Running

One of the great things about my new place is how close I am to Green Lake. One of my goals for coming back to Seattle and being in The Real World™ is to exercise. I tried it a year ago with CrossFit, and had mixed success. I was able to find the time to do it, but I didn’t have any idea of what I was doing. This may have contributed to my numb hand incident last year, which I eventually was resolved with a little bit of PT, however I had lost my exercise momentum.

But, this is a new year! And it would be a shame to waste Green Lake’s paths at 5am in the morning. Running seems like a pretty easy thing that I already know how to do (no special training required, although I did run track for a season back In The Day™). So I get up, drag my self out of bed (sometimes with the assistance of Ben or Quinn, who have each run with me once – although Quinn did it with me on a mid-Sunday morning), and run.

I ran two days last week and did not get around the lake either time. I ran yesterday with Quinn and today by myself and managed to get around both times1! The sun has barely started to rise and the air is nice and cool, making for ideal running conditions (for me at least).

run_ready20080909 If I can keep this up for the rest of the week, I’m planning on getting a Nike + iPod gadget that links my shoe to my iPod. My iPod will then be able to give me real time feedback on how far I’ve run, my pace, time elapsed, calories burned, etc…all to music! Anyone have any experience using the Nike + iPod and want to weigh in on it’s effectiveness?

Anyway, most mornings I’m out the door by 5:05am. If anyone wants to run with me, meet me in front of my building. If you know for sure that you want to run, try to give me a heads up the day before so I can let you know if I’m running or not the next morning.

Hopefully I can stick with this.


  1. getting around is not the problem, getting around in time to get ready for work so I can catch the carpool is the problem 

4 Replies to “Running”

  1. Hello!!! Long time no see :-).

    Why, yes, I do have some Nike+ experience but it’s from 2007 so they may have updated things.

    -The “power song” is a neat feature. You can program one song to play when you hit a certain button to give you a quick boost.

    -You train the device to your stride and it works well if you train it right, but it doesn’t like going from treadmill to outside and back. My stride was different on each and it wasn’t a fan. I trained on the treadmill for road races and always ended up being faster than the device thought I was.

    -There are a lot of neat challenges on the Nike+ site. If you’re competitive, it’s a nice touch.

    -The integration of the Nike+ site with iTunes is pretty nifty. As long as you regularly sync your iPod, it takes care of itself and you can get some neat auto-tracking of your runs from it.

    My relationship with Nike+ ended when I washed my iPod mini after having it zipped up in my running gear. Somehow I still managed to keep track of the other two little pieces (foot thing and iPod dongle thing), so maybe someday I’ll get another mini. Better luck to you!

  2. glad to see you are running, just make sure you warm up before you do it. Your muscles need to be warmed up but I don’t have to tell you that. The students at Mines did their trek up the mountain to paint the M. Do you remember that portion of your life? Saw the video on Channel 9 News. Love and Blessings, grandma Jo

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