Sunday, February 27, 2011

Foggy Run

Actually a sunny day, quite nice. The fog is all inside. Bleah. Sunny, lots of runners, not too icy. Actually had a decent run, finally under 6 min/km again. I did the 10 km run to Crowchild.

L n K
Friday's run:
Distance: 10.93 Time: 1:05:21
Average speed: 5:58 min/km. (10.04 kph)
Shoes: New Balance 769 (Blue)

A Catch Up Post

I ran Friday night, later than usual, in the dark, and haven't posted yet. Just as I started out, I was thinking of it as the bunny run, because all along the street leading to the bluff, about a dozen bunnies, scampering up and down the street, and into the park.

Not too cold, not to many people out at all.
L n K
Friday's run:
Distance: 7.16 Time: 44:12
Average speed: 6:10 min/km. (9.72 kph)
Shoes: New Balance 769 (Blue)

Sunday, February 20, 2011

To Wuss Out or Not To Wuss Out

Not well this morning. I woke up aching all over, with the beginnings of a tension headache. I had hoped coffee and a good breakfast would help. As I dressed for a run, I argued with myself about simply going back to bed.

I got out the door, though, and headed for the bluff. By the time I got there, my head was pounding. I stopped, considered, began to walk toward home, but after 50 metres the headache had subsided a little, so I turned and tried again, taking it slow.
L n K
By the time I got to the foot bridge over Memorial Drive, I was feeling queasy from the headache, and my knees and lower legs were hurting. Usually those aches don't last long when I run, but these persisted. By the time I got to 14th Street, I was better, but just determined to finish.

Another cold day today, but still many runners out. I arrived at 10th Street just as the light changed, so got a little rest. A group caught up to me just then too, all younger, taller and faster.  When the light changed I found myself crossing the street in a crowd of runners, feeling a little like that guy in Jurassic Park running across the grass while that herd of fleet footed dinosaurs ran past.

A dull ache from my eyebrows to the middle of my back pretty much kept my attention to a point on the pavement six feet in front of me for the rest of the run.

No Garmin this time. It doesn't seem to hold a charge for much more than a day, and I hadn't plugged it in last time. The distance I'm pretty sure of; I'll guess that my pace was pretty dismal.

Today's run:
Distance: 7.20 Time: 46:48
Average speed: 6:30 min/km. (9.23 kph)
Shoes: New Balance 769 (Blue)

Friday, February 18, 2011

My Cold, Cold Tummy

There seems to be a space between my running tights and my several top layers, where the cold seems in. I don't notice it while I'm out there, but once I'm home, the skin on my lower abdomen gets that itch that thawing skin has.

It's good and chilly out, but I think after all this time I finally have figured out how to dress for it, aside from the aforementioned tummy part. I have just the right layers that keep me warm enough, that don't frost up, and that don't get uncomfortably wet in the winter wind.
L n K
The cold kept most people in, but there were still a few of us out there.

Today's run:
Distance: 7.22 Time: 45:04
Average speed: 6:14 min/km. (9.61 kph)
Shoes: New Balance 769 (Blue)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Thermal Stresses

It's warm; it's cold; it's warm; then cold again... Talk about thermal stresses. I should have ran last night when it was almost 20 degrees warmer.

However, I'm a hardy soul, so I donned my cold weather gear and was out on the paths. The fresh snow had been cleared for most of the way. Some places had a little ice underneath, but it wasn't as slippery as it would have been had it been warmer.

There were several runners out too, including three groups of about six each. Even several walkers, and the usual cyclists. The wind was mostly OK, except every once in a while when I would reach a clear place away from trees. Only on the return leg, mind you, though I couldn't tell you if it was from the east or the north.
L n K
And possibly this run was another milestone. I created a spreadsheet several years ago, to record time and distance for each run, and I've kept it up ever since. I also transferred what I had written in a running log the I kept when I first started, so theoretically, I have a record of every run since April 5, 2004. And if that is so, tonight was my 950th run.

Today's run:
Distance: 7.22 Time: 43:59
Average speed: 6:05 min/km. (9.85 kph)
Shoes: New Balance 769 (Blue)

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Late and Lovely

I ran a little later than usual tonight and it was quite nice. Not much traffic, clear paths, with lots of new snow on both sides, and low overcast to reflect the city light. It was almost bright. The paths were even wet in places so I wonder if they didn't salt them or what ever it is they put on roads these days.

I liked the late run. And as we are on the verge of another week of chinook weather, it was just about right for running.

One lesson learned: if there's a guy standing on the edge of the path, by the banked up snow, consider that he might be holding a nearly invisible retractable leash, attached to an nearly invisible little white dog in the snow on the opposite side of the path. Luckily for both doggie and me, the critter decided to run back to his master just as I was a few steps away. I doubt either of us would have enjoyed getting entangled.

Today's run:
Distance: 7.10 Time: 42:29
Average speed: 5:59 min/km. (10.03 kph)
Shoes: New Balance 769 (Blue)

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Winter Again

Seems as though my main focus is weather related lately. I don't think that's unreasonable; it is an important consideration. So today, after a sunny shorts and tee shirt run a couple of days ago, I'm bundled up again. It's not wickedly cold, but cold enough. For once I found the right amount of layering.

After the previous few days melting, the paths are almost clear of  ice, with only a few slippery smooth patches. The path along the bluff is an exception, where the packed snow is now a bumpy but polished strip of ice. There is some bare grass along the edge of the path, but uneven and not continuous. I took to the street.

The run, uneventful. Really, much like all the other runs. The ice adds a little fun. I approach the few smooth patches and take to them like anyone who's spent some time curling. It's been a lot of years for me, but some things are like riding the proverbial bicycle. I slide across them, and if they are long enough, I'll do that step-slide you see in curling rinks across the country. It works very well, and it's kinda fun.

I'm slow these days. Having not been out as much as I should be over the last couple of months, I'm slower. I'm slower when it's cold. I'm slower when I have to navigate snow and ice. However, I tell myself I am burning off all those excess calories that appear to be settling just a little north of my belt line. I'm out there to run, not to race, enjoying the journey and all that.

Today's run:
Distance: 10.63 Time: 1:04:09
Average speed: 6:02 min/km. (9.94 kph)
Shoes: New Balance 769 (Blue)

Friday, February 04, 2011

Might as Well Be Spring

I know, we'll be back to the regularly scheduled February in a couple of days. For now enjoy they nice May weather. I suppose we'll pay for this later?

It was a lovely sloppy run today, perfect for shorts and a tee. Sunny and warm, about 9C, but windy as heck. It was a little cool feeling right when I first turned to the west, but I quickly warmed up. After that it was skipping over puddles, and jockeying for who would go first past the big ones. Often there's just a narrow strip of wet pavement between calf-deep snow and a pond. With the number of runners out, at times there could be a lineup to pick along between.

I love it. Now by Sunday, it'll be back to nasty cold and I'll be layered up again. Time to pack away the summer clothes already!

Today's run:
Distance: 6.95 Time: 42:29
Average speed: 6:06 min/km. (9.82 kph)
Shoes: New Balance 769 (Blue)

Spring-Like Evening

It was warm, no wind, not wet and sloppy either. We were just coming out of that nasty cold weather, in fact that morning it was viciously cold with a cutting wind. Also kind of nice was the sun was still up when I started the run, and lots of light left when I ended. I can feel my mood changing too.

The paths were clear, not much wet with just a few small puddles to dodge.

Distance: 7.13 Time: 43:20
Average speed: 6:04 min/km. (9.87 kph)
Shoes: New Balance 769 (Blue)