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Another dreadmill day

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The days are just too short to run outside sometimes. I walked dogs, went ice skating for 1/2 hour and then after doing all the chores it was dark.
So I did another treadmill run. 3 miles, average heartrate 134, incline 2.

Mile 1: 4.1 mph
Mile 2: 4.1 mph
Mile 3: 3.9 mph
total time: 44:29 min., slight improvement over yesterday

Skating was fun. I'm getting better control of my right outside edge. Nothing exciting but it feels smoother and better balanced.
I hope to be able to do some horseback riding and jogging with my horse tomorrow and a long run on Saturday.

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SPURSELL 12/20/2011 10:21AM

    I totally know how you feel about the length of the days. I have a treadmill (that I don't use enough) because by the time that I get home and get horses fed it is already dark. Plus I feed them in the morning in the dark and leave for work just as the sun is coming up. We need to get them to eliminate this daylight saving stuff so that we can have that extra hour in the evenings.

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ALASKASKY 12/18/2011 7:32AM

    Sounds like you have an exciting life. I would love to have a horse, keep saying I'm going to take lessons. I'm too chicken to try ice skating and the few times I even attempted rollerskating, my brain couldn't connect.

Keep up the good work. emoticon

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HEATHHILL 12/16/2011 8:35AM

    Sounds like an active day! The best part is the riding, right? Hope you get to do that today!!

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MAGGIE101857 12/16/2011 6:21AM

    You need to show that "dreadmill" some love!!!! It is there for you when Mother Nature works against you!!! emoticon Although I have to say, ice skating sounds fun! Haven't done that is way too many years!

Have a great day and hopefully you will get back outside tomorrow! I feel an outside run for Saturdayy coming my way! It's going to be a busy, stressful weekend!!!

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MAF test on treadmill

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

I ran 3 miles on the treadmill with incline of 2 in 44:40 min. That's just a tiny bit better than an average of 4 mph. Heart rate was 134, which is what I've set as my new target heart rate, mostly because I felt very comfortable at this heart rate. I had been hoping for some more improvement after 9 weeks but it is what it is. It could be the fact that I've gained about 5 pounds since the summer that makes a difference, another possibility is the reduced amount of daylight. I'm considering reducing my carb intake a little further to see what difference that makes. I also did not sleep well last night, was woken up by dogs a couple of times, so that could have an influence.

Mile 1: 4.1mph
Mile 2: 4.0mph
Mile 3: 3.9mph

I'll be watching the Biggest Loser finale tonight. I really feel like watching other people exercise. In spite of not liking several aspects of the show it is always motivational for me to see people work so hard to get healthy. emoticon
And many of the former contestants go on to become fitness trainers or lifestyle coaches and encourage others.

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MAGGIE101857 12/15/2011 6:42AM

    Good for you! I switch my treadmill routines during the week, whether it's the incline and a steady pace, or intervals, Fartleks, or my long run on the weekend. I love my treadmill!! I listen to my body and guage my workouts accordingly; I've gone from being a non-runner to running a half marathon just this past weekend (on my treadmill,but straight running!) I was so excited, and didn't hurt the next day! My scale isn't budging, butI know I am getting stronger and healthier.

Sounds like you are doing the same!!! emoticon
Biggest Loser = Motivation for me!!! Although I have to say, my faves didn't win : (

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HOUNDLOVER1 12/14/2011 5:15PM

    I have done HIIT training for a while, it always got me minor injuries when I tried it together with running. I also don't like the discomfort of exercising at 80-90% of MHR. I now love the opposite, exercising only within my aerobic zone which is about 70-75% of maximum heart rate. This trains different muscle fibers and teaches the body to burn mostly fat rather than sugar. HIIT will burn more total calories in less time but I don't enjoy it. I'd rather be outside going for a long, slow run watching nature as I go. I guess it all depends on how much time you have and what you enjoy. emoticon

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ROSEWAND 12/14/2011 4:43PM

    Have you considered High Intensity Interval
Training? It works wonders for me. I have doing
it on the treadmill for 3.5 years. You only need to
do it 3 times a week for about 30 minutes.
Really helps with the fat burning. It is emoticon

Check it out. There are several different
approaches. Find the one you like and
give it a try. Of course, check with your
Doc first as you do kick your heart rate
up 80 to 90%. That is why it works so

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DEC2DEC 12/14/2011 11:58AM

    How was the finale? I haven't watched the show in a few years, but I was always impressed by how hard they worked and how amazing the changes were.

