Walk 33: The Penance Walk

Before I could give myself time to change my mind I went out today for a walk/run, determined to make at least partial amends for my fatty indulgences of the last few days. As a bonus the weather looked iffy, so I figured crowds would be minimal.

Well, the weather was iffy–rain showers for all but the last 15 minutes or so, when the sun poked out, but there were still crowds, as a lot of people apparently just want to get out and don’t care if they also get wet.

There was one annoying runner ahead of me at one point who kept running right down the middle of the trail, which is bad form. Worse, she kept drifting back and forth, which is terrible form. I originally planned to catch up and pass her but I’m so soft and flabby right now that I just let her go ahead while I caught my breath. Such is my running life at the moment.

I did run a lot more than the previous outing and had no difficulties, other than just my stamina conking out significantly earlier than it normally would. But it’ll get there eventually if I stick with it. Which I plan to do. Honest!

Stats:

Walk 33
Average pace: 8:18/km
Location: Brunette River trail
Distance: 7.26 km
Time: 1:00:21
Weather: Rain showers
Temp: 11ºC
Humidity: 81%
Wind: light
BPM: 138
Weight: 180 pounds
Total distance to date: 252.61 km
Devices: Apple Watch Series 5, iPhone 12

Walk 32: Mostly walking

I went out today and only ran in short bursts, so it took me about nine or so minutes longer to complete vs. my typical pace. I’m okay with that, as I’m just glad that I was motivated enough to get out instead of shutting down and slumping in a chair or on the bed.

Stats:

Walk 32
Average pace: 9:12/km
Location: Brunette River trail
Distance: 7.55 km
Time: 1:09:35
Weather: Sunny
Temp: 19ºC
Humidity: 39%
Wind: moderate
BPM: 123
Weight: 179.3 pounds
Total distance to date245.33 km
Devices: Apple Watch Series 5, iPhone 12

Walk 31: Left knee, right shoulder, forward march

Another beautiful but windy day as I set out right after work. I didn’t run quite as much today–or so I thought–but my pace was better, reversing a trend of getting slower. Yay.

I did slow or stop running a few times, once due to a stitch starting to develop in my right shoulder, and again when my left leg/knee were feeling stiff and cranky (this tended to settle and improve as they got warmer).

If I continue at the pace I’m at now, I will probably try running the entire back half of the river trail (about 2 km) in the next week or two. And to think I used to come sailing in at the end of a 10K run as if I’d just jogged a hundred meters. :P

Stats:

Walk 31
Average pace: 8:22/km
Location: Brunette River trail
Distance: 7.44 km
Time: 1:02:16
Weather: Sunny
Temp: 19ºC
Humidity: 25%
Wind: moderate to high
BPM: 135
Weight: 179.8 pounds
Total distance to date: 237.80 km
Devices: Apple Watch Series 5, iPhone 12

Walks 27, 28, 29 and 30

I started doing run/walks again recently and completely forgot to post about the first three. Whoops. I blame the five-month gap since the last walk.

Overall, they were fine, no injuries or mishaps and the plantar fasciitis was not an issue, though the left foot still feels stiff later on, before recovering.

Today’s walk was under sunny skies and warm temperatures, but a persistent wind with a bit of a bite kept it from feeling too warm. I felt weirdly weary after work (say that three times fast), so I didn’t run quite as much, but I had a strong finish, mostly because I really had to use the bathroom by the end.

Note that while my pace has gotten worse over the four run/walks, my BPM has improved nicely. I’ll take it.

