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.
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