The Perils of Self Betterment

January 2008

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Location:

UT,

Member Since:

Jan 17, 2008

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

yearly mileage totals (actual running miles, not crosstraining etc)

2008 - 1,317

2009 - 2,654

2010 - 2,578

2011 - 2,618

2012 - 3,083 (ran everyday this year. PR's in half and full marathons, at age 48!)

2013 - 1,177

2014 - 1,716

2015 - 1,060

2016 - 951

2017 - 786

2018 - 1,058

2019 - 1,211

2020 - 1010

2021 - 1064.9

Short-Term Running Goals:

reacquaint myself with my long lost running freak, and then proceed to get my running freak on

run faster

increase mileage in the Spring 

keep running

 

 

 

Long-Term Running Goals:

run

 

Personal:

born in 1964. married 24 years. one wife one dog

6 ft tall, nation wide

"Engaging in a little suffering — however self-imposed, arbitrary and contrived — before breakfast each morning tends to demand some humility and injects some marked relief into the rest of the day, making things sharper, more inspired, more immediately aware of the powerful presence of being. And that seems really worthwhile." A. Krupicka

 

"I cruised down hills, churned up hills, and floated over the asphalt, existing in a world that seemed to lack the confinements of such ubiquitous rivets as time, obligation, or pain. I knew then that this was destined to be one of those serendipitous runs for which so many of 
us strive yet so rarely achieve." J. Nevels

 

 

 

Russian champion tries Crocs, commits to racing a marathon in them

Nikolay Chavkin in the video below did 3x1000, first two in Adidas carbon-fiber models, the last one in Crocs. Surprised by the result (2:52, 2:52, 2:50) with the fastest interval done in Crocs, he committed to racing a marathon in Crocs if the video gets 42K likes and 195 comments (for 42 km 195 m, the marathon distance). Nikolay's current marathon PR is 2:14:00. The video was created by a Russian sporting goods store chain. Their moto is "more sports - brighter life", which we think is wonderful, and also deserves a Like. If you want to see a fast marathon in Crocs, go to the video and click the Like button. And make sure to share it with your friends.

Miles:This week: 8.50 Month: 73.90 Year: 73.90
Green A5's Lifetime Miles: 149.50
MR00 Lifetime Miles: 158.70
Kinvara9 Lifetime Miles: 596.00
Kinvara9painted Lifetime Miles: 525.60
Switchbacksblack Lifetime Miles: 176.50
Kinvara11 Lifetime Miles: 336.90
Kinvara11(2) Lifetime Miles: 248.60
Kinvara11blue Lifetime Miles: 149.90
Rincon2 Lifetime Miles: 84.40
Spg 4ís Lifetime Miles: 41.10
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Asics 1130 Miles: 142.30Treadmill Shoe Miles: 245.79Asics 1130 Bronze Miles: 76.20
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Spent the past weekend at the Founders Title Folk and Bluegrass Festival. No running. Folk and bluegrass people like to stay up all night and jam. Serious sleep deprivation!

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My longest run since starting back up 6 mos. ago. Felt great.

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I just joined the blog today. I've been lurking around here for a couple of months and have gained a lot of inspiration/motivation from all the great runners here. So thanks and may you stay...forever young! So far I've run exclusively on trails and/or dirt roads. I'll have to face the roads eventually as winter draws near. Hopefully I'll be fast enough by then to outrun the mad person behind the wheel! My pace has probably not been faster than 10mpm. I've ordered a Garmin gps watch, should have it within a week, then I can more accurately log my mileges/pace.

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Comments
From huans32 on Thu, Jul 31, 2008 at 08:42:14

Welcome to the Blog. WTG getting back into the running scene. You have some great goals going for you GL man.

From Walter on Thu, Jul 31, 2008 at 08:55:52

Oh you only have one wife and you live in Utah? Where do you hide your others? lol Someone asked me that when I was in Boston. It never ends huh? Welcome to the blog.

From JD on Thu, Jul 31, 2008 at 11:46:36

Hey, my first blog comments! Thanks you guys!

Huans-yeah, I really missed running, it benefits in so many ways...what was I thinking?

Walter-I'm glad you picked up on my joke. I don't care what people say, Utah rocks, quirks and all!

From jtshad on Thu, Jul 31, 2008 at 16:59:39

Welcome to the blog!

From Adam RW on Thu, Jul 31, 2008 at 23:51:09

Welcome. Walter already stole my comment...

From Chad on Sun, Aug 03, 2008 at 14:33:06

Great to see you on the blog, JD! For those that don't know, and why would you (?), James is my (step) brother and a running inspiration.

From Walter on Sun, Aug 03, 2008 at 22:37:07

Well well well, that is awesome chad! The more family members the better right!?

Total Distance
4.50

     Ran on the "Fire break road" this morning, with the dogs. I've had to cut back the dogs mileage this Summer, they've slowed down considerably. Dogs age more rapidly than humans, so you gotta keep an eye on them when they get to being six or seven years old.

     This route on the fire break road is one I use most often, it's on the East side of the valley, so the ridgeline protects me from the sun until about 8:00 or 9:00 AM. It's a very hilly dirt road, I'll have more stats about the ups and downs once I get the gps out there, next week. Once the snow hits though, the road is un-runable. Today I struggled with lead legs and no energy. It always seems to pay off when I tough it out on days like this.

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From marion on Fri, Aug 01, 2008 at 17:19:04

Sounds like a great trail. Gotta HATE lead legs. It feels like running on molassas.

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9.50

After four hours of fitful sleep, I decided it was easier to just get up and get the run in. Started at 5:45 AM. Weekly long run on the "cattle road" which takes me out to the bird refuge. I like to call this course "the dykes" because it's a marsh land with miles (and miles) of dykes running through. Awesome place to run. Got to see the business end of two skunks this morning and more birds than I can wrap my mind around. Just guessing on the mileage based on my time. Felt great though, had enough strength at the end to do a couple of surges in the last mile. So glad to be running again! 

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From Chad on Mon, Aug 04, 2008 at 13:31:30

I want to run out in the refuge soon. Let's plan an early morning run and I'll come out your way.

From JD on Mon, Aug 04, 2008 at 14:13:16

Chad, how about next Sunday, might make a nice recovery run?

From Andy on Mon, Aug 04, 2008 at 15:02:18

Was the run along Farmington Bay?

From JD on Mon, Aug 04, 2008 at 19:02:10

Andy- yes, in that general area.

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Re co ve ry:  Hurts so good. Nice and easy on the fire break road (hilly).

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From AmyLou on Mon, Aug 04, 2008 at 11:25:57

Welcome to the blog.

From JD on Mon, Aug 04, 2008 at 23:46:26

Thank you AmyLou, and a welcome to the blog to you too. Looks like we both got to experience the joy of the "recovery" run today. Good job!

Total Distance
4.00

6:30 am, took the dogs up on the fire break road. It took three miles until I felt loose. I'm going to give the ol' six days a week thing a try starting this week...three down three to go. Sunday is my long run and Saturday is for rest.

Reading through this blog has really inspired me to train better, and to develop my mental strength on a whole different level. Thanks to Sasha and all the runners on this blog for generously sharing their experience and support.

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6:45 am ran on the cattle rd/dykes. Nice, partly cloudy morning. There was someone in an old fashioned airplane, an open cockpit etc. flying around out there. There are no power lines or buildings, so it must be a great place to fly. He was flying pretty low to the ground and flew right over me a couple of times. Pretty cool. 

First run with my Garmin...yeah! The bad news is, it looks like I've been over estimating my mileages, just by a little though. I may go back on my log here and adjust my previous entries as I re-run the courses over te next week or so. But yeah, I love seeing my pace as I run, and I especially love having an accurate distance, since I run on trails mostly. 

 

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7:00 am. Ran on the junior high field. Each lap, if I hug the outer perimeter, equals a half mile. Just did three today, trying to get through doing my first "six day week" without hurting myself. Tommorrows run will make six. I anitcipate, after my run tommorrow, that the heavens will open up, and the answer to all of lifes questions will be revealed to me. Actually though, I really feel good about my training so far, and I look forward to getting my aerobic base built and solid.

Today's splits were 1st mile 10:30, 2nd 10:12, 3rd 9:01 Total 29:43

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From Chad on Thu, Aug 07, 2008 at 11:50:16

Given that, I really look forward to tomorrow's blog entry.

Total Distance
4.00

6:45 am. 4 miles on the fire break rd. Four tiny hours of sleep last night. I've always been kind of an insomniac but this week seems unusually sleepless. Todays run makes six days in a row, first time in my life I've done that. I feel really good. I plan to do it again next week starting on Sunday. I may cut back a little on my long run though. This is new territory for me and I want to be cautious.

I must say when I first started reading these blogs I was very skeptical of the six day a week theory...but after reading through the blogs for several weeks I began to see some of the advantages of training this way. Looking back on my logs for my previous three marathons ('95, '99' '03) I wonder how I even managed to finish those races. I see that I was trying to get by on as little training as possible, running three or four days, 25-35 miles a week...silly me. So I'm encouraged by my newfound training ethic, and motivated. Even though I'm 44 yrs old, I think that I can improve on my marathon PR (4:21) significantly in the Fall of '09.

Boy, we are a lucky bunch.

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No run today. Lots of sleep.

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From walter on Sun, Aug 10, 2008 at 12:47:03

Dont squeeze the garmin! that is soo freakin funny! Was it mr. Roper or Hooper or something like that in his white dr. robe and I loved that commercial! The people would sqeeze the toilet paper and he would freak out! What is it with wanting to squeeze a toilet paper roll? Leave me alone!

From JD on Sun, Aug 10, 2008 at 23:35:35

I'm glad somebody gets my jokes Walter. I really amuse myself sometimes!

Total Distance
9.00

Woke up at 6:00 am, the wind was still howling, didn't sleep well anyway, so I "slept" until 8:00. Really didn't feel well, nothing specific, just slight nausea, malaise etc. But I got out on the run anyway. Struggled the whole way, extremely slow pace but I finished. No gas in the tank but another deposit in the bank.

Ran on the cattle rd./dykes. When I ran years before I used to run out here and I never saw another runner until today. We passed running opposite directions. Very fit looking, having a better run than me no doubt. I wonder if he's on this blog.

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From Chad on Sun, Aug 10, 2008 at 18:47:47

James--way to get out there and do it despite not feeling great. I still want to hook up for a run, today was a real recovery day for me, so we'll have to do it another time.

From Superfly on Mon, Aug 11, 2008 at 15:17:14

Thanks for the comment. Your training is looking good. Good job getting out while you feeling crappy. Keep working hard and you'll be flying soon!

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I felt 100% better this morning than yesterday.

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Fire break road. Lots of hills. Pushed an even pace throughout. Felt it.

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6:30 am. Cattle rd. Felt really good. This is why I run.

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6:30 am. Cattle rd. My mile splits are improving, but I'm not really trying to run faster, so I hope I'm not over doing it. For me, the last couple of weeks have been a big increase in mileage, and so far I feel good. I'm resisting the urge to run more and faster, I just want to get a good aerobic base going without getting injured or sick.

One of the many benefits to running six days a week is that I can count on the run...I know I'm running the next day...what am I trying to say? Before, I would run one day, be tired the next morning, not run, not think about it etc. Very inconsistent. Mentally (and aerobically) it just makes more sense, if you're serious about being a runner, to plan on running every day, and actually it's kind of relief to know I'm going to get out tommorrow for another run. Kind of  an all or nothing approach to training.

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From Chad on Thu, Aug 14, 2008 at 12:17:34

Now you're drinking the blog kool-aid!

From JD on Thu, Aug 14, 2008 at 12:44:37

Oh that's funny! The blog kool-aid? Is it laced with LSD? (That's, long slow distance, for all you hippies out there!)

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Lot's of hilly fun on the fire break road today. I have now completed two-6 day weeks in a row.

