The FitnessBank Step Challenge with Des Linden

Disclaimer: I participated in the FitnessBank Des Linden Spring Step Challenge as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!

Have you ever wondered how many steps a two-time Olympian, AND Boston Marathon winner takes in a day? I have.

Thanks to FitnessBank partnering with Des Linden, I can actually find this out.

By joining the FitnessBank Des Linden Spring Step challenge, you not only getting to step along with Des, but have many opportunities to win great prizes, including Brooks running shoes, and free race entries for a year, etc.

You do not need a FitnessBank Bank account to participate to use the Step counter or participate in the challenges. The group on the FitnessBank app is called Des’ Running Group.

I’m a bit of stats freak and track daily steps with my Garmin watch. I was happy to find out that my Garmin account is automatically synced with my FitnessBank account. This means all I need to do is pull up the app and see how I’m doing against the competition!

What a crazy time we’re living in! The gyms are closed, fitness classes are canceled, and cabin fever is rearing its ugly head. A lot of people are looking for alternative ways to keep fit. Walking and running (while practicing social distancing) are some of the activities people are exploring more, and counting steps is a great way to stay motivated.

The actual challenge runs until the end of May, so jump right in now for a chance to win. The FitnessBank step is free, and can be downloaded from the Android and Apple stores.

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.

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.

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