Week 9 & 19 weeks to go!

Monday –

Skipped

Tuesday –

Skipped – I didn’t run but went to Physical Therapy.  The therapist worked me over pretty good… I think this will help but I’ll need to help myself (i.e. I’ll have to do the exercises).

Wednesday –

Got out early to walk 5 miles before my 7:30 AM meeting.  Noticed that my pace seems to have picked up some again this week.  Setting new walking records… For me anyway… not exactly breakneck speed but a win is a win.

Thursday –

Skipped

Friday –

Today I felt pretty good but was pressed for time (my wife was sick so had to go to her school to deliver lesson plans and I had PT scheduled for 8:30).  So I only did 3 Miles but I decided to try running some of it.  Not much of it; only a about ¼ mile, but it felt good.  Although my “running shape” is pretty poor it still allowed me to cover the distance in just over 45mins.  That’s my best time for my three mile course since I started this round. I’ll take it.   When I told my PT that I ran some, she was okay with me slowly adding running to the mix.  That’s progress!

Saturday –

Again, fastest pace (17:24 mins/mile) for my 7 miler this morning.  Not exactly burning up the trail but faster is better.  No ill effects from my running on Friday. 

Sunday –

Was going to do 5 miles but decided to only go 3 miles today.  I felt tired from Saturday.  Not only from my walking but also from a project I worked on to build a desk for my office.  Based on my time for the walk (just over 56 mins), it’s obvious that I wasn’t moving to quick today.  It’s been a rough week and yet, my weight went up a pound!   Talk about adding injury to insult (or is that insult to injury?).  I was telling my wife that I think I’m not losing weight because of skipped days.  She didn’t buy that at all saying I just needed to eat less (AND that my metabolism ain’t what it used to be.).  Leave it to her to call it straight… She’s right I need to slow the chow down.   I may not be hitting my weight loss goals but I’m only 7 miles under my cumulative mileage goal at this point.  Whoop!  Whoop!

I have another challenge next week… We’re leaving for Houston on Wednesday for a family reunion on my mom’s side of the family.  We’re driving so and it’ll be a busy week with all the drive time.  I’ll have to see when and where I can wedge in some walks (runs?).  

Pictures of the week:

If you get up early enough, you’ll enter the time of long shadows.  This was taken at about the halfway mark of my 7 miler with the sun just cracking the Eastern horizon over the Catalina Mountains.  I’m pointing north toward the Grand Canyon.  My advice to myself is “Go North Old Man”… And I plan to… In September. 

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Below is a picture of the desk top I’m building.  I decided to use Redwood. I like working with Redwood and have used it to build bunk-beds for my sons and a pencil post bed for our first bed.  There is so much oak around that I’ve grown tired of oak.  Redwood is a much softer wood and I would be concerned if I was going to use my desk as a writing desk but who does that anymore??  The only writing I do these days is on the computer… So this desk is being built for a place to set my computer.  I’ve been using a folding table… Can’t wait for me to get this project done and I’ll post a picture then.  

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KylesMiles Wk 9

Week 8 & 20 weeks to go!

Monday –

Skipped

Tuesday –

Skipped

Wednesday –

Walked 3.2 miles in an hour on a machine at the hotel I say at in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  The machine estimated I burned 267 calories.  I don’t really like walking on a machine.  I much rather be outside and walking in the environment.  I decided tomorrow, I’ll do my hour walk around in the “Up Town” area of Albuquerque. 

Thursday –

I found a 20 min. loop around the hotel that doesn’t cause me to cross major streets or wait at any stoplights.  The loop goes around a pocket of upscale restaurants and shops in an area called “ABQ Uptown.”  I did the loop three times at my normal pace so I assume I covered at least 3 miles this morning.  It’s a sidewalk (concrete) walk all around but it’s better than walking on a machine (I think).  Below is a picture I took a picture Uptown Mall area that I circle.  It’s a little more brisk in the morning here than in Arizona – started out at ~480 F at 6 AM.

