The Outdoor Runner

Lessons learned from a habitual outdoor runner

June 2020 review

Overall, June was a pretty nice month weather-wise. There were some cool days and then the warmer/muggier days increased.

While I still cannot run as much as I would like, I continue to work on it and get a run in 3-4 days per week. As a bike update, all the parts and tools came in to fix the broken spoke on Goose. Now that the spoke is fixed and the rear wheel no longer wobbles, it is clear the bottom-bracket bearings are on their way out as there is a lot of crunchy sounds and vibrations originating between the pedals. I do have a new set of bearings on hand so I need to make the time to get them installed. Meanwhile, Kermit is doing well for my bike rides.

Below is the snapshot of stats for June.

June 2020

The new helmet has arrived!

My Bell helmet isn’t bad, however, as much as I wear a helmet, a few extra features are appreciated.

There are many times where some eye protection would be awesome and wearing sunglasses on the bike requires the regular pushing-up of the glasses as they slide down my nose. I finally took the plunge into an option with a magnetic snap-on shield/goggle. The Victgoal was well-reviewed and within a reasonable price range. Here it is:

GOGGLES BIKE HELMET W/ LED LAMP & VISOR

I’m excited to see how it works on a multi-mile trek under different lighting conditions. I did purchase an extra clear shield/goggle for those darker times of the year.

There are two other features that I appreciate with the Victgoal and those are the LED rear light (very bright) with an extra battery included, and the interior mesh netting over the front air passages. I can’t tell you the number of times I had bugs or small rocks land in those holes. This mesh will prevent yet another stop along the route to clear whatever is irritating my head. I suppose a third feature is the nice storage bag included, although I wear it almost year-round so it may not be in the bag often.

Goose has a cavity

My faithful bike Goose has a broken spoke.

Around the 3,000 mile point, I noticed the rear wheel getting a bit of a wobble which eventually began wearing on the brake and rim.

When I finally took the time to investigate and repair it, I discovered a spoke was broken at the hub.

So a new adventure begins… where do you find spokes and how do you replace one. For the spokes, Amazon of course. But even that was work because you have to know several things like the gauge of your spokes and the length in millimeters. Once you have that best guess, you need to find a supplier and like many things today, there are very few in this country.

After I place the order and watch some how-to videos, I go into disassembly mode, only to discover I need another special tool to take the rear wheel sprocket assembly apart. Fortunately, a company named Park Tool has some great videos and of course, had the tool I needed (and in the USA).

The tool is on order, the spokes arrived, now let’s hope I can get it all to work when I get to work on it again.

In the meantime, my backup bike, Kermit is back on the road and doing well.

April+May Stats and June update

Spring was pretty nice this year. There was a wide array of temperature variations and some pretty wet periods, but nothing horrible in our area.

Now that we’re mostly through June, the temperature and humidity have been more prevalent which makes the cool mornings all that more appreciated. One cool Monday, a lady I intersect with regularly while out on my morning routine mentioned how quickly we’ll be feeling the humidity and she was right, by that Friday morning the moist air had made breathing more laborious.

I run 3-4 times a week and bike the alternating days while keeping up with some short walks during the day. While my legs still protest a bit, I’m extremely grateful for the ability to run 6-7 miles again at a reasonable pace. For example, here is today’s run:

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Below are the totals for April and May

March 2020, COVID-19, Stayin’ healthy

If you’re on planet earth you already know what’s happening in the world, so I’ll only share my March updates.

As I mentioned in an earlier post I was able to run a little again and how wonderful that is. I’m still taking it easy and trying different routine alterations to see how my knees react. I found three contiguous days of running about 5 miles, even at a slow pace, was a bit much for the knees, so whenever possible, I’m alternating running and cycling.

Yes, I am calling what I do as running, even though it’s slow and likely looks like a character Tim Conway used to play on the Carol Burnett show. It’s still dark in the morning when I run so at least I’ve got that going for me. Not that there are many people out in the fields where I’m running, or even in the town segments.

The March activity report shows that I’m still moving! I’ve learned a lot about recovery the last 6 months and continue to learn what works and what was a bad idea. If I can look for benefits from this period, it would include additional stretching (Yoga/Pilates) and strength exercises that I’ve incorporated. Also, just how amazing our bodies are at healing if we give them the proper help along the way.

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