January 15, 2011 § Leave a comment
I came across DAYTUM, an online tool that allows you to track things and display graphs/charts showing your progress. While not especially designed for running or exercising, it does work for a very basic tracking system for those. You could embed the graphs into a webpage or, I believe, on your iProduct desktop, if you wanted to–to embed into a wordpress blog, you need a plug-in that WordPress.com does not offer as a an option on their free site.
I was especially interested in this because one of the last projects at my last job was to project manage the development of an application that did basically this, albeit at a higher level of sophistication.
DAYTUM is free, wasn’t too bad to set up–might fill someone’s need sometime.
January 5, 2011 § Leave a comment
I have been running off & on since 1984, so I tend to think I know a bit about running and have seen a lot while running. Today reminded me that each & every day delivers new knowledge and experiences, albeit often small, silly ones.
Although the temperature was a near-tropical 20 degrees Fahrenheit as I went for my lunch-time run, I choose to wear my running tights. Actually two layers of tights–the first a very thin, spandex pair that, I’m slightly embarrassed to admit, date back to my high school years. But they serve their purpose–they are knee-length, capri-style (yes, I confess, they are women’s tights) that help keep my hamstrings warm and hopefully less vulnerable to injury.
Putting on my second, thicker and warmer pair of Starter tights, I noticed that they went on much easier because I had put my socks on first. The tights slid smoothly over my feet instead of sticking to my feet, especially the heel. For all my years running, either I never noticed this or had never put my socks on before my tights. This discovery gave me a little lift as I ventured outside.
One of the side, perhaps only, benefits to how much snow we’ve received in the Twin Cities is that we have huge snow banks especially on many residential side streets. Not so great for drivers trying to make a turn–you have to creep out onto the street because of the limited visibility. Having huge snowbanks in the way does not help your average pace but they sure increase the fun factor of your run.
I do not remember having such large snow banks–it may be partly due to moving/working in a larger city, but it really is due to the large amount of snow we have had with minimal chance for a melt-off. Not only are the several chest-high snowbanks on my routes, some of the take 2 or three strides to cross before going back down. Normally, you go up a couple of steps and then you go down a couple more. I’m finding banks that you go up a couple of steps, then across a couple before going back down. Just unbelievable and a ton of fun. Slows your pace down, but gotta believe it is doing something for my strength.
The other thing I saw today for the first time was as I was tooting along a sidewalk, I saw a mailman a half block ahead of me. Then I saw something red fall to the ground. As I got up to it, I saw it was a RedBox envelope–the mailman was dropping the mail! I couldn’t believe it. Growing up in a rural area, I loved getting the mail, it made me feel connected to the rest of the world. In theory, I could get mail from anywhere. So I found it shocking that a mailman could be so careless as to drop the mail–isn’t that like the first thing they teach in mail-delivery school? Don’t lose the mail.
So in one day of running, I found two little gems that I’ll probably forget by next week but they brightened this day.
January 1, 2011 § Leave a comment
Well looks like nothing is going to be easy this year.
Cruddy weather-single digit temps, with strong winds made for inhospitable conditions. Combined with poor footing, I didn’t look forward to going out today.
But, after putting of the running until 3 in the afternoon, I found out my GPS watch (Garmin 405, which I love) had crashed. Despite having a nearly full charge, I could not get any readings on the screen. The weird thing is that the watch appeared to be responding to button pushes–the normal beeps when hitting the start and stop buttons and the back light worked normal. The Google Machine led me to instructions on how to reboot the watch, but without resolving the problem.
Now I realize how addicted I am to the damn thing.
I finally drudged my way through 3 miles in 26:44. And I had to figure out by hand that I had averaged 8:55 per mile. Uggghh! Turns out I can get a new one at Best Buy but I’m feeling like a bum for being so dependent on the darn thing.
I had hoped to do a 10-miler this weekend but now, sans watch, not sure what I am going to do.
January 1, 2011 § 2 Comments
Now that another year is upon us, time for some goal setting. Some of these are redundant, some are challenging but all, I think, are obtainable.
- 1,000 miles
- Never fall behind 3 miles/day.
- No 0 weeks
- Serious X-training twice a week–Yoga, stretching, biking, or plyometrics.
- Volunteer at at least one race.
- Dramatic increase in the number of quality miles run. My fastest mile in 2010 was 6:25, which was 48 seconds faster than the fastest mile I had run up to that point last year. Overall, I ran 1 sub-6:30 mile, 6 sub-7:00 miles, 32 sub-7:30 miles, and 132 sub-8:00 miles.
- Sub-20:00 5k.
- Sub-1:30:00 Half Marathon.
- Run consecutive 6:52 miles, pure & average. (2010 streak was 1/3.1)
- Do my first dual-event event.
- Possibly do a relay–Ragnar or a Mojo Loco?
Possible Race Schedule (BOLD are Races I Am Targeting):
- 1/30? Waconia Winterfest 5k
- 4/2? Ron Daws 15K
- 5/1 Eau Claire Half Marathon
- 5/7 New Prague Half Marathon (Backup to EC Half, maybe Volunteer here?)
- 5/14? Chaska 10k/5k
- 6/18 Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon
- 7/25? Watertown 5k
- 8/13 Paavo Nurmi Half Marathon
- 9/12? Waconia Nickle Dickle Day 10k
- 10/14 Whistlestop Half Marathon
The race schedule will be a work-in-progress but right now, the two half marathons and 15K in the spring are going to be my core races, with Bjorklund being my target race.