Saturday, June 25, 2011


Skipped the gym today, even though I should not have. Biked instead:

DC Bike Path: Cycling, Dist: (8.82) mi. Pace-avg: (5:13)min./mi. Speed-avg: (11.5)mph. Speed-max: (15.4)mph. Burned: (589) Calories.


Friday, June 24, 2011

Another Friday Run

Got up at noon. Watched TV, ate lunch, got my hair cut, lurked around Sports Authority and bought a Chums Water Jet bottle carrier. Once I got it home and the loaded up the water bottle, I tested it by bouncing up and down. The elastic straps on this make it flex way too much. But, during actual use, where I am running/jogging forward, without bouncing up and down, there was no trouble.

DC Bike Path: Walk/Jog, 4x. Dist. (5.08) mi. Pace-avg: (15:58)min./mi. Speed-avg: (3.8)mph. Speed-max: (5.2)mph. Burned: (569) Calories.

Having the water with me, rather than having to stop at the fountains, made a big difference in my perceived comfort during this evenings run. I also tried a pack of Clif Shot Blocks (Mandarin Orange) during the walk phases of my workout; they were very good. Time to stretch, eat, shower, and maybe go out for a bit this evening.


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Less Than Optimal

Had the itch so I went out for a bike ride:

DC Bike Path: Dist. (8.84) mi. Pace-avg: (5:16)min./mi. Speed-avg: (11.4) mph. Speed-max: (15.9) mph. Burned: (569) Calories. Much more winded than my last bike ride. I need to get back into the cycling habit. Outside temp was about 75F. Not bad for a ride.

and a run this morning:

DC Bike Path: Walk/Jog. Dist: (5.37) mi. Pace-avg: (17:28)min./mi. (Speed-avg: (3.4) mph. Speed-max: (5.3) mph. Burned: (613) Calories. Outside temp was in the 80F and up range.

OK. So I am not ready for running in this heat, yet. Better go out earlier in the morning, when it's cooler. I ate a GU Roctane 15 min. before the run. And had plenty of water before-hand. PowerBar energy gel on the way out during the run; PowerBar energy chews on the way back in, with water stops during both legs.

Now I am feeling more than a little whipped, so I better rehydrate more, stretch out, and shower.

Gear Wish List: I am thinking I should get some knucklelights, so I can run at night. My neighbourhood is a bit too dark at night, and if these things work as advertised, I could potentially run in the park at night. The street-lamps in the park are not turned on at night anymore, except near the restrooms and the tennis courts, so these would be great for running in the dark.

I also want to get a FuelBelt. Running in this heat definitely requires more water than is safely available during my run. I just have to start bringing it with me.

OK. Time to stretch. Later!