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Friday, October 30, 2009

I Have Decided (and Hopefully Will Decide Regularly) to Run Early - 3.5 Miles

3.50 miles run (30:50 - 8:43/mile)
0.50 miles warm down walk

total: 4.0 miles

course: Cardinal Fitness Glen Ellyn

Getting up early is no trouble. Ready to run early is another problem.

I love writing in the morning. My mind is clear and things are quiet. I can lose myself for hours, and, making the change to run a challenge. This gym I've started with opens at 5:00 am, and the word on the street is if the guy is there, he'll let me in at 4:45 am. I have no excuse as far as opportunity goes; it is all about motivation and decision.

The decision to run first thing in the morning is not some grand, big thing. It is a daily thing. Two days, if you consider the choice to sleep early the night before, as well as what to do when I wake up.

Today, I left home at around 7:15. That's hardly early, but it is earlier than I usually run.

My thighs ache from Monday and Wednesday's run. I thought about upping my run to five miles, but, until the aching subsides, I'll hover under four. The general plan as I once swing back into this running thing is to go every other day until my legs feel OK, then add a mile here and there, add one day, then two, until I am at six days a week.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Steppin' Out: 3.0 miles inside

3.0 miles run
0.85 miles warmdown walk

total: 3.85 miles

course: Cardinal Fitness, Schaumburg

Had a busy day, a good thing, and decided to see how useful my new gym membership is. Grabbed an hour, and kicked out a few miles. My legs still hurt from Monday, but I need to get the steps in. More steps, more miles, more fitness.

Getting the hang of this gym business takes forethought: bring stuff to shower, including a towel. I had a towel I use during the workout, but a second towel would have been nice.

Steppin' Out (great old tune)

Monday, October 26, 2009

Please Tread on Me: 3.0 Miles on Treadmill at New Gym

3.0 miles
0.2 miles walk warmdown

total: 3.2 miles

Fast post: First run in long while, and first run at new gym. Great deal at Cardinal Fitness. October special more.

Felt OK, probably too fast as I tweaked the speed. Cool treadmills.

Gotta get to a meeting but wanted to posted before I forgot.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

A Long Rain, A Short Run, A Fine Time

41:03 (9:40/mile?)
4.25 miles?

total: 4.25 miles

52°F | °C
Current: Showers
Wind: S at 5 mph
Humidity: 92%

Not sure how far. Ran an easy 40 minutes in the humid aftermath of a day long rain.

Good running partners make good runs. Friends Mark and Jody came along, or rather, I joined them. We ran Jody's course at an easy lope, and enjoyed conversation along the way. Mark dropped off so to get the dogs, and when we came round again, the exuberant adult puppies were there to overwhelmingly greet us.

Time for some Hamburger Helper. Trying the Philly Cheesesteak kind. It expired in January, but, come on, who is kidding who?

(Buy some. If you buy enough stuff from Amazon, I can get some new ones!)

Hamburger Helper Philly Cheesesteak, 6.5-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 12)