Though I was gagged and bound and thrown into the trunk of the relaxy taxi seven months ago when I started running again, I think I can see a way out, but I have to be careful the trunk lid doesn't slam shut on my legs when I make my escape...to be continued...

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From Chad on Fri, Aug 15, 2008 at 19:54:03

That's an intriguing start to a story, I can't wait to see where it goes next.

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Started run at 5:40 am. This is my longest run under this current effort. Everything went as well as I could hope for. Ran on the cattle rd/dykes. Average pace 10:10, my fastest mile was the last mile. I feel like I'm doing everything right so far, not over doing it, avoiding injury. Felt controlled most of the run, able to maintain form, and breathing easy.

Beautiful full moon out this morning.

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6:30 am. First run "on the roads" since I started running again. Funny how the strategies I had developed years ago for avoiding traffic are seemingly hardwired in my brain. I've been a little anxious about running through the streets again but it all came back in an instant and I felt right at home. The big difference though is that I have a GPS! It's so great to know that no matter what twists and turns I decide to take while out on a run, I'll have an accurate measurement of my time and pace. Bueno!

My pace was slow. I felt good considering what for me was a long run yesterday.

I'm still trying to decide if I like the feature on the Garmin that starts mocking me when I dip below a certain pace. Lol!

 

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6:45 am. Absolutely wanted to stay in bed this morning. I'm getting plenty of sleep. Yeah my legs are a little sore, this was just plain ol' fatigue I think. I have increased my mileage a lot recently, and this is only my third week of running six days, so I think it's catching up to me a little. It's hard to stay safe and not over do the mileage, especially when my mileage is only 35 miles a week or so. Must keep things in perspective.

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From Huans32 on Tue, Aug 19, 2008 at 12:24:48

Nice job man. Sounds like your listening to your body. Great job getting back with it and hitting the road again.

Total Distance
8.00

Late start run on the cattle rd/dykes. When the sun hits those marshes the bugs start swarmin'. So I think I got my protien for the day. Felt tired but strong. My average pace was almost thirty seconds per miles faster than the seven miler I did out here last week!

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5.00

6:30 am. Easy and slow, on the cattle rd.

Let's pretend that my pace on this run is a meal...a big heaping plate of "slow", now let's suppose that I decide to dash down to the store and get a pound of grated "slow" to pile on top of my plate. Then, not being satisfied with that, for my beverage, I mix up a gallon of 100% "slow" to quench my thirst! Finally for dessert, two...no, make that three, scoops of  organic, corn fed, free range..."slow". Therein lies the best description I can muster to illustrate my pace on todays run.

Bon apetit!

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7.80

6:30 am. Ran from the house up Farmington canyon, along the fire break road and back. Didn't know what I'd do this morning but ended up feeling good so I made the climb, 500 ft in the first mile and a half, then lots of up and down for four miles, along the  fire break rd, then back down the canyon, then weaving through the neighborhood so I could get enough distance in to make my first 40 mile week! Yeah baby!

This is three weeks in a row running six days a week. I've increased my mileage from 25/wk to 40/wk. So I think I should make next week an easy week. Still running six days, but cutting back a little on the mileage.

I hope to stay motivated enough to keep laying down base throughout the Winter and coming out strong next Spring.

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From Snoqualmie on Fri, Aug 22, 2008 at 12:09:47

I went from 5 days to 6 days this summer, and it has made a huge difference. Most notably, I warm up faster. I hope your runs go as well. Best wishes!

From JD on Fri, Aug 22, 2008 at 12:58:35

Thanks Snoqualmie! Yeah, I've noticed benefits to running six days a week, after only three weeks. Foremost is my attitude toward running in general. It seems that I'm already noticing improvement in my aerobic conditioning as well, if that's possible.

Thanks for commenting, we both seem to be at a bout the same level of fitness currently, and have similar goals. Keep up the great training!

From JD on Fri, Aug 22, 2008 at 13:01:30

Oops Snoqualmie! Except you're running a lot more miles than I am. Good Job!

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10.60

6:15 am. Man I love being out early on a run. The sleepers don't know what they're missing! Felt good today. Easy pace. Ran from the house to the cattle rd 2.2 mi, South on cattle rd 1.45 mi onto the bird refuge till I got to 5 mi. then came back, and added a couple of blocks in the neighborhood. 

Great start to another glorious week in paradise!

Congratulations to all the bloggers who raced yesterday! 

 

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From Snoqualmie on Sun, Aug 24, 2008 at 18:10:24

Hi JD! Thanks for the comment on my blog! I totally agree with your early morning comment. The best part of the day! I too am looking to get sub 4 by Fall 2009. Please let me know of *any* training tricks that work for you. I switched to Daniels' workouts at the beginning of August and I think I might already have improved a bit. Best wishes.

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4.10

6:15 am. Tour of the neighborhood. Going easy this week.

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5.00

6:30 am. Giving it to the hills on the fire break road.

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From Andy on Tue, Aug 26, 2008 at 12:59:02

There is a 10k trail race on Sept 13 that sounds like it is along the trails that you usually run. It starts at Freedom Hills Park at looks like it runs along the fire break road. It is the week before TOU so I can't do it this year but thought you might be interested.

http://www.centervilleut.net/recreation.freedom_memorial_run.html

Total Distance
8.00

6:30 am. Cattle rd/dykes. Nice cool temps this morning. If I can beat the sun, I avoid the bugs!

For some reason Joan Jett was singing "I love rock and roll!" in my head during the run. Strange because I'm not particularly fond of rock and roll. Not that I have anything against it, there is some rock music I do like, but I certainly don't need the phrase "I love rock and roll" ringing in my brain all morning. Almost as bad as "My Sherona". Good heavens, these people made money on these songs!

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From jtshad on Wed, Aug 27, 2008 at 15:25:35

Nice run. The song could have been worse as you indicate, kinda funny what pops into our heads.

The last 2 days I couldn't help but think of "Rock you like a hurricane" due to our fierce winds.

From Chad on Wed, Aug 27, 2008 at 16:25:41

Could have been worse ... you could have had "Let's Hear it for the Boy" clanging around in your head.

From huans32 on Wed, Aug 27, 2008 at 21:44:40

Nice job getting out there before the bugs. LOL the song that got in my head was "I kissed a girl and I liked it" Good job man.

Total Distance
5.00

6:15 am. Cooler temps this morning, felt good. Ran around the neighborhood including a mile and a half on the Jr. High field.

I think the walkers I encounter in the morning are scared of me...not sure why...it could be my lightening fast pace (9:00-9:30 p/mile) or the heavy breathing...oh wait I know, it's the facial hair! I say good morning and get silence for a response. From now on I'm going to wait until I'm just passing and then say "Boo!" That oughta get a response.

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From Chad on Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 12:33:51

Be careful not to get a face full of pepper spray!

From Huans32 on Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 14:08:58

LOL ya the boo will get a good reaction. Well a reaction I am sure. But wait till your past them and then try it. As long as you can outrun the pepper spray.

From JD on Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 14:30:24

This might be a good way for me to increase my pace, create situations where I am running away from people who want to catch me!

Total Distance
6.10

6:15 am. 1.8 mi. to the jr high, 2.5 mi. on the field, then roundabout the hood home to make 6.13 total.

Felt pretty good today. Sure wish I had known then what I know now...

This ends four weeks in a row of running six days a week. It's like someone left a gift bag at my door full of all kind of goodies: a desire to eat better, better sleeping, less weight, more energy, the ability to become a better runner, a general feeling of well being, a positive, productive outlook on life.

Talk about schwag.

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From Chad on Fri, Aug 29, 2008 at 13:53:43

Do you want to run on Sunday,easy? Or maybe Monday?

From JD on Fri, Aug 29, 2008 at 14:03:56

Hey Chad. Sunday would be good, weather permitting? I'll give you a call.

From Chad on Sat, Aug 30, 2008 at 13:54:14

Yes, give me a call. Something short and trail oriented would be great. Down here or up there is fine.

Total Distance
6.05

7:00 am. Ran with Chad on the Pipeline trail in Milcreek canyon. Nice to run with someone for a change. When we got to the trailhead at Birch Hollow, it started to rain, but a few minutes into the run it cleared up and conditions were nice. 

Oddly, my average pace for todays run was 20 seconds per mile slower than the six miles I ran Friday. Must have been the slow company...hah! Just kidding! I hope it didn't do Chad too much harm to run 2 to 3 mins. per mile slower than his usual pace. Thanks again Chad!

So I doubled my mileage from July to August! I feel good and will continue to run consistently, increase my miles, and keep looking for the magic pill that will make me faster!

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From Snoqualmie on Mon, Sep 01, 2008 at 13:26:06

If you were chatting it would be slower (oxygen availability). That's one reason I don't run with friends as much as I used to. Sounds like a nice run though.

Would you mind looking at my race plan in my 9/1 entry? I'm trying to get some input from other marathoners. Thanks!

From JD on Mon, Sep 01, 2008 at 14:03:07

You're right about the oxygen availability Snoqualmie. Not only were we chatting through most of the run, but the trail is at about 6,000 ft. elevation!

Total Distance
4.10

Bonding with Mother Nature this morning. Cattle road with the dogs. Was going to go longer but turned around after 2 miles to return in a strong, cold headwind, combined with rain and even some hail. Fortunately there was a little thunder and lightning as well, so as to keep me from getting bored!

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Total Distance
14.00

Didn't really sleep last night, so I slept in this morning. Luckily the temps have cooled a little bit and I can get a run in this evening without burning up.

Stay tuned...

Ran 14 miles on the bird refuge. Clear skies, light breezes, comfortable temperature. While happy to have run the distance, I'm a little dissapointed at how I just sort of bonked into the 13th mile. It might be a fuel issue. I'm not in the habit of carrying Gu's etc, and I was out there quite a while. Plus, all I ate today was some watermelon, then a couple of slices of wheat bread right before the run. I hadn't planned on running long today, the opportunity just sort of jumped out at me and I decided to go for it. I should probably look into eating on the run.

 

Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Chad on Thu, Sep 04, 2008 at 11:11:37

Nice work, JD. That's a quality run.

From JD on Thu, Sep 04, 2008 at 11:33:52

Thanks Chad! I really need to be more careful about hydration and fuel on these runs.

Total Distance
4.00

Recovery from yesterday afternoons long run. 6:15 am. from the house to the jr. high field for 1.5 miles then back.

Felt fine except for my right IT band flaring up after two miles. Will look for specific stretches on the net today. This has happened before, recently, and when I ran years ago. Same side. I wonder if it's something in my form or if the disparity in leg length might contribute to the problem.   

Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Snoqualmie on Thu, Sep 04, 2008 at 11:08:35

I hope that IT settles down quickly! I often get a lot of minor pains on a recovery run that disappear the next day. I hope that will be true for you too. Do you need new shoes? Take care.

From JD on Thu, Sep 04, 2008 at 11:32:32

Thanks Snoqaulmie! Actually, I was using a new pair of shoes, and I only use one brand, same model of shoe (ASICS 1130). I really think my body is just trying to keep up and adapt to the increased mileage. I've been relatively sedentary the last couple of years, and I need to remain cautious through this phase because I'm not as young as I once was (I'm 44 yrs old).

Have a good one.

From Snoqualmie on Thu, Sep 04, 2008 at 12:18:32

Oh man, I hear ya! Turning 50 this fall. Yikes. Upside: BQ time is now only 4:05! Still, I've got work to do. Have a great day.

Total Distance
6.00

Resting...resting...resting...

If I don't get a run in tonight, I'll make up for it Saturday...

 

Ran tonight on the fire break road, a really hilly course. Felt great, no IT issues...whew!

If inhaling swarms of bugs could kill you, I'd have had my last supper out there tonight.

 

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
6.35

Tour of the hood. Made my way to the school field, 2 miles on the grass, then a meandering route back home. Really nice temps.

