Sunday, April 27, 2014
the Lausanne 20 k was incredibly better organized than the Paris half (well this is Switzerland after all) and we did leave at 6:15 and we had til 7:40 to get to the 11-k mark or be cut off from the top 4 k loop. well it was very hilly and we missed it by about 2 minutes. to tell the truth, although slightly disappointed we were also pretty relieved, because we missed the worst hill — and the ones we had were quite horrible enough, thank you. plus just as we started down it started to rain.
and then the shuttle bus back to the parking at the university was a 20 minute wait and then an hour drive back to Liz's daughter's in Frribourg in terrible pouring rain, freezing, and then — hot showers, white wine and dinner at — midnight.
anyway, it was worth it, i think. and we did do 10:26 miles in 2h17, with those hills and not in peak shape. and we can all move today.
Monday, February 17, 2014
DH has finally recognized that maybe a bit more exercise and ST might actually help lower his blood pressure, which is occasionally worrisomely high. his current main exercise is walking to and from work 5 days a week (a little over a mile each way). so he wants me, as the great expert :-(, to recommend something. i personally have no idea about what is appropriate for guys, or what they might find annoying. i use coach nicole videos, especially, the different bootcamp series, and also when i'm ambitious, jillian michaels 30 day shred, which i think is directed at women, but not to say it wouldn't work for men. but i'd like recommendations from guys who have not always been bodybuilders (which hes not interested in) and in good shape. maybe some particular exercises, with or without video, for starting out for a couple of weeks, and then maybe a video or 2 by some guy who is good … but this is for health and (hopefully kind of fun), not getting super strong etc.
ok maybe i should add that he's overweight but not obese, a hs math teacher who spends a lot of time at his computer, runs a lot of errands on foot, discovered at the end of C25K that it hurt his knees. we live in a city and walk a lot. no car.
and stuff we could do as a family (18-year-old DD as well) would also be appreciated.
Sunday, December 29, 2013
15 miles along the river, through 2 parks at almost opposite ends of Paris. 43°F (39 with the wind chill factor), relatively nice.
(for some reason i do not get, spark does not want to upload the map. to be honest, it's a fair amount like the last one, except that i also ran through the jardin des plantes, and i did not run through the tuileries this time. so you're not missing much).
30/30 run/walk intervals except for mile 12-13, which was 60/30, and i definitely had the strength left for it, but that used it all up. the next mile was way slow, due to pedestrians and traffic lights, and the final mile not too bad. otherwise, i never felt like it was hard, and my average heart rate seems to confirm that.
1 13:37 117
2 14:42 125
3 13:42 129
4 14:33 132
5 14:29 124
6 15:07 121
7 13:14 124
8 13:47 127
9 13:29 127
10 14:15 128
11 14:06 129
12 13:45 132
13 12:33 141
14 15:17 133
15 14:23 134
13 14.04 128 (69% max)
3 for enjoyment. and no sore calves, and minimal sore shoulders. gorgeous winter blue sky.
listened to Austin/Memphis country/folk (Guy Clark, Jerry Jeff Walker, Townes Van Zandt and Steve Earle). it was enjoyable. til the phone battery died at 14.5 miles. also thought some about my goals for next year. might blog about them too.
a tree that flowers in December and/or January, in the Jardin des Plantes
and my new Oesh la vida wonderful evidence-based running/walking/working/living shoes designed by a woman MD with a ph.D in biomechanics. these purple ones are for running; i have a black pair for walking/working/living
wishing everyone a healthy happy and productive 2014!
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