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Mayhem Monday: Slow and Steady goes the Heart Rate

It’s starting to set in that winter in coming. We don’t have snow on the ground right now, but I have a feeling that it’s just around the corner. We’re starting to really feel the chill in the air when we leave the house and the grass is often frosty when we open the curtains in the morning.

That, and the consumeristic upchuck of Christmas adds flooding our mailbox and commercials make it pretty hard to ignore the obvious: ‘Tis the season…

Humbug.

I’m not opposed to the festive season but I really do hate the advertising that comes along with it. I’m thankful that my kids are still too young to really understand the whole concept of Christmas and gifts and such. I’m also truly thankful for online shopping because it means I don’t have to set foot in a mall or worse: Toy Store <shudder>. The kids’ gifts have been delivered right to my front door and I couldn’t be happier for that. It’s done and I was able to stay in my pj’s to do it.

Excuse me while I go pat myself on the back…

Reading up on the MAF method and theory.
Reading up on the MAF method and theory.

Other than that, it was a good week. I continued on with my MAF training, getting in 3 walk/jogs on the treadmill. I’m starting to accept that I will not be doing much running for the next few months because in doing so, I raise my heart rate past my maximum set limit. I did get Dr. Maffetone’s book from the library and have started reading through it and am finding this whole heart rate training thing to be very, very interesting. Coupling that with the other changes I’m making in my training routine to (hopefully) stay injury-free and see some good results are making me super excited for the months ahead. I am actually enjoying the fact that by controlling my heart rate through my workouts, I’m not completely spent, exhausted and useless at the end of them. I still feel (and smell) like I put in a good effort but I have energy and ability to hang out and play with my kids after. I’m hoping as I start building mileage in the coming weeks/months that I will continue to feel good and be able to see a noticeable difference in my aerobic threshold (I will be talking more about the what’s and why’s of this method as I learn more about it myself).

Right on target!
Right on target!

The hardest part of the process is the slowness of the workouts. I’m used to going out and running 3 miles in around 30 or so minutes, by no means considered to be “fast” but certainly a doable workout that I can sneak off and do with relative ease in terms of fitting it into the day. At the heart rate I need to maintain now, I’m looking at a good 50 minutes to get that same distance in. It’s a lot more challenging now because I either have to do it when the kids are sleeping/content (which almost NEVER happens at the same time) or after the boys are in bed and hubby can rock a typically crabby baby at the end of the day, which takes me well past 9pm at night. I’m typically ready to fall face down in bed by that time. We’ll see how things shape up. I’m determined to make it work and fit it in and knowing that over time, I will get back to where I can run the distance and slowly shave some of that time down will keep me motivated. Last week, I clocked about 8 miles total. Slow and steady right?

Keeping an eye on the Little Lady during nap time while I hit up the dreadmill.
Keeping an eye on the Little Lady during nap time while I hit up the dreadmill.

This week, I’m hoping for 2-3 treadmill jaunts (2-3 miles per session as time allows) and I also go for my fitness assessment and orientation at the gym. SO EXCITED!!! Not only does that mean that I get to start my training there next week but I also get to workout with friends which just makes my heart sing a happy song. I’m very excited and can’t wait to share this experience with you!

Have a great week everyone and don’t forget to take a moment in remembrance of those who fought hard for the freedom we currently enjoy.

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