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Post  nkrichards on Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:11 am

OK...so to set up for the big news...

Mon - BB Back/Biceps, Swim 2100 yds
Tue - Pilates, Run 4.25 w/4 @ 11:37 HR 140
Wed - BB Shoulders, Swim 2150 yds, Run 5.25 w/5 @ 11:39 HR 140
Thur - BB Legs, Pilates, Run 5.45 w/5 @ 11:05 HR 136
Fri - Swim 2200 yds, Run 4.4 w/4 @ 11:16 HR 141
Sat - BB Chest/Triceps, Run 6.3 w/6 @ 11:55 HR 138
Sun - BB Back/Biceps, Hike Smith Rock 5.25 mi w/2247' elevation
Mon - BB Shoulders, Swim 2250 yds, Run 4.4 w/4 @ 11:53 HR 135
Tue - BB Legs, Pilates

So...I've been trying to run easier effort and keep my HR down a bit.  No intervals.  Much less fast finish if any.  Run more often but easier effort.  It's frustrating for me.  Fortunately I'm in the middle of the local Cardio Challenge where we track minutes spent doing cardio exercise so I get more credit when I run slower and it takes more minutes. Laughing  It was mid September when I wandered down this new path.  I was running at/around 12:00 pace but my avg HR was still in the low 150's - high 140's.  I plodded along and saw slight improvement with my avg HR dropping into the mid-lower 140's if I didn't get carried away and run to fast.  I headed out on Thursday.  I was tired.  I was late.  I wasn't expecting much but wanted to keep the consistent running going.  Early in the run I realized I was running faster than I should...but it felt easier than expected...AND MY HR WAS STILL LOW!  I figured what the heck and kept up the pace just to see what happened.  I got in 5 miles at an 11:05 pace and my average HR was only 136!  Confirmed the HR on my second watch and it registered at 134!!  What...I hate to admit that Mark may have been right all along...Happy Birthday Mark!

Not that an 11:05 pace is fast by any stretch of the imagination but to run at that pace at this point in time and keep my HR and perceived effort as low as they were is astounding.  I've been trying to ramp up the days that I run each week...I've always been a 3 day a week runner but the efforts have been higher.  I've got a few 4 days/week under my belt.  Last week was 5 days.  I'm having more trouble finding time to run than struggling with recovery as I have in the past.  I plan to start easing into a bit of faster stuff when I'm ready.  Maybe start with striders and then intervals and short tempo runs.  But I'll do it gradually and keep those easy runs in the schedule.  Who knows where this new path will take me...
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Post  Michele "1L" Keane on Wed Oct 31, 2018 1:50 pm

Woohoo!!
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Post  ounce on Fri Nov 02, 2018 10:37 pm

Very cool.  Maffetone is good, if you want to let it work.  It's like adding an additional gear in your transmission, where your engine is turning 138 rpm, but you're going faster because the gear is higher (more efficient for the rpm used).

I didn't have the patience for it, a few years ago, and my HRM on the Garmin was constantly screwing up.

Thanks for the info on the trains.  Going by in the dark doesn't sound appealing at all.
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Post  nkrichards on Mon Nov 05, 2018 12:05 pm

@ounce wrote:Very cool.  Maffetone is good, if you want to let it work.  It's like adding an additional gear in your transmission, where your engine is turning 138 rpm, but you're going faster because the gear is higher (more efficient for the rpm used).

I didn't have the patience for it, a few years ago, and my HRM on the Garmin was constantly screwing up.

Thanks for the info on the trains.  Going by in the dark doesn't sound appealing at all.
I don't have the patience for true Maffetone.  According to his formula I'd need to do everything under a 110 HR.  Not sure I could walk and keep it that low.  I'm pretty pleased with my relatively low effort runs.  I'm consistently finishing my runs with HR under 140.  I upped my distance to 7 miles on Saturday and was able to keep my HR at 136.  I did a short run on Sunday and added in some 30 second striders.  It was late and windy and not the best conditions but I decided to give it a go.  The first couple were into a headwind and I felt like was floundering.  They felt pretty awkward.  But I gradually got into a bit better rhythm and the the last ones felt pretty good.  I guess it's because I'd been plodding along at a pretty slow pace for the last few weeks.  Oddly enough even though I felt like I was pushing pretty hard...and the pace on the last few confirm that...my HR didn't go up all that much and it recovered quickly.  Of course they were only 30 seconds of hard effort.

I finished off the week with...
Wed - Swim 1650 yds
Thur - Pilates, Run 5.25 w/5 @ 11:21 HR 145 (?)
Fri - Run 5.3 w/5 @ 11:48 HR 140
Sat - BB Cardio Flow, Run 7.25 w 7 @ 11:58 HR 136
Sun - BB Total Body, Run 3.8 w/6 x :30 striders (2:00 rest)

I'm going to blame my higher HR on Thursday and Friday on the 3 boys staying overnight.  They are a handful!  I finally took them outside to race from tree to tree in the front yard and we also all went to the pool.  They did great at the pool and I managed to leave with all their shoes, coats, suits, towels, and 3 smiling boys! 