Felt great, especially after running just last night, a twelve hour turnover. This is new to me. Twice this week I did the late in the day/then again the next morning runs. It's my way of preparing my body for some two a days sometime in the not too distant future.

Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Snoqualmie on Sun, Sep 07, 2008 at 16:01:10

Good for you on the doubles! I've only done it once and it didn't feel very good. In fact, I spent a lot of the 2nd run wondering if I am a complete idiot. But actually the next morning did feel ok, just as yours did. I think your workouts look great.

Total Distance
6.50

Slept late. Ran in the heat. Cattle road. Ran some on the Legacy Parkway trail.

I did try something while running today. I had very little energy for some reason and was just plodding along, my legs felt fine, my breathing was good, I just had nothing to make me go. I was frustrated at my lack of...mmmph, when it occured to me that I didn't need to accept things as they were. I told myself that I knew how to run faster, how to realign my form and move my legs quicker, so I thought why not? So for the better part of mile four I was running at a pace a couple of minutes faster than the fates wanted me to run. Then I got really tired and slowed back down. This experience was different than "pushing harder" or "picking up the pace". I've never really felt quite so inexplicably listless on a run before.  It was cool to feel so detached from my body, yet have my mind running my body, albeit only for a few moments, but it was exciting to me for some reason.

 

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
6.00

Ran late this afternoon in the heat on the fire break road. Been struggling the last few runs. Maybe it's the heat, or the increased mileage over the last month. I know I'll come out stronger if I stick with it so no big deal.

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
8.10

Ran from the house today. Couldn't sleep so I got started at 5:30 am. Felt much better today than the past several days. Made my way to the cattle rd and ran a couple of miles there. Also ran about a mile on the new legacy highway. It was an eerie feeling to be running on a highway, in the dark, with the road to myself...I felt a little like a pirate.

Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Chad on Tue, Sep 09, 2008 at 11:56:57

How is that highway? Isn't there supposed to be a trail that parallels it?

From JD on Tue, Sep 09, 2008 at 12:06:22

There is an asphalt trail that parallels the highway, right now it's incomplete, some sections are finished others are not. It's a little narrow, otherwise it looks to be a good, car free, flat course to run on. I hope it runs the entire length of the new highway.

From JD on Tue, Sep 09, 2008 at 18:30:25

Apparently the parkway trail is complete. I just read an article in City Weekly of someones experience biking the trail just last weekend. Fourteen miles long! Sweet! The highway officially opens to traffic this Saturday afternoon.

Total Distance
6.20

Ran 6.2 slowly on the fire break road, always a good hill, strength building, pace killing course. Took the dogs. (Note to Sno - this is an area where many people bring their dogs, off leash, for recreation, not like a residential street or anything)  :-)

 My dogs magically turned into goats this morning...scapegoats that is: had to stop a couple of times at the creeks (for the dogs), had to keep my pace extra slow(for the dogs), when I got back to my car I could've and would've run more but for the...yes, you guessed---dogs. 

A good run. My focus this week has been to forego my "long run" while I try to keep my daily runs at least 6 miles. I have, until now, been peppering my week with a couple of four mile runs but want to slowly bring all that up.  

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
8.10

Good run from the house to the parkway trail, out and back. I'm psyched because I can access the 14 mile long parkway trail by running just a mile from my house.

Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Chad on Thu, Sep 11, 2008 at 12:01:59

I look forward to checking out the parkway trail with you. I imagine it's pretty quiet out there early in the morning.

From JD on Thu, Sep 11, 2008 at 12:27:39

It was quiet this morning. We'll see how quiet it is once the highway is open. The highway is RIGHT THERE, like, 15-20 ft. in some spots! Still, I'm looking forward to many traffic free miles.

From Snoqualmie on Thu, Sep 11, 2008 at 12:38:32

Nice mileage this week, JD! Great that you found a good access point to that trail.

From JD on Thu, Sep 11, 2008 at 12:41:17

Thanks Snoqualmie. It's a huge relief, really, to know I can do runs from my house without having to deal with too much traffic. It will make my anger management goals that much easier to achieve!

Total Distance
6.40

Easy run down to and around the parkway this morning. Long sleeves and gloves (yesterday too), has me thinking about how dedicated I'll have to be when it's below freezing every morning, and the wind's blowing, the roads are icy, the bed is warm and the furnace is cranking. Holy crap this is going to be fun?

6:00 am is getting awfully dark nowadays. When's that time change thing coming.

 

Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Chad on Fri, Sep 12, 2008 at 13:10:36

In a few months you'll appreciate the warm bed and furnace more when you're out there battling the elements.

From wheakory on Fri, Sep 12, 2008 at 13:53:06

Nice Run.. What really works in the cold weather and you don't feel it is Under Armour Tights, Long Sleeve Shirt, mittens, and hood cap. I wear this all winter when it's 10 degrees and lower.

Total Distance
0.00

West and welaxation.

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
13.10

Ran from home to the parkway trail, turned around at 6 miles and came back meandering through the hood to make 13 miles. Good run. It took like six miles before I felt loose though. So I ran a negative split. Met a runner who caught me on the way back and she slowed to run with me for a half mile or so. She was running 18 miles today and is running New York marathon in November. I told her about the blog, hope she checks it out.

Lots of people on the new parkway trail today. Probably about half bikers, half runners, and a smattering of walkers with dogs etc. Not bad for a Sunday.

I'm hoping my body will allow an increase in my weekly milege. Hopefully I can get 50 in for this week. The non blog week ending with today run gives me over 46 miles. Feeling good.

Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Snoqualmie on Sun, Sep 14, 2008 at 19:02:51

I hope you get your mileage goal this week. You seem to have a nice trail to run on. Thanks for being so encouraging to me.

From Chad on Mon, Sep 15, 2008 at 12:42:15

Nice run, James. That's a half marathon.

From JD on Tue, Sep 16, 2008 at 22:22:25

A belated thanks to you for the comments.

Snoqualmie, thanks for the inspiration, and the awesome blogs.

Chad, I know, I was going to go 12 mi. but felt good so added. The idea that I just ran a half marathon was a boost to my psyche!

Total Distance
6.10

From home to the field at the Jr. high for 2.5 miles then a loopy route back home. Felt really good for a recovery run. Full moon in the western sky.

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
8.00

A fun filled ride on the fire break road today. The pace was slow but strong. Felt reallt good today. The run was like a day at the amusement park, up and down, feeling the wind in my face, legs getting tired from walking around from ride to ride.

The last couple of miles I detached from my body and rode on the merry-go-round, but instead of carnival music playing in the background, it was Ozzy Osborne singing "I'm going through changes..."

Running is like drugs only much, much better, and less costly.

Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Chad on Tue, Sep 16, 2008 at 12:31:52

Sounds like you've been getting a heavy dose of LSD (long slow distance ...).

From JD on Tue, Sep 16, 2008 at 13:23:15

It kind of felt like that today. Seriously when I got back to the car, I was a little worried about driving...has anyone ever been arrested for driving under the influence...of endorphins?

From Snoqualmie on Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 10:50:31

Great to read about your enjoyable running! I feel the same way. And to think some people don't like it - sheesh! Poor dears. I can't remember: are you preparing for a race right now?

From JD on Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 11:33:02

Snoqualmie, I won't be racing till this Spring. Right now I'm just trying to build a solid aerobic base-without getting injured or sick. Then I'll go for a half marathon in March (Moab Half?) and use that to guage my workouts as I prepare for a marathon in the Fall.

From Snoqualmie on Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 12:42:14

Great! Sounds fun and very doable. Thanks again for all your encouragement.

From Metcalf Running on Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 13:48:49

MMMMM sweet endorphins... love it when I get them but they are a tricky drug. Sometimes they show up... other times you are left wishing you could find some to help get the run over LOL Enjoy them when you get them.

Lori

From JD on Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 14:01:24

Lori, yeah, wouldn't it be nice if we could develop endorphin GU or something. Those few runs where everything goes right are one of the many reasons I like to run.

Total Distance
10.00

No run this morning, so I'll GET to run in the heat late this afternoon!

Please stand bye...

Ran out on the cattle rd/marshes this afternoon. It was warm but the cloud cover and friendly breezes helped. Felt good today.

I made a concious effort to run miles 4,8 & 10 faster than the other miles, mile 8 was the fastest  with the pace being a full minute and a half faster than my average for the run. So in a way, I had a "tiny workout".

Also happy to report my non-blog mileage for the week ending today is somewhere around 51 miles!

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
6.10

 

 

From house to the LPT. Easy on tired legs and fatigued body.

For the first couple of miles I was being chased by little giggling hairy gnomes who were wacking my quads with rubber mallots!

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
7.53

Good run around the neighborhood, including 3 mi. around the jr high field. Todays average pace for the run was the fastest this week.

I humbly enter the realm of the 50 mile week with hopes that I can maintain at least this throughout the winter. In October I'll increase the mileage to 60/wk.

It was eight months ago that I decided I needed to get off my rapidly growing arse and excersize again. So, it's taken some time, but now I've acheived an important milestone, in my mind ,of running 50-60 miles a week. In a way, I feel like I'm just getting started really. 

I've lost over twenty pounds since January...I hope to never find them again.

Have a great weekend everyone and good luck to all the TOU people tommorrow!

Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Chad on Fri, Sep 19, 2008 at 12:15:41

Wow, James--your climb up to 50 per week has been steady and impressive. You're doing it the right way, a little at a time. Plus, you've got some muscle memory to draw upon. Keep it up.

From JD on Fri, Sep 19, 2008 at 12:25:59

Thanks Chad. Seeing how hard you and the others on this blog work to acheive success is a real motivator.

Total Distance
0.00

Processing...processing...processing...

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
13.10

Got a late start, 8:45 am. The sun was shining and it was a little warm. Ran 1.5 mi. from home to the LPT (Legacy Parkway Trail) and out on that to 6.25 miles, got on the cattle road and headed back for about 3 miles, then back onto LPT for a mile, then home.

Felt pretty good about todays run. Left hamstring, right behind the knee, was tight from beginning to end. I think that plus the heat contributed to my average pace being about 25 seconds slower per mile than last week on essentially the same course. I persevered in spite of the discomfort, and that feels good. 

Weight: 0.00
Comments
From JD on Sun, Sep 21, 2008 at 22:20:38

Just trying to get my name off the "Lone Faithful" list. :-)

From Andy on Sun, Sep 21, 2008 at 22:33:31

Is the LPT paved all of the way? I ran it from Woods Cross to Centerville (about 3 miles out) and ran into an unpaved gravel trail. I wasn't sure if I accidentally got off the trail or if they just aren't done paving it yet? I figured if you ran 6.25 from Farmington you would have hit the same section.

From JD on Mon, Sep 22, 2008 at 11:45:57

Andy, yeah, runnig North from Woodscross on LPT, I know exactly the spot you're talking about. Instead of continueing North where the pavement ends, you need to head East, almost up to the Highway, and then turn North again to continue. It's not clear at all and I wonder why they didn't put up a sign. From there it's another 4 or 5 miles to the end, in Farmington.

Total Distance
6.50

Ran on LPT this afternoon. Sunny, 70 degrees. Tailwind out, headwind back.

Today is officially dubbed "Crazy Day".

First off, my average pace for todays "recovery" run was a half minute faster per mile than any of my previous runs thus far. I wasn't trying to run faster, it was just there...crazy!

Second, there's been a standoff at a home literally one block from my house. All day, swat teams, police, spectators, and all kinds of news vehicles, have been crowding the neighborhood, while "Brian" sits in his pickup with a couple of loaded weapons. Earlier, shots were fired, but no one was hurt. Also, he originally had his wife and kid in the house with him but I guess he let them go. Scary stuff...and sad...crazy!

Makes me grateful for my relatively peaceful existence.

Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Snoqualmie on Tue, Sep 23, 2008 at 10:17:48

Good grief! What a piece of drama you've got there. I cannot help but think how many years of troubled existence it must take to lead a person to that level of violence and despair. We are fortunate indeed to have such peaceful and rich lives. Stay away from your windows today! :)

From JD on Tue, Sep 23, 2008 at 15:35:03

Thanks Sno (I hope you don't mind me calling you Sno, it's easier to type, and typing is just SO hard, you know). But yeah, what a mess for that guy and his family. He ended up shooting himself last night, so...

I promise to lighten up soon. This just hit so close to home, it makes one think.

Total Distance
8.00

No run this morning, I'll have to get a run in tonight. That's two days in a row with no morning run. It kind of feels like cheating when I don't run early in the morning. Plus I miss starting the day off with a run. I hope to get back on track tommorrow morning.

The standoff one block from my house endly badly last night, shots were fired and the guy did not survive. Jury is still out on wether or not it was self inflicted or cop inflicted. Either way, the guy is gone. I heard the shots last night from my backyard, and my heart just broke. I think that's why I didn't sleep so well last night.

Ran this afternoon. Feelin' the love on the fire break rd. This always a good hilly workout. Pretty much ideal weather, overcast, 68 degrees.

Picture Julie Andrews on a mountain top singing "The hills are alive...with the sound of James getting his butt kicked..."!

Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Chad on Tue, Sep 23, 2008 at 13:59:55

Man, that's really bizarre. Is there anything in the news on this? Very unsettling, hope you guys are ok.

From JD on Tue, Sep 23, 2008 at 14:15:45

Hey Chad. There's more info on KSLTV.com

Total Distance
11.00

Looks like another late afternoon run for me today. I'm not too stressed about missing yet another morning run. These last two months I've run far more than at any time in my life. I'm putting my body through a lot, and there is plenty of adaptation going on. I got to bed real early last night, and slept in till 6:30 this morning, and I feel really good. So I'm looking forward to today's run, I'm just missing the buzz I get to enjoy throughout the day after a morning run.

Ran 11 miles on the cattle rd/marshes. It was hot, 85 degrees.

Delivered no less than 4 horseflies to their heavenly mansions!

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
6.00

 Ran this morning from the house to the jr high field.

ouch!

Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Snoqualmie on Fri, Sep 26, 2008 at 10:21:36

Ouch? Hope you're ok.

It's hard to believe you've had such warm weather when we are entering the chilly Autumnal season.

From JD on Fri, Sep 26, 2008 at 11:51:46

Hey Snoqualmie. The ouch refers to the entire run being a lot of work today. Just the accumulation of miles this week, plus the heat on yesterdays run, plus the twelve hour turnaround between yesterdays and today's (Thursday) run.

Total Distance
7.42

Great morning run. From house to the LPT and back. 55 degrees and clear. Crescent moon and stars. Felt so much better than yesterday, although I didn't really warm up until 7.4 miles into the run.

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
16.00

Ran from home to the LPT, out and back. Started at 5:30 am. Clear skies, mid 50's, no breezes. Everything clicked for me today. I had planned on going 15 but felt good so I added a mile. Negative split of 10:37! I know that sounds crazy, but I went out really slow on purpose, then around mile 8 something just took over,  it was cool, like auto pilot, and that lasted until around mile 11, then the rest was work, but I felt like I had full strength and energy throughout. My fastest mile was mile 14.

When I got home I still had .3 mi. to make 16 total so I ran around the yard with the dogs to make it up.

This is what I'm talking about!

Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Snoqualmie on Sun, Sep 28, 2008 at 13:35:46

I love reading about your runs. I get the sense that your runs are playful and full of positive thoughts. This is how running should be. It's always inspiring to read about it. Good work.

From Chad on Sun, Sep 28, 2008 at 16:12:10

That's a long run, and sounds like a fun one.

From JD on Sun, Sep 28, 2008 at 18:16:37

Thanks Snoqualmie! I try to keep things as light as possible while running. So when something positive happens, like my head detaching from my body, I can keep a good perspective on things.

Chad-long and slow. But it was fun today...we'll see how fun the recovery run is tommorrow. You all set for St. George or what?

Total Distance
6.00

Easy recovery run on the cattle road this afternoon. 83 degrees, clear skies, and horseflies.

Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Snoqualmie on Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 11:41:08

83 and horseflies, ug. You get lots of extra points for that, JD.

Total Distance
7.00

Slow 7 on the fire break road this morning...

When I woke up this morning, running was NOT AN OPTION. But I went ahead and did it anyway.

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
9.00

I've been a little flu-ish, or mono-ish the last couple of days and last night the symptoms started getting really bad, so I went into major rest mode. Went to bed geriatric style. When the alarm went off at 5:30, I woke up feeling much better but decided to play it safe, not run, and make up the run on Saturday. However, around 10:30, I saw a chance to steal away from work for a couple of hours, so I ran...in the heat...on the LPT. Nine miles, good pace, good times.

 

Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Chad on Thu, Oct 02, 2008 at 12:23:59

Wow, nine miles ... you must have been feeling pretty good!

Total Distance
10.17

5:30 am run from home to the LPT out and back. It seemed extra dark this morning. Felt very good today. Passed a cyclist who seemed quite upset that I didn't have a headlamp...

Didn't run yesterday, just wasn't in the cards. Hopefully I can run tommorrow to get six days for the week.

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
6.10

I had a delivery to Log Haven in Millcreek Canyon today, since I live 40 miles away from there I don't get to run up there much anymore, so I took my running gear, made my delivery then ran on the Pipeline trail from Burch Hollow. I almost wussed out because of the rain, but decided to run in honor of the bloggers who ran SGM this morning. Only six miles but it was a blast! Rain, fog, fall colors, puddles, rocks, and fun.

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
12.20

Got started at 11:30 am today. Easy, relaxing run from home to LPT (Legacy Parkway Trail). Mostly sunny, temps around 50 degrees. Felt really good the first 9 miles then sort of slid of the track. The nice thing about this aerobic conditioning is, even when I'm not feeling so great, my body can still maintain the run.

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
8.50

Ran this afternoon on LPT. Clear skies, mid 60's. Had planned on 6 miles but felt pretty good today so added on. Another good day to be alive.

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
6.20

Real nice and easy jog on the fire break road with the dogs this morning.

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
10.05

Started from house at 6:30 am. Clear skies, 48 degrees. Long sleeves, gloves, shorts. Took 2 miles to get to LPT, 3 miles out and 3 miles back, 2 miles back home. Felt excellent this morning.

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
6.40

This morning from the house, around the hood to the Jr. High field, then back around the hood, on the Lagoon trail, more hood, then home. A couple of tasty hills. Clear skies, 43 degrees. Shorts, long sleeves, gloves...and running shoes.

Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Chad on Thu, Oct 09, 2008 at 12:37:02

Way to keep up the miles, James. I'm up for a run soon, maybe next week.

From JD on Thu, Oct 09, 2008 at 13:28:32

Thanks Chad. I'm really enjoying running right now so I'm trying to capitalize on that before winter rears it's cold, icy head!

I just left a message on your blog about running together sometime soon, before I saw this comment.

From jtshad on Thu, Oct 09, 2008 at 15:21:51

Good thing you remember the shoes! ;-)

From JD on Thu, Oct 09, 2008 at 15:58:52

Haha! Thanks Jeff. Sometimes I'll write goofy stuff like that just to see if anyone is paying attention.

BTW I like your stories of soccer parents gone wild. I have a hard time understanding that sort of behavior. It's good to hear of your responses to these parents. It lets me know maybe the whole world hasn't gone mad after all.

Total Distance
7.50

Drove to LPT and ran 7.5 miles this afternoon. Overcast, 47 degrees, NW wind at 9 mph. Tailwind going out, chilly headwind coming back...brrr! Short sleeves, shorts, gloves. My fastest average pace to date.

Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Snoqualmie on Sat, Oct 11, 2008 at 14:37:04

We've got to get re-acclimated to the cold all over, don't we? Congrats on the fast pace!!

From JD on Sat, Oct 11, 2008 at 15:20:59

Yeah, winter. I'm a little nervous about my ability to keep up the mileage over the winter. My motivation's fine when the temps are comfortable...

Today is rest day for me, but I'm supposed to run tommorrow and the temps are forecast between 25 and 40 degrees, and snow. So I guess this will be a good test for me.

I know you have some real weather challenges up there, so I'll try not to whine too much to you about the cold, wind, snow and rain.

You're recovery week is looking good!

From Snoqualmie on Sun, Oct 12, 2008 at 13:48:20

I think you've got worse winters than we have. For one thing, we are generally more temperate - extreme temps not lasting more than a few days at a time. Some snow, but not like Utah! I know because we come there to ski sometimes. I ran today in a Smartwool under-layer that was just a titch too warm but will be perfect in another month. Wool + layers, that's my plan. (https://www.smartwool.com/default.cfm)

Total Distance
14.30

Got out around 1:00 pm for a run on the Legacy Parkway Trail (LPT). Light snow, overcast sky, 36 degrees. Long pants, short sleeves under long sleeves, gloves, hat. I felt over dressed but was thankful for the apparel after the breezes started picking up around mile six.

A really good run for me, Good pace. Felt energetic throughout the run. Legs started to get  a little crampy on the last mile or so.

Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Chad on Mon, Oct 13, 2008 at 12:42:57

Yo, that's a long run. Nice work.

Total Distance
7.00

This afternoon on LPT. Mostly sunny, 45 degrees. Shorts, short sleeves. Felt sort of worn out before the run today...feel much better now.

Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Chad on Mon, Oct 13, 2008 at 23:17:17

So when are you going to post a profile picture? I've got a few gems around you could use :)

From JD on Tue, Oct 14, 2008 at 12:08:35

A few "gems"? Okay I'll post a photo. Keep those gems in the shoebox, buried under the pile of old running shoes, in the storage shed, out on the back 40.

Total Distance
8.00

Ran south on the cattle rd 2 miles where I linked up to the LPT and continued south, then did a 180 and headed back north on the LPT till around 7 miles where I dismounted off the LPT and ran west down Glovers Lane to the cattle rd where my car was waiting, silently for me.

All around felt good. My right IT band flared up yesterday, but it behaved today. Perfect weather with sunshine and low 50's.

Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Snoqualmie on Wed, Oct 15, 2008 at 10:18:21

Sounds like a nice run. You seem to have some great trails close by. I thought you guys were getting snow now.

From JD on Wed, Oct 15, 2008 at 13:04:44

We got an early snow storm last weekend. Friday it's supposed to be 70 degrees...Autumn in the rockies!

Total Distance
6.50

Six and a half hillacious miles this morning on the fire break road. Clear skies, 40 degrees. Long sleeves, shorts, gloves and hat.

Rare sighting of another runner out there, I saw her last week too. In the ten years or so that I've been either hiking, running or biking on the fire break road, I can probably count on one hand the number of other runners I've seen there. So it's always cool to see another.

Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Snoqualmie on Thu, Oct 16, 2008 at 10:25:30

"Hillacious..." I love that word! Well, two of you - wow! You should form a club and get jackets. ;) I saw about 5 runners today, and only one would return my greeting. I think some might have been in iPod-land. Or maybe my voice is too soft. Still, no jackets for them! Have a great day.

From JD on Thu, Oct 16, 2008 at 11:28:17

Thanks Sno-

I try to greet every runner I encounter, most say hi back. Now cyclists...that's another story.

Total Distance
11.55

Started early this morning, ran from the house to LPT out and back then back home. The machine worked well this morning. The moon played the role of mother natures' headlamp...batteries included.

Weight: 0.00
Comments
From huans32 on Thu, Oct 16, 2008 at 21:19:50

Sounds like your out enjoying the moonlight also. And putting in some good milage too. LPT?? I have heard Andy talk about running there too. Where is that?

