Category: running

Help! I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!

Yesterday morning, the freezing rain decided to thwart my plans of running every other day. I took a bit of a spill (not while running, thank goodness) and was a bit sore from it this morning. I’ll resume running on Friday…

I’m finally back!

This morning was my first run in quite some time. I only did about half a block before my difficulty breathing brought me to a brisk walk, but we’ve gotta start somewhere when we’ve lapsed for so long. I plan on running every other day (through the week) until my breathing comes more naturally. Then, I plan to step up to 5 or 6 days per week. I hope to be doing that by February. And yes, wintery weather does suck for a beginning runner. But again, we’ve gotta start somewhere…>

Right around 5K

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been doing 3 or 4 runs per week instead of my target goal of 6. But on the positive side, I managed to do a little longer run than I normally do during the week. I did 6 laps on a .54 mile track, so that works out just over the 5K mark. 5K is what? About 3.1mi? And I did right around 3.25 miles. I’m not sure how my time was, because I don’t really keep score there yet, but I think it probably sucked. So while I could physically complete a 5K, I’m not going attempt the upcoming one. There’s just not enough time to work on my pace before then. I really wish I were further along than I am, distance-wise, but I’ll probably immediately be able to double it once I finally get this breathing thing figured out.

I know from reading online that many runners will “train through” a race on their way to a marathon, and there’s a local 5K coming up in just over a month. But I’ve heard others say to never train through a race, because training and racing are two distinct activities. What does everyone here think? Should I train through the 5K, or keep my eye on the bigger race in October?

Shoes

When I started running a few weeks ago, I started with just my every-day shoes. I had read all the advise online about getting new running shoes before starting, but thought that what I had was good enough to start with. I couldn’t have been more wrong. My lovely wife bought a new pair of running shoes for me (our feet are nearly identical, so she can always buy my footwear and know it’s going to have a correct fit) as a gift, and I was finally able to tackle a mile on the hills around my home without stopping to walk at any point. I probably could have kept going, but I still had to shower and get ready for work. I’ll save an attempt at a longer run until Saturday.

Running Fast and Injury Free

I’ve been reading quite a bit about the POSE method of running over on RunningMonkeys and decided to do a bit of a follow-up research on my own. What better time to learn a new running method than when you’re first starting out? Less bad habits to break 😉 In the process, I’ve discovered a free book online called “Running Fast and Injury Free” by Gordon Pirie. From what I gather, not being a follower of the running world, is that the method is the same, or very similar, to the POSE method, minus the drills. I’ll start reading it this week and post a follow-up once I’m done.

This week has not been a good week for training. I talked about the disruptions yesterday, and you could argue that this week has been a step backwards. But the fact that I’ve run at all this week is a positive note, so I’ll build on that.

I’ve managed to do a couple of my short, 10-minute, runs this week, instead of the 30-minute daily runs I was hoping for. Tomorrow, I’ll do at least 30 minutes at a local park like I did last Saturday, and then leave this week behind.

Disruptions

So far, this week has been full of disruptions from my routine. For some reason, I have felt exhausted. Last night, I may have solved part of this problem when I discovered that the humidity setting on my CPAP machine inadvertently was set at the lowest setting. When this happened is anyone’s guess. Mine is that it happened right before I started feeling this way.

Also related to the CPAP machine: I thought the aerophasia was getting better and nearly a thing of the past. Boy, was I wrong?! I’ve woken up every morning this week feeling like I shouldn’t move for about an hour. If I don’t adjust soon, I should probably consider adjusting my running schedule instead.

Finally, this week is finals week at school. Even though I took a light load, two computer classes, I really didn’t attend class regularly because of my familiarity with the subject. This means that I don’t know the expectations of the instructor of those classes, so I have to actually study for the exams.

With all of the above going on, I’ve taken to running every other morning this week. While I’m a bit disappointed by it, and with only doing the 10-minute runs that I started with last week, I’ve stuck with it and run what little I can. In the past, I would have called this week a bust and pushed everything off until next week (making it easier to push it of until the next week, and then the next, and so on…) So maybe this week has been progress after all.

I’ve recently discovered a website called FavoriteRun which allows you to enter routes that you run and also enter activity. I’ve been using it for about a week now, and it’s certainly a convenient way to log all of your runs. Here are the features of the site I’ve used so far:

Creating a new route

It’s pretty straight-forward to create a new route. You’ll enter a name for the route, which is the only required field, followed by the city, state, and country that the route is in. There’s also a field for you to enter a description of the route into. Following that is a field for the type of route. Your choices are running, cycling, walking, other, hiking, and triathlon. You can also set the route to private or upload pictures.

Finally, there’s a map, centered on the location you enter as your starting point when you sign up. You simply click on the map to create a waypoint. Create a second waypoint to create a leg. Be sure to create waypoints at bends in the road if the route is along one, otherwise the leg will be a straight line between your waypoints. If this the route is a loop, just keep entering waypoints along the way until you’re back at the start. If you want to run a route that takes you to a location then back along the same path, once you’re at the end waypoint, you can click on “Route Back to Start” to do so for you. And if you create a waypoint in error, you can click it to remove it. Once you are satisfied with the route, click on “Save.”

Log an Activity

It’s also pretty straightforward to log an activity. First, you chose the type of activity from a list of the same types available for creating a route. Then, enter a duration. It’s a required field, but you can leave it at all zeros if you’d like. The next required field is the distance, or you can optionally choose a route from a dropdown to fill it in automatically. You can also enter a description, the date and time, and whether to set the activity as public or not.

Log

The final option I’ve used, though there are many more options available with a free account, is option to view my logs. This shows all the activities that I’ve entered in a nice report, including my pace for each activity if I didn’t leave the duration as all zeros when I entered it.

Conclusion

Overall, not a bad site for keeping track of your running (or other activity). There are lots of other features that I haven’t checked out yet, and even more if you upgrade your account to a premium membership. You can upgrade your account for $2.49 per month or $11.95 per year, which includes a bunch of features that look useful. Even with the free account, it sure beats logging everything on paper.

(Update: Please note that this is *NOT* a sponsored post.)

On workdays, I like to get up and run around 5:30 or 6:00 AM. On Saturdays and holidays, I might sleep in a little, but prefer to run upon waking up. This tends to keep me from running during the heat of the day.

However, I suffer from aerophasia (which occurs when you swallow air) caused by the CPAP machine which is being used to treat my sleep apnea. On days that the discomfort is significant, which is thankfully less and less often, I have two options. First, I can skip a run. If it’s been awhile since I skipped a run and it’s mid-week, I might chose this option to give myself a second recovery day. If it’s the beginning or end of the week, I’ll take my second option, as two days off in a row is a real motivation killer for me.

My other option, the one I prefer to take, is to run in the evening on those days that I can’t run first thing. It’s harder to motivate myself for an evening run during this summer heat, but not as hard as it is to motivate myself after two days off in a row.

So, what time of day do you run?