Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Didn’t manage to get up this morning which meant that I was going to have to run after work. Since I had trap this evening I run at 5:30 and boy was it still hot out. I did push myself a bit though and put in a 7:59 mile!!

Monday, July 30, 2007

Monday, July 30, 2007

We were actually up and out the door by 6:50 this morning! We had trouble getting moving and the sun was so bright but we managed to put in 1 mile in 9:22.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Sunday, July 29, 2007

We had today planned already so it was no real surprise. Headed out the door at 10:50am and rode our bikes for about 8 miles.

Went out in the afternoon and played 9 holes of golf. (carried our bags…you walk 9 holes!)

At about 6:40pm we went out and did our mile…pretty slow at 10:14 pace for 1 mile but the day was busy so it needed to be easy.

Footnote: I am now signed up for the Park City Marathon. Airfare and hotels are now booked…no getting out of it now!

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Thank god this was a step down week! I was really getting tired of those 4am starts.

I was up at 4:50 and listening to the weather when I heard that it was 68 degrees out (beautiful!) and that the humidity was 95% (what? Did I hear that right?). I waited for the local weather to come back on and sure enough 95% humidity…this wasn’t going to be very fun.

Hit the road at 5:30 and got about 1.5 miles away before I was completely dripping with sweat. Managed to get 7.25 miles in before meeting the Saturday Morning Running Group but I looked like I just got out of a pool! The cemetery run is always pleasant and easy to run. Humidity had dropped to 80% by the time I had finished 11.5 miles, .5 miles short of my expected mileage for the day.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Friday, July 27, 2007

Talk about walking into a greenhouse! I got up this morning and the wife wasn’t feeling the best so I decided to put the morning run in by myself. I stepped outside and felt like I just walked into Steins’ greenhouse. It smelled of freshly moistened soil and the humidity was off the charts.

I settled in for a steady pace and ended with a 8:50 pace for 1 mile.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Thursday, July 26, 2007

The dreaded YMCA treadmill…managed to put in 3 miles of running/walking on a progressively faster and steeper course. Boy was it hot in there!!!

After my run I did about 2 miles of walking at a brisk pace and a steep incline.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Once again a beautiful morning to be running. 1 mile about a 9:30 pace.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Didn’t get up as early as we hopped but still got up and ran 1 mile at 9:25 pace.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Monday, July 23, 2007

Hard to get out of bed this morning but finally managed to do so. Wife and I headed out and I started complaining right away…”BOY AM I SORE!”

I put my head into it and we pounded out 1 mile at a 9:35 pace.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Back to the YMCA and the dreaded treadmill. 1 mile at 10:00 pace. Lifted weights and went for a swim.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Saturday, July 21, 2007

I doubt I will ever get used to these early morning runs but I am getting better at just doing it and not questioning the sanity of the idea.

4:00 AM out the door and headed for a nice long run. I knew I was going to have to keep a better pace than I did last week or I’d miss the running group. I managed to put 15.5 miles on before meeting the group just before 7 AM. I don’t think I could have asked for better conditions. The temp was right, the humidity was right, and there was only a gentle breeze to keep me cool.

I finished my remaining 4.5 miles well behind the small group of runners we had this week. A bit of the way was walking…I should never have stopped for as long as I had waiting for the group, I’ll do better next time.

Finished 19.9 miles in 4:01:10…Could have been faster if those last 4 miles weren’t so bad!!

Friday, July 20, 2007

Friday, July 20, 2007

Wife and I were up and running this morning. She was feeling good and so was I so we managed to get 1 mile at a 9:25 pace!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Thursday, July 19, 2007

The cold front moved in finally so this mornings run was not too bad. Decent weather but still recovering from previous day. 1 mile at 8:50 pace.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

With the wife at the club I thought I’d be able to put a few extra miles on the legs. Well I felt good up to about 2.5 miles and then things got iffy. By 3.5 miles I was not feeling well. By 4 miles I was done! It was so humid that I was dripping…I felt as though I had sat in a steam room for 3 hours. I continued home at a walk and managed 5.25 miles on the feet but only 4 of them did I try to run.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Early morning…wife didn’t sleep well so I’m on my own. 1 mile in 8:50.
Too humid to even try to explain!!

