I woke up WAY before dark:30 this morning so I could get my run in. Although I have the BEST job in the world (see this post in my other blog), I do still try to maintain a schedule. Tuesdays are full, so when my every-other-day run falls on this day, I have the choice to either swap days, or run in the dark. I already tried swapping days and I hated it. I am positive that I'm obsessed with running now, because there's no way I would voluntarily go two days in a row without it!
When I got up, my leg was hurting a little bit and my stomach sounded like Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors ("FEED ME"). I had just gotten good and warmed up when my 30 minutes was over. I might have kept going, but I feared for any neighbors that might be out and about. (That's a reference to the movie, so if it doesn't make sense, check out the link!) Seriously, I'm sticking to the plan so even if I FEEL LIKE doing something different, I'm committed to doing what I already decided to do.
Having said that, I trained to my heart this morning! Heart rate that is. I haven't figured out the textbook way to do this quite yet, but I worked out with a personal trainer a about a year and a half ago (strength not running) who set some heart rate zones for me that I'm (roughly) using...along with "perceived exertion levels". At my "max", 180bpm, I feel like I can't breathe. At 175, I'm just to the point that I don't want to talk (or sing, since I run alone). So, starting with my first interval, I ran until my HR got up to 175 (about a minute and a half), and then walked until it was down to 165 (about 30 seconds). I repeated that until it was time to cool down. (Okay, so I did cheat a little bit, running a couple of minutes longer, ending with only a 2 minute cool down. Yeah, I remember what I just said about "sticking with the plan", but I don't think I veered too far off!!)
I had SEVERAL intervals that were longer than 1:15...and most recovery intervals were about 30 seconds.
I'm not going to pretend that's "good" in relation to ALL runners, but I do know that's "good" for me. AND, I do know that's an improvement--after just TWELVE training days!!
And, yes, I sing when I run! I stopped using earphones when I found out they aren't allowed in races. Instead, I play music on my iPhone (via the external speaker), just loud enough for me to hear, and I sing along. Some (obviously not all) of the songs I listen to are in my "Playlist" on the side bar. (Feel free to mute it if it's not your thing.)
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