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Friday –

Skipped – Returned from ABQ last night and felt pretty lethargic so I skipped my walk.  I plan to do a 4 or 5 miler on Saturday and my second 7 miler on Sunday.

Saturday –

I decided a 4 miler would suffice today.  I started out thinking I’d do a 5 miler, but my legs felt really tight (I didn’t do well on my Physical Therapy exercises while in ABQ) so I decided to cut the walk short.  I considered 3 miles but convinced myself that I could tough-out a 4 miler.  On my return home, close to my house actually, I ran into a diamondback rattle snake (see pick).  He was a baby – less than 2 feet long.  I almost came up to step on him but saw him and stopped myself short.  He didn’t move but I know he was alive – It’s not unusual for them to come out, stretch out and sun themselves to warm their cold blooded bodies. 

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Sunday –

I hit the trail for my seven miles an hour before sunrise.  There was enough twilight that I didn’t need a flashlight.  I was sure to look for my friend the rattle on my way out this morning, but he was long gone.  I got to my halfway mark just as the sun was breaking over the Catalina Mountains. The pictures show the sun coming up at the corner of Tangerine and La Canada.  There’s a nice walking path that they’ve constructed but there is still road work to be done (Tangerine is one of those roads that seems to be under constant construction).  I noticed all the Saguaros are blooming as are other cactuses this time of year.  The pictures below include the Saguaro, the Saguaro Blossom, a jumping Cholla with its ribbon like bloom and more pictures of the cactus in my yard with many blooms (covered in the little yellow Palo Verde dropped blooms that I focused on in week seven).   The desert really is beautiful in its own way – with pretty colored blooms on some other wise menacing cacti.   I’m pretty happy with being 8 weeks into my plan and still excited to continue. 

Final note – Seems I gained 2.3 lbs. back this week.  I think because I eat too well on business travel… I’ll have to watch that more closely in the future.  I don’t want to carry 230 lbs. through the canyon.  

Pictures of the Week:

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KylesMiles Wk 8

Week 7 & 21 weeks to go!

Monday –

Skipped – Note: This week I approach 25% (as far as calendar time) toward my goal. 

Tuesday –

Skipped – I went to my first session of physical therapy (PT).  I sheepishly confessed my goal (to walk/run the canyon in September) to the therapists.  Surprising me, both Therapists (I had two) felt it was a realistic goal and they could support it.   They both felt, given my current situation, that September was enough time to make the best of my goal.  That’s great news!  It lifted my spirits… 

Then they started stretching me out.  I’ve always been one of the tightest people alive. Seems I’m tighter than a blood gorged Mississippi tick.  (Besides “tight as a tick”, other idioms I found included “tight as a drum”, “tight as Dick’s hatband” and “tight as bark on a tree”.)   I remember being embarrassed in grade school P.E. class.  They had each student stand on a box to see how far they could reach past their toes.  For me, they had to bring out a yard stick and measure up from the box.  I sure hope PT will loosen me up as well as correct my gate.  :- )  My primary therapist seems to think she could help me with my flexibility but frankly told me I’d never be a Gumby.

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Wednesday –

I walked four miles today and noticed that my pace was more than 4 mins faster than the last time I walked that distance.  You know, sometimes you have to take the good where you can find it.

Thursday –

I walked 3 miles and got my second dose of PT.  She worked me over pretty good.  I felt totally exhausted by the afternoon… rough time staying awake.

Friday –

I walked 5 miles today and felt pretty good.  Finally had a good night’s sleep.  My walking pace has picked up some.  Wednesday – Friday were all faster “walk-only” times than I’ve posted so far – Averaged 17:29/mile.  My best was 17:39/mile before… and that was when I was running some of it.   So let’s see… At an average of 17.29/mile, I could make the total distance of 23.9 miles (via the North Kaibab Trail (elevation 8,241 ft – 14.3 miles – mostly a descent) and the Bright Angel Trail (mostly an ascent – 9.6 miles – elevation 6,860 ft) in just under 7 hours.  If I leave at 6:15AM, that would put me at a finish time of around 1:15PM (if I didn’t stop – but I will stop for photos, lunch, water, rest… whatever I need to do).   Of course, I hope I can run some of the way.  The estimated drive time around from the North Rim to the South Rim is estimated at 4hrs and 4 mins and I don’t want my ride to be waiting 3 hours for me to finish.

