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