|LateNightHacking Louis Projects 2008||Auth|
2008-05-04 : Here are some maps of Forest Park I've grabbed off the web, for ease of use with my iPhone I also have a vague plan to make my own map that is more accurate and easier to read.
My dad told me a story that when he was in the military stationed in El Paso, the President said every American should be able to walk 50 miles in a day. He said a bunch of the guys wanted to show they were tough, and set out to do a 50 mile hike. He said they never made it. They made it about 25 miles. They got blisters so bad they could barely walk, and they had to hitch a ride home.
That got me thinking. Walking is by far my favorite form of exercise. Could I manage a 50 mile walk? I think that would be a notable accomplishment. With a little preparation, I think I could do it.
This must be what my dad was talking about: Kennedy March: "I think most American people are so weak, they can't even walk fifty miles within twenty hours".
2008-05-10 : Did one lap, in serious form.
2008-05-25 : Track
2008-07-07 : Did 1 lap. Did checkpoints. wore slip-on merrils, tshirt, shorts, sun shirt, hat. Brought and drank 700mL. Thoughts: hot (85°) - will need pleny of water - find camelback. Shoes still debatable - need tougher feet or better shoes. need sweat rag for face. Handkerchief for neck still a good idea. will need some designated workout (stinky) shirts. checkpoints - use 11b. need simpler ui - currently have to double check that right checkpoint button was hit by waiting for reload - bigger buttons - map is dark and hard to read in sun. fix bug on redo (obviously).
2008-07-08 : Did a lot more work on the app. All workout-time features are in place. Now it just needs archiving and review features.
2008-07-09 : Did a little more work to enable "Viewer" mode.
2008-07-10 : Did 2 laps. Wore tied-on shoes, light shorts, new Nike white long sleeve fitted shirt, hat. (No sun shirt, no bandana.) Carried 700mL, towel, granola bar. Thoughts: I love the shirt. I think I'm going to go get another one. Now I just need white running tights. I think I prefer the bandana too. Maybe a white one.
2008-07-11: Did 2 laps. Wore tied shoes, light shorts, white l.s. shirt, hat, bandana, camelback. Thoughts: This morning I started out in the rain, which flustered me a bit but wasn't much of a problem over all. I draped my towel over my iPhone holster to keep it dryer, and by checkpoint 3 it had pretty much stopped. My feet were damp but I didn't notice any problems. The camelback (2L) was nice for water. It's harder to gage how much I'm drinking though. The weight was barely noticable. The shoulder straps slipped wider on my shoulders than I like but they didn't fall off and again it was so light that I just ignored it. The tube flopped around annoyingly at first, but either I got it situated or learned to ignore it by the end. I had another network glitch at checkpoint 9 again. I put moleskin on my right heal at the start and my heals were fine, but the balls of my feet are getting abused now. I think the biggest thing I need to work on before doing 50 miles is not muscle endurance but toughening up my feet and/or getting the right footware. I've started stretching before and after each walk under a nice tree between home and checkpoint one, and I go to the apartment workout room to do some extra exercises when I get home.
2008-07-14: Did 1 lap. I let my feet recover over the weekend. I got a late start today (I was lazy) so I just did one lap. Same as last time, but with white bandana. :) Feet were fine, no problems. Network timed out at checkpoint 8. Nothing interesting to report, just chugging along.
2008-07-16: Did 3 laps. Got a good early start. Wore my "standard" outfit. I started out slow today and never really got moving much faster. By the end of the third lap, my legs and feet were pretty tired and I was slowing even more. Still, not too bad. I felt much worse the first time I finished two laps. My feet were most sore on the sole right behind my second toe (same on both sides), but no blisters. I had half a power bar. I could have had more, I think. The problem is that they get sticky and hard to get out of the wrapper. I've got two ideas. One is to cut one into chunks and flour the chunks. The other idea is to stick the chunks on to wax paper.
2008-07-17: Did 3 laps. Started early. Wore my standard outfit. I started pretty good today, slowed down on the second lap, then got my second wind, pushed hard, and kicked butt on the last lap. (3rd lap, segment 5-6 [0.94mi] at 4.5mph - Who's your daddy?!) I'm tired now! :)
2008-07-18: Did 3 laps. Wore my standard outfit. I was a little creaky this morning, and decided to try to maintain a more relaxes 4.2mph pace. It took me a couple of segments to get up to speed, but I was doing pretty good. Then, on the last lap, at checkpoint 7, I realized I was getting a blister on the bottom inside of my right heel. I had put a patch of moleskin across the whole bottom of my heel this morning since it was feeling tender, but now it was a full blown blister. I tried to patch it up with the moleskin I had with me, but no luck. There wasn't anything I could do but limp home. (I'm still crazy enough that I limped the remainder of the course and didn't short cut.) Thank goodness it's Friday! I'm going to go to Walgreens and build myself a more extensive blister kit. I was debating with myself whether I felt more tired at the start of the first lap or the third lap, but by the time I finished limping home I was definitely ready to stop. Even limping home, my time wasn't that bad.
2008-08-12: First day back from vacation. (I flaked on Monday.) Wore my standard outfit. My plan for today was to try for an easy 4.0mph pace. I did 3 laps. My muscles and my energy were fine. I was ready to do a couple more laps. My feet are still the problem. By the third lap, I was getting some serious sore spts. I even stopped at the beginning of the third lap to apply moleskin. The centers of the balls of my feet were sore, so I put moleskin diamonds there. However, the inside of the ball of each foot (behind the big toe) was getting sore by the end. Perhaps a peice covering the whole front arc? And even worse, the inside of my left heel started getting really sore again. I finished OK, but I'll need to do something for tomorrow.
2008-08-14: I flaked on Wednesday, but am giving the excuse that I was letting my feet recover. Today I slept in, then did 1 lap as a jog/walk. That worked out much better than I expected. My jog times aren't very log but my recovery time is fast, and I was able to feel it a little bit in my legs so I know I'm accomplishing something. My feet were fine.
2008-08-15: At Michelle's persistent suggestion, I tried hiking boots, with my white wool hiking socks and navy liner socks. I was hoping for maybe four laps, but I had to bail out after two laps. My pinky toes were getting painfully jammed, and I was starting to get a blister on my left foot on the inside of the ball of my foot. So that didn't help. It's possible that if I tied them tighter it might help, but I doubt it. I think I'll try thicker socks in my regular shoes next.
|Louis K. Thomas <loui sth@hotm ail.co m>||Auth||2008-08-15 (3145 days ago)|