Thursday, August 30, 2007

A Bit Busy

Geez, busy day today. This morning Mystery Coach planned 7 miles at a goal heart rate of 162 or so. I've done a few of these workouts; In fact, here's a rundown:

6/7: 8 miles at 150-155BPM, 6:04.5 average pace
7/5: 10 miles at 150-155BPM, 6:12 average pace
7/24: 10 miles at 150-155BPM, 6:08 pace
8/3: 7 miles at 158-163BPM, 5:56 pace (5:36, 5:39, 5:57, 5:57, 6:00, 6:10, 6:11)

Today: 7 miles at target 162BPM, 5:56 pace (5:53, 5:50, 5:55, 5:56, 5:57, 6:03, 5:58)

While the average pace today was the same as a few weeks ago on August 3rd, I feel much better about how this run went. Last time out I was clearly in a tailspin towards the end of the workout, and I'm fairly certain the 6:10 and 6:11 miles would have been followed by 6:15's or slower if I had continued. Today I could feel the heart rate drift up a bit for the effort at right about 5 miles, and after that I seemed to really settle back in. I also wasn't dying for the workout to end, as the effort still felt fairly manageable after 7 miles were over. The heart rate did take 90 seconds to get back to 120, but with 85 degree temperatures I guess I can't expect much better.

Yesterday was a very easy 12 at 7:20 pace. I really made an effort to put the brakes on whenever I started speeding up, and I think in retrospect it probably helped make today go much better than it would have otherwise.

Sorry for the dry post, the brain is pretty occupied today.

Training: Today, 10 miles, 1:03:39, 6:22 pace, w/7 miles at 162 avg. HR in 5:53, 5:50, 5:55, 5:56, 5:57, 6:03, 5:58
Yesterday, 12 miles, 1:27:39, 7:20 pace


Abadabajev said...

Yesterday was a very easy 12 at 7:20 pace.

Nice recovery run. Finally my prayers were answered by the Bulgarian gods. 7:20 to 7:30 is definitely your recovery range.

Well done sportsman.

Eric said...


Holy crap! I don't believe it.

*rubs eyes*

You ran easy the day before a workout that WENT VERY WELL! Nice!!!

I'm not trying to be an ass--I'm seriously excited to see this. I can't even tell you how long I've been waiting for this post.

Keep it up!

Mike said...

Geez, just imagine the praise I'd get for running 8 minute pace.