Sunday, July 23, 2017

Martin Point Cousin Run

Afternoon run with the girl and cousin Amy. The girl is in training for high school soccer and working to keep up with conditioning. Amy (who I have mentioned before) is here for the week, staying with her folks at the Baker, she's also leaving Saturday but hasn't decided if she'll stay for the race.

We made it out the beach and back, I was really hoping she would push it out that far. I think Amy coming with us really helped.

Distance: 2.13 miles
Avg. Pace: 9:35
Duration: 20:26
Route: Martin Point Run

Beautiful day, clear skies, blue, blue, blue. The boy and I have been fishing, got my nap on, read a book. Time to make dinner. Strange, this day has actually moved along rather fast.

Temperature: 68°
Climate: breezy & bright
Mood: good

Forecast calls for rain. Enjoy it while you can.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Salem Run

See what I did there?
Three days in Salem, almost didn't take a run but this morning my wife encouraged me to, and I am very thankful for that. Time was I would obsess about getting a run in - plural runs - when visiting a new city, a different city. It makes me feel the place more deeply, running through it.

Distance: 2.5 miles
Avg. Pace: 8:58
Duration: 22:25
Route: Salem Commons & Harbor

Our B&B was only a block from Salem Commons, and a city block in Salem is only about one hundred feet. Also, I jogged down to the harbor and out onto the pier where we had gone fishing the night before.

Temperature: 73°
Climate: overcast & humid
Mood: good, you know?

We have seen many things, I really like visiting Salem. Places rich in history excite me. We'll only have a week in Maine this year, but this trip was definitely worth it. The girl and I have made plans to run the Friendship 5K next Saturday, I hope training this week goes well.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Smooth, my, floatin' like a butterfly.

Weirdest thing this morning. Bright, sunshiny day. I was working on the deck. Suddenly, it started to rain. I looked up and there was lie, one cloud, over my deck. It was like a Charlie Brown thing. Weird.

Distance: 5.5 miles
Avg. Pace: 9:02
Duration: 49:41
Route: Forest Hills Park

When was the last time I went on a running date? Must be ten years. Last time I ran with Chris was the Cleveland Half Marathon, May 15, 2016 -- when it snowed.

Today was very enjoyable, and inspiring. Not only was it a great five mile run, but I had a partner to run with, we talked about training and diet and theater and everything, and I got to be a tour guide, pointing out places of interest through Forest Hill Park.

You know I love being a tour guide.

Chris told me about some upcoming events, and also running organizations which sounded appealing, including We Run This City and an after-work club I have to check out. More on these in the future, I hope.

Temperature: 72°
Climate: sunny & bright
Mood: pretty good

Haven't run more than five miles since the beginning of March. Yes, the sciatica hurts. Last night it made sitting to watch a play for two and a half hours seriously irritating. But what I am supposed to do, not run?

Baseline: 174 lbs.
Goal: 170 lbs.
Ideal: 165 lbs.

What's That Lyric?
Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia) - Us3

Thursday, July 13, 2017

You know you better run fast.

It wasn't me.
Thursday evening in July. Why not run?

Distance: 3.25 miles
Route: Forest Hill Loop

Buying a new car, a Corolla. Haven't had a Toyota in some time. Question is this, will sitting higher, and having an automatic, cut down on aggravation and stress in the muscles on my left side? No more idling, no more using a clutch. Will be interesting to find out. Just he past two days, getting to work and home have been painful.

Temperature: 78°
Climate: overcast & humid
Mood: all right

Oh, the joy of running. Running solitary and free, in warm weather, with music in my ears. I am overweight again, it is arduous. I stretched my hamstrings appropriately, but I could feel it a bit in my hip. I will shower and stretch again. We'll see. But it's time to run, and run regular.

Chris has at long last bought that house in the Heights. The park is equidistant from each of our houses. Hell, the Heights entrance is probably closer to where he is. We have made a pact. The partner running will commence.

He doesn't have a choice. He has a mortgage.

Baseline: 174 lbs.

Right back where I started. Breathe. Begin again.

What's That Lyric?
It Wasn't Me - Shaggy ft. Ricardo Ducent

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Boy Camp Bike/Run

Boys Camp is in effect for the summer. We've already done a great many things, including seeing the new Spider-Man movie, dining on chicken and waffles, and purchasing an extremely dangerous knife.

I got sick the last day in Chicago, and I have been struggling through it for the past ten days. The wife and the boy have been to the gym, the girl is engaged in conditioning for high school soccer (it's pretty intense) and I can't even get up early enough to write, let alone run.

The back exercises have gone to the wayside, and I am feeling that, too. In spite of all this, or perhaps because of it, I proposed a three-mile bike/run with the boy.

Because Boy Camp!

Distance: 3.5 miles
Avg. Pace: 9:31
Duration: 33:18
Route: Boulevard Loop

Temperature: 71°
Climate: hot & sunny
Mood: It's Boy Camp!

Not bad, stopping every mile for water, talking about all kinds of things. I encouraged him to join me in a brief jog at the end, it was very challenging for him. Says his ankles hurt, his heels hurt, his toes hurt.

Running is hard. This is a true thing.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Andersonville Run

What was supposed to be a delightful run by the lake with my daughter turned out not so great. There were miscommunications, and we ended up heading out further than we should have. She is trying to get up to speed on running, in anticipation of high school soccer, but running two miles into the wind was a bit challenging. And we still had to head back.

Then it began to rain.

Distance: 4 miles
Avg. Pace: 12:26 (walk/run)
Duration: 49:47
Route: Lake Shore Drive North

However, as things have settled down, I believe it was a good call. Got to be optimistic, right?

It's been a long vacation, even after just a few days. Fun, happy, enjoyable, but surprisingly long.

Temperature: 71 degrees
Climate: overcast & cool
Mood: not great

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

My heart is that much harder now.

Distance: 3.5 miles
Duration: 26:57
Avg. Pace: 7:42
Route: Chicago Riverwalk

Two nights at the Westin, the wife got a terrific rate and we are dedicated to doing extremely touristy Chicago things; yesterday we took the architecture boat tour, had deep dish and walked Navy Pier (you can totally skip Navy Pier.)

On Sunday night we saw The Neo-Futurists.

Tried to engage the girl to join me, but we have had late nights and she begged off. Perhaps tomorrow.
Temperature: 61
Climate: sunny & cool
Mood: not bad

Love the organized chaos of an urban run on a designated path. People are walking to work, also running and walking (no wheels permitted) and everyone – by and large – stay to the right and passes on the left.

A city wakes on a weekday with traffic on the streets (above) and city workers cleaning the pavement, making repairs. There are also the boat horns, that is a nice touch. I see runners in downtown Cleveland, there are more and more of them, but nothing like the scale and density of a city like this.

Cities are about density. Utopia requires people.

What’s That Lyric?
Before Today (Adam F Remix) – Everything But the Girl