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HICKOK-HALEY 12/14/2011 12:26AM

    I have a hard time adjusting to it getting darker as well. I admire your dedication to running. I can't run anymore, but at least I get out there and walk. Hope you sleep better tonight!

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skating and horse training

Monday, December 12, 2011

I spent almost 90 minutes on the ice today. My balance is getting better, but it sometimes feels like 2 steps forward, 3 steps back. Today they had very nice classical music playing at the ice rink, slow and relaxing, perfect to practice slow, flowing movements. I'm finding some muscles that are worked more while skating than while running, espcially glutes.
I realized that I need to do more stretching to be able to do some of the figure skating exercises.
Maybe I'll join my daughter for ballet classes again in January.

I spent the afternoon reminding my horse Blue Eagle how to do some basic maneuvers on the ground for treats. She was very motivated to figure out what I wanted for carrot slices and offered all kinds of new behaviors including shaking her head, lifting one foot, stepping over tires. I'm hoping to have time more regularly for horse activities in the coming months and take Blue jogging regularly while the roads are not icy.
The days are getting so short that it gets harder to fit in as many outdoor activities as I like but only 2 more weeks until winter solstice. emoticon

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FUTUREHOPE49 12/14/2011 5:42PM

    I would love to watch you skate! Can someone take a video please? Then you can do a vlog! It sounds like you are really working hard at it!
Horse training as well! My, you are very busy! With your daughter as well you have a very busy and active life! You are right! There are not enough hours in the day! I shall be glad when the nights get shorter, like you! Roll on Winter Solstice!

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DEC2DEC 12/13/2011 5:52PM

    Are you clicker training Blue? The horses I've worked with LOVE it. I'm always blown away by how quickly they figure out the game -- usually faster than the dogs, in fact.

I wish I could ice skate. Unfortunately, the nearest rink is in north Seattle (I think), which is an hour or more away. Plus I have really wide feet, so I'd need custom skates. Loved skating when I was a kid though!

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MARTHASPARKS 12/13/2011 9:21AM

    Birgit, you know how to live and I enjoy reading about it!

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DRB13_1 12/12/2011 11:32PM

    that's living the good life! loved reading about your activities

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GETFIT2LIVE 12/12/2011 11:20PM

    You are ambitious and multi-talented! I have never tried ice skating and have been reluctant to do so; my ankles are weak enough that I'm afraid I'd spend more time picking myself up from the ice than actually skating (based on how poorly I did in regular skates growing up!). How fun to be able to work with your horse like that; I love horses but have never owned one myself. It is tough fitting in all the outdoor activities this time of year, but you are getting a lot done!

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Running in the cold and skating progress

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Today was my first run in freezing temperatures. I decided to try a pair of wrestling shoes that I had bought a year ago because they have several qualities of minimalist shoes but are like high-top sneakers in that they cover the ankle and are warmer. The sole is fairly flexible and thin, they have zero heel-drop and no arch support. The material is suede which I can waterproof and I can wear them with an inexpensive pair of gaiters that keep me warm and dry up to the knees. By going one size smaller with a men's size I have enough room in the heel to wear warm wool socks in them. The price was around $40.00 which is still much less than minimalist boots which are hard to find and usually priced well over $100.00
This is a big improvement over running in my winter boots, mostly because the weight is so much lower but also because they are not as bulky.
There are a lot of different models of wrestling shoes and I'm sure this would be a good choice for many minimalist runners in the winter. On ice they can be fitted with my Due North winter/ice spikes easily.
Today I ran 3 miles in them and was quite comfortable. It took me just over 45 minutes to run 3 miles with average heart rate of 133, partly because of the cold, partly because the wrestling shoes are still heavier than what I'm used to, although not heavier than traditional running shoes.

