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Another trail run

Monday, July 30, 2012

The soles of my feet were still slightly sore from the barefoot run yesterday.
I did my usual trail run except this time I walked all of the uphill. It did not cost me much time which confirmed to me that I may not be reay for the trail HM.
splits were 10:30 min., 27:55 min., 40:08 min.
average heart rate was 132

My heart rate monitor worked again, I suspect the batteries are running low though. I'm going to have to decide if I get another Polar FT4 or switch to something else. I don't really need more features, just need one with a fairly modest price.

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HOUNDLOVER1 7/30/2012 10:13PM

    Surprisingly, it's very easy to get your feet used to being barefoot if you do it gradually. I rarely run barefoot, maybe once a month, but walk barefoot in the house. People who run barefoot a lot can do it over any terrain their body is used to.
Running in very thin minimalist shoes helps a lot, too.

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NDTEACHER1 7/30/2012 9:00PM

    You must have to build up calluses or toughen your feet somehow. I remember when we were kids we went barefoot in the summer, on gravel roads, now I can barely walk a foot without hurting the soles of my feet.

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JSTETSER 7/30/2012 7:31PM

    Running barefoot sounds like something I'd only do on the beach. I'm glad that it's working for you!

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TAMPATINK67 7/30/2012 9:12AM

    I've been thinking about a heart rate monitor.

Right now i'm torn between the "convenience" of one that is worn on the wrist vs. the total data available with a chest strap that provides "continual" monitoring... I guess the nirvana of a wrist worn continual monitor has yet to be developed!

As a current runner - I'd love to hear your feed back on the difference and how you utilize the data in a future blog!

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4 mile barefoot run on the track

Saturday, July 28, 2012

I had hoped to do a 10 K but it turned out that the outside track was too rough, rougher than asphalt, more like a chip-sealed road. So I only did 4 miles even though all the other runners did a 10 K but it kept me from getting any blisters.
I was the slowest runner by far as this turned out to be more of an insider event for the local running club with no beginning runners in sight. I was therefore quite happy to go around the track only 16 times instead of 25 since the last runner other than me was done with 25 loops before I finished the 16th.
It did help to run with other runners. It took me about 48 minutes to do about 4 miles (I had to stay off the inside lane to let the faster runners pass) so that works out to about 5 mph. I ran the last 400 m quite a bit faster than the rest. Unfortunately my heart rate monitor gave up half way through so I can only estimate my average heart rate, probably around 134.
It was interesting to see that out of about 15 people 3 were running in minimalist shoes and one guy said he sometimes runs barefoot.
Overall it was a fun experience. The new club membership coordinator seems to be open to encouraging beginning runners by scheduling a C25K program followed by a 5 K fun run next year so I may get involved with that if it's going to happen. emoticon

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NDTEACHER1 7/29/2012 11:01PM

    That is wonderful!!!

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GOPINTOS 7/29/2012 8:47PM



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

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TAMPATINK67 7/29/2012 12:52AM

    sounds like a great experience!

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UMUCGRAD 7/28/2012 9:07PM

    Good for you! I'm impressed. I can't run around the block. I'm glad you understand it's about YOU and YOUR health and YOUR progress. We live in such a hyper-competitive society I fear we lose our way sometimes. We compare ourselves to others and give up.

GOOD FOR YOU! emoticon

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Uphill trail run in the heat

Friday, July 27, 2012

I need to get used to the heat and going uphill. I had two days off before today so I'm well rested. We are going to be in the shade for the second part of the run. I will remind myself that there are a lot of Olympians who are going through more than just a little discomfort to reach their goals. I can handle a little discomfort and feeling sweaty. -
It's a couple of hours later and I did my run as planned.
I could tell on the way out in the car that this was not going to be very fast today since my pulse was about 10 beats higher than normal when driving, between 86 and 90.
my splits were 10:05 min, 27:46 min, 40:05 min., average heart rate was 134
I thought about what might be the cause since I did not run the last two days. Then I remembered that I did strength training on Wednesday morning and helped move about 5 tons of hay late Wednesday night. I also had far too little sleep which meant that my body was demanding more food, incl. a few more carbs the last two days.
I was considering running a 10 K barefoot just for fun tomorrow at 8 am before it's hot (I've never done more than 3.5 miles barefoot) but will wait to see how my resting pulse is tomorrow morning. The race is on an outside track and I've never done a 10 K before so it would be fun to just do it at a very easy pace and have a chance to people watch (well, really watch their running style). emoticon

