles to end the week

Today was a Yellow day (use moderation and common sense), and my wife and I went south from the trailhead at 100th South. The sky was overcast, and a slight wind was blowing. The mid-day temperature was in the low 30s (F). Not many people were on the path. I saw 3 cyclists, two runners and one walker. I didn't notice the wind until I turned around. I then immediately felt colder, indicating the wind was a north wind. I looked at tall grass and saw a slight movement, and I realized that any wind reduces the wind-chill factor. I wore gloves, and my fingers started feeling cold on the way back, but on the way out, my fingers felt fine.

January 11, 2017

Did 2.0 miles again

Today is a Green day (no restrictions due to air quality), so my wife and I drove to the Jordan River Parkway and went south from 100th South. The ice that I saw on the path two days ago was gone. The sky today was mostly cloudy, but the sun peaked out of the clouds once in a while. During my run/walk this morning, it sprinkled rain, and the path was wet from previous rain. The air temperature was in the mid 30s (F). I saw three other runners on the path; two of them were a man and a woman and a dog on a lease. When I first saw them, they were going north, but when I saw them the second time, they had turned around and were going south.

There were a lot of ducks on or near the path, but it looked like South Jordan had cleaned most of the duck poop from the path. Or, perhaps a heavy rain during the night washed the poop from the path. At any rate, it was nice to use a relatively clean path.

I also saw a South Jordan maintenance truck on the side of the path. The truck was slowly moving down the path, but I couldn't tell what the driver was doing.  The truck would stop for a while and then move to a new spot on the path and stop for a while.

January 9, 2017

Did 2.0 miles

Today is a Green (no restrictions) day, so my wife and I drove to the Jordan River Parkway and went south. We both went 1 mile out and 1 mile back, for a total of 2 miles each. The sky was mostly cloudy, but the sun did peek out on the way back, and the warmth of the sun felt good. The air temperature was in the low 40s (F), but there was a south wind of about 15 mph. This wind made running hard on the way out, but it was a tail wind on the way back and made running easier. I saw two runners and one walker on the path. Both runners were in shorts and had no wind breakere, so they probably were cold. However, they both were going much faster than I was going, and their speed probably helped to keep them warm. My nylon wind breaker (uninsulated jacket) did a great job of increasing the chill factor of the wind.

The ducks, who use the path in the winter, don't have very good bathroom habits, and it was almost impossible to avoid their poop on the path. I just ran through the poop and didn't worry about my shoes. There were a few icy spots on the path, and a lot of wet spots, but the path was mostly dry and nice for running.

January 7, 2017

Finished week with another 1.7 miles

My wife and I drove to the South Jordan rec center and did laps around the indoor track. The air temperature outside was 17 (F), and a brisk wind was blowing, such that the wind chill was probably 0 degrees or lower.

I felt fine while running laps, but every 5 laps, I sat down and took a brief break. I completed my workout with 17 laps. My wife did all walking and completed 20 laps. She walks faster than I jog/walk.

January 4, 2017

Increased a bit to 1.7 miles

Even though the air temperature was expected to reach the low 40s (F), there was a winter storm alert for tonight; the alert started at 11 am (MST) this morning. So, my wife and I went to the SJ rec center and did laps on the indoor track (10 laps = 1 mile). Even though I only had about 5 1/2 hours sleep last night (got to bed late and woke up early) I felt pretty good and didn't get dizzy. It rained while we were in the building.

January 2, 2017

Ran 1.6 miles

There was a light snow falling this morning, and I elected to go to the South Jordan rec center. I ran and walked 16 laps around the indoor track, which corresponds to 1.6 miles. I had hoped to go for 20 laps, but I started getting dizzy, and I aborted and went home. I had a light case of the flu yesterday and Saturday, and that probably accounted for my dizziness. Also, I ate 3 Norwegian pancakes before I left home, and my breathing wasn't very good. The temperature today is expected to be about 35 (F), so the snow should begin melting. By the time I started home, the show had stopped and the sun was peaking out from the clouds.

Today, tomorrow, and Wednesday are predicted to be Green days (no limitations), so the inversion causing our bad air last week is gone, and things look good for running, assuming South Jordan City clears the path on the Jordan River Parkway. When I was younger, I didn't mind running on ice, but now that I'm older I'm more cautious about my running.

In the following clip from the movie Bambi, Bambi is a newborn deer who is just learning to walk but walks like an old person; he is slipping on the ice. Thumper, the rabbit,  is a youngster who is running with no problems on the ice.

Latcr: The snow continued throughout the day and was heavier during the evening than it had been during the day.