Tuesday, June 10, 2008


Training: 10-ish miles, 1h10m, 4 mile evaluation in 6:15(148HR), 6:25(151), 6:28(151), 6:34(150). Recovery to 120 in :51, 72 degrees, 5:45 am.
Resting HR: 44
Sleep: 6h, 6/10
Legs: 8/10 Surprisingly good after stair climbing, box jumps and other weight nonsense at the gym yesterday

First go-around with what will probably become a semi-regular occurrence: Mystery Coach's 4 mile evaluation at an average 150HR.

72 degrees, 3 mile warm-up, then-
Mile 1: 6:15 (148HR)
Mile 2: 6:25 (151HR)
Mile 3: 6:28 (151HR)
Mile 4: 6:34 (150HR)

Ahhh, life at the bottom of the graph. I think the faster first mile was due to a cold start, as I wrestled with the lap functions on the heart rate monitor while standing still for a minute or two. It took at good 300 meters to get the heart rate up, and as a result I ran the first 400 at 1:30 or so before settling in.

The last mile at 6:34 was a little depressing, but Mystery Coach warned me to continue even if the paces slowed. The legs felt fine, as it was only the ego that ended up bruised today. I'm keeping a good attitude about it though, as the only way out from the bottom is up.


Anonymous said...


Not to say the obvious, but you're a ways out from the goal race...those paces will drop right quickly. No ego bruising required IMHO.

Eric said...

There is little more satisfying than seeing your progress as you do these evaluations from week to week and month to month. You will be very happy you stuck to the planned HR after a few more of these.

I think your ego bruises too easily. Rather than being ashamed of running a 6:34 at 151HR, why not be proud that you stuck to the plan and excited that you established a proper baseline?

You're going to have a great build, Mike. Keep your eye on the big picture!