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I’ve Run & Logged Over 1,000 Miles For 2008

Monday, January 12th, 2009

I checked over my yearly graph in my account here with and I’ve run and logged over 1,000 miles in my account for this past year of 2008. As it was getting closer to December I knew I could make the 1,000 mile mark. For this next year I’m going to shoot for over 1,500. I’m sure I can make that as I took a lot of time off last year after running in one of the marathons I was mainly training for.

Below you’ll see a screen shot of my graph. You’ll notice for the year 2007 the stats where pretty low - that’s because I didn’t start logging runs until towards the end of that year as this running log website was just created late in 2007.

First Speed Workout Of the Year

Monday, January 5th, 2009

I just got done running my first speed workout of the Year today. Boy was that cold air hard on the lungs! I find it’s good to warm-up in a warm area, preferably inside, and then head out into the cold. As well keeping your self as warm as possible through out the workout is key. I’ve been running with gloves and a few layers and I admit I should probably be wearing a hat as well. But I just can’t seem to find one that fits me, conferable to wear, and doesn’t get full of sweat.

Some advice on snowy speed workouts:
In the past I’ve run some workouts on the track while it’s snow covered, although today’s workout was on the road. But hear are some tips on running on a snow covered track. I’ve found that clearing the track as best you can with your shoes before running on it helps, except if this leaves ice exposed then you’ll be sliding all around. In the case were there is ice or pushing the show off leaves ice I usually try not to run in my own tracks that way I minimize compacting the ice and snow down more and making it more slipper.

Another important thing to remember is that if you’re going to get injury running the workout due to the weather and snow conditions then just skip it or cut it short. It’s not worth being injury and being out of commission for multiple days or weeks in comparison to skipping one workout.

Lastly, running in snow and on icy grounds can have an effect on your turnover. Under these conditions your times may be a little slower, but in the long run you’ll be stronger. I equate it similar to running on sand or the beach.

Ways To Stay Warm On Winter Runs

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

As winter is officially coming to a start I thought it would be nice to mention a few ways you can make sure you keep warm on your runs and workouts. Keeping warm on a workout is important and you should understand that even when you’re sweating you can still be harmed by the effects of colder temperatures.

That being said it’s vital to have the proper gear when running. Here some of my top picks on items that will keep you warm.

1. Hat, a hat is a great item to combat cold with. Did you know that a large percent of your body heat comes off from your head? Between 7 percent and 55 percent of total body heat can be lost through the head (Parents, vol. 64 (December 1989), p. 242.) So it’s vital to keep that thing warm, wear a hat!

2. Gloves, wearing gloves can really help. When your body becomes cold it conserves heat and energy by giving heat and energy to those vital organs and things closest to your body. So you hands and fingers can sometimes be left to suffer. Wearing gloves can help combat your heat loss.

3. Layers of clothing, wearing layers of clothing is a great idea. Especially on a longer run where you are not going to be able to get more clothing if needed then wearing layers can help prevent cold problems. And in the event you get to hot you can just take it off and keep it with you and put it back on it you get cold once again.

If your a seasoned cold weather runner you’ll know that you tend to get a bit sweaty in all that gear sometimes. The thing not to do in such a situation is to remove too much clothing. The cold temperature will rapidly cool your body and the sweat goes not evaporate (which is the intention of perspiring in the first place) but rather will cool and may turn to ice. So if you take off clothing do it in moderation and you should always make sure you’re able to quickly place that clothing back on it you run into any problems or remain near somewhere you can quickly get warm at.

Also in the even you do get frost bit or any other injury from the cold weather you should immediately seek real medical advice. This article is just some of my ideas on keeping warm and should not be taken a medical advice.

I’m Approching 1,000 Miles Ran & Logged This Year

Sunday, December 14th, 2008

I’m just about run and logging 1,000 miles this year. I should hit that mark today (Monday 15th) on my next run. I only have 12 more miles to go before I hit the 1,000 mile mark. My marathon recovery this past month was a little longer than I’d like but even with that I knew I could hit this mark before the end of the year.

I’m looking to smash that mark in the upcoming year. My only set backs usually are my recovery time between marathon training. And I’ve just begun training for the next season, which is around the same time I began last season so I expect to be doing just as well if not better.

Let me know how many miles you’ve logged on your runs so far this year. I’d like to find out how other are doing.

Colder Weather Running Starting Up

Monday, November 10th, 2008

Well, with the winter starting up it’s time to face the cold weather once again. Running in the cold has always been somewhat more of a challenge to me. And I’ve always seemed to preform a little less than my best in colder weather. But I have found a few helpful tips that made it more bearable to get through.

For one you want to make sure you have the proper clothing. I know this can be quite obvious but there are times when even I should have worn more layers or had a hat or gloves. So check the weather outside before you go out, even login to your running log here and see what the weather is going to be like that day, or the next day. And remember you can always take layers, a hat or gloves off.

Try to plan your runs so that if you’re going to take layers off then you loop back to a common place to leave them while your still running.

Warm up before your run. This is a big one, I can be guilty of not doing this many times. During the colder seasons it’s extremely important you warm up and cool down properly - including stretching. It’s really amazing how much doing those things can help prevent injuries.

Eating enough foods. This is one you might not be so familiar with but s essential in the cold. When you body is in a colder temperature you burn more calories/energy in order to keep up your body temperature. So as a result you need more food to sustain your energy requirements. Eating a good breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks a usually a must for those training hard in the colder temperatures.

Well those are just a few tips I thought I would through out there. Let me know if you have other tips you’d like to share.