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Boring fitness checkpoint... [Apr. 10th, 2012|01:17 pm]

5.1 mph for 24 minutes, bumped up to 5.2 for an additional six (30min total). No pre-exercise carbohydrates except for brewer's yeast.

Seeing if this avoids the overtraining blahs (for some version of "blah" that rhymes with "smother clucker!"). 5.8 at 3.5 minute intervals left me feeling crappy on Saturday and Sunday (NB: I *exercised* on Sunday - twice, as is usual for me) and only "resting" on Monday (two workouts, but no jogging) seems to have brought me back.

Trying to remember to update this - if I'm perfectly okay today, I'll try bumping up to 5.2 for the full 30 minutes tomorrow, and then 5.3 - no higher - if tomorrow works out okay. And John, let's start making the goal "a lot of exercise, but *feeling good*" shall we?

I'm a *little* scattered. I'm not quite in the "I can only react" but I'm having trouble focusing. I don't feel *good*... I feel like I did a hard workout.

Time to get scientific. I can either:
1) "rest" tomorrow - exercise, but nothing that gets my heart rate high - a walking-on-hills workout on the treadmill, or
2) Change a variable - shorten the time, or add some sugar, to see if something changes.

"Rest" is probably the correct choice. *No one* suggests that training every day is normal for 45 year old men. 3-5 days of training per week is what most people talk about. Exercise every day is okay, but actual training, actually pushing limits, naturally requires rest.

However, there's a very real chance that I'll decide to try adding some sugar, and seeing if 5.1mph for 30 minutes works for me. 5.1 - no faster, not even if I feel really good near the end. That would be a reasonable training level. Almost two months ago, I first posted that I could jog for 20 minutes at 5mph. 8 weeks is plenty of time to have added .1mph and 10 minutes.

[User Picture]From: wcg
2012-04-10 08:57 pm (UTC)
Good run.
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[User Picture]From: erin_c_1978
2012-04-10 09:33 pm (UTC)
Wow, great job!
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