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2 runs, one with dogs, one without

Thursday, July 05, 2012

I often like to run with my dogs. They are my buddies and make running a lot more fun. But I also realize that I run slower with them. In part that's because I run on small gravel or dirt roads where there is no traffic when running with the dogs.
So today I did two short runs.
The first was with dogs, only 1 . 8 miles and took 25 minutes, which translates into 4.3 mph, average pulse at 133, maximum pulse 136
The second one was a 5 K which took 39 min. and a sprint at the end. The average pulse was about 139, max. pulse was 160. Overall it was almost racing speed. The second run was on a chip-sealed road and the temperature was up to 80 degrees by then, compared to about 72 degrees for the first run. My average pace for this one worked out to be 4.7 mph.
I'll count today as both a speed workout and a long run since my total miles were over 5 incl. my warmup.

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ELLENSUN 7/17/2012 12:00AM

    A cat adopted us two months ago. Somehow, I don't think she's going to run with me!

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Q8PRINCESS 7/7/2012 4:14AM

    That's a good way to do it.

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GOPINTOS 7/6/2012 9:26PM

    Both impressive!


Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Melinda (gopintos)
Wheat Belly Team

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HEIDI-25 7/6/2012 2:37PM

    That is great!! I love to see people running with their dogs! I wish my little rescued shih tzu could walk with me let alone run. I have a stroller that she sits in and gets to go for walks with me that way. It works :)
Keep up the great training!

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JSTETSER 7/6/2012 6:58AM

    I loved running with my dogs. Now that I don't have a dog, I go further from home, and go further. The dogs kept me regular in my workouts.
Enjoy the dogs while you have them!

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KRISZTA11 7/6/2012 4:20AM

    Running with your dogs must have been fun!
During my forest runs I often see people walking dogs, and it is so good to see how the dogs enjoy being out and running about.
There are fewer runners with dogs, but it is amazing how even small doggies keep up with their masters.

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No running for almost a week but getting back into the routine

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

We were traveling for a couple of days and I got food poisening. It tooke me 4 days to get over it completely but I decided it was more important to let my body rest. The only thing I could eat for a while was carbs, although the total was still not terribly high and I made sure I got a lot of fruit and veggies. I found coconut water had just the right amount of electrolytes and sugar to get me going again.
The good thing is that I found new motivation to get on my horse and advance her and my training. I hope to start tomorrow with some easy reviewing of stuff that she knows.
I won't worry about making up the lost week in my running training or strength training but will just pick up where my body is at the moment. I'm starting tonight with a good night's sleep.

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GRACEMCDOG 6/27/2012 11:51AM

    So sorry to hear of your bout with food poisoning. Interesting to read about the coconut milk/water helping. Will tuck that piece of information away for future reference. Look forward to hearing about new work you're doing with your horse. Hope you're feeling back to 100% soon.

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LILY_SPARK 6/27/2012 10:37AM

    I'm SO sorry and boy do I know... I got cc'd Friday and it put me on my rump for the whole weekend :(

Good to see you're feeling better!

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ADZY86 6/27/2012 6:40AM

    Glad you gave yourself a few days rest. Food poisoning is horrible, horrible, horrible! Wouldn't wish it on anyway.
Take your time getting back into it, and you'll be right back up there in no time.

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JSTETSER 6/27/2012 6:00AM

    Listen to your body. Full healing will come.

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KRISZTA11 6/27/2012 3:28AM

    I'm sorry about the food poisoning.
Glad to hear you are feeling better now!

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SHARPISTOL 6/27/2012 12:39AM

    Our bodies can use a good rest, once in a while! I am sorry about the food poisoning, though. I am glad that you are okay; and, getting back into the saddle, in more ways than one!


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TELFERS01 6/27/2012 12:36AM

  You go!

