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Post  ounce on Wed Nov 06, 2019 3:40 pm

@ounce wrote:I've been looking at garmin watches and polar watches.  And I started getting mad.  Kevin at Garmin told me that the Forerunner 220's battery lasts 3-5 years.  So, you have to buy a replacement watch for $249+ every 3-5 years.  That's planned obsolescence.  Garmin's financial analysts can plan revenue a lot easier than those that have the Forerunner 305, like I used to, Nancy used to, and Mark presently does.  My died because it committed suicide by detaching itself from the strap at 9 years old.

Sure, they offered to discount the 245 by 20% off the $249.  But, they need to cough up a bigger discount like 30%-40%.  I'll bet people upgrade features compared to what they have, so they're not losing much margin on the sale.

If the durn thing is going to die, then why pay a lot when you'll have to buy another one before the next presidential election?

It's a bunch of crap.

Michele \"1L" Keane wrote:Call Garmin support - even if the watch is quite old they will assist you with options and if you need a new one, they'll most likely assist in that area as well (discounts, refurbs, etc.)
Miche1e, please note the above quote from an earlier post on October 23.  My watch is 4 years old.  No refurbs are available.

Probably, Boomers aren't their target market anymore and the younger set doesn't realize they're getting screwed.

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Evidently, the effects of Monday's running and walking stretched into Tuesday afternoon.  That, coupled with a 12 hour bug, made running this morning impossible.  I'm better now, but not walking any more than I have to walk.

That means that tomorrow is weights and I might do a loosening up mile or 2 on Friday.  We have a cold front coming through Thursday evening (78 degrees now) and Saturday morning's temp will be around 46 degrees.  Great weather for a 15 mile run.
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Post  ounce on Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:46 am

Thursday, I did weights. One of the machines I use was broke, so I went to another machine. The muscle worked was the same, but it used an additional muscle heretofore not used.

This got me to thinking that I need to rotate to different machines in order to tweak muscles used, while the main muscle worked still gets worked.

Today, I didn't run. So, tomorrow's 15 mile run will only be the 2nd run of the week. Both long runs.

It's supposed to be 42 degrees, tomorrow morning. I think Sunday is the only 70 degree day (seasonal is 77) for 8 or 9 days. Even 30 degrees Wednesday morning! A virtual sauna for Nancy.

Finally, to correct my fogginess from Monday's 14 mile run, I have purchased a Mounds candy bar, my favorite. Usually my 'go to' clarity food is Fig Newton, but they weren't on sale.

Itll be interesting to see how the body warmth vs ambient temperatures will melt or not melt the Mounds.

Y'all have a dry weekend.
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Post  ounce on Sat Nov 09, 2019 1:41 pm

This morning, it was 42 degrees, a light breeze, and clear skies.  I had a peanut butter on toast as the pre-run meal.  I brought along 1 Mounds of the two in the package.  I was looking forward to doing better on this run of 15 miles, than Monday's 14.
First off, the Garmin 220 was down to 18% of battery remaining.  So, it might be good for 4 and a 1/2 hours of connection to a satellite, not a 4 and a 1/2 hour run.  It was on for 4 hours.

15 miles, 3:26:29, 13:46 pace, 159 avg cadence, 0.74 m avg stride length, 1st half pace 13:34, 2nd half pace 13:58
1.  13:32, 161 spm, 74 sl
2.  13:27, 161 spm, 74 sl
3.  13:53, 160 spm, 72 sl
4.  13:59, 160 spm, 72 sl
5.  13:35, 160 spm, 74 sl
6.  13:36, 160 spm, 74 sl
7.  13:05, 160 spm, 77 sl
8.  13:17, 158 spm, 77 sl
9.  13:46, 158 spm, 74 sl
10. 13:50, 159 spm, 73 sl
11. 13:42, 160 spm, 73 sl
12. 13:45, 159 spm, 73 sl
13. 13:52, 160 spm, 73 sl
14. 14:19, 152 spm, 74 sl
15. 14:50, 151 spm, 72 sl
End of run HR 156
I didn't take any other readings.