From JD on Thu, Oct 16, 2008 at 22:30:31

LPT is Legacy Parkway Trail. It's a 14 mile long asphalt trail that parallels the new legacy highway in Davis county. It's a good run because it's flat and there's no vehicles on it.

From huans32 on Fri, Oct 17, 2008 at 11:54:56

Ah ok ya I have seen it then on my ride up to ToU. Looks like a great trail too. Right on. Now they just need to get you guys some lights.

From JD on Fri, Oct 17, 2008 at 14:10:55

I asked a guy who was working on the landscaping for LPT about lights, he said it's not part of the plan. I've been out there a couple of dark mornings and it's easy to run off the trail if you're not careful.

A couple of water fountains along the route would be nice too. But I'm not complaining.

Total Distance
6.25

Very easy run with the dogs, on leash, around the hood/jr high field. Running with two dogs on leashes is kind of un-fun. Dropped the dogs off at home after 4.5 miles and ran free to 6.25.

And so ends another week of running with James in Funkytown, USA.

Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Adam RW on Fri, Oct 17, 2008 at 12:11:26

Nice week.

From JD on Fri, Oct 17, 2008 at 14:12:59

Thanks Adam. This kind of training is new to me. I'm just trying to get a good aerobic base.

From Adam RW on Fri, Oct 17, 2008 at 15:32:25

That is definitely the best thing. Just consistent mileage. It has always been when I try and do "extra" that things go wrong.

From snoqualmie on Sat, Oct 18, 2008 at 14:50:10

I would think running with dogs would really mess up your form. But I'll bet they love coming with you!

Total Distance
17.25

Started around 8:30 am. Ran from the house to Legacy Parkway Trail, out and back home. Beautiful weather with clear skies and temps between 50 to 60 degrees. Wore short sleeves, shorts and gloves. Carried small, hand held water bottle. Gu at miles 6, 10, and 14.5.  Didn't feel warmed up until around mile 4, then pretty good until the tenth mile. Hit a pretty rough patch around mile 10, but knew that like the ravioli I ate last night, that I chased with a tall glass of chocolate milk, this too would pass. Struggled a bit until the last couple of miles, which were the fastest of the run.

Very happy to have run long today. Very happy it's done.

 

Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Snoqualmie on Sun, Oct 19, 2008 at 21:37:53

Nice job on the long run! Those low points are mostly a mental challenge for me. Sounds like you knew how to tough it out. With a sense of humor too!

From JD on Sun, Oct 19, 2008 at 22:01:23

Thanks Sno! You're right about it being a mental challenge, if you don't wrap your head around it, it just gets worse.

Total Distance
6.50

Run this afternoon on LPT. Clear skies and warm, 70+ degrees. Good recovery from long run yesterday.

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
10.20

Ran late this afternoon on LPT, out and back. Tailwind out, headwind back. Clear skies, 52 degrees.

No strength or energy today. Just a grin and bear it kind of run.

Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Snoqualmie on Wed, Oct 22, 2008 at 10:10:44

Too bad about the energy shortage. That's the kind of experience I have with every afternoon run -- which is why I run mornings. I'm sure you'll get back to your usual bounce soon. But perhaps take some C to be sure?

From JD on Wed, Oct 22, 2008 at 15:05:24

Thanks Snoqualmie. I think I've just front loaded my miles this week with the long run Sunday. In a way I don't mind these period of fatigue because I always bounce back feeling stronger, as long as I don't go over the edge, right?

I do vitamin C everyday. I wonder what, if any difference it really makes.

Total Distance
6.25

Slow, easy run on ye olde fire break road this morning.

It was cold (30 degrees).

I'm feeling rather trashed this week. Gotta take the good with the bad.

 

Tonight:

100 situps  /  20 pushups

I want to start doing situps and pushups more consistently so I'm going to post them here and hopefully that will help motivate...

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
8.40

Easy eight (point four) on the LPT late this afternoon. Clear skies, low 50's.

Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Snoqualmie on Fri, Oct 24, 2008 at 10:19:03

Hope you're getting your legs back. And energy.

From JD on Fri, Oct 24, 2008 at 14:24:38

Thank you Sno-qualmie, I'm feeling a lot more "zing" today. Gonna save it for tommorrow.

Total Distance
0.00

No run today. Run tommorrow.

The soles are the things on the shoes that make contact with the road...

Weight: 0.00
Comments
From RivertonPaul on Fri, Oct 24, 2008 at 12:30:47

Very deep thought today. :)

From JD on Fri, Oct 24, 2008 at 14:22:55

Thanks Paul!

Total Distance
11.66

Run from the house this morning to LPT with Chad. Clear skies, upper 30's. Good pace for me today. Excellent run. Excellent conversation.

My first 60 mile week.

Weight: 0.00
Comments
From snoqualmie on Sat, Oct 25, 2008 at 12:46:00

A 60 mile week! That's a nice milestone. I have had only one myself, plus a few 58's and 59's. Considering how you were feeling early in the week it's a great accomplishment.

From JD on Sat, Oct 25, 2008 at 14:31:40

Thank you! Now if I can just keep at 50-60 miles a week throughout the next four months of winter and beyond, I may resemble a runner.

I had a couple of "low" days early this week. I think it was the 17 miler on Sunday...my longest. Nowadays I want to "rest" by running through those low points if possible.

From Adam RW on Sat, Oct 25, 2008 at 15:47:02

Congrats on the new mileage mark.

From JD on Sat, Oct 25, 2008 at 23:36:26

Thanks Adam. So far so good. Congrats on your recent injury rehab.

Total Distance
6.25

Started around 9:30 am. From the house to the Jr. High. The first two miles with Annie, then I ran some more around the field and around the neighborhood to home. Nice easy jog. Beautiful weather these days. 

Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Adam RW on Mon, Oct 27, 2008 at 08:01:37

If everyday could be like the weather has been lately I would never want to go into work again...

Total Distance
8.50

Standard out and back this afternoon on the LPT. Legs really needed the run today, they recommend (not too subtly) some new stretches I might want to try tonight.

The weather continues to fall into the perfect category.

Asics 1130 Miles: 9.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From snoqualmie on Tue, Oct 28, 2008 at 09:12:56

Better do what they say, or there'll be no living with them. Good miles!

Now, where was I when someone handed out this cool new shoe tracking feature? I'll have to go see about that.

Total Distance
10.21

Good run from the house late this afternoon to the LPT out and back. Great weather, a little warm at 68 degrees but I can't complain about that at the end of October. Right?

Treadmill Shoe Miles: 10.21
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
8.15

Same route as yesterday afternoon, but not as far. Felt great this morning in spite of the back to back runs. Clear skies, low forties.

I think I did some striders...maybe, I'm not sure. I did four 30 second "surges" with 30 second recovery inbetween. They weren't sprints, just faster and I tried to hold my form and relax. I just don't know if 30 seconds is long enough or what. It did feel good to stretch my legs out a little anyway.

 

Asics 1130 Miles: 8.15
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From wheakory on Wed, Oct 29, 2008 at 13:25:22

Good run. If you run a 100m's with a accelerated pace than you did a stride. I would think in 30 seconds you would do a 100m's, so very nice work. Strides are good at the end of a slow easy run, that's the best time to do them.

From JD on Wed, Oct 29, 2008 at 14:20:20

Thanks Kory, I look forward to mixing more strides in on easy days.

From snoqualmie on Wed, Oct 29, 2008 at 20:44:00

I'm starting to think strides are a sort of State of Mind. Actually, it does sound like strides.

From JD on Wed, Oct 29, 2008 at 20:58:42

Hey Snoqualmie. It was from reading your blog that I started thinking about strides this week, so thanks.

From snoqualmie on Fri, Oct 31, 2008 at 09:10:57

Well, I got it from Dale actually. Ah, the circle of life...(cue Disney music).

Total Distance
9.05

Good run this afternoon on the fire break road. Clear skies, 70 degrees.

My pace on these hilly runs is non-existent, but I believe it's good to get in the strength work, plus sharpening coordination skills needed to negotiate around rocks, up and down hills etc.

Asics 1130 Miles: 9.05
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
8.00

This morning from the house to the LPT, out amd back. Partly cloudy, 60 degrees, slight breezes.

Legs really tired after yesterday afternoons trail run. After warming up though I felt pretty darn good.

My non-blogular mileage for the week ending today is over 61 miles. I'm looking forward to a day of rest tommorrow.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Treadmill Shoe Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
0.00

Rest today. I can actually feel my legs healing themselves. They deserve a good stretching tonight.

On the agenda today:

A little work

Get the yard prepped for Winter (a process I will probably not finish until Spring)

Prepare vittles for the coming week

Highlight of the day: I ate a pineapple.

Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Adam RW on Sat, Nov 01, 2008 at 13:27:46

I like your highlight. Last night we actually ate some grilled pineapple...

Total Distance
8.25

I bought a used treadmill yesterday ($75.00), and took it for a test drive today. Looks like it will do the job. It's weird to finish a run and not have that pounded feeling in my legs and feet. I think something is lost with treadmill workouts but it's better than nothing. I envision myself using it this Winter when the weather is ridiculous, and/or to add mileage during the week by running my second run of the day on the treadmill.

Asics 1130 Miles: 8.25
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From snoqualmie on Sun, Nov 02, 2008 at 21:39:36

Oh, I wish you well with your TM. I must admit I hate mine. But we don't get the kind of winters you do. I never thought of doing a second run on mine. Good idea.

Total Distance
9.22

Great run from the house to LPT out and back, (Since I run this route so much, I'm thinking of just labeling it: RFTHTLPTO&B, maybe). Clear skies and 40 degrees this morning. Lighter out thanks to the time change. Felt pretty good after a slow warm up.

Treadmill Shoe Miles: 9.22
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
12.45

rfhtlpto&b  :-)

Left the house at 5:30 am to get the run in ahead of a storm forecast to come in this morning. Perfectly timed. Low to mid fifties, a headwind and spotty rain going out. A tailwind and continuous light drizzle coming back.

The first four miles or so were extremely slow, but then I had a good pace the rest of the run. Big negative split. This was one of those runs where I was enjoying myself during the run, felt strong and wanted to keep going but had to get home and get ready for work.

Predicting a decisive Obama win tonight...or mass corruption, confusion and a Supreme Court decider in two to three weeks.

Treadmill Shoe Miles: 12.45
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Chad on Tue, Nov 04, 2008 at 16:36:14

"rfhtlpto&b :-)" What did I miss?

From JD on Tue, Nov 04, 2008 at 19:02:33

Chad-instead of writing out "Run from home to legacy park trailway out & back" I figure I'll just use an acronym: rfhtlpto&b...because I run this route almost everyday, in varying lengths, and typing "run from the house to legacy park trailway out & back" just takes too long, and saps all my energy. At times, I'll drive to the legacy park trailway, and run out & back from the parking lot instead of starting from my house. When I drive to legacy park trailway, I guess I'll have to use the acronym: dtlpto&bfpl, or, "drove to legacy park trailway out & back from parking lot". It's just too much typing for me to handle. :-)

From snoqualmie on Wed, Nov 05, 2008 at 10:31:53

I see. A stitch in time!

Sounds like a great run: happy times, negative split, good miles.

Total Distance
10.10

Run from the house to LPT out & back this afternoon. 36 degrees, breezes, a little sun and snowfall. Typical Utah weather.

Aside from being over and under dressed, having to go to the bathroom, my eyeglasses fogging up most of the way, and my shoes needing to be retired, todays run was otherwise comfortable.

 

Asics 1130 Miles: 10.10
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From snoqualmie on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 10:41:52

Sounds like, "Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?" Is the ground getting slippery yet? We have skied in Utah a few times and what I remember about the snow is how dry it stayed, even days later. Very unlike what we get, often called "Cascade Concrete."

