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Back to my water shoes

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Last night I got to bed around 2 in the morning and then woke up today at 8.
I went for a 4 mile run in my water shoes this afternoon and ran the same road as 2 days ago in the Vibrams. I did stumble once, so it may have had something to do with the surface and/or running so slow.
I went for one hour and did exactly 4 miles at average heart rate of 130. I think I'll make all my runs 1 hour long from now on except long runs. If I include warmup and cool down that will be a total of 90 minutes. I may not run every day, depending on time and weather.
Now it's pouring rain so not sure what I'll do tomorrow.

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HOUNDLOVER1 11/1/2011 12:38PM

    Martha, thank you, I'm a work in progress. It took me a whole year to get this far. :)

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MARTHASPARKS 11/1/2011 12:26PM

    I admire your energy and commitment to running and physical activity! Your easy days are tougher than my hard days!

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Long Run in Vibrams

Friday, October 28, 2011

Well, ok, it wasn't really that long, 90 minutes and 6.2 miles. This is the longest run I've done since I've started the Maffetone method and probably since my last half-marathon.
I ran on a chip-sealed road and had a significant uphill and a significant downhill section on this run. Temperature was in the upper 40's with a light wind.

My average heart rate was 130. The average speed was about 4.1 mph

On the downhill stretch I was really tempted to run faster and ignore the HRM which still slowed me down.

I'm still trying to make up my mind if the Vibrams are the best shoes for me. I stumbled 6 or 7 times on this run, something that hasn't happened in other minimalist shoes more than once or twice. The Vibrams felt very comfortable but I'm wondering if the toe pockets were a little tight because I could see the impression from the seams on my skin afterwards. In this case my sensation may have been reduced, causing the stumbling. It could also be that my toes were more spread out and that is something I have to get more used to.

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EJOY-EVELYN 10/29/2011 3:45PM

    Congratulations on a new and great run! I just had to Google your shoes to see the five-finger images. Yikes! I can't imagine allowing one stumble to not cause me harm that would keep me off my feet for some time to come. My best to you as you reach your goals successfully!

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HOUNDLOVER1 10/28/2011 10:46PM

    Thanks Red, good input. I guess I have fat toes emoticon The good thing is that the Vibrams did protect my toes well so nothing hurts. I'll give them another try or two and if they don't work I'll pass them on to my husband who has the same shoe size and go back to water shoes and Merrell Pace Gloves for trail.

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REDSHOES2011 10/28/2011 10:24PM

    Sorry to hear you stumbled so many times, I have seen other places on the internet people complained of stubbed toes because of them.. Also vibrams should be loose enough to wear the socks that are made to this brand of shoes..
Perhaps try another brand?

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Lazy day - Really?

Friday, October 28, 2011

I did not run for the second day in a row. I did feel lazy, but I know that I really did a lot of good things today including walking several dogs and celebrating the end of my daughter's swim season with a great party. So I'll just call it a busy day with some walking thrown in.
I find myself taking a much more relaxed attitude about my exercise. Some days life just gets busy and sometimes it's a good kind of busy. On those days I remind myself that I exercise to live, not live to exercise. You could put in a lot of other words instead of exercise.
Exercise, running and swimming and horseback riding and hiking and riding my bike are all good things to do - as are the 500 other things I enjoy in life. But deciding to do just a few things every day and then doing them with passion and with energy is better then to squeeze as many activities in as possible. This is all part of using the Maffetone method, but of course Phil Maffetone did not invent these ideas, he just tied them into a holistic approach to endurance training by talking about the consequences of excessive stress in our lives.
The idea that less is often better than more is very foreign to most of our (the American) way of life. Even people who profess to live simply typically live much more complicated lives then did their grand parents. Success is so often defined by how many things we can juggle in life while maintaining a confident and strong exterior. But on the inside we may be overwhelmed or even close to collapse. The MAF test is helpful in seeing early warning signs of overdoing it in one or several areas of our lives. Getting sick frequently is another. Feeling tired all the time or lacking energy in the mid-afternoon can also be caused by too much stress. Getting to know ourselves well enough to catch these things early prevents a lot of pain, both physical and emotional.
Tomorrow I will try a longer run in my Vibram Sprint's if the weather is not too cold. Maybe I'll talk my husband into coming along. I did not run for 2 days and I miss it. I guess I have finally become a runner. emoticon

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HOUNDLOVER1 10/28/2011 2:43PM

    Martha, I love the way you phrased that. emoticonSo true!

