It’s been a while since I last wrote anything so I’ll just give a short update here to catch up.
On the running front I’m making progress. For the last week I’ve run every other day and I’m up to 1.3 miles at a constant jog. I even ran in the ran yesterday! Don’t get the wrong impression, I still hate all forms of exercise, but I was slacking for a few weeks and lost all my progress. Gotta get back into the habit.
My new shoes, the Brooks Beast, aren’t cutting it. The part of the shoe that comes up the back and rests against your achilles tendon is lower on this shoe than any other shoe I’ve owned. While the shoe feels great just walking around, after I’ve been jogging for a bit a blister forms on the side of my achilles tendon. I guess it rubs it just the wrong way but I never notice until it’s too late.
So I’m back to the Brooks Adreneline and will order a new pair of those when I get back from my Christmas trip to see the family.
Looks like Winter rolled in this week. It rained all weekend and even dropped down into the mid forties on Sunday. I think yesterday was the first day I didn’t have the windows open at all.
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Took a long walk today, 5+ miles. No issues with the “cold” weather clothing today as it was in the 70’s. Noticed towards the end that the side of my left heel was hurting. It was a forming blister but I couldn’t figure out what was causing it. The right foot was fine and the shoes didn’t appear to be the cause. I think it was something about the seam in the sock and pressure, or rubbing, from the shoe. /shrug
The socks are special running socks designed to eliminate that sort of thing. Never had a problem before, but these are my new shoes. Guess we’ll just see how things go.
November 14, 2008
Got my new shoes and took them out for a spin. They felt good. These are a bit more stable and rigid than my previous pair. It’s starting to cool off around here so I’m having trouble figuring out exactly what to wear. The sweatpants are fine but the sweatshirt is too much and the t-shirt is too little. Might need to get a light jacket or maybe just some long sleeved t-shirt thing.
I really like the synthetic stuff I’ve picked up at the running store though. I’m a firm believer in the base-layer clothing. At $20-$40 a pop though … yeesh.
November 12, 2008
Man, I need new glasses. I wear prescription sunglasses since contact lenses make my eyes feel like small wadded-up balls of sandpaper. The sunglasses I’m wearing are at least ten years old, have huge scratches that are applying for gouge status, and are very crooked. They’re also about ten years out of style. Can’t have that.
Fortunately I have an eye doctor appointment on Thursday and I’ll get to see how blind I am (see what I did there?).
I think I’ve about figured out the proper pace for me to sustain a jog without major risk of cardiac arrest. I feel like I could about walk faster than a 12 minute mile but there it is. My heart rate hits about 170 which is still a little on the high side but if I tried to jog any slower than that I’d be running in place. If I walked, my heart rate wouldn’t go above 125. I’ll just keep bouncing back and forth like this for a bit. It shouldn’t take more than a couple weeks get to the next level where I can just jog continuously without redlining.
September 22, 2008
I ran three days last week. I forgot to start the timer on my Forerunner and missed a day’s worth of data though. I’ll just post the last one I have and we’ll start fresh this week. The Forerunner has been incredible annoying to at the beginning of my runs. It’s a GPS watch, and like all GPS’ it needs to lock on to a few satellites before it can zero in on your position. My other Garmin GPS takes just a few seconds regardless of my location or movement.
The Forerunner, though, was taking several minutes to lock on which meant I either lost 5-10 minutes of data at the start of my run or just stood around like a moron waving my arm around and yelling at my wrist. Where I live, I didn’t stand out.
I was complaining about this to a friend of mine who owns the same Forefunner. He said, “Didn’t you read the manual? You have to take the watch off and set it on the ground until it locks in.” Well of course I didn’t read the manual. That’s the first thing I throw away when I get a new toy. I keep the box and packing but that manual thing? Right out.
So for my next run I did just that. I turned on the GPS, took the watch off my wrist and set it down on the ground. I didn’t even have time to get out a, “phbbt, this is so stupid” before the damn thing beeped and was all ready to go.
I’m back. So far this month I’ve been to New York twice, Chicago once and moved to a new apartment. Someone dedicated and enthused about exercising would have found time to run or do something during all that, but I’m not that someone. Today was my first day out on the road since the 11th and it showed. I felt like I didn’t know how to run at all. I never did find a rhythm and all sorts of parts hurt.
As well I’ve decided to change up my running program. I mentioned before that my heart rate was quickly hitting my max during the longer intervals. You can see this on the last two graphs I posted. My dad and I talked about this and until I can do some more research I’m going to just use my heart rate as a guide. I’ll pace myself so that my heart rate falls between 130 and 165.
Today’s run was 2.23 miles in 32 minutes.
August 28, 2008
I’ve been away from the blog for nearly a week but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been active. I moved to a new apartment last week and suspended my running program for the duration. Yesterday I spent a long time talking myself into putting on my running shoes and getting outside. It’s starting to cool down here so I might look into buying some pants instead of shorts.
I completed a full 4/1 interval run with no cheating. Last Tuesday I had a quit a few of my runs about thirty seconds early. You can see in the graph my heart rate didn’t recover much between runs three and four. That’s where The Hill is.
I did 3.47 miles in 47 minutes. I think I’m running a combined total of two miles at this point. I feel tempted to just do a full out run and see how far I can go without a walking break.
August 11, 2008