Posted on December 14, 2017
Tonight, I just had to get out for a short run to stretch my legs and get the German Shepherd some exercise. It was totally dark when I started, and it was a bit cold. It was surprisingly cold when I hit certain little canyons or low points. Some of those places hold cold air like a bucket. The temperature could drop about 15 degrees in a matter of a few feet as I ran down a hill into a small canyon.
I ran with the dog off leash, since the place was so empty (the leash is always in my hand). Of course, he was perfect, running right at my side the whole time. I also couldn’t find my headphones tonight, which was really annoying. I had a podcast I was looking forward to listening to on my run. But since nobody was out there, I just cranked the volume up on my iPhone speakers and listened that way. Nobody was bothered because nobody was around. However, I would never do that when other people are trying to enjoy the trails. Please, please don’t do that on your Saturday morning hike. You just look like a jackass.
Anyway, good run. Cool evening. Now I need to find my headphones.
Updated on December 11, 2017
Yesterday, Santa Maria was hit with a lot of smoke and ash from the Thomas fire in Ventura, Ojai, and Santa Paula (see yesterday’s video). As of this morning, the fire was a 230,500 acres or 360 square miles. The smoke and ash was so bad, it was unhealthy. It was forecast to get worse today. However, I woke up this morning to see much less apocalyptic skies. I checked the air quality report, and Santa Maria was in the green. It was a good day to take the German shepherd out for a run. If not today, tomorrow may be smoky again.
The run was pretty uneventful overall, but one interesting thing was the amount of ash on the ground. As I ran up Union Valley Parkway, the ash was deep enough to see footprints from people running and bike tracks from their tires. Granted, it wasn’t really that deep, but it was deep enough to see tracks, and that’s not something you see everyday.
The dog and I only ran a 5K today because the air quality still wasn’t perfect. We didn’t want to push our luck. But I would say it was just about perfect for a Monday morning run.
Updated on December 9, 2017
Wow, today’s run was tough. It was far tougher than a ten miler should be. I’m not sure exactly why that was.
I started the run under some smoky skies. The Thomas Fire in Ventura, my home town and two hours south, was at about 148,000 acres as of this morning. That’s about 231 square miles. Massive. We haven’t been too impacted by smoke here, but the winds have changed a bit which is blowing them north.
The first half of the run felt pretty good, but the second half was a slog. Part of it might have been due to the temperature increasing. It wasn’t really that warm, but it was warmer. I don’t think it was really due to the smoke. My lungs are still recovering from a slight cold that just won’t go away. Plus, this is the most mileage I’ve done in a number of weeks.
The good news is that my pace was much faster than I expected, and I think I even got a negative split. So maybe it was tough simply because I was pushing myself. Either way, tough runs are good for the mind. I had to keep talking myself into continuing with the plan, fighting back all the great excuses I had to turn around and end the run early. But I didn’t end early. That’s always a win.
Updated on December 8, 2017
I think this is the first 10k I have done in about a month. Being busy with work and catching a cold didn’t help my mileage goals. But today was a nice run. I wasn’t quite as fast as I wanted to be, but I felt like I pushed myself under the conditions. My nose was running like crazy partially due to the chilly air and partially due to my lingering cold. That was the only annoying thing about the evening.
I also decided to start journaling my activities again because I think it helps me in some unknown way. I was thinking about what has changed since two years ago, and that is one thing. This will be the second year in a row that I don’t complete at least one marathon. That’s gotta stop. 2018 is going to be my comeback year. I’ll still be slow, but I’m going the distance.
Updated on December 8, 2017
Well, it wasn’t a supermoon tonight, but to be fair, a supermoon isn’t really a “super” moon. But it was a beautiful almost full moon this evening. The wind was blowing hard at my house, but it wasn’t too bad on the trails. I was the only person out there, and it was great. I’m still getting over a cold, so my lungs felt iffy, but overall it was a great run. Winter is practically here, so I have to get used to cold, wet, windy runs.