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Another run before the soreness kicks in

After a hard run, or any sufficiently intense workout, I can sometimes be sore for a few days. That’s not uncommon but it is sometimes surprising to me how the soreness doesn’t set in until the second day.

After last Sunday’s run I wasn’t recovered enough to run again until Saturday. Saturday’s run was harder than that one. I was looking at the likelihood that it could be several days before my next run.

The new math: 8.67 miles == 5 kilometers

I have three weekly items in my to-do list which set a rather low bar for my weekly mileage: first is to walk one mile, once per week. A few years ago my doctor prescribed this for me. He told me it was intentionally an easy goal so that I could commit to it and keep my commitment. I added a second recurring task to «walk or run at least two miles», and more recently I added «run at least three miles.» Six miles per week is a pretty poor training regimen, but it’s a minimum of three outings per week.

Maybe there is something to that «warm-up» thing, after all.

In the past few years I’ve found myself having trouble getting back into the flow of running. When I go out it has been more difficult than it used to be. Perhaps I’m getting older, certainly I’ve fallen out of good training habits, but I’ve only rarely found that «zone» I used to enjoy where I settle in to a pace and feel I can continue indefinitely.

Today’s run was a good deal closer to that than it has been in a while, and I credit that to not starting running straight out the door.

Take a walk on the island side

OK, well, they’re sort of both island sides. See, Alameda is an island ever since they carved out the canal that separates Oakland from Alameda. Bay Farm Island isn’t actually an island any longer, though I’m pretty sure that once upon a time it was. So which side of the canal between Alameda and Bay Farm Island is «the island side» is left as an exercise for the reader. I walked both sides today so my bets are hedged.

The pain in the rain lies mainly in the brain

Some people don’t believe it, but running in the rain is a lot of fun. The rain is cooling, which feels good but also means there is less need to sweat to cool off. The fresh water from the sky helps wash away all the salt too, so it’s an all-around win. I hadn’t been for a rain run in quite some time—I don’t think I’ve ever done one since I moved to Alameda. We had our first real rain here in months today and I took that as my cue. Sitting and watching the rain on the lagoon is nice, but I did some of that too.

Once more, this time with air

This is the run I’d really meant to run Sunday. While this time I neglected to put the inhaler in my pocket, I did take a puff shortly before heading out. It was a tremendous difference being able to breathe. I’m not in great shape and I have a long way to go. but more days like today I can take. Attempts like Sundays, I just can’t.

There but for the grace of oxygen go I

It’s been a while since I logged any miles, so I think this has to be counted as a success, but one far short of what I’d hoped. The good news is that my heart and legs seem to be doing OK, at least so far as today was a test. The bad news is that I left my albuterol inhaler at home. I got about a mile out before I was wheezing so much I had to walk. I walked out to the beach and took a few zigs and zags along the way to catch some side streets I’d never been on before.

2012 Independence Day RACE

ImageWe could not have asked for better weather for the Independence Day Ralph Appezzato Charity Event 5K this year. The RACE is a great event for a few reasons. The 5K is on the parade route for the Alameda Fourth of July Parade. People line up to watch the parade along the entire route, so there are spectators, many of whom cheer enthusiastically, from the start to the finish. The spectators don’t dwindle at the end either; most will be there until the parade finishes.

Having spectators along the entire route may not be the best thing for every race, but for a July Fourth morning race it’s a lot of fun to be cheered on, even at the back of the pack. And I have to give the race organizers credit for ingenuity holding the race on a course that has already been closed to traffic for the parade.

Stretching my legs at Southshore

ImageIt's been a bit too long since I've been out for a run. There's really no excuse. Alameda is very flat so I don't have to contend with hills, and the weather has been fantastic. I have a great neighborhood for running, being surrounded by beautiful houses and just a few blocks from the beach. Also, I'm new in town and exploring by foot is the best way to find my way around. 

So of course getting started was the hardest part. It's always the hardest part but it helped to follow the slogan of the DSE Runners: start slow and taper off. I tell myself that it doesn't matter how slow I go, that the important thing is that I keep going. I run into trouble when I'm forced to slow to a walk to wait for traffic or negotiate an awkward stretch of sidewalk. If I drop to a walk from a jog, it takes a lot to get going back to a run; it's like having to get started all over again. I try to avoid it if possible.

Nighttime at the Wharf

Wharf at NightThis is one of my old routes from before my motorcycle accident in 2007. This was before I had a GPS so I measured out distances using my bicycle and then stuck to routes I’d measured. I measured enough segments to give myself a reasonable amount of variety when running, but it still felt very modular: if I want to add a half mile, go to the end of the Municipal Pier and back.

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