Saturday –

Skipped today but plan to do my PT exercises.  Tomorrow the plan is a 7 miler… Will probably take me nearly 2 hrs.  Hope I can start running soon.  (PS: My plan to do PT exercises didn’t pan out today.)

Sunday –

I walked the 7 miles I planned this morning.  It took me just over two hours (2:01:41) to cover the distance.  That’s a pace of 17:23/mile – so again I’m noticing that my pace is quickening (wa hoo!).  It kills me because I know I could cover that same distance in half the time if I could run it.  I estimate that since I weigh between 225 and 230 lbs. that I burn about 130 calories / mile walked.  That means I burned about 910 calories this morning.  A person jogging burns calories at a rate of about 75% of their body weight for every mile they run.  For me that’s approximately 171 calories / mile.  When I run 7 miles, I could burn about 1,200 calories.  Conclusion: If I could run I’d spend less time and burn more calories over any distance.  Anyway, the good news is I’m finally starting to see some weight loss (down 4.2 lbs. this week) and I’m catching up on my weight loss goal (1.5 lbs./week) at this point of my training.

Today it felt hot outside.   It was 710F at 6:40AM (15% Humidity) when I started my walk and by the time I finished it is was 840F (11% humidity).  With the temperature going up 13 degrees and the humidity dropping, any sweating I did was literally being sucked up by the thirsty dry air.  I should have been coated in sweat but instead my skin was dry and hot.  I actually began to worry about heat stroke.  So, I’ve made a vow to carry water (or Gatorade) with me anytime I’m going to be out in the heat for more than an hour.  I’m also going to work at getting out of the house earlier – way before sunrise (which was 5:33AM today – that’s over an hour earlier than when I got out the door).

Something else occurred to me during my walk today.  If I had started this effort in November of 2017 (when I first announced to my face book friends that I was going to “check off a major item in my bucket list”), I would have started losing weight and building strength before the end of last year.   It made me wonder if that earlier effort would have avoided my chronic stenosis attack in February??    Not that it matters now, because that is just a fantasy and reality is only the facts of the current moment.  But here’s the point that was hammered home to me today… Don’t put things off.  This really hits home when I think about my Christian walk as well.  I’ve been telling myself that I need to step up and do more for the Lord and for my church.  I shouldn’t be waiting until I retire and “have more time” on my hands.  The truth is… time and life are short.  Not to sound to “Ferris Bueller” here… But take the time to do the important things in your life now… If not, life moves pretty fast and it’ll pass you by.

Picture of the week: 

This is “the long and winding road” I walk.  It’s a path near my home that runs alongside the local roadways.  At the point of this picture, I’m on my way back home (turned toward and heading for the barn) with only about 1.5 miles to go.  In the background are the Catalina Mountains.

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Here are some motivating words on how to turn a “Dream” into “Reality”…

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And finally… Kyle’s Miles for the week… Logged my longest walk yet (7 miles!).

KylesMiles Wk 7

Week 6 & 22 weeks to go!

Monday –

Last week was a complete “let-off-of-the-gas” week.  So I was determined to make this week a good exercise week, despite traveling to Albuquerque (ABQ) for work.  It’s always tougher to stay in a routine when you travel.  You’re eating different food (usually it’s fast food or restaurant food), you’re sleeping in a different bed, you’re schedule is different in that you’re trying to squeeze in fight within the week (with security you have to be at the airport 1-1/2 to 2 hours early), and the finally, you can be dealing with a time change (in my case only it’s an hour earlier but if you want to get a workout done before work, you have to back everything up by an hour).  Some folks are better at adjusting to these things than others.  Me?  I have to really make a conscious effort to adjust / look for opportunities.    

