Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Just some random thoughts on Galloway --author of many books advocating a run/walk method to do distance running and Schuler author of The New Rules of Lifting for Women. They come from very different perspectives and I'm still mulling over what I've read.
On cardio exercise
Galloway “And the exercise that’s better than almost all the others for losing weight and keeping it off is---you guessed it-----running” And “Endurance exercise is probably the best method of losing fat”
On the other hand Schuler, “I’m going to argue that steady-pace endurance exercise –what most of us refer to as “cardio” or aerobics” is overrated as a tool for fat loss.”
On weight training
Galloway is not really a fan. He’s concentrating on how to be a better runner. He has a few exercise he suggests, but really does not see much benefit.
Shuler looks at weight training as your central and most important exercise.
Galloway, “I find it hard sometimes to admit this, but here goes. Our bodies weren’t designed to run continuously for long distances, expecially distances as long as the marathon.” This is the where he talks about the importance of inserting walking breaks.
Schuler, “the human species didn’t really evolve to excel at long-distance runs. We’re made to walk long distances---that’s how our ancient ancestors put food on the table, before they figured out retailing –and to run really fast when we must. We’re good at start-stop activities involving lots of different speeds and changes of direction. “ He likes interval training.
I'm a pretty commited run/walker, although I currently have a line drawn in the sand at a half marathon distance. I'm giving a slow try to the workouts in Schuler's book. I'm thinking, thinking, thinking.
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
Three days in a row with a weight that gives a healthy BMI. First one on an "official" weigh in day.
Oh dear, I'm having to work hard to remove the weight now.
But now that my BMI is "healthy", it's time to slow down. Make sure I'm doing things in a lifestyle mode, not diet mode and be honest about what my final weight should be. I know it would be good to lose a little more, but I may or may not be able to reach an given number (125),
But for today, I'm doing the happy dance, eating healthy and getting some low level cardio.
Thanks Sparkers out there for all the support.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Who's the man in the shade? My husband and he kept saying, "It's really nice outside" And it was for a summer day. But did I want to run from 4 pm-7pm on a nice summer day. I've been doing my running in the early morning. Still once I pass 10 mile runs it seems harder to find times to fit in that run. This weekend run was planned at 13.4 miles and I wanted to do it Mon or Tues, but neither days worked well. Could I do Sunday evening.
Well after days of 98 with high humidity 85 lower humidity and a slight breeze did feel okay. At least if you were sitting in the shade. Maybe I should have done herbal and concocted drinks from all the mint in my garden. I didn't I decided I would go ahead and run. I just needed to go real slow.
I also decided to run at a park where I could get some shade and had water and a bathroom instead of leaving from my house and running the suburban streets. Well I finished 13.4 miles in 2 minutes less than 3 hours.
First lesson. Queeny Parks gravel trails through the woods are shady, but much harder than the road. You have hills, erosion gullies, roots. You need to actively slow yourself down on all the down hills so you don't have your feet slide out from under you.
Second lesson. Related to the first. Pacing on new terrain is difficult. I planned to go slow, but at times I pushed harder than a should have. And here is something else I learned about using the run/walk method. If you begin to feel uncomfortable on the run you don't necessarily slow down. I caught myself pushing harder, thinking I just wanted to get this down with. Now since I do my run segments by time it makes no sense at all and I needed to practice discipline on pacing.
Third lesson. Although it was tough I did finish and I did manage to make myself slow down. I should have slowed a bit more in the beginning ---still I finished. Thankfully I've been consistent in my running and although this was a bigger jump it was okay.
Fourth Lesson-- I know this already, it's run in the morning during the summer.
Final lesson--for PenguinPie--If you clip your hat to your hair you don't need to keep pulling it back down. I was already wearing eye protection since I need glasses.
So I think I'll be trying to get out to the park for some shorter runs so I can work on pacing on those tough trails. It was pretty. Saw a deer, elderberries in bloom, field of prairie flowers.
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