went for a bike ride last Monday, and came back feeling quite unwell, chest tight and short of breath. Thought it was just the asthma coming back and used the inhaler, but that made it even worse. My wife heard me panting in the basement and came to see what was happening. I have a pulse oximeter that I used before the asthma was under control, to check on oxygen levels. This also shows the pulse with a visual bar for the heart beat. Tried this and found I had no pulse. A couple of seconds later
Slowly adding miles in. 5 yesterday that went pretty well. Switched to morning runs because it's been in the 90s. The catch with morning runs for me is the bowel processes that never seem to decide what they're going to do until half way through my runs. Code Abby!
But, I'm running and except for the first mile that seems to take more of to get into the flow than it does in the afternoon, my normal paces have returned. Was even flirting with sub-8 yesterday before I had to stop abruptly to
June 2020 in review!
Total running mileage for the month: 241.5
June 1-7: 47 - this was my first real week of running back!
June 8-14: 55.4
June 15-21: 60.1
June 22-28: 60
June 29-July 4: TBD, probably around 60 again
Rebecca & Jack gapping the group on a
beautiful farm road morning (Missy also
gapped us, then stopped to take photos!)
I could also title this "I seem so slow."
Coming back from a layoff is painfully slow. On the plus side, this is not an injury layoff, so there are no phantom pains and the ever present fear of re-injury that comes with those. My hip - was that a twinge in my hip? Did my hamstring just pull again? I could keep this list going for a while.
Happily, nope. None of that. Just slow, plodding, one foot in front of the other re-building the old leg and heart and lung muscles so I can call mys
May 2020 in review
Total running mileage for the month: 47.5
April 27-May 3: 0.75
May 4-10: 3.2
May 11-17: 0.75
May 18-24: 17.7
May 25-31: 25.3
I have been updating this post on progress/lack of progress with my hip.
Total biking mileage for the month: 1068.6 - monthly bike mileage PR, despite a low final week
April 27-May 3: 258
May 4-10: 320.4
May 11-17: 286.6
May 18-24: 250.5
May 25-31: 90
It's June 1st. Time to check in and let any curious folk know what I'm up to.
With no races in the foreseeable future, running is different. I'm used to racing about every month or so and it has now been 3 months since the last one. But I keep training as if there will be a marathon in the Fall. Without the small races I don't have cutback weeks or rest weeks so the training has been consistent and the miles are piling up. My totals for April and May were not HUGE (146 and 173), but were e
Sort of a magic trick, I guess.
Last blog post was April 28, reporting on Dave's Double Dog Dare Distance Covid-19.3 Challenge. That was a tough couple of races. Hamstring in the early miles of the 10K, then a wall smack late in the pikermi the next day.
I took three days off, then figured to run another month of good miles before doing a triple for the May Covid-19 races. On Wednesday, I ran tried to run an easy 4 miles up to the Home Depot. It was a pretty crappy run, despite the nea
Week of May 3
Total Miles: 3.4
This week I have decided to rest my hip and concentrate more on strength, stretching, and cross training.
Mon: 13 minutes of yoga; hip flexor stretches. Although the stretches are challenging I am able to complete them with out any hip pain.
Tue: 32.5 min of strength training
Wed: 90 min of walking, some up and down stairs. My DW tripped and fell outside resulting in gash to her head. I will spare you the gory details
I'm about to start my final semester of my master's degree in nutrition. My classes this semester are Nutrition and Physical Performance and my Capstone class (which is a review of what I've studied and a final major project, but somewhat short of an actual thesis). In my Research Methods class I submitted a proposal about looking into the attitude of runners vs. non runners on nutrition. It sounds like we may not actually be allowed to use a topic we previously worked on. Here is where you all
April 2020 in review:
Total running mileage for the month: 0.35, haha! I did 0.1 on my last day of PT as a trial, and 0.25 before I got my cortisone shot to ensure I was doing the right thing.
Total biking mileage for the month: 1,036.6 - pretty pumped to be over 1,000 here!
March 30-April 5: 225.8
April 6-12: 246.7
April 13-19: 174 (my PT had me take a few days off biking this week)
April 20-26: 314.6
April 27-May 3: TBD (48 hours off activit
In my last Bloop, I wrote about my time in Bermuda and how I was looking forward to so many future adventures, such as pacing in Vermont (cancelled) and Alaska (cancelled), running my first marathon in 3 years (Illinois Marathon - postponed to October, but with no date released at this time) and then Grandma's Marathon (cancelled). Enjoying teaching (teaching online for the rest of the school year, which is particularly challenging with band), looking forward to a nice weeken
I remember the day well. My normal route at the time took me along the bike path for a bit then out to the water before turning back past the kid’s amusement park along the Keansburg boardwalk and finally wound its way through the meth soaked part of town on the way home. On this day though, I was stretching it out. I was taking a few extra turns through the neighborhood to get an extra mile in and make it my first longest run ever.
To this point my running was a consistent 3 mile loop in
Week of April 28
Total Miles: 26
This weeks weather was generally really nice, a lot warmer and sunnier, pretty much t-shirt and shorts weather for my runs. Decided to cut out any speed work for this week and just do easy pace runs, except for Wednesday.
