Weeble Runs

The personal running blog for Weeble.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

I missed hockey again

I used to play floor hockey at the local YMCA every Thursday evening, but I had to miss it tonight because of a rollout for work. I missed the last two as well, because I was feeling too tired from a run earlier each day. I'm enjoying running so much though that I'd rather miss hockey than miss a run! It's hard enough having to take a day off each week for rest.

I've been running at 10AM most days now, as that coincides with lunch hour on the east coast (where my clients are). I've been trying to run an hour each day, which is roughly my time for 10km. I love running in the morning in the fall in Edmonton, when the air is still chilly from the overnight lows. I wish the weather could stay like this all year!

My legs seem to be getting more adapted to running. I no longer feel any pain in my shins after each run. My hips feel a little tender immediately after running, but they feel normal by the time I get out of the shower or shortly thereafter.

I ran 10km this morning in about 1hr03 I think, which was about 4 minutes slower than yesterday. I was taking the pace a bit slower as I just didn't seem to have the energy I did yesterday morning. The run brought me up to just under 150km in September. I won't be able to this month, but I'd like to see if I can get up to 200km in October.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Pretty good week

It's been a while since I last posted - over a week - and I've put on quite a few kilometers. I ran about 47 kilometers since I last posted, including two 7km runs in the last 24 hours.

My Nike Plus challenge continues to be a strong motivating factor. A couple of runners in the challenge logged 20km+ days last week to jump way ahead. I'm in third place right now, but there's a gap of over 10km between me and the top two, and there are about 7 runners within 10km of me, so it should be a good run to the finish between now and September 30.

I was talking with my brother and father over the weekend, and they're both running regularly as well. My brother has been interval training, but he's developed shin splints and may slow it down a touch (like I have) to try to recover. My dad runs an hour a day 5 days a week.

My wife also signed up for a gym membership on Friday, and she's got an appointment with a trainer three times a week.

All in all, with Nike Plus and all the people working out around me in my family, I've got a lot of motivating factors to keep me running. I haven't felt this good in a long time (aside from the occasional complaints from my legs). I also can't remember a time that I've kept consistently running for this long, so hopefully I can keep it going.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Pain in my shin

I haven't been running as much as I'd like to recently. I took Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday off, as the inside of my left shin was very, very sore after my run on Thursday night. It wasn't anything like the shin splints I've had before.

I ran on Tuesday and Wednesday this week though (5km on Tuesday, 3km on Wednesday), but I deliberately slowed my pace from what I had been doing the week before. So far, my legs aren't complaining. I'm going to run again tonight, and I'll be keeping it slow again. I'd like to do 5km again, but I'll slow to a walk or stop altogether if I start feeling pain like I was last week.

I'm in a Nike Plus challenge right now - most km in September among a group of about 15 people. I was invited by someone that I met on the Cool Running boards. So far I'm not doing very well due to the four days I took off, but hopefully my legs will behave and I'll be able to narrow the gap.

Overall, I'm still feeling great - I no longer huff and puff throughout my runs, and I feel like I could actually carry on a normal conversation if I was running with someone. I'm not feeling lethargic anymore. Now if only my legs hadn't betrayed me. :-)

Sushiberry: A blog for discussion of baby toys, clothing, accessories, etc

My wife and I have started a new blog where we post and discuss items of interest to us, and hopefully other parents as well. Please visit us at Sushiberry!

We'll also be opening up an online store where we will sell some of our creations - things like handcrafted shopping seat covers to keep baby safe from bacteria, handcrafted bibs to keep baby stylish while keeping clothes clean, and assorted other handcrafted goodies.

Oh, and I have been running - but more on that later. :-)

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Back from Virginia

I got back from my business trip yesterday. I was only able to run once while I was on the trip, and put in 5km at a slower than usual pace. I don't remember my time, but it was over 30 minutes.

Actually, I ran twice. On Tuesday night, I had to run from one side of O'Hare airport in Chicago to the other, only to find that I missed my flight by about 2 minutes. Running with two bags is not fun.

I'm going to hit the road tonight again. Not sure if I'll put in 3km or 5km; it'll depend on how my legs feel once I start running again.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Day off

I took the day off from running yesterday to give my body a chance to recharge. Unfortunately, I was travelling by plane most of the day yesterday, and I'm not sure how much a body can recharge while being crammed into coach class airline seats and uncomfortable airport seats for most of the day.

I'll probably do a short run on the treadmill at the hotel tonight, maybe 3km or so, depending on what my body tells me. I forgot my gym shorts and shirt at home, so I'll have to wear the shorts and t-shirt that I wore on the plane yesterday.

Saturday, August 26, 2006


I was a bit concerned after my run tonight. I planned on doing a 3km run followed by a 1 or 2 km cool down. However, after the 3km, I started walking and found that my shins were hurting. The pain felt different than when I had shin splints early in the week, and didn't go away nearly as quickly. However, as I write this the pain is completely gone. I'll have to read up on running injuries to make sure that this doesn't sound like anything serious, and I'll go see my doctor if it reoccurs.

On the plus side, I set three personal bests today: best 1km time (4:46), best 1 mile time (8:22), and best 3km workout (16:29). I'm actually pretty sure that these are not my all-time bests, but they're the best times I've had since I've started running again. I once did a 6:23 mile according to one of my gym teachers, but it wasn't on a real track. Looking back, I'm pretty sure that the measurement of the area we were running on was less than accurate. :-)

I'm going on a business trip tomorrow through late Tuesday night; as a result, I will likely only be able to run on Monday night. I could always switch my schedule to a morning run, but I don't think that's going to happen. My work day already starts at 7AM, and it's hard enough for me to drag myself out of bed for that. :-) The days off are probably just what I need though - I've definitely overdone it a bit over the last week, and I don't want to end up injuring myself and losing my running groove.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Back on the road

After a two day hiatus from running outside, I hit the road again tonight. I found a trail that goes down into an abandoned campground in a ravine formed by a creek near my home. It was so much nicer running on the trails than running through the concrete jungle of suburbia!

I did my first real hill training - the first hill was down into and back out of the campground, and then I ran down into and out of two smaller parks that center on ponds in my subdivision. I'm sure it doesn't compare to the kinds of hills that are in races, but it as still a good test for me. I'm a long way from racing anyway. :-)

I also tried something called "fartlek" that I learned about on Cool Running. It's essentially throwing sections of much faster pace running throughout the workout. I mostly did this in the last 2 km of the run.

I ran/walked a total of 7.79km today in a time of 47'55" (almost all running; I think I walked a total of about 400 or 500 meters). My 5km time was 28'45; not quite my best 5km time yet. It was my longest run yet, and the second fastest pace I've kept (6'08" per km). The only time I kept a faster pace over the course of the workout was in my third run, which was only 5.92km.

Today I also met another beginning runner that is setting up a Nike+ challenge. It will be to see who can run the most miles in September. It should be another nice motivator to keep logging the miles.

Floor hockey

I took a day off from running yesterday - sort of. I played floor hockey at the YMCA for the first time in many months. I probably put in about 30 minutes of actual time on the floor before I had to leave to do a rollout for work.

I was a little sore when I came last night. I guess all the sudden changes of direction cause me to use different muscles than I use when running. I don't feel too bad at all this morning though.

I'll be playing floor hockey most Thursday nights from now on. It's a nice change of pace from running.