Sunday, December 13, 2009
LOCATION: Bailey, Colorado -- Platte Canyon High School Track and Cross-Country Trail
TIMED DISTANCE: 5K
5K TIME: 34:12
PACE: 11 min/mile
COMPANY: Alone (As Always)
TOTAL TIME: 65 minutes (Stretching, Running and Walking)
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Cloudy, Temperature 29.2 °F, Feels Like 12.8 °F, Wind 18.4 mph SSW, Humidity 50%, Patches of Frozen Snow.
ELEVATION: 8047 Feet
For the past couple of weeks I have had some chest congestion. I went to the doctor on Thursday. She diagnosed me with Acute Bronchitis. She prescribed a couple of different drugs. End of story.
What the heck is Bronchitis? Maybe I should have asked!
I had been working out on my elliptical trainer and lifting some weights. No problem. I felt fine. For the past week, the temperature had been in the single digits. It was just too cold to run. Today the temperature got above freezing.
Time to run!
I grabbed my brand new Garmin 305 timer and headed for the local high school track. When I got to the high school the temperature had dropped and the wind had picked up. I warmed up by walking 400 meters, then jogging 400 meters. I did some gentle stretching. I then got ready to blast-off for a quick 5K. In retrospect I was quite delusional.
I took off at a good clip and ran about 100 yards.
Then it happened! I couldn’t breathe. I struggled to get some air. My legs felt like lead. I pushed as hard as I could for a mile. My timer told me my pace was well over 10 minutes per mile. My fingers and toes were tingling! I couldn’t run any further. I started walking while trying to gulp some air. I was hacking and wheezing. My lungs hurt! I walked 200M trying to catch my breath. I started to run again but slowed to a steady jog. I ran out of breath after 400M. I had to walk. I walked about ˝ mile.
I was starting to figure out what Bronchitis was all about. I was doing a timed run and couldn’t breathe. Call me Stupid! Maybe my brain was frozen! I was determined to run 5K no matter what! I knew my legs could go faster, but I couldn’t make them go faster. It was like trying to run while holding your breath! The minutes flew by -- the ground did not! I passed the 5k mark at 34:12. Finally it was over! I will spare you the details of my post run coughing fit.
I suppose I need to learn when to give up. Maybe I should have stopped after the first 100M when I ran out of air. The thing is I really enjoyed this run! I didn’t need to be fast. I just needed to finish! All things considered, 34:12 was a miracle!
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
I was talking to a friend at work. He told me he had gone running this morning. The temperature was 5 degrees F. He said he should have worn a hat! It turns out that he is a Triathlete. He told me he was fat and unhealthy and started running to get his weight under control.
There is a tendency to think that a slender and muscular athlete was born that way. Fitness takes a lot of hard work. This guy's story was pretty inspiring. I think I have found a training partner. When it warms up a bit we are going to run together on a trail near the office.
I have always run alone. It may be fun to run with someone.
Sunday, December 06, 2009
The mercury has been hovering at about 5 degrees F. I think 5 degrees is colder than a freezer. Since it was so cold, I decided to workout on my elliptical trainer today. I think working out on the elliptical is actually good for me. I put in a hard 53 minutes on the elliptical with my heart rate up at 130 to 140 bpm. Unfortunately, the elliptical is boring
I bought a Garmin FR60 with Footpod. I didn't like the buttons on the FR60. I took the FR60 back and got a Forerunner 305. I like the GPS feature on the 305.
I also lost 2 pounds. That has been months since I have lost any weight. I am pretty happy.
Saturday, December 05, 2009
I May Be Too Big and Too Old to Be a “Real” Runner:
I bought a Runner’s World magazine while waiting for my flight at the San Francisco airport. I am not sure when Runner’s World was first published but it was a long time ago. I noticed right off that all pictures in the magazine were of runners that were a lot leaner and a lot younger than me. This, of course, makes me wonder if I am really a runner! The jury is still out on that one!
Looking Slow and Running Fast:
There was an interesting statement in the magazine, “Not everyone who looks fast really is, and not everyone who looks slow really is.” I am sure I fall into the category of “Looks slow, is slow.” Sometimes I am fast. “Fast” is a relative term. I mean, sometimes I am faster that really slow. I think to get really fast I need to lose another 35 pounds. I am pretty old and battered. My kids call me the “BOM”, which stands for Broken Old Man! As Indiana Jones said in Raiders of the Lost Ark, “It’s not the years, it’s the mileage.”
High-Tech Running Stuff – I am Doomed:
There were other distressing items in the magazine. I saw an advertisement for CW-X Stabilyx running tights. I really had no idea that such high-tech running pants existed. The advertisement really slammed sweatpants. My sweatpants are worn out and have a million miles on them. I consider this stylish. My sweatpants have my college logo on them, which is probably pretty nerdy.
Now That Is Something I Could Use
The magazine also had a review of high-tech running watches. Now this is something that I could use! Garmin makes some pretty cool timers that suit my general desire to instrument, measure and analyze every step I take. $200 is none too high a price to pay for a device that will confirm that I am indeed slow. My wife would likely question such a purchase, which is putting it mildly. She is a lean and tireless runner that couldn’t care less about times. As a matter of fact, she rarely opts to be timed during a race. She tells me she runs for fun. I have a hard time with that concept.
$100 Shoes and $1 Socks
I bought a fleece pullover running jacket while in San Francisco. I wanted a light jacket for my last run along the bay. I bought a “value priced” (meaning cheap) Champion brand pullover jacket at Sports Authority. A lot of my running stuff is “value priced”. As I was walking out of the store I grabbed some really nice Under Armor brand socks. Most of my good running socks have seen better days. I do have a plethora of "value priced" socks. I don’t think it makes sense to have $100 running shoes and 95 cent socks.
Time to Quit Lifting Weights – Maybe
I have determined my upper body is too heavy to allow me to effortlessly run long distances. The Runner’s World magazine depicted runners with lean, toned and well-defined muscles. I am, well, a bulky guy with heavy muscles. I have a book on cross-training for runners. This book recommends a weight training program has lots of reps with not much weight. I like to lift heavy weights to build lots of muscle strength. I also want to improve my running endurance. I really don’t think I can have both.
Friday, December 04, 2009
LOCATION: San Francisco, CA
DISTANCE: Not Measured
COMPANY: Alone (As Always)
TOTAL TIME: 1 hours and 15minutes (Mostly Running and Some Cool-Down Walking)
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Fair, Temperature 49°F, Feels Like 48°, Wind 4 mph WNW, Humidity 69%.
ELEVATION: 53 ft
I arrived in San Francisco on Tuesday, December 1st. When I first got to the Bay Area, I had a terrific run (see last blog entry). On Wednesday I used the hotel exercise room and spent about 35 minutes on an elliptical machine. I also did a lot of stretching to improve my flexibility.
I went for another run the next day. My super human status was pretty much gone! My legs were sore! I forced myself to run at a good pace. Unfortunately, my legs decided to they had had enough and abandoned me after an hour.
The Olympic gold medalist marathoner, Frank Shorter said he liked training at high-altitude because it kept him from beating himself up. I hear you, Frank!
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