I had an early flight today (to get to ABQ as early as I could) but there are no direct flights from Tucson to ABQ.  Seems I have a choice, depending on airlines, of stopping in Las Vegas, Dallas or Phoenix.  I choose Phoenix which required a layover of about 3 hours.  While I’m at the airport, I’m on worktime (my email is piling up, because the work day has started, with questions from various people I support and I have to deliver a Monday report that drives the conversation for week).  After reviewing/answering emails and releasing my report, I still had about 30 mins to walk while waiting for the boarding time. So I took advantage and walked to different terminals.  I only logged 15 mins and ½ a mile for the day.  I was happy just to be able to put a mark on the board. 

Tuesday –

I rose early and went down to the hotel exercise room hoping to get on a walking machine.  At 5:30AM in the morning, the place was packed and there wasn’t a machine to be had – inconceivable!  So I decided to walk the streets of Uptown Albuquerque.  It was brisk outside (440 F) and I was wearing only a T-shirt and shorts but the walk quickly warmed me up.  I walked for 40 mins and gave myself credit for 2 miles.

Wednesday –

Skipped – I have my early morning meeting on Wednesday and it seems I’m always getting ready for it to just-before it starts.  “Hump-Day” is truly a hump for me to get over in my current role.

Thursday –

I managed to get a hotel walking machine this morning but was pressed for time (I hadn’t slept well the last couple of nights and slept in a bit today).  I only had 30 mins. and the machine said I walked 1.6 miles, so I rounded down to log 1.5 for the day.  I fly back home again tonight. Will be glad to be back home.

Friday –

Home again and back into my routine.  I work a 9/80 schedule at work which means I have every-other Friday off (by working eight 9 hour days and one 8 hour day, I work 80 hours in 9 days).  Anyway, today is an off-Friday so I knew I had all the time needed to get a 5 mile walk in today.  Only problem is I didn’t get out the door until 7:30AM and it was already 710 F (with only 24% humidity –it’ a dry heat) – not bad but with clear skies and a bright AZ sun, things are already starting to cook.  In the 1-1/2 hours it took me to walk, the temperature rose by 100 (and the humidity dropped to 21%).  We’re hitting some records for heat for this time of year.  It’ll be a lot better for my future longer walks if I can get out the door 30 mins ahead of sunrise. 

Saturday –

I hatched a plan to do a 3 mile walk today and another 5 mile walk tomorrow.  I hope to chalk up some miles this week to make up for my slump last week.  Three miles today and five tomorrow will give me a total of 17 miles for the week.  That’s one mile less in week 6 than in week 4 but it’ll be the first week where I’ve done two five milers in one week.  Some progress.  However, given the Grand Canyon Rim2Rim is a little more than 22 miles,  I’m walking less miles in a week than I hope to do in a day just 22 weeks from now.  I have a lot of work to do.

Sunday –

According to plan, I walked 5 miles today.  To “shake things up a bit” I walked my 5 mile loop in reverse today.  You have to wonder, “What difference does that make?”   It means I started out going uphill instead of starting with a relatively flat start.  In fact, it puts the first 1-1/4 miles of my walk uphill.  I noticed the difference was in the tightening of my calves – in fact, I had to stop and stretch them out at one point.   I know this is something I’ll have to deal with when walking mostly uphill for at least half of the canyon.  (What kind of half-baked idea is this anyway?)  Next week I start physical therapy (PT)… I hope that PT will help me build strength in my right leg and at the same time will loosen me up some (I’ve always have been prone with tight muscles – more water, more stretching is needed).   