Mon: 63F and sunny; 60 min easy run; 6.56 miles, 9:09 min/mi, 124 avg HR.
Tue: 66F and cloudy: 61 min easy run; 6.57 miles, 9:21 min/mi, 125 avg HR.
Wed: 52F and cloudy; 60 min easy run; 6.56 mi
I am a dedicated lurker and post approximately once a year. I plan on trying to post a bit more as a way to connect during this weird time in our shared history.
A bit of background before my virtual race report. I had decided to run a mid March half marathon as a goal race. My running has been stagnant for the last 5 years or so, so I challenged myself to actually really train, As a mature athlete, i was gradually building up each week. I had just set out on my weekend long run in e
While Dave and his ilk were busy with the Double Dog thing last weekend, I opted for Tree Girl's challenge: 5K + 10 squats at each mile marker and 10 more at the end. I haven't run a lot since my DNF at CIM. I got sick several times during the winter - we had a lot of snow - and one of my knees was bugging me (my first knee issue in 35+ years of running). So I spent most of my time riding a spin bike and lifting a few weights. But I started running a little more when the gym closed, so the 5K s
I'm finding it hard to get out the door these days, masked like a bandit and dodging from one sidewalk to another then on to the trails and running a sort of randomized cross-country for most of the way. It's just not appealing..
Sunday was my name day. Douglas isn't a Christian name so I had to find another for chrismation into the Orthodox church, picked Thomas for a number of reasons. The apostle Thomas gets a whole week of celebration beginning on St Thomas Sunday, the week after the re
It’s been two weeks since my last entry. That’s longer than normal for me. One would think with the lockdown since mid-March, I’d have more time to be writing. Although, if I’m not doing anything, there’s not much to write about. I’m not a deep thinker.
But I did run a 10K yesterday, as part of the Loop’s Covid-19 series of virtual races, so I should put that down.
Last month I ran a half marathon, since I was about half way through my training for what was going to be the Sugarloaf Ma
It was a rough week last week. Sigh.
Somehow Bangle’s post asking if people were willing to state their goals for the weekend’s Loopster virtual challenge caught me by surprise.
What day is it? Can’t be the end of the month?? I kind of brushed it aside. And then I saw that Dave had run his 10k on Friday.
WTH? It’s not this weekend, but apparently it was? Yet Friday I did nothing except some leg strengthening— 3:00 wall sits, 30 Bulgarian split squats, 30 squats, 30 pushups, 30 cha
Week of April 21
Total Miles: 33.6
Sun: Rest and bloop writing
Mon: 55F and sunny; 60 min easy run; 6.5 miles, 9:23 min/mi, 120 avg HR.
Tue: 41F and cloudy: 60 min easy run; 6.3 miles, 9:32 min/mi, 118 avg HR.
Wed: 36F and cloudy; 45 min tempo run with 1mi warm up and cool down; 7.6 miles, tempo miles; 8:27, 8:10, 8:11, 8:06, fairly consistent without look at my watch.
Fri: 32.5 min of strength training
Sat: 48F and sunny: 13.1 mi run 10 min/wa
This should have been the DDDDC, but not for me.
I asked my 2 grandsons if they wanted to run with me, and after quickly agreeing, the youngest one (Oliver) said we should be wearing costumes. The rest of us quickly agreed, and my daughter agreed to take the picture.
Now if I'd known that Oliver was going to wear Spiderman, I'd have worn something else. Embarrassing or what.
We headed to their school and ran intervals, and then ran back to their house to drop them off. (Hopeful
Saturday .99 miles in 15minutes, 55 seconds.
Sunday 1.19 miles in 17minutes, 17 seconds.
Not bad for me considering I had no plan to run anytime soon. There I was mindlessly scrolling the FB feed when comment to a Loopville post grabbed my eye. Dave's Covid-19 double dog dare something something.... my mind was way too preoccupied with the crazy in our world today to go read the actual rules, so I made up my own. Run a mile on Saturday. Run a mile on Sunday. Stop if I feel any PF
Some other virus?
Disappointment at my race being cancelled?
Whatever it was, my last good run was on April 1. Since then, I've run 8 times. 7 of them were awful. Slow. Tired legs. Gasping for air. Listless. Dragging.
The day after doing 6 x miles (total 11.5), I was scheduled for 10. That was the morning I got the email cancelling Sugarloaf. So I did 7 instead. It wasn't great, like normal. It was slower than most runs latel
So I had a birthday last week. Since we are all bored stuck at home and looking for meaning in our lives, I tried to think of a birthday run. 58 miles? No chance. 58KM? Still way too long. 5.8 miles? Nah, too boring. 58 laps on the track? That would be 14.5 miles and possible, but challenging. But all the tracks are closed, so forget that.
So then I thought an appropriate challenge during these "Stay-at-home" times would be to do 58 lengths of my block. I would never get more than 200 yards
Thought I'd be able to get a bit of running in the time of virus, didn’t expect working out to be such a challenge. The pools are closed and I miss swimming badly – at my age a workout that escapes gravity is a great help. The trails are insanely busy and it’s not possible to keep physical distancing on bike rides, I’m not willing to ride on the roads due to injury risks at a time when going to the hospital is so fraught. It’s a beautiful spring day and I’m sitting on a bike trainer in the back