Sunday, December 28, 2014

Good year for running

Two half marathons, eight 5ks.

I met my goal of running 500 miles this year. I think I am up to about 561 miles, so the goal for next year will be at least 600 miles. With me retiring I should have more time to run. I hope to do two half marathons. I have a New Year's Day 5k scheduled, and plan to sign up for a February 14th Hot Chocolate 15k race. I did not meet my goal of running three miles at an average pace of 10:00, but maybe this year I can get faster.


Friday, December 26, 2014

Long run

Getting ready for a New Year's Day 5k. Five miles at 5/1 intervals. Slow but felt great.


Friday, December 19, 2014

Runs in 2015

I've talked the hubby into going with me for my first 15k race next year.

His twin sister and brother in law live in Nashville so we plan to make the drive in the early afternoon on Friday, do the packet pickup, meet them for dinner, stay at a hotel, me do the race and come home Saturday. Yay for a cool race, although I've read there is a killer hill in mile five. Nice zip hoodie in the goodie bag too!


Saturday, December 13, 2014

Back to run/walk/run

I've tried MAF with no real success. I've tried to keep my heart rate down and just run really easy. That is fine, but I don't feel like it is getting me any faster. I decided today that I am going back to the run/walk intervals and quit worrying about my heart rate. I stayed relatively injury free doing that and could see progress. Did 5/1 intervals today for five miles and it was the best run I've had in a long, long time. I think that little one minute walk break really helps me.

Avg Pace
312:10.11.00 12:10
411:39.91.00 11:40
6:03.20.01 8:48

That is a happy faced runner. My average heart rate was 152 with a max of 179, but I was pushing it at the end.


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Blustery day in Scotland

I tried to run this morning, but the wind was so strong it about blew me away. I only ended up doing a little less than a mile and a half. The temperature fooled me too. It was 43 so I thought I'd be fine with just my long sleeve tech shirt. Nope. The wind made it feel like in the thirties. A couple of pictures from the short run.



Sunday, December 7, 2014

Garmin stats

Here are my splits for today's race. I do not get my heart rate. I didn't feel sick or anything at that high rate. I know I could have pushed more but I forgot to turn off my heart rate alarm, so at 185 it kept going off. Next race I am just going to turn off the alarm altogether and push hard at the end.

Avg Pace
111:18.71.00 11:19
211:19.21.00 11:19

Heart Rate

Avg HR:177 bpm
Max HR:203 bpm


Edinburgh Christmas 5k

It was cold, windy, and dreary this morning but my son took me to Inverleith park for the 5k. It started to rain once we got there and then it was sleeting!

I told him if it didn't stop soon I just wanted to go back to the flat. He said the weather changes so fast to just hold we did. And it did. The sun came out and the rain/sleet stopped. It was still chilly at about 40 degrees with a wind, but not bad at all.

No records set today. They didn't use the chip timing system and only had awards for the top three for female and male. But everyone got a medal, and a goody bag,

My garmin time was 35:11, about average for me.

...but it is exciting to have a medal And a t-shirt from a race so far from home.


Thursday, December 4, 2014

Running in Edinburgh part 2

Got to run again this morning in The Meadows. Following are some of the sights from the run.

...and this is the street their flat is on...

I did a little over four miles at a slow 13:xx minute mile pace. Kept the heart rate average at 145 bpm. Nice!


Monday, December 1, 2014

Running in Edinburgh

Had a nice run this morning at The Meadows. It is only a couple minutes walk from Elijah and Katie's flat.


Avg Pace
313:14.21.00 13:14
413:06.61.00 13:07

This is where I ran today. Relatively slow jog, but I didn't worry about my heart rate. It was in the 150s most of the time. I've given up on the MAF training. I just didn't see any progress.

I've decided to try to slow it down a lot, and see if that will help me build my aerobic base.


Saturday, November 22, 2014


One month, no real progress. I feel like I am seeing progress on my inside runs, but not on the outside ones. This is basically a walk, not even a fast walk. Disappointing. Should I continue? Should I raise my heart rate minimum? 125 translates to a walk for me. I actually did two miles before my GPS found the satellite. It looks like if it doesn't find it before you hit start, it won't find it. I had to power it down and restart it for it to find the GPS. My inside runs are in the 14 minute range and I even got as fast as 13:48 the other day. At least that is a jog, albeit a very slow jog.