Here are the stats from all four walks:

April 2:

Walk 27
Average pace: 8:00/km
Location: Brunette River trail
Distance: 7.31 km
Time: 58:29
Weather: Mostly sunny
Temp: 10ºC
Humidity: 53%
Wind: light
BPM: 147
Weight: 179.4 pounds
Total distance to date: 208.48 km
Devices: Apple Watch Series 5, iPhone 12

April 3:

Walk 28
Average pace: 8:04/km
Location: Brunette River trail
Distance: 7.37 km
Time: 59:32
Weather: Cloudy, some sprinkles
Temp: 8ºC
Humidity: 77%
Wind: light
BPM: 143
Weight: 178.8 pounds
Total distance to date: 215.85 km
Devices: Apple Watch Series 5, iPhone 12

April 5:

Walk 29
Average pace: 8:09/km
Location: Brunette River trail
Distance: 7.29 km
Time: 59:30
Weather: Sunny
Temp: 12ºC
Humidity: 49%
Wind: light
BPM: 140
Weight: 179.2 pounds
Total distance to date: 223.14 km
Devices: Apple Watch Series 5, iPhone 12

April 12:

Walk 30
Average pace: 8:28/km
Location: Brunette River trail
Distance: 7.22 km
Time: 1:01:13
Weather: Sunny
Temp: 16ºC
Humidity: 27%
Wind: moderate to high
BPM: 132
Weight: 179.5 pounds
Total distance to date: 230.36 km
Devices: Apple Watch Series 5, iPhone 12

Walk 26: Slow feet, fast feet

It’s been about two weeks since my last walk, so it was perhaps unsurprising that I was a bit sluggish on the walking portion. It was also chilly, though thankfully the wind was not blowing. I wore two layers up top and my stylish running pants for the first time in…quite awhile.

I was not overdressed.

Being a mid-afternoon on a weekday, I was expecting it to be fairly quiet, but there were quite a few people out, perhaps taking advantage of the dry weather before The Rains begin.

Thanks to my world’s tiniest bladder, when I got to the end of Cariboo Place I did not turn around and head back. Rather, I crossed over to Burnaby Lake, grabbed a few pics (praying it would not kill the phone) and used to Jiffy John™. I ended up having to go three separate times while out, which may be a personal record. Did I secretly drink a lot of liquid before heading out? Did the cold make my bladder “nervous”? Who knows. It’s not a personal record I want to beat, at any rate.

The running part went better and the one full km I was able to measure came in at 5:35/km, pretty respectable after two weeks of marginal activity.

Overall it was nice to get back out and I felt somewhat smart by actually dressing for the weather. The phone survived, going from 100% to around 64% by the time I got home (I did not start listening to music until I was headed back and kept it at a low volume. I also closed out all other apps. These are the things you do when your phone battery decides to play dead).

The stats:

Walk 26
Average pace: 8:18/km
Location: Brunette River trail
Distance: 8.87 km
Time: 1:13:41
Weather: Cloudy
Temp: 5ºC
Humidity: 81%
Wind: light to nil
BPM: 131
Weight: 171.6 pounds
Total distance to date: 201.17 km
Devices: Apple Watch Series 5, iPhone 8

Walk 25: Frozen buns

It’s a Monday and traditionally Monday is a lazy day when it comes to exercise, but with only a handful of days left with good daylight after work, I decided to head out. It was 8ºC, but with little wind it didn’t feel too cold.

Fifteen minutes later and my butt was like ice. It dropped to 6ºC by the end, but I was sufficiently warmed up that it was fine. I wore shorts and had two layers up top–my usual long-sleeved running shirt and a sleeveless underneath. Unlike most times in the past, this did not result in me feeling overdressed. I have finally learned. (I noted only one other runner wore shorts, the rest were wearing sweatpants or some form of spandex/Lycra. Several were also wearing hoodies/jackets and gloves. I feel it would have been too warm for gloves, but still appreciate the extra-long sleeves on my shirt that can act as pseudo-gloves when needed.)

I was a bit slower on the walking portion, likely due to the much colder temperature but moved along at a good pace for the running part. Overall, I was glad I made the effort.

The stats:

Walk 25
Average pace: 7:39/km
Location: Brunette River trail
Distance: 7.54 km
Time: 57:42
Weather: Clear
Temp: 8-6ºC
Humidity: 54%
Wind: light to nil
BPM: 132
Weight: 171.2 pounds
Total distance to date: 192.3 km
Devices: Apple Watch Series 5, iPhone 8

Walk 24: Dark shadows and no dogs

I was a tad slower on the walk out, possibly because it was a bit chillier this afternoon. Once I got warmed up I was fine and even had that “could just keep on going” feeling during the running part. It was nice.