For the whole run, I wasn't really thrilled because of the last 2 miles, actually the last 3.  You may think that many of the splits are really nice.  And six of them are.  Surprising, actually.

But when you have close to 11.5 more miles to run in a marathon (with Garmin's way of counting miles), there's a lot of falling off forecasted.  My confidence in officially completing the marathon has been shaken with this run.  I will just have to soldier on until I run the 22 miler, around Christmas, and re-evaluate.  I think I'd have to run 22 at a 13:30 or less pace to get me thinking I can officially finish the marathon.  The 30K is a 13:15 goal.

The first 8 miles were a snap.  During 9, I started wavering.  It was at that point that I ate the Mounds.  5 minutes later, my clarity returned and was good to mile 13.  The body was slowing during mile 12 and was dragging from mile 13 to the end.

I think I'm going to have to run rises for a few miles, during the week.  Ups and downs are easy going out, but are not as easy coming back.

I had a sore left fanny during the last 5 miles.  The hip flexors were whining, but were never more than that.  Actually, I was getting concerned with the flexors, but they never did more than whining.

Below are the splits for Monday's 14 mile run (55 degrees):
14 miles, 3:16:19, 14:01 pace, 158 spm, 0.72 m avg stride length, 1st half pace 13:54, 2nd half pace 14:08.
1.  13:53, 160 spm, 72 sl
2.  13:44, 161 spm, 73 sl
3.  13:50, 160 spm, 73 sl  (132 bpm)
4.  14:06, 161 spm, 71 sl
5.  14:03, 159 spm, 72 sl
6.  13:58, 159 spm, 72 sl  (138 bpm)
7.  13:42, 160 spm, 73 sl
8.  13:54, 159 spm, 73 sl
9.  13:45, 160 spm, 73 sl
10. 13:55, 159 spm, 73 sl
11. 14:03, 159 spm, 72 sl  (144 bpm)
12. 14:07, 160 spm, 71 sl
13. 14:19, 152 spm, 74 sl
14. 14:58, 151 spm, 71 sl
End of run HR - 144 bpm.



And the 13 mile run from 2 weeks ago (October 26), 50 degrees:
13 miles, 2:58:22, 13:43 pace, 160 avg cadence, 0.73 m avg stride length, avg pace at mile 8 13:43
1.   13:51, 160 spm, 72 sl
2.   13:43, 161 spm, 73 sl
3.   13:35, 161 spm, 74 sl
4.   13:46, 160 spm, 73 sl
5.   13:37, 160 spm, 74 sl
6.   13:27, 161 spm, 74 sl
7.   13:37, 159 spm, 74 sl
8.   13:35, 160 spm, 74 sl
9.   13:38, 159 spm, 74 sl
10. 13:36, 161 spm, 74 sl
11. 14:03, 160 spm, 71 sl
12. 13:52, 160 spm, 72 sl
13. 13:59, 160 spm, 72 sl
end of run HR - 138 bpm



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Post  nkrichards on Sat Nov 09, 2019 10:00 pm

I wouldn't be to discouraged with that run Doug.  I know you need to improve your speed to meet your goals but realistically how long have you been in this training cycle.  You had a setback and in my opinion are making huge gains all things considered.  I'm not going to predict your success in meeting your goal but I'm impressed with the progress you're making.

If I could make one suggestion it would be to try and get in a few more miles in the form of shorter runs during the week.  Concentrating on your long run at the exclusion of other runs may be detrimental.  It's hard to accept that running a bit slower because you're running on tired legs will result in a faster run on race day but I've seen it happen.  Race day magic is pretty powerful but you have to have the miles in to make it happen.

Congrats on what overall is a pretty impressive run in my opinion!  Take both Mounds bars next time.   Wink
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Post  KBFitz on Sun Nov 10, 2019 11:46 am

Doug, you ask how beta blockers impact running.



