Lessons learned from a habitual outdoor runner

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Heading into Winter 2020

It’s been a while… first, the stats for the last few months.

JulyAugustSeptember
Activities544952
Total Distance443.15 mi441.13 mi414.66 mi
Total Activity Time47:55:13 h:m:s45:43:31 h:m:s44:55:08 h:m:s
Activity Calories30,485 C30,099 C28,932 C
Total Elev Gain1,192 ft1,449 ft1,476 ft
Average Speed9.2 mph9.6 mph9.2 mph

Thankfully, I am able to alternate running and cycling each day. As winter is coming and road conditions become unpredictable, there may be more running than cycling days so I’m hoping my legs are supportive. This morning’s ride (route below) was chilly and the wind was strong enough to be an added challenge

October 24, 2020 Ride

I’m still grateful for the continued injury recovery that has allowed me to keep exercising everyday! It’s been a long road to this point and there is more work to do before I can start running faster and longer. I am okay with that!

Running is an amazing thing for me and when I lost it due to injury it was tough to accept. I really wasn’t sure I’d ever be able to run again so I am jazzed to be doing this much.

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

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.

January/February 2020

Here are the January and February 2020 stats. I will qualify these months as continual improvement yet rather plain. It’s still winter here and that changes the outdoor activities. I don’t even attempt to ride the bike when there is the high probability of ice, especially in the dark. Call me wimpy or overly cautious, I just don’t like the idea of crashing the bike in freezing temperatures a few miles from home.

This means there has been a lot of foot-on-the-ground time, which is alright as I’ve been slowly getting a little jogging blended into my walks. My knee recovery continues and I’m very cautious on that as well. After the “blow-out” in 2019, I really don’t want to risk that again. So when I “run”, I probably look like a duck or a hundred year old and I sort of envision those old Tim Conway skits playing the old-timer, but I press forward with the desire to run again. Like most things, you don’t appreciate them as much until you lose them and I miss the freedom of being on a long run in the country.

Here are the numbers for January and February, I am so grateful for the mobility to exercise!

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