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Ice Skating and Walking

Thursday, November 03, 2011

The heart rate monitor stayed at home today. I spent an hour practicing with my new ice skates. I haven't owned ice skates since I was a kid and used rental skates only a few times since. I loved getting back into skating. For the first time in my life I have decent skates that have good support and a blade that holds the edge well. I took my chances by getting a relatively inexpensive model from Walmart for $60.00 and was really suprised how comfortable the skates are.
Ice skating did not get my pulse up that much, though, so it's very low-level cardio. I don't think my pulse went much over 115 for most of the time.
I practiced forward, backward, cross-over forward and backward in both directions and skating on one foot, also a two-foot spin. I'm not very good at stopping yet. Skating seems to use all the muscles in the lower leg a lot. Figure skates put the foot in a position where it can move only very little which is quite an adjustment after running and walking in minimalist shoes for so long.
After the ice skating and a lunch break I tried to run on the treadmill and found that my legs were too tired so I did an hour of uphill walking instead.
I've noticed my energy level declining in the afternoons over the last couple of days and my body temperature is lower than normal in the morning. I will start taking iodine again to help my thyroid out a little. Hopefully my legs will feel like running tomorrow. I have not had a trail run this week yet and am starting to miss it, a lot.

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MARTHASPARKS 11/4/2011 11:18AM

    I loved to ice skate but never could roller skate. If I didn't have osteoporosis, I'd join you!

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HEIDI-25 11/4/2011 9:13AM

    That sounds like a lot of fun! It is great to try new forms of exercise and work different muscle groups. I used to do outdoor ice skating near my home in the winter in a park in the Milwaukee area. It was great!!

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HICKOK-HALEY 11/4/2011 1:15AM

    I haven't Ice Skated for years. I'm glad you found a pair of skates you are happy with. Might be low energy exercise, but a fun one!

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2 workouts and lots of stuff about shoes and feet

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

I went for a walk/jog with the dogs in the morning for a total of one hour with my average pulse at 120. It was nice to be able to run the downhill parts to practice my balance and rhythm.

This afternoon I did 4 miles on the treadmill. As usual incline was at 2, average pulse was 133.

Mile 1: 4.0 mph
Mile 2: 3.9 mph
Mile 3: 3.8 mph
Mile 4: 3.7 mph
average speed 3.85 mph

I finally read the chapters in Phil Maffetone's book about feet and shoes. I had done a fair amount of reading about the benefits of going barefoot and running barefoot or in minimalist shoes and had been running in minimalist shoes for over a year. The information in this book was better than most of what I had read before. The explanation of foot anatomy was very detailed and convinced me to avoid any narrow or tight shoes or shoes with heels as much as possible. It also explained how most foot problems are caused by shoes with lots of support, heel and cushioning.

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LEEZERFACE 11/7/2011 9:03PM

    I've been using the Nike Free Runs and my feet feel much better in them. They are light, I don't need socks and you can feel all the muscles in your fee and toes working.

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OHITSKELLY 11/2/2011 3:42AM

    Same here! My feet always hurt/bother me. I have tried many different types of shoes. Thanks for the information and way to go on getting your exercise in!

Have a great day!

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GETFIT2LIVE 11/2/2011 1:25AM

    I just got the book and haven't begun to dig into it too deeply, but it looks like it will be very useful. I'm looking forward to reading more and hearing how your training is going along the way!

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CLAIRE_LEFT_SP 11/1/2011 11:53PM

    Sounds interesting. I'll look into that book - I don't walk correctly, shoes never quite fit... I could use the help. Thanks for mentioning this to us.

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DAIZYSTARLITE 11/1/2011 11:45PM

    Good info....THANKS

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Easy walking day

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

I felt slightly stiff and tired most of the day so limited my exercise to a couple of walks with the dogs. The wind was cold but the sun was out part of the time.
I also enjoyed some time at the horse barn watching the horses run around chasing each other. Tomorrow I'll be back to running.

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KKINNEA 11/1/2011 3:23PM

    Sometimes an easy day is what's needed. I'm gearing up for the cold myself!

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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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