Thursday, November 8, 2012

Coolness in the Air Means It's Time to Get Running

The cool air has finally arrived in Florida and it is time to slow down on the swimming and transition into more running.  On Monday, I ran 5.1 miles and immediately followed that up with 1000 yards of swimming in the pool.  The pool is heated, so it felt great.  Both the run and the swim were great actually.

I had a little tightness in my left hammy and my calves toward the end of the run, but switched a little more of the work to my right leg.  I was sore a little on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Just in time to have another run on Thursday (tonight).  I got out to one of my old haunts, Lake Eola in downtown Orlando, and put exactly 6 miles on my shoes.  I used MapMyRun on my phone to track my mileage and pace.  I love that app.

My average pace was 9:15 per mile.  My splits were:  10:04, 9:40, 9:11, 9:16, 9:07, and closed it out with an 8:08.  This time my right hammy was a little tight towards the end of the run.  Nothing major, so I just pushed through it.

I don't want to promise myself anything, but maybe I can get up to a 10 mile run by Thanksgiving weekend.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Long Run?

Considering my recent track record, my 5.5 miles was a long run this evening.  The weather is just becoming perfect for running and starting to become a little cool for swimming.

Someone I work with has been training for the Savannah Half which is in a couple weeks.  Since I am the experienced runner of our department, I have been giving her pointers and encouragement.  She was very excited to tell me that she ran 9 miles this weekend.

That was part of my push.  The other reason for me to run long tonight came out of a game of guess a number.  I asked my girlfriend to give me 2 numbers between 1 and 10.  I was going to combine the numbers and then add the digits and that would be my lucky number of miles.  She said 7 and 4.  That made 11, which added the digits to make 2.  That didn't seem like enough miles in my mind with the weather we're having.  I just went out and hit the road.  I had the middle mileage of 5.5 in my mind, but had no idea how close I was going to be when I finished.  My actual mileage was 5.57 according to

I feel great now!  I feet are little sore, but not too bad.  Now, it's time to watch the presidential debates!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Hello, World!

If you are a programmer, you know what that means. I guess it's time to come back to the outside world.

I haven't posted in over a year. Since then, I have had dental surgery that put me out of commission for a couple weeks. I don't even remember if I mentioned in my blog about my parathyroidism, but I had surgery this past January which put me out of order for a few weeks. I had difficulty doing any running leading up to it as well.

Instead of running this summer, I decided to try swimming. I joined a city pool at the beginning of June. It was hard at first just putting a couple lengths together. I can now swim a mile regularly with my longest being 45 laps, so 2250 yards. I can only do 9 laps (450 yards) at a time without taking a break for rest and water.

Getting back into running has been on my mind for a long time. I ran 3 times during a one week period at the beginning of September and my knees and ankles have hurt since that time. It is making me reconsider whether I am a runner or not. The swimming doesn't leave your joints in pain, but I like how I feel during a run and immediately after.