Pictures of the week –

This is the Palo Verde blooming time of the year.  Palo Verde is Spanish for “green stick” and this time of year these green sticks put out millions of yellow blooms.  Turns out, I’m very allergic to these blooms.  Over a period of about a month, these blooms fall from their green sticks and litter the ground with a golden splash of color.  It’s kind of pretty in a way – but it’s kinda like the most beautiful and brilliant frogs are the most poisonous – they are beautiful but dangerous (at least to someone allergic to them).  And, silly me, I have one of the largest Palo Verde’s in my own front yard. 

I once had a “brilliant” idea to use a blower to blow all the fallen yellow blooms into a pile that could be more easily picked up.  What I really did was put a boatload of yellow green stick crap (okay pollen) into the air and I got so sick (swollen face, eyes, difficulty breathing) that it took me a 1-1/2 days to recover.   So now, I treat the blossoms with respect.  When I deal with them (after the last yellow blossom has fallen from my tree) I practically put on a “hazmat suit” so I can rake them up.  

It hasn’t helped that this is also the windiest time of the year, so everyone in this area is suffering.  The pictures below are some of the “green sticks” along my walking path and of the one in my front yard.   I’ve also included some pics that Babs took of our blooming cactus.  This cactus knows what it’s doing to deal with the heat, its blooms only come out at night.

 

 

 

KylesMiles Wk 6

Week 5 & 23 weeks to go!

Monday –

Skipped

Tuesday –

Walked 3 miles today.  Nothing special, in fact, it was a pretty slow pace.  Not my slowest for three miles but close at just over 55 mins (18:32/mile pace… I think I saw a desert tortes past me by going a pretty good clip – joking).

Wednesday –

Skipped.  I didn’t feel up to heading out today.

Thursday –

Skipped   Had my first appointment with a Physical Therapist.  The most surprising thing discovered was when she asked me to raise up on my toes.  First I did both feet – not a problem.  Then I did my left, untroubled foot – not a problem.  Then she asked me to do my right foot… I couldn’t move it much.  Funny, I can do my right in concert with my left but when I try to do it solo… no go.  The good news is that she thinks she can help me work that issue out.  Maybe retrain the muscles and reestablish nerve conductivity.  The bad news is she asked me to lay off any attempt trying to run.  She’s afraid of me injuring myself more.   If I’m going to run again, it’s got to be done slowly.  Depressing to say the least.  I don’t know what this means for my Canyon crossing… but I’m still hopeful.

Friday –

Skipped.  My knee felt sore when walking my dog (Baggins – picture below) so decided not to push a walk today.  Seems I making excuses now… will walk tomorrow.  I’m concerned that next week, when I’m in Albuquerque, I have too many “reasons” not to exercise.  Want to be sure to have a good weekend of walking and then Tuesday and Thursday in ABQ next week – By Friday I’ll be back home in Tucson.

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Saturday –

Skipped. The inside of my knee continued to feel sore today (once again noticed it while walking my dog.  We went to the fair and walked around the grounds, so I did get some walking in but nothing official to log as Kyle’s Miles.  Just walking around the fair, I noticed I was favoring my knee.

Sunday –

Skipped.  Why ruin a good “skipping run” for the week?  I dreaded stepping on the scale for the official weigh-in this morning but was pleasantly surprised that I only gained 8/10ths of a lb… This after little exercise and not following my diet (in fact, it included “fair food”… although I would never recommend a funnel cake diet).   Out of a potential of 7 diet points (one point for each day I followed my diet during the week), I awarded myself a 0.5.  So I didn’t walk much and didn’t follow the diet plan this week… I hope I can turn that around next even though I’ll be out of town for several days.

Picture of the week…

Here is a picture of a barrow cactus in my front yard with a violet halo that comes once a year at this time (late April).

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Kyle’s Miles for week 5 were pretty sparse…

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Week 4 & 24 weeks to go!

Monday –

After running some on Sunday, I decided to just walk my 3 miler today.   Although I didn’t intend it, it was one of my slower walks.  I’m hopping on Wednesday to up my running content and on Thursday extend my walk to 5 miles.  That’ll link two days together that will be tougher than any days so far.  I hope that’s wise.  I think to make my blog more interesting, I’m going to add some photos of my adventures and the area that I live.

