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You're Going Out in That?

February 25, 2009

Unless you are nursing a lengthy consecutive day streak, there is probably a limit to the type of weather you will endure to complete or at least attempt your scheduled run.   This line is probably very personal decision point, honed over time and perhaps drawn at a different place than when you first began running.



It occurs to me that we spend a good deal of time with emphasis on the keys to our training approach:

  • Pace
  • Progression
  • Recovery

However sometimes I see even the most organized, motivated runners miss out on some of the basics.  Everyone knows to wear sweats and bundle up in the cold northeast but what about the kind of cold northwest.  Additionally many of our east coast members are approaching the time of year when the 40 degree + days become more frequent.



The New York Times recently published an article detailing the plight of women involved with bankers adversely affected by the financial sector collapse.  Some are mistresses who complain of fewer trips away now that “the wife was checking the accounts.”  Others now feverishly monitor the Dow Jones Industrial Average to gauge the mood their man might be in after work.  One even pointed to her husband’s sudden and complete absence of the desire to play golf as a crucial indicator that he was coming unmoored.

 



This is a great read about endurance activity and increased heart metabolism.

One of the key points is that the research was done with heart rates at 65-75% of capacity.  Since maintenance pace keeps you in the 65-80% MHR range this study is highly applicable to running.  The fact that these stimuli seem to return the heart to a metabolic state of youth could be paramount in heart disease prevention and overall cardiac throughput.

In theory our threshold/10K/VO2 work could stimulate an even greater cardiac metabolism since we operate closer to 85-95% of MHR.

If you’re in anywhere between 30-90 years old, this is a great read.

Exercise Makes Hearts Grow Younger


Choose Wisely

January 19, 2009

While there are many things we cannot choose in life, the one choice we tend to spend the most time and energy on – our spouse or partner- is one where it often appears most individuals have left crucial criteria out of the equation.



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