Friday, March 17, 2017

Running Longest

Did 12 miles today.  I sure hope I didn't over do it.  My knee started hurting around mile ten. I just kept thinking, "I can do this.  I'll have two weeks to recover."  I needed some confidence that I can really pull the half off in two weeks.  I signed up for the Knoxville Covenant Half Marathon.  It was the first one I did three years ago.  And although I've run 3x/week since then, I am older and seem to be slower too.
I sure hope I didn't damage anything with the knee.  Ice, ibuprofin, rest.....and then on April 2nd I'll be ready to tackle that half!  The best thing about it, is you finish in Neyland Stadium on the 50 yard line!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Running Longer

Last week my long run was only 7 miles, so this week I was hoping for a good long run, in preparation for the half marathon that I have yet to sign up for.  It was rather cold, and I decided to do the treadmill. I am listening to a book on Audible and it really helps to pass the time.

I have never felt like ma treadmill was very accurate and even replaced the computer board.  It said I only did about 9.7 miles, and I know the 11 from my Garmin could be off, but I'm sure I did something in between the two.  Now to register for a half.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Running Long

The weather was perfect for a long, slow run yesterday.  Ten Miles!  I did my normal 90/30 run/walk intervals at a pretty slow pace and really, really enjoyed it.  Got to find a half marathon this spring!

About half on the lakeside walking trail and half on the track.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Running while traveling

I've been continuing my running and was even up to 9 miles before I left on my trip to see my grands.   I do enjoy finding places to run when I travel.  I've been in Cambridge, England for the last ten days.  My son is doing a part time job here at the University until the end of February.  After that, they will move back to Edinburgh, Scotland where he attends the University there.
 I was able to get in four miles on Wednesday and five on Saturday.  It is fun to run in new places.
 These are a few sights I saw on my runs.

But, of course the main reason why I am here is........
 these two cuties....
Emma and I had such fun playing in the garden, riding scooters, and swinging in the swing...well, me pushing her on the swing is more accurate.  I kept the kids one day so my son could take his wife on a day trip to London.
Then all of us did a day trip to London a couple days later.
I love the kids so much, but really do not enjoy traveling.  I am too much of a homebody.  Am anxious to get back to my own home, my running trails, and my sewing. I am hoping to do a half marathon this spring. I mean, I was up to 9 miles already, hate to waste it.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Back to Jeff Galloway's Method

Well, I tried. I really did.  I just couldn't do the MAF training, so I have reached a compromise.  I am back to Jeff Galloway's run/walk/run method and am trying to slow down my pace.  My watch was beeping all the time with my heart rate over the goal.  Now it just beeps at 1:30 minutes of running and 30 seconds of walking.  Did 8 miles today and it felt fabulous.  The weather was perfect at a slightly breezy 60-ish degrees. I was basically alone on the trail and track.

I even wasn't that tired afterwards.  I've slowed down considerably since I began trying the MAF. Today felt like it has been beneficial. My 'magic mile' (Jeff's one mile test) was 10:23 min/mi about 3 weeks ago. I am supposed to train at about a 15 minute mile pace.  I can't. I mean, I can't run that slow. I am so slow now, but even very slow jogging, and walking every 30 seconds, my pace has been around 14.  Today, I tried to keep it slow, but basically just ran by feel. It felt so good.  My pace ended up about 13:30.  Faster than he recommends but maybe I am getting stronger and faster! Slowing down enables me to run farther and supposedly that builds endurance. I hope to do another magic mile test later this week.

Today was a day when I felt like an athlete.  Strong, fit, and very thankful I can do this.

Friday, December 23, 2016

MAF Training

Still doing the MAF.  One thing I can say about running this way, well, a couple of things - running is much easier, and I feel like I can go longer.

I did 7 miles today. It was very slow with a lot of walking, but still 7 miles. I kept telling myself that all the walking was what I needed to train my heart.  It felt great.  I just wish I could find an expert to talk to about my heart rate.  I had a physical recently and am in excellent health. I am not worried at all, but want to be sure I am training properly.  I am pretty sure that I'll do the 15k in February, maybe even a half in the spring.

You know after a good, long run, you want to sign up for a bunch of races.....lol.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

MAF Training

Most days I really don't feel my age. I'll be 58 in January. Been running for four years.  I recently did my fifth half marathon, and a 10k on Thanksgiving day.  I just can't seem to get any faster. My maximum heart rate is about 200. I know that is way above the 220-age formula, but it is what it is.  I am ready to try the MAF (Maximum Aerobic Function) training again.  I tried once before but I could do NO running in keeping it in the 120's (using the formula).  Using 200 as my maximum, I am going to set my Garmin to alarm if it gets over 150. I've been doing lots of reading, and think maybe I've been doing "wasteful" running, by almost always running in my zone 4-5 (150-180) range. I think I am committed to MAF this time.  I'd like to try it for a minimum of 3 months and see if I get improvements in my pace.

Day1 - My normal running pace (typically do run/walk/run) is around 11:15-12:30 and my regular walking pace is a 17 minute mile.  Today I did 4 miles trying to keep my heart rate under 137 (too low I've now decided), and my pace was right around 16 minutes. That was a lot of walking!  Hopefully when I change the range to 140-150 I can actually do more running.  I also like the idea of burning fat rather than carbs. On my long runs I always have to eat a GU or something or I will crash.  Burning fat is supposed to be more efficient for energy and I shouldn't have to add carbs to get energy. I noticed today, I didn't sweat as much and kept a jacket on the whole time.

The only race on my horizon is the tentative Hot Chocolate 15k in February. Not sure if I will be running it, but I hope so.  Maybe there will be some pace reductions by then, if this works. Keeping my fingers crossed.