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Day 133 - walking (only) to ease the shins

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Spark People Day 133
Cardio Streak Day 131
MA001/NC021

66F
0900 hrs

There were no morning errands today so I decided to go just a little bit later and started at 9am. Today was scheduled for long/slow jogging but after the sore shins on Tuesday, I decided to go with walking-only today.

For some reason, my shins don't bother me when running, but they do when jogging. Yesterday's running intervals didn't bother me so I decided to forgo the jogging and just do the cross-training walk today.

The temp was mild this morning with not a lot of wind. Compared to yesterday, today was wonderful. With the sun up, I'm sure I soaked in a bunch of Vitamin D which is probably a good thing when done in moderation.

All dogs were on leashes today, none roaming free... so all in all it was a good day. Because today was walking-only, there were no warm ups or cool downs.

4.75 miles
77 minutes
573 calories burned

  
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LESLIELENORE 9/9/2011 3:46PM

    I am so glad you are listening to your shins! The break today will probably make the rest of the week less painful. You still post a very respectable time and distance!

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WENDYSPARKS 9/9/2011 6:51AM

    Good work out!!


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CHERYLEC 9/8/2011 6:52PM

    Shins are evil at times. Cramps was my issue today. Good workout times.

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JSALERNO 9/8/2011 12:55PM

    GOOD WORK. MY SHINS SOMETIMES BOTHER ME WHEN I JOG OR SPEED WALK ALSO. I DON'T RUN SO I WOULDN'T KNOW IF THEY WOULD BOTHER ME THEN.

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Day 132 - Something is getting easier

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Spark People Day 132
Cardio Streak Day 130

58F
0545 hrs

58 degrees, really? We should be happy because it's no longer 85 before dawn, but I went out this morning and the 'cold' wind was stinging my bare arms and legs. It literally felt like the middle of winter.

Yeah I know, all this whining the last three months about how oppressively hot it's been outside, even overnight, and we finally get cooler weather and I feel like I need to war sweats. Actually, I don't have any sweats so I'll have to take care of that in the next few weeks.

There are several 'stock' jokes about Texas weather. One is that if you don't like the weather, wait 20 minutes; it will change. It has... it will take a few weeks for my blood and mindset to become accustomed to the change, but it's a welcome change to be sure.

This morning was for intervals: 1 minute run / 2 minute walk... repeat for 45 minutes. At that point change to 30 seconds run / 90 seconds walk.

Sometimes it feels like nothing changes. Today was one of those days that I could sense something different in a good way. I can tell that I'm not nearly as exhausted at the end of the one minute runs as I used to be. I'm also not fatigued at about the 40 minute mark like I have been in the past.

There have been days that I've gotten to cardiac hill and had to walk the incline. I ran it today, all the way to the end of the minute. Cardiac hill comes about 40 minutes into the workout and in the past has been both a mental and a physical challenge. Today was different... wow.

I had to leave early today and did 'only' four miles instead of five. With walking as a warm up and cool down, today was:
4.60 miles
67 minutes
551 calories burned

  
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SLENDERELLA61 9/11/2011 8:55AM

    Great consistency!! Great progress!! It is wonderful that you are recognizing your improvements. Keep up the great work. You are benefitting in so many terrific ways! -Marsha

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WENDYSPARKS 9/9/2011 6:52AM

    You are doing great!!

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CHERYLEC 9/8/2011 6:50PM

    Sounds like a productive workout. Good job.

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JSALERNO 9/8/2011 5:53AM

    GREAT JOB! IT'S GREAT THAT IT SEEMS EASIER. YOU ARE DEFINITELY IN BETTER HEALTH.

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Day 131 - the weather almost felt cold this morning

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Spark People Day 131
Cardio Streak Day 129

59F
0630 / 0900

I’m home after a nice four day weekend. Back to the grind, I got up this morning around 0530 and checked out the Spark Pages while I had breakfast. At about 0630 I bounced out the door for my daily workout. Boy was I surprised - the temp in the house was mid 70s but when I hit the outside air, I thought I had entered a deep freeze (maybe I exaggerate a little).

It was only 59F, but you’ve got to remember that the low temperatures here have been setting records the past couple of months for the highest morning lows on record. I know “the highest morning lows” may sound a little confusing but the overnight low temperatures haven’t gone very low the past 60 days or so and the weather service tracks that kind of stuff… it helps to keep them employed!