Tuesday –

Skipped

Wednesday –

Today I increased my run time within my walk by completing 4 x 3 min intervals of jogging over my 3 mile loop.  My overall time out was 48 mins 44 secs which is my fast time for the loop so far this year.  I experienced the same phenomena as last Friday, in that my breathing improved with each interval.  So I believe for the next set of intervals I will start with a one minute run and add a minute until I get to five minutes.

I looked back over my times for my 3 mile loop and found I walked/ran and ran much faster.  In fact, seven years ago to the day, I ran the loop in 32 mins 53 secs… almost 16 mins faster.  That was still over 10 mins per mile.  I got some work to do!

Thursday –

I walked 4 miles this morning.  Longest distance covered since I started just about a month ago.   It takes time (1 hour 15 mins) to walk that distance at my current pace.  I remember a time in my life (35 – 40 years ago) when I could log 10 miles in less than an hour.  I know, those days are gone but still it makes me long for the time that I’m running instead of walking.  Even at 10 mins per mile, I would be able to cover 6 miles in an hour.  I’m looking forward to that time.  I had to get up before the chickens to get this walk in before work.  I took the picture below at about the half-way point of my walk.  In that twilight hour the day, I could still see the crescent moon as the sunlight was just peeking over the Catalina Mountains.  (My apologies for the quality of the picture.)

 

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Friday –

Skipped day.  I had a follow-up Dr’s appointment with regard to my EMG results.  Turns out, the chronic stenosis of my lower back (the damage sustained to my S1 – L5) has led to permanent nerve damage in my right leg.  This explains why, this time around, it’s been so difficult to run.  There’s nothing really to be done about it.  There is no blocking of a nerve that is dead.  If there is pain, yes they can block but there’s no need for a block for something that is already numb.   The only thing the Dr. had to offer was “perhaps physical therapy could help retrain my muscles.”  I need to trick my brain to compensate for the loss of feeling / muscle movement.  So what does all this mean?  I don’t exactly know yet and don’t plan to draw any conclusions at this time.  But it explains a lot about why I’ve found it so difficult to run.  So, for now, I’m just going to keep moving along with my plan and see how it goes…

Saturday –

Walked a 5 miler this morning – my longest distance for this go around.  It took me about 1- ½ hours.  I took a path I hadn’t walked before… So how do I know I went about 5 miles?  The major streets around my home are on a mile square grid.  If I stick to the major roads and walk West from one to the other and then Walk North from one to the other – essentially walk around the whole perimeter of the square mile – by the time I get back to where I’ve started I’ve covered about 4 miles.  It’s about 1/2 a mile from my home to the start of the mile square… So there and back again adds another mile.  I’ve always kept my mileage approximate – usually rounding to the nearest ½ mile.  So that 4.2 miles is 4 miles and 4.3 miles is 4.5 miles etc..  I believe keeping time of your workout is much more important than distance.  Distance tracking, to me, is more of a mental boost.  If you tell someone you walked for an hour this morning, there’s no real mental picture that comes to mind.  But when you tell them you logged 3 miles this morning (even if you did it in less than an hour) people seem more impressed.  It seems, to me, to motivate me more as well.  Of course when you combine time and distance and get pace, that’s when you can truly see progress.  For example, if last week I ran three miles in 40 mins but today I did it in 30 mins – that would show great progress!  That’s the key to keeping track of time and distance – to reinforce the feeling of progress… Continual progress.

Anyway, walking 5 miles for the day left me feeling very fatigued for the remainder of the day.  I was surprised that walking 5 required that much more effort than 3 miles.   It’s clear I need a lot more training before I’m ready to go more than 20 miles through the canyon.