I was concerned about exactly this when I first went on Metoprolol after my stent was put in. Since the beta blockers act to lower the heart rate I was concerned that it would adversely impact my training if my heart could not keep up. So upon my request my cardiologist lowered the dosage from 50mg/day to 25mg/day and I've been on that dosage since the summer of 2016. My running fitness/performance has declined consistently and considerably since then. But I've been watching my heart rate closely during training and races -- and I can get my heart rate up to the very same rates that I experienced at paces very similar to those before I started the medications (170bpm has been my top end rate in short races like 5k, etc. before and while on the beta blocker). So the decline in my fitness/performance has little, if anything, to do with the beta blocker and everything to do with simply running less miles. I'm just not training nearly as much as I used to and that's why my race performance has declined. So yes, beta blockers do generally lower the heart rate. But if you can get your heart rates up to the levels they were at during training and performance before starting the meds then your heart is doing its job and the beta blocker should have no impact your running. That said, all transitions to ramp up your training should be smooth and incremental. Compare your training logs before and after you were on a beta blocker. You may find that your heart rates look very similar (like I did). If so, no worries, keep on keepin' on and run like you stole something!
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Post  ounce on Mon Nov 18, 2019 1:07 pm

@nkrichards wrote:I wouldn't be to discouraged with that run Doug.  I know you need to improve your speed to meet your goals but realistically how long have you been in this training cycle.  You had a setback and in my opinion are making huge gains all things considered.  I'm not going to predict your success in meeting your goal but I'm impressed with the progress you're making.

If I could make one suggestion it would be to try and get in a few more miles in the form of shorter runs during the week.  Concentrating on your long run at the exclusion of other runs may be detrimental.  It's hard to accept that running a bit slower because you're running on tired legs will result in a faster run on race day but I've seen it happen.  Race day magic is pretty powerful but you have to have the miles in to make it happen.

Congrats on what overall is a pretty impressive run in my opinion!  Take both Mounds bars next time.   Wink
Well, Nancy, thanks, but I have 6 weeks (now) to increase the speed and the distance.  I think that's too big a hill to accomplish.  If I could've continued to increase the long runs by 1 mile by mid-December and still maintained the pace, then it might would've worked to where the 22 mile run on Christmas would've been the deciding run.  But 14 miles was the last run where I felt that way. 

I'm going to hold off on switching races from the full to the half until after the December 15 30K run.  If I can run that race at 13:15 pace, then I have an interesting decision to make after the 22 mile Christmas run.

As far as your suggestion on running shorter distances during the week, I have been doing that, but the Wednesday of that week was raining and I did not run.  Further, when I have the opportunity to run long on a Saturday or Sunday, I will take it, instead of running on a Monday morning.  For example, this morning I ran 12 with the plan to finish at 6 a.m., which means I got up at 2:30.  I allow 15 minute miles...easier to calculate when to get up.

I do appreciate your words, Nancy.
@KBFitz wrote:Doug, you ask how beta blockers impact running.



I was concerned about exactly this when I first went on Metoprolol after my stent was put in. Since the beta blockers act to lower the heart rate I was concerned that it would adversely impact my training if my heart could not keep up. So upon my request my cardiologist lowered the dosage from 50mg/day to 25mg/day and I've been on that dosage since the summer of 2016. My running fitness/performance has declined consistently and considerably since then. But I've been watching my heart rate closely during training and races -- and I can get my heart rate up to the very same rates that I experienced at paces very similar to those before I started the medications (170bpm has been my top end rate in short races like 5k, etc. before and while on the beta blocker). So the decline in my fitness/performance has little, if anything, to do with the beta blocker and everything to do with simply running less miles. I'm just not training nearly as much as I used to and that's why my race performance has declined. So yes, beta blockers do generally lower the heart rate. But if you can get your heart rates up to the levels they were at during training and performance before starting the meds then your heart is doing its job and the beta blocker should have no impact your running. That said, all transitions to ramp up your training should be smooth and incremental. Compare your training logs before and after you were on a beta blocker. You may find that your heart rates look very similar (like I did). If so, no worries, keep on keepin' on and run like you stole something!
Kevin, Kevin, Kevin.  You have broken the code on what I've been trying to figure out regarding beta blockers.  And writing how much Metoprolol you're taking also helped, too.  I'm taking Carvedilol (Coreg) in doses of 3.125 mg b.i.d.  Since my dosage is one-eighth yours, it shouldn't impact my running.  I figure the damage to the muscle has caused the whole body to adjust to the new normal.  Evidently, Carvedilol also assists with correcting PVCs, too, which was found on the stress test.  I've had those for 3-5 years, I think.

