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2000+ days without stretching

I joggle every day and have for nearly 6 years.  And I don’t stretch.  Not before, not during and not after.  I used to stretch a bit but never saw much benefit.

You know what?

There isn’t any good reason to do it, at least according to the latest in science.

Here are 10 studies that show stretching has no benefit.

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Juggling Through the Jungle

Joe Salter just wrote and produced a new kids book about juggling through the jungle.

Check out this clever video of him getting his new book

If you are interested in purchasing your own copy you can do so here.

Juggling Through the Jungle

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To run faster you have to run faster

A couple weeks ago I ran the Soldier Field 10 miler in 1:21.  This is 2 minutes slower than I did it the year before and 9 min slower than my best time of 1:13.  It’s also 10 minutes slower than the 1:11 I ran for 10 miles during the Sunburst marathon in 2009.  I’m getting so slow.  joggling fast

And why?

Well, mostly because when I run I always run at the same pace…slow.  Of course, slow is relative.  My 8:30 training pace is faster than a lot of people run at all.  But when you expect to run 7:00 min miles and you run 8:30′s, you shouldn’t be surprised.  I’ve logged over 450 miles this year and most of them have been in the range of 8:30 – 9:00 min miles.  It’s no wonder that when I do a race I can only manage an 8:05 min mile pace.

Yesterday, I decided I really wanted to start getting faster again.  That means only one thing.  There is no mystery.

To get faster you have to run faster.

The reason I don’t run faster is because running faster hurts.  It’s much more painful than just plodding along at an 8:30 pace.  You feel the pain in your legs, the pounding on your joints, and the fear of gasping for breath.  It’s hard.  And that’s why I haven’t done much fast running for a while.

However, yesterday I added a little speed to my run.  I did an easy jog to the outdoor running track that is about 2 miles from my house, then did 4 laps with sprint 200′s every half lap.

You know what?

It hurt.

But it didn’t hurt as much as I thought it would.  Now, 4×200′s is nothing stellar and I wasn’t running really fast (maybe 6:45 / mile pace) but it was faster.  Hopefully, that will help improve my time in races.  We’ll see tomorrow when I run the Michelob Ultra Half Marathon.  If I’m good, I’ll break the 1:44 mark.  Last year when I ran it, I broke the 1:41 mark but that was a different time and my training was at a different point.

Remember, just because you run every day doesn’t mean you are training to run fast.  If you want that, you have to run fast.

Joggle on.

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My next joggling race will be this weekend’s Michelob Ultra Half Marathon and I’m looking forward to it.  I remember joggling the race last year and it was one of the best run Chicago half marathons that I’ve done.   Joggling half marathon

The course is on the south side of the Lake Michigan running path which is an area I don’t get to see very often.  For the number of runners that do the race the area is perfect.  Last weekend I did the Soldier Field 10 miler and the race course was just a bit too crowded for my tastes.  You can imagine joggling on a crowded running path is extra challenging.

This time of year is a great one for doing a half marathon.  I’m training for the full marathon in the fall and I’m going to use the Michelob Ultra Half Marathon as a way to gauge where I am in my fitness level.  Even though I run every single day, I found that I don’t run fast enough to keep up my 1:35 – 1:40 half marathon results.  We’ll see how I do in this one.

It should be a fun race and I’ll do a full report when I finish this Saturday June 7.

If you are interested in doing the half marathon just click here for more information.

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Extreme temperature joggling

Since I’m a streak joggler (haven’t missed a day of outdoor joggling since November 18, 2008) I have to get my workout in no matter the weather.  I’ve joggled in rain and snow.  I’ve joggled on windy days and hot days.  I’ve even joggled on super hot days like the 2007 Chicago Marathon.  But today’s workout was by far the most extreme weather that I’ve joggled in.  When I left the house, the temperature was -15 F here in Chicago.  cold weather running clothes

What do you wear?

There are a few important things to consider when preparing yourself for an outdoor joggle in sub-zero temperatures.  Perhaps most important is picking the right clothes.  If you’re going to spend any time outside on a day like today, you absolutely need to be dressed properly.  Pay particular attention to your hands and feet.  These get coldest the fastest and your body isn’t designed to warm them up quickly.  This is what I wore for my workout.

  • 3 pairs of socks
  • Running shoes
  • 2 pairs of nylon pants
  • 1 pair of tights
  • Speedo underwear
  • 1 Underarmor tight fitting long sleeved shirt
  • 2 long sleeve running shirts
  • 1 neon running coat
  • Baclava
  • 2 headbands
  • 1 knit hat
  • 3 pairs of gloves

You can see my outfit in the picture.  I have to say even after a 17 minute, 1.75 mile run, I felt warm enough.  The only parts that got super cold were my fingers.  In fact, they got so numb I started to worry about frostbite.  I couldn’t stop juggling though so to keep them warmer I flexed my fingers while the Gballz were in the air.

A chilly workout

I went joggling at 11 am figuring this would be when the weather would be best.  The sun was bright and high in the sky and the wind was not blowing too hard.  However, despite my precautions I immediately felt cold.  It started down my back, and then I noticed it on my nose & cheeks.  I’m used to this so it didn’t bother me too much.  At that point, I still considered doing a 3 mile run.  Going less than 3 miles usually doesn’t feel like a proper workout.

The first moment I started to get concerned was when my lungs started to hurt.  I had read earlier in the day that one of the things to watch for was breathing too much cold air.  To combat this I put the baclava in my mouth and breathed through it.  That helped warm up the air before it entered my lungs and felt better.  But it didn’t feel good.  Perry Romanowski joggling winter

Running was made more difficult by the fact that there is so much snow on the ground.  While most people had shoveled their walks there were long stretches of high snow and every step on the path had light layer of snow.  I slipped a lot.  It also made my run much slower than in warmer, less snowy weather.

Around the 1 mile mark I decided to head back.  I was concerned about the way my lungs felt, icicles had formed on my eye lashes, and my fingers started to go numb.  A couple of weeks ago my fingers went numb like this and they stayed numb for weeks.  They also hurt like hell when they warmed up.

When I got home, my wife was nice enough to open the door for me.  My hands were so numb I couldn’t use my keys.  Completing the 1.75 mile run in these conditions was satisfying and I’m glad I did it. However, I’ll be happy when it gets warmer.  This cold weather running sucks!

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Realunch coming soon

I know I haven’t been paying much attention to JYAJ in the last few weeks.  I’m still joggling every day and I intend to relaunch this site.  But we’re going to be on a hiatus until the start of the new year.  I just have too much other things going on.

Happy holidays and Joggle On!

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Running: Wed, 27 Nov 2013 11:41:51

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Brrrr! Nice that it was sunny though

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Running: Tue, 26 Nov 2013 15:17:00

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Phone died at the end

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Running: Mon, 25 Nov 2013 16:17:06

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Cold run

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Hello world!

Rebuilding the joggler website.  It was all lost.

This is a website about juggling while running or joggling.

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