In the areas where there is still decent canopy there was a definite sense of deepening shadows as the days grow shorter. If I was still doing my usual afternoon commute it would already be getting dark too early to run outside after work.

Checking the sunsets that are coming up, it looks like the last day I’ll be able to do a one-hour outdoor workout and still be back before the sun goes down is October 31 when the sun sets at 5:50 p.m. That’s actually twenty minutes early, but we switch back to Standard Time (boo) on November 1, so the sunset suddenly jumps up by one hour to 4:49 p.m., which is only 19 minutes after I’d head out. This makes me sad and makes the yearly switch back to “Standard” time seem all the more dumb and unnecessary.

Also, October 31 is a Saturday, so the real last day would be Friday, October 30, just nine days from now. It’s funny, I had completely forgotten about the time change. Bleah.

Anyway, today’s workout was good and I shall cherish and delight in it.

Stats:

Walk 24
Average pace: 7:40/km
Location: Brunette River trail
Distance: 7.85 km
Time: 60:16
Weather: Sunny
Temp: 10ºC
Humidity: 65%
Wind: light
BPM: 128
Weight: 170.1 pounds
Total distance to date: 184.76 km
Devices: Apple Watch Series 5, iPhone 8

Walk 23: Getting cooler

Eleven days later and the temperature went from 21ºC to 11ºC. That said, there was virtually no breeze, so it didn’t really feel like 11. It was also nice to be outside again after a week and a half, even with all the BDOs (Bad Dog Owners) on the trail.

I’m writing this a day later because I just plain forgot to write about the workout afterward, distracted by shiny objects and other things and it’s surprisingly difficult to remember particular details even a mere 24 hours later.

I felt pretty good throughout and had no issue on the run portion, posting a fairly zippy pace. The dog owners were somewhat annoying, but the dogs themselves stayed out of the way. Although it was the weekend, I was somewhat surprised by the number of people out, as the sky threatened rain (though it didn’t actually come).

Overall, a nice trip back into the outdoors before it gets too dark and cold to do it for another season.

Stats:

Walk 23
Average pace: 7:29/km
Location: Brunette River trail
Distance: 7.87 km
Time: 58:51
Weather: Cloudy
Temp: 11ºC
Humidity: 90%
Wind: light
BPM: 132
Weight: 170.2 pounds
Total distance to date: 176.91 km
Devices: Apple Watch Series 5, iPhone 8

Walk 22: Getting warmer

Early fall weather continues to be weird and summer-like as it was around 21 when I went out this afternoon. The crispness in the air was largely gone, too. It really could have been a day in mid-June.

I had a bit more pep in my stride and only one USI (Untied Shoelace Incident). The running part came in around an average of 5:40/km, which was nice. And every dog (well, the one I saw) was on leash. Yay.

After taking the day off yesterday it was good to get out and aboot again.

Stats:

Walk 22
Average pace: 7:35/km
Location: Brunette River trail
Distance: 7.61 km
Time: 57:40
Weather: Sunny
Temp: 21ºC
Humidity: 67%
Wind: light
BPM: 129
Weight: 170.3 pounds
Total distance to date: 169.04 km
Devices: Apple Watch Series 5, iPhone 8

Walk 21: Chilled and slower

Even though it was 18 degrees, it felt a lot cooler, with a bit of a breeze blowing and almost all of the river trail now in the shade. It wasn’t uncomfortable by any means, but the bite of fall air is definitely there.

Perhaps because I was feeling a bit cooler heading out (but not in the Fonzie way), my pace was slower on the walk segment and a tad slower on the running part, but still not bad overall. I’d call this workout pretty average, with BPM and other stats reflecting that. Not bad, just…fine.