Thanks for your answer.  I re-started the carvedilol, last week.  However, the Plavix is still causing easy bruising.  Oh, well, that's its job.  I think since the heart attack on August 20, I've had 1 day where I've had no bruises on my arms.  It's the only part that was ever bruise-free.
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Post  ounce on Wed Nov 20, 2019 6:50 pm

As an aside to the above post's last line about bruising, I don't concern myself with bruising caused by myself.  It happens.  However, I DO pay MORE attention when I cause a bleeding, as that takes a while to stop because Plavix reduces platelets.

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So last week, I ran 3 times.  Monday - 3 miles, Wednesday - 3.39 miles, and Friday - 6 miles for a total of 12.39 miles.  These 3 runs followed the 15 miles that I ran on the prior Saturday, November 9.

Last week, while still thinking a marathon was still possible, Wednesday's run was targeted to be a 7 or 8 mile run as a sorta long run.  I was losing cadence and decided to stop and walk home.  Hence, the Friday run of 6 miles to see if I could do a longer run.

Over the weekend, I pondered whether to run 16 (scheduled) or some other distance on Monday.  At this point, I was still on schedule to be ready for the 30K race.  In fact, I was 2 weeks ahead of schedule.  As Nancy and Mark had mentioned back in September, having a little wiggle room would be nice for later.

Well, this past Monday was 'later.'  My confidence was shaken after the 15 mile run.  So a 'step back' long run could be done without harm to the schedule and maybe build up the confidence.  The goal for this 12 mile run was to let the legs run its pace to achieve 12.

12 miles, 2:47:08, 13:55 pace, 161 avg cadence, 0.72 m avg stride length
1.  14:02, 161 spm, 71 sl
2.  14:00, 162 spm, 71 sl
3.  13:55, 160 spm, 72 sl
4.  14:23, 162 spm, 69 sl
5.  14:09, 162 spm, 70 sl
6.  13:45, 162 spm, 72 sl
7.  13:52, 162 spm, 72 sl
8.  13:54, 162 spm, 72 sl
9.  13:49, 160 spm, 73 sl
10. 13:50, 162 spm, 72 sl
11. 13:34, 162 spm, 73 sl
12. 13:49, 160 spm, 73 sl
end of run HR - 132 bpm.

Things I see on the splits.
1.  Maintained cadence throughout.  That was a good thing.
2.  Splits were not fast enough for letting the legs do their thing.
3.  No bleeding, in fact a negative split.

The splits seem to imply I could have gone faster, since I didn't bleed and the cadence was on point.  But it was a stepback run.
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Post  ounce on Wed Nov 20, 2019 7:09 pm

Continuing this week's activity, Tuesday, I went to the gym.  Today, I ran 3 miles.  The legs had a lot of trash to clean out and by the end of the run, there was still some left, as evidenced by the times.

It was 65 degrees, this morning.

3 miles, 41:43, 13:53 pace, 162 avg cadence, 0.71 m avg stride length, 1st half pace 14:02, 2nd half pace 13:49
1.  14:04, 163 spm, 70 sl
2.  13:45, 163 spm, 72 sl
3.  13:50, 161 spm, 72 sl


So, I will be running 16 miles this weekend, because my schedule allows it, along with a 2 Mounds bars.  The weather is to be cooler than today.
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Post  ounce on Wed Nov 20, 2019 7:22 pm

Y'all remember about my troubles with my Garmin Forerunner 220?  Well, I called them this morning to see if I could get a better deal than 20% off a new one.  Nope, but I tried as hard as I could while maintaining poise.  20% was it. 

Kevin at Garmin (who I talked to originally) said the battery could last 1 year or even 8 years.  It just depends on what you get.  But the average is 3-5 years.  Mine is 4.

He said that ALL of their watches use the same battery in response to my question of what is the lifetime of the Forerunner 945 watch (Miche1e's watch).  So, Miche1e, 3-5 years for you, too.