From JD on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 12:43:17

The ground around here is still relatively warm, and the snow storms (two so far this season) have been light enough that the snow sticks to the grass but not so much to the road. However, along the route I often run there is a series of boardwalks which the snow adheres to, and they are very slippery when wet. Later in the season we'll get big dumps of a foot or so of snow, and it will stay clod, and the snow won't go away, or melt off for weeks it seems.

Total Distance
6.00

I went to bed early last night because I was feeling like I was coming down with something. Achy joints, stiff neck etc. I got 8 1/2 hrs of sleep, felt alright in the morning but by the end of the day I felt really quite ill. I got home and took a two hour nap and felt much better. I thought I'd play it safe and just run an easy 6 on the treadmill.

I'll probably take my rest day tommorrow and run short on Saturday. Then hopefully a long run (12-15 miles) on Sunday if I feel better.

Treadmill Shoe Miles: 6.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From snoqualmie on Fri, Nov 07, 2008 at 10:53:28

That's too bad. Tell your Lady that the blog says she must bring you hot cocoa, breakfast in bed, etc.

From JD on Fri, Nov 07, 2008 at 11:26:46

Sno- Haha! That's about as likely to happen as me running a sub-3:00 marathon!

From Chad on Fri, Nov 07, 2008 at 12:10:00

Hope you feel better soon. Your body has been taking a lot of new stress, a little illness isn't too surprising. Take it easy and you'll be fine soon.

From JD on Fri, Nov 07, 2008 at 13:31:24

Thanks Chad. Yeah, I figure this is inevitable given that I've gone from 20-25 mpw to 50-60 mpw over a three month period. Plus it's the most I've run, this consistently, in my life. I came down with this fluish thing about a month ago. It only took a couple of days to lick, and I was able to "run through it". The key is recognizing something's amiss asap and taking steps to keep it from blowing up. I love how hyper sensitive I am to my body and my health now.

Total Distance
14.07

Run from the house to LPT, out & back. Decided to get a longer run in today because the weather was beyond ideal for November. Low 50's, high thin clouds, mostly sunny. I felt like I was in some kind of time warp. It felt like an early spring day. Beautiful. It's supposed to rain tommorrow.

I felt really strong the first nine miles and then kind of woozy. Maybe remnants from the illness I felt the last couple of days. Then when the wonkiness went away, ye olde IT band on the right leg did it's little flare up thing. I find that if I change my stride, that is, run faster, the pain is manageable. I was able to finish the run. I'll have to give it a thorough stretching tonight.

Yay team!

Treadmill Shoe Miles: 14.07
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Snoqualmie on Sat, Nov 08, 2008 at 21:37:11

That's a lot of miles, coming off an illness. Bravo!

Total Distance
8.50

Run on the treadmill. Mile six was a "tempo" mile I guess. Also threw in several "surges" or "intervals"  of 2 to 4 minutes throughout the run. I've yet to plan a workout, just run by feel. For example today I thought perhaps I'd do 6 miles easy as a recovery run after yesterdays 14 miler, as I was pretty tired today, and still feeling some linger illness from a couple of days ago, but I felt pretty good after a couple of miles so I went further and harder than I thought I would.

Running on the treadmill tonight was a lot like running in place, with a rubber belt moving beneath me. I couldn't shake that unnerving feeling that I was stuck...on a treadmill.

Asics 1130 Miles: 8.50
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
0.00

No run today...hopefully run tommorrow. Still not feeling right. I want to rest well tonight, do a bit of stretching, and hopefully wake up ready to go. We'll see...

50 pushups/100 situps

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
10.20

Run this morning from house to LPT, out & back. Nice weather, clear and upper 30's.

Treadmill Shoe Miles: 10.20
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
10.00

4 easy on the treadmill this morning. Feeling tired, running late etc. Hopefully I can run more tonight.

6 miles this evening at the jr high field with the dogs. Happy dogs.

Between the treadmill this morning and running on grass tonight, today was a very low impact day. Kind of nice.

Asics 1130 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Snoqualmie on Wed, Nov 12, 2008 at 12:20:46

Do you run doubles very often? I am so sluggish in the afternoons. I've really only done a double once. I don't think yesterday counts. Let me know if you have any tips for successful doubles.

From JD on Wed, Nov 12, 2008 at 12:49:49

I haven't run doubles before. I have done some "back to back " runs where I run in the evening, and then run again the follwing morning. Mentally I like the idea of "singles" better. If I can run 14 miles in one run, rather than two runs of say 8 and 6 miles, I feel more prepared for a marathon etc. However, timing is everything, and if this is the only way to keep my mileage up it's what I'll do. I've read that there are many benefits to running doubles.

I don't generally feel sluggish in the evening, I've always been kind of a night owl. It's the early mornings that are challenging for me...just the opposite of you eh?

I think your workouts yesterday do count as a double. Sounds like some wild weather in the Northwest.

Total Distance
10.25

Great run from the house down to the trailway, then out and back. Mostly cloudy skies, mid fifties, a light sprinkle the last couple of miles...perfect running weather. T-shirt and shorts in the middle of November in Northern Utah...awesome!

Treadmill Shoe Miles: 10.25
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Chad on Fri, Nov 14, 2008 at 11:42:32

Hey lone faithful, looks like you're feeling a lot better. Thanks for coming over on Sunday. It was a good time.

From JD on Fri, Nov 14, 2008 at 13:16:31

Thank you Chad for letting us all come over on Sunday. All I wanted to do was talk about running, but I resisted in honor of Dads birthday.

Total Distance
11.22

This morning from the house to LPT out & back. Really nice morning. 38F, clear skies.

Due to this lingering cold, chest, head? thing, I'm running five days this week rather than six. I've also been managing this little twinge thingy in my left knee that I haven't blogged about yet because so far it hasn't stopped or slowed me down. I've been icing every night and actually I didn't feel it at all during yesterdays ten miler...so I think in the sprit of caution, I'll take tommorrow off to give my system a good break. I'll run tonight so I can still get my fifty for the week though.

PM - 4 miles on the treadmill.

Asics 1130 Miles: 4.00Treadmill Shoe Miles: 7.22
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
14.05

Started run at 11:37 GST (Garmin Standard Time). Weather, clear, sunny skies 55F.

Well, I've had so many good runs in a row, I guess I was due a bad run. I had wanted to run 16 to 18 miles today but this run ended up being a "progression" run. That is, I felt bad when the run started and it got progressively worse as I continued. I wouldn't mind so much if I knew what happened. My breathing and my energy level was fine. All the bad ju-ju was in my legs. Everything below the waist just seem to fall apart and I don't know why. Very frustrating!

Oh and I learned an important lesson while showering after the run...I wash my hair every couple of weeks with white vinegar...um, let's just say that vinegar and chafe zones don't mix very well.

Treadmill Shoe Miles: 14.05
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Snoqualmie on Sun, Nov 16, 2008 at 21:21:59

Ouch! I'm a chafer, and that is some bad imagery.

I think you are still getting over the cold on a cellular level. Practicing medicine without a license is a specialty of mine, so I know. Take care.

From JD on Sun, Nov 16, 2008 at 22:00:26

You're probably right Snoqualmie, I appreciate your diagnosis, thank you.

I've specialized in self-medication for years now. :-)

Total Distance
6.00

SIx miles on the treadmill tonight, nice and easy like.

Asics 1130 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
7.15

Haven't run yet today, so I guess I'm posting just for fun. Whew! This sure is fun! Anyway, I guess I'm not much of a morning runner. I was running in the mornings pretty consistently three months ago. Three months ago temperatures were in the 80's and 90's in the afternoon, so that was great motivation to get up early and run and avoid the heat. The last few weeks though, temps have been very cold in the mornings but warming up to mid fifties or so in the afternoons, so more often than not, I opt for the afternoon run in shorts and t-shirt, rather than bundling up in layers for a morning run. Plus, I've been running so much more these last few months than ever in my life, so the extra rest has been helpful. I do run a couple of days a week early in the morning just to remind myself that I can deal with the cold temps and early rising. I have a feeling though that when the weather gets really ugly, I'll be choosing the treadmill over an outdoor run...without the treadmill, I would be forced to face the elements, and would probably be a stronger runner for it. Either way, running whenever and wherever I can is becoming essential to my overall well being...

Supposed to hit 60F this afternoon, nice conditions for a run.  

Ran from the house up Farmington Canyon rd to the firebreak rd (aka Bonneville Shoreline Trail) south 2 miles and back. The first two miles of this course climb about 700 ft , then the course rolls for a couple of miles, then of course a big descent on the way back. Good run.

Treadmill Shoe Miles: 7.15
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Chad on Tue, Nov 18, 2008 at 15:27:40

It's all good. This entry was fun to read as well. I don't blame you on the afternoon run. I would probably do the same fairly often if I could make it work with my schedule.

From Snoqualmie on Wed, Nov 19, 2008 at 11:49:56

Same miles as I ran today, only I didn't climb 700 feet. Not all at once anyway.

Being a morning runner, I marvel at your afternoon running. It sounds like it's working well for you, but if you actually wanted to become a better human being by running mornings -- oops, strike that. If you decided mornings would work better for you, there are just 2 simple, pleasurable steps: shopping (oh, the wonderful winter gear) and caffeine (am I allowed to say that if you live in Utah?). :D

From JD on Fri, Nov 21, 2008 at 15:35:36

Hey Snoqualmie, I love my morning runs when I can do them. It adds alot to my day to start with a run.

I'm all geared up for winter, now we're waiting for winter to actually arrive. I haven't had to use the jacket Chad passed down to me yet.

Coffee! Coffee is as much a part of my soul as reading, or running, or music...but I never drink coffee before a run.

Remember, I'm in Utah...not of Utah :-)

From Snoqualmie on Mon, Nov 24, 2008 at 13:48:26

Well, I was wondering what was in that cup you're holding! lol

Total Distance
8.52

This morning from the house to LPT, out & back. Clear skies, 35F, no wind. Shorts, long sleeves, gloves and cap.

Felt better today than I have in a while.

We get this nasty inversion along the wasatch front when high pressure settles in and traps the pollution from automobiles and industry in the valley. It's especially bad this week, and it's just supposed to get worse until some sort of front blows in, probably not until next week. "They" reccomend no strenuous excersize outdoors, especially for the old and infirm, or infants, or asthma sufferers etc. I don't see how running indoors makes any difference. It's not like our houses are these airlocked oasis's of pristine air. So I'll keep running outside when I can. Maybe this weekend I'll journey to a higher elevation and find some clean air to run in. Sad that this is what we have to deal with.

Treadmill Shoe Miles: 8.52
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
6.00

Classic 6 on the treadmill this evening...house sweat...good times...

Asics 1130 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
8.50

Drove to LPT this afternoon and ran 8.5 mi. Clear skies. 46F. A cold front moved in and has cleared the air out a little.

Resting tommorrow.

Treadmill Shoe Miles: 8.50
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
14.10

Got started at 9:47am GST (Garmin Standard Time :-)) Clear, sunny, low 40's, light breezes.

Feeling strong today. Legs feel beat up though, thinking it's time for new shoes.

How are other bloggers running on shoes that have 500 or 600 miles on them? I wonder if weight makes that much of a difference. I weigh 168 pds (lately). Could 20 or 30 pounds less body weight equal 200 miles of additional shoe life?  

Treadmill Shoe Miles: 14.10
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From snoqualmie on Mon, Nov 24, 2008 at 10:54:51

I put the over-500 shoes onto the "short & easy runs" assignment. Then I keep them in the mix until 700 miles. Learned that from Andy Hass, elite marathoner on the old coolrunning forums (before active.com ruined them). I don't know where Andy is now; that was a great forum before active dropped some crappy software on it and it went down for over a month. All the good people scattered to other forums.

From JD on Mon, Nov 24, 2008 at 12:01:43

That's a good strategy for using up the shoes. I have one pair that I'll only use for treadmill runs, which tend to be shorter.

Well hey, fortunately Active's crap software brought you here eh?

