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Activity ON and OFF the training plan

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Yesterday was my first "long run" on the newly devised training plan. I tried to follow the Galloway recommendations, having done my first time trial last Tuesday. It recommends, based on my 9:02 magic mile (imperfectly measured) that my anticipated HM time would be a 10:48 per mile pace. It further recommends long run pace to be 13:50, and that this should be done with intervals of 1 minute run, 1 minute walk. emoticon emoticon

Well, I set out in the rain with a 5 minute walking warm up, then was very gentle with my 1:1 for the first two cycles, because of the wet sidewalks, and then bike path. Yes, I used the bike path, and because it has limited intersections, my mind started to wander. Polly Perfectionist started talking to me the first time I overshot the 1 minute jog to 1:15. She said, "Go on, jog to the end of the minute, it's only 2 minutes." Then Judy Justification got in once Polly started complaining that I wasn't following the plan: "You had to stop at the light... that has to count as part of the walk interval... you can go on to the next minute."

And, I listened to her and did a 2:1 for a while. Then a 3:1, and eventually one 4:1... before things got a little "different" with a potty stop at a convenience store, then eating my planned snack at a walk (because it was time, already)... and finally finishing up with a proper rotation of 1:1's. In the end, I covered more miles (9.73) than the target 8, kind of once again trying to find where my fitness really is, as opposed to trying to fit into a published plan. In the end, I am confident I'll find the balance.

This morning, it's not a "running" training day. So that means "cross training". But there was only one word on the calendar I put together. No miles, no minutes, just "swim" or "bike" is on the day. It was such a nice day, I decided that biking was what I wanted to do.

Every time I went into the garage, Uma Vertigo, the knobby tired mountain bike emoticon looked at me accusingly. "You haven't taken me out for a ride since Brenda (Starr Trek) came to live here," she seemed to say. So this morning, I promised her a nice ride. And we went. Pumped up the fat tires and hopped on in the cool of the morning, and took her out over some of the same ground I had covered on foot Saturday, and beyond. I ended up at the cemetery, stopping by mom & dad's gravesite. It's pretty and peaceful on that ride, and the bridge over 27th street is once again open to bike traffic! Yes!

I didn't worry about time or miles... I just rode and enjoyed the wind in my face or the sun in the sunny spots. I smiled and said good morning to others out doing similar things on those paths... jogging or dog-walking, or biking or even roller blading... lots of activity out there this morning.

And as I rode, I thought about the sheer joy of moving the body. When we were kids, we did this kind of stuff just BECAUSE it's fun. Second childhood is a great time of life.

Spark on! emoticon

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MIZCATHI 8/7/2012 10:00AM

    It's wonderful when our "fitness" plans are suddenly transformed to just part of our everyday living and we can just enjoy being in the moment, in this place, feeling joyous in this time. Congrats!

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KALIGIRL 8/6/2012 8:40AM

    Here's to 'the sheer joy of moving the body" - I'm loving it!

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LEANJEAN6 8/6/2012 7:30AM

    Good for you to keep at it--It sure inspires me to keep going---I think of you and how far you've come---Lynda emoticon

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_LINDA 8/6/2012 1:00AM

    I hope you find what runner's pace really suits you. Perhaps its best if you don't stick to a rigid plan, but allow for flexibility, based on how you feel for that particular day.
That bike ride sounds simply wonderful and carefree! Awesome Aha moment.
Never lose the wonder of seeing and enjoying the world through a child's eye! I certainly enjoy the goings on around me when I get out :)
Spark on!

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KARIDIAN1 8/5/2012 9:41PM

    Today was a perfect summer day in MN also. Spent the morning at the range shooting and just enjoying the wonderful cool weather.

Tomorrow we both go back to work. Vacation is over emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 8/5/2012 7:37PM

    Second childhood is right: but this time we're conscious of enjoying it!

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ALOHAEV1 8/5/2012 5:54PM

    As always, enjoyed going along on your work out, thanks! Love second childhoods myself!

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EBEAMS 8/5/2012 3:54PM

    We went for a pleasurable ride this morning too. Sometime it is just the best!

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SUNNY332 8/5/2012 3:44PM

    Sounds like a great day.

A little cooler here today too.

Take care and carry on....


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MSLZZY 8/5/2012 3:32PM

    How right you are. Moving is fun! HUGS!

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SLENDERELLA61 8/5/2012 2:05PM

    Second childhood is a great time of life!!

I run my training miles not all that different from you. I sometimes go 2:1 and 3:1 and 4:1 as well. And I biked this morning, too. It was beautiful! Glad we both enjoyed.

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DEBRITA01 8/5/2012 12:48PM

    Cheers to second childhoods! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 8/5/2012 12:46PM

    Awwwww, glad UMA got her just attention today. And hope it's a good Sunday. HUGS

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