We came close to a tie with the number of days over 100F this year. We’ve had 68 of them. However over the weekend the spell was broken with the high ‘only’ in the low 90s. Heck, we’ve got a long way to go in September so we may yet tie or break the record this year which stands at 69 days.

While I was gone over the weekend, I could see massive plumes of smoke from wildfires. On the way back home, I drove past several areas of burned vegetation. Blame it on high temperatures and drought conditions, but since the beginning of the wildfire season, Texas has dealt with over 20,900 fires that have destroyed more than 1,000 homes and burned 3.6 million acres. Perhaps September will see cooler temps and rain; we need it.

You may notice that I’ve got two times listed at the top. The cool air was such a shock this morning I went back inside the house and decided that the need for going early is no more. I decided to wait until after school started for the day.

At 0900 I again bounced out of the house (such a picture, eh?) for the morning jog. Today is set for a long/slow day of jogging. After a warm up walk, I changed the RunKeeper settings on my phone and started the jogging workout.

I noticed right away that I had called up the wrong program, but I left it alone. I had intended to do a 2 min jog/1 min walk program for five miles. What I accidentally called up was a 4 minute jog/1 minute walk for four miles.

I was going to change next week from 2 jog/1 walk to something like 2 ½ jog/ ½ walk so this morning I went with the 4/1 scheme to see how it went. It was okay, but 4 minutes continuous jogging was a little hard on my shins so I’m going to back it off for the Th-Sat jogging sessions.

This morning I was considering going for my normal five miles, but at about the 3.50 mile mark, I noticed a slight constriction in my breathing with a tickle in my throat. Maybe it was a little bit of exercise-induced asthma brought on by the frigid arctic air (yeah, 60F is really arctic, haha) or maybe I’m getting a cold. Either way, I called the workout at 4.0 miles

Other than my shins, the day felt pretty good.

With warm up and cool down, the day was:
4.94 miles
76 minutes
610 calories burned

  
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LESLIELENORE 9/6/2011 7:29PM

    I think it dropped below 50 degrees last night here in Western New York. I had to wear a sweater when I took the dog for his last walk last night. It definitely has felt like Fall the last couple of days! I have been following the coverage of the fires. How sad about the lives and homes lost. Take care and stay safe.

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CHERYLEC 9/6/2011 1:57PM

    Yes the cooler temperature was a really good thing. Adjust as you need, at least you did it, right? Great Effort.

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KARMSTRON 9/6/2011 1:14PM

    Can't wait to see low temps again too! I'm not "allowed" to run outside if the temps are under 50 due to my asthma. But that doesn't happen much down here.

Good job listening to your body and adjusting as needed!!

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JSALERNO 9/6/2011 12:50PM

    IT WAS THE SAME TEMP HERE AT 5:30 THIS MORNING. I DIDN'T HAVE TO WORRY THOUGH I WAS INSIDE.GOOD WORKOUT. I HAVE ASTHMA TOO IT STINKS. IT ESPECIALLY ACTS UP WHEN YOU ARE GETTING A COLD. I HAVE A NEW MEDICINE I HAVE TO TAKE IF I THINK I'M GETTING A COLD ITS CALLED ASTHMANEX I THINK. I DON'T CARRY IT WITH ME UNLESS I'M NOT FEELING WELL. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. YOU'RE DOING GREAT.

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Day 130 - I must be a dog magnet

Monday, September 05, 2011

Spark People Day 130
Cardio Streak Day 128

72F
0800

Happy Labor Day to all. Since it's a holiday, I set no alarms today and I slept late. It felt good!

Today is for intervals and I do not have my normal routes (I'm still out of town) so I did my workout on the fly.

I'm probably spoiled in a way because there are really no loose dogs where I live. Most are either in a house or a yard and when they do come out, they're on a leash.

Not so out here. Country dogs tend to run wild for some reason. So it was today. I got challenged by a large bulldog and by another yippie-yap pipsqueak of a dog. The bulldog came out of a large Georgian house and made straight for the street where I happened to be running.

