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Get Walking September 28, 2016

While rehabbing  a leg injury I have been doing a lot of walking and preparing to run again. The injury may limit my future running so I decided to look deeper into walking and the benefits of this aerobic activity.

  • Walking can be done on all he same terrain as running so muscular / structural benefits re the same.
  • Many races allow for walkers as long as you maintain a pace that will allow you to finish within the set time limits
  • Walking usually puts less stress on the body and therefore may be pursued for later in life for most “runners”.

Walking burns calories and builds muscle in much the same way as running…..walk/run faster and burn more calories per hour//mile.  Looking at basic numbers for folks concentrating on health and fitness as well as weight maintenance the math is equivalent.

http://www.thewalkingsite.com/beginner.html

In very general terms for very “general” people— Running will burn 100 calories per mile. Walking on the other hand or flip side of the same hand…. will burn 60-75 calories per mile.

The most important factors impacting calorie burn are bodyweight, body fat and effort level. There is a minor gender difference as well.  A 200 lb. person at a an easy speed (2-4 mph) can  burn 106 calories, a 300 lb. person might  burn 160 cals.

The same 2 people might  burn  127 and 190 calories at 4-6 mph.

This article has some good total calorie vs. body weight vs. effort level while walking.

How many calories will I burn walking 30 minutes?

The following article has great info on walking for fitness.

http://www.emedicinehealth.com/walking_for_fitness/article_em.htm

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So grab your shoes and get walking.

 

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Your favorite Running / Fitness Books January 31, 2016

I read a lot for fun and work and knowledge and health. As an athlete and fitness enthusiast I have read a lot of related books.

In this post I am asking you for input on your favorite running and fitness books. I have listed my favorite books about running- it was a tough choice but 1 of the books was a clear leader( because it was my first fave).

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My favorite running books:

  1. Galloways Book on Running  by Jeff Galloway  http://www.amazon.com/Galloways-Book-Running-Jeff-Galloway/dp/0936070277     And his website  www.jeffgalloway.com
  2. Chi Running  by Danny Dreyer     http://www.amazon.com/ChiRunning-Revolutionary-Approach-Effortless-Injury-Free/dp/1416549447     Also at his website http://www.chirunning.com
  3. The Lore of Running  by Tim Noakes, M.D.        http://www.amazon.com/Lore-Running-Edition-Timothy-Noakes/dp/0873229592

I originally read these books in their 1st Editions and the later editions added or changed some things.   Galloway’s book took me from my first road race (a 10 miler) ever to a marathon As a one time footballer and still a 6’8 280-300 runner it was very helpful.

Chi Running has in the subtitle as Injury-free running and since I started running after years of football and basketball with the attending knee and ankle injuries- running without additional injury is a goal -a passion.

I originally read THE LORE OF RUNNING in its 2nd edition but really like the changes that arrived in 3 and 4.

Now in my 50’s my workouts on the roads and trail combine the ideas of bot Galloway and Dryer and the info in Lore has combined with other reading for background on how I live sweating and in rest of life.

WHAT ARE YOUR BOOKS?

 

 

 

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4 years since Last Marathon but another leg surgery since ….last race. February 23, 2014

I started running ( for fun and fitness) after many years of using it for football and basketball stamina building. During that time I endured several leg injuries and 8 leg surgeries (7 knee and one foot/ankle) and knew that reasonable exercise and running would be helpful in maintaining leg mobility and ultimately the legs I was born with.

I know of several 40-50 something former footballers with knee or hip replacements and i fully intend to keep what I have. I don’ta have all of the original equipment but I don’t want any more.

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Broken Fibula-Nov.2012 – plate and screws installed

I did have a small mishap with my leg and had it rebuilt/repaired at the end of 2011.   Feels pretty good   chines buffet afterwards.

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New hardware in ONE leg- will it throw me off balance?

Comfy with 5-7 miles now so I may target a 24 week safe prep plan.

Week one 4 days with long run of 5-6

Week 3 – 4 days w/ long run of 6-7

Week 5 Long run= 7-8,   Week 7 = 7-9, Week 9 = 7-9 again for safe keeping

Week 11 10-11,   Week 13 = 12 , Week 15 = 13-14 , Week 17 = 13-14 for Safekeeping again.

Week 19 = 15-16,  Week 21 = 18-19  , Week 23 = 18-19 and settle in for easy attempt at the race

During this program Even Weeks (2-4-6…)will be 4 days and weekend long run will be 6 until week 12  and 8 miles for week 12 until 20.

Following the Jeff Galloway plan of Running/Walking

 

Favorite Piece of Gear EVER Purchased January 7, 2014

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Favorite Piece of Gear EVER Purchased

I bought a Pro_Stretch many years ago and it was /is the best toll I ever bought and used ( still use)

 

Overtraining or Under-resting November 5, 2013

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Overtraining or Under-resting

I believe people / runners can overtrain and it is pretty easy if an improper or ill timed goal is set.

The concern is life and lifestyle. I believe more than half of the injuries attributed to overtraining are the result of training and then living a busy life and not getting adequate rest and recovery.

This lack of recovery leads to OUCHES and BOO-BOOs or injuries.  

 

Prevent Injuries so You Don’t Need to Treat Them. August 29, 2013

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Prevent Injuries so You Don’t Need to Treat Them.

Can not forgot the old adage- AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION IS WORTH A POUND OF CURE.

Much easier to stay in one piece than it is to get it all back together. This has some great tips for staying in one piece and feeling good.

 

Treadmill for Rehab- but REHAB TREADMILL- Cool !!

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Treadmill for Rehab- but REHAB TREADMILL- Cool !!

Like the TM to rehabilitate. The new fancy TM’s would really help and The underwater Tm’s would be really cool