MAF Test “Run” #1

I can’t run, but that doesn’t mean I can’t continue with my MAF training that I settled on a couple weeks ago.  Doing it on an elliptical isn’t exactly the way I imagined training but at least I’m able to continue training and am not stuck on my couch.  It could be worse (and who knows, it might be, we won’t find out until I get an MRI — but positive thoughts, positive thoughts, positive thoughts.)

I’m going to doing these test runs every 3-4 weeks when I have a good 70 minutes to spend ellipticizing (I’m aware this isn’t a word, but I’m going to make it one.  It sounds a million times better than “… on the elliptical.”)  I didn’t do it on an entirely flat “road” the way the test is supposed to be done, but I’ll keep all the factors the same from here on out.  I also didn’t intend to make my first elliptical session the test run, but after the first two miles I figured what better time than now?

Set-up: CrossRamp (incline) at 10 with resistance at 5
“Run”: 1 mile warm-up getting to the set-up, 4 miles at MAF, 1 mile cool-down

The incline at 10 (and I don’t even know if it can go lower, I didn’t try) didn’t feel too steep.  The resistance didn’t make me feel like I was going to fly off the machine, or like I was struggling to move.  In true Goldielocks form, it felt just right.

And here we have the results:


  • Mile 1 (warm-up): 12:36 @ 123bpm
  • Mile 2 – 10:29 @ 141bpm
  • Mile 3 – 10:39 @ 145bpm
  • Mile 4 – 10:37 @144bpm
  • Mile 5 – 10:47 @141 bpm
  • Mile 6 (cool-down): 12:15 @124bpm

That’s definitely a lot quicker than my running pace when I was sticking to MAF (typically 12:xx).  It kind of sounds like that would be normal, less impact, not using arms, takes a little more effort to raise the heart rate?  I’m sure I’ll learn more as the workouts continue.

It’s one run in, but I haven’t hated the elliptical yet or MAF training on it.  It’s actually kind of nice to plop my phone onto the ridge, turn on Hulu Plus and catch up on The Biggest Loser, New Girl, The Mindy Show, and Law and Order: SVU.  I think I can get used to that.


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Just a 20-something homegrown Buffalo sports loving, distance running, gin drinking kind of girl.

2 thoughts on “MAF Test “Run” #1”

  1. Your blog is so different but so cool at the same time! I know that is probably poor timing on my part! I’m glad you are able to train on the elliptical. It makes it a lot less stressful. I cross trained 2 months on the elliptical and ended up PRing in the 6k.


    1. I felt it was time to switch up the layout, soon enough I’ll be taking up my own permanent space on the internet and will have more options for layouts but until then…

      And that gives me so much faith for elliptical training! It just feels so different than running I’m wondering how it’s keeping my running fitness. Even if I’m not working sprints in, at least I can adjust the resistance and incline to get something more challenging going.


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