Running

Spooky Half Marathon Photos

I posted this route a while back on the blog and finally got around to running it this past weekend. I left around 7.30am, and it was just as quiet as it was the last time (around the lake section). A few geese protecting their little one, tried to block my path, all three of them hissing at me. Grrrr.

The new section of this route which I had not run before was really nice. It’s well sign-posted and called “Kitt Creek Loop”. I followed it down Development Drive and back round to Davis Drive.

It was warm and humid and I was worn out by mile 10. Instead of running any further hills, I adjusted the route and ran the last three miles on a flat track and then Liz came to take me home. ūüôā

A great run, and I will be back. But trails are calling me

Beautiful morning at Spooky Lake (Lake Betz, Morrisville).

These guys were not going to let me pass.

The Kitt Creek loop was really nice. I met a few runners on it. Fairly hilly though.

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What is VO2 Max?

From WikiPedia: VO2 max (also maximal oxygen consumption, maximal oxygen uptake, peak oxygen uptake or maximal aerobic capacity) is the maximum rate of oxygen consumption as measured during incremental exercise, most typically on a motorized treadmill. Maximal oxygen consumption reflects the aerobic physical fitness of the individual, and is an important determinant of their endurance capacity during prolonged, sub-maximal exercise. The name is derived from V Рvolume, O2 Рoxygen, max Рmaximum.

Over the last couple of years, fitness trackers (e.g.¬†Garmin, Jabra and Fitbit) have started to¬†make use¬†of the VO2 Max formula to measure¬†their users’¬†fitness levels. Previously only available to athletes in a laboratory setting with specialized equipment, these devices can estimate your VO2 Max close to laboratory results.

In saying all that, it’s not a value I have often checked. Garmin¬†is only able to calculate/estimate it when I wear my heart rate monitor during training sessions, and that is not often. I think I will start wearing it more frequently to provide a wider data-set for analysis.

The reason I’m posting about VO2 now, is because I wore my heart rate monitor last week for a run and noticed an improvement in my VO2 score. I pulled up the Garmin app and compared my VO2 scores over the last 12 months. It was really rewarding to see such an improvement.

vo2-graph

And this graph below is always encouraging as well, another year and I should be very close to goal weight. Slow and steady is the way to do it.

weight

 

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