Back at it

I haven’t posted here in a while!

I’m back running now, after a forced break in the summer due to injury: I broke the baby toe in my right foot in mid-July, and strained the quadratus lumborum muscle on my right side about a month later. (It’s a muscle that lies deep in the body and joins the lowest rib to the top of the pelvis. It’s commonly used and/or aggravated when sitting.) I’m still getting physio treatment for the QL muscle, but my toe is pretty much healed, so I’ve been running again for about three weeks now.

I am a creature of habit, so I’ve been doing pretty much the same run about two or three times a week: south to Mount Pleasant Cemetery, a loop on the east side of the cemetery, and back. I vary the route slightly to fine-tune the distance: lately, I’ve been running between 5.3 and 5.6 km each time out. I like to think that’s not too bad, given that I turned 61 this past June!

I am now collecting all sorts of interesting and odd data each time I run, since my wife and I upgraded our fitness watches earlier this year. For instance, on my last run, I compiled the following statistics:

  • Average pace: 6:57 min/km
  • Average speed: 8.6 km/hr
  • Average heart rate: 154 bpm
  • Maximum heart rate: 171 bpm
  • Average run cadence: 170 steps per minute
  • Average stride length: 0.85 m (I run with short and choppy steps)
  • Calories burned: 520
  • Estimated sweat loss: 492 ml

By the way, I discovered, to my pleasant surprise, that running has lowered my resting heart rate. I used to be in the 60s, but my resting pulse rate is now somewhere between 50 and 55 beats per minute. I guess that’s good!