Wednesday, April 29, 2009

4.29.09 -- Beautiful day, but not so enjoyable of a run

Well, today was another stellar day. Sunny and in the 60's. Ran early today, so it was in the low to mid 40's. My run wasn't the best today b/c of a nagging blister on the bottom of my foot. That made the run uncomfortable. Plus, I had a meeting to get to so I was running fast to get my 100 miles in and make it to the meeting.

Taking the day off on Thursday, April 30th. Got my miles in and will now rest the blister. Will pick it up again on Friday, May 1st.


Tuesday, April 28, 2009

4.28.09 -- What a beautiful day!

Well, today was a BEAUTIFUL spring day in Alaska. I almost put on a pair of shorts and I wish I would have! Low 50's and nothing but sunshine. I think the low 50's to 60 are some of the best temps to run in. I've run in temps from -22F to about 110F.

My "lunch" runs are done in the Ship Creek area of downtown Anchorage. This area of town has the highest number of homeless folks in Anchorage. I say that because I encounter many of these people on the trail. I run along the Ship Creek Trail. Of course, it runs along Ship Creek. During the summer months I can see huge King Salmon in the creek. What a sight to see as I run along the trail, watching the Kings splash and make their way up the creek (it's more like a river, but oh well). I'll write all about it this summer. There are also lots of bears around the creek, but fortunately I have yet to run into any! By August running along the creek is pretty disgusting. The rotting fish make for a horrific smell. It makes you gag! Okay, I got off track a little there. Much of the time the homeless folks I encounter at noon are highly inebriated. Today a man and woman were sitting on a bench along the trail. The lady says to me, "Hey jogger! Jog on man!" They're usually very friend. I've never had any problems, though I'm cautious b/c it is somewhat isolated from the road at times. With the business I'm in (Corrections) I know to keep my guard up. When I came back around they were "drunk necking" pretty good (I can't get the image out of my head! Yuck!!). She then asks me for a smoke! Sadly, I had to say no because I'm RUNNING you freakin' weirdo!

That's about it for today's excitement. Later.


Monday, April 27, 2009

Alaska running

I run at least 100 miles a month in the great state of Alaska. My goal is 100 miles/month and 1200 miles/year. I've been running for almost 10 years now and I love it. I use my lunch hour to run between 5 and 6 miles daily. I also run on the weekends when I have to, but prefer my "lunch" runs. Some runs are exciting, scary, and some are just plain boring. I will tell those stories on here. Some stories include running into moose, being chased by moose, and me chasing moose! You've never experienced the fear and excitement of running from a 1200 pound bull moose with an enormous rack of antlers (at least most of you haven't)! There's also the feeling that you're being watched by a bear! I live in Anchorage, near the Campbell Creek Science Center on the lower hillside. This area has a high concentration of bears. Last year there were two attacks. In fact, there was a highly publicized attack on a young girl; the exact area that I ran through less than 24 hours earlier. That was eerie....

I run outside all the time, no matter the weather. My bottom temperature is -20F. I've found that running in temps colder than that is just way too cold on the body. I grow a very full beard in the winter and during the cold runs it's usually covered with heavy layers of ice and frost. I know I have a picture someplace. I'll look for it to post.

Check back each day and I'll recount the day's run or tell of a story in the past 10 years Running through Alaska!