I told Kevin that I would try to find another brand.  He said if I don't find one that I like, the 20% discount still stands, as long as I send the old one back.
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Post  ounce on Thu Nov 21, 2019 9:21 pm

This morning, it was 71 degrees and I went to the gym.  I still enjoy going there.

When I'm resting between sets, I'll go around to a few of the free-weight machines with plates on them and take the plates off and put them up.  Housekeeping isn't usually my thing, but I found that I work the forearm muscles a little by taking a 45 pound plate off and placing it on a rack.  I haven't unracked a leg press machine with 10-45 lb plates on it yet.  One day.

Still looking for a suitable watch.  Suunto has one and Polar has one, but neither has a HR strap.  Just the wrist HR which, admitted Kevin with Garmin, that it's not accurate yet.

We have a cold front coming through, tomorrow, which will change the afternoon highs from 80 today to 64 on Saturday.

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to type something.
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Post  ounce on Fri Nov 22, 2019 4:27 pm

When I typed the 3 mile run on the 20th, I noticed the cadence was 163 and didn't think much about it until the 21st.

163 spm. 

For months (even before the heart attack), it's been 161.  I looked at the metronome to see at which cadence it was set.

162 spm.  Not 161.

If you'll note the cadence for each split on the 12 mile run of Monday, eight of the twelve splits show 162.

This was a real surprise.  I unknowingly ran 12 miles at 162.  I've said before that increasing cadence by even 1 step takes time to get used to.  So, does this change things about running the marathon?  I don't believe that it does, but it surrrrrrrre makes it interesting.

So, today is an off day and tomorrow, I'll run for 4 hours by aiming for 16 miles.  The watch will barely work for 3 hours, so I may turn it on at or around mile 4.  But I'll run it at 161 to see how that changes pace from Monday's 12.
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Post  ounce on Wed Nov 27, 2019 7:31 pm

I ran last Saturday.  The weather was conducive for running long.  I didn't run for the entire 4 hours, but about 3 hours, 45 minutes.  Any positive vibes for finishing the marathon in January are now non-existent.  But that's okay.  I gave it a good shot and I'm not hurting for the experience.  Next year...again.

Before Saturday, I'll switch races to the Half. 

I'm still planning on doing the 30K on 12/15.  After all, I paid for it.

Two days ago on Monday, I ran 3 miles around a 13:30 pace.  Tuesday was weights.  I overslept the alarm and missed out on running, this morning. 

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Post  nkrichards on Thu Nov 28, 2019 4:10 pm

@ounce wrote:I ran last Saturday.  The weather was conducive for running long.  I didn't run for the entire 4 hours, but about 3 hours, 45 minutes.  Any positive vibes for finishing the marathon in January are now non-existent.  But that's okay.  I gave it a good shot and I'm not hurting for the experience.  Next year...again.

Before Saturday, I'll switch races to the Half. 

I'm still planning on doing the 30K on 12/15.  After all, I paid for it.

Two days ago on Monday, I ran 3 miles around a 13:30 pace.  Tuesday was weights.  I overslept the alarm and missed out on running, this morning. 

Y'all have a good Thanksgiving!
Sorry to hear that you've decided to switch to the half.  I won't second guess your analysis and decision.  You know what you're capable of.  Listening to your body is important and it sounds like you've done that.

Enjoy continued training for the 30K and the Half.

Hope you're enjoying your Thanksgiving.
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Post  ounce on Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:48 pm

It wasn't an easy decision.  Initially it was, but like a lawyer for a death row inmate, I was trying to see if I could convince a judge to rule for a permanent injunction.  Damn judges.  Laughing 

The 30K will be an interesting race, since I usually have ran a couple of 20 milers by race day.  I'll do the best that I can on that race.
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Post  nkrichards on Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:31 pm

@ounce wrote:It wasn't an easy decision.  Initially it was, but like a lawyer for a death row inmate, I was trying to see if I could convince a judge to rule for a permanent injunction.  Damn judges.  Laughing 

The 30K will be an interesting race, since I usually have ran a couple of 20 milers by race day.  I'll do the best that I can on that race.

