Monday, December 14, 2009

Half Marathon Long Run

On Sunday, I trekked out for my weekly long run. After my injury, I’m up to some decent mileage at 13 miles on the weekend. Next week will be a well deserved stepback week. That week, depending on how the Lifetime Fitness Reindeer Run 5K goes, I’ll probably crank out 7 or so. (More on that race later this week)

The run was pretty benign, which to be honest at this point is the way I like my runs. “DON’T GET HURT”. A mantra that I was mostly successful in following. I kept a very constant pace throughout the run while trying to hold my form as best as possible. While I was mostly successful, today I am a bit sore on the outside of my ankle. Tuesday’s run will likely need to be a very easy effort.

13.1 miles, 8:24 pace, 1:50:05 total time, 178 average heart rate

It is interesting, I’ve started to wear my Heart Rate Monitor again on my long runs. I wear it for two reasons. Not because I plan on basing my pace on it, more so that I can look back and be surprised at how it doesn’t explode out of my chest. That and now that I am wearing shirts again, I won’t have some strange chest strap tan line. (Not even my thirst for data will trump vanity.) I know that I said before that I am surprised that I don’t have an “Aliens” style explosion in my chest at how fast my heart goes. I’ve ran a marathon averaging 180+ beats per minute and have run a 5K averaging 200+ beats per minute. Based on that, my max HR is somewhere around 210 or 215.

When I got from my run, I was greeted with a house that had not yet woken up. Success. Another long run down an no disruption to “normal” activities. Isn’t that what it is about anyway? Hiding your obsessions from those around you. By that measuring stick, it was a very successful indeed!

T-5 weeks to Rock and Roll AZ. Tick….tock…

9 comments:

The Sean said...

Also it is good to sneak some whiskey into your morning coffee. Simply for the decrease in HR.

What was that picture?

RunnuRMark said...

I'll be damned...I ran the same distance yesterday as well. Two big differences though:
1) my HR average was like 149
b) I'm not crazy enough to think that I'd be ready to run a marathon in 5 weeks!

Spike said...

ahhh hiding obsessions from loves ones, always a great idea...until they find out you ate all the girl scout cookies.

Pat said...

You're going to have to show me the full length picture of that girl to get my heart rate up to 180. Wow, I top out around 165 or so.

Mel-2nd Chances said...

wow, you got your mileage back quickly! Nicely done!! i know we've chatted about HR before... mine is way high too for the speedy i'm running... ah well.

Anonymous said...

Why the picture??? I'm confused...

Adam said...

The picture was one of the first pictures that came up when I searched "funny tan line"

Katie said...

And that photo IS the craziest tan line I've ever seen!

Bob Hazen said...

Too funny, I wear my HRM for the excact same reason!