Avg Pace
116:05.91.00 16:06
215:57.21.00 15:57
315:57.61.00 15:57
416:09.01.00 16:09

Friday, November 21, 2014

Protein smoothie

I found some recipes for protein drinks on one of my favorite blogs, Runs for Cookies. I made the butterfinger protein smoothie today with just a few changes to fit what I had on hand. Yummy.

I cup almond milk, 1 1/2 scoops of vanilla protein powder, 1 T. Cocoa powder, 1 T. Peanut butter, 1 1/2 T. Butterscotch instant pudding mix, 2-3 tsp chocolate chips, and about 6-8 ice cubes. I'm sure it isn't low calorie but it was a yummy meal replacement. I'm always running errands on Fridays and don't want to stop to eat. This took about five minutes and should last me to supper. Has about 21g of protein.


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Destination Race

I am getting the opportunity to visit my son and his family in Edinburgh, UK, really soon. Cannot wait! I haven't held my sweet grand girl in three months! And while I am there......I am going to run the Edinburgh Christmas 5k.

Amazingly in a city of a million people, there are only about 500 that run this race.


Friday, November 14, 2014

cold outside MAF training = FAIL

I wanted to run my favorite trail today after my haircut. It was about 30 degrees, sunny, with a little wind. Normally, that would ensure a great run. However, to keep my heart rate below 125, all I could do was walk. I never generated enough heat to keep warm so rather than sabotage my MAF training, I gave it up and came home. Slowly, slowly, was able to jog six miles in the house. Yep, an hour and a half of that. And I even had new shoes to break in. Brooks Ghost 7.

I've written Dr. Phil Maffetone, the originator of the MAF training philosophy and asked if at my age would it be appropriate to let my heart beat get to 130-135? I'll be surprised if he answers. Looks like the questions and answers on his blog are several years old.


Friday, November 7, 2014

MAF test 2

Today's long run was my official test 2 for the MAF training, even though it's only been a little over a week. The recommendation is to test once a month, but since I'm such a data geek, I'll test it with every run. I expected today's outside run to be much slower than the inside runs. Inside is so much easier. I guess because of the constant temperature, softer surface, and no humidity.

Avg Pace
615:42.21.00 15:42
715:48.61.00 15:49
84:11.30.24 17:46

For the test, I'll count miles three, four, and five. Looks like I just warmed up in mile one and two. Miles six and seven were mostly walking. Actually just about everything was done walking. Your fastest should be the first after a good warm up.

The track in the distance is where I walked/ran today. Honestly there was not much running. I also found out with my heart rate staying below 125 I don't get nearly as hot. I've never ran in my headband before, today I kept it on for the full 1:53 minutes. And wore gloves. Again, I've never even kept gloves on no matter how cold it was.

MAF is so hard. So. Painfully. Slow. But I've turned this into a little science project. So I am determined to test the hypothesis, and keep it up through the winter.

Stayed warm in my fleece lined cold gear. After today's effort, my feet really bothered me. I think it is time for new socks and shoes. I am surprised because I think I've just now got about 400 miles on them, but my feet have never hurt before. The balls of my feet burned after the walk/run.


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

MAF Test unofficial

It was unofficial because I did it inside, however, I must have impoved because I didn't have to walk nearly as much. I've done three MAF sessions so far. The first was outside and I ended up walking the vast majority of of the time, the second inside where I still had to walk most of the time. The third time, I actually felt an improvement. Still painfully slow, but that is part of it.


I have a goal in mind. From a bloggers extended chart, if I can get my MAF test time down to 13:00 I should be able to do a 5k with 9:00 minute miles. Extended because the normal runners charts don't go past a MAF of 10:00. Obviously not many true beginners or older runners attempt MAF training. They should! If you can get past the mental of going so painfully slow, it is much less strenuous. Last night I felt I could go on for miles. I am hopeful that this will build my aerobic base such that I really can get faster with less effort. I hope to do a long run on Friday. It will be outside and I'll test again.

MAF unofficial timed trial.

Avg Pace