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PATTYCAKE17 7/28/2012 5:13PM

    It's very interesting seeing all the nuances you are aware of in your body due to your exercise regimen, that most people never notice or even want to know! That's great. emoticon emoticon

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JSTETSER 7/28/2012 6:03AM

    Enjoy the run!

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TAMPATINK67 7/27/2012 8:04PM

    Hope you enjoy the run tomorrow!

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Olympics schedule - find a new fun sport to try

Friday, July 27, 2012

I thought I'd provide this link for those who did not know how easy it is to follow any olympic event live from your computer. My hope is that many people will watch a sport that they never considered to try and find something they will love, because watching athletes on TV can never be as much fun as being an athlete (even at a much more basic level). I'm going to follow a few sports during these Olympics that I always liked but did not try recently: table tennis, trampolin, some track and field, some parts of equestrian events, archery, diving, field hockey, synchronized swimming and the men's and women's marathon.


You can click on any time slot and events and get more details. By selecting a sport grom the menu on top you can also watch videos and photos about the event from the past.

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TAMPATINK67 7/27/2012 6:40PM

    Great link - thanks!

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    I found this link last night! Can't wait!

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MCJULIEO 7/27/2012 9:56AM

    Perfect timing! Thank you so much!

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PATTYCAKE17 7/27/2012 9:06AM

    emoticon emoticoni LOVE THIS. GREAT OF YOU to share. I'm going to enjoy, big time!! emoticon

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EGALITAIRE 7/27/2012 8:07AM

    Thanks Birgit,

I usually watch on TV but have disconnected the cable this summer as a test.

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Q8PRINCESS 7/27/2012 6:59AM

    Looking forward to watching the olympics. One year we had a raw feed from the games, saw lots of horse events I never even knew existed

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JSTETSER 7/27/2012 6:34AM

    Great idea Hound lover! Thanks for posting!

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Strength Training

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

My legs are still recovering from my long run yesterday so today my upper body and abs got a workout. My goal is still to be able to do real pushups, hopefully the first one on my next birthday at the end of August. emoticon
Increasing my upper body and core strength should also make swimming, ice skating and horseback riding easier. My goal is mostly functional fitness, not so much an increase in muscle size.
Tomorrow we will get a delivery of 2 1/2 tons of hay in 60-70 lbs bales so I will end up doing another strength workout tomorrow as well.
I hope to get a run in in the morning.

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EJOY-EVELYN 7/25/2012 7:57PM


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ARLENE_MOVES 7/25/2012 6:07PM

    I used to date a guy that owned a farm and as he was so busy working that the only way I got to see him was to work along side. Haying, slopping manure, feeding animals --- man, am I glad I didn't marry him!!!

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TAMPATINK67 7/25/2012 10:13AM

    Ah, moving the hay into the barn storage attic - such great memories!

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PATTYCAKE17 7/25/2012 9:27AM

    emoticonYou are amazing! emoticon

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EGALITAIRE 7/25/2012 9:16AM

    Haying time used to be one of my favourite times and activities - I know, some think it is a mental illness - what is their to like about the heat, the dust and the sore muscles?

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MYLADY4 7/25/2012 8:51AM

    Have fun moving those bales, you will be feeling it and it is a great workout. Don't miss that as we get round bales.

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JSTETSER 7/25/2012 6:20AM

    Houndlove, living on a farm must be an arobic/strength training experience each and every day!
Keep up the strength training!

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Q8PRINCESS 7/25/2012 1:43AM

    Love love love strength training. It just makes you feel so good.

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BYEPOUNDS 7/25/2012 1:11AM

Best to you!

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