Total Distance
8.00

Ran from the house to LPT out & back. Same route as usual. Shorts and t-shirt weather, this can't go on for much longer. Had a great run. Todays average pace was my fastest yet. I think I'm finally over the cold that's been dragging me down the last two weeks!

Treadmill Shoe Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Chad on Wed, Nov 26, 2008 at 12:14:01

Glad you're feeling better, JD. Have a good T-Day.

From JD on Wed, Nov 26, 2008 at 13:13:28

Thanks Chad. Have a good Thanksgiving!

Total Distance
6.25

Fun run on the hilly fire break road. Sunny, 45F.

Like yesterday, my fastest pace for this course.

 

Asics 1130 Miles: 6.25
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Adam RW on Tue, Nov 25, 2008 at 21:33:05

Faster every day, at this rate you'll be sub-4 pace for the summer...

From will on Tue, Nov 25, 2008 at 22:02:10

Great weather, and your running strong. Keep up the good training!

From JD on Wed, Nov 26, 2008 at 11:28:44

Adam, either you mean a sub four marathon which I hope to do much better than, or a sub four minute mile, which makes you a very funny guy. Either way thanks for the comment.

Will, this weather rocks! I picked a good year to start running.

From Adam RW on Wed, Nov 26, 2008 at 12:10:55

This weather is great. I don't know what I'll do when it finally does get cold and I meant the 4 min per mile. You have to shoot hi. I think the 4 hr marathon is already well within your reach.

Total Distance
8.00

Drove to LPT and ran eight miles. Mostly cloudy, 47F, light breezes.

Made an effort to run mile 5 "fast"". Ended up with 7:14 (this is fast for me). This is the first real effort I've made to run hard. It felt really good. I think with more practice I can improve my speed quite a bit.

Avg pace 8:43/mi.   (let's see this come down...alot, by Fall marathon time).

I just looked at 8 yr. old Jennifer Pachevs blog...she's faster than me. I'm being chicked by an 8 yr old girl! Lol!     If that doesn't motivate me, nothing will.

 

Treadmill Shoe Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
5.00

Easy 5 this afternoon at the jr high field with the dogs.

I'm thankful for it all. Without the bad, the good would have no meaning.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Asics 1130 Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
10.00

Easy 10 from the house down to legacy park trailway, out&back. Partly cloudy, fresh post-rain, light fog 37F. Great morning for a run!

Treadmill Shoe Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Snoqualmie on Fri, Nov 28, 2008 at 12:56:40

That's my favorite running weather. Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving. Thank you for encouraging me this year. :)

Total Distance
15.00

From the house to LPT out & back. Run started at 7:57am GST. Mostly cloudy skies, 47F. Crazy weather for last day of November.

All systems worked great today. Started to sputter around mile 10, but miles 12 through 15 felt really good. Mile 15 was the fastest at 8:34.

Treadmill Shoe Miles: 15.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From snoqualmie on Sun, Nov 30, 2008 at 21:48:32

Nice miles! Are you refocusing these days? ("Perpetual Adaptation") I'd be interested to hear if you are aiming at a new goal.

I did always get a laugh out of 2008 A Base Odyssey.

From JD on Mon, Dec 01, 2008 at 15:07:50

No refocus yet. Still laying down some base. But I realize that as we evolve through our life cycle we're in a state of constant adaptation, on an infinite number of levels as we live from day to day. Especially with running my body and mind will always be adapting to new levels of fitness...perpetually.

I was sorry to read about your father in law on your blog. Hope everything works out well.

Total Distance
5.00

Thrills, chills, and hills on the fire break road this morning. Low 40's, clear skies.

Today the weather forecast calls for 54F and sunny...THIS JUST IN:  IT'S DECEMBER!

Asics 1130 Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Chad on Tue, Dec 02, 2008 at 11:41:54

Yeah, the weather is just silly. Guys were running with their shirts off this morning.

Total Distance
10.00

Standard 10 on the treadmill at home.

Warmed up 3 miles. Then 4 x 90 seconds at 8:00 pace with 90 seconds easy in between. Then a couple of more miles and another 4 x 90 seconds at 8:00 pace with 90 secs. easy. about 2.5 mile cooldown, with one 90 second @ 7:30 pace at mile 9. I tried to focus on relaxing during the intervals and running smoothly, breathing easily.

This is my first "workout", I made it up as I went along. I don't know if I did it correctly or if will help me in my quest to become a faster runner. I hope I can do similiar workouts once or twice a week during the winter while keeping my base up...it sure helped to break up the monotony of the treamill.

"The Be Good Tanyas", Chinatown, kept me company during the run. Thanks gals!

Asics 1130 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Snoqualmie on Wed, Dec 03, 2008 at 10:19:32

Cute dog.

I wonder if I should try some speedwork on the TM, since going to a track is so difficult for me. That looks like a good workout.

From JD on Wed, Dec 03, 2008 at 14:12:52

Sno- it actually wasn't too bad. I don't think I would survive 10 treadmill miles without doing something different. I could've done this workout on the road, and I will eventually. I'm just being extra cautious with my body as it adapts to all the new stresses running is putting on it.

From Phoenix on Sat, Dec 06, 2008 at 12:19:23

JD, Daniels Running Formula is a great book for learning how to do interval work. Its simple without being dummed down. You may already have it.

I think treadmills are great for speed work--especially for the injury prone. Increase the grade and you can also do a great set of "uphill" intervals without having to run back down.

From JD on Sat, Dec 06, 2008 at 14:12:10

Thanks Phoenix. I've seen Daniels referenced on this blog quite a bit. I may have to go get me a copy.

Total Distance
5.00

Treadmill love this evening...

Like a once popular feminine hair care product line, this run was Nice and Easy.

Asics 1130 Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From snoqualmie on Thu, Dec 04, 2008 at 13:21:25

Isn't that an oxymoron? Have a great weekend.

Total Distance
0.00

No run today.

Run tommorrow.

Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Adam RW on Thu, Dec 04, 2008 at 23:26:57

Days of rest are sometimes harder than hard runs...

Total Distance
9.00

From the house to LPT out & back. Clear skies, 24F, light breeze.

Good run this morning.  Haven't been much of a morning runner lately and that kind of brings me down. I get so much more out of a run when I do it first thing everyday. So last night I tried on, and layed out all the various layers, gloves, socks etc. and that helped this morning when the alarm went off to get up and going. Miles are miles no matter what time of day you do them. But running in the morning sets the tone for the rest of the day and gives me a better outlook on things.

Sending out major positive vibes to Snoqualmie for CIM on Sunday...

Asics 1130 Bronze Miles: 9.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
6.00

From the house to LPT out & back this morning. Clear skies, 27F, no wind.

I usually don't run Saturdays but I skipped Thursday so I made it up today. Also wanted to get in 50 for the week.

Treadmill Shoe Miles: 6.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
12.20

Run from the house to LPT out & back. Sunny, low 40's, light breezes.

How could one not run on a day like this.

Asics 1130 Bronze Miles: 12.20
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
4.00

Looks like this is going to be a rest week for me. Hopefully not run more than 40 miles, maybe less. I realized that I've run 12 weeks in a row of at least 50 miles (two of those weeks were 60+ miles). This is the first time I've run this much, this consistently, so in the spirit of caution, and staying healthy, I'm cutting back for a week or two. Oh, and my right hip has been complaining the last couple of runs. I still intend to run six days a week, just less mileage. Probably on the treadmill tonight.

4 easy miles on the treadmill...at home...you know, a four mile treadmill run can be very refreshing, like a handful of Junior Mints.

Thanks to Ray Lamontagne for the audio delights.

Asics 1130 Miles: 4.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Nevels on Mon, Dec 08, 2008 at 15:55:38

It's always a good idea to tend to your body as needed, but you've obviously gotten some great fitness along the way. I don't know if you've run any races recently, but I'll bet if and when you do, your PR's will start getting destroyed. Solid running, man.

From JD on Mon, Dec 08, 2008 at 19:24:35

Nevels, thanks for the encouragement. It's been 5 or 6 years since I last ran a race...I'm looking forward to doing it again. I'm hoping you're right about destroying the old PR's.

Hey, congrats on killing that 100 miler last month. Talk about solid!

Total Distance
7.00

This afternoon from the house to LPT out & back. Sunny, 35F, windless. Still shorts weather!

Mile splits: 1) 8:33 2) 8:31 3) 8:27 4) 8:19 5) 8:26 6) 8:16 7) 8:13 Avg 8:23

So, this is my fastest pace to date. I could've kept going too but I'm taking it easy this week. I don't know why all of a sudden today I can run much faster than usual, but todays run gives me confidence that by Fall of '09 I can acheive my marathon goal. It was such a good feeling, every time I looked at my watch I experienced some mild cognitive dissonance because my brain had never seen those splits before. I've been running the same pace range for so long that I automatically compute my splits when I see my time. Everytime I looked at my watch today, I had to pause my brain and reconfigure the math.

Another note, my increased speed today didn't really require any extra effort, I was just along for the ride, although once I realized I was running quicker, I was more motivated to keep pushing. Is this just aerobic conditioning doing it's job? Can I expect to increase my speed substantially once I begin adding speed work to my training?

 

Asics 1130 Bronze Miles: 7.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From will on Tue, Dec 09, 2008 at 21:30:00

Congratulations! 12 weeks of 50 miles is great training, maybe you are starting to see the fruits of your labor.

The easy week sounds like a good idea. Way to train smart.

From JD on Tue, Dec 09, 2008 at 21:59:54

Thanks Will. The mild weather this season has been a big help in maintaining consistency.

This blog is a great road map to smart training practices.

Total Distance
7.00

Drove to LPT and ran. Flat course. Sunny, low 40's.

Todays run wasn't effortless like yesterday, but I was still able to run faster. This is a significant breakthrough for me this week.

7 miles/57:43/8:15 avg. pace

1) 8:36  2) 8:12  3) 8:17  4) 8:25  5) 8:11  6) 8:06  7) 7:56 

 

Asics 1130 Bronze Miles: 7.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Adam RW on Wed, Dec 10, 2008 at 23:39:22

Effortless is good.

From Phoenix on Thu, Dec 11, 2008 at 10:19:12

Congrats on your progess!

Just don't be afraid to mix some real easy running in at your "old" paces. The variation is essential for continued improvement.

From JD on Thu, Dec 11, 2008 at 11:39:48

Adam - effortless is good, I wish I knew the secret to making every run feel like that.

Phoenix - thanks for the tip. I was thinking these last two runs will count as workouts, sort of, for the week. I'm cutting back this week as it is, so today and tommorrow, easy short runs, then a medium, slow run on Sunday.

Psychologically it's just a boost/relief to finally see my pace come down a bit. Slow and steady, injury free progress is what I'm shooting for.

From Snoqualmie on Thu, Dec 11, 2008 at 13:03:05

Glad to hear you are pleased with your progress.

From JD on Thu, Dec 11, 2008 at 14:07:27

Snoqualmie - I'm glad to see you back on the blog. I hope you're recovering well from your awesome marathon performance!

Total Distance
4.00

Easy four on the treaded dreadmill this afternoon.

The sounds of Live's "Throwing Copper" on the boombox. Hard to imagine that CD was released fourteen years ago.

Asics 1130 Miles: 4.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
6.00

Mid-day update: well, I haven't run yet today (looks like the treadmill tonight for me). BUT I have managed to polish off a can of Pringles potato chips (barbecue flavor). Love that sodium!

PM: Seasonal treadmill joy this evening. 2 mi. warmup, 6x90 seconds with 90 seconds easy in between,  5 @ 8:00 + 1 @ 7:30, then cooldown (kicked the last 1/4 mile). Total 6 miles.

Treadmill Shoe Miles: 6.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From wheakory on Fri, Dec 12, 2008 at 18:15:30

The sodium will get you ready for tonight. We run to eat right! That's what makes eating run. Enjoy your run and weekend.

