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My goal for the weekend was just ten miles.


I manage a slow 4 mile jog on sidewalks punctuated by frequent AT stops.  I realize too late that I need to avoid hills, which is impossible in my neighborhood, since, well, I live on a hill.  Hull Drive was a particularly bad idea as it is a really long hill.  Average HR 114, Max 142 (at the start).


Learning from my error yesterday, I do a field trip to the lower part of Fort Washington State Park and adjacent parkland, on a little bit of the Green Ribbon Trail.  This is the flattest place I know that’s close by.  People are fishing in the creek, though I didn’t see anyone catch anything.   The ground is completely covered in a yellow flower that looks like lesser celandine, aka pilewort, pretending to be a native wildflower.  (Why would you name a plant pilewort?  It sounds like an unpleasant medical condition. ) All the little yellow flowers are very spring-like  and happy looking, but I’m pretty sure this stuff is an exotic invasive .  (Generally whenever you see something doing really well around here, it’s an exotic invasive.)    Anyway, I do 6 miles on the very-flat bike path and a little bit on the “nature trail”, though I don’t see any nature other than more freaking pilewort.  OK, I’ll stop being a flower-Scrooge now.  It’s Spring, yay, flowers!

I decide to experiment with cadence versus heart rate, using Podrunner.  On flat ground, a HR in my target zone of 121 means a cadence of only 173.  At a normal 180 cadence, my heart rate is between 126 and 130.  Today’s numbers: Average HR 130, Max 189 at the start.



The Wissahickon Creek near Valley Green Rd


Dog walkers

Dog walkers


Yellow patches are lesser celandine




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I just got my new Wahoo soft strap heart rate monitor.  It worked right out of the box..which was a good thing, since there were no instructions either in the package or online that I could find!  All I did was put it on, and my Garmin Forerunner 110 detected it.  After pushing a couple of buttons on the Garmin, I started getting a reading.  Surprisingly, I don’t even think I had to adjust the band, and I’m a petite person, so that was a bit of a surprise.  So far I’ve tried it running, and stationary biking, and have conformed what I suspected: it’s virtually impossible for me to raise my heart rate to my target range on the bike.  On the other hand, running on the roads, my heart rate was very hard to keep stable.  I’m going to try it running laps tomorrow, to see if staying on the same flat surface gives me a stable reading at a given speed. 

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