Ultreya...
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Post  nkrichards on Wed Nov 07, 2018 3:45 pm

Darn grandkids shared their bug with me!  It's a nasty one.

I did my BB cardio workout on Monday morning but by the time I headed to the pool I was starting to feel a bit off.  I went ahead and swam a very easy 30 minutes.  Other than a 20 minute walk yesterday I've been staying pretty quiet in order to give my body some time to recover.  

Ugh...I don't like sitting still...
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Post  ounce on Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:43 pm

@nkrichards wrote:Darn grandkids shared their bug with me!  It's a nasty one.

I did my BB cardio workout on Monday morning but by the time I headed to the pool I was starting to feel a bit off.  I went ahead and swam a very easy 30 minutes.  Other than a 20 minute walk yesterday I've been staying pretty quiet in order to give my body some time to recover.  

Ugh...I don't like sitting still...
Pediatricians haven't created a forehead notification of bug infestation, yet?

Well,  Sleep to lose the  Embarassed (supposed to be a fever, not embarrassed).  And give Freddy a chill pill, too!

Nice job on returning all of the boys' clothing to their home.  Guess the bug missed that trip back.
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Post  nkrichards on Sat Nov 10, 2018 10:40 am

@ounce wrote:
@nkrichards wrote:Darn grandkids shared their bug with me!  It's a nasty one.

I did my BB cardio workout on Monday morning but by the time I headed to the pool I was starting to feel a bit off.  I went ahead and swam a very easy 30 minutes.  Other than a 20 minute walk yesterday I've been staying pretty quiet in order to give my body some time to recover.  

Ugh...I don't like sitting still...
Pediatricians haven't created a forehead notification of bug infestation, yet?

Well,  Sleep to lose the  Embarassed (supposed to be a fever, not embarrassed).  And give Freddy a chill pill, too!

Nice job on returning all of the boys' clothing to their home.  Guess the bug missed that trip back.
This bug is persistent!  I feel a bit better for a couple hours and then it's back with a vengeance.  I did manage a short easier version of a Beachbody workout yesterday but I felt pretty puny.  I've also been walking down to get the paper everyday which is a mile RT so I at least I get a bit of easy activity in.  Hope it doesn't morph into something more serious...

Marty is due home from elk hunting later today.   Gary was able to call from the ridge top to let us know that all 4 hunters with tags got nice big bulls.  They are hunting in the Snake River unit this year...Marty's favorite area.  It's a tough area and also hard to get tags there so they saved up their points and then split the party.  4 hunters got tags this year and the other 3 went along to pack gear and manage the camp.  Next year they'll reverse that and Marty will be in the support crew for the other 3 hunters.  He enjoys that part of hunting.

Hoping that Marty and I can get back into an active routine.  We both want to make an effort to workout regularly this winter.

Curling up by the fire with a cup of lemon ginger tea...
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Post  ounce on Sat Nov 10, 2018 2:18 pm

Do you think you may need to trim it back a bit more to corral the bug?  It'd be a shame to still be fighting it come Thanksgiving.

I've not hunted before (yeah, weird for as long as I've lived in Texas).  How much meat off the elk can one expect and does it being in below or near freezing weather allow for field dressing at their leisure?  Thanks.
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Post  nkrichards on Sat Nov 10, 2018 4:05 pm

@ounce wrote:Do you think you may need to trim it back a bit more to corral the bug?  It'd be a shame to still be fighting it come Thanksgiving.

I've not hunted before (yeah, weird for as long as I've lived in Texas).  How much meat off the elk can one expect and does it being in below or near freezing weather allow for field dressing at their leisure?  Thanks.
Staying a bit active but definitely cut back...will head to the doctor if I don't get better soon.  We are scheduled to have the boys from Nov 19-Nov 23 while Kevin and Natalie attend a wedding in Mexico so I have to get better by then!

The cold weather helps keep the meat from spoiling.  It's good for it to "hang" a couple days before it's cut.  They actually allow beef to hang in a cooler a few days after slaughter before they cut it.  They skin, gut, and quarter the animals in the field and then pack out the quarters and the heads/antlers.  They have access to a cooler to hang them once they get home and will get together to cut the meat in a few days.  They normally cut it themselves but we also have a friend who was a butcher that will cut it for us or you can take it to a butcher but it's expensive.  An elk is the size of a small cow.  An average steer/cow hangs at maybe around 600 lbs so I'm guessing that these may hang at around 450 lbs.  We usually keep the best steaks and roasts and grind the rest for burger (nice and lean) or to make summer sausage or pepperoni.  It's a nice lean supplement to our farm raised beef, pork, and lamb.

Katie just got a new job.  She'll be working back in the Portland area but the company is headquartered in Austin so she's hoping she'll get to make a trip there at some point.  She realized that she preferred life in the city as opposed to living on the rural side of the mountains.   Smile
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