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…