Monday Afternoon Run

Afternoon running route on September 30, 2013.

Afternoon running route on September 30, 2013.

I scheduled a vacation day today so I could hop around the City’s art museums. However, I came to find out that most museums are closed on Mondays! I thought about driving to Louisville Kentucky to check out the Speed Museum but according to its web site, the museum is closed for renovation.

Bummer … foiled in my Art Museum vacation day.

So, I decided to continue work on some home improvement projects that I still need to get done. I might as well be productive in some way. It’s like I had two Saturdays this weekend.

I was done with some of the projects by 2:00 pm and since I blew off my morning run I decided to get in an afternoon run. I ran 4.12 miles in 40:22 with an average pace of 9:47. My first mile was the fastest at 9:21 and the fourth mile was the slowest at 10:33. About 3.75 miles into the run I ran out of energy and decided to walk for a minute or two. After walking, I ran to finish out the 4 miles and decided to stop. I was really tired at this point. I don’t know why I ran out of gas.

Even though I ‘hit the wall’ … it was still a great run!

I hope everyone has a great Monday!

Coach Hathaway’s Running South 5

Bib and Shirt from the Coach Hathaway's 5K.

Bib and Shirt from the Coach Hathaway’s 5K.

The Coach Hathaway’s Running South 5K and 10K was staged this morning. I wished that I could have run the 10K distance but my fitness greatly faded during that 7 week layoff and the 5K distance is all I can do now.

My overall time for the 5K race was 30:21 for an average pace of 9:28 per mile. Yay! This is probably the fastest I’ve run since I came out of the layoff. My fastest mile was 9:17 and the slowest was 9:43.

It was a beautiful morning for a run. It was about 60°F with bright sun. There must have been 500 people participating in the races. Since it was a charity race for the Perry Township Educational Foundation there were many kids and teachers in the field.

 

Thursday Morning Miles

Morning running route on September 26, 2013.

Morning running route on September 26, 2013.

When the alarm went off at 4:25 am this morning I was not in favor of getting up. In fact, I hit the snooze button. Five minutes later the alarm went off again. But, instead of hitting the snooze button again I just got out of bed.

I thought I would be sore in the hips and knees and thighs from running 4 miles last night. But surprisingly, I wasn’t. So, once I was wide awake, I thought I could get in at least 3 miles this morning. At least I would get in a run for the day instead of sleeping in.

It was a chilly 47°F when I started the run. This was the coldest morning yet. I’m sure colder mornings are yet to come. Maybe if it gets too cold I’ll go back to Planet Fitness and use their indoor treadmills. But, I like running on the road so I will endure the cold for a while longer.

The run was good. Unlike last night when I felt heavy and bloated this morning I felt light and fluid. Although it doesn’t reflect in my pace, as I was a bit slower this morning than I was last night. My overall time this morning for the 4.31 miles was 42:42 (how often does that happen?) with an average page of 9:54.

I have a 5K race on the schedule for Saturday morning. So, I won’t run on Friday morning. Besides, I have this “thing” scheduled at the hospital on Friday morning. Given that I have to “prep” for this “thing” Thursday night into Friday morning, I don’t think I will be able to run on Friday. I can’t drink any beer or eat solid food in the prep for this “thing” so it will be hard to endure the next 36 hours. I’m not looking forward to this … but I am looking forward to the 5K on Saturday morning.

I wish everyone the best today!

Evening Running

Running route of the evening of September 25, 2013.

Running route of the evening of September 25, 2013.

Since I didn’t have any plans this evening, and since I blew off the exercising this morning and since the wife and kids were gone (again) I decided to run.

I ran 4.35 miles in 42:45 for an average pace of 9:49. Not too bad considering that I felt bloated and heavy the entire run. The fastest mile was the first one at 9:24 and the slowest was the fourth mile at 10:22.

 

Energy In The Morning

A Nike+ map of my 4.27 mile running route on Tuesday morning, September 24, 2013.

