June 27, 2017

Upped my distance to 1.5 miles

I ran 1.5 miles in the early evening as the sun was going down. I only had about 4 hours sleep last night, and I felt tired during the run. Instead of going out 0.75 miles and then returning to my car, I ran 0.25 miles, going south, and then returned to the parking lot. I then ran 0.3 miles, going north, and returned to the parking lot. I finished the run by going south about 0.2 miles and returning to the parking lot. I had forgotten my water bottle, so I kept doing shorter out/back runs to keep close by the parking lot and its water fountain. I had a good drink at the beginning and end of the run, and shorter drinks as I reached the parking lot. The temperature, even though the sun was going down, was in the low 90s (F), and I wanted to keep the fountain nearby. Also, I felt tired, due to the lack of sleep last night, and if I were to abort the run, I wanted my car to be relatively close by. Even though I felt tired during the run, I continued with it and completed my planned 1.5 miles. I felt weak during the run but didn't get dizzy, thanks to the water fountain.

June 24, 2017

Finishsed the week with another 1.4 mile run

I was out early to take advantage of the morning shade. I didn't check the temperature, but the temp was probably in the mid 70s (F). There was a lot of shade, and the cooler air felt good. I felt week, due I think to not eating much the night before, but I didn't feel dizzy. I drank a lot of water, and that seemed to make the difference. The temperature later in the day was in the mid to high 80s.

June 21, 2017

Did 1.4 miles again

I decided to skip breakfast and go running earlier in the morning to get the morning shade. I carried and drank my 1 cup of water, and I took a good drink from the fountain at the beginning and end of the workout. I didn't get dizzy, and I felt pretty good. I was glad to be out earlier in the morning, because it was hotter today than yesterday. The forecast for today is a max of 100 (F). Since I went earlier in the morning, the shade temperature was lower than the max and was in the mid 70s. I was really glad for the shade, because I could feel the cooler air in the shade. I went slow and took rest stops along the way, at the half-mile bench going out and coming back, and the quarter-mile bench on the way back. As I've said many times, I think the summer and winter are for survival, and the spring and fall are for increases in performance.

I will do 1.4 miles again on Saturday, and if I continue to feel good, I will go up to 1.5 miles next week.

I've been thinking of the dizziness I felt a couple of weeks ago, and it may have been from the heat since one of the symptoms of heat exhaustion is dizziness. The extra water I'm getting has been sufficient.

This, so far, has been a good month for power generation from the solar cells on my roof. The longer days during the spring have helped increase my solar power, but starting with today the days are getting shorter, and my solar power during should go down.

June 19, 2017

Still doing 1.4 miles

I ran and walked my 1.4 mile route again today. I didn't get dizzy, but I was tired while I ran. It was hot, and I discovered I could use my 1 cup of water by drinking a sip every other walking phase and taking smaller sips. I also discovered the fountain at the parking lot at 100th South is working again, and I was glad to get extra water. I ran about mid-day, because I was giving my stomach extra time to start digesting my breakfast.

June 17, 2017

And, another 1.4 miles

My wife and I were out earlier in the morning. I did another 1.4 miles and didn't get dizzy at all. The temperature was in the mid 70s (F) during our run. She walked 2 miles, and we got back to our car at about the same time (she walks faster than I jog). There were a lot of cyclists on the path but not many walkers or runners. There was a north wind of about 10 mph, and it felt good even though it made my return a bit harder. The wind helped keep me cool.

June 14, 2017

I did 1.4 miles again

I did 1.4 miles this morning, although I didn't feel very well. I felt tired and didn't have a lot of energy. The air temperature was in the mid 70s (F). I had a good breakfast and drank water before and during my run, but I had one dizzy spell about 1/8 mile from the end.  I had been sitting on a bench talking to an 80-year-old guy who was walking several miles, and I got up and started jogging. I then got dizzy. I stopped and drank some water and felt better. I made it to the end of my run and the drive home without getting dizzy. It was not the dizziness that led to my pacemaker, but felt more like a dizzy spell from getting up and jogging instead of getting up and walking. I was glad I had some water left so I could drink it while I was recovering from the dizzy spell.

Tomorrow the temperature is forecast to be 90, and I'm glad tomorrow is a rest day, although I have some lawns to mow.

June 12, 2017

I felt pretty good during my run and extended it a bit to 1.4 miles. I didn't check the air temperature, but it was cooler than the temperature we've been having. I wore long pants but no jacket. I drank water before I left home and before I left my car for the run. In addition, I carried 1 cup of water (no fuel belt) and drank a sip every other walking phase. I finished the run with one sip of water left. I saw a few other people on the path, but there weren't many. The sky was mostly coudy, and rain and maybe snow was falling in the mountains, but there was no rain or snow in the valley during my run.

June 10, 2017

I did 1.3 miles again

Same route as before, going south from 100th South. The shade temperature was 80 (F) when I left home, and it was hot. No breeze and no clouds. I drank water before, during, and after my run, as explained in an earlier post.

June 8, 2017

Did 0.62 miles of walking

We've had grandkids here during the week, and it was difficult to take time off to go running and walking, but after the grandkids left, my wife and I walked around the block.

