Sunday, December 16, 2012
I followed the rules for a MAF test even though it was killing me to run that slow: Run for 3 miles and keep my pulse under 180-age (within 5 beats of it).
I ran 3 miles at an average heart rate of 134.
It took me 45 min. 45 seconds
Mile 1: 4 mph
Mile 2: 3.9 mph
Mile 3: 3.8 mph
average pace 3.93 mph, slower than I could have walked
I sure hope this is going to improve soon, LOL.
I know it will be worth it to be patient.
For those not familiar with the Maffetone method, you do all the training in the aerobic zone for at least several months. Sprints are rare, speed work of any kind is not done much.
I like this method because the stress on the body is much lower, especially when combined with a paleo or low-carb type diet and minimalist shoes or barefoot.
Only 11 weeks to go until the half-marathon. This time running well is not the goal but only the path to a greater goal, only the measuring stick for how my overall health is doing: glucose levels, resting pulse, muscle mass, body fat percentage, energy level, sleep, all those things that make me healthy and allow me to do the things I enjoy.