Tuesday’s first run was humid. I waited until after sunrise for the rain to end before venturing out for a 5k run. The air was wet with 95% humidity and 80 degrees. I ran at an easy MAF pace. The monkeys were out of the jungle in big groups to watch the funny man run past. They have such an amused expression of their face, that I think they find my exercise another strange thing humans do.
I have to say that my body was very sore from the EMS exercise I did over the weekend. It seems that not keeping up with the exercise has caused my body to start from scratch again. I realize that in a few weeks, my body will be used to the EMS and I will not be as sore.
Finally a day without rain. Seems like the first time to see the sun for at least 4-5 weeks. This has been a very hard season to get out and do anything consistently. Today was a pleasant change. My schedule and motivation were in sync.
It was a good day for a double run. I needed to do back to back 5k runs to get back on track. The roads were rutted and muddy, but it felt great to be running in the sun again. My MAF training has been going ok. Slow pace but showing improvements.
I figured out my Garmin bugs. For some reason the data wasn’t transferring to my computer for the last 2 months. Even though I was quick to blame my Garmin, I should have checked a little deeper into the problem before giving up.
Seems that when I made the last update to the ANT Agent, my watch was no longer paired up. All I had to do was allow the ANT and the watch to pair up and everything is working again. Except on the Strava website. It requires a Garmin Communicator download, which I have done several times, but it does not show up when on the Strava site.
Oh well, that one will figure itself out later.
I hope everyone had a successful holiday season. Remember that the days are getting longer in the Northern Hemisphere. The winter can’t last forever.
This week has started to get busy with running and more Electric Muscle Stimulation Exercise.
My runs for the next while will be done at MAF pace. I am finding that this is hard to do when my heart rate seems to be comfortable above the suggested number of 125 bpm. So I end up having to walk for short periods to get my heart rate down. I trust in this method though, and will stick with it for now. Actually this will start to show improvement fairly fast for a couple of reasons. any running I do will increase my fitness. And running at this pace will reduce fatigue and the chance of injury, so I should be able to be more consistent.
The EMS exercise has been going well. I have lost 5 kgs. and can see some muscle tone. I will be reducing the number of sessions per week down to 1 or less as my running mileage increases. But during the off-season I will be doing this exercise again.
Electric Muscle Stimulation
I have been spending my extra time continuing the Electronic Muscle Stimulation exercise program.
It has been a little painful due to the fact I am using different muscles than when I am running. It seems like my core and hips are getting a good workout. That is where the sore muscles are located.
The Trainer’s; Sami, Dewi, and Sophi have been great.
My running has been going ok for this maintenance period. Soon starts the long period of getting ready for the Tarawera Ultra 100k race.
Mt Rinjani From the North
Last week was the 1st Mt. Rinjani Ultra Trail Race. Runners had to climb to the top of Mt. Rinjani and then come back down.
Sounds like a great race to do some day. If I ever lose my mind enough to try something like that….
Mt Rinjani is 12,224 feet tall.
Earlier this week I went out for a couple of 5k runs at an easy to moderate pace. Nothing special, I just went for a run to clear out the stress from work. And I still love my Hoka’s
Today I went in for the first session of Electric Muscle Stimulation exercise. The premise is to activate more muscles in a shorter time by using electric impulses as you hold different stretches and poses. Excellent for slimming troublesome areas. Also boosts your metabolism. Maybe I will lose that last bit of belly fat?
My technician/instructor was named Sami. She helped me put on the vest and straps. Then we went into the steps of finding my levels of electrical intensity for different parts of my body. The machine is very adjustable for all different people and how much stimulation they are willing to handle. I think I had the levels pretty high.
It was interesting to feel the electric buzz through my body. The different poses were held for a short few seconds and the whole session was 20 minutes long.
I can tell that my muscles were worked. They are sore in a good way. It is hard to tell if it will affect my running, but I am willing to try. I signed up for 10 more sessions to give it a fair chance to show results.