Friday, February 27, 2009

February is ending

This month as expected I haven't done a lot, just 31.1k total.

This week I did walk + jog a few times. I could manage 30-40% of jogging time that's about what I could do at the moment. At this speed, if I could sustain the distance, I could do a 10k run in 85 minutes. I doubt I could sustain it but I'll try one day.

The next concern would be temperature as summer is approaching. I guess I wouldn't be running too many days during the week instead I may try swimming for a day or two. That could help slimming down my upper body and improve my BMI a bit which would help running.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Max Heart Rate?

How fast can I beat?

From here my MHR should be around 170. Professionals here suggest that my rate should be 180. Traditional wisdom, for men, maximum heart rate should be 220 minus your age, for me this should be 171, you can read more from here.

Last year when I was tested on a treadmill I was given 174 as target. Few years ago I was given 190+ as that doctor said I should be given maximum heart rate at my age +10%. The lower target maybe due to the fact that I was consulting doctor for an alleged health problem hence a conservative rate to work to.

Books I read say that one should be doing workout with heart rate ceiling at 85%, for me this is between 145-153. I exceeded this last time I jogged for just more than 1km, perhaps I need to do more brisk walking to improve my cardiovascular fitness first.

[edited 16.09.2009] From here my MHR should be 175 and I have experienced MHR at 181 while tried to run fast.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Not easy

Douglas at last is practicing for exam, Grade 1 of course. I have the book from his teacher, who isn't a brilliant one, and I bought the CD for it.

Naturally I'm Douglas' real teacher while he practices. I found Grade 1 exam pieces are beautiful and are not easy if I want to play like the CD. May be I should also enroll for Grade 1 exam this year.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Moving to February

In January I have walked less than December. I walked only 14 mornings of total distance of 48.5km and one mid morning of 4k at Bowen Road. I have tried new and longer routes and have walked as much as 4.4km in one morning.

Now in February I'll be jogging less but would try to walk faster with correct posture. I also need more time for proper warming up or even some stretching before sleep.

February is short and I will only resume next week so I'll be hitting record low on distance.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Learn to Walk

Just bought this book

You know how to walk don't you? Most people thought they know since (N - 1) years ago where N equals to their age. Now I start to learn for the first time.

I think at the end I'll be doing power walking instead of jogging or running so learning to walk is first step. Power walking can propel you to 8km/hr or at even higher speed (how about 14.5km/hr like Olympic racewalkers?) so if I could do that then it's better than jogging, right? My target is to do 10k in around an hour so it's all that possible. With my BMI slightly on the high side perhaps this plan is best for me.

Leonardo da Vinci said

The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art

I didn't quite understand the mechanism of walking, e.g. our leg muscles, our foot which is quite a piece of engineering consisting of 26 bones, 32 joints, hundreds of nerve endings and 4 layers of muscle ...etc. So this book tells you

  1. how you walk, your feet could be imperfect so you may need professional advices or get a pair of insoles for your shoes
  2. what you wear to walk

  3. how good your core muscles are to sustain your walk, i.e. know your body first

  4. how fast should you walk, i.e. plan your training programme

  5. how good your walk looks like, i.e. posture

I don't know yet but at the end I may get a Nike+ kit for my walking.