Thursday, September 08, 2011
Spark People Day 133
Cardio Streak Day 131
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.
573 calories burned
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
Spark People Day 132
Cardio Streak Day 130
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:
551 calories burned
Tuesday, September 06, 2011
Spark People Day 131
Cardio Streak Day 129
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:
610 calories burned
Monday, September 05, 2011
Spark People Day 130
Cardio Streak Day 128
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
576 calories burned
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