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My Inexpensive, Readily Extensible ‘Weight Belt’ For Running.

by Anura Guruge

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Weighted backpack and my wrist weights.

The weights that go inside the backpack.

The whole set of weights I am currently carrying … in addition to backpack.

I have been, for the last 20 years (or more), wearing weights when I run. Just adds a bit more BANG for the buck. I used, at first, wear wrist weights and ankle weights. And as so often happens in my life, I lucked out. I met a physical therapist that told me that wearing ankle weights is BAD. They stretch your knee tendons and they STAY stretched causing your knee to pop-out in time. I stopped wearing ankle weights.

Change in elevation, i.e., up hills and down dales, is another major feature of my runs — as I have talked about in the past.

The 400+ feet elevation on one of my runs. It is greater on my other run. I alternate between the two. Click to ENLARGE.

Last Summer I decided that I really had to do something about getting back in shape and LOSING some weight. I was getting to be like Trump. That is when I got my first fitness tracker — my Garmin Vivoactive HR. The HR made me up my game. I extended my run by 0.8 of a mile and started running faster. That was when I decided I need to increase resistance by adding more weight. I had quite a few pairs of weights around the house — so I started wearing two each arm. That was good, but cumbersome, especially with the dogs — on leashes. So, I started wearing a leather belt and hanging two of the weights of it. That worked but it wasn’t comfortable.

So, I started thinking about buying a weight belt. Then it struck me … we had backpacks lying around. Take an old backpack that the kids had discarded and put my weights in it.

Works great. Real great. Been using it for the last 2 – 3 weeks. Two wrist weights and the backpack with two more weights. I think it is over 11 pounds.

On my left hand, wear I now have the Fitbit Ionic I wear a weight with a thumb insert. That keeps the weight from creeping over the watch. All works well, even in 5°F weather.

So, if you are thinking of getting a weight belt for your running.

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by Anura Guruge

First Red Fall Foliage Of 2013 In Central New Hampshire (N.H.): August 5 — Prospect Mountain Road, Alton.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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This sure has been an atypical, higgledy-piggledy, topsy turvy Summer for us in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region.

We got a ton of cold rain in June, which though not even close to a record, managed to depress water temps. I couldn’t go swimming in the lake until July 8 — and that is a full two weeks behind my normal schedule over the last two decades.

Then we had the insane heat wave for a week. That sure helped elevate lake temps — fast.

But it has been cold since Sunday — though we are only in August.

Yesterday morning felt like October 5 rather than August 5.

Last night, at 11 pm, the outside temperature in Alton, was 47° F. That is crazy.

Earlier that day, as I huffed, puffed and wheezed myself up Prospect Mountain Road, wearing my wrist weights, I noticed the first signs of fall foliage — near the top of the hill!

I could be wrong, but I think August 5 is a tad too early to see bright red foliage in Central N.H.

But, I can appreciate that the trees are confused.

This morning I took my camera with me to grab these shots. Mine is the old Panasonic which explains why these pictures are not as good as those taken with Deanna’s Panasonic Lumix ZS19.