Sunday –

I hoped to run some intervals today but just walked 3 miles instead.  I felt tired and unmotivated (lo mo) and only the following got me out the door…

  • If I didn’t exercise today, I would have to work out tomorrow. Monday is supposed to be a skip day but not if I skipped today.  It’s easier to get my time in on a weekend day than a work day so out the door I went.
  • Sunday mornings are my “weigh-in” mornings after exercise and breakfast so I was motivated to get a better weigh-in number. (Must have helped because my weight is down from last week by 3.1 lbs.. I’ve been keeping track of my diet discipline throughout the week.  I successfully managed to meet about ½ of my diet goals for the week.)
  • Finally, I wanted to beat my goal mileage for the week of 15 miles. With 3 miles today, I logged 18 miles for the week.  🙂

So I got my walk in this morning but it was slow.  As the song goes, “Momma said there’d be days like this… there’d be days like this my momma said.”

Week’s pics –

Today’s pics are a tribute the Javelina or Peccary.  Javelina is the Spanish name for Peccary and so in the Southwest they’re known as Javelina.  They look like hairy pigs but they are actually part of the rodent family (think “Rodents of Unusual Size” if you’re a Princess Bride movie fan).  Anyway, they run in “packs” in Arizona and every once in a while I have run across a pack.  Fortunately, I’ve never run into the middle of a pack.  Below is a picture of a Momma Javelina and her “piglet” that I took from the road above.   The picture’s fuzzy and grainy and it’s hard to make out the piglet to the left of her because they were on the move into culvert under the road I was on.  I came close to running into this pack but fortunately saw them before I did.  They are vegetarians but can turn aggressive if they are frightened or feel threatened and a need to protect their babies.  I like to walk/run early in the mornings which is, of course, the same time they like to roam – it’s the desert after all and nothing moves much during the heat of the day.  The other picture of the blob below is of some fresh Javelina scat that was on the path I walk.  How do I know it was fresh?  It was still warm (just kidding).  It’s not dried out yet, that’s how I know.  I also included some pictures taken by professionals so that it can be more clearly seen what Javelina look like.

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Here are the Kyle’s Miles logged for the week…

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Week 2 & 26 weeks to go!

Monday – Skipped Day

Tuesday –

Run/Walked my 3 mile loop.  By “run” I mean I ran the inclines along Naranja road between La Canada and La Cholla.  I only did this while out-bounded (heading West) which means I only ran for about 2 ½ minutes.  My plan was to do it both out-bound and in-bound but was not running smoothly.  I was favoring my numb right foot and tight leg again.  As a result, my back began to ache at the mid-point.  I notice something else looking at the shadow of my legs… my right calf appears to be bigger than my left.  Maybe this is normal or maybe my right leg is swollen from inflammation?  I don’t know… I’ll have it tested today and talk to the doctor.  In the meantime, my doctor’s instruction have not restricted walking/running as long as I feel up to it.  So I plan to continue until I hear or feel otherwise.  One other thing to note, although this was a run/walk (“RW”) my time was slower than last weeks “W” for the same distance… What’s up with that?  I think the big difference is today is it’s a work day as opposed to last week’s walk was on the weekend.  My 3 mile loop has one traffic light and I probably lost 3 minutes today at the light due to heavy traffic.

Follow-up from EMG testing done on my leg (Tuesday afternoon).  It’s a good thing I didn’t look up what an EMG was before I went to have it done.   An electromyogram is a test that records the electrical activity of the muscles.  How do they test this activity (if you have one coming up, I suggest you skip my answer to this question)?  First they stick a number of electrodes to your foot, ankle and leg.  Then they run electricity (i.e. the shock the shit out of you) to the electrodes and watch how your leg twitches.  An oscilloscope is used to record the level of each twitch.  If it doesn’t twitch enough, they bump up the AMPs or the volts or whatever.  I asked the technician if she had ever been kicked out of her chair during this test.  “Not yet” she said, “And I’ve been doing this for 26 years”.   If you think that’s enough data gathered to tell them all about your nerves… you’re wrong.  For the next part of the test, the Doctor came in and traded the shocker for a needle electrode.  He inserts the needle into your muscles and then, again, shocks the shit of your leg.  He pushed the needle into muscles I didn’t think I had – including muscles in my foot and ankle.

