Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Back to Routine

Hopefully I can find some discipline now. I've been slacking and it's beginning to show. I'm beginning to avoid mirrors.

It was a little cold and I wasn't sure where the wind was coming from or how much. It turned out not too bad, a light breeze from the west.


So I started writing this right after the run, but of course thing come up, yada, yada, and two days later I'm finally getting back to it. No idea what I was going to write.

Oh, well, I'll post the stats and call it a night.

Distance: 6.72 Time: 40:01
Average speed: 5:57 min/km (10.08 kph).

Shoes: Asics GT-2130.
Today's earworm: Nothing stuck.

Weather: dark and cold.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Tough Run

I haven't done a long one for awhile. Surprisingly, I did pretty well, making decent time in slogging through some deep snow.

When I got out of the door and down toward the bluff, the snow was coming down so thick the downtown was completely obscured. Not quite white out, but visibility was very low. Quite beautiful, actually.

The path along the edge of the bluff was pretty much unpacked snow, more than ankle deep. The Path Under The Stairs felt treacherous with the snow on it, although I don't think it was really all that bad.

I took the ramp down to the trail along Memorial Drive, where it looked like it had been plowed fairly recently. Mostly a little packed snow here and there, and the stuff coming down was slowly piling up.

At places where the trail gets near the river, the movement of water was loud. It's very low, so the rocks on the river bed are almost uncovered in places.

By Crowchild, the snow had let up some. It was still coming down, though, still building up slowly. The bridge across the river at Edworthy was covered with a thick layer of snow that rolled out from under foot.

Crossing the tracks, it was a narrow trail, partly packed. Stepping off on either side was unpacked snow, almost knee deep in places. I tried to stay on the packed stuff, but it was very uneven, and I would slip into the deeper stuff often. A good workout for the ankles. Probably the hips and glutes, too, cuz I sure feel them.

I pushed hard through the unplowed stuff, and once at Crowchild it was clear again. From there, nothing much different. Just kept plugging until turning onto Prince's Island, where the paths hadn't been cleared for a couple of days.

At the stairs, I did OK until the last big landing. After that I didn't have anything left to do much more than to slog up the last four flights of stairs. A slow run through more deep snow on the bluff trail, then heading northward toward home.

Distance: 16.22 Time: 1:37:01
Average speed: 5:58 min/km. (10.72 kph)
Rest distance: .9198 km. Rest time: 10:00.
Total distance: 17.14 km. Total time: 1:43:42.

Shoes: Asics GT-2130.
Today's earworm: Nothing really stuck.

Weather: Light snow and -7C.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Boxing Day Calorie Burn

An attempt to deal with the calorie surplus. It's warmer today, though still quite cold. But not much wind, and I had to get out. I think I been out three times in as many weeks. Meanwhile the Christmas goodies are too accessible to this weak-willed guy.

Stepping out, I felt the chill. Wondering if I was going to be warm enough, even though I knew I would be. The Path had a few clear patches, though mostly there was a thin layer of packed snow. Not real slippery, but still, it slowed me down.

I took the trail along Memorial Drive. Past the sort-of-island opposite Prince's Island, where the trees thin, the river was steaming east, looking very turbulent because it was probably no more than knee deep at the most. The river bed is rocky, so low water is very turbulent and noisy.

After 14th Street, it seemed more settled. Not many out in the late morning, although the sun was blazing in clear blue. A light breeze from the west kept me from warming up too fast.

After crossing at Crowchild, I found myself surrounded by frosty trees. Steam from the river is carried by the wind into the bush along the south bank, and the trees are covered with a thin white layer.

After that, just sun and snow, and me huffing along. A few people out on Prince's Island, but perhaps still a little too cold in the day for most. Or maybe everyone is still digesting and sleeping off the day before.

A hard push up The Stairs, and a short stretch of walking at the top to catch my breath a little, the rest of the run was done.

Distance: 9.77 Time: 55:31
Average speed: 5:41 min/km (10.56 kph).

Shoes: Asics GT-2130.
Today's earworm: Why Can't He Be You, Patsy Cline.

Weather: Sunny and -17C.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

What's My Motivation?

Not much motivation to get out there when it's cold. Even tonight, I can't find the gumption. Not feeling well, anyway.

But a couple of days ago, I managed to get my backside out the door and into the dark. It was actually a little late, but I found there were a few others out running.

It was a good run, and I felt good as I always do when I haven't been out for a while.

With the cold continuing, the calorie surplus might become a concern, but so far, my clothes still fit.

Distance: 6.74 Time: 39:53
Average speed: 5:55 min/km (10.14 kph).

Shoes: Asics GT-2130.
Today's earworm: Amazingly, nothing.

Weather: Dark and cold?

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Snowy, Snowy

Holy cow, I think I started this way back but got sidetracked. I plead crazy busy with holiday stuff. Kind of a thin excuse, but it's all I got.

Anyway, I remember it was snowing a lot last Sunday. I had a fantastic run, feeling great all day after. Which was a huge contrast from the week before, when I ended up sleeping most of the day after.

And I had to wait for a train to pass at Edworthy. I thought about taking the trail that doesn't cross the tracks, but it's just a trail through the grass, and I think at one point it disappears where the river bank was eroded from the flooding a few years ago. Not the best place to run beside a moving train.

So I paced and stretched and grumbled until it finally finished passing.

It was a great run. I haven't been able to run since, though, but tomorrow is another distance run. Bloody cold, so it ought to be interesting.

Distance: 16.56 Time: 1:33:42
Average speed: 5:39 min/km. (10.72 kph)
Rest distance: .9681 km. Rest time: 10:00.
Total distance: 17.53 km. Total time: 1:43:42.

Shoes: Asics GT-2130.
Today's earworm: Borsalino by Tommy Emmanuel.

Weather: Nice, snowy, around 0C.

Saturday, December 06, 2008


So I'm sitting in my reading chair at 4 am, and I hear this chirp every once in awhile. It turns out that after my Thursday run I plugged my GPS in after the run, intending to download and write up later, but then I forgot to do any of that. So, sitting on my desk, it occasionally chrips a message that it can't find any GPS satellites.

So I realized I haven't written this yet. Geez, but I'm getting to be a slacker on this. And now I can't even remember much of the run, other than it was sort of cold, but not really, and it was dark.

I came home, and then scrambled to get presentable to meet with friends. It was a good run, I think.

Distance: 6.69 Time: 39:24
Average speed: 5:53 min/km (10.19 kph).

Shoes: Asics GT-2130.
Today's earworm: The Man With the Green Thumb by Tommy Emmanuel again.

Weather: Dark and cold?

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Grumpy Runner

People gotta learn to share the trails. Sheesh.

Good run tonight. No sign of the two horse and carriage combos that were picking people up in front of the Y when I came home. They picked up a few people and then trotted over the Jaipur bridge before turning toward The River Cafe. All kinds of gimics come out for Christmas parties.

I was across the island and heading down the promenade. Cold, windy and not too many out tonight. Also clear, though the forecast has been threatening snow. A lovely sight low in the southwest sky was the grouping of Venus and Jupiter, with the moon a little further south. Last night they would have been quite close together.

I took to the 14th Street bridge and then followed back along Memorial Drive. Nobody out hardly. But there was the usual crowd running up and down The Stairs.

Nice outing.

Distance: 6.72 Time: 39:26
Average speed: 5:51 min/km (10.22 kph).

Shoes: Asics GT-2130.
Today's earworm: The Man With the Green Thumb by Tommy Emmanuel

Weather: Mainly clear and -5C.