Saturday, June 17, 2017

painful 9km

after a few runs early last week, I did not run the rest of the week. I had a very physically tiring work week, along with some pain in my hip, and I just did not run.

I went out tonight for a run, and my hip pain, which had mostly subsided after a few days of rest, flared up again right away. I think I have to go figure out what that is

Anyways, I ran a slow 9km.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

slow 7

just got in a short 7km run at the end of the day. nice. legs still feel heavy and slow. I would think after a week off they'd feel fresh, but I guess not

Saturday, June 10, 2017

back to 9

After a weak of no running, I went out tonight for a 9km run. Felt good, but it was not easy...legs felt heavy and it seemed a bit humid... but overall I was happy to be out there and getting stretched out again...

Monday, June 5, 2017

break

I have not yet run this week. I have actually been feeling a bit under the weather, though I am now feeling much better, if not yet 100%. I suspect it is from the recent increase in running and my body was just worn down. I am debating whether to not run at all this week or to start running again as soon as I am feeling strong enough.

Friday, June 2, 2017

tiring 22

this morning's 22.5km run was great. A bit of a slow pace, but consistent, with even a slight negative split.

I was very tired. When I went out to run, I thought I would just keep it short, even though I had planned a run of upwards of 20km. I thought of bailing at about 3. I just felt worn out.

But running gives me energy and I just kept going. I decided to run up to Dolev and do a cycle of Dolev, and one cycle turned to 5 cycles, and then I ran out to the highway and finished back in RBS. I did miscalculate a bit. I was going to run 20, and then decided maybe I should run 21, just to have an increase. a slight miscalculation had me ending at 22.5km.

I have been worn out the rest of the day since then..

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Surprisingly fast morning

this morning I got out early enough for an 8.3km run. It was good (for the run) that the kids had vacation, and the one kid with school was starting late.

I actually felt much more energized than I had expected, and even ran fast than expected, without any extra effort - except for in one section. At one point I saw a runner about 300 meters or so ahead of me, and I set a target to try to pass that runner. The runner was not running fast, but considering the distance of the gap and the point at which I turn around (about 500, 550 meters away), I was not sure I could make it, but it was a good target. I ended up succeeding and passing the runner with just 100 or so meters before my turn.

Overall I finished my 8.3km run at a pace slightly faster than 6 minutes per km.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

tired 9+

After not running Monday and Tuesday due to trans-Atlantic travel, I just ran tonight after the holiday. I got in a 9.3km run, and my body felt tired.

I would guess the tired was due to a combination of factors, including trans-atlantic travel, back to Bet Shemesh hilliness after a week and a half of running flat Chicago, and a crazy messed up schedule over shavuos holiday with the up all night learning programs.

Anyways, I am happy I got out for the run and am looking forward to another tired run tomorrow. Maybe Friday will be back to normal.

Monday, May 29, 2017

last runs before heading back

this morning I ran 8.2km, and last night i ran 8.35km. good runs. I dont think I'l have time to run tomorrow, as I will be traveling.

Friday, May 26, 2017

19km in Chicago

I surprised myself and got 4 runs in this week, despite it being a travel week. I almost got 5, but had too large a dinner on Thursday evening to be able to go out after that.

This morning I went out and ran up Dodge to Dempster, and then across to McCormick. I ran down the Chicago River Trail to Lincoln, and then to Peterson. Across to Clark (via Damen and Granville) and back up to Howard and across to the house. Total of about 19km. Runkeeper on my phone paused in the middle for a while, so this is just an estimate.

My pace (until Runkeeper paused) was below 6, significantly fast than my average. I assume the basically flat terrain had something to do with that, as I did not put any effort into running unusually fast.

The weather was beautiful, after a cold, windy and rainy week.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

windy city

I just ran down to the lake (that is, Lake Michigan) and back, a little less than 8.5km.

I ran my average pace and took my time. stopped at red lights, looked around, stopped at the lake. It was pretty windy, but nice to be out.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

hat on a treadmill

I am in the USA right now and my running schedule, along with some other schedules, are messed up.

Having stayed the night in a hotel, I decided to bring my running gear along. I woke up early and went for a run on the treadmill in the hotel gym.

Why treadmill? I haven't run on a treadmill in years!
1. I don't really know the area I am in.
2. It is still pretty cold here early in the morning
3. to take advantage of something in the hotel, especially because I cant even eat the food.

Anyways, I did not know what to press, so I just accepted the workout it offered me on the screen, which was a 4- interval. Being that I am used to doing all my running using the metric system, I did not really know and understand the information it was giving me, but at the conclusion of my workout I went online and did the conversions and my workout had me running 10.7km in an hour and an additional 5 minutes of cool down. It was a good workout.

One thought that came to me - our custom is to keep our [male] head covered, especially when walking. We are not supposed to walk 4 steps (4 cubits, really), with our head uncovered. I know there are all sorts of ways out of things, such as being indoors being less of a problem and whatnot, but still - when using a treadmill for example, is that considered staying in place or is that called walking? I mean, I ran 6.5 miles, but I did it all standing in the same place. Is that considered as if I was walking/running or was I standing still? Could I keep my head uncovered, or must a I wear a hat on the treadmill?


Saturday, May 20, 2017

9km and safety warning

I went out tonight and ran 9km.  Had a good run.

Whenever I go out at night for a run, I make sure to wear a white, or light, shirt. I realize, as a driver, that dark shirts can be difficult to see at night, and it is dangerous. I see a lot of runners and walkers wearing dark clothing - shirts, skirts, long pants, and it is really dangerous. While walking/running on the sidewalk, it is no big deal. But if you are running in the street or even when you go into the street to cross the street or if the sidewalk is  damaged so you need to step into the street for a bit - it is really dangerous and drivers can have a really difficult time seeing you.

Please - runners, walkers, etc. - please, at night wear light shirts, if possible with reflectors of some sort to improve your chances of being seen by drivers.

bad 17

Friday was a difficult run, and I knew it would be.

After a week of running every day, with [slightly] increased daily distances, I knew the long run would be tough. That is why I planned for  a slightly shortened long run of about 15-16km, instead of the 20km I have recently been running.

I was right. It was difficult. Legs felt tired, humidity made it sweaty and difficult even though air wasn't hot yet when I went out, but I pushed on through it all.

And when I finished my 16km, I extended it by another to finish at 17km, just because.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

glorious 8km

it would be silly, at this point, to say that today was meant to be an off day, even though it should have been, as I pretty much knew I was going to try to run today and it wuold just be a matter of finding a slot in which to get a decent run.

I foudn my slot, unfortunately it was at the hottest part of the day. It was pretty hot out, but there was a strong breeze that felt sort of cool, so I thought that would help and everything would be fine. Of course, I also figured I am only going to urn a maximum of 8km, so I can at least manage that no problem.

I did manage it, but boy was I wiped at the end of it. I also sweat much more than I usually do, and it even disturbed me as the sweat poured into my eyes.

Hot, sun, headwind, dry. Glorious.