Monday, July 16, 2007

Monday, July 16, 2007

Nice evening run right after work. Took our time and just did our mile circuit. 1 mile in 10:06.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Today was a YMCA day. Did 1 mile on the treadmill at a 2.5% grade then hit the weights and the pool.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Saturday, July 14, 2007

4AM is not my friend! But somehow I managed to get my but out of bed and hit the road by 4:05. Took a scenic route down to Parkside to meet up with Racine’s Saturday Morning Running Group by 7AM and was glad to hear that everyone was interested in running the road route rather than the X-country course!

Put 18 miles on the feet and was feeling pretty good.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Friday, July 13, 2007

Early morning run with the wife managed to put 1 mile in at a 10 min/mile pace. Beautiful day!!

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Thursday, July 12, 2007

After work, meet the wife at the YMCA…she was late so I got a few miles in before she got there. Managed to put in 4 miles on the treadmill….boy was it hot in there!!!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

It was such a beautiful day out I just had to go for a run. The only problem is that once I got ready to head out I didn’t want to do it anymore…funny how that works!

I did manage to get off my but and head out for a run. Very light breeze and a clear night. Managed 4 miles with a few walk breaks and still averaged 9:31 pace.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

The wife decided not to run this morning due to an appointment with the trainer this evening so I got to sleep in a little before heading out for this 1 mile ritual.

It was much cooler today than in the past week so it was very welcoming. I tried to keep an even pace today but still found myself moving faster than I should be going.

1 mile at a 8:28 pace.

I have to put some distance in tonight…maybe 4-6 miles.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

This morning was easier to get up but not easier to run…just didn’t feel like it. We hit the road and even though I felt that we were much slower than yesterday still put in 1 mile at the same pace as yesterday!

Monday, July 9, 2007

Monday, July 9, 2007

Back to the morning grind…I really hate getting up this early but I know that I need to.

1 mile at a 9:54 pace

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Headed down to the YMCA and ran 1 mile on the treadmill, did some weightlifting, and then went and did a few laps in the pool…I really need to do that a little more often!

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Saturday, July 7, 2007

The plan was to get up and be out the door by 4 AM…run 14.5 miles before meeting everyone and then finishing up with 18 miles…well a few things didn’t happen.

First I am in desperate need of new shoes…they were ordered but still haven’t received them. Second I was up on time but did not actually get up. Some how I talked myself into resetting the alarm and I got up at 5 AM instead.

I was out the door by around 5:35. I managed to get in right around 7.75 miles before meeting the Saturday Morning Running Group. Ran with my wife and a few others through the 1st cemetery but then we parted company while I finished the remaining two in a different order than they wanted to do.

In the end I was short 6 miles but managed to put in 12 miles so in all not a bad day.

Friday, July 6, 2007

Friday, July 6, 2007

Didn't sleep very well but was ready for a run. Wife came along for the 1 mile run and we completed it in 9:47.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Thursday, July 5, 2007

After work headed over to the YMCA for a little workout...2 miles on the treadmill at2 and 3% grades and 1/2 hour of weights....overall a pretty good workout.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

We got up late so wife was not able to join me for this mornings run. The weather was perfect with just a light NE wind. 1 mile at 8:20 pace…I think I’ll be able to run faster once my lung capacity increases. I’m still spending too much time wheezing.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

After spending a few hours in the sun walking in the Franklin and Sommers Parades’ for Paul Ryan I convinced my wife that in stead of running the simple mile we had been trying to do every day that we should run 2. She reluctantly agreed.

We headed out for our 2 miler at 5:30 and it was still HOT!!! Ran the 1st mile and only walked twice for the second mile. Glad we did it in the end but wife realized that I would be making her get up tomorrow and run again!!

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Day 3 and still sticking with the mile a day routine…I just hope I can stick it out the whole month!!!

VERY SORE still but the run helped to loosen things up. 1 mile at 9:30 pace.

Monday, July 2, 2007

Monday, July 2, 2007

I am sore from working out with weights at the YMCA yesterday but I know that I have to get a few miles on me just to feel normal soon.

The rain had stopped by the time my shoes hit the road at 9:30PM but you could still smell the moisture in the air. The first 1.5 miles was cake the last 1.25 not so much.

Finished 2.77 miles at a 10:15 pace but felt only so-so. Spent a great deal of time stretching when I got home just so I’d feel good in the morning.

Monday, July 2, 2007

Got up this morning and went out and did a mile run.

1 mile 9:55...I'm sure I can do better but this is only day 2.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Turning over a new leaf for July and ran a mile at the YMCA then lifted weights for about an hour.

1 mile at 10:10 pace.