Let's face it, I can't outrun a bulldog. No way. So I stopped and so did the dog. It was like a stand-off for a few seconds. I started back on a walk and the dog came after me. I stopped again and folded my arms across my chest so as not to appear threatening. The dog stopped again, this time about three feet from me.

The owner was watching and of course was yelling at the dog. Perhaps because I was in a non-threatening position and was not moving, the dog finally responded to it's owner and went back in the yard, then I continued on my way.

The second dog was outside a house and responded to my movement since I was in a sprint at that time. He charged and ran after me as I was slowing back to a walk after one of the intervals. The dog caught up to me and came within a foot or so of my feet.

A teenager had been out in front, polishing his car, and ran up to us and grabbed the little dog... problem solved.

What am I, a dog magnet? I'm going to have to find my pepper spray and start carrying it, I suppose.

On the other hand, I had a running buddy for the first mile or so. We took turns passing each other until I went a different direction. Maybe that helped speed my time today because I seemed to be faster than normal. Although I didn't do a full five miles, the time for 4.35 miles was pretty good.

This was the interval day: run 1 minute/walk 2 minutes for 45 minutes, then run 30 seconds/walk 90 seconds.

With warm up and cool down, today was
4.98 miles
71 minutes
576 calories burned

  
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LESLIELENORE 9/5/2011 9:04PM

    I won't take my dog for a walk down the country road my parents live on because no one ties up or otherwise contains their dogs. They are outside the Village limits, so there is no leash law like there is in town. I even keep him on the leash while I am on their farm, but that is because I don't trust him to come when I call yet. It sounds like you knew exactly what to do with the bulldog. I prefer walking in town primarily because we have a leash law!

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PRAYERANDPRAISE 9/5/2011 2:29PM

    Your so funny you made me laugh such great visuals Why don't you get a local spark buddy to run or walk with? Glad you stayed safe!

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CHERYLEC 9/5/2011 1:57PM

    I had no problems with dogs today (thank god) but I do know what you are talking about. Glad nothing happened.

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JSALERNO 9/5/2011 1:47PM

    HAPPY LABOR DAY DOG MAGNET. I HATE YIPPIE DOGS. I LOVE DOGS BUT CAN'T STAND WHEN THEY WON'T STOP.

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CMOTTER 9/5/2011 12:09PM

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Day 129 - Breezy and cooler but no rain yet

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Spark People Day 129
Cardio Streak Day 127

77F
0700 hrs

I'm still out of town and enjoying the weekend/holiday. I only follow a few university football teams but most of them won yesterday... one was delayed twice due to lightning. So all in all it was a good football weekend even if my one NFL team got beat.

Soccer was a different story. My youngest son is a university soccer player and his team didn't win. Drat!

Because the weather is cooler, I slept till about 0700. I had a little to eat and a couple of cups of water then started the cross training walking day.

Sunday is set to be the one day that I do absolutely no running or jogging.

Today was good for exercise. There was a good breeze, probably due to the hurricane but we will not get any rain from it. The good news is the breeze feels good, the bad news is that the wind increases the fire danger and we've had a lot of fires in the last couple of weeks... many thousands of acres have gone up in smoke. We truly need rain.

Today the walking route was:
57 minutes
3.47 miles
424 calories burned

  
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CHERYLEC 9/4/2011 2:12PM

    Glad for the wind it is helping with the heat. Good time and effort of keeping the streak going. Cheers, C

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JSALERNO 9/4/2011 12:22PM

    YOU'VE GOT TO GET SOME RAIN SOON. I DON'T FOLLOW COLLEGE FOOTBALL ANYMORE ITS GOTTEN TOO MUTTLED AND ALL THE CONTROVERSIES WITH TEAMS GETTING INTO TROUBLE FOR NCAA VIOLATIONS ITS TOO MUCH. I DON'T KNOW WHICH TEAMS PLAYED YESTERDAY BUT WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE?

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KARMSTRON 9/4/2011 11:43AM

    How wrong is it that all that rain is so close to you and you're not getting any of it?! I am glad that it is cooler for you. That makes a huge difference!

Keep it up!

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SUGARPIE54 9/4/2011 11:33AM

  That was one heck of a game yesterday they such have taken the quaterback out sooner the lighting show was something to bad ND loss lets see what they put together next week but Rutgers's did win Cloudy here too good luck on the exercising emoticon time

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