That's my July plan - low mileage, slow running.
After a craptastic year of running (and a lot of other things), I decided that I needed to slow things down a bit.
Yes, I know I am pretty slow to begin with, so this is super slow.
The injury and perimenopause stuff has had a nasty effect on my body. I am not a particularly vain person (which is obvious to anyone who has ever seen even a photo of me), but gaining two sizes in a year is not fun for anyone.
I was kind of glad/kind of sad when I found a whole bag of pants that I thought I donated three years ago. Glad that I have more than the few pair I continued to squeeze into (paired with longer shirts to hide the fact that they are in fact cutting me in half), sad that I am back to where I was when my only form of exercise was toting around a 30 pound toddler or (occasionally) vacuuming .
I've been reading a lot of things that suggest my body may not be burning fat efficiently, since returning from the injury I just jumped back in to my previous running pace. So I have decided to use this month to work on getting myself into the fat burning, aerobic (really slow) zone in every run.
(Some info on that concept here, from Miss Zippy. I follow her on twitter, but missed the posts when she started MAF training, finding them after another blog linked to her. She's now over a month in)
Sure, my 10:25 pace in last month's half was slow, but to keep my heart rate in the (ideal fat burning) 141ish range (180-age), I need to run a lot slower. (probably a walking pace for most)
I am also running lower mileage days - 3 to 5 miles for now, 4 days a week (for now).
I've also been trying to learn how to actually breathe (instead of uncontrolled huff/puff/gasp) while running .
The hope is that all of this will help me build a better aerobic base to ease into marathon training in August.
I couldn't pass up zozi's Seattle Marathon deal. My credits + the extra discount they were offering = $45 marathon?! Too good to pass up.
Will this old, messed up body handle another round of marathon training?
That remains to be seen, but I have been known to be quite
I am curious to see if this experiment will help.
Is slowing down worth it?