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MARTHASPARKS 10/28/2011 2:17PM

    Yes, you are definitely a runner! I agree with what you shared in this blog. Less can be far better and juggling too many balls is a guarantee that something will drop _ usually YOU!

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KKINNEA 10/28/2011 12:18PM

    Yay runner! I agree, I exercise to live and not the other way around.

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Rest Day and Rant

Thursday, October 27, 2011

I ended up having to bathe one of the dogs and take it to the vet which took all my exercise time. It probably did not hurt to take a rest day because I woke up at 4:30 am and had trouble going back to sleep.
Tonight my daughter and I attended a local health fair with lots of booths by different organisations. At one stand, set up by dieticians, there were all kinds of nutrition advice posters and one of them suggested eating half whole grain. Half? Really? When I asked about it the people said that most people are not willing to make bigger changes in their eating habits. I understand that, change is difficult, but to SUGGEST to only eat half whole grain...
The other part that bothered me was the suggestion to look for fat-free or low-fat items. I thought there was enough evidence by now that eating fat does not make you fat. Quite the opposite, our body needs a significant amount of fat to function. Most of our brains consist of fat.
In most cases low-fat and fat free items have been processed more and have things added and the sugar content of these products is almost always higher. Since I have stopped using low-fat and fat-free products (except for foods that are naturally low in fat like fruits and veggies and beans) I have been able to maintain on far more calories. I can't say exactly how many since I hardly ever count, but around 3000 on days when I exercise for about an hour. Anyone who I have met who successfully maintains on a low-fat diet needs to keep track of calories. Coincidence? Maybe, but I don't think so.

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2BE-MYBEST 10/27/2011 10:50PM

  Years ago when I was only say 15 pounds over weight - I started reading everything I could get my hands on and started eating whole grains and low fat everything .................here I am 20 years later still doing the low fat thing and whole grain stuff till a few weeks ago . Now I need to lose 50-60 pounds. I agree with you! I am making a change now that many would say is for the worse. LOL There is so much conflicting information out there I don't know who to believe any more! Well, I did the low fat and whole grain everything and only got fatter. I am ready for some new ideas.
Good Blog!!

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HOUNDLOVER1 10/27/2011 11:43AM

    You are right, fat has double the number of calories compared to carbs and protein. That's why I hardly ever ate nuts for many years. But isn't it pretty convincing to hear from people who try Atkins (not that I recommend it) that they are never hungry. Fat gives food flavor and makes you feel full. It's impossible to get enough fat-soluble vitamins (A and D) and have your body absorb them if you eat low-fat. From my experience eating low-fat always leaves me hungry, usually at night when I really don't need calories to be able to sleep. Try it for just a week and see what happens: full-fat yoghurt, milk, olive oil, nuts, avocados (but choose organic at least for the dairy) and see how your body likes it . emoticon

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ANGEMCC 10/27/2011 7:48AM

    He he, half whole-grain? I agree, that seems like madness. What if you're already on whole-grain? You might take their advice and go backwards!

Some fat is good, but it's pretty calorific - e.g. a handful of nuts can out-weigh a breakfast! Depending on your choice of cereal :-). I tend to try to avoid fat a little for this reason. Having said that, I avoid products labelled as low-fat, because as you've rightly said, they're generally full of sugar... which is also calorie-laden.

It can be quite the mine-field, making good food choices. And there's so much conflicting information out there.

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Finally - running faster than walking

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Well at least by my standards I'm running faster than I'm walking. emoticon
treadmill was at incline of 2, avg. heart rate was 131

Mile 1: 4.1 mph
Mile 2: 4.0 mph
Mile 3: 3.8 mph
average speed: 3.9 mph

When I started 2 weeks ago my average speed was just under 3.5 mph so I'm quite happy with the improvement. emoticon

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PAPAMIKIE 10/28/2011 1:28AM

    To me Chi Running / Walking are mostly about form. Speed will come as we get our form correct. Imporvement of self is what this journey is about, not absolute change, but relative change.

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LINDAKAY228 10/26/2011 8:27AM

    Way to go! You are improving and you should be proud!

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