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Jogging Diary – Day 4

Jogging Diary – Day 4

Today I went for my third run of the week on this crazy new adventure. Things were much better at the start of the run than on Day 2. That tells me that my day off yesterday with just a walk was the right thing to do. I’m curious to see how I feel tomorrow. It will tell me if I should switch to an every other day run or not.

The other thing to mention is that the students are returning to campus and traffic slowed me to a stop twice. I may have to alter my route for the next week or so. Anyway, I would up running 3.1 miles over 30:15 minutes. I’m happy with the distance but not the time. And that is okay.

Activity type: street running
Description: –
Total distance: 4.95 km (3.1 mi)
Total time: 30:15
Moving time: 29:34
Average speed: 9.81 km/h (6.1 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 10.04 km/h (6.2 mi/h)
Max speed: 11.86 km/h (7.4 mi/h)
Average pace: 6:07 min/km (9:50 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 5:58 min/km (9:37 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 5:04 min/km (8:09 min/mi)
Max elevation: 324 m (1063 ft)
Min elevation: 286 m (939 ft)
Elevation gain: 63 m (207 ft)
Max grade: 10 %
Min grade: -9 %
Recorded: 8/22/2013 11:55AM

Jogging Diary – Day 3

Jogging Diary – Day 3

I decided to take the day off from jogging, because my legs hurt so so much. That’s what I get, I suppose, for not doing any real cardio since my hockey season ended. Still, thanks for the reminder that I’m 36 years old, my legs.

So instead of jogging, I went for a walk. As you can see below, I traveled 3.7 miles in roughly 59 minutes at an average moving speed of 3.8 mph.

Created by Google My Tracks on Android.

Name: 8/21/2013 11:49AM
Total distance: 5.96 km (3.7 mi)
Total time: 1:00:18
Moving time: 58:31
Average speed: 5.93 km/h (3.7 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 6.11 km/h (3.8 mi/h)
Max speed: 7.59 km/h (4.7 mi/h)
Average pace: 10:07 min/km (16:17 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 9:49 min/km (15:49 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 7:54 min/km (12:43 min/mi)
Max elevation: 329 m (1079 ft)
Min elevation: 303 m (995 ft)
Elevation gain: 105 m (343 ft)
Max grade: 11 %
Min grade: -9 %
Recorded: 8/21/2013 11:49AM

Jogging Day 2

Jogging Day 2

Went out for my second jog today. I hit the wall almost immediately, at around the 3 minute mark of my run. I chalk this up to soreness from the previous day. I powered through it, though, winding up running for 28 minutes again but at a slightly quicker pace logging 3.1 miles. These numbers are educated guesses, however, as my “My Tracks” app seemed to have turned itself off in my pocket early in my run. I know my start and end times and mapped my path using Google Maps, though, so I think this is fairly accurate.

Here are today’s stats, calculated using Wolfram Alpha.

 

runningStats

Tomorrow, Wednesday will be a walk day. I don’t want to do nothing, but I also don’t want to destroy my legs. Which by the way, my thighs and hamstrings are killing me. Maybe, for once, though, I won’t feel so terrible when the ice hockey season begins.

And the bass keep runnin’ runnin’, and runnin’ runnin’…

And the bass keep runnin’ runnin’, and runnin’ runnin’…

I started what I hope to be a jogging regiment during my lunch hour today.  My rational brain tells me it went better than expected, I mean I ran 2.9 miles on my first time out. My competitive brain tells me it was a terrible outing – 10 minute miles, I should be running 5 minute miles!

This is all prompted because I finally went and got my “numbers”. You know, blood pressure, sugar levels, cholesterol, BMI. I knew the BMI would be fine. I’ve always been on the thin side. I had a sneaking suspicion about that cholesterol though, and I was correct. Time to exercise.

I have jogged in the past, but it never really stuck. My Dad is a jogger. Has been since I was a kid. I always admired that. My wife and I also used to jog together, before the kids. Heck, she ran cross country in college. But I could never really motivate myself to stick with jogging. I never really had a reason, I guess.

But I think I’m ready now. I mean, I do want to have a healthy heart after all. And I like the idea of being a part of the running community. This is a thing I’ve noticed about myself. I have a thing for being a part of a group based on an activity or hobby. I have writing, and blogging, and arcade games, and comic books, and hockey. These are groups of which I’m a member. The funny thing about it, though, is while I’m a member of all of these groups I wouldn’t consider myself a regular in any of them. I have always said I’m pretty good at a lot of things, but great at nothing.

I look forward to being good at running.

Technology is on my side. My wife and I purchased smart phones for the first time this summer. I picked up a Galaxy S4. It’s a pretty cool device with a bevy of free exercise apps. One such app is My Tracks by Google. It gives me so much data during a run, including distance and how fast  (or slow) I’m running. It brings joy to this numbers geek’s heart.

Here’s the data for my first run. I plan on posting this data, for myself and anybody else interested in tracking my progress. Excelsior!

Created by Google My Tracks on Android.

Name: 1st R U N
Activity type: street running
Description: –
Total distance: 4.64 km (2.9 mi)
Total time: 28:32
Moving time: 28:20
Average speed: 9.76 km/h (6.1 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 9.84 km/h (6.1 mi/h)
Max speed: 10.94 km/h (6.8 mi/h)
Average pace: 6:09 min/km (9:53 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 6:06 min/km (9:49 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 5:29 min/km (8:50 min/mi)
Max elevation: 316 m (1037 ft)
Min elevation: 279 m (916 ft)
Elevation gain: 66 m (216 ft)
Max grade: 9 %
Min grade: -11 %
Recorded: 8/19/2013 11:49AM

Dribbling Man – A Fascinating Article on Grantland

Dribbling Man – A Fascinating Article on Grantland

Sad, fascinating article about a man whose life and feeling of self-worth was overturned like so many others by the economic downturn. And so he decided to walk from Seattle to Brazil, hoping to arrive before the 2014 World Cup.

I’m always fascinated by these articles about people who can just cut ties to basically everything in their life and just go on these quests. I love reading these tales because this is pretty much the opposite of me. I’ve always been responsible to something, be it school, or a job, or a mortgage, or a family that I could not fathom risking/discarding it to go on an epic quest. There is a romanticism about that freedom, I think, that could never live up to the reality of it (read the article for a concrete example of this).

Anyway, give the article a look. I think you will enjoy it.

Two weeks before Richard Swanson started dribbling a soccer ball to Brazil, his friends toasted him with a boot of dark wheat beer at his favorite German pub. Die Bierstube is in Seattle’s Roosevelt neighborhood,1 near the University of Washington. It sits on a street lined with yoga studios, Pilates studios, a nonprofit no-kill animal rescue, and a center for healing arts that offers classes in Feldenkrais, Chi Kung, dance, interplay, Tui Na, yoga, and transformational breathing. The East West Bookshop, a block north of the tavern, sells crystals, incense, and hardcovers with titles like Buddhist Boot Camp, How to Meditate, and Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself.

via Richard Swanson died while trying to walk from Seattle to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup – how far did he want to break away? – Grantland.