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    is what the cardiologist suggested. Usually in summer I like to do trail runs up to high mountain lakes and streams, fish a bit, then run back. My doc advised that climbing 2-3000ft up a mountain, with heart rate near max for several hours, does not qualify as moderate. Who knew ? Ran a couple of times, easy 3 miler around the park, which went fine except the bum left knee woke up from its slumbers and started paining again. Back on the bicycle it is, then. Instead of the trail runs, decided on a backpack in to the high country. I planned a moderately ambitious hike, just 13 miles and 2000ft. The HR stayed down but the legs quit on me.. after about 8 miles the bum knee was complaining, heel bursitis had flared up, and the muscles didn't want to lift anything anymore, never mind me plus a 30lb backpack. It's a sign ! But I'm not sure what it means.. this is about 7 miles in. The trail (on L of picture) was so faint I kept mistaking game trails for the route, winding up puzzled in the middle of a meadow full of deadfall. There was a fire some years ago, the trees died and have been falling steadily ever since. This produces lush meadows crisscrossed with fallen timber. The plan had me camping on a trout lake at about 6pm, with time for a few casts for trout. Camped instead on a fishless lake about 2 miles and 400ft of climbing short of goal. It was still a good camp. And there was evening, and there was morning, Legs felt oddly good this morning and knocked off the two miles over to trout in 45min. The fish were rising.. and the scenery couldn't be beat. Fished a bit, then six miles back down the hill. Dejected that I have become so weak, but happy I can still do this..
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    I have slowlyyyyyyyyyyyy started back running after recovering from my hip injury. I have been running 4 days a week for the last couple of weeks for 15 miles total each week, with my long now 5 miles. I running slow and easy to build up my strength averaging about 10 minute miles with my heart rate getting closer to my easy effort rate. The week of July 19th I was on vacation with my wife and 2 daughters, and we went to Grand Haven, MI to a place we have renting every summer for the last 15 years or so. This is one of my favorite places to go on vacation, as it has all the amenities of home, is in a quiet area, and best of all is across the street from beautiful Lake Michigan with beach access. Even though the Lake Michigan beach has literally disappeared in some areas do to rising lake levels and erosion, there are still areas to sit or layout without the crowds of a public beach. I love running there it has a quite road that goes to the Marina on the Grand River were I usually see some fellow runners and walkers. It also has some trails nearby to do some trail running. But the best part for me is after a run that leaves me hot and sweaty I can just go across the street, take my shirt, shoes and socks off and jump into the clear and refreshing water of Lake Michigan to cool off, ahhhh. I was also able to finish the Running with Sherman book by Christopher Mcdougall, which I really enjoyed with its many side stories and just how people of different values can work together for good. A good lesson for today.
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