The Captain and Mrs. Bluetooth returned from magnificent Mount Desert Island, Maine Acadia National Park and the MDI Half and Marathon all smiles. What an incredible place to visit and run in fall. Spectacular mountain and ocean scenery with leaves in full color and the best organized race I have ever been in with the bonus, intimate small towns feel and attention to every detail. Last year I ran the Marathon with my daughter. This year Mrs Bluetooth and I ran the Half. Both highly recommended and very tough courses. Small town feel, careful attention to every detail, and magnificent scenery. Rated Most Scenic and Runner Up Overall by Runner's World readers and well deserved.
Many came from far away, 47 states and 7 countries, for a "running vacation" including these 2 newlyweds from Pittsburgh we chatted with in the "warm up" room, the Northeast Harbor Community House, not too shabby a place to stay warm on a 27 degree morning. They placed 1st and 2nd in the their age groups, 1:35 for Jo and 1:31 for Tom. They weren't spring chickens either! We gave them our Acadia park pass so they could take a post race tour of the park, a wedding present.
So going into another half a week later I kept all my running at my Maffetone HR (MAF) of 180-age+5 beats or my maximum aerobic heart rate of 127 and took a couple of days off as we toured Acadia before the MDI. I really believe that keeping 80% of training at the MAF heart rate is already paying off. The other 20 or so percent of training or racing at a higher intensity and heart rate. My average heart rate at the hilly MDI Half was 164.
review here), with a heel wedge. They were perfect and fast. Particularly appreciated the responsive forefoot cushioning on all those hills. Unless something else appears at the last moment they will be my Road Shoe of the Year.
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I participated in the Kickstarter for RunScribe which claims:
"RunScribe™ provides 3D insight into the mechanics of how you run. Let the data drive you toward smarter training decisions."
After a rough beta, the RunScribe, pods you attach to either the heels of your shoe or laces, is now generating a lot of data about my stride, contact time, and various other metrics I need to work on understanding and maybe "doing something about". The app and website is very well done if a bit data rich. I might wish for more coaching on the run via the app, for example to work on reducing my contact time, a key metric, but the pods only record and then you upload to the app. I am most eager to see the differences in metrics between shoes, if any. As I often run the same loop at the same max aerobic heart rate I believe this will be a useful tool for seeing if shoes do make a difference in affecting the metrics. It takes 3 runs to generate a baseline for a shoe. Full review soon.