I liked the comment that Michele made in her race report about racing what you're given on that day...I'm paraphrasing as I'm to lazy to look up her exact comment.  In your case you'll just have to do what you can do on the day and move on.  I had a few races like that after my cardiac event.  They are tough...I'm not going to lie.  I still struggle at times...  But it's better than sitting on the couch!

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Post  ounce on Thu Dec 05, 2019 7:50 pm

Yeah, have to play the hand you're dealt.

Thanks, Nancy.

I ran 12 miles on Tuesday morning at no sort of a wonderful pace.  Pace really fell in the last two miles.  It was 40 degrees.  Still trying to nail down 1 or 2 causes.  I think diet is one of them.  I must not be in ketosis.  I don't think one of them is working out at the gym.  I only breakout in a sweat once and just briefly.  I'm still not sore throughout the day or the day after, so I can't be pushing it too much.  Besides, I don't want to put too much tension on the tendons and ligaments by lifting a heavier weight that I could do, but might push those body parts too much.  I don't need an injury.

One machine that I finally figured out how to use is a Nautilus Gravitron.  It's a great machine to see how I'm progressing to do a chin-up.  Instead of adding weight to make it heavier, you add weight to make your body weight lighter.  So, I had to put the weight pin at 170 pounds, so it would make the chip up action light enough for me to do it, which equates to 65 lbs (I weigh 235 pounds).  I can do a few chin ups at 27% of my body weight.  Below is a link on the machine.
https://www.fitnesstrendz.com/products/nautilus-gravitron-weight-assisted-chin-dip


Back to running, I ran 4 miles this morning.  It was 51 degrees.  The first 2 miles were kinda difficult, but the last 2 were not.  Really odd.  It didn't feel like I had trash in the muscle fibers.

4 miles, 54:06, 13:31 pace, 161 avg cadence, 1st half pace 13:37, 2nd half pace 13:25
1.  13:31, 163 spm
2.  13:44, 163 spm
3.  13:20, 160 spm
4.  13:30, 161 spm

Not an awe inspiring run, when you're looking at a 30K with a pace of 13:15.
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Post  ounce on Fri Dec 06, 2019 4:11 pm

This morning, I lifted weights.  Did fine and liked it.

Y'all have a good weekend.
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Post  nkrichards on Sat Dec 07, 2019 2:08 pm

Not surprised to hear that you're enjoying weights.  It's been a nice change for me after several years of mostly just running.  I think it does help my running but doesn't completely replace the need to put miles on my feet.

I've never been able to do chin ups!  My SIL does them at CrossFit with a band to help...

Good luck on your race!  Will be thinking of you on the 15th.  Take care of yourself and enjoy it no matter what the outcome.
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Post  Michele "1L" Keane on Sat Dec 07, 2019 5:40 pm

I can do two chin-ups - but then again, I'm only trying to lift up 116 lbs - lol.  Just hang in there Doug and do what you can do that is all that is asked and like Nancy said - it's better than nothing and not moving.   You'll be fine at the 30k as long as you don't go out too fast.  Be comfortable, let your body guide you and let adrenaline help when you need it to do so.
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Post  ounce on Mon Dec 09, 2019 4:29 pm

@nkrichards wrote:Not surprised to hear that you're enjoying weights.  It's been a nice change for me after several years of mostly just running.  I think it does help my running but doesn't completely replace the need to put miles on my feet.

I've never been able to do chin ups!  My SIL does them at CrossFit with a band to help...

Good luck on your race!  Will be thinking of you on the 15th.  Take care of yourself and enjoy it no matter what the outcome.
When I did CrossFit, I enjoyed it and it was tiring.  I, too, used a Theraband for the chin ups.  I think it was purple.  That was one good thing (of a few) about CrossFit was they tried to provide ways (like a band) to make your effort and exertion the same as someone who is stronger and not using the assists.
Michele \"1L" Keane wrote:I can do two chin-ups - but then again, I'm only trying to lift up 116 lbs - lol.  Just hang in there Doug and do what you can do that is all that is asked and like Nancy said - it's better than nothing and not moving.   You'll be fine at the 30k as long as you don't go out too fast.  Be comfortable, let your body guide you and let adrenaline help when you need it to do so.
Miche1e, I'll let you know when I can chin up your weight.  I'm twice your weight.

