Tuesday, February 16, 2010

18--DARN HRM!!

WHAT I DID

Today was a hard training day....I think it's all because I read THIS BLOG just before I went out today!!  (Just kidding...thanks "reachdown" for reminding me "it's all in my mind...until I pass out, then it's physical"!!) 

Today I found myself HOPING I would actually pass out!  My darn heart rate monitor just wouldn't cooperate and LIE to me.  My heart is getting stronger and stronger...at a much faster rate than either my body or my mind.  My HR seems to almost plummet when I stop running.  I know that's a good thing, but my calves were really hoping for a different reading!!  They are really tight.  I pulled out the foam roller, but it's going to take more than the few minutes I've spent with it to work out the problem.  The question I have to ask myself is "Do I want to rise above my complaints or continue to sabotage my goal?"

Today I guess I made the choice to complain because I didn't go the full 45 minutes...I stopped at 31 minutes (17 minutes run intervals).  My distance increased a bit because my average speed increased, but it certainly didn't FEEL good.  (Reminder to train by my instruments!!)

WHAT I LEARNED

1) Continue to train by my instruments...NOT what I feel like.  The day was better than I thought it would be, and 2 weeks ago this would have been a good day...

2) I MUST have a plan.  Just winging it does NOT work for me.  AND, changing the plan really doesn't help me.  RUN THE PLAN.  TRUST THE PLAN.  (I've outgrown the plan I've been following, which is why I've tried to modify it....but I'll actually be getting a new one next week, so I'm just going to flounder along for one more week...)

3) I do MUCH better first thing in the morning.  I've tried different times of day, but first thing in the morning seems to be my very best time.

WHAT I'M GOING TO DO

Keep going....stop whining...stretch...use the foam roller...use Icyhot.  (Sorry, Joan, I just don't know that I can get in a bathtub of ice water, even though I've heard many times how great it is...I'm not there yet!)

I'm also going to look into driving somewhere to do a run rather than continuing to run in my neighborhood.  I've said it before, and I'll say it again many times before I actually DO something about it......it's incredibly BORING to go around and around in the same streets over and over.  

 Thanks for stopping by, come again soon!!

:D 

4 comments:

  1. I agree, running first thing in the morning is the best for me too. If I run later, I feel a little more sluggish, slower to get started, slower longer and its especially worse if I haven't eaten the best.
    Your doing great!!!

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  2. Hey beautiful! Thanks for dropping by my blog. I'm a runner too. I just finished running 5K on my treadmill in 38 minutes. Saturday I run my first official 5K...my first race ever. I am so excited!!

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  3. Running.....That's way beyond me still. I'm still working on jumping jacks and that darn 30 day shred. Maybe I'll get there, what I really want to do is ride my bike everywhere. Take it shopping (shopping is about 20 miles away though so it'll be a while but maybe by the end of summer). You are doing wonderful, you are out there doing. Complaints are just part of it all. I yell at that darn TV all the time, slow down, do we have to do that many, why..... but I keep doing it so it'll be okay.
    Keep up the great work and thank you for stopping by and visiting. Take care and have a great day today. God Bless!!!

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  4. I like the idea of using instruments to keep you going - not how you feel. Very objective. (Maybe that's been my problem all these years...I haven't been objective enough to run! That...or pure laziness!)

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