A Nike+ map of my 4.27 mile running route on Tuesday morning, September 24, 2013.

I was up at 4:30 am this morning to get ready to run. I had a terrible time sleeping last night so when the alarm went off I stayed in bed for a few minutes thinking if I wanted to get up and run. Of course I did want to run but I was really tired too.

After a few minutes of laying in bed watching the darkness something went off in my head and I decided to just get up and run and hopefully I will energize myself for the day.

This morning was very cool at 51°F. The sky was clear and I could see Orion and Sirius in the southeastern sky. I started 5:04 am. My overall time for the 4.27 miles was 41:51 with an average pace of 9:48. My first mile was the slowest at 10:04 and the last mile was the fastest at 9:43. Not too bad considering that I had thoughts about not running this morning.

I’m grateful that I did get up and run these 4 miles. Now, I feel energized for the day! Yay!

I hope that everyone has a great running day!

A Weekend Run

My weekend was not the best I’ve ever had. There are way too many domestic issues to contend with and I drank way, way too much beer. So, I only ran 4 miles all weekend.

I wished I have run more. My intent was to run long (say 6 miles) on Saturday morning. But, the Friday night party kept going till early Saturday morning. By the time I woke up from the brew haze I had to get to work and the day was shot from a running perspective.

On Sunday, I couldn’t muster up the energy for an early morning run. But, I did gather some energy for an afternoon run. However, as I was leaving the house to drive to Craig Park (part of the Greenwood Indiana Trail System) I discovered my left front tire was flat. So, I put on the donut spare and drove to the tire shop. I just wanted the tire repaired but the tire people refused to repair the tire saying that it had ‘dry rotted’ (?). After inspecting the other tires on my ’00 Honda Civic they decided the right front tire needed replacing too. Thankfully, I had replaced the rear tires a few years ago and they were still in good shape. What I was thinking to be a $20 repair job turned into a $150 charge for two new tires.

Geez.

I finally got to run after 3:00 pm. I ran 4.31 miles in 42.59 for an average pace of 9:57. It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon with a park full of picnickers and runners and walkers. I was jealous of the couples who were running together.

My new Brooks Addiction 10 running shoes.

My new Brooks Addiction 10 running shoes.

On a brighter note, I bought a new pair of Brooks Addiction 10. They replace the current pair which was starting to show some wear and tear. These are certainly motion control shoes and don’t offer a great amount of cushioning. They are very supportive for my flat feet over fat, overweight body. The shoes were priced about $100 at the local running shop in Greenwood.

I hope that everyone has a great running day! Cheers.

Early Morning Run and a New 5K

My early morning running route on September 19, 2013. As recorded by Nike+.

My early morning running route on September 19, 2013. As recorded by Nike+.

I was up by 4:30 am this morning. There was a thunderstorm approaching but I thought I had enough time to get at least 3.1 miles. So I laced up Brooks Addiction 10 shoes (I have extremely flat feet … and these motion control shoes offer the best support for me!) and headed out the door. It was about 70°F when I started and the humidity was so thick it was hard to breathe. My overall time was 31:54 with an average pace of 10:09. My fastest mile was clocked at 9:58 and the slowest at 10:22. I was somewhat slow compared to the average pace of my last three runs. I didn’t mind today. At least I was out there, in the dark, with a thunderstorm on the horizon, running. So thankful that I can do that. I was done and back inside the house when the storm finally hit. This is the first significant rain central Indiana has received in months, so I’m glad to see the rain. I would have finished the run in the rain if it worked out that way.

I registered for another 5K race. Yay! This one is called “Coach Hathaway’s Running South 5K and 10K”. Of course, I just signed up for the 5K. I don’t believe I could finish a 10K yet. This event is at Southport High School, which is where three of my kids have graduated from. I still have a freshman at the school so I thought it would be cool to run a 5K which benefits the school. Actually the race benefits the entire township and not just the high school. The race is scheduled for September 28, 2013, so there’s about a week to prepare. I’m sure I can run strong and finish strong.

