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A very windy long run

Sunday, November 13, 2011

I woke up feeling tired and not really motivated to even get out of bed. After trying to figure out why for 15 minutes I realized that I had gone to bed after midnight for no good reason other than feeling too lazy to walk upstairs, LOL.
I also realized that I forgot to drink enough yesterday. This is much harder for me to remember in the winter when I don't feel like drinking cold water.
Because I missed my long run 2 days ago I did it today.
It was quite windy and on the way out I was almost running in place at times where I was running uphill and against the wind. On the downhill and with the wind in my back I got to find out what it feels like to run a much faster pace, very fun.
I hadn't been running in strong wind for a while and it was interesting to notice how my balance changed on the downhill. I shifted my weight further back to lean a little into the wind and not fall forward.

Total length was 7.7 miles
total running time was 1hr.52:18
average heart rate: 131 bpm
avg speed: 4.1 mph

The hardest part was having to put gloves and hat on and off multiple times which slowed me down. Overall a fun run with some sightseeing along a peaceful country road.

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MARCH_ 11/14/2011 1:56PM

    Our first snow of the year is predicted for this weekend. I'm heading outside right now with my husband to put protection around the saplings and mow one last time. Windy windy windy!

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Hauling hay and ice skating

Sunday, November 13, 2011

This was definitely a non-cardio day. I can't quite call it a strength training day because we only moved hay for about 1/2 hour. In the afternoon I had a skating lesson and started learning single-foot spins. I'm pretty tickled by the fact that so far I'm keeping up with my daughter in the skating lessons. I've always had a fairly good sense of balance and have always liked sports that require neither much speed nor strength. I need to get more practice time in on skates this week to take advantage of these lessons. We now have snow on the ground with more coming overnight. I'd better start looking for my spikes if I want to run tomorrow.

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PAMAPPLE 11/13/2011 9:07PM

    How fun to take ice-skating lessons and to be able to skate with DD:) No cumulative snow for us yet here in Michigan... I'm sure it won't be long, though.

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SUNSHINE99999 11/13/2011 1:09AM

  Good luck with staying upright and enjoy the time with daughter. :)

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A final run before the snow hits

Friday, November 11, 2011

I was hoping to do a long run today. We got delayed a little trying to set up my husband's new heart rate monitor. So my long run was only slightly longer than my regular runs, 5.1 miles with several steeper hills.
It was amazing to see that even my husband who can run a 9-minute-mile had to slow down to a walk for some of the steeper hills. His speed was about a 10-minute-mile over 6 miles today and given that he is already at ideal running weight and has good cardio-vascular fitness already will probably not improve as much but is still considering trying the Maffetone method to train for our next half-marathon on March 5 next year.

Here are my results for today:
avg. heart rate 131 bpm
total running distance: 5.1 miles
total running time: 1hr. 12 min.
avg. speed: 4.2 mph

My leg muscles felt a little tired in spite of having had two days off from running. I wish I could have run longer, though.
I suspect that it takes a lot less stress than I previously thought to affect my pulse while running negatively. Today I had some mild stress, just some scheduling issues involving things that were out of my control and I think the mental energy it took to deal with them affected my running. It was only during my run that I decided that some issues just aren't that important that they deserve affecting my running. Making a conscious choice about priorities helps.


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LINDAKAY228 11/12/2011 9:01AM

    Great job! You inspire me.

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KKINNEA 11/11/2011 6:02PM

    You are getting awesome results with this. I may look into for my June marathon.

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VEUVEGIRL 11/11/2011 5:52PM

    You got out there. Great job!

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2 rest days and an appeal to get involved

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Two rest days in a row is not what I had planned but I had no time for running these last two days. I did manage to get an hour of walking in with the dogs and some of it turned into jogging. I'll plan my long run for tomorrow.

For those of you who haven't seen it in the groups where I have posted I wanted to draw attention to the GMO (genetically modified organisms) labeling issue. This is not about party-politics but holding our elected officials accountable for their promises. Here is a short video clip:


Right now the only way it is possible to avoid GMO foods and all the Roundup that they are sprayed with is to buy organic and not everybody can afford that. The other issue with GMO foods is that the company that sells most of the seed has what is close to a monopoly on the world-wide seed market.


4 weeks since the first MAF test

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Here were the results from the first MAF test from Oct. 11:

Mile 1: 3.7 mph
Mile 2: 3.4 mph
Mile 3: 3.2 mph
average speed: 3.43 mph
average heart rate: 132-33

Today's results:

Mile 1: 4.3 mph
Mile 2: 4.1 mph
Mile 3: 3.8 mph
Mile 4: 3.6 mph
average speed: 3.95 mph
average heart rate: 132

The improvement in 4 weeks is significant. I not only got faster but also went from running 3 miles for a regular workout to running 4 miles. If I continue to improve at this rate than I should be able to run at about the same speed as before I started with a heart rate of 132 instead of about 15 bpm higher.
One mistake I made is to eat a cheese bagel about 3 hours before my workout without any protein or fat. All those carbs are probably the reason my blood sugar was getting low during mile 3 and 4. I noticed that my energy dropped off significantly and it was harder to run even at the same heart rate. White flour is just as bad as sugar for stable blood-sugar levels.
Overall I'm very encouraged by the improvement and by how easy it has been to do the running. Slow but steady progress is great with me.

And here, just for fun, a little infomercial about barefoot that I just discovered:



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SCHOOLNURSE86 11/10/2011 2:43PM

    Very interesting blog! And I agree, if I eat some sort of "white" carbs before a run, especially without protein...my blood sugar plummets and it just goes downhill from there.

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KKINNEA 11/9/2011 12:59PM

    Great results on your experiment! The "bad carbs" are always what get me too - you can feel the bottom drop out.

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