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3 Days, 3 Hour-Long Jogs

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

These past few days have been such an amazing spring preview, with temps in the 70s, that I simply could not resist putting myself right out there and jogging to soak it all up before the hammer falls tonight dropping to 18 chilly degrees with snow yet one more time.

But: Holy quads afire I've got a good aching soreness that comes from working different muscles. Each year I re-discover how differently one works muscles with running as opposed to my usual spin bikes and elliptical workouts...!

One thing I've been doing with my jogs has been to, whenever possible take to the grass and dirt instead of pavement so that I can be kinder to my joints. I've seen folks way more obese than I pounding the pavement and can't help but cringe, thinking: please don't punish your body and move off the paved trail into the grass and dirt!

Plus tip #2 I'd give them if I could: all the torture involved in moving a morbidly obese body anywhere on dry land (as opposed to water) is going to yield miniscule results for weight loss compared to channeling our efforts toward diligence in making healthier food choices. Drop some pounds this way first and THEN when one can take pleasure in moving one's body, THEN start pushing yourself with workouts to lose inches and tone yourself.

Yesterday's jog was not as awesome as those over the weekend as it was cloudy and unsettled. But my route took me from my fitness center downtown Binghamton along the Riverwalk trail (which is my current SparkPage background picture from another year), over the Washington Street bridge and the Vestal Parkway overpass toward what used to be MacArthur school (flooded and torn down) and around the track which still remains and heading back to the fitness center. The wind was wild and woolly as I jogged along the two rivers of my route (Chenango & Susquehanna) taking in the energy of the waters at their confluence. When one is outdoors there are always special aspects of nature to take in and savor.

Here are a couple of pics from the Confluence Park from calmer times:

Now I shift gears for a few days and take 'er indoors to the spin bike and elliptical. The warmth & sunshine? They'll be back to lure me outdoors again soon enough!

Have a wonderful Easter week filled with SPARK everyone!

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    1509 days ago
    I'm reading your blogs backwards and enjoying the pictures. Is the big tree over on Conklin (I think it was Conklin) still there. It was a tremendously old, enormous tree. It may have been a beech tree... Anyway, if it is there, I would love it if you could post pictures of it through the seasons.
    1514 days ago
    Happy Easter to you, too, Don! Thanks for the reminder that food choices are even more important than exercise! Lesson learned - and re-learned, and re-learned!
    1521 days ago
    We can get back outside again today! I hope you get to enjoy some of the sunshine. Take care
    1523 days ago
    you're an inspiration
    1524 days ago
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    1525 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    Beautiful Photos. You are Amazing. You are doing Excellent!!! Sound like you had Beautiful Weather for your Jogs too. Sorry to hear about the Snow coming in tonight. Hope that You can get back outside soon. Keep It Up. God Blessings Always. Have A Wonderful Happy Easter. Take Care.
    1525 days ago
    One of these years I'm going to have to schedule myself into a race out that way, so I can take a nostalgia trip. Nearly killed myself in the Binghamton - Borovichi sister city 8K in 1992, was it? I thought all the rooters were for me, but it turned out it was a Russian weight lifter who finished right behind me... I swore I'd never go longer than 5K again. (Never say never...)

    Great advice about running softer, by the way... I find myself doing the same on my long and slows... seeking the verge, where it's not as tough on the joints.

    Spark a fine Spring, Don! emoticon
    1525 days ago
    Well you certainly are staying in shape. Kudos to you Don.
    1525 days ago
    I know it's a cliche but it's really true. Eighty percent of weight loss is effected in the kitchen and twenty percent in the gym. It's probably about opposite proportions for building strength and endurance.

    Happy Easter to you too.
    1525 days ago
    You are doing absolutely amazing! So smart to take advantage of the weather when you could: I'd hoped our snow would be a quick melt but not so, still plenty out there!!
    1525 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Way to get out there -pretty awesome after having just gotten some heart fixings! The nervous ninnies in me would be worrying if the impact might dislodge something vital, you know? Good on you getting past it!
    I have always admired (*envious*) of your background and photos.
    I can never go as nearly as far on paved surface as my beloved grass and earth trails.. I cringe when I see even normal healthy people jogging on cement.
    Enjoy your week and I am hoping for sunshine and warmer temperatures for Easter weekend when my sister comes in from her farm..
    Spin it good!
    1525 days ago
    That looks like a beautiful park. Your advice to drop some lbs. THEN work the body to lose those inches. DEFINITELY!

    Great advice. Have a wonderful Easter weekend.
    1525 days ago
  • _MOBII_
    I spent the summer in south Louisiana 2 years ago giving my poor body a pounding on the pavement. For me, the only problem with walking or jogging on the grass is that my feet always manage to find the smallest hole and twist my ankles like there is no tomorrow!

    1525 days ago
    I love your background photo & these photos! Sounds like you took advantage of the beautiful weather. Here in Houston, we should already be 'hot'! But, yesterday dropped down into the 40's and was quite chilly. It's been an amazingly cool fall... but I'll take it!

    As soon as summer comes, I'm going to have my foot looked at again. In the meantime, I'm going to take it easy on the running!

    Enjoy your indoor workouts for now!
    1525 days ago
    Sounds like a great run!
    1525 days ago
    Great pics. Thanks.
    1525 days ago
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