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LAALI: Chap. 1.9 - Finding my beat

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Living alone and loving it - goal to plan for something to look forward to with my new body

I've been very limited on walking due to my foot surgery. We are on the 10 day count down until screw removal. This is pretty exciting and I know that my one calf looks smaller and will need a program to strengthen it once I'm able to start doing a treadmill again.

I'm not the sort of person that just like to walk because, I need to walk. When Louis was with us, it took the excuse that he needed a walk and that then would get me going. What is going to be my new motivation - the carrot urging me to keep on it?

I think I found it today. A half marathon in October. 13.1 miles in four hours. My math brain kicked in and quickly figured out that my normal pace was not going to cut it. Now the rules of this thing are pretty nice, in that if you want to start early to make the end time you can. This makes it a really happy thing to work for, because I can adjust it to where I am at the time.

So just how fast do you have to walk to make it in four hours? Without breaks about an 18 minute mile or with ample breaks a 16 minute mile. So per the chart before about 130-140 steps per minute. So if I start about 40 minutes before the official start that would given me a 5 minute break every 1/2 hour.

WALKING PACE CHART

LEVEL 1: VERY INACTIVE: 80-100 steps per minute = 2 mph (30 minute mile)

LEVEL 2: LIGHTLY ACTIVE: 120 steps per minute = 3 mph (20 minute mile)

LEVEL 3: MODERATELY ACTIVE: 130 steps per minute = 3.5 mph (17-18 minute mile)

LEVEL 4: ACTIVE: 140 steps per minute = 4 mph (15 minute mile)

LEVEL 5: VERY ACTIVE: 150 steps per minute = 4.3 mph (14 minute mile)

LEVEL 6: EXCEPTIONALLY ACTIVE: 160 steps per minute = 4.6 mph (13 minute mile)

LEVEL 7: ATHLETE: 170 steps per minute = 5 mph (12 minute mile)

LEVEL 8: ATHLETE: 180 steps per minute = 5.5 mph (11 minute mile)

LEVEL 9: ATHLETE: 190 steps per minute = 6.0 mph (9-10 minute mile)

I found this cute little metronome one line so I can start doing my current exercise to a 132 beat rhythm.
www.metronomeonline.com/

Pretty funny thinking about practicing my beat before I can even start walking this fast.
Here starts the count down.....day 10, tomorrow day 9.
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