Stats:

Walk 21
Average pace: 7:44/km
Location: Brunette River trail
Distance: 7.65 km
Time: 59:07
Weather: Sunny
Temp: 18ºC
Humidity: 67%
Wind: light to moderate
BPM: 122
Weight: 169.6 pounds
Total distance to date: 161.43 km
Devices: Apple Watch Series 5, iPhone 8

Walk 20: Cool and far out

Well, as far as Burnaby Lake, at least.

Today the temperature was a bit cooler, but it was still higher than normal and sunny and warm, so it was nice for walking and running. I also started out in the morning to try to beat the crowds, which didn’t exactly work, but there were no dog incidents or crazed cyclists or anything.

My tiny bladder didn’t set off the alarm bells at the usual point, so I opted to do an extra leg into Burnaby Lake and use the Jiffy John there. I finished in a jiffy because those things are gross, stopped to take a few pics of the lake, then headed back, covering a little over 9 km. My running pace was not as blistering today, but that’s okay, it was still fine. It’s funny how quickly I get used to the improvements in pace and then shrug them off as no big thing when they are actually quite nice to see.

Anyway, Nic and I went bird watching at the lake later and I ended up covering over 26 km today, so I am possibly re-thinking my plan to do a full run tomorrow. We shall see.

Stats:

Walk 20
Average pace: 7:35/km
Location: Brunette River trail
Distance: 9.13 km
Time: 1:09:15
Weather: Sunny
Temp: 17ºC
Humidity: 77%
Wind: light
BPM: 127
Weight: 170.4 pounds
Total distance to date: 153.78 km
Devices: Apple Watch Series 5, iPhone 8

Walk 19: Fast feet and bad dog owners

The weather is being weird right now, with fall working in reverse, each day being warmer than the previous. It felt more like mid-July when I headed out. I mean, it was nice, but weird. There is a bit of smoke haze back, but not nearly as bad as for–you can still see the sky, for one. It was also quite humid again.

All that said, I felt peppy heading out and was somewhat saddened when my first km of running showed a pace of 5:37/km (which would have been awesome a few days ago). I pushed slightly for the second km and my pace dropped to 5:16/km. I can confidently say this is the fastest I have moved in a single km in quite awhile. I ended with an overall pace of 7:26/km, which is also a new high (or low, depending on your perspective).

The only real down note were a couple of dog owners. One couple had a toy dog of some sort. It looked a bit like a Greyhound that had been zapped with a shrink ray and for some reason they kept it on leash (good), but then let the dog drag the leash behind it (weird and bad, because the leash was probably four meters long. I was able–while still walking–to catch up to the trailing leash and easily could have stepped or tripped on it). This wasn’t too bad, though. The other dog owner had three dogs, in small, medium and large sizes, all of them off-leash for the triple bad strikeout. The small dog was trailing behind and nearly got caught underfoot as I passed it. The owner was oblivious to it.

The medium dog was the bets-behaved, sticking close to the owner. The large dog, which looked like a husky or a husky cross, was well ahead of the owner. As I moved over and began to pass, the large dog took interest in me. It was friendly, but having a large dog approach me while running is never a good thing, because dogs are dumb and unpredictable. This is why they need to be leashed when in public (sorry, dog owners, dogs are dumb. So are cats. And rabbits. Plus rabbits will pee on you. But I digress.) As the dog approached, I turned my head back to the owner and uttered my favorite phrase to all dog owners:

Leash your dog(s).

That was it. I kept running and I gave my free advice with no malice in my voice, just a simple request. I don’t think the owner had a leash, let alone three of them. But now she knows at least one person is not impressed with her free-stylin’ dog walking.

Back to the walk, though–I was quite pleased by it. I’ll do another walk/run tomorrow and then probably do a full 5K on Sunday. Current forecast is calling for 17C and light rain, which is a lot more typical for early October and is fine by me, as rain means fewer people.

Stats:

Walk 19
Average pace: 7:26/km
Location: Brunette River trail
Distance: 7.54 km
Time: 56:06
Weather: Sunny
Temp: 24ºC
Humidity: 54%
Wind: light
BPM: 130
Weight: 169.9 pounds
Total distance to date: 144.65 km
Devices: Apple Watch Series 5, iPhone 8