June 5, 2017

Increased my distance to 1.3 miles

I added a bit to my run and did 1.3 miles. I drank 1/2 cup of water before I left home and another 1.2 cup before I left my car and started my run. I carried (without my fuel belt) 1 cup of water and took a sip every time I walked. I had about 1/4 mile left when I ran out of water. I felt fine during the run and was not dizzy towards the end.

There were 48 cadets from the Police Academy doing a timed run on the path. To qualify, the cadets have to finish the 1.5 mile run in 15 minutes or less. The first runner came in while I was talking to the three men doing the timing, and she finished her run in 10+ seconds. I passed the cadets when I had about 1/4 mile left and they were just starting their run.

The shade temperature when I left home was 79 (F) and 81 when I returned home.

June 3, 2017

Finished the week with another 1.2 miles

The temperature during my run was in the low 80s (F), but there was a light breeze which helped to keep me cool. I drank about half a cup of water before I left home and another half cup before I left my car. I felt pretty good and didn't get dizzy at all. Maybe next week, I'll go up to 1.3 miles. A lot of cyclists were on the path and a few walkers. I didn't see anyone running. I wore my running shorts for the first time this year.

May 31, 2017

Did 1.2 miles again

Today was hot! It was 85 (F) when I left home in the early afternoon. I drank 1/2 cup of water before I left home and another 1/2 cup before I started running. Except for the heat I did pretty good, not feeling dizzy while I ran. There were a number of cyclists and skaters on the path but not many runners or walkers.

May 27, 2017

And, another 1.2 miles again

I went running in the early to mid afternoon and completed another 1.2 miles. I felt strong during the run, and I was not dizzy during or after the run. Today was a beautiful day to be out. Lots of sun and no clouds, and the temperature was in the 70s (F). I had gone about 1/8 mile when my nephew and his family came by on their bikes. They stopped, and we visited for a few minutes.  When I left the trailhead at 100th South to go south on the Parkway, there were people with cameras and balloons at one of the tables, but the people were gone when I returned about half an hour later. The fountain at the parking lot was still not working, and I brought 1 cup of water to the run. I drank half of it before I started running and the other half when I finished the run.

The following picture is of the Parkway, about 1/3 mile south of 106th South. It is about 1.3 miles from 100th South to the bench shown in the picture. The picture was taken from the web.


May 24, 2017

Did 1.2 miles again

I ran and walked 1.2 miles again with no dizziness. I kept my 80 seconds : 60 seconds ratio during the whole time. It was hot today, about 88 (F). The fountain in the parking lot isn't working, but I brought a cup of water with me and drank it at the end of the workout. I've misplaced my Fuel Belt and haven't been carrying water with me.

May 22, 2017

Did another 1.2 miles

I ran and walked the 1.2 mile route again with no dizziness during the run. I was tired, though, and did a lot of walking. Part of my trouble was that I went out in the late afternoon, and I do better if I run and walk during the morning. Also, I might have been tired since I didn't run or walk on Saturday, and my body may have retrogressed a bit.

May 17, 2017

Ran/walked 1.2 miles again

My wife and I went south from 100th South on the Jordan River Parkway, and I felt no dizziness at all. Judy was tired and went slower than she normally does. I felt pretty good during my run. The temperature was in the mid 40s (F), and the sky was a mixture of clouds and sun. We had rain and snow last night, but the path was relatively dry.

May 15, 2017

Increased my run a bit

I ran and walked about 1.2 miles, but I was dizzy during the latter part of the run. I had breakfast and drank water the same as I've done during the past runs. The dizziness is mostly when I first get up from a rest break. Once I'm up, I do OK. I didn't get dizzy during most of the run, and the dizzziness only lasted two or three seconds. When I felt the dizziness coming on, I took bigger breathes to give my body more oxygen. I think the dizziness is a combination of getting old and running out of energy. I increased my run a bit, so I had more chance of running out of energy. It's not much fun to get old, but life is like that -- we accept life as it is and make the best of it

May 12, 2017

And, another 1.1 miles

I went out about noon-time and did 1.1 miles again. I completed the run without getting dizzy. There was a gusting south wind with 10-20 mph gusts. The wind helped keep me cool. The sky was sunny and hot, in the low 80s (F), during my run. I didn't carry water, but I drank a cup of water before I left and had good drinks at the beginning and end of my run.

I ran today instead of tomorrow, because my wife has a "tea party" planned for our grand daughters and her nieces. They are to bring their American dolls. My wife, Judy, has been sewing doll clothes all week. The following picture shows Judy and her dolls and their new outfits. The picture was taken by one of her grand nieces. Click the picture for a larger image.


May 10, 2017

Did another 1.1 Miles

I didn't feel dizzy at all during my 1.1 mile run/walk! I'll get a better idea of my problem when I do 1.1 miles again on Friday. I had the same breakfast (1 boiled egg) for breakfast that I've been having, and I got the same 7 hours of sleep that I've been getting each night. It appears that my body is adjusting to the 1.1 miles and not running out of energy and thus not giving me feelings of being dizzy. Also, I drank the same amount of water that I've been drinking each morning. I just have to keep on eating some food for breakfast and drinking some water before I go out and during the day. We'll see how I feel after my next 1.1 mile run/walk.

