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|Author: ||Alan Bennet|
|Subject: ||RE: 50+ Masters Training and Racing Open Forum|
Week 56: 35 miles looking a lot like week 55, so
Tue: 4.5 miles with drills, strides, 2x 1/2-mile hill repeat.
Sat: 12 miles not quite as slow as previous weeks.
The remainder was a bunch of short easy runs on grass.
Plus 41 miles walking, then cross-training as: 2 hours on the elliptical, 3 hours yoga, 2x weights, 2x core/stretching, 4x stairs.
I didn't quite manage to double the walking miles from last week. My excuse is that I was dealing with the power outage this weekend. Even coming up a little short, the experiment went very well. One of the ways I boosted the walking was by adding 15 minutes to the start and end of many runs, and this was a smashing success. I will definitely retain this aspect, although certainly the walking miles will go down as the running miles go up. Week 57 I am going to replace all elliptical with running.
The only other thing of note was yet another injury from yoga. Man! Yoga is deceptive, it seems easy while doing it, but I need to be careful. In this case it was a stretch with a twist, namely a rotation of the femur in the hip socket. Felt just fine while doing it, however.... The next morning my resting heart rate was up 5 bpm, and I was limping on my runs for 3 straight days, especially the end of Saturday's long run. I spoke with a different yoga instructor about it, she said it's a common enough exercise and considered benign. Like I said, I need to be careful, and really test the water with anything new.
I should point out that I am NOT doing yoga to help my running. I am doing yoga for its own sake, both because it interests me and because I think these yogis know something that I don't. Something I can't learn from a book.
A final note: Power was restored today in my neighborhood. I actually feel a little guilty about it, as I understand many with greater need will not get theirs until next weekend. A big shout-out to the utility crews working overtime in this heat, some of them "on the road". I really appreciate the job you do.
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