How often do you report in for an update on your enlarged heart?  And does it un-enlarge, when you stop or cutback your tri-ing and running?

As far as the 30K, I was really considering not running it for the reason, 'what's the point?'  I hate running a race, when I know it won't be an official finish.  It just seems like a waste of time to 'try.'  But I heard something (which I have forgotten) about doing something, then adjust for the situation, and finishing it.  The 30K isn't one of those 'official' finish kind of races.  And I won't be able to finish in 13:15 pace, but I will finish it by just moseying along. 

Thanks, y'all.

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In the light of my moseying goal, this morning, I set out to do 4 miles at 13:45 pace.  I wanted to see how I would do with that different frame of mind.  It was 66 degrees and the cadence was 162.

4 miles, 54.21, 13:34 pace, 161 avg cadence, 0.74 avg stride length, 1st half pace 13:38, 2nd half pace 13:30
1.  13:49, 162 spm, 72 sl
2.  13:26, 162 spm, 74 sl
3.  13:32, 160 spm, 74 sl
4.  13:30, 160 spm, 74 sl

This run was easier than Thursday's run, even though it was a bit slower.  Again, I'll just mosey along on Sunday.  I would like to finish ahead of the course-opening cops, even if I have to pace them, too.

Thanks again for the words.
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Post  ounce on Mon Dec 09, 2019 7:30 pm

This afternoon, I purchased a Polar M430 on amazon for $117.  It retails for $199.95.
I was going to purchase the M200, which has fewer bells and whistles than the M430, at $107 (retail is $149.95).  But $10 for more content was a no brainer.

Polar told me that all of Polar's watches can use the traditional HR strap, instead of the wrist HR.  It's a $90 item that amazon had for $68.  Bag it!

Amazon had some spotty Garmin deals, but I'm bummed out on Garmin.  I imagine Polar is the same way, so I sent an email to product support to find out.  However, the HR strap on the Garmin had given me fits for not registering my HR.

It arrives Thursday.  I'll have to be a quick study.

Tomorrow, I'll try to head out to lift weights.  We have a big cold front coming overnight that'll drop temps from today's 84 (new record by 2 degrees) to 47 degrees.  How 'bout them taters!
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Post  ounce Today at 1:33 pm

Tuesday, it was showering and I went to lift weights.  Did fine, however when I left, my shoe with no grip hit some wet, parking lot space's paint and my left leg slid forward and I did the prettiest football game halftime, girls' drill team split that you never want to see.  Never fell, just the split.  Landed on my left fanny, but my right knee (you know that bone to the inside of the patella?) took the heat for the right side of the body.

Got right back up, left my pride in the water and walked to the car...avoiding stripes.  An hour later, I had an impressive knot on that bone, but no worse for the wear.  This morning, the bump was slightly surprised that I wanted to get out of bed, but no damage, pain, nor any other problem.

I didn't run, this morning, as part of the TAPER MADNESS, 30k version.


The weather forecast for Sunday is a low of 54 and a high of 74, partly cloudy, with a warm south breeze.  Seasonal high is 67.  Sadly, not cold enough.  I will be wearing a singlet for the race.  That'll be cool for a singlet, but the morning will warm quickly.  I don't think that I've ever worn a singlet in December.

Pertinent to race strategy, I have purchased a Milky Way bar to be my sugar hit after mile 9.  I'll slice it into 3 or 4 sections.  For the Half in January, there's enough junk food on the course that I won't need to bring anything, plus it's only 13 miles.

Thanks much.
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Post  ounce Today at 3:45 pm

One more thing.

The Polar M430 is to arrive today.  But, amazon has been having troubles meeting the target day on deliveries, so it might be tomorrow.

I received a reply to my question to Polar about the life expectancy of the battery in the M200 and the M430.  They wouldn't give me a range (e.g. Garmin's 3-5 years), but they did tell me the battery in the M430 can be replaced when you send it to their service center.  The M200 is sealed and cannot be replaced.

Now, if it'll just grab a satellite like the Garmin does (meaning sometimes quick and sometimes slow), we'll be starting off on the right foot.
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