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Trail running/walking and rest , watching swim team practice

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Yesterday I went on one of the first trail runs this year. The course is about the length of a 5 K and it's a more technical, mostly single-track trail through the woods. The first part is gradually increasing uphill and took me 23 minutes, the second part is slight downhill along the ridge and took 12 minutes and the third part is more steeply downhill and took 5 minutes 40 seconds for a total of 40m40s.
The uphill part ended up having a lot of walking, more than I had planned. My muscles were slightly sore from the speed work the day before and I had done some strength training already in the morning. Average pulse was 132.
Today is my rest day. I'm sitting at the computer as I'm watching the High School swim team practice. Today, one week into their 6 week camp they are swimming 6000 yards. It is very inspirational to watch athletes practice, and these guys are athletes.
The coach is relaxed, easy-going and friendly but also pushing the kids hard. Occasionally there is some positive reinforcement in the form of a smile and a compliment. THIS IS HOW WE NEED TO TREAT OURSELVES WHEN WE EXERCISE!
I hope to get in the pool tomorrow and do 1/4 of what they are doing today, knowing that with my poor technique and fitness level I will have to take a break after each 50 yards. But I know I will get better over the summer.

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FLAMENM 6/20/2012 10:03PM

    Those 6000 yard swimmers used to take breaks every 50 yards. You'll be up there after practice. BEst of luck!

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EGALITAIRE 6/20/2012 3:40PM

    My 18 year old son is swimmer too - he's more of a sprinter - fly and free - 50m and 100m mostly - what strokes/distance does your daughter enjoy?

He took the year off last season as the workout schedule was too intense for him to keep up to his school work - he plans on going back to the team in the fall.

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Getting started with HM training

Monday, June 18, 2012

I did my running on an outside track today and started with running 1 mile in shoes, followed by 2 miles barefoot. I did not wear my heart rate monitor but think my pulse was around 130-134. I needed about 40 minutes for 3 miles so speed was around 4. 5 mph.
After that (and after putting my shoes back on) I did 4 sprints of 100 meters each. It took me about 22 seconds to complete each of them.
I'm planning to try a few short sprints once a week, starting with 100 meters sprinting followed by 300 meters recovery.
I'm also planning on one long run per week which will increase over time. I will not follow a very strict schedule but decide how long I want to run by feel. I will measure time rather than distance primarily.
I am planning on running 6 days/week and Keeping my heart rate under 134 bpm for all of it except the sprints.
In addition I will do some swimming, diving, some horseback riding, some hiking and walking with the dogs and some strength training.
There will be a lot more physical activity over the summer, some of it gardening, some of mucking out at the barn, some yoga or ballet and anything else that seems fun or needs done.
I feel pretty confident that I will see some significant improvement in my health and fitness level this year.

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MARTHASPARKS 6/21/2012 8:44PM

    Wow, I have so much respect and admiration for your fitness, discipline and commitment.

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KRISZTA11 6/19/2012 6:48AM

    Your fitness plan sounds great.
How did your bare feet do on the outside trail?

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SUNNYWBL 6/19/2012 1:13AM

    Yup! All that activity should up your fitness level, for sure. emoticon

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CINDYTW 6/19/2012 12:32AM

  What shoes? I wonder because of the minimalsit thing...Good luck I am trining for a couple races.

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 6/18/2012 9:00PM

    Have you signed up for a HM? If so, when is it?

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Trail Half-marathon coming up in 10 weeks

Sunday, June 17, 2012

The date is September 9, but when I subtract the taper at the end I have only 10 weeks to get ready. I'm planning on the Moscow Mountain Madness in Idaho. I ran (well partially walked) it last year, a hilly course with lots of elevation change that is mostly single track dirt. Today I started an easy hill cross-country run of about 3.5 miles that will be my regular run for a while. Long runs I will do on asphalt for now. I will also include a little sprinting once a week.
My weight is a couple of pounds less than a year ago. This will be my first half-marathon after completely switching to a low-carb paleo/primal diet.
I can't wait to see how much difference it makes. I am hoping for faster improvement, better recovery and more energy.
I would love to hear from anyone who has trained for a HM on a low-carb (ketogenic) diet and how it worked for them. emoticon

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MYLADY4 6/18/2012 9:17AM

    I bought the book Paleo for the Athlete when I was training for my half. It called for more carbs and suggested what to eat and when. For me it was mainly banana pancakes and sweet potatos.

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JSTETSER 6/18/2012 8:54AM

    You go girl! Let us know things turn out in the race.

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KRISZTA11 6/18/2012 3:28AM

You are in good shape, 10 weeks must be enough to get ready!

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