I hope that everyone has a great running day! God Bless.

Wednesday Morning Run

My Wednesday 9/18 morning running route as tracked by the Nike+ app.

My Wednesday 9/18 morning running route as tracked by the Nike+ app.

It was a great run this morning. I was able to get in 4 miles and the air temperature was cool at 64°F. My total time was 39:31 for an average page of 9:50 per mile. My first mile was 10:14 and I then decided to pick up the pace. I had run so much faster over the weekend that I knew I could run faster this morning. The second mile was 9:44, the third was 9:35 and the fourth was 9:46. Not too bad consider that several weeks ago I was averaging 10:40 per mile. Although as I type this I am feeling a bit of pain in my calves and Achilles tendons. Hopefully, some ibuprofen will take care of it.

Last night (9/17) I ran 4 miles. I had slacked off that morning and wanted to get some miles in for the day. After work, I thought I could get in at least 3.5 miles but decided I felt good enough to get in 4 miles. My time for that run was 39:00 for an average pace of 9:40 per mile.

After my run last night, I continued working on the Shed Project. For this project I am installing motion sensors and flood lights which will illuminate some of the back yard. I’ve wanted to do this for years (actually since 1996 when I moved into the house) but never got around to do it. Now, it’s on the top of my list and I’m intent on getting it done. However, last night after my run, I had a hard time holding the jig saw above my head to cut the holes for the lights. My upper body strength was nowhere to be found. I don’t know if I just didn’t have the energy after the run or if I’m just weak in the shoulders and arms. I finally got the hole cut but was exhausted after holding that saw. I probably should work on my upper body strength.

Well, I hope everyone has a great running day! God Bless.

Monday Morning Run

My early morning running route according to Nike + on 09/16/2013.

My early morning running route according to Nike + on 09/16/2013.

I took off from running on Sunday (9/15). Not because I was sore or had any aches or pains from the Greenwood Trek 5K on Saturday (9/14). I just thought it would be good to rest. However, I wanted to do ‘something’ in the way of exercise. So I drove 90 minutes west of Indianapolis and hiked a couple of miles through Turkey Run State Park. This park has the reputation of some rugged hiking … so of course, I choose two of the more rugged trails to hike. These trails included sections where I had to scramble over huge rocks and boulders. At the end of the hike, I could feel some strain in my Achilles in both feet.

This morning, however, I wanted to run so I was up at 4:30 am to get ready for a 5:00 am run. The run was good. I was kind of slow for the first mile at 10:22 but I was able to speed up for the second and third mile and the last half mile. My overall time was 35:21 for 3.5 total miles for an average page of 10:04. It was a bit chilly with an air temperature of 60°F. And, it was drizzling at various times during the run. But, overall, it was a good run.

I hope that everyone is having a great day today!

Greenwood Trek 5K

T-shirt logo and Bib from the Greenwood Trek 5K.

T-shirt logo and Bib from the Greenwood Trek 5K.

Ah so … a 5K race. My first one this year!

It was 51°F at the start … the coldest morning in months. I wore running pants and doubled up on the t-shirts.

Overall, this was a great race for me. My time was 29:52 for an average pace of 9:36. This average pace is so much faster than my recent performance (which has hovered at 10:45). Not too bad for an old man. At least I know I can sustain this pace for 3 miles. I’ve been depressed about my recent performance because I know I can do better.

The race itself was very simple. About 300 people participated. I did not pre-register but just showed up with my $25 cash and signed up. There wasn’t much, if any pomp or circumstance at the beginning … a few announcements and then the start. There was no shoe chip or bib chip, just a guy holding a stopwatch. The police shut done a major street for a few blocks but otherwise the route was on the Greenwood trail system. Your name was announced as you crossed the finished line.

It was honestly very cool! I need to do this more often.

Hope that everyone has a great running weekend!