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.