May 8, 2017

Change Training Gradually

The following image was taken from the web without permission.

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Did 1.1 Miles again

Today was a beautiful day to be outside. The temperature was in the mid 70s with beautiful clouds in the sky. There was a 5-10 mph north wind blowing, which wasn't bad and didn't present difficulties. I felt fine during the run. I didn't get dizzy, but I did have sorta pre-dizzy feelings when I first got up from a break. The feelings were during the last 1/4 mile of the run. The dizziness that I've felt recently seems to be related to the length of my run, and if this is so then I need to make smaller and less-often increases in distance. I suspected this was the case and reduced my distance back to 1.1 miles for the next couple weeks or so. I will run 1.1 miles each time next week, and if that goes well, I may start to make small increases in my distance. 10% is about 1/10 mile. Time to act my age and not act like I'm younger!



May 6, 2017

Did 1.1 miles

As I indicated in my previous post, I went back to 1.1 miles and did OK, although I got slightly dizzy during the last 0.1 mile. I felt fine after I got home and rested a bit. This evening my wife and I drove about half an hour to attend a concert in which my daughter was playing in the French Horn section and my granddaughter was playing a solo on her Viola. I felt fine during that trip.

I'm going to run 1.1 miles each time during next week, and maybe the week afterwards, and when I feel accustomed to that distance, I will make small increases in my distance (the 10% rule). Apparently, I just didn't have the energy to do 1.5 miles. When I was younger and tried to run too far, I could tell I didn't have enough energy to complete the distance. But, as I've gotten older, I've started getting dizzy when I run out of energy. We'll see how I do next week with 1.1 miles. 

May 3, 2017

Did another 1.5 miles

I went running in the late afternoon and did another 1.5 miles. The temperature was in the low to mid 70s (F), the sky was sunny with a few clouds, and it was a great day to be outside.

I'm still having problems getting dizzy on the way back. I've eliminated low blood pressure and my food and water intake, and I'm next going to check my distance as a factor. I normally use the 10% rule in increasing my distance, but this time I've been making big jumps (40-50%) to get back to the distance I was formally running. Because of my older age, perhaps I need to use the 10% rule in getting back to my former distance. I seemed to do OK with 1.1 miles, so I'm going to go back to that distance and make smaller increases my distance, although a 10% increase in distance may be too much for an old man like me. I'll continue to check my blood pressure and my food and water intake during this time.

May 1, 2017

Increased my distance to 1.5 miles

I felt pretty good at the bench at the 0.55 mile marker, so I kept on going until I reached the 0.75 mile marker. I then turned around and went back to 100th South. I felt fine during my run, and stretching afterwards, but I got dizzy while walking to my car. The city has turned on the water in the fountain next to the path, and I took a few sips of water before and after my run. I think I need to drink more water and eat more for lunch. It was in the early afternoon when I went running and walking.

The temperature during my run was in the mid 60s (F), with clouds in the sky, and the warmth from the sun felt great! There were quite a few people on the path, but they were mostly cyclists. I did see a few other runners, and I saw several walkers and dogs. I saw one horse with a 4-5 year old girl riding the horse and the girl's mother walking by the head of the horse. The following pictures were taken from the web and shows two cyclists on the Parkway path and a girl riding on the parkway. The horse I saw today was on a dirt path that parallels the paved path that runners, walkers, and cyclists use, although some runners and walkers use the dirt path, and some horses use the paved path.




April 29, 2017

Did another 1.1 miles

I mowed my lawns and then went running and walking. It was late afternoon when my wife and I drove to the Jordan River Parkway. The sky was sunny with clouds, giving a temperature in the mid 50s (F).

I felt pretty good while I was running and walking and didn't feel dizzy. I'm eating at breakfast time and drinking more water. This extra food and water seems to reduce if not remove the dizziness. I've been monitoring my blood pressure, and the dizziness I've experienced doesn't seem to be low blood pressure. Also, the dizziness is different than that I experienced a year ago before I had a pacemaker installed.

April 26, 2017

Did 1.1 miles on the Parkway

I ran and walked 1.1 miles today, going south from 100th South. I felt good during the run but felt dizziness afterwards. I'm wondering in my blood pressure is low. I've always had BP of about 110/70, and when I was a kid it was common to feel dizziness for a few moments if I got up quickly. However, I've never felt dizzy after a run. As soon as I find my BP thing I'll check my BP.

April 24, 2017

Ran and walked 1 mile

I went to the Jordan River Parkway and did 1 mile. I was concerned about my dizziness the last time I was on the Parkway, so instead of going 1/2 mile and turning back to my car, I went 1/4 mile and turned around for 1/2 mile total distance. Then I repeated this 1/2 mile to give 1 mile total. I did this so if I got dizzy I would be closer to my car, but I felt fine during the run. The sky was cloudy with a light rain, and I enjoyed being out. The temperature was in the 40s (F).

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.