From JD on Fri, Dec 12, 2008 at 20:43:20

We definately run to eat...but those Pringles were just out of control today!

From Snoqualmie on Sat, Dec 13, 2008 at 14:01:45

Yum, Pringles. But it's mostly air right? I ate my slice of pumpkin pie that I put in the freezer after TG. I told myself I could have it after the marathon. Going out today to buy celery...

From JD on Sat, Dec 13, 2008 at 21:38:58

Sno, maybe air flavored pringles would be good. Or some celery pie. :-)

Total Distance
11.00

Got out around 11:00 AM. 6-8 inches of fresh snow, 27F, it was still snowing lightly and a little windy when I started, visibility was an issues for a few moments during the first mile. Ran from my house to LPT then out & back. The parkway trail isn't plowed so I broke trail in the fresh powder for 8 miles (4 mi. out/4 back), when I got back onto the hard pavement it was very hard to find my stride as I'd been running in soft snow for the last hour. 

Slow pace but good effort given the conditions.

Treadmill Shoe Miles: 11.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Snoqualmie on Sun, Dec 14, 2008 at 21:46:56

Do you wear gators or something to keep snow out of your shoes? Traction? For some odd reason, I'm extremely interested in this topic now...

From will on Sun, Dec 14, 2008 at 23:11:55

Nice running in tough conditions.

I have found that running in 3-4 inches of snow makes a nice cushion. Last winter I did some 2 hour long runs in snow and found that my joints were not as stiff and sore when compared to running on a snow-less path. It was like running on firm pillows.

From JD on Mon, Dec 15, 2008 at 11:37:32

Sno- No gators, I had little snowballs in my shoes at times. At first I would stop to dig them out, but after awhile forgot about them as my feet were basically soaked after awhile. I didn't really notice until I was done running just how wet my shoes had become. Traction isn't an issues in the snow, but it is on the roads and sidewalks when they've been cleared. When running downhill, I wouldn't dare put on the brakes for fear of slipping.

Will- 3-4 inches would be just about right. The snow I was running in was just a little deep. I had to lift my knees a little higher than I wanted, and push off a little more than I wanted. I consider it good form excersize, and using different muscles. So it was probably good for me.

Total Distance
10.00

Three on ye olde treadmill this morning. Woke up late, probably the only run today. Supposed to take the dogs on an evening hike in the hills with some other dog buddies tonight. Should be cold...but cool.

pm:  7 more on the treadmill...treadmill...treadmill...treadmill...

Lots of treadmill this last week...some days I don't mind the weather/traffic of the roads, other days I just want nothing to do with either. But I'm determined to stay in condition over the winter, even if it means sacrificing myself at the altar of the treadmill more than I'd like. I'm already looking forward to Spring weather...and running with ten less pounds hanging on my frame.

Asics 1130 Miles: 3.00Treadmill Shoe Miles: 7.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Snoqualmie on Tue, Dec 16, 2008 at 10:30:45

You'll be having a 3 dog night?

I can see the logic of the TM; there is so much ice out there and dancing around it really doesn't make for very good workouts. We rarely have to put up with it though.

From JD on Tue, Dec 16, 2008 at 11:33:36

Sno- haha! Actually it was supposed to be a four dog night, but alas, we didn't get together. Too bad because the dogs really need to get out. A couple of years ago, we were hanging out with people who would have "dog" parties...15 people would show up, and there would be over thirty dogs...chaos!

Total Distance
8.00

Run from house to LPT out & back.  Sunny, 30F, slight North breeze. Shorts, short sleeves over long sleeves, cap, glove liners. Sun on my legs in the middle of December.

Good pace for me today given the slippery surface conditions etc. Brisk head wind on miles 4 and 5.

8 miles/1:08:48/8:36 avg. 

Asics 1130 Bronze Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
5.00

Nice and easy on the Legacy Parkway Trail this morning. Clear, sunny, 20F.

Thought I'd better run outside as the weather forecast calls for mostly treadmill over the next few days.

Treadmill Shoe Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From will on Wed, Dec 17, 2008 at 21:12:02

It is cold in Illinois, too. Surprisingly I seem to be thriving in it so far.

Friday is supposed to be mid-30's, I think that calls for a long run, 20-26 miles. I can't wait!

Total Distance
10.00

TM late this afternoon. Shorts, socks, shoes.

3 mile warmup. 10 x 2 min. @ 8:00 pace w/90 secs. easy in between. Cooldown. Actually after the sixth interval I ran an easy mile before doing the last four. The last minute of the last interval was at 7:24 pace.

Again, I don't know how much good these workouts are doing me. It sure helps to break up the monotony of the headmill though. It's a good time too!

10 miles/1:28:45/8:53 avg. pace.

Asics 1130 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
4.00

Four on the treadmill this afternoon. Thus ends another glorious week of mileage accumulation in the pursuit of fitness...won't you join us next week when James attempts to keep his base mileage up through the dark Winter months...

Time to do some snow shoveling!

4 miles/34:32/8:32 avg

Treadmill Shoe Miles: 4.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
13.00

Run from house to LPT, came back on the cattle road. Overcast skies, 20F, headwind on way back...cold. Most of the surface was packed snow/ice. Like running in sand. Really felt the difference when I got back on the solid road.  Was nice to run outside today.

Asics 1130 Bronze Miles: 13.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From will on Sun, Dec 21, 2008 at 20:25:37

You are getting in some good middle distance runs in tough conditions. Keep up the good work.

The days are now getting longer....

Total Distance
5.10

Treadmill.

5.1 mi./43:30/8:32 avg.

Asics 1130 Miles: 5.50
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Snoqualmie on Mon, Dec 22, 2008 at 22:39:44

No moaning like I did! You are a saint. Or maybe you just don't mind? When is your next race?

From JD on Mon, Dec 22, 2008 at 23:28:15

I wanted to moan, but opted for a brief blog instead. The next race I run will be my first race in over 5 years.

I think I'll be running the Antelope Island Buffalo run (25K) on March 28th. Blogger "Ultrajim" directs it. Maybe something before then, I don't know. I've never had a good mileage base before and I don't want to blow it.

From snoqualmie on Tue, Dec 23, 2008 at 10:11:13

That makes sense. Your base has been great. Are you still thinking fall marathon?

From JD on Tue, Dec 23, 2008 at 11:13:01

Definately Fall marathon. Hopefully better than 3:45. When is Eugene? I don't know how you marathoners run multiple marathons a year!

From RivertonPaul on Tue, Dec 23, 2008 at 11:18:44

Nice consistency, you are doing better than I am.

From JD on Tue, Dec 23, 2008 at 14:42:33

Thanks RivertonPaul. Hoping to stay consistent through this cruddy weather here in Davis Co.

I notice from your blog that you seem to have a nice balance going: some strength training, crosstraining, as well as running. Keep up the good work. Happy holidays!

Total Distance
7.00

Run this afternoon on the legacy parkway trail. 1-2" of fresh snow over packed snow/ice. 28F, slight breezes, patchy sun.

I know that these aren't the best running conditions, but I've been surprised lately to not see any other tracks out there in the snow.

Treadmill Shoe Miles: 7.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From will on Tue, Dec 23, 2008 at 20:13:40

Nice outdoor run, and like the new picture!

From JD on Tue, Dec 23, 2008 at 20:57:07

Thanks Will- I'm technologically challenged apparently. I know there's a way to get these photos to post with better quality but I haven't been able to figure it out yet.

From Snoqualmie on Wed, Dec 24, 2008 at 10:17:38

How are you doing in the snow? Do have all the gear and outfits you need, or is Santa bringing more?

From JD on Wed, Dec 24, 2008 at 11:20:32

Snoq- I do have all I need. Sometimes I look at the little corner where I keep my running gear and wonder when and where it will stop. That stuff accumulates! The most I've had to do so far is three layers on top (including a running jacket that my brother Chad passed up to me). Most days outside though, it's just a couple of tech shirts, pants over shorts, glove liners and cap. Fortunately we haven't had a lot of wind this season. Additional wind = additional layers. Socks and shoes get soaked but I don't really notice until I try to pull the dang things off.

Total Distance
5.40

Easy on the TM today. After 4 miles, just for kicks, I ran for 2 mins. at a 7:00 pace...I think I'll stick to shootin' for an 8:00 avg pace for awhile.

Asics 1130 Miles: 5.50
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
4.15

Easy does it on the TM this Christmas day.

4.15 mi./37:43/9:05 avg.

Treadmill Shoe Miles: 4.15
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
10.50

Third day in a row on the TM...holiday madness! miles 4, 6, and 8 were run at an 8:00 pace.

10.5 mi./ 1:31:33/8:43 avg.

Treadmill Shoe Miles: 10.50
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Snoqualmie on Sun, Dec 28, 2008 at 16:00:20

"he got use to the TM... pretty soon it was everything for him... and he was never seen again!" Just kidding. It's aMAZing to me that you can run so many TM miles. Bravo!

From JD on Mon, Dec 29, 2008 at 11:22:34

Haha Sno! You're pretty funny! I've found that the TM's not so bad for intervals, tempos etc. Otherwise it's pretty boring. I'm just trying to ignore winter and hope when I open my eyes it will be spring again. Is it April yet?

Total Distance
10.00

Nice weather for running outside today. Overcast, 37F, no wind. Shorts, two layers on top, glove liners. Ran from house...I guess I'd call this course the Glovers Lane Loop.

10 mi./1:26:29/8:39 avg.

Asics 1130 Bronze Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From will on Sun, Dec 28, 2008 at 21:51:34

Nice pace for 10 miles.

I read your comment on my photo blog. Are you a composer?

I was feeling empty when I lost the inspiration to photograph in 2007/08, but it seems to have returned, so I am hoping it continues.

Have a safe and happy new year!

From JD on Mon, Dec 29, 2008 at 11:15:58

Will, I'm a singer/songwriter. Mostly songwriter...as performing for people is counter-intuitive to me, though I do it from time to time. I figure it's good to step out of my comfort zone occasionally.

From Chad on Mon, Dec 29, 2008 at 11:27:31

JD is a great songwriter.

Total Distance
0.10

No run today. I didn't sleep well last night and was feeling off all day, so I opted for a short nap during run time.

I did stomp around in the hills with my dogs, and a buddy with his dogs. It's really warm out tonight (37F) with fresh snow on the ground, and clear skies, and a couple of quality beverages...good for the soul.

Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Snoqualmie on Tue, Dec 30, 2008 at 12:47:05

I've had a "short nap during run time" before, but not what you meant, lol. (ie running in my sleep?) Man, sleep is everything when there isn't enough of it, eh? New blog title is great! But for us it will be a slow train comin...

Total Distance
10.00

Another good weather day for running. Sunny, 38F, little if any wind. Shorts, two top layers, glove liners. Ran out to Glovers Lane, along the cattle road (packed slush, hard on the pace miles 4 through 7), then back via 200 West.

10 mi./1:25:38/8:34 avg.

Asics 1130 Bronze Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From huans32 on Tue, Dec 30, 2008 at 20:11:40

Great job getting out and getting in some good miles today. When is the next race for you??

From JD on Tue, Dec 30, 2008 at 21:16:52

Thanks Huans32. I don't have any races planned, other than a marathon in the Fall (Top of Utah?). I'm still focused on building/maintaining a decent mileage base. Probably this Spring I'll run a 5k, 10k, and maybe a half, to see where I'm at speed-wise.

From Snoqualmie on Wed, Dec 31, 2008 at 12:36:02

Shorts?!? That should be illegal. Just kidding - I'm jealous. Happy New Year!

Total Distance
4.20

PM TM

4.2 mi./36:38/8:43 avg

 

Treadmill Shoe Miles: 4.20
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
1317.24
Asics 1130 Miles: 142.30Treadmill Shoe Miles: 245.79Asics 1130 Bronze Miles: 76.20
Weight: 0.00
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