From the wedsite “Medicinenet.com”, the question of  “Is an EMG painful?” is answered.

“Yes. There is some discomfort at the time the needle electrodes are inserted. They feel like shots (intramuscular injections), although nothing is injected during an EMG. Afterwards, the muscle may feel a little sore for up to a few days.”

“Some discomfort” is not how I’d describe the event.  I limped out of the office and drove home.  My leg was so sore I didn’t run or walk for 3 days. (I know, just call me a wimp.)

Wednesday-Friday – Skipped

Saturday –

I “ran/walked” my 3 miler again.  I made a terrible mistake because I felt good walking the first 100 yards, I decided to run the next 100 yards.  Although I’m getting anxious to get to the running, I should have just stuck to the walk.  I walked, limped and ached the rest of the way.

Sunday –

My leg hurt again Sunday morning and so I decided to rest it another day… Hoping I can walk (only) on Monday.   The EMG results showed I have nerve damage.  How extensive and what can be done about it is TBD.  I don’t see the doctor until 13 April and I’m going to see if I can get that moved up.  There may be some kind of nerve blocker or epidural that could help – If so, I’d like to know as soon as possible.  I wonder if the “cure” is worse than the ailment?

This week was a bummer as far as advancing my goal.  Since I didn’t exercise much, my weight stayed constant at 229.5 lbs.  Losing the weight is a major part for successfully completing this goal.  I need to shift my diet so that even when I don’t get the exercise my weight continues to go down.  My diet plan is  to limit the portion sizes of all three meals and cut out any snacking (more on this “diet plan” later).  Today is Easter Sunday and a big meal is in the plans for the day.  I’ll be doing well if I can keep from stuffing myself today.

He has RISEN! Happy Easter! 

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Week 1 & 27 weeks to go!

In the first week I walked only 8 miles (a cumulative “cum” total of 10 since I started on 18 March). I lost a total of ½ lb. – not a lot and less than I hoped. I think watching what I eat (serving size, less carbs and sugars– that’s my diet plan) will help a great deal.
The first week I found that my calves felt tight as I walked and it was a little weird walking with a numb foot (having a EMG – i.e. nerve check – on Tuesday. Having a numb foot, I felt concerned that I was favoring one leg or foot over the other. With my right foot numb would it screw up my left foot because it’s carrying a greater or different load? I’ll find out I guess (one of the joys of getting older).
I was on travel this week to Albuquerque, NM and so for Wednesday and Thursday I walked on the hotel fitness room trainer. Saturday I walked my favorite 3 mile walking path route. It was a nice day and averaged about 76 degrees Fahrenheit, 23% humidity and had a nice breeze of ~10 mph. NICE! for 10AM. Tucson, AZ has to be one of the best places in the world to be a runner. Even in the summer, if you get out before sunrise, the weather is still pretty awesome for training. I have so much respect for runners in Michigan or Minnesota (or wherever it’s often below freezing) who get up and out for a run early in the morning during their winter months. Takes a whole nother kind of motivation to do that. I have a great respect for those folks!
Finally, I think I’ll stick to a schedule that supports not working out more than two days in a row and will I’ll try to be consistent (2 days on / one day off / days on etc..) in that respect. Below is an embedded image of  my mileage log, “Kyle’s Miles”, for the first week out of the gate. This log shows my estimated miles, the type of mileage – walked (W), run (R), walked/run (WR), or biked (B) – and the time it took for each day and then for the week and a cumulative total since I started.  I also have a countdown to my Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim run (26.5 weeks). On it I track my weight loss (0.5 lbs.) since starting on 18 March. My goal for weight loss is 1.5 lbs. per week – very doable when I was younger… harder than snot these days.

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