Yesterday I made some improvement in my ice skating. I had asked 3 different instructors for help with changing direction on one skate which seemed surprisingly difficult. Most recommend moving my shoulders into the turn more, leaning more onto one edge etc. but I was not getting much better and they couldn't tell me why.
Yesterday I was watching some other skaters and it looked like they were "steering" with the front of their skate, with the weight on the front part of the skate, something that they weren't even aware of. That was my missing element. As soon as I started focusing on steering with the front of the skate I was able to switch direction fairly easily. Yeah! Biomechanics for dummies again. emoticon
In any case, if I practice this a little more I can progress to doing spins and three-turns much easier. This is going to be so much fun. emoticon

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FUTUREHOPE49 12/13/2011 3:41PM

    I think you are so brave running in freezing temperatures! I would be afraid of slipping! As for the ice skating, its something I have always wanted to do. But when I tried it, I couldn't stay upright at all! LOL! Sounds as though you are doing really well! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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BAILEYS7OF9 12/13/2011 11:50AM

    ooh you are brave! changing directions while skating! I never mastered that! I haven't had issues running in the cold w/ my feet. I feel the chill of the air on top of the toe box but they warm up quickly.

Have a great day!

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HOUNDLOVER1 12/12/2011 10:25PM

    LOL, skating is great for people like me who have balance but neither much speed nor strength. It does not feel like a hard workout. Same is true of horseback riding, so I guess I have a pattern. emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/12/2011 10:14PM

    I'm impressed with the skating tales! It's never too late to learn something fun!

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SUNONMAPLES 12/12/2011 9:48PM

  Enjoying your skating vicariously. I s*ck at it, although I would LOVE to skate well. It is such great lower-body exercise, and so graceful. I tried taking lessons, but I think balance just never was a strong point of mine and as I age it's even harder. I did get some great workouts out of my practices but was ALWAYS fearing I would fall. It is great to read your progress reports on it though!! And love seeing your horse! I rode as a girl, but again, now I just admire others. I stick now to yoga and Pilates and weights and running.

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DEC2DEC 12/12/2011 7:52PM

    Love the shoe idea -- very creative thinking there. And good job examining how other people were turning and finding a solution that worked for you.

I popped over and checked out your page. I love dogs and horses too -- and I ice skated many decades ago!

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DUCKYONTHERUN 12/12/2011 11:25AM

    Great job!

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60SIXTY 12/12/2011 8:28AM

    The shoes are a creative idea.
I was trying to figure out what part of the country you are from. I take it Washington state.
I have always had extremely week ankles. I have never ice skated, but was never a success at roller skating. About a year ago, a neighboring town opened an ice skating rink for the first time. Before that, my granddaughter was taking lessons on what looked like a huge cutting board.

emoticon Merry Christmas

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KRISZTA11 12/12/2011 3:20AM

    Great job!
Wrestling shoes sound a great idea, I may need one for the winter too.

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JAMBABY0 12/11/2011 11:59PM

    Good job keep it up.

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Great run, great weather

Friday, December 09, 2011

I ran for exactly 1 hour and went 4.3 miles, the best run since starting the Maffetone method. The weather was beautiful and sunny, in the 40's and I did a couple loops through town, about half on asphalt, half on gravel, very little wind, very little elevation.
I will count this as my long run.
Now off to the barn to do a little horseback riding while the sun is still up. emoticon

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MARTHASPARKS 12/9/2011 8:43PM

    You are doing SO well and enjoying the running so much. I envy you!

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DAV128 12/9/2011 5:49PM

    Great Job. You should feel good about your progress. Enjoy your ride. Interesting about the Maffetone method. I'm going to check the internet for information - Sounds Interesting (THANKS)


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