Customizing the Maffetone method, diet improvement and a recommendation
Thursday, December 29, 2011      2 comments

I'm doing better with my diet. I'm more consistent in staying away from sugar and white carbs. In addition I decided to experiment a little more with slightly raising my target heart rate during running to 136. This felt very comfortable and... Read more
2 blogs in one day? size 8 going to the thrift store!
Monday, December 26, 2011      12 comments

This was too good to wait with 'til tomorrow. While my weight is the same that it was last fall, 139 lbs., it's distributed much differently. I can fit in all my size 6 clothes, while last year size 8 was getting very tight. Yeah! So we are drop... Read more
A different Christmas dinner, Just another run and some yummies
Monday, December 26, 2011      6 comments

Christmas dinner yesterday was pot roast with onions and carrots, spinach with sour cream sauce, oven-baked winter squash and wild rice. We managed to stay a little on the low-carb side and I really don't miss the turkey at all. The price for or... Read more
A Great Christmas Eve Long Run
Saturday, December 24, 2011      6 comments

This is my 3rd long run. I went 5.5 miles in 1:12:40 for an average speed of 4.5 mph, finally a significant improvement. Average pulse was 133 bpm, temperatures were in the low 40's, no wind. I felt like I could have kept going for a long time. ... Read more
Winter Sostice - finally a trail ride- memories
Wednesday, December 21, 2011      4 comments

The weather was perfect, bright and sunny. So I finally made the time and took Blue Eagle out for about 1 1/2 hours. She did not want to leave the barn at first because she has another horse as a buddy now. But once we had gone a little ways she... Read more
Time for a quick run and some dog walking
Monday, December 19, 2011      3 comments

I ran on the treadmill for 3 miles, average heart rate was 135, total time was 44:10 min. Mile 1: 4.1 Mile 2: 4.1 Mile 3: 4.0 I realized that I have been walking less than I usually do because there are so few daylight hours ... Read more
Slowly increasing length of runs
Saturday, December 17, 2011      4 comments

Today I ran for 65 minutes and went 4.7 miles in light wind. The weather was nice and mild so I ran in my Vibram Five Fingers. This is my second week of using the Hal Higdon Novice program. I think the most important reason for me to enter ... Read more
Another dreadmill day
Thursday, December 15, 2011      4 comments

The days are just too short to run outside sometimes. I walked dogs, went ice skating for 1/2 hour and then after doing all the chores it was dark. So I did another treadmill run. 3 miles, average heartrate 134, incline 2. Mile 1: 4.1 m... Read more
MAF test on treadmill
Tuesday, December 13, 2011      5 comments

I ran 3 miles on the treadmill with incline of 2 in 44:40 min. That's just a tiny bit better than an average of 4 mph. Heart rate was 134, which is what I've set as my new target heart rate, mostly because I felt very comfortable at this heart r... Read more
skating and horse training
Monday, December 12, 2011      5 comments

I spent almost 90 minutes on the ice today. My balance is getting better, but it sometimes feels like 2 steps forward, 3 steps back. Today they had very nice classical music playing at the ice rink, slow and relaxing, perfect to practice slow, f... Read more
Running in the cold and skating progress
Sunday, December 11, 2011      10 comments

Today was my first run in freezing temperatures. I decided to try a pair of wrestling shoes that I had bought a year ago because they have several qualities of minimalist shoes but are like high-top sneakers in that they cover the ankle and are ... Read more
Great run, great weather
Friday, December 09, 2011      3 comments

I ran for exactly 1 hour and went 4.3 miles, the best run since starting the Maffetone method. The weather was beautiful and sunny, in the 40's and I did a couple loops through town, about half on asphalt, half on gravel, very little wind, very ... Read more
More stress but a good run today
Thursday, December 08, 2011      7 comments

This time I was dealing with a frozen hydrant that we use to fill our horse's water tank. The property owners are gone for the winter but I fortunately had a contact person who is a neighbor and a contractor who took care of things and he did so... Read more
Short but sweet
Sunday, December 04, 2011      6 comments

I had a nice run in dry, sunny weather. It turned out to be exactly a 5 K or 3.1 miles altough I had not planned it that way. My time was 44:30 min, average heart rate 130, average speed 4.18 I am now getting close enough to my next half-ma... Read more
What a beautiful day!
Friday, December 02, 2011      3 comments

Today was a great day. My daughter and I got up early and she worked out in the pool, I worked out on the treadmill. I ran 3 miles with an average heart rate of 130. I decided to not record speed except once a week from now on since there is ... Read more

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