Monday, February 8, 2010

Fifteen...It's Official

About the time I would have usually been getting ready to run it was sleeting cats and dogs!  So I cleaned house first (my usual Monday chore).  About the time I got done it had stopped sleeting, and was snowing a blizzard!!  (An Alabama version of blizzard--a lot of flakes, but no accumulation anywhere.)

I decided I'm officially crazy because I could NOT wait to get out there and run--even in the snow!  By the time I was all bundled up and ready to go it had stopped snowing, but it was still about 35 degrees.
Today's run was much harder because I got very little sleep last night; I can really tell a difference in the way my body operates on less sleep.  I was much slower than usual....but, my heart rate took a while to crank up, and recovered very quickly.  I ran a total of 12 minutes and my recovery intervals totaled about 3 minutes.  The cool thing is the break down.

After my 10 minute warm up, I started running (very slowly-the inside of my right knee and the outside of my left calf sort of hurt----not injury pain, just niggly ache that I knew would eventually go away).  I ran until my heart rate got up to 175--it took 4:23!!!  Then I walked to recover to a heart rate of 167 (which took only 30 seconds) and started running again.  I trained up to a max HR of 180-determined to make it all the way up a slight hill without stopping-and recovered down to a HR of 165.  The rest of my run intervals were: 1:07, 2:09, 2:56, and 1:34.  My recovery intervals were: :42, :46, :56.  I did my usual five minute cool down.

I have been doing a lot of research on training to my heart rate.  I don't have it all figured out, but I'm learning a little bit every day.  I did find out what I'm doing is a good thing.  The way I'm doing it and/or the heart rates I'm using might not be the best, but I'll get all that figured out eventually. 

I'm really excited to see improvement, even on a day when I was tired and my legs were in protest.  Even more exciting to me is that I really love it.  I know there will be days when I won't feel like getting out there, and I hope on those days I can remember how good it makes me feel...and how much I've loved it every day so far!!

My 10K training group starts two weeks from tomorrow!!  I can not wait.

Thanks for stopping in, come again soon!



  1. Wow! You are the inspiration I've been needing, dear girl! Because of the snow and winding roads with no shoulder around my home, I've been forced to do all my running on a treadmill in the basement. Needless to say, I'm a little burned out! Thanks for the lift! (and, congrats!!)

  2. Ohhhhh, someone after my own heart! :-) I run in all kinds of weather although, I kinda draw back when it is pouring down heavy rain... and TX doesn't really get any ice or snow so my bragging doesn't really mean much but, yeah, I usually begin my day wanting to be read my Bible, read something inspirational next, pray, and then I think immediately about running. :)
    And thank YOU so much for the award!!!! Gosh golly thanks!!! I will have to also pass it along... awesome!


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