Monday, July 30, 2007

Has it really been over a month?

Evidently it has. I have been running (very little riding) and my heart has been doing ok. I had a couple of instances over the past month where my heart started fluttering. Both occasions occurred when I did a long run, got hot and dehydrated. I am trying to continue the running and drink more water during the runs.

I don't know how much I have been running over the past month. However, I spent a few days in San Francisco (stayed near the wharf) and ran everyday. I stayed on central time so that meant I was up at 0400 and running by 0500. One day I ran to the Golden Gate with a friend that attends the same meetings. The next day we ran to the Bay Bridge. It was really nice running in 55 F early in the morning. It was interesting seeing all the folks wearing long sleeve shirts, gloves, tights...I was just wearing a shirt and shorts.

This past weekend, I ran about 4 miles on Sat morning and then the Twilight Retro Run 5k at Trak Shak with both of my kids. I started with my daughter in the back of the pack because she was afraid she would get trampled at the start. Then I ran to catch up with my son who started near the front. I ran with him to the finish in a not so impressive ~24 minutes. I then ran back along the course until I found my daughter and finished with her. Although the run started at 1800, it was hot. Thankfully it was overcast, but I still cannot run hard when the temp is 80F. We had a good time especially when they held the best retro outfit contest.

I ran 8.4 last night after a brief rain. This was a slow paced run. However, I woke up early this morning around ~0200 and my legs just hurt. About 0400 I finally got up and took some Tylenol and the pain finally eased enough for me to go back to sleep and sleep through my alarm. Not sure why my legs ached so much. I probably should have taken an ice bath after my run. I think I will do so next weekend after my long run.

In the next week or so, I will start my training program for the Rocket City marathon which is Dec 8. I feel like I am in good shape to stay healthy and not have any major episodes of flutter. I also need to lose a few pounds. I would like to get down to 155 lbs by November and I am about 165 lbs right now. Every bit counts!

I will try a little harder to keep this up to date. But I ain't making no promises.