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My wake-up heart rate was 58, not as high as the 60 to 62 I've been getting, but too high for me to do really well in my run. I labored through three miles. I've misplaced my two-phase timer that I usually use to control how long my runs and walks are, so I just run until I feel the first symptoms of getting tired and then I walk for a short time. Today my runs were 2 to 3 minutes and my walks 30 to 40 seconds. I didn't feel energetic during my run and was glad to stop at three miles.

There is a cold front going through Utah, and the temperature during my run was in the low 50s (F). The sky was overcast with a few sprinkles. Rain showers were forecast, but they didn't materialize. Utah County, south of Salt Lake County, did have rain. The temperature tonight will be in the mid to low 30s (F), possibly a light frost, and tomorrow night we'll have freezing temperatures for sure.

I've been getting my seven hours of sleep during the past week, but my wake-up heart rate isn't coming down much. So, I'll continue getting to bed earlier and give mother nature more time to give rest to my body. After my body is rested, the wake-up heart rate will come down. Apparently, a tired body needs more oxygen, hence a faster wake-up heart rate.

With the advent of cold weather, the ducks in the Jordan River are returning to the parking area at 100th South, hoping people will take pity on them and feed them. During the winter there will be 30 to 40 ducks begging for food. During the summer there might be two or three ducks. Today I saw about a dozen ducks.

Allen Leigh

Allen Leigh is a Salt Lake City grandfather who credits running for saving his life.

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