A MAF Test and a bit of Rain

This morning, it was a bit dicey/icey on the road for Bennie’s first walk, so it became a pretty short one. No Bennie wasn’t impressed with suddenly sitting down without wanting to. It also meant chauffeur duty for SD2 and an early visit to the the gym, since it was supposed to rain all day.

Which was okay with me.

I have started to get my head wrapped around the why’s heart-rate training might be what I need to do going forward. I stepped on the treadmill with the idea that I was going to do my first “official” MAF test to get a general idea of where I am.

I did my dynamic warm-up in the stretching room and then a 5 minute walk at 3.3 mph to get the body ready to for the MAF test.

Yes, according to the MAF app on my iPhone my max heart rate should be 124 bpm. Sorry, I just can’t do that speed at this point and time. Yes, it is me and my ego getting in the way and you know something – I am okay with it. I run for more than just training to get better and have to feel as though I am running. The speed I would be doing at 124 bpm didn’t appeal to that side of my running.

Which meant that I made the conscious choice to use the different max heart rate of 135 bpm than what Maffetone recommends. My body my choice. Continue reading